Acadia Drafts Six on Day 1by Marcel Cormier | October 19, 2012, 3:07 PM ET
"I like what we were able to accomplish so far in the draft, we filled spots at every position and added players who will one day help the Bears win another SICHL championship."
That was the assessment from Acadia GM Guy Flaming after he and his scouting staff took time to reflect on the first two rounds of the 2013 SICHL Draft. And he's right; the Bears did manage to add 3 forwards, two blueliners and a goalie although it's more by coincidence than it was by design.
It was a very unpredicatable opening round as players were not selected according to the order that several pundits had predicted. Las Vegas acquiring the 2nd overall pick and using in on Sarnia center Alex Galchenyuk and Mikhail Grigorenko going 3rd overall to Calgary were both surprises that bumped Ryan Murray down to 4th for Kansas City. Acadia held the #5 pick as a result of the offer sheet given to Ladislav Smid last year by Stockholm.
"We had three defencemen at the top of the list of guys we hoped might realisticaly still be available but we had never expected all three of them would actually be there for us," said Flaming, "We tried very hard to acquire another pick inside the top 10 but couldn't and in the end we just took the player that we felt offered the most for us."
Jacob Trouba can do it all and that was the key. Griffin Reinhart is a big, defensively strong guy that can contribute here and there offensively but Trouba is a better skater, a more aggressive hitter and has a greater offensive dimension. The ther guy in the mix was Morgan Rielly who is a gifted skater and controls a power play but isn't as strong in his own end as Trouba.
Trouba, a Michigan kid, is now playing for the Michigan Wolverines while the other two are skating in the WHL. Flaming says that didn't play a role.
"No, not at all. We've always been a team that drafts heavily in North America but we respect both the Major Junior and NCAA path."
"I have to admit that I didn't expect that Quebec was going to take Zemgus Girgensons right before us," said Flaming, "He's [Corey Graham] usually such a staunch CHL guy that I thought Ceci would be his choice and we were prepared to take the Latvian if that was the case."
But the Cannons did take Girgensons so the Bears chose Ceci, another big but well rounded defenceman. Ceci had 60 points in 64 game last season in Ottawa and has been on the radar for Hockey Canada's WJC team even as an underaged player.
Acadia's third selection of the first round was with Amsterdam's pick previously given to the Bears due to the offer sheet handed to goalie Jimmy Howard a couple of years ago. Scott Laughton became Acadia property with the 18th overall pick. The center plays for the Oshawa Generals in the OHL and has been compared to Mike Richards as a gritty, character center with offensive upside. Laughton finished last season with 21 goals, 53 points and 101 PIM.
"There is a lot to like about Scott and think that adding a player of his work ethic will be a positive influence on our organization. He's a potential leader down the road."
Acadia's held the final pick of the round, their own, and used it to reach for forward Nic Kerdiles who played last season for the US-NTDP. This year Kediles is so far a player without a team as he has been banned for 1 year from Wisconsin by the NCAA pending his appeal. He could also end up with the WHL's Kelowna Rockets but that will definitely be plan B for Kediles.
"We like Nic a lot and took him before most other GMs probably would have," admitted Flaming, "He can play either in the middle or on the wing and that versatility is really valuable in his league. He's big and puts up points, there's not much concern about him for us outside of his current situation at Wisconsin."
Acadia had two picks to make in the second round beginning with the #38 slot previously held by the Toronto Titans.
"The way that the draft was unfolding, we were nervous because three goalies had been snapped up and we really had our eye on Anthony Stolarz the whole time for that selection but weren't confident that he'd still be available," said Flaming, "Especially after Dansk was taken at 31, we didn't know if another team was after a goalie or not."
Stolarz is now at Nebrask-Omaha but the 6'6 keeper came from unheralded territory having played for Corpus Christi in the NAHL. He's raw but has a lot of natural ability to be honed over the next 4 years at college.
Acadia's final pick of the day was the last of the second round and saw them pick up another Michigan Wolverine freshman in Cristoval "Boo" Nieves. The 6'3 power forward was considered the top high school player available in the class of 2012.
- Acadia still currently hold 12 picks in the draft which will continue after an unexpected delay. The Bears will reportedly entertain and and all offers for some of the picks. That said, the team has always built through the draft so will find players that can contribute to the organization if deals cannot be made.
- Prospect Andrew MacWilliam has been named captain at North Dakota.
- Adam Lowry is now the captain for Swift Current.
- Forward Mike Cichy had 2 points in his first two games with Western Michigan after sitting out a year for trasnfering from North Dakota.