Storm have busy day drafting, trading
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Weight: 182 lbs.
Birthdate: July 14, 2001 (15 years old)
Hometown: Palatine, Illinois
Last Team: Chicago Mission
10th round, 146th overall: F Alberto Pison
Weight: 153 lbs.
Birthdate: April 28, 2001 (16 years old)
Last Team: Newbridge Academy