The 2015 NHL Draft will be this weekend in Sunrise, Fla., and it’s considered to be one of the deepest drafts in history, with two game-changers at the top, Connor McDavid (likely the top pick to Edmonton) and Jack Eichel (likely the second pick to Buffalo). But there’s a lot of talent in the draft.
Two players in the draft have local ties, having played for the USHL’s Indiana Ice.
Former Indiana Ice player Chris Martenet, who was part of the 2014 Clark Cup champions and then went to the OHL with London, is ranked 81st among North American skaters. He’s the tallest person in the draft class at 6-foot-7. The St. Louis native is profiled by the Devils blog “In Lou We Trust” with a very good, in-depth look. He had seven goals, nine assists and was +4 in 64 games for London this season.
Troy Terry, a forward who played one game as an affiliate with the Ice in 2013-14, and played this past season for the USNTDP team, is rated 107th among North American skaters. The Colorado native had five points in the U18 worlds in seven games, and had 19 goals and 25 assists in 66 games for the NTDP team this past year.
Last year, five players who had played with the Ice were drafted – Josh Jacobs going the highest in the second round to New Jersey. Ryan Mantha (NYR), Rinat Valiev (TOR), Blake Siebenaler (CBJ) and Dwyer Tschantz (STL) were also picked.