There must be something in the water in the Detroit area. The Force use its third pick in the United States Hockey League Entry Draft on Romeo, Mich. defenseman Charles Hemstrom. They went back to the well with their next pick, selecting Warren, Mich. forward Jared Dedenbach.
Dedenbach played last season for the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies and Director of Player Personnel Jesse Davis says that he is one of the few Midget players that could make a smooth transition to the USHL. Before his time with the Jr. Grizzlies, Dedenbach played for the Chicago Fury and was teammates with current Force forward and Ohio State commit David Gust. Gust may actually be one of the reasons that the transition to the USHL could go smooth for Dedenbach if he makes the team this year.
The Force has some bona fide offensive threats returning for the 2012-13 season, which can help alleviate some of the pressure that a rookie can put on themselves. They may return the most dangerous offensive line in the USHL with Gust, Gabe Guertler (Minnesota), and Alex Iafallo (Minnesota-Duluth). That line was virtually interchangeable as the top line with Bryn Chyzyk (North Dakota)-Austin Farley (Minnesota-Duluth)-Colton Hargrove (Western Michigan). Statistically speaking, Gust’s line was much better in the postseason.
Connections run thick in the USHL and Dedenbach is yet another example of that. Davis has known Dedenbach for quite a while and they are now both part of the same organization in Fargo.
Dedenbach scored 10 points in 17 games with the Jr. Grizzlies last season. The year prior, he tallied five points in 37 games with the Fury. The talent is there, the size is there, and the situation may be just right.
Davis told Slightly Chilled that the coaching staff believes that Dedenbach can score some goals, but they want him to be physical and tough to play against. At 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, he isn’t the biggest kid, but neither is his former teammate Gust and opponents would likely tell you that he is tough to play against.
Dedenbach is one of many players that are fighting for just a few open positions on the Force roster. Prior to the North American Hockey League Entry Draft, it was believed that Fargo could return as many as 16 players for the 2012-13 season. With a tender in Butrus Ghafari, a handful of picks in the Futures Draft, and a bunch more in the Entry Draft, all the players will have to be on top of their game in order to make the club.
The team held its tryout camp in the Twin Cities over the weekend, where Dedenbach was named to the All-Star Game.
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