Ice Hawks’ Draft Has Local Flavor

Rochester PostBulletin Jason Feldman, Jun 13, 2017

The Rochester Ice Hawks’ first pick was a high-scoring forward in Minnesota high school hockey last season.

Three of their final four picks are names familiar to local hockey fans.

In all, Rochester’s coaching and scouting staff made five selections in the 2017 North American 3 Hockey League Draft.

Two of their five selections are current Rochester Lourdes players; another is a former Dodge County standout.

The Ice Hawks, who went 10-36-1 last season and were defeated in the first round of the NA3HL playoffs, traded three of their picks to Willmar for future considerations prior to the draft. That left the Hawks with picks in rounds 1, 4, 6, 7 and 8.

Rochester had the No. 5 overall pick in the Draft and went with talented scorer and playmaker Brendan Westbrook, a recent Pine City Area graduate. Westbrook had 34 goals and 68 points in 26 games this past season as a senior.

The Hawks picked again in Round 4, No. 146 overall, when they selected Brandon Turer, a 1998-born forward who played last season for the Milwaukee Jr. Admirals. Turer had 10 points in 32 games.

Rochester went all local with the remainder of its draft. They picked a pair of 2000-born Rochester Lourdes defensemen in Rounds 6 and 7. They selected Cort Buck at No. 240 overall and Reed Erickson with the 287th pick.

Buck and Erickson have high school eligibility left and are expected to play for Lourdes in the winter. They are eligible to play for the Ice Hawks before and after the high school season.

Rochester closed its draft by taking Kasson native and former Dodge County standout Cory Schillo in the eighth round. The 1998-born forward played last season for the Melville Millionaires of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.