NEWARK, NJ – It was a historic day for the USHL once the seven rounds of the 2013 NHL Draft had concluded as 31 players who suited up during the 2012-13 USHL season were chosen by NHL teams. The 31 total players establish a new League record, surpassing the previous USHL high of 28 which had been achieved in each of the past two NHL drafts.
Additionally, nine alumni of the League were drafted to bring the total to 40 players with USHL credentials who heard their names called by NHL teams. The first alum chosen was defenseman Seth Jones (Team USA, 2010-12) who went fourth overall to the Nashville Predators.
The first USHL player from the 2012-13 season was forward Michael McCarron of Team USA who was chosen 25th overall by the Montreal Canadiens. His selection marked the ninth consecutive season that at least one USHL player was selected in the first round of the NHL Draft.
The second round of the Draft began a run of USHL selections as Waterloo Black Hawks defenseman Ian McCoshen was chosen by the Florida Panthers with the 31st overall pick. It was the seventh consecutive year that the Panthers chose at least one USHL player. Five of the next 16 picks would come from the USHL, including two players to the Buffalo Sabres as they chose Team USA forward J.T. Compher 35th and Muskegon Lumberjacks forward Connor Hurley at 38th.
Three more USHL defensemen were chosen in the second round, starting with Steven Santini of Team USA (42nd overall to New Jersey Devils) and then Gustav Olofsson (46th to Minnesota Wild) of the Green Bay Gamblers and Tommy Vannelli (47th to St. Louis Blues) of Team USA were taken with back-to-back picks.
The New York Islanders used a pair of selections in the third round to choose Waterloo Black Hawks teammates, first with goaltender Eamon McAdam (70th overall) before taking USHL Player of the Year Taylor Cammarata (76th overall) just five picks later. Right after Cammarata, the 2011-12 USHL Rookie of the Year, had his name posted on the NHL Draft board, this season’s Rookie of the Year was selected as Jake Guentzel of the Sioux City Musketeers went to the Pittsburgh Penguins (77th overall).
Defenseman Michael Downing of the Dubuque Fighting Saints was picked by the Florida Panthers in the fourth round (97th overall) which made it nine consecutive seasons that the Clark Cup championship team would have at least one player chosen in the NHL Draft.
The fifth round saw 10 USHL players picked, including a pair of Omaha Lancers – Tucker Poolman (127th to Winnipeg Jets) and Grant Besse (147th to Anaheim Ducks) – which now gives the team nine consecutive years with at least one player chosen, the longest active streak among USHL teams. It was also a family affair in the fifth round as Muskegon Lumberjacks defenseman Michael Brodzinski was picked 141st overall by the San Jose Sharks before his older brother and Fargo Force alum Jonny Brodzinski (2010-12) was taken seven picks later to the Los Angeles Kings.
Nine different USHL Member Clubs had players selected in the 2013 NHL Draft while five had alumni chosen. For the second year in a row, 18 of the 30 NHL organizations chose a USHL player.
USHL Players Chosen at 2013 NHL Draft
Michael McCarron (F), Team USA – Montreal Canadiens (25th overall)
Ian McCoshen (D), Waterloo Black Hawks – Florida Panthers (31st overall)
J.T. Compher (F), Team USA – Buffalo Sabres (35th overall)
Connor Hurley (F), Muskegon Lumberjacks – Buffalo Sabres (38th overall)
Steven Santini (D), Team USA – New Jersey Devils (42nd overall)
Gustav Olofsson (D), Green Bay Gamblers – Minnesota Wild (46th overall)
Tommy Vannelli (D), Team USA – St. Louis Blues (47th overall)
Eamon McAdam (G), Waterloo Black Hawks – New York Islanders (70th overall)
John Hayden (F), Team USA – Chicago Blackhawks (74th overall)
Taylor Cammarata (F), Waterloo Black Hawks – New York Islanders (76th overall)
Jake Guentzel (F), Sioux City Musketeers – Pittsburgh Penguins (77th overall)
Keaton Thompson (D), Team USA – Anaheim Ducks (87th overall)
Mike Downing (D), Dubuque Fighting Saints – Florida Panthers (97th overall)
Hudson Fasching (F), Team USA – Los Angeles Kings (118th overall)
Tyler Motte (F), Team USA – Chicago Blackhawks (121st overall)
Will Butcher (D), Team USA – Colorado Avalanche (123rd overall)
Tucker Poolman (D), Omaha Lancers – Winnipeg Jets (127th overall)
Cal Petersen (G), Waterloo Black Hawks – Buffalo Sabres (129th overall)
Connor Clifton (D), Team USA – Phoenix Coyotes (133rd overall)
Luke Johnson (F), Lincoln Stars – Chicago Blackhawks (134th overall)
Teemu Kivihalme (D), Fargo Force – Nashville Predators (140th overall)
Michael Brodzinski (D), Muskegon Lumberjacks – San Jose Sharks (141st overall)
Blake Heinrich (D), Sioux City Musketeers – Washington Capitals (144th overall)
Grant Besse (F), Omaha Lancers – Anaheim Ducks (147th overall)
Gage Ausmus (D), Team USA – San Jose Sharks (151st overall)
Ben Storm (D), Muskegon Lumberjacks – Colorado Avalanche (153rd overall)
Sean Malone (F), Team USA – Buffalo Sabres (159th overall)
Avery Peterson (F), Sioux City Musketeers – Minnesota Wild (167th overall)
Anthony Louis (F), Team USA – Chicago Blackhawks (181st overall)
Peter Quenneville (F), Dubuque Fighting Saints – Columbus Blue Jackets (195th overall)
Jake Jackson (F), Waterloo Black Hawks – San Jose Sharks (201st overall)
USHL Alumni Selections
Seth Jones (D), Team USA (2010-12) – Nashville Predators (1st round, 4th overall)
Ryan Hartman (F), Team USA (2010-12) – Chicago Blackhawks (1st round, 30th overall)
Adam Erne (F), Indiana Ice (2010-11) – Tampa Bay Lightning (2nd round, 33rd overall)
Justin Bailey (F), Indiana Ice (2011-12) – Buffalo Sabres (2nd round, 52nd overall)
Andrew Copp (F), Team USA (2010-12) – Winnipeg Jets (4th round, 104th overall)
Stephon Williams (G), Waterloo Black Hawks/Sioux Falls Stampede (2010-12) – New York Islanders (4th round, 106th overall)
Jonny Brodzinski (F), Fargo Force (2010-12) – Los Angeles Kings (5th round, 148th overall)
Quentin Shore (F), Team USA (2010-12) – Ottawa Senators (6th round, 168th overall)
John Gilmour (D), Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (2011-12) – Calgary Flames (7th round, 198th overall)