St. Cloud, MN – It was a mixed bag of results for future St. Cloud State University Huskies hockey players in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft in Montreal (on July 8th, 2022). In the end, one player slipped down a bit, another may have been a “sleeper” pick and another was not selected.
The highest-ranked future Husky, Adam Ingram dropped from #14 in the mid-term NHL Central Scouting Service rankings to #27 in the final rankings and ended up a bit lower than expected. After initial thoughts after the mid-term rankings that he could be selected in the first round, in reality, he ended up being selected 82nd in the third round by the Nashville Predators.
The 6’2″ 174-pound 18-year-old forward had an immediate impact with the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL leading the squad in scoring and finishing second in the league in rookie scoring. Ranked 14th in the Central Scouting mid-term rankings, he dropped to 27th in the final rankings partly due to several stretches during the second half of the season with a lack of offensive production.
Possessing an NHL-caliber shot and an ability to score from deceptive angles, he’ll have an opportunity to improve his skating and add muscle and weight to his lean frame. For his future team, the Huskies, it may mean he’ll be with the squad for several years before the NHL comes knocking.
A bit of a surprise was the selection by the Seattle Kraken of another 18-year-old, Barrett Hall, fresh out of high school. He was the 164th player selected in the 6th round. The four-year player for Gentry Academy (Vadnais Heights, MN) became the Star’s all-time leading scorer during the 2021-22 season accumulating 186 points (86 goals, 100 assists) in 94 games. The 18-year-old had an exemplary high school career contributing 15 goals as a freshman and in excess of 20 goals per season for the balance of his high school career for an outstanding 1.94 points per game.
Pre and post the Minnesota High School season, Hall played 19 games for the Minnesota Wilderness of the NAHL posting 5 goals and 15 assists for 20 points in 19 games. He finished with an offensive flurry with 7 multi-point games in the last 10 contests.
Obviously, the Seattle club did their homework and was intrigued by the potential of a player who was the highest-drafted Minnesotan (3rd pick overall) in the 2022 USHL Phase II Draft.
At the earliest, Hall won’t see the ice at SCSU until 2023-24. Until then, he’ll be skating for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL.
Somewhat of a surprise was that Leo Gruba, the son of former Husky and NHL Draft choice Tony Gruba went unselected in this year’s draft. Ranked 125th by NHL Central Scouting, the 6’2″ 205-pound right-shooting defenseman had quite a 2021-22 hockey season captaining the Hill-Murray Pioneers to third place in the Class AA Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament and being named to the Class AA All-Tournament team.
Additionally, he was honored by being a finalist for the Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award and was the winner of the 2022 Reed Larson Award as the state’s top senior defenseman.
Expected to go by the 7th round, it didn’t happen but he could be eligible again for the 2023 draft. Gruba will play for the Fargo Force of the USHL for former SCSU assistance coach Nick Oliver. Most likely the 18-year-old will hit the ice for SCSU in 2024-25.
SCSU Huskies in the NHL Draft
Tony Schmalzbauer | New York Islanders 1986 6/122
Tim Hanus | Quebec Nordiques 1987 7/135
Jeff Saterdalen | New York Islanders 1987 7/160
Dan Brettschneider | Washington Capitals 1987 12/240
Lenny Esau | Toronto Maple Leafs 1988 7/86
Shorty Forrest | New York Islanders 1988 9/173
Jeff Kruesel | Los Angeles Kings 1988 7/133
Chic Pojar | Chicago 1988 8/155
Bret Hedican | St. Louis Blues 1988 10/198
Joe Larson | Winnipeg Jets 1989 10/193
Greg Hagen | Pittsburgh Penguins 1989 10/205
Noel Rahn | Quebec Nordiques 1989 12/252
Tony Burns | Detroit Red Wings 1990 5/87
Tony Gruba | Detroit Red Wings 1990 9/171
Brett Lievers New York Rangers 1990 11/223
Bill Lund | Philadelphia Flyers 1990 12/235
Eric Johnson | Vancouver Canucks 1991 8/161
Jay Moser | Boston Bruins 1991 8/172
Dan Reiman | New Jersey Devils 1991 9/187
P. J. Lepler | Montreal Canadiens 1991 11/237
Dan O’Shea | Minnesota North Stars 1991 5/14
Jason Stewart | New York Islanders 1994 6/142
Brian Leitza Pittsburgh Penguins 1994 6/142
Mike Rucinski | Hartford Whalers 1995 8/217
Matt Cullen | Anaheim Mighty Ducks 1996 2/35
Josh DeWolf | New Jersey Devils 1996 2/41
Mark Parrish | Colorado Avalanche 1996 3/79
Brian Gaffaney | Pittsburgh Penguins 1997 2/44
Tyler Arnason | Chicago 1998 7/183
Ryan Malone | Pittsburgh Penguins 1999 4/115
Doug Meyer | Pittsburgh Penguins 1999 6/176
Jeff Finger | Colorado Avalance 1999 8/240
Matt Hendricks | Nashville Predators 2000 5/131
Doug Meyer | Pittsburgh Penguins 1999 6/176
Brock Hooton | Ottawa Senators 2002 5/150
Bobby Goepfert | Pittsburgh Penguins 2002 6/171
Tim Conboy | San Jose Sharks 2002 7/217
Matt Gens | Vancouver Canucks 2002 9/278
Jonathan Lehun | St.Louis Blues 2003 6/189
Joe Jensen | Pittsburgh Penguins 2003 8/232
Casey Borer | Carolina Hurricanes 2004 3/69
Andrew Gordon | Washington Capitals 2004 7/197
Andreas Nodl | Philadelphia Flyers 2006 2/39
Nick Oslund | Detroit Red Wings 2006 7/191
Jase Weslosky | New York Islanders 2006 4/108
Aaron Marvin | Calgary Flames 2007 3/89
Dan Dunn | Washington Capitals 2007 6/154
Garrett Roe | Los Angeles Kings 2008 7/183
Ben Hanowski | Pittsburgh Penguins 2009 3/63
Mike Lee | Phoenix Coyotes 2009 3/91
Oliver Lauridsen | Philadelphia Flyers 2009 7/196
Cam Reid | Nashville Predators 2009 7/192
Nick Jensen | Detroit Red Wings 2009 5/150
Nic Dowd | Los Angeles Kings 2009 7/198
Nick Oliver | Nashville Predators 2009 4/110
Kevin Gravel | Los Angeles Kings 2010 5/148
Judd Peterson | Buffalo Sabres 2012 7/204
Jonny Brodzinski | Los Angeles Kings 2013 5/148
Ben Storm | Colorado Avalanche 2013 6/153
Will Borgen | Buffalo Sabres 2015 4/92
Mikey Eyssimont | Los Angels Kings 2016 5/142
Dennis Cholowski | Detroit Red Wings 2016 1/20
Ryan Poehling | Montreal Canadiens 2017 1/25
Nick Perbix | Tampa Bay Lightning 2017 6/169
David Hrenak | Los Angeles Kings 2018 5/144
Sam Hentges | Minnesota Wild 2018 7/210
Dominic Basse | Chicago Blackhawks 2019 6/167
Veeti Miettinen | Toronto Maple Leafs 2020 6/168
Jack Peart | Minnesota Wild 2021 2/54
Adam Ingram | Nashville Predators 2022 3/82
Barrett Hall | Seattle Kraken 2022 6/164