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Your 2019 NA3HL Draft Preview

April 16, 2019

 

It's playoff hockey season in the big league! I don't think it's necessary for me to write a fluff piece on the shear awesomeness that is the NHL playoffs a they really stand on their own merit. I'm watching the Winnipeg/St. Louis game right now and the atmosphere in Winnipeg is insane! One can say with great confidence that the Stanley Cup Playoffs truly is one of sports greatest spectacles. But, if that intensity is simply too much for you and you need a quick mid-week break then I've got just the ticket for you. 

 

This coming Thursday April 18th, the NA3HL will be holding its annual draft. Recently, the NAHL, has been having their camps/combines and many NA3HL coaches were in attendance as well. The draft process breaks down as such:

 

    - 8 Rounds 

    - Amateur players less than 21 years of age on December 31, 2019 who are not listed on an NA3HL team roster or are listed on an NA3HL team roster but played less than (10) NA3HL regular season and/or playoff games during the 2018-19 season and did not accept a tender from an NA3HL team prior to the 2019 NA3HL Entry Draft are eligible for selection in the draft. 

    - Draft order determined by winning percentage. (It does not say on the website if playoffs are taken into consideration).

    - Starts at 5pm Central time. 

 

If the draft order is based solely off regular season winning percentage then the draft order is as follows:

 

1. Evansville Jr Thunderbolts

2. College Station Spirit

3. Niagara Falls Powerhawks

4. Yellowstone Quake

5. Butte Cobras

6. Cape Cod Islanders

7. Wausau Riverwolves

8. Willmar Warhawks

9. Maine Wild

10. Long Beach Sharks

11. Breezy Point North Stars

12. Skylands Kings

13. Mid-Cities Jr Stars

14. Wisconsin Whalers

15. Oswego Stampede 

16. Gillette Wild

17. New Ulm Steel

18. Peoria Mustangs

19. Missoula Jr Bruins

20. Atlanta Capitals

21. Alexandria Blizzard

22. Bozeman Icedogs

23. Milwaukee Power

24. Rochester Grizzlies 

25. New England Stars

26. North Iowa Bulls

27. Northeast Generals

28. Louisiana Drillers

29. St. Louis Jr Blues

30. Coulee Region Chill

31. Granite City Lumberjacks

32. Great Falls Americans

33. Helena Bighorns

34. Texas Jr Brahmas 

35. Elmira Jr Soaring Eagles

36. L/A Nordiques

 

Once the guys who have aged out move on, it's always interesting to see the faces of the new guys who will be spearheading these teams. The on ice product has been very visually appealing. That's one of the great things about the NA3HL. When the teams are very evenly matched the games are very competitive and fun to watch. These young men developing into better hockey players is very noticeable as the season progresses. There are some very tough divisions in this league. I think the southern division may be the best all around, and for most of the season was the most competitive. Parity runs rampant in junior hockey and, that makes the game that much more watchable. 

 

Once the draft is complete I'll give everyone a run down in regards to pick results. In the meantime, continue to enjoy the NHL playoffs. They have not disappointed. Parity in hockey is not exclusive to just juniors. Columbus is taking Tampa Bay's lunch money, in their own barn at that. The mighty Pens are getting worked by the Tavares-less Islanders. Last year an expansion team ran all the way through the west to make the finals. Anything can happen in hockey. 

 

There's many debates to be had about a lot of things in life, but playoff hockey is not one of them. Sports in general, is not one of them. But playoff hockey can truly be the 'Tie That Binds Us". If you are watching the Jets and Blues series, and the sound of the Winnipeg faithful, you can't tell me there is a better atmosphere is all that is sports. We'll be back after the draft and look forward to seeing the names that we will be talking about all next season.

 

Mack

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