Sioux Falls, SD – The Sioux Falls Stampede selected nine players to bolster their affiliate list during Phase I of the 2019 USHL Draft Monday evening. Sioux Falls selected three forwards, five defensemen and one goaltender. All players selected have 2003 birth years.
"Overall we are extremely pleased with our selections for the future of the program," said Assistant Coach and Director of Scouting Riley Colvard. "The entire staff worked hard evaluating talent and selecting a great blend and diversified portfolio of players for the organization."
Prior to the draft, the Stampede tendered Canadian forward Cameron MacDonald from Selects Academy in South Kent, Conn. The tender forfeited the team’s first-round selection for this draft.
Full release on Cameron MacDonald tender agreement.
The Herd selected Brent Johnson from Frisco, Texas, in the second round. The 5 foot 9, right-handed defenseman skates for Dallas Stars Elite 16U program. During the 2018–19 season, Johnson recorded 10 points (3g, 7a) in 30 games. He is committed to Arizona State University.
In the fourth round, Sioux Falls selected forward Adam Marshall. A native of Wayzata, Minn., Marshall spent last season with both MNBEL Sharks squad, tallying 43 points (18g, 25a) in 38 games. His performances ranked him fifth in points among midget leagues in the United States. He stands 5-foot-10 and weighs 170 lbs.
The Herd had back-to-back selections in the fifth round and used their 73rd overall selection on defenseman Mario Gasprini from Lakeville, Minn. Gasparini stands at 5-foot-11 and 150 lbs. He tallied eight points from two goals and six assists over 25 games with Lakeville North High School. Gasparini is the son of former Stampede head coach Tony Gasparini. He saw Thomas Vanek set the Stampede’s all-time scoring record with 91 points, 46 goals and 45 assists.
With the next selection, the team took another Minnesota defenseman in Max Rud. The 6-foot-two, left-handed shot hails from St. Cloud. He tallied three assists in fourteen games played with MNBEL Sharks.
With the 88th overall selection in the sixth round, Sioux Falls chose forward J.P. Turner. The 5-foot-9, Falmouth, Mass. native played with Avon Old Farms prep school last season. Turner tallied five goals and eight assists for 13 points in 25 games. He is committed to the University of New Hampshire.
With the 7th round selection, the Stampede selected Riverview, New Brunswick native Evan Nause. During the 2018–19 season, Nause tallied one goal and five assists with Team New Brunswick at the Canadian Games.
Sioux Falls made a Southern California selection with right-handed forward Ean Somoza. Somoza completed his most recent season with the Los Angeles Jr. Kings, skating in 30 games while recording 31 points (10g, 21a).
With the penultimate selection in the ninth round, the Herd selected goaltender Conor Sullivan from Weymouth, Mass. From Rivers School, the team finished the season 20-8-1. He played in 13 games, recording a .879 SV% and 2.68 GAA.
With the final selection, the Herd selected Artur Cholach. Cholach is a from Novoyavorivsk, Ukraine. He played for Moscow CSKA Moskva last season, scoring four goals and six assists in 25 games played.
The Stampede will continue with Phase II of the draft which begins at 10 a.m. tomorrow. The Herd’s first selection comes in the first round, 12th overall. Fans can follow all of the Stampede’s picks by following on Twitter @sfstampede. Updates throughout the draft will also be available on Facebook and on the Stampede website at sfstampede.com.