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Old 03-25-2020, 06:56 PM
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I hope not. We don't have a first next year. We have to make sure this pick plays and plays soon.
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We will find out on draft day what his parents and agent told Joey Burke and staff
Today, confirmed two draft questions. No, Adam Fantilli does not want play in NB this year. Yes, Adam Fantilli wants to play hockey with his brother Luca.

Knowing that, Adam most likely falls to the IceDogs with the #2 pick. Niagara has 10 days to sell Adam on the merits of playing with Luca in the OHL instead of the USHL/NCAA, if that is possible.

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Bob McKenzie@TSNBobMcKenzie

OHL teams have been told Fantilli will revisit the decision a year from now and all options remain on the table. Playing in the USHL preserves his ability to choose. A year from now, he will know which OHL team has drafted him, what U.S. college has committed to him.

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This answers a lot of the questions from a reliable source...Adam’s father.

https://thehockeynews.com/news/artic...ee-years-early

And then there’s Adam Fantilli, another player eligible for the NHL draft in 2023 who recently committed to play next season alongside his older brother, Luca, for the Chicago Steel of the USHL next season, despite the fact he is the top prospect for the OHL draft. That means Adam Fantilli, who is a December birthday, could play a year in the USHL, and since he’s fast-tracking through high school, would be eligible to play two years of college hockey or in the OHL before being drafted in 2023.

The North Bay Battalion hold the first overall pick in the draft and now face a vexing decision. Do they draft Fantilli first overall in the hopes that he plays for them in 2021-22, but with no guarantees that he’ll ever play there? The Fantilli family has been upfront with the Battalion about its plans and has already told the team that it is not playing draft games to end up at a pre-determined destination.

“We’ve said from the beginning we weren’t going to do any of those shenanigans,” said Adam’s father Guiliano. “That’s not who we are at all.”

This past season, Adam eschewed the opportunity to play for the Toronto Jr. Canadiens, one of the top midget teams in the country, and instead decided to play with his older brother at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, N.H., where he scored 18 goals and 36 points playing for the varsity team. The plan is for both brothers to play in Chicago next season, then once Adam finishes high school, he’ll have the choice of playing either college hockey or in the OHL. The Fantillis have told the Battalion that if Adam decides to go the OHL route, he would be happy to report to North Bay to start the 2021-22 season, but there are no guarantees. Luca has made a commitment to the University of Michigan, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Adam will play there with his brother.

“Luca has wanted to play for Michigan since he was a little kid, but Adam is different, he likes the OHL and he likes the NCAA,” Guiliano said. “He doesn’t know what he wants to do yet. He’ll take this year to develop in Chicago and play with his brother. North Bay had an awesome presentation, but it just wasn’t the right fit for (2020-21). It doesn’t mean it won’t be next year. We told them, ‘We’re not going to play for anybody else. It’s not a North Bay thing. It’s just we’re not ready right now.’ ”
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With this news now official, North Bay most likely drafts Ty Nelson RHD (5.08 / 155) Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL). Scouting News listed him as an impact player and in January was selected to represent Team Canada at 2020 Olympic Winter Games (Youth). North Bay has a need on defense and although Nelson is on the smaller side, this will be a great pick. Nelson is an outstanding player - think Victor Mete.

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...with the number 2 pick Niagara selects Adam Fantilli
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...with the number 2 pick Niagara selects Adam Fantilli
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This may sound like difficult restrictions have been place on the team drafting Fantilli but only difficult for teams who immediately require a player, like North Bay and Niagara. However, teams who are “all in” next year, do not need a 16 year old in 2020-2021, are absolutely going to take him: Oshawa (#12), Windsor (#13), he may not even make it past Kingston (#5).

So, what do the IceDogs do if Fantilli is available at #2. An argument could be made either way, and although torn on this, Im leaning towards selecting him. Reason: IceDogs rebuild has 3 more years. Niagara would have Fantilli, for minimum, his 2 best years - in the two most important years of the rebuild. Since , it is expect that the IceDogs will be only be battling for 7th or 8th anyways, it would be similar to deferring your pick.

Highly doubt the IceDogs go down this road - and if their decision is to select a player they are high on, I completely understand their reasoning, since the alternative come with some risk.

In some ways this is like...Do the IceDogs select a Tomasino or Thomas for 4 years or a Quinton Byfield or Shane Wright for 2 years, albeit the right 2 years?

Your thoughts on this?

What an interesting draft this will be. Can’t wait to see what happens next Saturday.
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This may sound like difficult restrictions have been place on the team drafting Fantilli but only difficult for teams who immediately require a player, like North Bay and Niagara. However, teams who are ďall inĒ next year, do not need a 16 year old in 2020-2021, are absolutely going to take him: Oshawa (#12), Windsor (#13), he may not even make it past Kingston (#5).

So, what do the IceDogs do if Fantilli is available at #2. An argument could be made either way, and although torn on this, Im leaning towards selecting him. Reason: IceDogs rebuild has 3 more years. Niagara would have Fantilli, for minimum, his 2 best years - in the two most important years of the rebuild. Since , it is expect that the IceDogs will be only be battling for 7th or 8th anyways, it would be similar to deferring your pick.

Highly doubt the IceDogs go down this road - and if their decision is to select a player they are high on, I completely understand their reasoning, since the alternative come with some risk.

In some ways this is like...Do the IceDogs select a Tomasino or Thomas for 4 years or a Quinton Byfield or Shane Wright for 2 years, albeit the right 2 years?

Your thoughts on this?

What an interesting draft this will be. Canít wait to see what happens next Saturday.
If it was a guarantee heíd come after next season Iíd say draft him take the risk but if you canít say for sure heíll come I wouldnít take him
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Are you willing to give up the second overall pick and getting zero compensation if he doesn't come after the 2020-21 season?

If you wait until then and he decides to go the NCAA route you lose everything.

With no pick next year, you have to get someone that will report.
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What iam saying is 100% that he will come here or move on to someone else
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