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Bucs Acquire Three Players in USHL Dispersal Draft

By Ben Gislason, 04/22/19, 5:00PM CDT


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Chicago – The USHL announced the results of the 2019 Dispersal Draft this morning. Des Moines has acquired Defenseman John Driscoll (2001), and Forwards Kent Johnson (2002) and Jon Panisa (2001). This draft disperses the players and property of the Central Illinois Flying Aces throughout the league as they have announced dormancy for the 2019-20 season.

John Driscoll was a 2nd Round Selection of the Omaha Lancers in the 2017 USHL Phase I Draft.  Following his selection, he played one more season at the U16 AAA level prior to making the jump to the USHL for the 2018-19 season.  He recorded 7 assists in 58 games played in his rookie season and received the USHL Defenseman of the Week Award on April 8.

Jon Panisa was a 15th round selection of the Central Illinois Flying Aces in the 2018 Phase II Draft.  He began the 2018-19 season with the Springfield Jr. Blues of the NAHL, recording three goals and four assists for seven points in 12 games played.  He was then called up to Central Illinois where he scored one goal and eight assists in 42 games played.  Panisa is committed to the University of Massachussets – Amherst.

Johnson was an 8th round selection of the Central Illinois Flying Aces in the USHL Phase I Draft.  He spent the past season with the Trail Smoke Eaters of the BCHL, where he was a finalist for Rookie of the Year.  Johnson recorded 20 goals and 26 assists for 46 points in 57 games played. He is committed to the University of Michigan.

The three newest Bucs will be eligible to join the team for the 2019-20 season.  Meanwhile, the Western Conference Semifinal continues tomorrow at Buccaneer Arena for game three of the series with the Tri-City Storm, with a 7:05 p.m puck drop.  Great seats remain available for purchase at or in person at the Buccaneer Arena box office.