Defenseman Justin Faulk plans to be on Minnesota Duluth’s campus Aug. 9 to prepare for his freshman season with the hockey Bulldogs. However, he’ll have a few stops before then, starting with a return from the 2010 NHL Entry Draft in Los Angeles.
Faulk, 18, from South St. Paul, was taken by Carolina in Saturday’s second round, the 37th pick overall, to lead UMD’s three selections in the seven rounds at Staples Center. He’ll be part of Carolina’s prospect conditioning camp in July in Raleigh, N.C., then attend the 2011 U.S. Junior Evaluation Camp starting Aug. 1 in Lake Placid, N.Y.
“I know we’re going to have a very good team at UMD and the coaches have told me I should be prepared to step in and make an impact,” Faulk said from Los Angeles. “How long I spend in college will depend on Carolina’s needs. There’s no set time table.”
Last season, Faulk helped USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program win a second straight World Under-18 title in April. He played two seasons with the program in Ann Arbor, Mich. He was part of a record-tying 21 Americans selected in the first two rounds of the draft. A record 11 Americans were taken in Friday’s first round, including Duluth defenseman Derek Forbort, also on the U.S. U-18 team. The University of North Dakota recruit got the night’s largest ovation when chosen No. 15 overall by the hometown Los Angeles Kings.
The first-round American total includes defenseman Cam Fowler, who moved to Michigan from Windsor, Ontario, at the age of 2, and who has dual citizenship. Overall, the draft included 99 Canadians and 59 American prospects, according to the NHL.
“We had seven players from the U-18 team taken in the first two rounds, and they were all really deserving, and we had 10 total drafted. That’s pretty exciting,” said Faulk, who had 21 goals in 60 games last season.
Faulk said he looks up to veteran San Jose defenseman Dan Boyle, who has 107 career goals.
“I’m considered more of an offensive defenseman, but I guess, at the same time, I can be a pretty good two-way defenseman,” he told the News & Observer of Raleigh.
“We were really happy to get Faulk at 37,” Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford told the Associated Press. “He’s a highly skilled guy, has a little bit of bite to his game and can hammer the puck.”
Two other UMD recruits selected Saturday were right winger Joe Basaraba of Fort Frances, Ontario, who played at Shattuck-St. Mary’s in Faribault, Minn., taken in the third round, 60th overall, by Florida, and center Caleb Herbert of Bloomington, Minn., in the fifth round, 142nd overall by Washington.
Basaraba, 18, will be at UMD this fall, while Herbert is in the class of 2011-12. Basaraba had 22 goals and 24 assists for 46 points in 52 games last season. Herbert had 30 goals and 32 assists for 62 points in 28 games last season as a senior at Bloomington Jefferson, and will play in the U.S. Hockey League in 2010-11.
“I’m a power forward who likes to play in the offensive and defensive zones, a two-way player with a good shot,” Basaraba told the Florida Panthers website. “They (the Panthers) said they were happy to have me and I’m just as happy as they are.”
The Bulldogs have all but five players returning from a team that went 22-17-1 last season and tied for fourth in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.