The United States Hockey League completed the Futures Draft today and the Force loaded up with two defensemen and three forwards in the draft. A couple of names that might be familiar to our Minnesota Force fans would be Monticello's Gage Torrel and Lakeville North's Nate Arentz who appeared in the MN-HS state tournament this year.
Fargo Force Futures Draft Results:
Gage Torrel - LW, Monticello HS - Gage was the leading scorer on a sub-par Minnesota high school team this year with Monticello/Annandale/Maple Lake. He averaged more than a goal per game and nearly two points per game as a sophomore. He finished the year with 26 goals and 19 assists for a total of 45 points. His team only averaged 2.82 goals per game so you can see he was a big part of any success that they might have had. Hey, he did score on future Force goaltender Zane Gothberg when his team took on the Prowlers of Thief River Falls. Gage will need to pack a few pounds on before coming to the Force as he is currently listed at 5'9, 158 lbs.
Nate Arentz - LW, Lakeville North HS - The third selection for the Force is a kid that led his team to a MN-HS state hockey tournament appearance but were beaten by the number one team in the state at the time, Minnetonka. As a sophomore he led the team in goals with 18 and was tied for fourth in assists with 10 giving him 28 total points. He is another kid that will need to beef up before heading a Force roster at 5'11 and 158 lbs.
Ben Johnson - C, Calumet HS (Michigan) - The fourth selection for the Force is an elite goal scorer for his age in Michigan high school hockey. In 29 games with the Calumet Copper Kings, Johnson netted 29 and assisted on another 30 for 59 points as a sophomore. That was good enough to lead his team in points and a winning record at 17-12. He averaged over two points a game on a team that averaged 3.21 goals a game - pretty impressive for a sophomore. Johnson stands at 5'10, 160 lbs.
Drew Best - RW, Victory Honda (U16) - Best stands at 5'8, 160 lbs for Victory Honda (U16). Best scored 13 goals and dished out 21 assists for 34 points. If you want to pay some money you can find out what some scouts think of him but other than that, there is not much info out there on this kid.
Wayland Williams - D, Compuware (U16) - Wayland is a tall kid for his age standing at 6'0, 165 lbs. He scored 9 goals and added 5 assists at the blue line for Compuware (U16). Some scouts have already reported him as a top 25 defensmen in the United States. I'll guess we'll see when he puts on a Force uniform.