Five more selected in USHL draft

Five Los Angeles Jr. Kings players were selected in Phase II of this year’s United States Hockey League (USHL) Draft, which was conducted today (Tuesday).

Among those chosen was 18U AAA forward Shane McMahan, who was selected in the seventh round (120th overall) by the Fargo Force.

Four players from the program’s 16U AAA Major team were selected: goaltender Garrett Nieto, who went in the 13th round (206th overall) to the Dubuque Fighting Saints; forward Dakota Raabe, chosen in the 15th round (237th overall) by the Chicago Steel; forward Evan Johnson, taken by the Lincoln Stars in the 18th round (284th overall); and forward Eetu Selanne, selected in the 21st round (335th overall) by the Madison Capitols.

Phase II of the USHL Draft is open to all players eligible to play junior hockey in 2014-15 and not currently protected by a USHL team.

Yesterday, Jr. Kings 16U AAA Major forward Kailer Yamamoto was selected in Phase I of the draft, which is reserved for 1998-borns players. Yamamoto was taken in the third round by Dubuque.

The USHL is the only Tier I junior league sanctioned by USA Hockey and has produced countless NCAA Division I and NHL players.