USHL teams released their 30-man rosters and affiliate lists over the weekend, ahead of the 2017-18 USHL season, which kicks off this weekend. Five Merrimack recruits were on the list, with four recruits on 30-man rosters.
Forwards Jordan Seyfert (Chicago) and Ethan Destefani (Waterloo) are returning veterans. Seyfert finished last season with the Chicago Steel after starting the season with the North Jersey Avalanche and then seeing a stint with the U.S. NTDP. Seyfert, 18, is expected to slot into a more offensive role with the Steel this season.
Destefani began last season with the Waterloo Blackhawks but suffered a season-ending knee injury just five games into the season. Listed at 6-foot-3, he’s entering what he hopes will be his first full season in the USHL, and could catch the eye of some NHL scouts given his size and skill level.
John Spetz, a former teammate of Seyfert with the Avalanche, will be a teammate once again with the Steel (the Steel and North Jersey Avalanche have the same ownership group). Spetz, a defenseman, was a top defenseman for the Avalanche last season and appeared in one USHL game at the end of the year.
Defenseman Liam Dennison is on the 30-man roster for the Youngstown Phantoms after playing last season for The Hill Academy in Ontario. Reports out of Youngstown were that Dennison was one of the top players overall at the team’s June camp.
Defenseman Michael Kesselring is on the affiliate list for the Des Moines Buccaneers. Kesselring will play his senior season at North Hampton this season but could see time at the end of the year. He’s projected to be on the USHL roster next season before coming to Merrimack in 2019.