The United States Hockey League (USHL) held its annual draft May 6-7, 2019 to select prospective players for the 15 league teams.
While the league’s footprint is in the Midwest, there are plenty of talented players from New York and New Jersey or those with connections to the region who were selected in the proceedings.
Phase I was Monday night where league teams could select only players born in 2003. Tuesday’s Phase II was for any player eligible to play junior hockey in 2019-20, which includes 1999 through 2003.
Defenseman Nicolas Petruolo, an ’00 right-shot from Neschanic Station, N.J., was the highest drafted player from the region. Petruolo was selected by the Green Bay Gamblers with the sixth overall pick in the first round of Phase II. The North Jersey Avalanche product played this past season with the Jamestown Rebels in the NAHL.