Wilderness Duo Taken Early on Day 2 of USHL Draft
Phase 2 is for Players Born Before 2000
Both days of the United States Hockey League Draft are about the future. But while Phase 1 lets teams look a couple years down the road, Phase 2 is for the more immediate future.
Players born before the year 2000, and whose rights don’t already belong to a USHL team were eligible. Meaning North American Hockey League players are fair game. Which is why the Minnesota Wilderness saw two of its players picked in the second round Tuesday.
Cloquet native and University of Minnesota commit Koby Bender was drafted by the Muskegon Lumberjacks, while Cole Koepke was taken by the Sioux City Mustketeers just three picks later. Koepke joined the Wilderness after captaining Hermantown to the Class A state championship.
Sioux City also drafted Grand Rapids’ Micah Miller in the 4th round. Koepke’s Hermantown teammate Dylan Samberg was the fifth round pick of the Waterloo Black Hawks.
Recent Air force Academy commit Alex Adams was picked in the 12th round by the Madison Capitols, the same team that took his Thunderhawks teammate Blake McLaughlin in Monday’s first round.
The Marshall School’s Levi Stauber was the last Northland native drafted. He was taken in the 16th round by the Dubuque Fighting Saints.