The Lincoln Stars finished the USHL Draft on Tuesday, selecting 19 players in the Phase II portion.
After taking three defensemen with their first three picks, Stars general manager Jon Hull said it was a position of need.
“Early on, we wanted to make sure we were solid on the back end,” Hull said. “We had some (defensemen) we did some homework on and felt they could contribute right away and play top minutes.”
Lincoln selected 6-foot-1, 175-pound Logan Britt as the 11th overall pick Tuesday.
“We are familiar with (Britt),” Hull said. “As you know, players go through drafts and are selected multiple times. We know the player, we know the family and we know the adviser really well. We see him as a kid that had an early setback in our league with not being retained, and then had a great year and developed really well the last 24 months in Aberdeen (South Dakota)."
After Britt, the Stars selected defensemen Declan Carlile (27th overall, second round) and Jordan Power (59th overall, fourth round). Lincoln did not have a third-round pick.
“We return a lot of depth at forward and were able to get through the first couple rounds," Hull said. "We got the guys we had our heart set on, and later in the draft we addressed some needs of guys that can maybe come in and fill the void later down the road.”
The Stars also picked up Hunter Carrick from Muskegon for fifth-round pick Dustin Manz. Carrick played in 49 games this season, splitting time with both the Omaha Lancers and Lumberjacks.
“(Carrick) is certainly a guy that can manage the puck well and help put the puck on the forward's stick as we advance up ice,” Hull said. “We just felt the time was right, and we get a guy that has a year of experience in the league.”
Following the trade for Carrick, Lincoln selected four consecutive forwards in Grant Johnson, Jordan Biro, Charlie Schoen and Zach Urdahl.
Lincoln drafted a total of nine forwards, seven defensemen and three goaltenders.
“We are first excited to get them to camp, evaluate them there and give everyone their own individual plan moving forward,” Hull said.
All players drafted in the Phase I and Phase II drafts will attend the Stars Invite Camp in June.