A.J. Drobot, Jon Richards, and Kyle Looft were all selected in Tuesday’s USHL Phase II Draft. In addition, Bruins tender Garrett Dahm was also chosen.
Drobot was the first off the board, selected by the Fargo Force in the eighth round, 124th overall. The ’98 born forward from Churchville, PA finished up his second season with the Bruins 7th on the team in scoring, with 14 goals and 16 assists in 51 games. He more than doubled his production from his first season. Drobot is committed to DI University of Maine.
Richards (’97), was chosen in the 16th round (258th overall) by the Waterloo Black Hawks after a terrific rookie season. The forward from Callaway, MN was 5th on the team in scoring with 35 points in 51 games. His 19 goals left him just outside the top 10 in NAHL rookie goal-scoring and he was named to the NAHL Central Division Team at the 2017 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament.
Looft, a ’99 defenseman from Mankato, MN was selected by Dubuque in round 14 (224th overall). Looft made his NAHL debut in early November against Bismarck and scored a goal in his first game on November 4th and tendered soon after. Follow the conclusion of a phenomenal high school career with Mankato West, Looft re-joined the Bruins and played eight games at the end of the season. He totaled two goals and five assists in ten games.
Dahm, a 2000 birthyear, was tendered by the Bruins in February and was picked by Youngstown in the 13th round, #204 overall. The Swansea, IL native played two games in early February against Aberdeen before returning to the St. Louis Blues AAA U16 program, where the forward totaled 43 points in 32 games.
The United States Hockey League (USHL) is the top junior hockey league in the United States, and the only USA Hockey Sanctioned Tier I league. Although drafted by USHL teams, any of the above players who do not break training camp with their respective clubs are eligible to return to the Bruins next season.