Minotauros make five selections in NAHL Entry Draft
The Minot Minotauros made a franchise-low five selections in Tuesday’s online NAHL Entry Draft — one in the NA3HL round and four in the open portion, which included picks in the first round (17th overall), two in the second round (39th and 44th) and one in the third round (71st).
The Minotauros, entering their 10th season in the league, already had NAHL rights to 33 players before the draft. This group included veteran players, players selected in the first five rounds of the USHL draft, players who have signed tender agreements and the three players added in the NAHL Supplemental Draft held in May.
Holding NAHL rights doesn’t mean the player is a lock to make the team or will even report to training camp. Players could make USHL teams or be outperformed by free agents at the main camp in late July.
Minot’s previous low for NAHL Entry Draft selections was seven in 2015. However, the change of draft rules due to the COVID-19 pandemic added the NAHL Supplemental Draft, so the Minotauros ended up adding eight players over the full course of the offseason.
Here is some insight into the Minotauros’ draft selections from Tuesday.
Round 1, 17th Overall: Maximilian Bogdanovich
Bogdanovich, a native of Scarborough, Maine, is a 19-year-old center who has already accepted an NCAA Division I offer to play hockey at the University of Maine.
The left-handed shooter most recently played with the Cushing Academy Penguins in Massachusetts. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder was one of the tallest players taken in the first round.
In two seasons with the Penguins, Bogdanovich played in 55 games and racked up 39 points (11 goals, 28 assists). He also played nine games with the Eastern Mass Senators 18U AAA team last season.
Round 2, 39th Overall: Tyler Kostelecky
Kostelecky, a native of Maple Grove, Minnesota, is a 19-year-old right winger who went across the border and played in Canada this past season with Alberni Valley Bulldogs.
In the British Columbia Hockey League, Kostelecky played 15 games and collected seven points (four goals, three assists).
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound skater also has a little bit of NAHL experience. He played one game with the Coulee Region Chill during the 2017-18 season and three more games with the Minnesota Magicians during the 2018-19 campaign.
Kostelecky is committed to play NCAA Division I hockey at Arizona State.
Round 2, 44th Overall: Joey Dosan
Dosan, a native of Bloomington, Minnesota, is a 19-year-old forward with a sizable 6-foot-5 frame. He played in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League last season with the Steinbach Pistons.
Dosan was limited to one goal and five assists in 32 games with the Pistons. The year before, he had a much more productive season with the Northstar Christian Academy 18U in Minnesota. Dosan led the team with 74 points (27 goals, 47 assists) in 56 games played.
Round 3, 71st Overall: Christopher Alexander
Alexander, a native of Santa Clarita, California, is a 17-year-old center who made his mark with the Anaheim Jr. Ducks 16U AAA team last season.
In 42 games, Alexander slotted in 20 goals and added 17 assists.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound skater has been dependable over the last four seasons. According to eliteprospects.com, Alexander has played in 178 youth hockey games since 2016 with a two-year stint in Minnesota.
Round 4, 98th Overall: Dylan Schneider
Schneider, a native of Rochester, Minnesota, is a 19-year-old forward who the Minotauros picked up with their required NA3HL selection.
Schneider isn’t a stranger to Minot. He laced up the skates and played with the Minotauros for one game last season — a 3-2 home defeat against the St. Cloud Blizzard on Jan. 4.
In the NA3HL with the Rochester Grizzlies last season, Schneider emerged onto the scene with eight goals and five assists in only seven games played.
Other North Dakota Selections
Other North Dakota born players drafted on Tuesday include Minot’s Liam Cox-Smith (15th overall to Minnesota Wilderness), Grand Forks’ Tyler Savage (31st overall to New Mexico Ice Wolves), Grand Forks’ William Lawson-Body (37th overall to Wichita Falls Warriors) and Fargo’s Austin Schmidt (190th overall to Wichita Falls Warriors).
Alex Eisen covers Minot State athletics, the Minot Minotauros and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @AEisen13.