Defenseman Brian Cooper of Anchorage, who fast-tracked to the U.S. Hockey League when he was just 15, was selected in the fifth round of the NHL entry draft this morning by the Anaheim Ducks.
The Ducks made Cooper, 18, the 127th pick overall.
Cooper, listed at 5-foot-9, 184 pounds by the NHL, is headed to Nebraska-Omaha in the fall as a true freshman. He's also among the invites to USA Hockey's evaluation camp for consideration on the 2013 World Junior team.
Cooper played three seasons for Fargo in the USHL and captained the Force last season.
In 2012-13, he earned 6-18--24 totals and a +16 rating in 55 games. In 161 career games for Fargo, he delivered 20-50--70 totals and a +38 rating.
Cooper is an excellent skater known for his strength and ability to deliver crushing hits.
He was ranked 68th among North American skaters in the final listings by NHL Central Scouting.