Photo: Janesville Jets forward Jack Billings is developing his game in the NAHL before setting off on a course for NCAA hockey (courtesy of the NAHL)
After being selected by the Windsor Spitfires in the sixth round of the annual OHL Priority Selection, 17-year-old Jack Billings is now property of three teams. He plays for the Janesville Jets of the North American Hockey League. The Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League drafted him. And now he’s also property of the Spitfires organization.
Photo: Plymouth Whalers forward Danny Vanderwiel has so far seen limited action in his first year of NHL Draft eligibility (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
NHL’s Central Scouting may have ranked him as a C-level prospect in its early ratings, but has only served to motivate the Plymouth Whalers’ Danny Vanderwiel to prove that he’s more suited to the A-list.
Photo: Cedar Rapids forward Riley Bourbonnais has been a productive player in the USHL, but he is getting down to his last chance to be drafted by an NHL team (courtesy of Amber Schmidt/Metro Studios)
Riley Bourbonnais of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and his head coach, Mark Carlson, may be the most laconic player-coach tandem in junior hockey.
Photo: U.S. NTDP defenseman Keaton Thompson, shown here competing at the All-American Prospects Game last month, is a potential first round pick for the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
What a difference a day can make.
I had the fortune of taking in the U.S. NTDP U-18 team’s first two games against college teams for this 2012-13 season, facing off against the University of Wisconsin and the University of Notre Dame back-to-back on the nights of October 6th and 7th.
Photo: Plymouth Whalers forward Ryan Hartman has moved to the OHL from the US national program in an effort to further improve his stock for the 2013 NHL Draft (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
For many, age ain’t nothing but a number. But for Plymouth Whalers’ forward Ryan Hartman, his date of birth — which found him five days too young to be drafted last year — played a key role to plotting a stop in the OHL en route to the NHL.