The USHL is considered by most to be the top junior development league in the United States. In recent years, the league has been producing what seems to be an ever growing crop of NHL draftees, some of whom have flown somewhat under the radar even after being drafted.
One such player is San Jose Sharks prospect, Sean Kuraly, a burgeoning power forward who spent the past two seasons plus a small portion of a third playing for the USHL's Indiana Ice. The Dublin, Ohio native capped off his USHL career in 2011-12 with a strong season, one in which he netted 32 goals and added 38 assists for 70 points in 54 games.
Kuraly now moves on to Miami University, a school located halfway between his home town and his second home of the past two seasons, Indianapolis. He'll be joining a program that has had good success in recent years, but is still looking to break through to a national championship.
Kuraly was chosen to take part in the 2012 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp that just wrapped up in Lake Placid, New York. He had a strong showing for the U.S., finishing as the top scorer in a tournament that included squads from Finland and Sweden.
HF caught up with Kuraly at the NJEC for this video interview.