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SEVEN WNY PLAYERS SELECTED IN USHL FUTURES DRAFT

Three Buffalo Regals selected among the top 11 picks

Monday, 05.02.2011 / 11:37 AM / Amateur Hockey
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SEVEN WNY PLAYERS SELECTED IN USHL FUTURES DRAFT
Seven Western New York hockey players were among the 90 players aged 15 and 16 selected in the United States Hockey League’s 2011 Futures Draft on April 19, with three players from the Buffalo Regals 16-and-under team selected in the top 11 picks.

It was the first time three players from any WNY team have ever been selected in the first 11 picks of the draft. The Regals had five players selected in total, tying Detroit Honeybaked and Team Illinois for most players drafted.

The seven WNY players selected in the 2011 USHL Futures Draft are:
ROUND PICK PLAYER '10-11 TEAM DRAFTED BY
1 4 (4) Patrick Polino Buffalo Regals 16U Chicago Steel
1 9 (9) Dylan McLaughlin Buffalo Regals 16U Sioux Falls Stampede
1 11 (11) Justin Bailey Buffalo Regals 16U Indiana Ice
2 8 (38) Kyle Eastman Buffalo Regals 16U Tri-City Storm
3 4 (49) Sean Malone Nichols School Lincoln Stars
3 9 (54) Joey Palumbo Buffalo Regals 16U Des Moines Buccaneers
5 1 (61) Wilson Vershay Nichols School Waterloo Black Hawks

Beginning next year, the Buffalo Regals 16- and 18-and-under teams will be known as the Buffalo Junior Sabres 16U and 18U, following their recent sponsorship by the Buffalo Sabres. Of the players selected in the Futures Draft, three (McLaughlin, Bailey and Eastman) will play for the Buffalo Junior Sabres 18U team next year. The Chicago Steel have already indicated that fourth-overall pick Polino will join their club next year.

Of the 90 players selected in the Futures Draft, 39 (43%) were selected from the Tier I Elite League, the league in which the Buffalo Junior Sabres U16 and U18 teams compete. The league with the next most selections had only nine players selected.

The USHL is the only Tier I junior league in the United States. Its teams are made up of players aged 20 years old or younger at the beginning the season. The main purpose of the USHL is to help players, coaches and officials advance their careers to the college and professional level.

Each year, the USHL holds a six-round “Futures Draft” for players aged 15-16. This year’s draft was comprised of players born in 1995, with 15 teams selecting players to add to their affiliate lists – a list of 13 players that a team is allowed to protect in addition to their 23-man active roster.

There are currently more than 150 USHL alumni under contract with an NHL team, including three current Sabres players (Chris Butler, Nathan Gerbe and Thomas Vanek) and six Sabres prospects (Tim Conboy, Dennis McCauley, Colin Stuart, Corey Tropp, Travis Turnbull and Derek Whitmore).

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82