Wild 2015-2016 NA3HL Draft Summary

The Gillette Wild are proud to introduce their 2015-2016 NA3HL Draft Class. In this years draft Coach Hodge focused on talent that was fairly close to home, including taking forward Michael Doyle from Casper, Wyoming with our first pick and number 28 overall. Of our eight picks, only one comes to us from somewhere other than a nearby state and that is forward Hunter Johnson out of Bellingham, Washington. Along with focusing on nearby talent, drafting teammates was a theme this year. In the 3rd and 6th rounds we selected Kansas City Jets forwards Connor Moore and Tristan Hillebret, respectively. Then in the 7th and 8th rounds we selected Rushmore Thunder teammates Owen Leberknight, brother of current Wild defenseman Tristen, and goaltender Matt Habber.


Coach Brendon Hodge had this to say regarding the draft, "I was looking for a couple different things, First I was looking for players like Michael Doyle, Connor Moore, Hunter Johnson guys that can help contribute right away with the players coming back from last year's team. Then with picks like Owen Leberknight, Matt Habber, and Tristan Hillebret; those picks were for the future. Guys that I want to keep my eye on and see how they develop over this coming year."


“Based on the draft and the guys we are bringing in as well as the guys returning from last year we are looking forward to this season, said Managing Partner Dwayne Dillinger, “We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Gillette Community for their continued support of the team as we enter our fifth season and hope to see you at the rink.”


Below are this years picks:


1st Round, 28th Overall

Michael Doyle, F, Team Wyoming U18


2nd Round, 62nd Overall

Kevin Lake, G, Colorado Rampage


3rd Round, 96th Overall

Connor Moore, F, Kansas City Jets


4th Round, 129th Overall

Hunter Johnson, F, Bellingham NORPAC


5th Round, 162nd Overall

Steven Gustafson, N/A, KC Mavericks U18


6th Round 196th Overall

Tristan Hillebret, F, Kansas City Jets


7th Round, 228th Overall

Owen Leberknight, F, Rushmore Thunder


8th Round, 239th Overall

Matt Habber, G, Rushmore Thunder