Did You Know...?

Did you know that the Fargo Force have two NHL draft picks playing on their team this 2009-10 season and a total of five NHL draft picks in their short two year existance?

Luke Witkowski was taken in the 6th round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Nate Condon was also taken in 2008 in the 7th round by the Colorado Avalanche. Josh Birkholz (Florida Panthers) and Mike Lee (Phoenix Coyotes) were drafted in the 3rd round in 2009. Nick Oliver (Nashville Predators) was also drafted in 2009 in the 4th round. His stock plummeted when he was injured during the 2008-09 season.

5 draft picks and counting in 2 years...

As for potential draft picks for the upcoming year in the USHL:

2010 NHL draft eligible players to watch from Team USA are: Jon Merrill (D), Jack Campbell (G), Stephen Johns (D), Luke Moffatt (F), Nick Mattson (D), and Matt Nieto (F). The Chicago Steel's Kevin Lind (D) and Des Moines' Yasin Cisse (F) are all players to watch out for as potential high NHL picks. Former USHL player, Stanislav Galiev (F, Indiana Ice) will also go high in the 2010 draft, some scouts have him listed with top 10 potential.

One player to watch on every list is Seth Ambroz (F) of the Omaha Lancers. He is a potential first round pick in 2011 and is creating the most NHL draft hype in the USHL.

Colten St. Clair (2011 Draft Eligible) and Eamonn McDermott (2010) have been mentioned in hockey prospect forums but nothing to get worked up about yet, not until more official scouting lists are released.

With the completion of the Fall Classic and the beginning of the new season, more scouting information will be released shortly, and it will be posted here as soon as it is released. Stay tuned!


Anonymous said...

Can anybody confirm if Joey Benik has suited up for the Force yet? If so, will he be playing for them this entire season or not? I don't trust Pointstreak... Joey isn't the type to earn a fighting major... he's also not 6'3" like the guy wearing #25 two weekends ago supposedly was.

FargoForceBlog said...

Benik is not playing with Fargo this year, possibly next year. Not sure who 25 is but I believe it is one of the 6'3 Russians.

FargoForceBlog said...

Another thing to add - Nate Schmidt was ranked 163rd by NHL Central Scouting last year. He was a top 11 Minnesota HS prospect last year.

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