Slew of Colorado products tabbed in two-part 2021 USHL Draft
The USHL held its two-part draft this past week – Phase I and Phase II – as teams look to stock their rosters for upcoming seasons.
Phase I of the draft is ten rounds of “futures” age players only, which are Under-17 players for next year’s season (2005 birth year players only for the 2021 draft).
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, and 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. All veteran roster players from the 2020-21 season are automatically protected by their current team, separate from the list of 45 players.
Teams will have their tryouts in June and July. Teams will typically have 60-80 players at their training camps. By July 10, teams must be down to a 30-man protected and 18-man affiliate list. Undrafted players have the opportunity to go to any team’s camp and make the team as a tryout player.
Before the season starts, teams will be required to have their team rosters cut down to 23 players and teams are allowed to carry an 18-man affiliate list of players.
Colorado products taken during the two-day draft include:
3rd round (43rd overall) – David Klee, F, Denver, Waterloo Black Hawks
4th round (59th overall) – Jordan Gudridge, D, Greenwood Village, Madison Capitols
10th round (138th overall) – Noah Grolnic, F, Arvada, Omaha Lancers
1st round (6th overall) – Kaidan Mbereko, G, Aspen, Lincoln Stars
7th round (94th overall) – Dominik Wasik, G, Superior, Sioux Falls Stampede
7th round (106th overall) – Ethan Begg, F, Golden, Madison Capitols
9th round (127th overall) – Michael Morelli, G, Arvada, Dubuque Fighting Saints – pictured
11th round (163rd overall) – David Hejduk, D, Parker, Green Bay Gamblers
14th round (199th overall) – Cole Miller, D, Highlands Ranch, Sioux Falls Stampede
(May 29, 2021)