Reilly, Kutkevicius selected in USHL Stage 2 Draft

May 5, 2015

7:56 AM EDT

North York Rangers defenceman Will Reilly, and forward Luke Kutkevicius, were both selected in the United States Hockey League’s Phase 2 Draft that took place on Tuesday.

Reilly, 17, was taken in the second round, 23rd overall by the Chicago Steel, while Kutkevicius, 17, was selected in the 18th round by the Waterloo Blackhawks.

Reilly, a Toronto native, scored 35 points in 47 games in his rookie season with the Rangers this past year, and is ranked 190th by NHL Central Scouting for the up-coming NHL Draft in June.

Kutkevicius, a North York resident, added 12 points in 44 regular-season contests, and posted a further four points in six post-season games this past year. His Ontario Hockey League rights are owned by the Mississauga Steelheads, who selected him in the second round of the 2014 OHL Draft.

The Phase 2 draft is designed to allow USHL teams to lay rights claims on any players 18 years of age or under, that are not affiliated with another team in the league.

The USHL is considered the best junior league in the United States, and is a quality brand of hockey that maintains the NCAA eligiblity of its participants.

Neither player has declared where he intends to play next season.