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Fargo Force Select 21 Players in Phase II

By Force Staff, 05/05/20, 7:00PM CDT

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The Fargo Force selected 21 players in the 2020 USHL Phase II Draft on Tuesday, including 11 forwards, nine defensemen and one goalie. Goaltender Andrew Miller was selected with the Force’s first pick. Miller played the 2019-20 season with the Bismarck Bobcats in the NAHL. The netminder from Boulder, CO played in 35 games with a .912 save percentage and a 2.29 GAA.

Prior to the draft, the Force made a big trade with Sioux City. Fargo traded a 1st round pick (#12 overall) to the Musketeers for coveted defenseman Scott Morrow. Morrow racked up 67 points (22g, 45a) last season with Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep. The Darien, CT native is committed to the University of North Dakota.

For Phase II, USHL teams selected players from multiple birth years (2000-2004) looking to fill their protected lists with players who will compete for roster spots for the 2020-21 season.  Phase II continued until all USHL teams had secured 45 players on their Initial Protected List.  That list includes affiliate players from the 2019-20 season, players selected in Phase I, and players signed to a tender.

Force Pick Round-Overall Pick Name Position Hometown 2019-20 Team College Commitment
1 1-16 Andrew Miller Goalie Boulder, CO Bismarck Bobcats  Minnesota State University-Mankato
2 2-28 Trevor Griebel Defense Glendale, AZ Wenatchee Wild   
3 4-58 Liam Hansson Forward Ramsey, NJ Jamestown Rebels   
4 4-61 Matthew Crasa Forward South Setauket, NY Cowichan Valley Capitals  
5 6-80 Isaac Novak Forward Waukesha, WI Janesville Jets  University of Wisconsin
6 6-89 Huston Karpman Forward Manhattan Beach, CA Aberdeen Wings   
7 8-119 Evan Tanos Defense Richmond Hill, ON St. Michael's Buzzers   
8 8-122 Mathias Wikudd Forward Sweden Timra IK Jr.   
9 9-134 Ryan Richardson Forward Stittsville, ON Smiths Falls Bears  Clarkson University
10 10-141 Caiden Gault Forward Oakbank, MB Selkirk Steelers   
11 11-164 Samuel Duerr Defense Burr Ridge, IL Shattuck-St. Mary's Sabres Prep  University of Maine
12 12-179 Brett Chorske Forward Edina, MN Wenatchee Wild   
13 13-194 Geno McEnery Forward Geneva, IL Chicago Mission 16U  
14 14-209 Jakob Stender Defense Alexandria, MN NorthStar Christian Academy Knights 18U   
15 15-224 Peter "PJ" Forgione Defense Novi, MI Detroit Compuware 15's   
16 16-239 Hunter Wallace Forward Oak, Lake, MB Southwest Cougars MAAA  
17 17-254 Hugo Lindman Gustavsson Defense Sweden Almtuna   
18 18-269 Nicholas Peluso Forward Victor, NY Rochester Selects 15's  
19 19-284 Charles Larsen Defense Minot, ND Colorado Thunderbirds 16U  
20 20-299 Joseph Peters Defense St. Louis, MO St. Louis Blues AAA 16U  
21 21-314 Tucker Hodgson Defense Grand Forks, ND Steinbach Pistons  

 

“A lot of hard work and preparation went into the Draft by our staff, and the Force had a big day – starting with acquiring Scott Morrow," said Fargo GM Cary Eades. "Morrow is an offensive D-man who we feel was one of the best players not in junior hockey this past season – he’s an absolute game breaker!  As the day went along, we were able to select players at all 3 positions, as we have a bunch of holes to fill from last year’s Force team that saw 14 players graduate to college and pro hockey.”

All players selected will be invited to the Fargo Force tryout camp in Fargo to compete for a spot on the Force roster for the 2020-21 season.