For the NA3HL Northeast Generals, Head Coach Darryl Locke knows the type of player that fits the teams he likes to build. The draft was about getting the rights to more of them at the NA3HL level. These moves add to the tenders and trades we have talked about recently and ones still yet to be discussed.
As Locke said “ I think as an organization this draft was one of our best drafts in terms of talent. Jamison Alicandro was a premier power forward at Worcester Academy Prep School this season. He’s a big body who plays physical with speed. His shot is heavy and he doesn’t waste time with it on his stick. He can flat out score goals. His 16 goals led Worcester in scoring this season. Nate Palumbo, another Worcester Academy forward, is a player who brings speed and skill to the rink everyday. His skill set is very similar to our Matt Nuzzolilo. He’s a bit bigger than Matt and has the speed and dogged determination to win puck battles all over the ice. He’s not afraid of the physical game and brings a scorer’s touch in tight spaces. Conor Gethings is another player from Worcester Academy that we coveted. A solid defenseman who is skilled and very physical. He can run your power play and be top pair defender on the penalty kill. His ability to get pucks quick to the net from the point creates second chance opportunities for the forwards. He’s not afraid to mix it up and has a bit of a mean streak. These three players, along with my son’s Michael and Owen, made up the first line at Worcester Academy. They put up a tremendous amount of points and were one of the most dangerous lines in all of prep school hockey, winning a Holt Division Championship under Coach Bob Lavin. The other defenseman we picked was Shane Carr from Victory Honda U18. He’s another player that I’ve coached at the youth hockey level at different times. He also played two games for us two years ago against The New Jersey Titans during a call up. He’s a big body defenseman who has great vision and hockey IQ. He makes great outlet passes and loves to be physical. He has a great shot and can put up points. Again, another player that puts winning above personal success. He’s currently tendered with The Lone Star Brahmas in The NAHL so we’ll see where that goes for him. The last player we selected was forward Alex Infanger from Medway High School in Massachusetts. He’s a power forward that plays physical and has a scorer’s touch. He’s a north/south player who’s not afraid to go to the hard areas with the puck. His compete level is off the charts. He’s another player I’ve coached at the youth level. As you can see we covet a certain type of player. All these players we drafted we feel fit that mold. Hopefully, it works out and we can get back to the Fraser Cup in 2023.”
Locke is already a leader of a strong group. All of these players, he helped pick because they bring traits to Attleboro that can help the team get back to the Fraser Cup. When you have a winning formula as any team or organization, you want to replicate what you do, and keep things going. This class and the group of players signed aim to do just that.
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