2001-born twins, David was chosen 27th overall by the Kenai River Brown Bears, while Drew (pictured) was picked 54th overall by the expansion Wichita Falls Warriors.
David, a forward, finished his 2019-20 season with the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Collingwood Colts with whom he totaled two goals for seven point in 15 games, while Drew, also a forward, collected five goals for 17 points in 56 games with the British Columbia Hockey League’s West Kelowna Warriors.
The NAHL Board of Governors last month approved changes to the NAHL Player Procurement System due to unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, which prematurely ended the 2019-20 season and subsequent postponement of NAHL team Pre-Draft Evaluation Camps and NAHL Combines.
“The Supplemental Draft was necessary to serve as an additional outlet for teams to make decisions on how players performed in the 2019-20 season,” said NAHL commissioner and president Mark Frankenfeld. “A lot of time and effort has gone into scouting and recruiting. This way teams can make some decisions early.”
The Supplemental Draft consisted of 81 selections with each of the NAHL’s 27 teams receiving three picks.
“Equally as important, the rescheduling of the NAHL Entry Draft was necessary to allow teams time to make decisions on how players perform at team tryout camps,” Frankenfeld added. “Players develop over the summer and some of the best players in the NAHL are discovered through the tryout process.”
Players not selected in the Supplemental Draft but who still aspire to play in the league are still eligible for selection in the NAHL Entry Draft, which will be conducted on July 21.
The NAHL is considered one of North America’s premier junior leagues when it comes to developing players for NCAA hockey. It has also groomed countless players for the professional ranks, including the NHL.
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