9 Illinois Players Drafted in Phase 1 of 2016 USHL Draft

Congratulations to the 9 Illinois players selected in Phase 1 of the 2016 USHL Draft. 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.

Now in its fifth year, the USHL tender process allows teams to sign up to two players prior to the 2015 USHL Draft.  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 2016-17 season and play at least 55% of the team’s regular season games.


The selection order for the USHL Draft is based on the reverse order of the 2015-16 regular season final standings.

Trades made by teams prior to the USHL Draft will affect selections in specific rounds, but the draft order will be maintained throughout each round of Phase One and continue through Phase Two.

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 who will be part of the Under-17 team that will compete in the USHL during the 2016-17 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 2016-17 regular season.  A list of team tryouts can be found at www.USHL.com.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 13th season as the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16.  A record 35 players were chosen in the 2014 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters this season are committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.


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