VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Dubuque Fighting Saints had five players with team ties selected in the 2019 USHL Draft. Dubuque players picked included three players who saw time last season, one Fighting Saints alumni and one Saints draft pick from round one of this year’s Phase II selections. Erik Portillo, Tyce Thompson, Matias Maccelli, Ryder Donovan and Braden Doyle were all selected during the second day of the 2019 Draft in Vancouver.
The Fighting Saints saw their first player selected in the 3rd round, 67th overall to the Buffalo Sabres. Erik Portillo, the team’s first round pick in Phase II of this year’s USHL Draft gives the Sabres a highly-touted goalie prospect.
Tyce Thompson was the next Fighting Saints player off the board, going in the early fourth round. Thompson was selected 96th overall by the New Jersey Devils who had a busy two days in Vancouver. Thompson completed his first year at Providence this past season.
Just two picks later, Matias Maccelli heard his name called by the Arizona Coyotes. Maccelli is coming off a 72-point season with Dubuque and recently signed a pro contract in Finland. Maccelli’s season with Dubuque was one of the most successful the Fighting Saints have ever seen by a forward.
Ryder Donovan continued the streak in round four for the Fighting Saints, as he was selected 110th overall by the Vegas Golden Knights. Donovan was ranked top 10 on most Minnesota Prospect rankings for the 2019 Draft. Donovan saw time in the playoffs for Dubuque in each of the past two seasons and is committed to Wisconsin.
Braden Doyle was the final Fighting Saint taken in the draft, selected 154th overall by the Los Angeles Kings. Doyle is a Boston University commit and like Donovan saw time with the Saints this past season. Doyle was a standout for the Saints in their 2019 Main Camp just a few weeks ago.
2019 marks the third time that Dubuque has had five players with ties selected in the NHL Draft in a single year. Dubuque also had five players selected in 2016 and 2012.