Sioux Falls, SD—The Sioux Falls Stampede selected 21 players during Phase II of the USHL Draft Tuesday. The Herd selected nine forwards, eight defensemen and four goaltenders during the draft. Phase II of the USHL Draft is open to players eligible to play junior hockey next season (1999-2003 birth years) who are not currently protected by another USHL team.
“All the hard work and dedication from our coaching staff throughout the process gave us a diverse list of players to select from,” said Assistant Coach and Director of Scouting Riley Colvard. “We worked to address our needs for the upcoming season and beyond and are pleased with the results. There is a great group of quality and character of the kids selected and the next big step is to evaluate them further during our camps in June.”
The Stampede’s first three selections came in the fourth round. The Herd selected Amarillo Bulls (NAHL) left defenseman Nick Anderson 55th overall. A native of Wayzata, Minn. and 1999 birth year, Anderson tallied 39 points from 36 goals and three goals in 56 games. He split the 2017-18 season between Amarillo and the Minnesota Wilderness (NAHL). He competed in 105 games and tallied a total four goals and 56 assists for 60 points in the North American Hockey League. Anderson is committed to Colgate University for the 2020-21 season.
With the 56th overall selection, Sioux Falls snagged forward Brian Carrabes from Andover, Ma. Carrabes, born in 2001, split time last season between Kimball Union Prep Academy (USHS) and the Islanders Hockey Club (NCDC). He tallied a total 13 goals and 24 assists for 37 points in 40 contests. He stands at 5-foot-10 and 165-pounds and is already committed to Boston University. He previously played at St. John’s Prep, scoring 29 goals and 28 assists for 57 points over two seasons.
The final selection in the fourth was used on Swedish defenseman Philip Törnqvist from Lund, Sweden. A right-handed, puck-moving defenseman, Törnqvist skated in 41 games with Karlskrona J20 (SuperElit) and recorded 14 points (2g, 12a). He wore an assistant captain patch for the program last season and is committed to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
The Herd selected 1999-birth-year goaltender Kyle McClellan who defended the net for the Austin Bruins (NAHL). He amassed 44 games played last season with the Bruins, recording a 2.31 goals-against average and .915 save percentage. In four playoff games McClellan posted a 2.54 goals-against and .912 save percentage. He stands at 6-foot-1, is a native of Manchester, M.O. and committed to Mercyhurst University.
With the 87th overall selection in the sixth round, Sioux Falls selected forward Matthew Crasa. Crasa tallied 90 points off 33 goals and 57 assists in 67 contests last season with Selects Academy. Over his midget hockey career, he tallied 192 points (72g, 120a) in 143 games. He is a native of South Setauket, N.Y. and former teammate of Stampede forward Ethan Phillips.
In round seven, the Stampede went for right-handed defenseman Nate Schweitzer. A 5-foot-10, 170-pound native of Champlin, Minn., Schweitzer attended Benilde-St. Margaret’s (USHS) school and recorded 14 goals and 26 assists for 40 points over 25 games. He also skated with Team Northwest (UMHSEHL) and tallied a goal and eight assists in 21 games. He wore the captain patch last season for the program.
With their eighth-round selection the Herd took Lone Star Brahmas (NAHL) forward Matthew Guerra from Sanford, Fla. In 58 games with Brahmas, Guerra posted 53 points (12g, 41a). The 19-year-old stands at 5-foot-10 and 181-pounds and posted 16 goals and 44 assists for 60 points for Cushing Academy during the 2017-18 season. He is committed to Bentley University.
The Herd did not hold a pick in the ninth round, but selected forward Justin Dauphinias from Val Caron, Ontario, in the tenth. Dauphinias played with the North Bay Trappers Midget AAA (GNML) program and collected 26 goals and 25 points for 51 points in 31 games. He tallied nine points (4g, 5a) in six playoff games last season. He wore the assistant captain patch.
In the eleventh round, goaltender Grant Adams was selected. Adams defended the net for Culver Academy last season and record a 2.15 goals-against average and .918 save percentage in 25 games last season, with a 13-12-3 record. He wore the captain patch last season and is committed to St. Lawrence Academy.
Sioux Falls selected German left-handed forward Timo Bakos in the twelfth round. Bakos from Augsburg. Bakos tallied 59 points (28g, 31a) in 35 games played last season with Augsburger EV U20. The previous season he record 34 points from 20 goals and 14 assists over 28 games.
The next selection was forward Luke Weilandt from Northbrook, Ill. He skated with Chicago Mission 16U last season and tallied four goals and seven assists in 19 games. The previous season he tallied 13 goals and 11 assists for 24 points in 20 games.
With the 211th overall selection, the Stampede took defenseman Joseph Nagle from Weymouth, Ma. He played in 92 games with the Northeast Generals (NAHL) over the last two season and record three goals and 25 assists for 28 points.
In round 15, Sioux Falls selected Lauri Sertti of Espoo, Finland. The 5-foot-1, 187-pound defenseman tallied 30 points (6g, 24a) in 49 games with Blues U20 (Jr. A SM-liiga) this past season.
The Stampede selected their third goaltender in the draft in the 16th round. Nathan Reid, a 2000 birth year from Sun Prairie, Wis., posted a 2.37 goal against and .907 save percentage in 32 games. He previously defended the net for Victory Honda U18 (T1EHL U18) and earned a 2.36 goals against and .906 save percentage in 28 games.
Sioux Falls selected Swedish forward Filip Karlsson Tägtström with their 256th selection in the 17th round. Tägtström spent last season with the Sodertalje SK J20 program. He scored 37 points from 15 goals and 22 assists last season. His contributions led the league in both points and assists.
The Herd used their 18th round selection on defenseman James Rayhill from New Hartford, N.Y. He is committed to Cornell University and played in 31 games for The Gunnery Prep, tallying eight goals and 20 assists for 28 points.
The Stampede went international again on forward Semyon Poduruyev. From Moscow, Russia, Poduruyev tallied 29 goals and 19 assists for 48 points in 43 contests for HK Poprad U18 in the Slovakia U18 league.
Clint Levens was the 20th round selection for the Stampede, 301st overall, from Wintermere, Fla. Levens tallied 27 points (14g, 13a) with Florida Alliance U16 during the 2018-19 season.
The 21st round selection was used on defenseman Joseph Blackley from Lockport, N.Y. A 2003 birthday, Blackley tallied five goals and 10 assists in 27 games last season with the Buffalo Regals Minor Midget AAA (SCTAMM).
The Herd rounded out their goaltender selections with Russian goaltender Arseniy Sergeev. The netminder is from Yaroslavl, Russia and skated with the Dmitrov Golden Dogs, posting a .890 save percentage and 4.93 goals against in 14 games.
The Sioux Falls Stampede closed out the 2019 Phase II USHL Draft with defensemen Brett Oberle from Woodbury, Minn. Oberle posted five goals and 19 assists for 24 points in 24 games last season with Hill-Murray School. He is committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
All returning players, Phase I and Phase II draft selections will report to the Stampede Tryout Camp in June at the Scheels Ice Plex in Sioux Falls. The camp will feature over 100 players vying for a spot on the Stampede roster when training camp for the 2019-20 season begins in September.