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Three Spirit players taken in NHL Draft

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Saginaw forward Eric Locke will be skating with a familiar face at this year's Buffalo Sabres camp, as he joins Justin Kea as a prospect for the NHL team. Following the selection of teammates Jimmy Lodge and Nick Moutrey, by Winnipeg and Columbus respectively, the high scoring Locke heard his name called in the final round of the draft by the Sabres, as he was taken 189th overall.

Locke is coming off a tremendous campaign with the Spirit in the 2012-13 season, as his 97 points ranked fourth in the circuit this past year. Locke's 44 goals and 53 assists added up to the second best offensive season in Spirit history, with Jack Combs' 100 point effort in 2007-08 still standing as the benchmark overall.

Moutrey was taken 105th overall by the Blue Jackets, after the Shelburne, ON native recorded 16 goals and 27 assists for the Spirit this past season.

Lodge is now in the prospect stable of the NHL's Winnipeg Jets after being selected in the 3rd Round, 84th overall in New Jersey. Lodge was the third leading scoring for the Spirit in the 2012-13 regular season posting 28 goals and 39 assists in 64 games played. The Downingtown, PA native is also vying for a spot on Team USA for the upcoming 2014 World Junior Championship in Sweden, as he will take part in the country's National Junior Evaluation Camp in early August in Lake Placid N.Y.

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