St. John’s Prep senior Brian Pinho was the highest Massachusetts player selected in Phase 2 of the draft, going sixth overall to Indiana. Having completed his senior year and helping the Eagles reach the Super 8, Pinho plans to play for Indiana next year before joining Providence College for 2014-15.
“It should be a lot of fun and the USHL is a great place for young players to develop,” said Pinho, who is from North Andover.
The Eagles Tyler Bird, who is committed to Brown, was selected by Tri-City. Peabody native Colin MacGillivray was chosen by Youngstown, Boxford’s Jack Adams was drafted by Chicago. Layton’s AP teammate Nolan Vesey and Catholic Memorial star Liam Coughlin were picked by Dubuque, a team with ties to Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli.
To be included in that sort of group is a strong sign of what could be in Layton’s future. The number of players selected with ties to public high school hockey in Massachusetts is also a point of pride for many of the players.
“People are always talking Minnesota and comparing us to Minnesota kid, and seeing all these kids get picked it great. Everyone knows its great competition in high school here,” said Layton, who grew up playing in the Jr. Warriors program. “It is a confidence boost, especially for a young kid like me playing against older guys.”
Playing in the 1997-age group, Layton was also chosen to attend a USA Hockey player development camp being held in Buffalo in July. His freshman season at Austin Prep was a successful one; he had two goals and six assists and as a rear guard helped the Cougars record one of the best team goals against averages in the state.
“I feel like I’m a pretty neutral defenseman,” said Layton, who is now 5-11, 180 pounds. “I take the puck when I need to and I start being physical when I have to be too. I play offensive when I have to and I know when to buckle down in the defensive end.”