Stampede's Future Looks Brighter After Futures Draft
Sioux Falls, SD--The Sioux Falls Stampede selected six players today in the 2010 USHL Futures Draft. The draft consisted of six rounds with players who have 1994 birthdates. The Herd selected two forwards, two defensemen and a goaltender. Below is a recap of the Stampede's selections:
Bryan Moore (F)
Hometown: Matthews, NC
Previous Team: Carolina Jr. Hurricanes (NAPHL)
Birthday: May 25, 1994
Moore was the Stampede's first round selection (3rd overall). A 6-foot-0, 185-pound left winger, Moore was also selected in the 6th round of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) draft. Moore finished second in scoring with the Hurricanes last season with 69 points (35g, 34a) in 60 games. He was also second on the team with 129 penalty minutes. Director of Scouting and Player Personnel, John Rosso says Moore has great size and a great shot. He is a physical player who has a chance to make the team in camp this summer. Although he was drafted in the OHL Moore wants to play with the Stampede in the USHL.
Robert Gawron (D)
Hometown: Lemont, IL
Previous Team: Chicago Fury
Birthday: April 8, 1994
Gawron was the Herd's second round selection (28th overall). He is a left handed defenseman who spent last year playing for the Chicago Fury. The Lemont, IL native is a former forward who recently converted to a defenseman. Gawron posted 27 points (10g, 17a) in 37 games with the Fury in the Tier I Elite League. He is considered an offensive-defenseman who has potential to be a scorer. Gawron is 5-foot-10, 180-pounds and could be a player fans see on the powerplay.
Andrew Copp (F)
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Previous Team: Compuware (Plymouth, MI)
Birthday: August 17, 1994
Copp was the Stampede's third round selection (33rd overall). He is considered a tall (6'1") and lengthy forward who is very skilled. He finished third in scoring last year for Compuware with 57 points (22g, 35a) in 60 games. Compuware was one of the top nationally ranked teams all year long in the Tier I Elite League. Copp was also selected in the 15th round of the OHL draft.
John Feemster (D)
Hometown: Wausau, WI
Wausau High School
Birthday: November 4, 1994
Feemster was selected in the fourth round (58th overall). The left defenseman from Wausau, WI has good size at 6-foot-1 and 170-pounds. He posted 11 points (3g, 8a) and was a plus-15 in 29 games last year with Wausau High School. Feemster is also considered a tall, lengthy defenseman at 6-foot-1, 170-pounds. He helped lead his minor midget team to nationals while being the youngest player on the team. He has continued to grow over the past year and someone the Stampede feel could get even bigger.
Brendan Vetter (D)
Hometown: Fond Du Lac, WI
Birthday: January 5, 1994
With their fifth pick in the draft (63rd overall) the Stampede selected defenseman Brendan Vetter. The rugged 6-foot-1, 180-pound d-man is considered very strong and tough. This past season, Vetter posted 16 points (5g, 11a) in 36 games with the Madison Capitals of the Tier I Elite League. Three of his five goals came on the powerplay and he finished second on the team with 59 penalty minutes.
Alex Sakellaropoulous (G)
Hometown: Tinley Park, IL
Previous Team: Chicago Furry
Birthday: May 2, 1994
In the 6th round (88th overall), Sioux Falls selected goaltender Alex Sakellaropoulous (Sack-a-lop-ous). The Tinley Park, IL native is big goaltender at 6-foot-2, 205-pounds. He is considered a very solid goalie who played with Gawron with the Chicago Furry. Sakellaropoulos posted five wins and a 3.04 GAA with the Furry. Rosso says he is very athletic for his size, and protects the net well. He was a 9th round pick in the OHL draft, but wants to play at the collegiate level. Sakellaropoulous is a straight "A" student.
"We had a very successful draft," said Rosso. "We were pretty balanced with two forwards, two defensemen and a goaltender. We got some size and grittiness in the six players we selected, but maybe more importantly, we selected players that want to be here and have a good shot at making our team either this year or next year," added Rosso.
All six players will be invited to Stampede tryout camp, June 4-7 at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis. Any of those players who do not make the squad will be placed on the Stampede's affiliate list and stay property of the Stampede into the following season. The 2010 USHL Entry Draft takes place tomorrow at 10 AM. Fans can follow the Stampede's selections on www.sfstampede.com and on Facebook.
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