BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Central Illinois Flying Aces are set to take part in the 2018 USHL Draft, which begins with the Phase I Draft on Monday, May 7, and continues with the Phase II Draft on Tuesday, May 8.
This year’s USHL Draft marks the Flying Aces’ fifth draft as a member of the USHL and first under Flying Aces General Manager and Head Coach Mike Watt.
The Flying Aces added to their list of picks in the draft through three separate trades on Tuesday. Central Illinois acquired two more fifth-round picks and a sixth-round selection in the 2018 Phase II Draft. Additionally, the Flying Aces also acquired three picks in the 2019 USHL Draft as part of the trades. Read more here.
The Flying Aces have the first overall pick in each of the two phases and will draft first in each successive round, pending any trades involving those picks.
Phase I: Monday, May 7 - 6 p.m. (2002 birth-year players only)
Phase II: Tuesday, May 8 - 10 a.m. (All players eligible for junior hockey, 1998-2002 birth years)
The USHL Draft takes place during the first week of May each year and consists of two separate phases, Phase I and Phase II.
Phase I is 10 rounds and teams can select only “Futures” age players, which are U-17 players for next season. The 2018 USHL Phase I Draft is limited to only 2002 birth-year players.
Prior to the Phase I Draft, teams have the option to utilize the USHL’s tender process, which allows teams to sign a player in exchange for a first-round or second-round pick in Phase I. However, that player must be on the respective team’s roster the next season and play in 55 percent of the team’s regular season games.
In Phase II of the draft, USHL teams can select any player born between the years of 1998 and 2002 that is not already protected by another USHL team. During the USHL Phase II Draft, each team will fill its roster to a total of 45 players, which includes players who were previously on a team’s affiliate list. All veteran roster players are automatically protected by their current team until July 10. The amount of players a team will draft depends on the amount of Affiliate players that team has.
Draft recap & analysis: flyingaceshockey.com