Your Aberdeen Wings proud Members of the North American Hockey League completed the 2017 NAHL Draft Tuesday afternoon. The Wings, reigning NAHL Central Division Champions had 4 selections in the draft.
Aberdeen started out by taking John Sladic in the1st round, 10th overall. Sladic is a 5’10 156 LB forward from Novi, MI. Sladic is a 98 birth year who spent last season playing with the Cowichan Valley Capitals. Sladic had 6 goals & 7 assists in 22 games played. “John is a very high end skilled individual. We expect him to add a scoring punch for us.” -Assistant Coach Anthony Bohn.
Aberdeen selected Joseph Mancuso in round 2, 33rd overall. Joseph is a 6’3 185 LB forward from Pottstown, PA. Mancuso is a 99 birth year who spent last season with the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers 18U. Joseph had 9 goals & 11 assists in 15 games played. “Joseph is a big, 200 ft player with good touch around the net. ” _Assistant Coach Anthony Bohn.
The Wings did not have a 3rd round pick. In the 4th round, 74th overall Aberdeen selected Jed Pietila, a 5″10 165 LB forward from Howell, MI. Pietila played in 21 games last season for Hartland High & had 20 goals & 35 assists. Jed is a 99 birth year. “Jed is a very versatile player that we expect to add to all aspects of the game.” -Assistant Coach Anthony Bohn.
just 6 picks later the Wings selected Strauss Mann 80th overall. Strauss is a 98 birth year goaltender. He’s 6’1 180 LB’s. Mann spent last season playing for Brunswick School. in the 2015-16 season Strauss posted a 1.28 GAA & .952 SV%. He also won the 2017 National Championship for the Mid-Fairfield Rangers U18. “Strauss is a dedicated hard working goaltender with a championship pedigree.” – Assistant Coach Anthony Bohn.
“The staff did an excellent job with this years draft. It’s an important part of the team building process and they continue to players that fit the mold we want. We look forward to adding these players to this years Wing Family.” -Head Coach Scott Langer