Stationary Robbery…

With it being the off-season and weekend, here’s a little nugget to take with you.

Remember Zach Pochiro? OK. Probably not. He had a training camp stint with the Force last season after being taken by the team in last season’s USHL Entry Draft. He was drafted again by Lincoln in Tuesday’s USHL Entry Draft but today signed a contract with the Prince George Cougars in the Western Hockey League.

The move kind of came as a surprise as Pochiro put 34 points playing for Wichita Falls (NAHL) this past season.

Signing with a Major Junior team adds to an interesting trend the Force have had with former players. The trend being the Force keep having guys who got little if any playing time but they go Major Junior.

For example:

-Ben Johnson, forward: When Johnson came to the Force, not much was really known about him other than he was from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He had five games with the Force scoring no points and decided to return home. Since then, he went on to become Michigan’s Mr. Hockey and this season finished his first campaign with the Windsor Spitfires in the Ontario Hockey League.

-Marek Hrbas, defenseman: Hrbas played 40 games in his first and only season with the Force before heading to the WHL. The promising Czech defenseman had 17 points in 64 games with Edmonton and spent this season with the Kamloops Blazers putting up 25 points in 67 games.

-Blake Clarke, forward: Here’s some more message board fodder for Force fans. Clarke was drafted by the team last year and became the youngest player in the league at 15. He spent a few months with the Force playing in 13 games getting one goal. Clarke returned home to St. Louis and in a matter of months represented Team USA at the World Youth Olympic Games and last month was drafted 15th overall by the Brampton Battalion in the OHL Priority Draft. He was the highest American taken and given his current trajectory could very well be a first or second round pick when he becomes draft eligible.

 

4 thoughts on “Stationary Robbery…

  1. there are other teams that experience this same situation. looking at last years drafts the force had more players drafted that ACTUALLY played then many teams in the league.gamblers, muskees and the RR actually try to build their team from the draft pix and the one team that was also at the bottom on the standings ie des moines had none of their drafts end up on the team but we all know how terrible simon was.

    • What’s your take on why these kids are leaving, Ryan? I realize each situation is different, but do you think this is a case of the Force mis-managing its resources or that they scout so well that Major Junior keeps a close eye on their younger roster players and pluck which ones they can?

      Also, off the top of your head do you have any examples of other USHL clubs losing their younger players to Major Junior?

  2. Mr. Ricochet of the Finish your check forums is nothing but a guy who uses hockey as an excuse to spread trash.

  3. How many of the OHL drafts really end up playing seasons in that league? I have seen many young US boys drafted high in the OHL and not playing any higher than a lower junior team if that. Also some of these guys don’t make the higher level teams but do well at the level below and need to play there for a year before moving up, etc, etc.