WATERLOO — Last month, the Waterloo Black Hawks began building for future seasons when it tendered Chicago Mission forward Wyatt Schingoethe.
Monday, the building process continued for the Black Hawks as they selected eight 2002 birth-year players during Phase I of the United States Hockey League draft.
Five of the eight players were defensemen.
“As always, our staff, Shane (Fukushima) mainly have done a tremendous job of giving us a list of players whom have the capability to come up and play a little bit, and strategically, in theory at least, keep us in the mix for years to come,” Black Hawks head coach P.K. O’Handley said. “Tonight, it was about getting the best players available, and our staff feels pretty about this draft.
“There are a couple of guys in there that could push to make the club next year. We will have to see how it plays out.”
Waterloo exchanged its first-round pick in Phase one with the signing of Schingoethe, so it didn’t have a pick until it took Ottawa, Ontario defenseman Donovan Sebrango, a Boston University verbal commit.
Sebrango, a left-handed defenseman, played some with the Ottawa Junior Senators in the Junior A Central Canada Hockey League during the 2017-18 season, but spent the bulk of his winter at the Canadian International Hockey Academy in Ottawa.
“A good player,” O’Handley said. “He was a target. He is one of the guys who will probably make a case to play next season and we’re excited about that.”
The Black Hawks’ next two picks — Zachary Michaelis of Elk River, Minn., a forward, and Richard ‘D.J.” Hart, a defenseman from Stamford, CT., are committed to Nebraska Omaha and Ohio State, respectively.
Michaelis, who was just a sophomore last year, was Elk River’s third-leading scorer with 55 points in 27 games.
Waterloo also selected defenseman Lachlan Getz of the Northfield, Ill., forward Jacob Jeannette of Duluth, Minn., forward James Doyle of Plainfield, Ill., a teammate of Schingoethe with the Mission, defenseman Dominic Foglia of Shattuck St. Mary Prep, and defenseman Jamie Drysdale of Toronto, Ont.
Schingoethe, a Notre Dame verbal, will figure into Waterloo’s plans next year as the tender agreement requires the Black Hawks to play him in a certain percentage of its 60 regular-season games.
“He is an extremely talented guy, but when it comes down to it he is still a young person,” O’Handley said. “The learning curve is large as most who follow us know. He is going to play and we’re going to develop him. He is going to make mistakes, and we’re going to allow those mistakes to happen.
“His upside is tremendous, but part of the development process is making mistakes.”
Phase II of the USHL draft, where players from birth years of 1998 to 2002 can be drafted, began today at 10 a.m.