When you build for the future you work every day to prepare for it. The fruits of a year of hard work were shown last week as the Noetheast Generals added talent up and down their roster. Head Coach Bryan Erikson talked about the process.
“The draft is something that we had been preparing for since last year’s draft. Matt Dibble is an amazing GM and he is so prepared for every situation. And we got great contributions from our scouting staff in the months, days and hours leading up to the draft. It was a team effort led by Matt. The first thing we did was make a trade for the 2nd overall pick. We decided that we wanted Connor Pelc. We knew he was on a lot of teams boards as he is a very talented player and great kid so we decided to go up and get him. A great trade by Matt. Connor is in Des Moines and we wish him luck there but if it doesn’t work out he has a home here in our top 6.Later in the first round we grabbed Thomas Klochkov, who is a very talented Center that is committed to UCONN. That was the one area we felt we needed to add to as Ryan Gordon made Sioux Falls roster and we lost Matt Boczar and Ryan Corcoran to College. So that was a huge draft pick and a player that will step into our top 6 on day 1. Our next pick was Isaac Rentmeester who is a huge forward that one of our scouts loved. Once we watched video we all loved his game. We are pumped to add Isaac. He can play all 3 forward positions and will be a huge impact from day 1. The rest of the draft went perfectly as well. We were able to get everyone that was on our draft board with very few exceptions. We grabbed great forwards in Lindley, Conmy, Feinberg, MaGuire, and Nuzzolilo. We added great depth to our goaltending with Lovullo and on D we picked up Alex Keskintepe who is a massive kid that plays physical. We are extremely excited about our core group of returners, tenders and picks. Should be an amazing Main Camp and tough battle for a spot on our training camp roster.”
Given the work that Dibble and Erikson have already done, they now may make a few more moves before camp begins, but have the bulk of the roster figured out. As for taking a risk on Pelc, if he has to come to the NAHL he will have a solid home, and the team did a solid job adding depth around him. The hockey season cannot start soon enough.
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