NHL Draft – USHL Defense


2nd – 3rd Round

Max Gildon:  DOB: 1999-05-17 / H: 6’3 / SH: L

  • Gildon is a defender good size and excellent tools.  He was compared to Seth Jones.  There are questions about his hockey intelligence, makes bad decisions with the puck.  Seems to be a draft slider, projected as a first rounder but wasn’t on McKenzie’s mid-term ranking.

Reilly Walsh:  DOB: 1999-04-21 / H: 6′ / SH: R

  • Skating and puck skills are his major strengths.  On the small side for defenseman.  Excellent vision, good puck movement.  Father Mike played a couple of games in the NHL and over 500 between Europe and AHL.

David Farrance (D) DOB: 1999-06-23 / H: 5’11 / SH: L

  • Small puckmoving defenseman.  Didn’t have elite offensive numbers.  Positionally sound but due to size has physical limitations.  High hockey IQ and skating is excellent.  Sometimes forces plays.


Tommy Miller: DOB: 1999-03-06 / H: 6’2 / SH: R  *

  • Miller has excellent frame and is a good skater for his size.  He can move the puck but he’s not a PP guy.

Ben Mirageas (D): DOB: 1999-05-08 / H: 6’1 / SH: L

  • Smart puck moving defenseman with good size.  Makes nice outlet passes.  Not a physical defenseman.


Mikey Anderson (D) DOB: 1999-05-25 / H: 5’11 / SH: L

  • Anderson is a steady defensive defenseman.  Doesn’t have great size but solidly built.  Competitive defenseman.


Late Round Picks

  1. Clayton Phillips:  Small defense with good offense.  Late birthday (Sept, 9th).  He’s an excellent puckmover and good defensively but lacks size.  Solid hockey IQ, converted forward.
  2. Nate Knoepke:  Knoepke is a big (6’3), calm , smart defensive defenseman with limited offensive upside.  His skating needs improvement.
  3. Tyler Inamoto:  Big physical defenseman (102 PIMs).  Good mobility, plays a shutdown defense role.  Doesn’t have elite puck handling skills and likely a defenseman d-man.  Committed to the University of Wisconsin.
  4. Phil Kemp:  Big (6’3) defenseman with good leadership qualities.  He’s a defensive d-man and plays a responsible game.
  5. Joshua Maniscalco:  Good size, defensive d-man.  Was a bottom pairing defenseman so he played limited minutes.
  6. Kasper Kotkansalo: Committed to Boston U.  Good size, defensively responsible can play a gritty game.  Needs to improve on his skating.
  7. John St. Ivany: Decent size (6’1) two-way defenseman comitted to Yale.  Doesn’t bring much offense.
  8. Jakub Sirota:  Good size, decent mobility limited offense but he has good vision.
  9. Eero Teräväinen: Smaller (5’10) puck moving defenseman.  His brother is Teuvo (Hurricanes).

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