SIOUX CITY | Cameron Brown, a 5-foot-6, 140-pound forward from Natick, Mass., was selected in the first round by the Sioux City Musketeers in Tuesday’s United States Hockey League Entry Draft.
Brown was the seventh player selected overall. The University of Maine recruit was among 14 players (eight forwards, four defensemen, two goaltenders) chosen by head coach Brett Larson’s squad.
Brown played two seasons for the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL). Last season, the left-handed shooter scored 51 points (16 goals, 35 assists) for the Junior Monarchs, then contributed one goal and seven assists in the playoffs.
“Cam is a small, shifty dynamic offensive talent who we are really excited about,” said Larson. “He’s a great skater with really good vision who’s an elite power play performer. We brought him to Sioux City during the season for a week and really liked his game.”
Sixth-round pick Conor Anderle is a 5-9, 163-pounder who had 23 goals and 45 assists in 25 regular-season games for Breck (Minn.). Seventh-rounder Anthony Croston had 13 goals and 20 assists for the Tier I Elite’s Phoenix Junior Coyotes (Midget Majors).
Daniel LaFontaine, a 15th-round pick, is the son of Pat LaFontaine, who scored more than 1,000 career points in the NHL from 1983 to 1998, playing for the the New York Islanders, the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Rangers.
With the departure of three-year starting goaltender Matt Skoff (69-55-15, 2.62 GAA) to Penn State, the Musketeers also selected two goalies. Second-round selection Joe Ballmer had a 13-19-3 record (3.16 GAA, .910 save percentage) last season with the NAHL’s Jamestown Ironmen while 21st-round pick Gavin Nieto was 8-3-2 (1.83, .928) for the Los Angeles Kings’ Midget Minor team.
-- Jerry Giese