Storm have busy day drafting, trading

Storm forward Monte Graham takes the ice with Catherine prior to a game at the Viaero Center (NTV News)

Less than an hour before the Phase I draft started, Tri–City announcing a large trade to move up into the first round of the Phase II draft.

Now, for those who do not know, the Phase I is choosing specifically from kids with a born on date in 2001. Or in other words, 15– and 16–year–olds.

Phase II is the athletes who are more likely to join their team next season and be contributors.

In order for Tri–City to acquire the no. 12 overall pick for the Phase II Draft, they sent Monte Graham, Wyatt Bongiovanni and Jon Bendorf to Muskegon.

The trio was led by Bongiovanni's 12 goals and 30 points this year, the fourth leading scorer for Tri–City.

Graham had 8 goals and 16 assists for the Storm. He played 127 games, post–season included, while in Kearney.

Bendorf, a forward, had five assists in 23 games this year as a rookie.

Tri–City already possess the second overall selection of the Phase II draft, beginning at 8:00 Tuesday morning.

As far as Phase I selections go, Tri–City had the second overall pick there as well and they went with Mike Koster, a defenseman out of Chaska, Minn. Three of the top four choices were blue liners. They grabbed a goalie in the eighth round and six forwards.

1st round, 2nd overall: D Mike Koster

Height: 5’9”

Weight: 160 lbs.

Birthdate: April 12, 2001 (16 years old)

Hometown: Chaska, Minnesota

Last Team: Chaska High School

2nd round, 31st overall: F Liam Connors

Height: 5’8”

Weight: 150 lbs.

Birthdate: February 1, 2001 (16 years old)

Hometown: Westborough, Massachusetts

Last Team: St. Sebastian’s

3rd round, 34th overall: D Jayden Struble

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 175 lbs.

Birthdate: August 9, 2001 (15 years old)

Hometown: Cumberland, Rhode Island

Last Team: Noble & Greenough

4th round, 59th overall: D Kabore Dunn

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 164 lbs.

Birthdate: November 10, 2001 (15 years old)

Hometown: Mill Bay, British Columbia, Canada

Last Team: Shawnigan Lake School

5th round, 66th overall: F Joey Moffatt

Height: 5’9”

Weight: 192 lbs.

Birthdate: October 19, 2001 (15 years old)

Hometown: Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada

Last Team: Central Plains Capitals

5th round, 67th overall: F Dalton DuHart

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 168 lbs.

Birthdate: January 18, 2001 (16 years old)

Hometown: Grand Blanc, Michigan

Last Team: Belle Tire

5th round, 80th overall: D Cole McWard

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 170 lbs.

Birthdate: June 9, 2001 (15 years old)

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Last Team: St. Louis AAA Blues

6th round, 94th overall: F Nik Norman

Height: 5’9”

Weight: 154 lbs.

Birthdate: March 8, 2001 (16 years old)

Hometown: Maplewood, Minnesota

Last Team: Shattuck St. Mary’s

7th round, 98th overall: G Joe Sharib

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 175 lbs.

Birthdate: August 16, 2001 (15 years old)

Hometown: Natick, Massachusetts

Last Team: Cushing Academy

9th round, 130th overall: F T.J. Koufis

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 182 lbs.

Birthdate: July 14, 2001 (15 years old)

Hometown: Palatine, Illinois

Last Team: Chicago Mission

10th round, 146th overall: F Alberto Pison

Height: 5’7”

Weight: 153 lbs.

Birthdate: April 28, 2001 (16 years old)

Hometown: Denmark

Last Team: Newbridge Academy

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