Griffin Loughran needed someone to vouch for him last spring heading into the USHL draft for the second time.
The Orchard Park, N.Y., native’s first experience in the USHL was short-lived after being drafted by Youngstown in the seventh round of the 2016 USHL Phase 1 Draft. Loughran wasn’t able to carve out a role in the opening months of the season, and Youngstown loaned him to Corpus Christi of the NAHL for the remainder of the season.
Fargo Force GM and coach Cary Eades thought enough of Loughran heading into the 2017 USHL Phase II Draft that he decided to call around to NAHL coaches in Corpus Christi’s division to see if any opposing coaches would vouch for Loughran.
“A lot of people didn’t like him,” Eades said. “They liked him as a player, but they didn’t like playing against him. The way I would describe it is they didn’t like him, but they would like to have him on their team. He’s an agitator.”