Christie, Nykopp top picks at the 2012 USHL Draft

By League Press Release

The 2011 version of the USHL Entry Draft was completed on Monday as a total of 216 players were selected by USHL Member Clubs.

Full draft results at www.ushldraft.com start the USHL Entry Draft, the Chicago Steel selected forward Brian Christie.  The 19-year-old scored 57 points (20g, 37a) in 57 games this season for the Topeka RoadRunners of the NAHL and led the league with a plus-38 rating.  Shortly after, the Tri-City Storm chose 6-3, 200-pound forward Thomas Nykopp.  The 18-year-old put up an impressive 97 points (49g, 48a) in 61 games this season for the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets.  The Indiana moved up to the third spot in the first round due to a trade earlier in the season and with that selection, the Ice chose forward Tyler Pham from the Colorado Thunderbirds Midget Major program.

A total of 10 forwards and five defensemen were selected in the first round of the USHL Entry Draft.  Over the 19 rounds of the draft, 139 forwards, 63 defensemen, and 14 goaltenders made up the 216 selections.

USHL Entry Draft First Round

#1 – Chicago Steel – Brian Christie (F)

#2 – Tri-City Storm – Thomas Nykopp (F) 

#3 – Indiana Ice – Tyler Pham (F)  *pick acquired from Youngstown

#4 – Waterloo Black Hawks – Ed Wittchow (D)  *pick acquired from Des Moines

#5 – Waterloo Black Hawks – Dan Carlson (F) 

#6 – Muskegon Lumberjacks – Ryan Lomberg (F)

#7 – Chicago Steel – Ryan Trenz (D)  *pick acquired from Sioux City

#8 – Lincoln Stars – Kevin Roy (F)

#9 – Fargo Force – Jordan Nelson (F)

#10 – Sioux Falls Stampede – Evan Anderson (F)

#11 – Omaha Lancers – Victor Newell (D)

#12 – Indiana Ice – Danny Sherer (F)

#13 – Dubuque Fighting Saints – Matthew Caito (D) 

#14 – Green Bay Gamblers – Dakota Mermis (D)

#15 – Cedar Rapids RoughRiders – Jacob Barber (F)

Complete round-by-round results of the 2011 USHL Entry Draft are posted at www.ushldraft.com in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its ninth season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2010-11.  With over 250 players this season already committed to NCAA Division I schools and 18 NHL Entry Draft picks that were on League rosters, the USHL is the nation's foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com.