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Old 04-22-2019, 11:47 PM
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I know some of you do not think next year will be all that bad. However, I don’t think the IceDogs have ever been in such a bad situation as they find themselves next season. Here is why I think things will be really bad.

1) Limited Returning Players - At best we return 6 forwards and 1 defensemen, plus our 3 OA’s. Having no experienced goalie in the lineup is going to be real tough, unless they bring back McGrath for an OA year. That combined with only Howard returning on the blue line means our back end is going to be really weak. I would imagine the Dogs elect to have 2 OA’s at defence, likely Roberts and Hunter. Upfront we have potentially 3 top end returning forwards in Thomas, Tomasino and Sopa (although there are no guarantee Sopa returns). If the dogs don’t use an OA spot on McGrath, I think Castleman could also be back. After that it gets thin. For out last rebuild, we drafted Castleman and Singer who were a year older than the other draft picks and were coming off good seasons at the Jr. B level (Castleman had 19 goals and Singer had 31 goals) plus Phillip who was drafted the year before had 34 goals playing Jr. B. These three rookies came in and were OHL ready. This year we did not draft any high end Jr. B players and it doesn’t look like any of last year’s drafted players have excelled at the Jr. B level.

2) No Draft Picks - The Dogs are missing 6 second round picks, 4 third round picks and a fourth round pick. Have they ever been that empty of draft picks since they arrived in Niagara? The only way to reclaim those picks is to trade our better players. Thomas will be traded this season and I think Tomisano will be as well. They might consider trading Castleman as well leaving us with Sopa as our only high end forward (and again that is assuming he returns).

3) Lack of High End Young Players - We have only one player left from the top 3 rounds in the 2017 draft - Tomasino. And no players from the top 3 rounds in the 2018 draft. The past draft, we only had 2 picks in the top 4 rounds. We are extremely low on high end young talent. So somehow not only do the Dogs need to recoup draft picks, they also need to acquire high end young talent. I would imagine the Dogs will struggle all year trying to find a way to recoup draft picks and obtain young high end players.

I think if the IceDogs want to recover as quickly as possible they will need to sacrifice this season and trade away our best players.

Last edited by 5 for fighting; 04-22-2019 at 11:51 PM.
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