Justin Selman


Upper Saddle River New Jersey

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Signed as free agent, 2016


200 lbs.

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2008-09: Justin Selman played for the North Jersey Avalanche U16 team in the Atlantic Youth Hockey League. He scored 21 goals with 20 assists and 36 penalty minutes in 29 regular season games. He was selected by Peterborough in the 11th round (206th overall) in the 2009 OHL Priority Draft and taken by Des Moines in the fourth round (43rd overall) in the 2009 USHL Futures Draft. 

2009-10: Justin Selman had 61 points in 34 games for the North Jersey Avalanche in his second AYHL season. He scored 25 goals with 36 assists and 81 penalty minutes. He attended USA Hockey’s Select 17 Festival and committed to playing college hockey at the University of Michigan in 2012-13 in August 2010. 

2010-11: Selman played for the USA in the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Tournament in August before joining the Des Moines Buccaneers for his first USHL season. He scored 8 goals with 14 assists and was +9 with 46 penalty minutes in 52 regular season games as Des Moines finished seventh in the Western Conference, four points behind Sioux City for the final playoff spot. Selman had an assist in the USA’s 5-4 semifinal win over Sweden at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament. USA won a silver medal, falling 1-0 to Canada in the gold medal game. 

2011-12: Selman skated for the Sioux Falls Stampede in his second USHL season after being acquired from Des Moines in exchange for the rights to Mario Lucia (MIN) in a draft day trade. He scored 11 goals with 23 assists and was -20 with 91 penalty minutes in 59 games for the last-place Stampede and was selected to play in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. 

2012-13: Selman played in 30 of 40 games for the University of Michigan in his freshman season. He scored 4 goals with 6 assists and had an even plus/minus with 8 penalty minutes. The Wolverines finished seventh in the CCHA, failing to win 20 games for the first time since head coach Red Berenson’s third season in 1986-87. Michgan went 8-0-1 in nine games at the end of the season; nearly earning an NCAA berth before falling to Notre Dame, 3-1, in the CCHA championship game.

2013-14: Selman battled to stay in the lineup in his sophomore season at Michigan. Skating in 19 games for the Wolverines, he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was -4 with 8 penalty minutes. Michigan finished third in the Big Ten in the conference’s inaugural season but was upset by Penn State in the conference tournament and did not receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

2014-15: Selman had a breakout season  at Michigan as a junior after overcoming an early season upper-body injury. Skating on the Wolverines’ top line with leading scorer Zach Hyman (FLA) and freshman Dylan Larkin (DET), he scored 11 goals with 12 assists and was +18 with 10 penalty minutes in 26 games. Michigan finished third in the Big Ten and advanced to the conference tournament championship game but did not receive an NCAA Tournament bid after falling to first-place Minnesota, 3-2.

2015-16: Selman attended prospect camp with St. Louis before returning to Ann Arbor for his senior season at Michigan; signing a two-year entry-level contract with the Blues in March 2016 as an undrafted free agent. He made his pro debut with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves, scoring 1 goal with 1 assist in seven games while finishing with an even plus/minus and two penalties. Selman was an assistant captain for the Wolverines. In 38 games he scored 13 goals with 18 assists and was +12 with 24 penalty minutes. Michigan finished second to Minnesota in the Big 10 regular season, defeating the Gophers, 5-3, in the conference tournament championship game to earn an automatic NCAA tournament berth. Michigan defeated Notre Dame, 3-2, in overtime in the NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals before falling to North Dakota, 5-2.

Talent Analysis

Selman was a consistent scorer playing with some outstanding offensive forwards at the University of Michgan but the strength of his game at the pro level will be his defensive ability. He plays a well-rounded game, is strong on face offs and can kill penalties. He has average technical skills but reads the play well and can compete in all three zones.


Selman made his pro debut at the end of the 2015-16 season, joining the AHL's Chicago Wolves following his senior season at the University of Michigan. He will attend his first NHL training camp with the Blues in 2016-17 and likely start the year in the AHL. He projects as a lower line, two-way forward with the ability to chip in offensively.

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