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Northeast Generals add local talent in NAHL draft debut
Jim Clark Tuesday, June 07, 2016
The Northeast Generals will make their debut in the North American Hockey League next fall, playing out of the New England Sports Village in North Attleboro. Yesterday, the new junior hockey program made a splash by choosing several players with local ties in the NAHL’s annual draft.
The South Coast Conference was particularly well-represented on the Generals’ first draft list. The team closed out the 17-round proceedings by grabbing former Bourne forward Austin Braley in the 14th round, followed by former Wareham/Carver star forward Stephen Toal in Round 15. Next was ex-Apponequet standout forward Zach Smith (Round 16), who most recently played for the Generals’ Tier 3 team. The Generals also picked Pembroke’s Billy Hickey in Round 11, and closed their draft by taking Xaverian center Cam Piorkowski (Round 17).
Bryan Erikson, who coached Toal at Wareham/Carver, is the coach of the Generals.
The Generals, who opened the draft by taking Shattuck-St. Mary’s goalie David Tomeo first overall, added former Austin Prep All-Scholastic forward Mike Egan with their next pick (No. 25 overall). Egan, who most recently played for the New Jersey Jr. Titans, was one of two former Austin Prep players selected. Left winger George Sennott, who played last season for Kimball Union, went later in Round 2 (No. 39) to the Topeka RoadRunners.
The first player with local ties selected was goalie Drew Hotte, who played three seasons at Milton Academy and last season was with the Madison Capitals of the USHL. Hotte went No. 13 overall to the Johnstown Tomahawks.
The Walpole Express’ Dan Eruzione, a left winger who played at Winthrop, was tapped in Round 5 (No. 112) by the New Jersey Titans. Former Malden Catholic star right winger Jake Witkowski, who played last season for Avon Old Farms, went to Topeka in Round 8.
The Generals also grabbed a pair of players with local prep ties: former BB&N right winger Alex Cohen in Round 8, and Cushing right winger Max Brainin in Round 10. Also selected was defenseman Zach Mirageas of Newburyport and formerly Governor’s Academy, who went to Lone Star in Round 7).
Here is a list of players who local ties who were selected:
Drew Hotte, Madison Capitals (ex-Milton Academy): Johnstown Tomahawks (Round 1, No. 13)
Mike Egan, NJ Jr. Titans (ex-Austin Prep): NE Generals (Round 2, No. 25)
Patrick Flynn, South Shore Kings (Framingham): Fairbanks (Round 2, No. 35)
George Sennott, Kimball Union (ex-Austin Prep): Topeka RoadRunners (Round 2, No. 39)
Dan Eruzione, Walpole Express (ex-Winthrop): NJ Titans (Round 5, No. 112)
Zachary Mirageas, Islanders (ex-Governor’s): Lone Star (Round 7, No. 166)
Alex Cohen, Gloucester Rangers (ex-BB&N): NE Generals (Round 8, No. 169)
Jake Witkowski, Avon Old Farms (ex-Malden Catholic): Topeka RoadRunners (Round 8, No. 183)
Brycon Johnson, NE Jr. Rangers: Kenai River (Round 9, No. 195)
Max Brainin, Cushing: NE Generals (Round 10, No. 217)
Billy Hickey, Pembroke: NE Generals (Round 11, No. 241)
Josh Mayanja, Boston Advantage: Minn. Magicians (Round 12, No. 271)
Alex O’Dowd, Northeast Generals (Hanover): NE Generals (Round 13, No. 289)
Austin Braley, Northeast Generals (ex-Bourne): NE Generals (Round 14, No. 313)
Stephen Toal, Wareham/Carver: NE Generals (Round 15, No. 337)
Zachary Smith, Northeast Generals (ex-Apponequet): NE Generals (Round 16, No. 361)
Cam Piorkowski, Xaverian: NE Generals (Round 17, No. 385)
Looking through the list it's a lot of "who?" At this time the local USPHL teams seem to have more noteworthy local kids paying $ to play and the NE Generals seem to be finding the unknown through their own connections.
