The Brookings Blizzard will take part in the 2013 NAHL Entry Draft tomorrow afternoon at 1:00pm. Here the Blizzard will be looking to acquire the playing rights of some of the most talented amateur players from around the country.
Over the past few months the Blizzard coaching staff has been diligently recruiting players from all over the country who they believe can come in and compete right away.
“Over the past three weeks we have seen over 300 players in person,” said Blizzard assistant coach Chris Olson. “We have been scouting all over the country, coast-to-coast, for players that can come in and contribute immediately to a run at the Robertson Cup.”
The Blizzard held two Pre-Draft camps during the month of May, each with more than 85 participants. Coaches have also seen players at showcases in Denver and the Twin Cities.
The coaching staff is looking to draft players at every position, forward, defense, and goalie.
“Through the draft our goal is to increase team speed, improve skill on the blue line, and find a goal tender to help share the load with returning starter Drew Weigman,” said Olson. “We are very excited about the names on our draft list and believe our team next year will be young, fast, and have a high hockey I.Q.”
A veteran team in 2012-2013, the Blizzard will be looking to replace more than half of the players on their final roster who are no longer eligible to play junior hockey because of age limitations. 12 of the team’s 23 players will be moving on next season, which opens the door for a lot of young talent.
In tomorrow’s 2013 NAHL Entry Draft the Blizzard will have more picks, 15, than any other team that is not a new to the league. Each team’s number of draft picks is determined by the number of eligible players the team has returning and the number of tendered players the team has signed for next season. A tendered player is one who signed a letter of intent to play for a specific team. With the protected returners and the tenders, each teams is allowed to draft up to 30 players.
All drafted players, tenders, and protected returners, as well as other invited players, will participate in the Blizzard’s Main Camp held in Alexandria, MN the first weekend of August. Here the coaching staff will select the 27-30 young men that will move to Brookings to start the season. The roster will be cut to 25 spots in November, and down to 23 final roster spots in early February.
“It creates great competition because the guys are playing for their spot everyday,” said Olson.
A complete draft recap will be posted on gobrookingsblizzard.com after the draft. Like the Blizzard on Facebook and follow the team on twitter to see who the Blizzard select tomorrow afternoon.
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