The USHL Takes Third Place In The Draft

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The USHL takes third place in the draft June 26, 2012 7:40 AM

The USA Hockey development system may not be perfect, but it is definitely working. More than ever players from the United States or those making the choice to play in the United States are getting NHL opportunity.

The USHL had a record day on Friday, sending six of the first thirty overall draft picks to the podium. A more telling statistic may be that the USHL was the third place league in terms of draft eligible players taken.

For the first time the USHL had more players drafted than the perenial draft powerhouse QMJHL.

The United States Hockey League is really coming along as a developmental league. Not only is it becoming the league that all US born players aspire to play in, but it is becoming a league that international players as choosing. Zemgus Girgensons, a USHL player became the first Latvian born player taken in the first round.

The six players taken in the first round look as follows: Jacob Trouba(Winnipeg), Zemgus Girgensons(Buffalo), Mike Matheson(Florida), Jordan Schmaltz(St. Louis), Brady Skjei(New York), and Stefan Matteau(New Jersey).

Success is definitely found in numbers. The USHL and USA Hockey trained players are clearly becoming more than just a passing thought for NHL teams. There is still a ways to go before stepping into first or second place, but it certainly is not out of the question.

Joseph Kolodziej

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