Am I wrong?
The NAHL draft is a bizarre process. Teams are taking 31 guys for ultimately a 23 man roster so a lot of "who" is to be expected. Noteworthy doesn't mean NAHL ready either so if you look at NA teams tenders and early picks you get a better indication of the roster. But there are also players that I bet fill a specific role towards the end of the draft. Just a guess though.
Just to gather some info here - the USHL is still the best jr league in the country. Where does the USPHL/NAHL/TIER 1 Leagues fall after that? I was assuming the NAHL is basically the 3rd level league after the USHL then the USPHL. Players who don't make those teams would play NAHL…correct?
Would you say at least locally that the USPHL Premier teams seem to have better local talent than what was picked by the NE Generals? That's what's making me scratch my head a bit.
The NAHL has been around for 40 years so free hockey isn't the issue. In New England it is yet to be proven but can work based on sponsorship's and promotions, not 100% on ticket sales. And maybe Premier has better or more know local talent but do they have better talent overall? I know the Generals philosophy was to not target kids playing in the USPHL Premier or EHL Premier that were already in a good situation as new and free doesn't always mean a better fit hockey wise. But as they grow I would bet the local talent wants to go there. It makes no sense for a team to draft a player just because he is local if he is already happy with the team he plays on. You are also assuming that all players pay in the USPHL and EHL.
So...what is your definition of "noteworthy"? Because from what I see, there were a few "noteworthy"(interesting,significant or unusual) selections taken in the NA draft. I think that's why you're scratching your head in disbelief. Mind you, these picks aren't the same kids with names you've heard over and over, who have been touted as the next NHL draft prospects and have been to every showcase that their parents have dragged them to to get this "noteworthy" status I believe you're referring to. So Yes, they're not familiar and definitely not vanilla, but take some time and watch some film, get to know these kids and when you're done let us know if they stand up to your "noteworthy" expectations.
I guess your kid didn't get drafted
Still here, watching you troll. It seems you know a lot about what it costs to play for the Generals NA3HL. Your probably upset you couldn't write a 10k check for junior. Judging by the time you post you should probably be searching for a job so that you can.
Keep trolling...you had all the money answers the other day, now you don't want to get in to it? Very curious as to how you knew the $$ answer earlier, is that what they wanted from you to have junior play. I think I'm more sad for you than the last four you continue to share your wisdom about. Good luck next season where ever you wind up.
I must have missed it. I tjought the kids were on the hook for $300 a month to go to their billet family for living expenses. What's this talk of $10k?
Are you serious? So it sounds like you've shopped around a bit. What do the USPHL teams charge? Premier & Elite?
Here's the thing. The original article points out that the Mass kids had a pretty good showing in the NAHL draft...Mass kids showed up plain and simple, who cares why. Any kid playing in Mass should feel pretty good about that and any kid that got picked should be proud of that, contrary to what the other guy is implying.
The NAHL is free and very different than NA3HL which is play to pay!
The only thing they share in common is the jerseys they wear.
These guys are off to a rough start in the NAHL, and by the looks of it, not getting any better. I don't think they could beat the majority of the USPHL & EHL Premier teams?
0-16-1, is certainly no way to start a season. Can we discuss again who they drafted and why?
Good point. When they drafted none of the names were familiar and some looked like they were coming out of less than stellar programs. Currently they have four Mass kids....give me a clip board and a sign-up sheet and I can land 12-15 better kids in three weeks in March trolling the state high school championships let alone tournaments.
And kids, there is no scholarship money in D-3....none.
Good God. Do they need a little scouting help or what?
what they need to be doing is trying to recruit the top "uncommitted" players from the USPHL & EHL. Even though that "bar" is low for talent, it must be better than what they have on ice the now?
Northeast Generals just signed the Lovell brothers definitley helps for right now but are they going to become the owners?
What does this say regarding the local talent they drafted? Did they draft (hire) the wrong coaches?