Four Bruins selected in USHL draft

Published 8:56 pm Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Four members of the 2017-18 Austin Bruins were selected in the USHL Phase II Draft on Tuesday afternoon. Forward Alex Mella and defenseman Danny Petrick were chosen by the Madison Capitols, defenseman Jaden Shields was picked the Dubuque Fighting Saints, and forward Xander Lamppa was drafted by the Waterloo Black Hawks.

In addition, tendered defenseman Kyle Gudme was also selected by Fargo in round nine.

Mella went in the 51st overall to Madison. Mella led all Bruins rookies in goals scored, with 17 during the reason season. He was also tied for the team lead with four game-winning goals – plus two in the postseason. It’s the second time that Mella has been drafted in the USHL, going in the 2015 Phase I Draft to Green Bay. Mella is committed to NCAA DI Northeastern.

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Shields is also a ’99, just finished up his second full season as a member of the Bruins. He was picked 73rd overall by Dubuque. Shields totaled 12 goals and 17 assists this season.

Petrick was selected by Madison with the 231st overall pick. The Northeastern commit put up 15 points in 29 games as a Bruin in 2016-17 before finishing the season in the USHL with Des Moines and Omaha. After seven games in Omaha to start 2017-18, the Bruins re-acquired Petrick from the Johnstown Tomahawks in late October in exchange for defenseman Toby Sengvongxay. Petrick ended up leading the Bruins and all NAHL defenseman with 10 power play goals, registering a total of 11 goals and nine assists in 49 regular season games.

Xander Lamppa, who is from Rochester, had a solid rookie season with the Bruins, scoring 11 goals to go along with nine assists in 46 games. The versatile forward played on both special teams units and scored two shorthanded goals – tied for the team lead. The John Marshall Rocket standout who averaged over 1.35 points per game in his high school career, went with the 244th overall pick to Waterloo.