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LANCERS, USHL SHINE AT NHL DRAFT

By ROB LIPPOLIS, 06/27/15, 5:30PM CDT

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SIX CURRENT, FORMER, AND FUTURE LANCERS DRAFTED INTO NHL

Ralston, NE – The Omaha Lancers and United States Hockey League once again shined at the NHL Draft as six total players with ties to Omaha were selected in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. 

A total of 47 players with USHL roots were drafted by NHL teams including six with the Lancers. Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, Kris Oldham, and Will Borgen who all saw time at Ralston Arena during the 2014-2015 season were picked. Adding to the list, two draft picks of the Lancers, Jack Sadek and Jake Massie were chosen while Tyler Moy, a former Lancer also heard his name called.

“The Lancers organization is proud and excited for Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, Kris Oldham, Will Borgen, along with draft picks’ Jake Massie, Jack Sadek, former Lancer Tyler Moy, and their families,” said Lancers Head Coach & General Manager Brian Kaufman.  “They all are very deserving of this huge accomplishment and hopefully is just the beginning of long careers.”

Forsbacka-Karlsson was the first Lancer taken in the draft as the Boston Bruins took the forward 45th overall in the second round. This past season, the Boston University commit tied for 16th in USHL scoring with 53 points (15g, 38a) in 50 games.  He also tallied 11 multi-assist efforts for the season and was named to the 2015 All-USHL Third Team. 

“It’s awesome to be part of such a classic organization like the Boston Bruins,” said Forsbacka-Karlsson.  “I can't thank everyone in Omaha enough who made this possible!”

At the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Dubuque, Iowa Forsbacka-Karlsson won Team West MVP with a goal and an assist.

Kris Oldham was called by the defending Eastern Conference Champion Tampa Bay Lightning in the sixth round, 153rd overall. In his rookie season with the Lancers, the Alaska native ranked seventh in the USHL in GAA with a 2.49 average in 33 games played.

“It's unbelievable,” Oldham said after being picked.  “There are no words to describe the feeling.  I am so grateful to be a part of such a first-class organization. None of this would be possible without the hard work, dedication, and support of my family and the Omaha Lancers organization. I am truly blessed to be where I am.”

Oldham also was a part of an eight-game win streak while in net during the months of December and January and stopped a career high 39 shots in an overtime performance versus Fargo in March.

With their 92nd pick in the fourth round, the Buffalo Sabres called on Will Borgen.

“It's such an honor to be drafted by Buffalo.  It’s such a dream come true waiting for your name to be called,” said Borgen.  “It was a great year of hockey.  Going to Omaha definitely helped me along the way playing with a top-notch organization and having support from all the Lancers fans.”

The defenseman appeared in 21 games for the Lancers and scored his first career USHL goal in a critical game late in the season against Cedar Rapids on April 3rd.  His career high in points came against Lincoln as he recorded two assists in a 6-1 victory over the Stars.

Omaha also saw two of their draft picks join the NHL family.  Jack Sadek was a Lancer draft pick last season and was chosen by the Minnesota Wild at the 204th overall pick.  Jake Massie was chosen by the Lancers this June in the USHL Draft and the Carolina Hurricanes took him in the sixth round, 156th overall.

Massie was the second pick for the Omaha Lancers in Phase II of the 2015 USHL Draft. The Hudson, Quebec native played high school hockey in the 2014-2015 season at Kimball Union Academy and registered 20 points in 34 games played. Following the season, Massie skated at the midget level for the Boston Jr. Bruins 18U and had 11 points in 14 games.

Sadek, a Minnesota born defenseman was picked by the Lancers in the 2014 USHL Draft and put together a 34 point season for Lakeville North High School and Team Southeast.

Tyler Moy played for the Lancers during the 2012-2013 season and was drafted today in the sixth round, 175th overall by the Nashville Predators.  While in Omaha, Moy scored four goals while assisting 19 more before heading to Harvard University to start the 2013-2014 campaign.

Season tickets for the 30th Anniversary season of Omaha Lancers hockey are on sale now!  Flexible payment plans and great benefits are included.  For more information contact the Lancers front office at 402-344-7825 or visit www.lancers.com.

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