Norsemen 2018 Entry Draft Reviewby Matt MacInnis | September 22, 2018, 11:52 PM ET
The Norsemen made five selections in the 2018 SICHL Entry Draft, including a pair of first rounders.
Dominik Bokk, W
19th overall, 1st round
Växjö Lakers HC (SHL)
Bokk is an immensely talented and skilled winger who shows flashes of being an elite offensive player. He’s going to spend some time in Sweden developing for at least one more season.
GM’s Take: He’s a top 10 talent. He might not end up as one of the top 10 players in the draft class, but he’s up there with his raw talent. He was the guy we were targeting with this pick basically since the end of last season. We might have traded out of this spot had he went earlier.
Martin Kaut, RW
27th overall, 1st round
Kaut is a well-rounded player with above-average offensive skills. He already has a full season of professional experience and may be much closer to being ready for the SICHL than most other prospects taken at the draft. Kaut did have a health issue come up during the pre-draft process, but the Norsemen believe that has been resolved.
GM’s Take: We really liked what we saw from Kaut during last year’s World Juniors. Kaut isn’t going to be a first liner in the future, but we do see him as very solid top six forward type who can play up or down the lineup depending on what the team needs from him.
Jack McBain, C
56th overall, 2nd round
Believed to be the first player the Norsemen have ever drafted directly out of Ontario’s Junior A league, McBain is a big pivot at 6’3, 200 lbs who will mature and develop at Boston College the next few years.
GM’s Take: McBain is a bit of a throwback centre with his size and physicality. We see him as a bit of a project, but like his potential to emerge in 4-5 years as a player who anchors our third line.
114th overall, 4th round
A somewhat undersized scoring winger from the BCHL, Crookshank is a shifty skater whose talent seems greater than his numbers to date. He will be joining New Hampshire for NCAA hockey for a couple seasons.
GM’s Take: We liked Crookshank in this spot as a potentially lottery ticket type mid-round selection. He’s going to need some time; I wouldn’t be surprised if he spends three or four years in college.
203rd overall, 7th round
Djurgårdens IF, SHL
EWW was a big-time point producer in the Swedish junior league last season, which earned him 20 games with the big club at Djurgardens as well. He’ll remain in Sweden for the time being.
GM’s Take: Not a lot of kids his age can crack the lineup of a SHL team. When you get down to the last pick of the draft, we’re pretty happy to find a kid who we know can already play pro hockey in a legit league.