Minot, ND – The Minotauros made six selections in today’s NAHL Entry Draft including two in the first round. The Tauros added three forwards, two defenseman, a goaltender. See a breakdown of all six picks below brought to you by 28 Tastes and Taps. Tune into a special Tauros All Access with Cody Campbell and the Tauros two first round picks tonight on the Tauros Facebook Live at 7:30. Stay tuned to gotauros.com and the Tauros socials for updates on the Tauros coaching staff and all other news through the off-season.
Round 1 Pick 9 – Cameron Smith
The NCAA DI St. Lawrence commit played junior last season the NCDC for the P.A.L. Junior Islanders posting a 13-10-1 record with a 2.81 GAA and .920 SV%.
From Head Coach/G.M. Cody Campbell: Cam is a strong kid with a good frame that is very calm and competitive in the crease. He is committed to St. Lawrence and we feel he will be an extremely capable goalie in our league.
Round 1 Pick 10 – Cooper Rice
The Tauros added another junior hockey veteran with Rutland, VT, native Rice. He played last season in the MJHL with the Steinbach Pistons where he posted 16 goals and 28 assists for 44 points in 50 games.
From Head Coach/G.M. Cody Campbell: Cooper is a big and strong forward that pointed this year in the MJHL for a team that went to the finals in that league. His veteran experience will fit in extremely well to the top part of our forward group. He also led his team last year in penalty minutes.
Round 2 Pick 21 – Tory Lund
The younger brother of Dakota Property Management Tauro Alum Keenan Lund, Tory is a 2004 with three seasons of junior eligibility remaining. Last season he played for Sartell-St. Stephen High School posting 29 goals and 25 assists over 26 games. He also skated in 10 games in the NA3HL with the Granite City Lumberjacks posting four goals and four assists.
From Head Coach/G.M. Cody Campbell: Tory is a fast and skilled 200ft player. He scored in bunches at the high school level and his family has history with our program as his brother is a Tauro alum.
Round 3 Pick 2 – Carter Sproule
In the third round the Tauros nabbed another player with multiple years of edibility in Carter Sproule. Sproule, a Grand Forks native, played for Grand Forks Red River; the same school that produced Tauros alum Jon Lizotte, Jacob Benson, and Brock Montgomery. Last season he posted 18 goals and 24 assists in 25 games for Red River.
From Head Coach/G.M. Cody Campbell: Carter is a big heavy centerman, who is very smart and has a knack around the net. He was arguably the most dangerous player in high school hockey in North Dakota last season and has an extremely high ceiling.
Round 5 Pick 18 – Lucas Constantine
After adding goaltending and forwards early in the draft the Tauros went defense with their final two picks. The first, Lucas Constantine enters his final year of junior having played last season for the New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs of the NCDC. The defenseman posted a goal and seven assists in 25 games.
From Head Coach/G.M. Cody Campbell: Lucas is a strong and tough defender. He is a warrior with his selfless play and willingness to sacrifice for his team by blocking shots and taking hits to make plays. He also is good with the puck and can consistently break pucks out.
Round 6 Pick 10 – Michael Harrel Jr.
The Tauros final pick of the draft went to NAHL veteran defenseman Michael Harrel Jr. Last season Harrel Jr. played 16 games with the Chippewa Steel posting a goal and an assist with a -1 rating. After that he went to the NA3HL where he played 14 games posting six goals and 12 assists for the Louisiana Drillers.
From Head Coach/G.M. Cody Campbell: Michael is an experienced player in the league. He had a great camp for us in our Colorado pre draft camp and will add to our back end.