Here we are for part two of the top MN Preps selected in the USHL phase one draft. Players getting drafted at this young of an age to the USHL are usually the top players in their high school class and are more likely to go D1. In the last article, we had one player that played in Bantams last year. For part 2 we have 2 players that were playing in bantams last year.
Pick #26- Danny Nelson | 6’2 Forward | Maple Grove
Danny Nelson is the younger brother of D1 Notre Dame commit . Danny Nelson played in bantams this past year and is a top forward in his class. His height and balanced scoring/ playmaking ability will make him a top forward when we release the class of 2024 first rankings. Nelson got drafted by the Green Bay Gamblers in the second round of the phase one draft this past year. Nelson has played in multiple prestigious leagues like the BEL, he was on a US select team, and now he will play in the USHL. Look for him to make an instant impact for Maple Grove next season.
Pick #29- Finn Brink | 5’10 Forward | Maple Grove
Finn Brink got left off our class of 2023 rankings on the initial release, but when we update them he will surely be there. He had a pretty solid season as he finished his sophomore year with 4 goals and 6 assists for 10 points. Getting drafted this early in his high school career to the USHL means he has validation at the next level. I expect a breakout year of over 25 points plus for Brink next year. Maple Grove has multiple young stars that got drafted in this phase one USHL draft.
Pick #33- Teddy Townsend | 5’9 Forward | Eden Prairie
Likely to be the top player ranked in our class of 2024 rankings- the 15-year-old Youth Hockey Hub Bantam player of the year was selected by the Waterloo Blackhawks in the USHL phase one draft. Townsend had 54 goals for an eye-opening 107 points last year in bantams. I am not sure there has ever been this much hype for an incoming player from bantams in a while. Townsend joins the defending state champs, in the hope to defend their title from last year. I am predicting a 30 point sophomore year for Townsend which would be a really solid way to start his career. He is easily a top 3 player in the class of 2024.