Phase One selections traditionally are not ready to play in the USHL the following season and will continue to develop in lower levels of hockey in preparation to join the League in future seasons. A number of those players however, may see game action in the coming season.
*Tendered Player – Multiple teams used “tenders” prior to the USHL Draft, a process that allows clubs to sign up to two 1999 birth year players. The first tender for a team would take the place of a first-round pick in Phase One, and if a team tenders a second player that would take the place of a second-round selection in Phase One. Each tendered player will be on their respective team’s roster for the 2015-16 season and play at least 55% of the team’s regular season games.
Sixteen of the USHL’s 17 Member Clubs participate in the USHL Draft. Team USA does not participate as they hold a separate player-selection process that is completed in cooperation with the other USHL Member Clubs. Team USA has already secured 20 player commitments from the 1999 birth year who will be part of the Under-17 team that will compete in the USHL during the 2015-16 season.
While the USHL Draft is key step in the player procurement process, it is not the only avenue for players to earn spots on team rosters and protected lists. USHL teams conduct tryouts in the offseason before hosting training camp in the weeks prior to the 2015-16 regular season. A list of team tryouts can be found at http://www.USHL.com.