Mason Jenson was one of three Rogers skaters taken in the Phase I Draft.
This year’s Phase I Draft saw 38 Minnesota-born 2007s scooped up by USHL franchises, up from 31 last year.
Of these 38 players selected, 28 of those played for MSHSL teams during the 2022-2023 season, including all three first-round picks in Ryder Betzold (Gentry Academy), Max Anderson (Cretin-Derham Hall), and Jacob Rombach (Spring Lake Park). Betzold was taken second overall by perennial USHL power Chicago, Anderson went sixth to Sioux City, and Rombach was picked by Lincoln at No. 11 overall.
Fargo led the pack with six Minnesota natives among its selections, followed by Muskegon with five and Tri-City and Sioux Falls with four players each.
Of the MSHSL programs represented, Rogers led the way with three picks in Mason Jenson (Tri-City), Parker Deschene (Fargo), and Nolen Geerdes (Madison). Holy Family Catholic and Benilde-St. Margaret’s each had two players selected. Holden Pajor (Sioux Falls) and Bryce Wiitala (Madison) represented the Fire, while Red Knights skaters Poul Andersen and Mason Minor were drafted by Lincoln and Cedar Rapids, respectively.
Moorhead's Brandon Mickelson was the lone Minnesotan selected from the Bantam ranks in this year's Phase I Draft.
|Round||Pick||USHL Team||Player||2022-2023 Team|
|1||2||Chicago||Ryder Betzold||Gentry Academy|
|1||6||Sioux City||Max Anderson||Cretin-Derham Hall|
|1||11||Lincoln||Jacob Rombach||Spring Lake Park|
|2||16||Madison||Mason Moe||Eden Prairie|
|2||19||Muskegon||Sam Spehar||Sioux Falls Power 16U|
|2||29||Chicago||Caden Campion||Los Angeles Jr. Kings 15O|
|2||30||Fargo||Malachi McKinnon||Forest Lake/Long Island Gulls 16U|
|3||34||Muskegon||Gavin Katz||Shattuck-St. Mary’s 15O|
|3||35||Des Moines||Landon Cottingham||Hill-Murray|
|3||40||Tri-City||Owen Chartier||Windy City 15O|
|3||41||Muskegon||Kyle Heger||Shattuck-St. Mary’s 15O|
|4||48||Sioux Falls||Mason Kraft||Moorhead|
|5||63||Sioux Falls||Finn De St. Hubert||Wayzata|
|5||73||Omaha||Brady Krey||Northstar Christian 16U|
|6||78||Sioux Falls||Sam Schulte||Mounds View|
|6||79||Tri-City||Bode Laylin||Northstar Christian 16U|
|6||83||Dubuque||Brandon Mickelson||Moorhead Bantam AA|
|7||101||Lincoln||Poul Andersen||Benilde-St. Margaret’s|
|7||105||Fargo||Lewis Majkozak||Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper|
|8||110||Des Moines||Aiden Grossklaus||Woodbury|
|8||111||Sioux City||Will Distad||White Bear Lake|
|8||112||Cedar Rapids||Mason Minor||Benilde-St. Margaret’s|
|8||119||Sioux Falls||Holden Pajor||Holy Family Catholic|
|8||120||Fargo||Gavin Kor||Shattuck-St. Mary’s 15O|
|9||124||Muskegon||Nick Koering||Eden Prairie|
|9||127||Cedar Rapids||Henry Peterson||Hermantown|
|9||129||Green Bay||Jack Kultgen||Shakopee|
|10||136||Madison||Bryce Wiitala||Holy Family Catholic|
|10||148||Fargo||Jake Faith||St. Thomas Academy|
Recent Minnesota State commit Jordan Ronn was one of four Minnesotans selected in the first round of yesterday's Phase II Draft.
Phase II also provided a jump in numbers for Minnesota natives, climbing to 56 players drafted from 44 in 2022. Among those 56, Jake Schultz and Luka Radivojevic are two sons of former Minnesota Wild players. Schultz and Radivojevic were born in the state, but did not spend significant time in the Minnesota system.
