NAPHL players taken in USHL Drafts
The North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) advancement and recognition to the United States Hockey League was again on display during the 2022 USHL Drafts. 21 current or former players who played in the NAPHL were selected in Phase I and II of the 2022 USHL Draft, which was held on May 2 and 3.
Phase I of the USHL Draft consists of 10 rounds for the “Futures” age players, which are all 2006 birth year players only. This phase of the draft gives teams a chance to draft these younger players who may not necessarily be ready for the league that following season. This gives the players that have been drafted an opportunity to grow and develop while their respective USHL team still owns their rights as a player.
Phase II of the Draft is open to players of all ages eligible to play junior hockey and are not currently protected by another USHL team. Teams will fill their roster to a total of 45 players on this date; this includes players that were previously on a team’s Affiliate List. The total number of players that a team will draft will vary depending on the number of Affiliate players a team may have.
The NAPHL has enjoyed a record-breaking amount of advancement, which is highlighted by a large amount of advancement of players to the North American Hockey League (NAHL). No other USA Hockey Midget Tier I league has had more players play in the NAHL over the course of the last three seasons than the NAPHL, which included over 100+ NAPHL alumni playing in the NAHL during the 2021-22 season.
That advancement success also extends to the USHL. The last four seasons has seen over 90+ NAPHL players selected in the USHL Drafts and over 40+ NAPHL alumni played in the USHL during the 2021-22 season.
NAPHL Players Selected in Phase I
Round 7, #94, Lincoln Hjelm, Waterloo, Northstar Knights 16U, 2021-20
NAPHL Players Selected in Phase II
Round 1, #3, Barrett Hall, Green Bay, MN Wilderness (NAHL) Madison Capitols, 2019-20
Round 2, #25, Raythan Robbins, Muskegon, Anchorage Wolverines (NAHL) Alaska Oilers, 2017-18
Round 5, #68, Aiden VanRooyan, Sioux Falls, Bismarck Bobcats (NAHL), Sioux Falls Power, 2019-20
Round 5, #74, Adam Pietila, Sioux City, Bismarck Bobcats (NAHL), MHA Mudbugs, 2018-21
Round 5, #75, Alex Pineau, Des Moines, MN Wilderness (NAHL), Thunder Bay Kings, 2018-20
Round 6, #91, Talon Sigurdson, Des Moines, Anchorage Wolverines (NAHL), Northstar Knights, 2019-20
Round 7, #101, Nik Hong, Waterloo, St. Cloud Norsemen (NAHL), Shattuck-St. Mary’s, 2017-18
Round 8, #109, Branden Piku, Youngstown, Maryland Black Bears (NAHL), Meijer, 2018-19
Round 8, #119, Dylan Cook, Lincoln, NorthStar Knights 18U (NAPHL), Northstar Knights, 2020-22
Round 10, #145, Nick Sajevic, Madison, Chippewa Steel (NAHL), Gentry Academy, 2019-20
Round 10, #151, Kaden Shahan, Sioux City, Northwest Stars 18U (NAPHL), Northwest Stars, 2020-22
Round 11, #157, Caleb Elfering, Waterloo, Northwest Stars 18U (NAPHL), Northwest Stars, 2020-22
Round 12, #169, Davis Borozinskis, Des Moines, Des Moines Bucs 18U (NAPHL), Des Moines Bucs, 2021-22
Round 13, #185, Owen Benoit, Sioux Falls, Maine Nordiques 18U (NAPHL), Maine Nordiques, 2021-22
Round 13, #188, Anthony Menghini, Fargo, Austin Bruins (NAHL), Northstar Knights, 2019-21
Round 15, #222, Brian Morse, Youngstown, NorthStar Knights 18U (NAPHL), Northstar Knights, 2020-22
Round 17, #248, Mason Johnson, Fargo, Chippewa Steel (NAHL), MN Magicians, 2019-21
Round 20, #296, Alex Lunski, Omaha Minnetonka HS (MN-HS), Des Moines Bucs, 2020-21
Round 20, #303, Nikita Konevych, Tri-City, Esmark Stars 16U (NAPHL), Esmark Stars, 2021-22
Round 21, #311, Owen Drury, Omaha, Chicago Reapers 16U (NAPHL), Chicago Reapers, 2021-22