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NAHL Draft

The NAHL held their draft today. Of course, a player being drafted provides no guarantee that a player will try out for, or make said team.

Traverse City drafted two defenseman. One was Tyler Stephens, who played in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League last year, and has reportedly already drawn some interest from colleges. The other is Miami commit Will Weber, who was the top pick in the USHL draft, and likely won't ever play for TC.

Traverse City may have some locals on their team next season. Former Traverse City West star Alex Redmond is trying out for the Stars after attending Western Michigan as a student for a year. They also tendered TC West star Sean Burke.

Among the players drafted by Alaska was Alaska native William Rapuzzi, who had an excellent season with Belle Tire's Midget Major team this past fall. Alaska is trying to get more of a local influence, tendering 6 native Alaskans.

Alexandria drafted Rochester Century forward Joe Knoepke, who played a big role in Century's 3rd place finish at the Minnesota State Tournament this year. He should do well in the NAHL next season.

Alpena traded away both of their draft picks. The IceDiggers did get a tender from forward Andy Yarber. Yarber is a smaller forward, but is very talented.

Bismarck tendered hard-working Roseau forward Kurt Weston and Michigan forward Andrew Hall.

Fargo-Moorhead drafted Sioux Falls' forward Jake Drewiske, and Osseo HS defenseman Sean McNeely.

Kenai River drafted 5 players, including Roseau HS's Nathan Voll.

I'm not quite sure how this works, but both Southern Minnesota and Mahoning Valley both drafted Victory Honda's Grant Blakey.

North Iowa drafted Bemidji recruit Shea Walters, defenseman Scott Keeven, and Blaine HS forward Ben Lynch. I've got to believe Lynch has a pretty good shot of making a USHL team though.

Texas drafted Broderick Browne from the Texas Attack and Western Michigan recruit Luke Witkowski.

Topeka, the team formerly known as Santa Fe, has drawn from Minnesota in the past, and continued that, drafting physical forward Matt Hartmann, and Brad Wieck, who saw spot duty in Southern Minnesota after his high school season.

Wichita Falls drafted Victory Honda's Ian Ruel, along with Jeff McNeil and Dominic Marrone