The USHL, the top junior circuit in the country, polished off its draft with Tuesday's Phase 2, and six Alaskans were selected, giving the state seven picks overall (Winger Gage Mackie of Anchorage was picked by the Fargo Force in Monday's draft of players with 1997 birthdays).
Tuesday, Anchorage defenseman Truman Reed, 18, led the parade -- he was picked 24th overall by the Youngtown Phantoms after finishing his high school career at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Minnesota. Reed this past season led his team's defensemen in goals and was second in points with 10-33--43 totals in 56 games. He's ticketed for Providence of Hockey East in 2014, according to Chris Heisenberg's recruiting site.
Next, with the 39th pick, was Anchorage forward Ryan Schwalbe, who the Phantoms took. Schwalbe, 18, who played previously at Shattuck, this season earned 8-13--21 totals in 53 games with the BCHL's Salmon Arm Silverbacks. He's ticketed for Minnesota State-Mankato.
Anchorage forward Lane Bauer, who has already committed to UAF and was largely considered the best teenage player in Alaska this season, was picked 107th by the Tri-City Storm. Bauer, who turned 17 last week, in 29 games for the Junior Aces earned 34-15--49 totals. He's also been a force for Dimond High.
Junior Aces goaltender Kris Oldham, 15, who played a game for the NAHL's Kenai River Brown Bears this season, was picked 277th by the Omaha Lancers. For the Junior Aces' 16AAA team, he went 23-2-1 with a 1.39 goals-against average and .931 save percentage.
The Fargo Force took Anchorage forward Alex Jackstadt with the 343rd pick. The 19-year-old was a West Division All-Star for Kenai River, racking 20-19--39 totals in 59 games.
And forward Colton Fletcher of Wasilla, 16, went to the Lincoln Stars with the 371st pick.
Doyle Woody, email@example.com