The Omaha Lancers selected five players Tuesday in the USHL’s Futures Draft of players born in 1996.
With the first overall selection, which Omaha won in the Futures Draft lottery, the Lancers took forward Shane Gersich from Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria, Minn. Gersich had 30 goals and 30 assists in 21 games last season.
“We’re very happy to have the opportunity to select Shane,” Lancers coach Mike Aikens said. “He’s a great hockey player and an even better young man. He’s one of the best 1996-born forwards in the country who turned down an offer from the National Team Development Program to stay at Holy Family Catholic with the idea of furthering his development. We expect him to be an impact player in the USHL down the road.”
Gersich’s father, Frank, and uncle Neal Broten both played for the University of Minnesota. Broten also was a member of the gold medal-winning 1980 United States Olympic hockey team.
Omaha had five picks in the six-round draft because of the tending offer they gave last week to forward Ryan Tait.
Here are the other players drafted by the Lancers:
Third round: Scott Eansor (forward).
Fourth round: Brian Williams (forward).
Fifth round: Jake Cass (defenseman).
Sixth round: Ryan Donato (forward).
— Steve Beideck