Schultz has come of age in Philadelphia area hockey, and Radivojevic has only played internationally, according to Elite Prospects. Both are sons of former Minnesota Wild players. Jake’s father is longtime Wild defenseman, Nick, while Luka’s father is Branko, who spent the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 seasons with the Wild.
The Phase II Draft featured four first-round Minnesotans, led by third overall selection Beckett Hendrickson to Sioux Falls. Jordan Ronn went sixth, Hagen Burrows 10th, and Jacob Toll 12th. Ronn and Burrows were picked by Sioux City, while Toll was another Sioux Falls draftee.
The defending USHL champion Musketeers and the Stampede tied for the lead in drafting Minnesota natives with seven players each. Fargo was just behind the two with six, giving the Force a combined 13 players from Phase I and Phase II.
37 of the 56 players taken in the Phase II Draft skated for high school programs last season.
Fairmont native Carsen Musser was the No. 17 overall pick in the Phase II Draft.
Bemidji State commit Eddie Revenig was selected 125th overall by Fargo on Wednesday.
|Round||Pick||USHL Team||Player||2022-2023 Team|
|1||3||Sioux Falls||Beckett Hendrickson||NTDP U18|
|1||6||Sioux City||Jordan Ronn||Champlin Park|
|1||10||Sioux City||Hagen Burrows||Minnetonka|
|1||12||Sioux Falls||Jacob Toll||Rosemount|
|2||17||Madison||Carsen Musser||NTDP U18|
|2||20||Des Moines||Ethan Dahlmeir||St. Cloud Norsemen|
|2||22||Sioux City||Tyler Hennen||Kittson County Central|
|2||23||Madison||Austin Burnevik||NTDP U18|
|3||32||Waterloo||Carson Reed||Niverville Nighthawks|
|3||44||Muskegon||Jimmy Dodig||Cretin-Derham Hall|
|4||53||Sioux City||Gavin Garry||Minnetonka|
|4||59||Dubuque||Colin Ralph||Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep|
|5||71||Sioux Falls||Jackson Rudh||Park of Cottage Grove|
|6||79||Madison||Sam Rice||Prior Lake|
|7||96||Sioux Falls||Beau Janzig||Minnesota Wilderness|
|7||101||Dubuque||Isaiah Norlin||Wenatchee Wild|
|7||105||Omaha||Gavin Reed||Benilde-St. Margaret’s|
|7||106||Waterloo||Tate Pritchard||Lakeville South|
|7||108||Fargo||Garrett Drotts||Kenai River|
|8||113||Cedar Rapids||Aiden Welch||White Bear Lake|
|8||119||Lincoln||Reese Shaw||Gentry Academy|
|8||121||Waterloo||Cashen Naeve||Wisconsin Windigo|
|9||128||Des Moines||Jack Kernan||Maple Grove|
|10||142||Sioux City||Axel Begley||Wisconsin Windigo|
|10||153||Fargo||Cade Kozak||Windy City 16U|
|10||154||Madison||Jake Schultz||Philadelphia Flyers Elite 15’s|
|10||155||Omaha||Jayden Veney||Rochester John Marshall|
|12||171||Sioux Falls||Joe Belisle||White Bear Lake|
|12||173||Des Moines||Johnny Conlin||Mounds View|
|12||174||Sioux City||Joseph Stauber||Northstar Christian 18U|
|12||182||Chicago||Joey DelGreco||Oklahoma Warriors|
|13||193||Tri-City||Blake Steenerson||Maple Grove|
|14||201||Sioux Falls||Luken Huff||Wayzata|
|14||205||Cedar Rapids||Gavin Middendorf||Forest Lake|
|16||233||Des Moines||Cooper Anderson||Elk River|
|16||241||Waterloo||Tommy Cronin||St. Thomas Academy|
|17||256||Waterloo||Brock Schultz||East Grand Forks|
|18||264||Sioux City||Brayden Berg||Northstar Christian 18U|
|18||265||Cedar Rapids||Caden Lee||Chanhassen|
|19||276||Sioux Falls||Cole Christian||Duluth East|
|19||283||Tri-City||Luka Radivojevic||Orebro HK J18E|
|19||288||Fargo||Tommy Kertz||St. Thomas Academy|
Sioux Falls pick Cole Christian totaled 30 goals and 69 points last season for Duluth East.