USHL Has Strong Showing at NHL Draft

By pbadmin

The United States Hockey League had 15 players selected in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft over the
weekend. More than any other Tier 2 Junior A league in North America. Proving once again that
the USHL is the premiere league for scholarships with over 100 this year and also a great league
to get noticed by NHL scouts. These players will try to follow former USHL players now NHL
players Gary Suter, Phil Housley, Greg & Ryan Johnson, Peter & Chris Ferraro, Trent Klatt and
Shjon Podein.

Leading the USHL draft crop was David Hale a defenceman from Sioux City who was selected 22nd
overall by the New Jersey Devils. Hale will attend the University of North Dakota next year.
Other selections where

Team Round Pick Player Pos Team 2000-01 Team

Dallas 2nd 60 Dan Ellis G Omaha Nebraska-Omaha
Ottawa 4th 122 Derrick Byfuglien D Fargo North Dakota
St. Louis 4th 129 Troy Riddle F Des Moines Minnesota
Nashville 5th 154 Matt Koulska C Twin Cities Minnesota
Ottawa 5th 157 Grant Potulny C Lincoln Minnesota
Chicago 6th 177 Michael Ayers G Dubuque New Hampshire
Carolina 6th 181 Justin Forrest D US U-18
Florida 6th 190 John Olson LW Omaha North Dakota
Chicago 6th 193 Joey Martin D Omaha Minnesota
NYI 7th 202 Ryan Caldwell D Thunder Bay U of Denver
Nashville 7th 203 Jure Penko G Green Bay
Philadelphia 7th 210 John Eichelberger C Green Bay Wisconsin
Chicago 8th 240 Adam Berkhoel G Twin Cities U of Denver
Edmonton 8th 247 Jason Platt D Omaha Prov College

Along with these players there where many former USHL players drafted including the first
overall pick of the New York Islanders Rick Dipietro who played two seasons in the USHL with the
USA Under 18 program. Other former player include fourth overall pick of the Columbus Blue
Jackets Rostislav Klesla who played the 98-99 season with Sioux City. The 13th pick overall of
Montreal was Ron Hainsey who played two years with the USA Under 18 program. Libor Ustrnul the
2nd round pick 42 overall pick of Atlanta. He played the 98-99 season with Thunder Bay. Kris
Vernasky the 2nd round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs played one year with the USA Under 18
program. Former North Iowa Huskie Matt DeMarach was a second round pick of the New Jersey
Devils. Brad Winchester was a second round pick of the Edmonton Oilers along with Andy Hilbert
who was a second round choice of Boston. Josef Balef is a former Thunder Bay Flyer and Rochester
Mustang and was drafted in the 3rd round by Montreal.