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BLOOMINGTON — The Bloomington Thunder traded forward Mitchell Mattson to the Sioux Falls Stampede early Tuesday between phases of the USHL Draft.

Mattson, a North Dakota recruit and fifth-round draft pick of the Calgary Flames, totaled 16 goals and 21 assists in three seasons with Bloomington, including 12 tallies and 16 helpers last season.

In return, Bloomington received winger Regen Cavanagh and two Phase II picks, including the No. 3 overall selection. Cavanagh split his rookie USHL season between Dubuque and Sioux Falls, registering eight goals and 15 assists.

The Thunder began the two-day draft by selecting forward Jake Braccini with the sixth overall pick in Monday's Phase I. A native of Buffalo, Minn., Braccini had 78 goals with 62 assists for the Buffalo Bantam AA team last season.

With the Phase II first-round pick acquired from Sioux Falls, the Thunder drafted Florida forward Tyler Madden. Bloomington then chose Czech winger Michal Stinil with its own choice at No. 6.

Madden had 64 points in 48 games over two seasons with the Avon Old Farms team. The 18-year-old Stinil spent last season with the Springfield (Mass.) Junior Pics and posted 16 goals and 23 assists in 39 games.

Bloomington made 10 selections in Phase I and 19 in Phase II. The Thunder chose defenseman Jake Boltmann of Edina, Minn., with their second-round pick in Phase I. They added Canadian defenseman Cory Babichuk with their round two pick in Phase II.

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