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NHL: Eiserman, Others Drafted from Dubuque
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The 2014 National Hockey League Entry Draft was a record-breaking event for the United States Hockey League, and the Dubuque Fighting Saints were well represented among the league's players and alumni selected by NHL clubs. When it was all said and done, six players in the Fighting Saints organization were selected during the draft, which was held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Two players committed to skating for Dubuque during the upcoming 2014-2015 season, one Fighting Saints roster player from the 2013-2014 season, two Fighting Saints draft picks, and one former Fighting Saint were chosen during Rounds 2-7 of the draft. In total, 35 USHL players were selected, along with 15 league alumni, making it a record-breaking weekend for the USHL.
Defenseman William Lagesson, Dubuque's top selection in Phase II of the 2014 USHL Entry Draft, was the first pick of the 4th Round, chosen 91st overall by the Edmonton Oilers. Lagesson is committed to joining the Fighting Saints for the upcoming season and looks to play an important part on Dubuque's blue line. The smooth, puck-moving defender stands at 6-foot-3 and 203 pounds, and scored 20 points in 44 games for Frolunda J20 last season.
In the 6th Round, another player committed to play in Dubuque during the 2014-2015 season was selected. Forward JD Dudek was chosen by the New Jersey Devils 152nd overall. The Boston College commit was the captain last season at Kimball Union Academy and notched 9 goals and 35 assists for 44 points in only 25 games. The 5-foot-11 forward also represented Team USA at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.
The lone roster player selected from the 2013-2014 Fighting Saints came in the 4th Round. The Ottawa Senators picked Dubuque forward Shane Eiserman with the 100th pick. Eiserman scored 16 goals and 24 assists for 40 points to go along with 71 penalty minutes this past year for Dubuque. The prototypical power-forward stands at 6-foot-2 and will skate at the University of New Hampshire this fall.
Earlier in the draft, Dubuque had a pair of draft picks selected by NHL clubs. Forward Warren Foegele, a winger from St. Andrews College High School in Ontario was selected 67th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 3rd Round. Foegele was Dubuque's 19th round selection in Phase 2 of the 2014 USHL Draft and is a University of New Hampshire commit. Later in the 3rd Round, the nearby Chicago Blackhawks selected forward Beau Starrett with the 88th overall pick. The 6-foot-4 winger is committed to Cornell and played last season with the South Shore Kings. He was Dubuque's 3rd Round selection during Phase 2 of the 2014 USHL Entry Draft.
In the 7th Round, the Fighting Saints saw one of their alumni chosen in the final round of the draft. Jeff Taylor, who helped lead Dubuque to a Clark Cup during the 2012-2013 season, was selected 203rd overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins. Taylor, a defenseman at NCAA National Champion Union College, scored 5 goals and 17 assists during his one season in Dubuque.
With Taylor and Eiserman's selections, NHL clubs have selected 13 players who have played in Dubuque since the team's return to the USHL in 2010.