NHL Draft Almost at Hand

Black Hawks Players on Draft Radar

The 2016 NHL Draft will be conducted in Buffalo on Friday and Saturday; three defensemen with connections to the Waterloo Black Hawks are among the prospects which NHL Central Scouting followed throughout the winter.

The department’s final ranking of 2016 NHL Draft prospects released in April included Jake Ryczek, Ethan Spaxman, and Sam Rossini, led by Ryczek in the 114th slot on the list of 210 North American skaters.  Spaxman and Rossini followed at 127th and 195th respectively.

Ryczek completed the 2015/16 season and playoffs with the Hawks after being acquired from the Sioux City Musketeers in February.  During just 18 regular season games following the trade, he recorded four goals and 16 assists for 20 points.  Ryczek is committed to Providence College.

Spaxman wrapped up his freshman season at Merrimack College this spring.  He took the ice in 34 of the Warriors’ 39 games, recording two goals and two assists.  During the 2014/15 season, Spaxman joined Waterloo in November, ultimately playing in 43 contests with two goals and 14 assists.

Rossini completed his second season with the Black Hawks in 2015/16.  The University of Minnesota recruit had an even or positive plus/minus differential in 13 of his final 14 appearances.  Rossini recorded two goals and six assists in 46 2015/16 contests, and over his two seasons in Waterloo, he has 13 points in 90 games.

Players with ties to the Black Hawks have been selected in each of the last 13 NHL Drafts.  In that time, 36 past, current, or future Waterloo players have been picked by National Hockey League clubs.  The group includes Ian McCoshen, the 31st overall selection during the 2013 Draft, who signed an NHL contract with the Florida Panthers earlier this week.

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