BISMARCK, ND – With their pre-draft tryout camps in Denver, Colo., and Prior Lake, Minn., now complete, the Bismarck Bobcats’ staff is hard at work preparing for Wednesday’s North American Hockey League Entry Draft, scheduled to start at 1:00 PM, central time.
“The Draft is an important tool for teams to pick up talent for the upcoming season,” said Bobcats head coach Layne Sedevie, “and with so many of our players moving up to the collegiate level following this year’s Robertson Cup run, we will be taking full advantage of the opportunities the Draft presents to fill the holes left by 13 departing veterans.”
Amateur players less than 21 years of age on or before December 31, 2010 who are not listed on an NAHL team’s roster or are listed on an NAHL team’s roster but played less than ten NAHL regular season and/or playoff games during the 2009-10 season and did not accept a tender from an NAHL team prior to the 2010 NAHL Entry Draft are eligible for selection in the draft.
Each team will make selections in each round in reverse order of their finish in the 2009-10 NAHL regular-season standings. New member clubs will have their order of selection determined by lottery; those teams will select first—the Bobcats’ pick in each round will be selection number 22, as they finished fourth overall in the regular season standings behind Wenatchee, Topeka and St. Louis.
“The entry class of 2010 is definitely a strong one,” noted Bobcats head scout Aaron Kinslow, “and between our nationwide scouting efforts and our pre-draft camps, we are confident that we have targeted a strong crop of players to help Bobcat Hockey defend the Robertson Cup in 2010-2011.”
The NAHL Entry Draft consists of the number of rounds necessary for each club’s protected list to reach 30 players, which are made up of veteran players, tendered players and drafted players. Each eligible NAHL team will have one selection per round unless it has acquired or lost selections due to trades with other NAHL clubs.
All picks will be simulcast on the NAHL’s Twitter page, located at http://twitter.com/NAHLHockey, for fans to follow live; the Bobcats’ picks will also be listed at http://www.BismarckBobcats.com.
Bobcat Hockey would like to once again thank all of its fans, staff and sponsors for a wonderful 2009-2010 season—we couldn’t be champions without you!