Shamrocks Continue to Stockpile Prospectsby Ryan Torrie | October 11, 2016, 11:37 PM ET
The Dublin Shamrocks continue to build for the future with the selection of 12 players during the annual SICHL entry draft, including the selection of two players in the first round. Prior to the draft the Shamrocks made two moves to improve their team. The first was the acqustion of Martin Jones from the Acadia Golden Bears for the 8th overall pick, a 2nd in 2017 and Danton Henien.
"Jones gives us a presence in net that we have not seen in a long time and will bring stability for years to come," coach Mike Babcock told the media following the first day of free agency.
In another move, the Shamrocks traded Tomas Hertl to Boston for the 18th overall pick in the draft. "We had an opporunity to get better through the draft and we took it, GM Ryan Torrie said.
With their 12 selections, the Shamrocks drafted 9 forwards, 2 defenceman and 1 goalie.
1st round (5): Matthew Tkachuk. In a surprise move, the Shamrocks selected Tkachuk 5th overall. Tkachuk is a multi-dimensional energy winger who plays a pro-style, adaptive game. Well-versed as a guy who can consistently put up points, but also as an agitator who plays with a little bit of bite and nastiness. Skates with excellent balance and speed, outclassing many in his age range. No lack of offensive instincts and knows how to score in many different ways.
1st round (18): Julien Gauthier: An explosive power forward who boasts an elite-level skill package. Takes nothing for granted and plays with hard-nosed work ethic. Tremendous vision and outstanding hockey sense; thrives under pressure and doesn't stray from the high-percentage play. Willingness to play physical and win battles in his own end makes him a vital asset, stepping up at the game's key moments. Exceptional skating ability allows him to stay with, if not ahead, of each unfolding play. Refined puckhandling skills allow him to maintain puck control at breakneck speeds.
2nd round (33) Adam Mascherin: Prolific scoring winger who combines an exceedingly high work ethic with speed, skill, and a mature approach to the game to overcome size differentials. An intense competitor with a booming shot, Masherin finds ways to score by outworking the opposition. He may not be the tallest player on the ice, but he isn't a lightweight either. He plays a fast, heavy game and isn't afraid to battle against tougher opponents. All-in-all, a lightning rod kind of player who will exceed expectations and bring energy to the game with each shift.
3rd round (79) Adam Brooks: As on overager Brooks led the WHL in scoring with 120 points. The Shamrocks hope he can continue to produce at the next level.
4th round (112) Max Zimmer: The fourth forward selected by the Shamrocks. Zimmer will be a long term project for the Shamrocks as he will be attending the University of Wisconsin.
5th round (117) Filip Larsson: The only goalie selected by the Shamrocks. Larsson will be a long term project for the Shamrocks.
5th round (133) Philip Nyberg: Nyberg was the first defenceman selected by the Shamrocks. Nyberg is currently playing in USHL and will attend the University of Wisconsin in 2017-18.
5th round (136) Christopher Paquette: Paquette was the sixth forward selected by the Shamrocks. Paquette currently plays for the Niagara Ice Dogs and has 3 points in 6 games so far. Paquette is another long term project.
6th round (148): Lucas Carlsson: Carlsson was the second defenceman selected by the Shamrocks. Carlsson will continue to develop in Sweden.
6th round (157): Mattias Elfstrom: Elfstrom is the 4th swedish player selected by the Shamrocks and one of the bigger forwards selected by the team. Shamrocks expected him to develop into a 3rd line player.
7th round (173) Matt Roy: Roy is left winger that currently plays for Michigan Tech. Roy has a couple more seasons at Michigan Tech before turning pro. Roy will most likely see time in Glasgow prior to making the jump to Dublin.
7th round (183) Nikita Pavlychev: Pavlychev was the last pick by the Shamrocks. He played several season in the USHL before joining Penn State this season. Do not expect to see him any time soon.
Free Agency News:
- The Shamrocks re-signed several of their RFAs and qualified several others. Over the next couple of days, the Shamrocks hope to finalize their roster for the upcoming season.
- The Shamrock did sign 6 players to minor league deals after the 1st round of free agency. Heading to the GHA are: Kenney Morrison, Kyle Baun, Tanner Kero, Jiri Fronk, Sean Backman, and Eric O'Dell. Each player will have an opporunity to make the pro roster during training camp.