FRASER, Mich. – The Metro Jets continued to stock the player cupboard Tuesday night, selecting six players in the annual North American 3 Hockey League draft.
And with a solid core of players coming back from last season’s East Division championship squad, coach-GM Justin Quenneville and assistant coach Randy Wilson used the draft process to add pieces that should mesh well with the Jets’ veterans.
“This year’s draft only had eight rounds and we made some transactions to deal a few and receive a second-round pick last year,” explained Quenneville. “We felt that after last season’s success, the players that we have promoted and the impressive turnouts at our two camps, that we could evaluate our needs thoroughly. Fortunately enough, we are returning a good foundation and focused our attention on drafting depth and skill. Essentially, we want to continue to find players that want to be a Jet and that we can help develop and promote. We feel we did that again this year.
“I would like to thank Randy for his continued work off the ice and in being a huge part of this process.”
The Metro Jets NA3HL Draft Class of 2015
Zach Ahola, F, Hancock Central High School
First round, 27th overall
“Strong power forward who plays hard in all three zones will fit our style of play very well.” – Wilson
Austin Kane, G, Flint Powers Catholic High School
Second round, 56th overall
“Austin participated in our pre-draft camp and we felt that not only was he noticeable, but demonstrated all the intangibles that translate to the junior level. He is a quick goaltender and has expressed interest in playing for the Jets next year and nowhere else.” – Quenneville
Marc Schwartz, D, Michigan Warriors 18U
Fourth round, 128th overall
“Another Michigan Warriors player that we liked and has ties to the Jets. Marc as well expressed interest in playing for the Jets in hopes to help develop and promote his game. His skill set will be of immediate impact with the Jets.” – Quenneville
Hunter Kero, F, Hancock Central High School
Fifth round, 161st overall
“Hunter a high hockey IQ and brings strength on draws and is a very good playmaker.” – Wilson
Nick Papandrea, D, Roswell Bulldogs (USPHL)
Sixth round, 195th overall
“A character veteran player who will be reliable on the back end for us. He will bring leadership and we will help prepare him for opportunities collegiately for the following season.” – Quenneville
Stefan Boskovic, D, Vermont Lumberjacks (EHL)
Seventh round, 227th overall
“Stefan has an opportunity to play in the NAHL, but he will have a backup plan if that doesn’t come to fruition immediately. We can help him achieve those goals if the situation presents itself and if it does, fans shouldn’t count on him being a Jet too long. He is big, strong and brings an element of skill that we can help promote to the next level.” – Quenneville