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Black Hawks eye weekend's NHL Draft


This weekend's NHL draft could be a record breaker for the Waterloo Black Hawks.  Eight current, former, and future players, all ranked in the top 150 North American prospect list by NHL Central Scouting, will be waiting for that call.

That list includes 3 from last year's Clark Cup Finals qualifying squad.  Forward A.J. Michaelsen, who scored 6 times during the 2011-2012 campaign leads the list as the #77 prospect.  Teammate Vince Hinostroza, who tallied 20 goals last season, is ranked #117 by the service.  Stephon Williams is 34th amongst goaltenders.

In 2007, 4 Black Hawks afiliated players were drafted, the most in team history.

The overall list, in order of ranking includes:

#38 – Brady Vail (09-10)
#53 – Zach Stepan (2010 USHL Futures Pick)
#69 – Chris Calnan (2012 USHL Entry Pick)
#87 – A.J. Michaelson (11-12)
#96 – Nick Ebert (09-10)
#115 – Vince Hinostroza (10-pres.)
#145 – Kevin Duane (11-12 affiliate appearance in Waterloo)
#173 – Justin Kloos (10-11 and 11-12 affiliate appearances in Waterloo)
G #34 – Stephon Williams (11-12)
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