Wilderness Draft Results 2016

Cloquet, MN, and (June 7th, 2016) – "We were happy with how the draft went. We do not have many eligible returners, so this was an important draft for our organization moving into the 2016-2017 season. We picked a lot of the players we had targeted, and can’t wait to see them at our main camp in July."



The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has concluded and announced the results of the 2016 NAHL Draft, which was held on Tuesday, June 7th. 



In total, 250 players were selected in the draft, which took just under three and a half hours to complete.

NAHL Wilderness Draft Picks:


Round 1, Pick 18 – Zach Mills

Trade – Pavel Mikhasenok

Round 2, Pick 42 – Coby Downs

Round 5, Pick 114 – Luke Dow

Round 5, Pick 118 – Alexander Esbjörs

Round 6, Pick 130 – Ryan Foley

Round 6, Pick 138 – Eric Gotz

Round 7, Pick 162 – Dylan Mills

Round 8, Pick 186 – Timmy Nicksic

Round 9, Pick 210 – Trevor Selk




Zach Mills:

’96 LW from Cottage Grove, Minnesota. "Zach brings speed, skill, and hockey sense to our organization. We expect him to be an immediate contributor.” Zach played in the AJHL for the Bonnyville Pontiacs and recorded 19 goals and 16 assists in 47 games. Before juniors, Zach was the C of his high school team, Hill Murray.


Pavel Mikhasenok:

’96 F from Yekaterinburg, Russia. "Pavel is high-character player that possesses tremendous power play instincts. We were very excited to have him in the organization." Pavel played for the Philadelphia Junior Flyers in the EHL. Pavel amassed 20 goals and 40 assists in 41 games.


Coby Downs:

’96 C from Montclair, California. "Coby is a true-centerman that will not only contribute offensively, but will do all of the little things necessary to become a Division One Player. We were extremely happy when he was available in the 2nd round of the draft." Coby played in the SJHL for the Battlefords North Stars and in 57 games put up 27 goals and 46 assists.


Timmy Nicksic:

’96 F from Tomah, Wisconsin. "Timmy is a skilled, two-way forward with multiple years of junior hockey experience on his resume." Timmy played in 60 games for the Buffalo Jr. Sabers in the OJHL and totaled 21 goal and 39 assists.


Ryan Foley:

’96 F from Rosemount, Minnesota. "Ryan is a responsible, two-way forward that has the ability to play in every situation." Ryan played high school at Rosemount High School where he played 25 games and notched 17 goals and 12 assists.


Alexander Esbjörs:

’97 F from Göteborg, Sweden. "Alexander possesses a high hockey IQ, and a very good skill set. He has the ability to be a top-6 forward in the North American Hockey League." Alexander played for Frölunda HC J20 in Sweden and amassed 14 goals and 13 assists in 45 games.


Dylan Mills:

’99 C from Cottage Grove, Minnesota. "Dylan is an extremely intelligent forward. He brings size, skill and determination to our lineup." Dylan is the younger brother of our first round draft pick, Zach Mills. Dylan was a junior at Hill Murray last year and played in 25 games putting up 14 goals and 13 assists.



Luke Dow:

’98 C from Duluth, Minnesota. "Luke is a local product, as our organization is very familiar with him. Luke has a high hockey IQ & has the ability to make plays in all 3 zones." Luke played for Duluth East High School. He recorded 6 goals and 21 assists in 24 games. He also recorded 5 points during the playoffs.


Eric Gotz:

’98 D from Hermantown, Minnesota. “Eric is an extremely smart defensemen who seems to always make the right play. He comes to the Wilderness highly recommended from his Hermantown HS Head Coach, Bruce Plante. At Hermantown High School, Eric was the Assistant Captain. He played in 27 game and recorded 7 goals and 16 assists. Hermantown won the MSHL A Championship last year.


Trevor Selk:

‘97 D from East Grand Forks, Minnesota. “Trevor has been part of an impressive and successful run in East Grand Forks. He is a talented multi-sport athlete and we are excited to see him strive, focusing only on hockey.” Trevor payed in 27 games for EGF. He recorded 8 goals and 20 assists.




Each team’s protected list now stands at 30 players. All rosters must be reduced to 25 players by September 1st and 23 players by October 1st.