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USHL Teams Prepare for 2011 Entry Draft

Monday May 16, 2011

Des Moines Buccaneers defenseman Peter Stoykewich was the third overall pick in the 2010 USHL Entry Draft and went on to score 15 points (5g, 10a) in 58 games this season. (photo by Bryce Loshman)

Two USHL teams are still putting the final touches on the 2010-11 season with game action in the Clark Cup Final, but every team in the League is making preparations for the future of their organization.  The next step in the building process for next season is the 2011 USHL Entry Draft that takes place on Monday, May 16th

The draft is exclusively covered live on the League's website beginning at 10:00 AM (CST) as each selection will be posted in real-time at www.USHLDraft.com.  Complete coverage of the 2011 USHL Entry Draft will be available throughout the day at www.USHL.com, in addition to extended coverage on the USHL's Twitter account (www.Twitter.com/USHL) and Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/USHLHockey).

The number of rounds for the 2011 USHL Entry Draft is based on how many rounds necessary to bring each club's player roster to 30.  Teams will first draft to fill their roster number to 23 players.  Once every team reaches that number, the Entry Draft extends to allow all teams to bring their roster to 30.  The 15 USHL Member Clubs other than the NTDP will select players with the birth year of 1991 or younger during the USHL Entry Draft.  Team USA, in cooperation with the USHL, conducts a separate player selection process for its single-age U-17 and U-18 programs.

Players selected in the 2011 USHL Entry Draft will be invited to the tryout camp of their respective club and will have the opportunity to earn a roster spot for the 2011-12 USHL season.  Teams are seeking players that can have an immediate impact in the League.  The top overall pick in the 2010 USHL Entry Draft was Adam Krause who collected 23 points (12g, 11a) in 60 games during the 2010-11 season which he split between the Chicago Steel and Sioux City Musketeers.  The Des Moines Buccaneers chose defenseman Peter Stoykewich third overall a year ago and he went on to tally 15 points (5g, 10a) in 58 games this season.  He was also selected in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The selection order for each round of the USHL Entry Draft is based on the reverse order of the total points accumulated in the final 2010-11 regular season standings.  Teams are able to trade or exchange draft positions, so the draft order below may change throughout the draft.

2011 USHL Entry Draft Order

1.    Chicago

2.    Tri-City

3.    Youngstown

4.    Des Moines

5.    Waterloo

6.    Muskegon

7.    Sioux City

8.    Lincoln

9.    Fargo

10.  Sioux Falls

11.  Omaha

12.  Indiana

13.  Dubuque

14.  Green Bay

15.  Cedar Rapids


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its ninth season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2010-11.  With over 250 players this season already committed to NCAA Division I schools and 18 NHL Entry Draft picks that were on League rosters, the USHL is the nation's foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at www.USHL.com.

It's not just hockey. It's the USHL.

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