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Junior hockey: Wilderness draft Hill, Watkins

Duluth East defenseman Reid Hill and Hermantown defenseman Tyler Watkins were picked up Tuesday by the Minnesota Wilderness during the North American Hockey League draft.

Hill, who had three goals and seven assists from the Greyhounds' blue line as a senior, went in the seventh round to the Wilderness. Watkins, who posted 22 goals and 28 assists as a junior for the Class A state champion Hawks, was selected in the 13th round.

Virginia/Mountain Iron-Buhl junior forward Jake Seitz went in the eighth round to the Minnesota Magicians of Richfield and Cloquet-Esko-Carlton senior forward Dylan Johnson went in the ninth round to the Odessa (Texas) Jackalopes in the ninth round.

Two Minnesota Duluth verbal commitments were taken as well in the top five rounds — Minneapolis sophomore forward Jake Hale in the fourth to the Magicians and St. Paul Academy junior forward Devlin McCabe in the fifth to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.

Other Wilderness selections included: Isaac Moberg (St. Paul Johnson H.S.); Alex Peterson (Lansdale, Penn.); Kevin Ford (Waunakee, Wis.); Michael McPherson (Somerville, Mass.); Nick Anderson (Orono H.S.); Ryan Kranz (Centennial H.S.); Cory Dennis (Madison, Wis.); Edward Lindelow (Stockholm, Sweden); Bryden Stoskopf (Roseau H.S.); Benjamin Ward (Monticello/Annan/Maple Lake H.S.).

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