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Roster Rounded Out In Phase Two

By Isaac Berky, 05/02/17, 2:45PM CDT


Lancers Round Out Roster in Phase II

Lancers Take Two Defensemen in First Round



Ralston, NE – One night after taking six forwards the Lancers focused on the defensive side of the puck taking nine defensemen, and three goaltenders to go along with eight forwards in Phase Two of the USHL draft.

Just like Phase One the Lancers started the Phase Two draft by taking back-to-back defensemen. The Lancers started their draft with the fourth overall pick taking Elk River High School (MN) captain Nicklaus Perbix. During his senior season the defenseman recorded 40 points (10 g, 30a).

As they did in Phase one the Lancers followed up their first two picks by taking a goaltender with the third pick, this time a second-round pick. Omaha drafted goaltender Keegan Karki, who spent the 2016-17 season with Team USA. Committed to North Dakota, Karki is a 2000 birth year.

Altogether Omaha used six of their eight picks during first six rounds on defensemen.

After taking two members of the Colorado Thunderbirds last night the Lancers added another Thunderbird to the mix taking forward Marshall Mannek.

In the seventh-round Omaha added Jesper Peltonen, brother of Lancers affiliate Aleksi, and son of former NHLer Ville. The forward spent the last few seasons playing for the Northwoods School.

Omaha also added a pair of Moorhead High School (MN) Spuds through the draft, selecting forward Cale O’Connell and defenseman Patrick Larson.

Next up for the Lancers is try-out camp June 1-4 at Ralston Arena.

A complete list of players drafted by Omaha in both the Phase One and Phase Two drafts can be found below.

Phase One:

Rd 1- Nic Belpedio, D, Chicago Mission

Rd 2- John Driscoll, D, Colorado Thunderbirds

Rd 3- Cal Sandquist, G, Colorado Thunderbirds

Rd 4- Tim Washe, F, Victory Honda

Rd 5- Austin Lamotte, F, Prince Albert Mintos

Rd 6- Kenneth Pappalardo Gulbrandsen, F, Lorenskog U20 (Norway)

Rd 7- Asa Kinnear, F, Alaska Oilers 15U

Rd 8- Greg Japchen, D, Philadelphia Jr. Flyers

Rd 9- Jack Cronin, F, Noble and Greenough PS

Rd 10- Tyler Young, F, St. Marks PS Lions


Phase Two:

Rd 1- Nicklaus Perbix, D, Elk River HS (MN)

Rd 1-Tony Malinowski, D, Oakland Jr. Grizzlies U18

Rd 2-Keegan Karki, G, Team USA

Rd 3- Marshall Rifai, D, Hotchkiss PS Bearcats

Rd 3- Mason Mannek, F, Colorado Thunderbirds U16

Rd 5- Jared Kucharek, D, Meier AAA U18

Rd 6- Brenden Datema, D, Belle Tire U18

Rd 6- Christopher Lipe, D, Kenai River Brown Bears (NAHL)

Rd 7- Anton Rubtsov, F, Lone Star Brahmas

Rd 7- Jesper Peltonen, F, Northwoods School

Rd 8- Cale O’Connell, F, Moorhead HS

Rd 9- David Perovsek, F, Philidelphia Jr. Flyers U18

Rd 10- Justus Annunen, G, Karpat Oulu B (Finland)

Rd 10- Mads Sogaard, G, Aalborg Panthers (Denmark)

Rd 11- Parker Larson, D, Moorhead HS (MN)

Rd 12- Tomas Dajcar, D, Olomouc Jr. B (Czech Republic)

Rd 13- Mason Wheeler, D, Rosemount HS Irish (MN)

Rd 14- Joshua Groll, F, San Diego Jr. Gulls U15

Rd 15- Logan Will, F, Omaha AAA 16U

Rd 16 – Joey Mancuso, F, Philadelphia Jr. Flyers 18U

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