2014 NAHL Draft Selections: Aberdeen Wings

On Tuesday, the North American Hockey League held their annual NAHL Entry-Draft. Potential junior hockey players all across the nation and internationally were anxious to hear their name called to represent one of the 24 teams in the NAHL.

The Aberdeen Wings were awarded 7 selections, one pick in each of the first seven rounds. New head coach Francis Anzalone was joined by the coaching staff and scouting staff to make the best selection that not only fills roster spots in pursuit of another NAHL Playoffs appearance, but also players that best the organization’s development program. To date, 21 current and former Aberdeen Wings players have made an NCAA Division I commitment in just 4 years of the team’s existence.

2014 NAHL ENTRY-DRAFT: Aberdeen Wings


Rnd 1 – 18th Overall Pick

GAVIN PACZOSA

Goaltender – 1996 Born

6-3, 180lbs

Rocky Mountain Rough Riders

“Gavin is an athletic, technically sound goaltender who we have liked in our previous viewings,” said Wings head scout Mike Grattan. “We had a number of good discussions with him leading up to the draft.”


Rnd 2 – 42nd Overall Pick

ADAM KRESL

Forward – 1995 Born

6-1, 210lbs

Salt Lake City Moose (WSHL)

"Adam is a hard-nosed, gritty player with junior experience and leadership qualities. He is a solid power forward who we have been tracking since last year's Main Camp and will help us become a tougher team to play against."


Rnd 3 – 66th Overall Pick

MICHAEL HEIDKAMP

Defenseman – 1995 Born

6-1, 175lbs

Culver Academy

“Michael is a smooth skating, poised Defenseman who sees the ice well and makes a solid first pass. He comes from a great program at Culver Academy”


Rnd 4 – 90th Overall Pick

MATTHEW SHERMAN

Defenseman – 1996 Born

6-3, 200lbs

Compuware U18

"Matt is a good sized Defenseman with great upside.  His coaches speak highly of him and we believe he has some great tools to work with."


Rnd 5 – 112th Overall Pick

ANDREW NOEL

Defenseman – 1996 Born

6-1, 200lbs

Cleveland Jr. Barons

"Andrew is a solid, two-way Defenseman who is strong, sees the ice and plays a direct game.  He has good instincts and fits with the style of Defenseman we look for."


Rnd 6 – 132nd Overall Pick

JAKE WESTFIELD

Forward – 1995 Born

5-11, 175lbs

St. Paul Academy

"Jake is a smart, crafty forward who really impressed us at our Pre-Draft Evaluation Camp.  He competes and looks to make plays with the puck."


Rnd 7 – 150th Overall Pick

MICHAEL SOUCIER

Forward – 1995 Born

5-10, 170lbs

Wellington Dukes (OJHL)

13 Goals, 24 assists last season in the Ontario Junior Hockey League

"Michael has a good skill set and played last season in the OJHL, a competitive Canadian junior league.  He has good instincts and shoots the puck very well."