The 2015 North American Hockey League (NAHL) Draft takes place in less than 24 hours on Tuesday, June 9th at 1:00pm (central) and will be conducted online.
Fans and players will be able to following the draft one of three ways:
1) Follow online at www.nahldraft.com
2) Follow each selection on twitter at : @NAHLHockey
3) Listen to the live (and free) broadcast of the draft on FASTHockey
The Draft broadcast live on FASTHockey will begin at approximately 12:45pm and will be hosted by NAHL Director of Communications Alex Kyrias and Brahmas announcer Nick Marek. The broadcast of the draft will feature some in-depth analysis of the picks, along with several special guests including several coaches and staff members from around the NAHL.
Here are a couple of reminders on how the draft works:
What is the order of the NAHL Entry Draft? Eligible teams shall make selections in each round in reverse order of their finish in the 2014-15 NAHL regular-season standings.
The NAHL Entry Draft shall consist of the number of rounds necessary for each Club’s protected list to reach 30 total players. The thirty players shall be made up of veteran players, tendered players and drafted players. Each eligible NAHL Club shall be entitled to one selection per round unless it has acquired or lost selections due to approved trades with other NAHL Clubs.
2015 NAHL Entry Draft Order (minus any traded picks)
1. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
2. Kenai River Brown Bears
3. Odessa Jackalopes
4. Minnesota Magicians
5. Brookings Blizzard
6. Springfield Jr. Blues
7. Amarillo Bulls
8. Aberdeen Wings
9. Johnstown Tomahawks
10. Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees
11. Bismarck Bobcats
12. Coulee Region Chill
13. New Jersey Junior Titans
14. Corpus Christi IceRays
15. Minot Minotauros
16. Wichita Falls Wildcats
17. Minnesota Wilderness
18. Topeka RoadRunners
19. Fairbanks Ice Dogs
20. Austin Bruins
21. Lone Star Brahmas
22. Janesville Jets
Here are some important reminders and informational bits about the draft:
When is the NAHL Entry Draft?
The 2015 NAHL Entry Draft will take place on Tuesday, June 9th at 1pm (central). The draft will be live on nahldraft.com and will be broadcast live on fasthockey.com.
Who is eligible for the NAHL Entry Draft?
Amateur players less than 21 years of age on December 31, 2015 who are not listed on an NAHL team roster or are listed on an NAHL team roster but played less than (10) NAHL regular season and/or playoff games during the 2014-15 season and did not accept a tender from an NAHL team prior to the 2015 NAHL Entry Draft are eligible for selection in the draft.
Do I have to register for the draft?
No. If you are eligible for the draft, each team will draft individual players largely based upon scouting throughout the season and in pre-draft tryout camps based upon a team's needs.
How many players can each team select in the NAHL Entry Draft?
The number of players each team is able to draft varies on that team's current roster (protected list) minus the number 30. Each team's roster is comprised of veteran players and signed tenders only. For example, if a team has 15 veterans rostered and 8 tenders (23 total), that team is allowed seven (7) draft picks.
What is the order of the NAHL Entry Draft?
Eligible teams shall make selections in each round in reverse order of their finish in the 2014-15 NAHL regular-season standings. New member clubs shall have their order of selection determined by lottery. If there is only one new member club, it shall have the first selection in each round.
Do prospective NAHL players have to register for the NAHL Entry Draft?
No, there is no registration process to be eligible for the NAHL Entry Draft.
Are drafted players eligible to try out for other NAHL teams?
Unless agreed upon in writing by the two NAHL teams, tendered or drafted players are not eligible to try out for other NAHL teams.
Are drafted players eligible to try out for teams in other junior leagues?
Yes, all tendered and drafted players are eligible to try out for any team in any league other than the NAHL in the U.S. and Canada.
Will the results of the NAHL Entry Draft be posted on NAHL.com?
Yes, the results of the NAHL Entry Draft will be posted on NAHLDraft.com in alphabetical order in its entirety upon completion.
Will the NAHL Entry Draft be broadcast?
Yes, the NAHL Entry Draft is scheduled to be broadcast with live round-by-round coverage on FASTHockey, official broadcast partner of the NAHL.
Will all NAHL tenders signings be posted on NAHL.com?
No, all tender signing will not be posted on NAHL.com. NAHL teams may make their tender signings public, but are not required to do so.
What if a prospective player is not drafted, but is still interested in playing the NAHL?
Players not drafted but who still want to play in the NAHL are encouraged to attend individual team's open tryout camps. NAHL tryout camp information
All NAHL rosters must be reduced to 25 players by September 1.