The North American Hockey League will hold its annual player draft today. The Rebels will have the 17th overall pick in the draft. In all, the team will have 12 picks. The following is an overview of the draft.
2016 NAHL Entry Draft Order (minus any traded picks):
1. Northeast Generals (new team)
2. Shreveport Mudbugs (new team)
3. Kenai River Brown Bears
4. Amarillo Bulls
5. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
6. Aberdeen Wings
7. Minnesota Magicians
8. Brookings Blizzard
9. Corpus Christi IceRays
10. Odessa Jackalopes
11. Austin Bruins
12. Springfield Jr. Blues
13. Johnstown Tomahawks
14. Coulee Region Chill
15. Topeka RoadRunners
16. New Jersey Titans
17. Aston Rebels
18. Minnesota Wilderness
19. Minot Minotauros
20. Janesville Jets
21. Bismarck Bobcats
22. Lone Star Brahmas
23. Wichita Falls Wildcats
24. Fairbanks Ice Dogs
Who is eligible for the NAHL Entry Draft?
Amateur players less than 21 years of age on December 31, 2016 who are not listed on an NAHL team roster or are listed on an NAHL team roster but played less than (10) NAHL regular season and/or playoff games during the 2015-16 season and did not accept a tender from an NAHL team prior to the 2016 NAHL Entry Draft are eligible for selection in the draft.
Does a player have to register for the draft?
No. If you are eligible for the draft, each team will draft individual players largely based upon scouting throughout the season and in pre-draft tryout camps based upon a team's needs.
How many players can each team select in the NAHL Entry Draft?
The number of players each team is able to draft varies on that team's current roster (protected list) minus the number 30. Each team's roster is comprised of veteran players and signed tenders only. For example, if a team has 15 veterans rostered and 8 tenders (23 total), that team is allowed seven (7) draft picks.
Do prospective NAHL players have to register for the NAHL Entry Draft?
No, there is no registration process to be eligible for the NAHL Entry Draft.
Are drafted players eligible to try out for other NAHL teams?
Unless agreed upon in writing by the two NAHL teams, tendered or drafted players are not eligible to try out for other NAHL teams.
Are drafted players eligible to try out for teams in other junior leagues?
Yes, all tendered and drafted players are eligible to try out for any team in any league other than the NAHL in the U.S. and Canada.
Will the results of the NAHL Entry Draft be posted on NAHL.com?
Yes, the results of the NAHL Entry Draft will be posted on NAHLDraft.com in alphabetical order in its entirety upon completion.
Will the NAHL Entry Draft be broadcast?
Yes, the NAHL Entry Draft is scheduled to be broadcast with FREE live round-by-round coverage on FASTHockey, official broadcast partner of the NAHL.
Will all NAHL tenders signings be posted on NAHL.com?
No, all tender signings will not be posted on NAHL.com. NAHL teams may make their tender signings public, but are not required to do so.
What if a prospective player is not drafted, but is still interested in playing the NAHL?
Players not drafted but who still want to play in the NAHL are encouraged to attend individual team's open tryout camps. NAHL tryout camp information
All NAHL rosters must be reduced to 25 players by September 1.