Brown Bears Take 8 Players in Draft
The Kenai River Brown Bears took full advantage of their draft position in Tuesday's 2015 NAHL Entry Draft, adding speed and goalscoring up front, and size and strength on the blueline. Overall the Bears selected 8 players in this year's draft, including:
1st Round – 2nd Overall Pick – Jeff Fasegha – Albany Academy
With the 2nd overall pick in the draft, Kenai selected 6'1, 195-pound forward Jeff Fasegha from Albany Academy. Originally from Calgary, Fasegha was a highly sought after recruit for the Canadian Junior Hockey system, but wanted to play in Kenai after meeting the coaching staff last month at the team's pre-draft tryout.
2nd Round – 27th Overall Pick – Thomas Keane – Chicago Mission
With the 27th overall pick in the draft, Kenai added size to their blueline, by selecting 6'3, 190-pound defenseman Thomas Keane from the Chicago Mission U18 program. Keane is an Illinois native, who spent the last two seasons playing competitive hockey in the High Performance Hockey League for both Team Illinois and the Chicago Mission.
2nd Round – 33rd Overall Pick – Marshall Barnes – Academy of Holy Angles
With the 33rd overall pick in the draft, Kenai selected 6'0, 190-pound forward Marshall Barnes from Minnesota. A playmaking forward, Barnes tallied 163 points in 98 games for the Academy of Holy Angles in Minnesota, while also leading Team Southwest in scoring this season in the Minnesota High School Elite League.
3rd Round – 56th Overall Pick – Croix Evingson – Cleveland Barons
With the 56th overall pick in the draft, Kenai selected 6'4, 210-pound defenseman Croix Evingson from the Cleveland Barons. Originally from Anchorage, Evingson tallied 13 points in 32 games this season with the Barons U18 team in the Tier-1 Elite League.
4th Round – 69th Overall Pick – Richie McCartney – NJ Titans
With the 69th overall pick in the draft, Kenai selected 5'11, 180-pound forward Richie McCartney from the NJ Titans. McCartney was in attendance last month at the Bears eastern pre-draft tryout, and had previously caught the attention of the coaching staff while skating this season for the Titans U18 team in the North American Prospects Hockey League.
6th Round – 113th Overall Pick – Gunnar Goodmanson – Buffalo High School
With the 113th overall pick in the draft, Kenai selected 6'0, 165-pound forward Gunnar Goodmanson from Buffalo High School in Minnesota. A strong skating goalscorer, Goodmanson tallied 50 points in 23 games during his senior season in Minnesota high school hockey.
6th Round – 121st Overall Pick – Fredrik Blomgren – The Gunnery
With the 121st overall pick in the draft, Kenai selected 6'1, 185-pound defenseman Fredrik Blomgren from The Gunnery. A native of Sweden, Blomgren spent the last 2 seasons helping to anchor the blueline for The Gunnery in the New England Founders League.
7th Round – 130th Overall Pick – Oscar Skiold – Sodertalje SK J20
With the 130th overall pick in the draft, Kenai selected 5'9, 155-pound forward Oscar Skiold from the Sodertalje SK J20 team in Sweden. A highly skilled, smooth skating forward, Skiold tallied 20 points in 35 games this season while skating in the Swedish Elite League.