Lincoln Stars rookie defenseman, Tyler Kieffer, has decided to give up his college eligibility and has signed with the Everett Silvertips of the WHL.
Kieffer appeared in 19 games for Lincoln, but recorded just 1 point on an assist. He was also a -4 on the season. Tyler, a Stillwater, Minnesota native, played previously for his Stillwater HS team. He had a spot with Cedar Rapids last season, but ultimately decided to return to high school and finish out his career there. Lincoln then drafted him in the futures draft the following October, and he made their team out of camp. His play was good enough for St. Cloud State to offer him a scholarship, in which he accepted. He was due to report to the Huskies next fall.
From the times I have seen Lincoln play, Kieffer never really stood out to me. I wasn't even aware he was on the ice for most of the games. Perhaps he was just getting used to the USHL speed, and was starting to break out.
It's unfortunate the USHL and St. Cloud State have lost another quality player. Good luck to Tyler.