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Son of former Superiorite selected by Panthers in NHL draft

Ian McCoshen, the son of Superior native Kevin McCoshen, was selected by the Florida Panthers with the first pick in the second round (31st overall) in Sunday's National Hockey League entry draft at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

The Panthers believe they got a second first round pick when they selected McCoshen, a 6-foot-2, 207-pound defenseman from the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League.

"We really like him. We had him ranked a little higher in the draft and we just liked the size, his intensity, the passion and his ability to move," said Panther General Manager Dale Tallon. "He's really got good skills as well.

"We just felt it was a good pick at 31. We had him ranked early 20s so we felt that we had the big defenseman that we passed on with the second pick."

McCoshen is the son of Kevin and Colleen McCoshen. Kevin graduated from Superior Senior High School in 1981 and Colleen is originally from Menomonie.

The younger McCoshen, 17, was born in Anaheim, Calif., and the family lived in Hudson for 13 years before moving for Faribault, Minn., where he attended Shattuck-St. Mary's and skated for the school's bantam team in 2009-10. In 58 games he scored 21 goals with 35 assists and had 46 penalty minutes.

The following year McCoshen played 42 games for the Black Hawks and finished with six assists and was minus-nine with 38 penalty minutes. He played in two playoff games for Waterloo and was minus-one with no points or penalty minutes. The Saginaw Spirit selected him in the sixth round (112th overall) of the 2011 OHL Priority Draft.

McCoshen returned to Waterloo for a second USHL season and represented the USA in the 2011 U19 World Junior A Challenge. In 55 games with the Black Hawks, he scored eight goals with 12 assists and was plus-four with 43 penalty minutes.

This past season McCoshen took part in the 2012 All-American Top Prospects Game, and also was chosen to play in the 2013 USHL Top Prospects Game.

McCoshen, who led all USHL defensemen with a plus-35 rating while finishing second in points (11-33-44) in 53 games, couldn't be happier to be going to Florida.

"I know they have had a lot of top prospects over the years," McCoshen said. "They're trying to build the organization, and I'm happy to be a part of the organization."

McCoshen will take his talents to Boston College next season, where he'll join last year's first round pick, Mike Matheson, on the blue line.

"(I'm a) two-way defenseman that takes care of his end first," McCoshen said. "Good skating ability, good shot and passer. I'm physical as well."

One of the youngest players eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft, McCoshen joined the Black Hawks in 2010-11 at just 15. He skated in 150 career regular season USHL games and had a cumulative +30 plus/minus rating. That included being +35 last season and being named to the All-USHL First Team.

Entering the draft, NHL Central Scouting ranked McCoshen 24th among North American skaters eligible for the draft.

"There aren't numbers which can give a clear picture by themselves how valuable a good defenseman is, but people in Waterloo who have been watching Ian for three years have probably gotten used to what he is capable of," said Black Hawks coach P.K. O'Handley, also a Superior native. "He's a special player, and we were a better team anytime he was on the ice."

panthers.com and waterlooblackhawks.com contributed to this story

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