Harborcreek Township native Billy Wager wasn’t selected in the United States Hockey League’s Futures Draft on Tuesday – nearly three weeks after being bypassed in the OHL Priority Selection.
Wager, 15, a sophomore at Harbor Creek High School, attended the inaugural USHL Combine last weekend in Orland Park, Ill. An Indiana Ice official contacted the family on Sunday about Wager’s interest in the USHL, the nation’s top junior league that features 16 teams located mainly in the Midwest.
Wager expressed his interest, his father, Bill, said, even though he likely would spend the next year or two developing his goaltending skills at the Under-18 or North American Hockey League level.
But every team passed on Wager in the Futures Draft, which consisted of prospects born in 1994. The USHL Entry Draft, which features players born between 1990 and 1993, is set for today.
Wager could be selected in the NAHL Entry Draft on May 26. He also has received offers from a few U-16 clubs. For now, Wager will focus on earning a spot with a U-18 AAA club.
A coach from Victory Honda, an AAA organization based in Plymouth Township, Mich., drove to Toronto a week ago to watch Wager play with the East Coast Selects in the Toronto Prospects Tournament. Victory Honda officials haven’t finalized their goaltending situation, Bill Wager said.
The Cleveland Barons invited Wager to participate in the team’s mini-camp this weekend. But he already committed to attend a tryout with the Ohio Jr. Blue Jackets this weekend.
- Victor Fernandes
– Victor Fernandes