Waterloo trades up for first pick in USHL Phase I draft, selects Matthew Frost
The USHL Phase I draft began with plenty of excitement as the Waterloo Black Hawks made a deal with the Des Moines Buccaneers to acquire the first overall pick.
WATERLOO, Iowa — Plenty of excitement was in the air Monday as the USHL completed its Phase I draft with teams selecting the best players born in 2006.
One of the big stories of the morning before the draft began was that the Waterloo Black Hawks made a deal with the Des Moines Buccaneers to acquire the first overall selection.
Waterloo used that top pick to select Matthew Frost — a 5-foot 10-inch center from Arlington, Virginia — who plays for the South Kent Selects Academy 16U.
Black Hawks General Manager Bryn Chyzyk said that the team was confident that Frost was their top prospect.
"As we got closer to the draft we realized that some teams might feel the same about him, and we decided that it was in our best interest to go up and get our guy," Chyzyk said. "He plays with pace, he's smart, he can score, and his compete level is extreme."
The deal between Waterloo and Des Moines didn't take very long to finalize.
"There was a mutual fit for both teams," Chyzyk said. "It made their hockey club better and we were able to get the guy we wanted."
The last time that Waterloo had the first overall pick in the draft was in 2011, when the Black Hawks selected Taylor Cammarata. Cammarata went on to be named USHL Rookie of the Year in 2012 and USHL Player of the Year in 2013 before going on to play at the University of Minnesota.
Waterloo originally had the fourth pick in the first round, but ended up forgoing that selection to tender defenseman Keith McInnis of Red Deer, Alberta, back in mid-April.
"We think the absolute world of him as both a player on the ice and a person off the ice," Chyzyk said. "I think as a 16-year-old he'll be able to contribute right away."
The Black Hawks went on to draft a Minnesotan, defenseman John Stout from Minnetonka, in the third round (41st overall). Waterloo is excited about the pick and believe that Stout has only scratched the surface of his potential as a player.
"We think the future is bright with this group coming in ... We're just super excited about the guys we added," Chyzyk said.
Phase II of the USHL draft will begin Tuesday at 10 a.m. CT.