RALSTON, NE - The 2019 NHL Draft concluded Saturday evening in Vancouver, BC. Three Omaha Lancers were selected in this year's draft. Alex Campbell, Rhett Pitlick, and Bryce Brodzinski were all selected by different NHL clubs.
Alex Campbell, who was drafted by the Lancers in the Phase II USHL Draft, was selected in the 3rd round, pick 65 overall by the Nashville Predators. Campbell spent last season in the BCHL with the Victoria Grizzlies. The dynamic forward totaled an impressive 67 points (21 Goal, 41 Assists) last season. Campbell is committed to Clarkson University.
“We are unbelievably excited that Alex has chosen to play in Omaha this coming season,” General Manager and Head Coach David Wilkie said. “Where he was selected in the draft by Nashville is most definitely a great indication of his talent ceiling and ability.”
Rhett Pitlick was selected in the 5th round, pick 131 overall by the Montreal Canadiens. Pitlick, played in 7 games this past season with the Lancers, earning himself 5 points (1 Goal, 4 Assists). Prior to his USHL career, Pitlick played in his hometown of Chaska, MN where he recorded 61 points in 25 high school games. Rhett is committed to the University of Minnesota.
“In his [Pitlick] short time with us last season he made a definitive and positive impact on our hockey team,” Wilkie said. “We are so happy and looking forward to him playing full time in Omaha his coming year. His drive and commitment to getting better daily are unparalleled, which should breed continued excellence and production.”
Bryce Brodzinski was selected in the 7th round, pick 196 overall by the Philadelphia Flyers. Brodzinksi started the season with the Lancers before heading back to his hometown of Blain, MN to play his senior year of high school. In Blain, Brodzinski recorded a remarkable 76 points on the year and was named “Mr. Hockey” of the state of Minnesota. Brodzinksi returned to Omaha to finish off the year with the Lancers playing in a total of 19 games and combining for 17 points. Brodzinksi will be attending the University of Minnesota this Fall.
“Bryce was not with us very long, but in that time, he made a significant contribution to our club and established himself as a dominant USHL player,” Wilkie said. “We wish him the best at the University of Minnesota this coming season. He will be missed.”