Jayson Shaugabay led Warroad High and finished in the top 15 in the state in scoring as a sophomore.
Not surprisingly, he caught the attention of others.
Shaugabay was invited to try out for the U.S. National Team Development Program this spring, and on Wednesday, he was taken in the first round of the United States Hockey League's Phase I Draft.
Shaugabay went No. 11 overall to the Green Bay Gamblers.
The 10-round Phase I Draft featured players born in 2005. Most of them will not report to the USHL this season, but that team that selects them will hold their rights in the league.
Shaugabay, the cousin of former UND running back Adam Shaugabay, has put up back-to-back 50-point seasons for the Warriors as an underclassman.
College programs can offer Shaugabay beginning Aug. 1.
Panzer leads Phase II
Grand Forks Central senior captain Braden Panzer led local and area players in the Phase II Draft, which featured players born from 2001-05 whose rights are not currently held by any USHL teams. Phase II players are more likely to play for USHL teams immediately.
Panzer was selected by the Fargo Force, who were Clark Cup finalists earlier this month, in the fourth round.
Panzer, who is not committed to a college yet, led all North Dakota high school players in points this season with 66, anchoring the state's best line with classmates Joey Kennelly and Chase Spicer.
He also starred for Team North Dakota at the Boys NIT this spring, leading the tournament with 10 points in four games. North Dakota won it for the first time.
Two other Grand Forks players were picked.
Grand Forks Central graduate William Lawson-Body went in the 13th round to the Lincoln Stars. Lawson-Body played for the Wichita Falls (Texas) Warriors in the North American Hockey League this season, tallying 29 points in 56 games. He was their fourth-leading scorer.
Grand Forks bantam defenseman Bauer Berry went in the 13th round to the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Berry, a 2005-born player, was eligible to be picked in the Phase I Draft, too.
East Grand Forks Senior High graduate Landon Parker went in the 12th round to the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Roughriders. Parker led Senior High to the state tournament this season as a senior, putting up a team-high 47 points in 22 games. Parker has some USHL experience already, playing four games for Sioux City, which selected him in the Phase I Draft three years ago.
Three Roseau players were selected in the Phase II Draft.
Defenseman Thor Byfuglien went in the 10th round to the Clark Cup-champion Chicago Steel, while forward Max Strand went in the 12th round to Sioux City and forward Kellen Murphy in the 14th round to Madison. Byfuglien, Strand and Murphy all were juniors for the Section 8AA runner-up Rams this season.
Three other area players were selected in Phase II. The Cedar Rapids RoughRiders picked former Kittson Central standout Calvin Hanson in the 14th round, Green Bay selected Warroad sophomore defenseman Eric Comstock in the 15th round and Des Moines took Red Lake Falls senior forward Zak Kennett in the 16th round.