NAHL announces results of 2021 Supplemental Draft
The North American Hockey League (NAHL) is pleased to announce the results of the 2021 Supplemental Draft, which was held on Wednesday, June 2nd online at nahl.com.
The Supplemental Draft is necessary to serve as an additional outlet for teams to make decisions on how players performed in the 2020-21 season. A lot of time and effort has gone into scouting and recruiting. This way teams can make some decisions early for their rosters for the upcoming 2021-22 season
In total, 87 players were selected in the draft, which took two hours to complete.
“We felt with the delays and uncertainties during the 2020-21 season, that getting prospective players on the right path was a big priority, so that’s why we continued with a Supplemental Draft in 2021. There are tryout camps coming up and the players that were selected in the Supplemental Draft are those that our teams have done their homework and scouting on during the 2020-21 season,” said NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld. “Players will continue to develop over the summer and some of the best players in the NAHL are discovered through our two drafts and the tryout process.”
View the results of the 2021 NAHL Supplemental Draft at nahldraft.com
Click here to watch an archive of the draft through HockeyTV
With the first overall pick, the El Paso Rhinos, who are one of two expansion teams for the 2021-22 season, selected with their first ever selection defenseman Jason Marsella. The Greenwich, CT native and Yale University commit appeared in just eight games during the 2020-21 season for the Connecticut Jr. Rangers. Prior to that he played for the North Jersey Avalanche and Avon Old Farms Prep School
The next selection by the expansion Anchorage Wolverines saw the first forward drafted as Joey Moffatt was taken #2 overall. The Portage La Prairie, MB, native began the 2020-21 season playing in the NAHL for the Minot Minotauros and then later would play for the Cowichan Valley Capitals in the BCHL. In 25 games played last season, he recorded 10 points.
The first goaltender selected was Nicholas Haas by the Chippewa Steel with pick #8. The Williamsville, NY, native played this past season for the USHL Champion Chicago Steel, appearing in 16 games and posting an 11-4-0 record.
Breakdown of positions drafted:
Forwards: 45 (52%)
Defense: 33 (38%)
Goalies: 9 (10%)
Breakdown of teams/levels/leagues where players were selected from:
European Junior: 15
Prep School: 15
Canadian Junior: 14
Other Junior: 7
High School: 3
Birth year breakdown:
Players not drafted or tendered by NAHL teams are still able to participate in each team's respective open tryout camps. Remaining tryout camps are listed here.
The 2021 NAHL Entry Draft is scheduled for Wednesday, July 14th at 1pm (central).