Storm assess forward, goalie needs in draft
Tri-City Storm coach Josh Hauge had definite needs to fill at forward and goalie.There’s a reason the Storm took nine forwards and two goalies with their first 14 picks.
Somebody is going to have to replace all the goals scored by Brian Ward, Mike Vecchione, Tim Bonner and Grant Opperman. The Omaha native Wilkie figures to fill at least some of that void. He’ll only be a one-year guy but Hauge and NHL scouts rave about his all-around upside.
The Storm went with goalie Hayden Lavigne in the third round to fill a much needed hole. It’s hard to win hockey games without a legitimate goalkeeper, a reality the Storm faced far too often last season. The job will likely be Lavigne’s to lose.
Unless you for some crazy reason stayed awake for all seven hours of the USHL draft, you probably didn’t see the entire draft board. Here’s a look at the Storm’s selections.
Tri-City Storm 2013 USHL Draft Phase 2 Selections
1st Round: Chris Wilkie – Forward – Omaha, NE – Team USA U-17
3rd Round: Hayden Lavigne – Goalie – Brampton, Ont. – Wellington Dukes
4th Round: Jalen Schulz – Defense – Cambridge, Minn. – Corpus Cristi Ice Rays
5th Round: Robbie Payne – Forward – Gaylord, Mich. – Kalamazoo Jr. Wings
5th Round: Brock Kautz – Goalie – Rochester, Minn. – Janesville Jets
7th Round: Mike Lee – Defense – Hamden, Conn. – The Gunnery
8th Round: Lane Bauer – Forward – Anchorage, Ak. – Alaska Jr. Aces
10th Round: Steven Haydon – Forward – Plymouth, Mich. – Odessa Jackalopes
11th Round: Chase McMurphy – Forward – Chestermere, Alb. – Calgary Mustangs
12th Round: Kurt Keats – Forward – Winnipeg, Man. – Winnipeg South Blues
13th Round: Trevor Yates – Forward – Beaconsfield, Que. – Deerfield Academy
14th Round: Dakota Boutin – Forward – Moosejaw, Sask. – Moosejaw Generals
15th Round: Max Prawdzik – Goalie – Andover, Mass. – Brooks School
16th Round: Jedd Soleway – Forward – West Vancouver, BC – Penticton Vees
17th Round: Victor Beaulac – Defense – St. Hyacinthe, Que. – Longueuil
18th Round: Tyler Bird – Forward – Andover, Mass. – St. John’s Prep
19th Round: Andrew Cross – Defense – Saugus, Mass – Austin Prep
20th Round: Alec Mono – Defense – Las Vegas, NV – Las Vegas Storm
21st Round: Will Garin – Forward – Mound, Minn. – Holy Family
22nd Round: Charley Graaskamp – Forward – Eau Claire, Wis. – Eau Claire Memorial
23rd Round: Nicholas Cardelli – Forward – Itasca, Ill. – Chicago Hawks
24th Round: Mike Ilvonen – Defense – Helsinki, Finland – Espoo
25th Round: Derek Lodermeier – Forward – Brooklyn Center, Minn. – Totino-Grace H.S.