From left to right, top to bottom: Houle, Bell, Nappier, Butterfly
Four players were selected by the Springfield Jr. Blues today in the 2015 NAHL Draft.
With the sixth overall pick, Springfield selected forward Michael Houle from the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL. Houle, from Macomb, Michigan, is 18 years old, six foot, one inches tall and weighs 178 pounds. In his first season for the Gamblers, he scored three goals and two assists in 31 games, racked up 20 penalty minutes, and was a minus-2.
The Blues picked 19-year-old defenseman Khadyn Butterfly from the Hamilton Red Wings of the Ontario Junior A League with their 24th pick. The Moosenee, Ontario native, played three games in the OHL in 2013-2014. He scored three goals and one assist for the Red Wings this past season and totaled 46 PIMS. He also netted 16 goals in the last two seasons for the NOJHL team in Subdury over the last two seasons. (No word on if his favorite goalie position is the butterfly.)
Forward Josh Bell was taken by the St. Louis AAA Blues 28th overall. The 18-year-old right-hander out of O’Fallon, Missouri is 5-foot-10 and weighs 157 pounds. According to Elite Prospects, Bell scored 17 goals for the AAA Blues 16-and-under team in 2013-2014, along with 13 assists in 37 games. He scored 14 times this past season for the St. Louis 18-and-under team and notched 14 helpers.
The Jr. Blues also plucked from the AAA Blues goalie Tommy Nappier with the 57th pick. Nappier, from St. Louis, is the youngest of the draft class. The 16-year-old is six-foot-two, weighs 170 pounds, and catches right. He had a 1.65 goals-against average for the Blues under-16 squad with a .918 save percentage. He kept the numbers solid for this season’s move-up to the 18-under team with a GAA of 1.86 and a save percentage of .925.
Check out more information on the Jr. Blues official website.
More information on the NAHL draft, conducted today, can be found here.