NAPHL players signing in NAHL as strong as ever
June 5, 2014
Having just completed its fifth season, the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), continued the tradition of player development towards the North American Hockey League (NAHL) with the completion of the NAHL Draft on Tuesday.
In the draft, five more NAPHL players were selected in addition to the 51 NAPHL players who signed NAHL tenders leading up to the draft. In total, 56 NAPHL players who played in the NAPHL during this past season now have their rights protected by NAHL teams for the 2014-15 season.
The five players that were drafted were:
Colton Fletcher, F, Omaha AAA 18U (Kenai River, Round 2, #39 overall)
Cameron Klein, F, New Jersey Jr. Titans 18U (Coulee Region, Round 3, #63 overall)
Carter Ekberg, D, Esmark Stars 16U (Johnstown, Round 4, #81 overall)
Matt Christian, F, Omaha AAA 16U (Brookings, Round 5, #97 overall)
Corey Siwula, D, West Michigan Hounds 18U (Amarillo, Round 7, #153 overall)
“The partnership between the NAPHL and the NAHL is like no other partnership currently in existence,” said NAHL Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld. “With a guaranteed scouting exposure at all events, which is also inclusive of our exclusive Event Scouting System, it provides an opportunity for the NAPHL players that are unique to the league’s structure and relationship with the NAHL.”
Year after year, the NAPHL takes part in the highest-profile events that the NAHL has to offer where scouting exposure is at its highest like the NAHL Showcase and the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament. These events are specifically designed to maximize the exposure of all the participants at all age levels thanks to not only the NAHL scouts and coaches, but the hundreds more of NCAA and NHL scouts that are in attendance at the biggest events.
The success of teams on the National stage, as well as, the success of NAPHL players at the next levels of hockey, is further proof that the NAPHL is redefining exposure and has elevated itself to one of the premier training grounds for development and opportunity.