Three athletes from southeastern Minnesota could hear their names called in their respective sport’s drafts over the next 10 days.
Dodge County’s Brody Lamb and Rochester native Tyler Haskins’ names have both surfaced at times over the past few months in NHL mock drafts, while Rochester John Marshall graduate Matthew Hurt has been projected in multiple mock drafts as a likely second-round choice in the upcoming NBA Draft.
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The NHL Draft is set for Friday and Saturday, and will be held virtually this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first round is scheduled for Friday, beginning at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. Rounds 2-7 will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and will air on the NHL Network.
If Lamb and/or Haskins’ names are called, expect it to be in the middle-to-late rounds on Saturday.
Lamb led Dodge County to its first-ever state tournament appearance this past spring, when the Wildcats finished as the state runners-up. Lamb had a spectacular season and a spectacular state tournament. He led the state in goals (52) and total points (87) en route to being named the Minnesota Associated Press Player of the Year as a junior, a rare accomplishment for an underclassman and for a player in southern Minnesota.
Lamb is expected to play for Green Bay in the USHL in the 2021-22 season. He had two points in 10 games for the Gamblers last spring.
In his full seven-round mock NHL Draft, The Athletic’s Corey Pronman has Lamb going in the fifth round, No. 138 overall, to the Detroit Red Wings.
Haskins, who grew up in Rochester and played this past season for Sioux Falls of the USHL, was one of 18 USHL players listed last fall in The Hockey News’ NHL Draft Watch List, but did not appear in NHL Central Scouting’s final player rankings, which were released in late May.
Haskins, a University of Michigan commit, had nine goals and 27 points in 51 games for Sioux Falls. He is the son of one-time Rochester Mustangs player and former Rochester Lourdes boys hockey head coach Bob Haskins.
Hurt, who played the past two seasons at Duke University, has been projected to be picked in the middle-to-late second round of many recent NBA mock drafts.
The 6-foot-9 forward was invited to the NBA Draft Combine in late June.
Hurt was named First Team All-ACC last season after averaging 18.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game for the Blue Devils. He shot 55.6 percent from the field, including 44.4 percent from 3-point range.
NBADraftRoom.com says of Hurt: “A solid all around player with an excellent shooting stroke and an efficient offensive game. Born to score the rock but doesn’t project as a good defender at the NBA level.”
The Austin Bruins have hired a new Director of Broadcasting.
Nick Blaesser, a Kalamazoo, Mich., native and a graduate of Central Michigan University, will replace TJ Chillot, who spent the past three years as the play-by-play man on Bruins’ radio and live-streaming broadcasts.
Blaesser called games for the Central Michigan men’s club hockey team, while also running social media accounts for the team and writing post-game reports.
Chillot has accepted a position as the Director of Broadcasting for the Charlotte Checkers in the American Hockey League. The Checkers are the top minor-league affiliate of the Florida Panthers.
Blaesser has also worked in the Northwoods League baseball league, doing video production and social media management for the Kalamazoo Growlers.
The Bruins also announced that they have hired Jarred Becker in a full-time role as Director of Game Night Operations and Sales.
Becker will also work with the Rochester Grizzlies’ front office, assisting with customer service and sales.
Becker was the on-air color analyst on Grizzlies’ broadcasts for the past two seasons, and he was one of three broadcasters from around the North American 3 Hockey League chosen to call games at the Fraser Cup, the league’s championship tournament, this past spring.