The Fargo Force used its 19th, 20th, and 21st round draft picks to add defensemen in the 2012 United States Hockey League Entry Draft. The team was looking to add depth after losing some key defensemen during the offseason with NHL draft pick Brian Cooper leaving for Nebraska-Omaha, Willie Corrin leaving for Minnesota Duluth, and Taylor Richart making a late commitment to Miami (OH).
The Force used its 19th round selection to snag high school skater Perry Holcombe. The interesting note about the defenseman is that his hometown is listed as Cumming, Georgia. Not a lot of hockey players come from Georgia.
In the 20th round, Fargo took highly talented blue liner CJ Garcia from the Don Mills Flyers. Garcia was drafted in the third round of the Ontario Hockey League Draft by the Barrie Colts weeks before the USHL draft. Garcia’s future is still unclear and that’s why the Force took him late in the draft.
Garcia is a talented skater and the Force has had its eye on him. In fact, watching Garcia ultimately led to the club drafting Sal Filice in the Futures Draft. Filice was Garcia’s defensive partner with Don Mills. The Force coaching staff is hoping both players wind up in Fargo, but that remains to be seen.
The draft turned to Sweden when Fargo drafted Victor Bjorkung 308th overall in the 21st round. Not a lot was known about Bjorkung at the time of the draft, but more has come out since then.
He is a Maine commit, which means Canadian juniors is not an option for the young man. It is also now known that he will be part of the 2012-13 Fargo Force. Chief Scout Jesse Davis recently said that after talking with Bjorkung and his family, that the decision has been made that he will come to Fargo and take the next step in his hockey career with the Force.
With the addition of Bjorkung, Fargo will have Neal Goff, Taylor Fleming, Justin Wade, Dominic Racobaldo, and Bjorkung on the blue line to start the season. The future of defenseman David Mead is still up in the air after being drafted in the North American Hockey League draft. That means there are between one and three defensive slots up for grabs for the upcoming season.
There are several players that could be a fit, but that will be narrowed down for preseason camp in August.
By: Tim How