The battle for recruiting and retaining players continued on Wednesday as three players who skated in the BC Hockey League during the 2020-21 pod season were selected in the 2021 North American Hockey League Supplemental Draft.
The Supplemental Draft is separate from the NAHL Entry Draft, which is scheduled for July 14.
“The Supplemental Draft is necessary to serve as an additional outlet for teams to make decisions on how players performed in the 2020-21 season. A lot of time and effort has gone into scouting and recruiting. This way teams can make some decisions early,” said NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld in a news release.
A total of 87 players were selected in the draft, with each of the NAHL’s 29 teams eligible to pick three.
Cowichan Valley forward Joey Moffatt
The Anchorage Wolverines selected Moffatt second overall. The 2001-born forward, who was acquired by the Capitals from the Portage Terriers of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League for future considerations on Feb. 24, posted five goals and nine points in 20 games during the pod season.
The Portage La Prairie, Manitoba product has played in the NAHL before, as he started the 2020-21 season with the Minot Minotauros before being released.
Chilliwack defenseman Lachlan Getz
The second player with BCHL ties who was selected in Wednesday’s NAHL Supplemental Draft is Getz. The 2003-born Northfield, IL product went 38th overall to the St. Cloud Norsemen.
He had one assist in two games with the Chiefs during the pod season. Getz is committed to Union College for September 2022. As the captain at The Lawrenceville School in 2019-20, he posted six goals and 31 points in 31 games.
Cowichan Valley forward Riley Wallack
Another member of the Capitals was selected as Wallack went to the Odessa Jackalopes with the 44th overall pick. The 2001-born native of Surrey, BC had five goals and eight points in 20 games with Cowichan Valley during the pod season.
Wallack scored seven goals and added eight assists in 106 games with the Rivermen from 2018-20. He was loaned to the Capitals when Langley opted out of the pod season in March.
Others with BCHL ties selected
2001-born forward Primo Self, who posted 12 goals and 37 points in 51 games with Cowichan Valley in 2019-20, was picked 42nd overall by the Maryland Black Bears.
Self played this past season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the US Hockey League, scoring 12 points in 37 games. He is committed to Miami University (Ohio) for this September.
Defenseman Nick Marciano went 69th overall to the Minnesota Wilderness. The 2002-born Princeton University commit was announced as a new recruit for Cowichan Valley for the 2021-22 season last month.
He actually played four games with the Wilderness in 2020-21 and had a pair of assists. The native of Greenwich, Connecticut got into five games at Kent School as well, posting an eye popping 10 points.