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- Created: Thursday, 25 April 2019 14:25
April 2019 update of the Top 10 Niagara IceDogs Prospects heading into the 2019-2020 season.
The IceDogs top spot sees our first non-2019 pick lead the way as top prospect. Niagara’s 3rd-round selection in 2018, Stephen Halliday fell there because of a commitment to the University of North Dakota which is still holding up after he played this past season in the USHL. Halliday features imposing power forward stature but comes with high-end skill and playmaking capabilities as well.
2019 first-round pick Isaac Enright waits on deck should it continue to look like Halliday won’t play in Niagara. Enright is a smart and industrious blueliner who can make the game look easy at times through his poise, awareness, and elusive agility that sees him never look panicked with the puck.
2002 birth-year forwards Cameron Snow and Ethan Sims are diminutive but skilled and dynamic players who are waiting in the wings. Sims saw four regular-season games with the IceDogs and figures to see full-time action next year, while it is interesting that the dynamo Snow remains unsigned and also without an NCAA commitment.
Niagara’s Top 10 features three goaltenders who will be battling to replace Stephen Dillon who incredibly played over 50 games in each of the past three seasons in the IceDogs net. Having been the backup this season, Christian Sbaraglia will have the inside track to be the new #1 guy, but will get a push from 2018 draft selection Joseph Tynan, and then down the road 2019 pick Josh Rosenzweig will challenge as well.
Landon Cato is another player the team was happy to sign quickly. The Toronto Nationals AAA product held a commitment to UMass-Amherst but quickly signed with the Dogs upon his third-round selection in this year’s draft. He is a defenseman with all the high-end athletic tools you can ask for and should be a mainstay on the team’s blueline for the years to come.
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