The Springfield Jr. Blues will be running a featured series called “Players to Watch”. These stories will highlight the newest Springfield Jr. Blues players that will be competing at Main Camp. The camp is FREE to all fans who wish to attend and will begin on Friday, June 23rd, and conclude on Sunday afternoon with the All-Star Game.
2017 DRAFTED FORWARDS
Hometown: Woodbury, MN
Acquired: Drafted 3rd Round, (53rd Overall) in 2017 NAHL Draft
Kyler Yeo was selected by Springfield in the 3rd round of the 2017 NAHL Draft. Yeo has spent the past 3 seasons playing in the Minnesota High School Hockey League for Hill-Murray School. Last season, Yeo scored 13 goals and had a team-high 21 assists in 25 games.
Springfield Head Coach/GM Tyler Rennette on Yeo, “Kyler is a big, strong winger. He has a very good, well-rounded skill set and should be able to contribute for us.”
Hometown: Pleasanton, CA
Acquired: Drafted 4th Round, (86th Overall) in 2017 NAHL Draft
William Donald was Springfield’s 4th round selection in the 2017 NAHL Draft. Donald has spent the last 2 seasons playing for the San Jose Jr. Sharks in the Tier I Elite Hockey League. This past season, Donald was a point-per-game player, contributing 16 goals and 13 assists in 29 games.
Springfield Head Coach/GM Tyler Rennette on Donald, “William is another big forward that you need in this league. He also has the ability to make plays in the offensive zone and create scoring chances.”
Hometown: St. Charles, MO
Acquired: Drafted 6th Round, (124th Overall) in 2017 NAHL Draft
Springfield selected Justin Meers with their 6th round selection in the 2017 NAHL Draft. Meers has spent the past 3 seasons with the St. Louis Selects of the NAPHL. This past season, Meers had his best performance in the NAPHL, scoring 29 points in 22 games for the Selects. He also added 2 goals and 2 assists in 4 games in the NAPHL Playoffs.
Springfield Head Coach/GM Tyler Rennette on Meers, “Justin is your typical big, power forward. He’s not afraid to go to the front of the net and play a physical style of hockey.”
Hometown: Yardley, PA
Acquired: Drafted 7th Round, (147th Overall) in 2017 NAHL Draft
Bobby Freiling was selected in the 7th round of the 2017 NAHL Draft by Springfield. Freiling spent last season playing for Team Comcast in the AYHL. While paying for Team Comcast, Freiling led the team in both goals (7), and points (16), while playing in 17 games.
Springfield Head Coach/GM Tyler Rennette on Freiling, “Bobby excels down low, (in the offensive zone) and battle for pucks. He is great at winning battles and creates offensive opportunities from it.”
Hometown: Misson Viejo, CA
Acquired: Drafted 8th Round, (170th Overall) in 2017 NAHL Draft
Forward Jack Lippis was Springfield’s final selection in the 2017 NAHL Draft. Lippis spent this past season playing for The Gunnery Prep in Washington, Connecticut, netting 5 goals and adding 5 assists in 32 games played. He also has previous experience in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League with the Anaheim Jr. Ducks 16U, leading the team with 34 points while playing in 32 games.
Springfield Head Coach/GM Tyler Rennette on Lippis, “Jack is a small, speedy forward. He combines his speed with great vision to create goal scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates.”