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Des Moines Selects 11 Players in 2019 USHL Phase I Draft

By Ben Gislason, 05/07/19, 12:00AM CDT

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DES MOINES – This evening, the Buccaneers added 11 new players to the Buccaneers’ family, seven Forwards and four Defenseman, in the 2019 USHL Phase I Draft which consists of 2003 birth-year players.

Des Moines opened the Draft by selecting Boston College commit Paul Davey (2003) with the 8th overall selection in the First Round. The Greenwich, CT native was one of three Bucs’ Draft Picks tonight who were involved in the U.S NTDP 40-Man Evaluation Camp in March of 2019. He also netted seven goals and 17 assists in 24 games played as a sophomore for Brunswick Prep School in Connecticut. 

In the Second Round, Des Moines selected Center Dovar Tinling (2003) with the 23rd overall pick. Tinling is coming off a season in the Quebec Major AAA for the Lac St. Louis Lions, where he scored 17 goals and added 25 assists for 42 points in 29 games played. 

Des Moines chose Ohio State University committed Vincent Salice (2003) with the 39th overall pick in the Third Round. The Commerce Township, MI born Center was also a part of the U.S NTDP 40-Man Evaluation Camp in Plymouth, MI. Salice tallied 16 goals and 19 assists for 35 points last season with the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 16U in the Tier I Elite Hockey League.  

The Bucs selected their first Defenseman of the Phase I Draft in Western Michigan University commit Trevor Mitchell (2003), with the 54th overall pick in the Fourth Round. This past season, while playing for HoneyBaked 16U in the Tier I Elite Hockey League, Mitchell played in 65 games and scored one goal and added 25 assists for 26 points.

In the Fifth Round, Des Moines used the 69th overall pick to acquire Defenseman and Northeastern University commit Michael Bevilacqua (2003). Bevilacqua was another draft pick from tonight who took part in the U.S NTDP 40-Man Evaluation Camp. In the 2018-19 season with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres 16U of the Tier I Elite Hockey League, Bevilacqua had 7 goals and 10 assists for 17 points in 48 games played.

Des Moines’ Sixth Round Pick, 84th overall, was used to acquire Forward and University of Michigan commit Finlay Williams (2003). The North Vancouver, BC native represented Team British Columbia in the 2018 Canada Winter Games, where he netted five goals and four assists for nine points in seven games played. Williams scored 12 goals while adding 30 assists for 42 points in 32 games played for Burnaby Winter Club Prep School in British Columbia this past season.

The Buccaneers had two picks in the Seventh Round and used the 96th overall pick to select Defenseman Aidan Lyons (2003) from the Noble and Greenough Prep School in Massachusetts. Last season, Lyons played 29 games and scored 5 goals with 11 assists for 16 points.

Just three picks later at 99th overall, Des Moines selected Forward Haden Kruse (2003) from Brainerd High School in Minnesota. Kruse netted five goals and 11 assists for 16 points in 24 games played as a sophomore for Brainerd. 

The Bucs’ 8th Round Selection was Forward Tristan Zandee (2003) from Airdrie CFR Bison in the Alberta Midget AAA Hockey League. The Colorado College commit was over a point-a-game player for the Bison with 20 goals and 14 assists totaling 34 points in 32 games played. He also represented Team Central in the 2018 Alberta Cup and scored two goals and three assists in five games played. 

Des Moines used their Ninth Round Selection to acquire Defenseman Cameron Whynot (2003) at 129th overall. The Kentville, Nova Scotia born blue-liner delivered 13 goals and 27 assists for 40 points in 35 games played last season for the Valley Wildcats of the Nova Scotia Major Midget Hockey League. He also served as Captain of Team Nova Scotia at the 2018 Canadian Winter Games. 

The Buccaneers selected William Renfrew (2003) in the Tenth Round with the 144th overall selection. The Forward from Brighton, MI tallied 31 goals and 37 assists for 68 points in 71 games played for Little Caesars 15U in the Tier I Elite Hockey League.

As of tonight, the Bucs have 21 picks tomorrow through the first 16 rounds of the USHL Phase II Draft, which includes six picks in the opening three rounds. The Draft begins at 10 a.m CT. Stay tuned to Bucs Social Media (@bucshockey) on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for live updates.