IceDogs Draft Results: IceDogs take risk with first pick

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The Niagara IceDogs selected 14 players in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection. The picks included nine forwards, four defencemen and one goalie selected over the course of the day.

The IceDogs started the day by selecting Logan Brown of the Indiana Ice with their first round selection, 6th overall.

Brown is a 6’4″, 210 lbs. centre who had 14 goals and 11 assists for 25 points in 15 games with the Ice last season.

Brown is a towering centre that has all kinds of offensive potential. At 6’5”, he is an intimidating presence when he is on the ice. Brown has high-end skill and offensive instincts. He uses his reach to protect the puck all over the ice and is hard to handle. Brown has a good snap shot and has a long stride that makes him look like he isn’t going that fast but it’s deceptive because of how big he is.

IceDogs GM/Head Coach Marty Williamson admitted that there is some risk in selecting the American born Brown as they will have to convince him to play in OHL.

The IceDogs select Christopher Paquette with their 2nd round pick, 30th overall.

Paquette is a 6’1″, 174 lbs. centre from the Kingston Jr. Frontenacs who put up 23 goals and 29 assists for 52 point in 36 games last season.

The scouting report on Paquette states that he is the biggest part of his team and if he is off his game they don’t have much of a chance to compete. Paquette is very hard to handle when he has the puck. He has good size, puck skills and hockey sense which allow him to create offense for himself and his teammates. His compete level is always very high and he rarely looses a battle for the puck in all three zones. Paquette makes the players around him better by moving the puck at the right times

With their third round pick the IceDogs selected Stephen Dhillon. Dhillon is a 6’2″, 163 lbs. goaltender who spent last season with the Buffalo Regals. He was one of six American born goaltenders invited to the 2014-15 U.S. National Under-17 Team camp. At this point, Dhillon has not committed to the U.S National Under-17 program or the OHL for next season.

The IceDogs had two fourth round picks and selected Jack Wieringa with their first pick.

Wieringa is a 6’1″, 188 lbs. defenceman who had 1 goal and 7 assists for 8 points in 31 games with Huron last season.

The second fourth round player selected by the IceDogs was Kyle Langdon form Thorold. Langdon is 5’11”, 165 lbs. centre who had 15 goals and 24 assists for 39 points in 40 games for Southern Tier this past season.

In the fifth round the IceDogs selected Bray Crowder who is a 6’4″, 182 lbs. defenceman who put up 1 goal and 4 assists for 5 points in 34 games with Don Mills last season.

With their two sixth round selections, the IceDogs picked Trent Frederic and Jonathon Schaefer.

Frederic is a 6’1″, 174 lbs. centre who put up 11 goals and 17 assists for 28 points in 32 games with St. Louis last season. Frederic had the potential to be a first round pick but is leaning towards the US college route. On Thursday, the U.S National Under-17 program announced that Frederic had committed to their Under-17 team for the 2014-15 season.

Frederic is described as a big centre that has the ability to dominate with his size, skill and skating ability. He is a very powerful skater that is hard to stop once he gets his feet moving and is driving the net. He has a good skill set and is dangerous when he gets the puck in the offensive zone because he puts himself in good position to get the puck and when he does he has a great shot with a very good release. When he is on his game, Frederic is using his size to his advantage. Has the potential to be a top line forward in the OHL.

Schaefer is a 5’9″, 168 lbs. defenceman who had 13 goals and 10 assists for 23 points in 40 games for the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs last season.

Austin Rueschhoff was the IceDogs’ seventh round pick. Rueschhoff is a 6’5″, 190 lbs. forward who spent last season with the St. Louis Selects.

With their eighth round pick, the IceDogs selected Evan Krassey. Krassey is a 6’3″, 191 lbs. right winger who put up 19 goals and 32 assists for 51 points to go along with 106 penalty minutes in 53 games with the Thunder Bay Kings last season.

Adam Baggs was selected by the IceDogs in the 10th round. The 6’1″, 208 lbs. defenceman had 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points in 55 games for the Sault Ste. Marie Thunder last season.

Left winger Dawson Cook was the IceDogs’ pick in the 11th round. Cook is 6’2″, 195 lbs. and had a goal and two assists in 10 games this past season with Lambton.

In the 13th round, Joshua Dame was selected by the IceDogs. Dame is a 5’8″, 159 lbs. centre who had 9 goals and 8 assists for 17 points in 32 games this past season with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens.

The IceDogs’ last selection was Jake Joffe selected in the 14th round. Joffe is a 5’5″, 142 lbs. right winger who had 11 goals and 5 assists for 16 points in 30 games for the Toronto Young Nats last season.

Kevin Legros
Kevin Legros is the Executive Editor of LocalSportsReport.com and the Managing Editor of the OHL Blog. He follows all local sports in the Niagara Region including the Niagara IceDogs, where he has been a season ticket holder since the first season. Kevin was involved in the process of planning for the IceDogs new home arena, the Meridian Centre, which included sitting as a member of the Mayor's Task Force Committee, the St. Catharines Entertainment and Sports Complex Advocacy Committee and the Meridian Centre Fundraising Task Force Committee.