Norsemen Re-Set Direction During Summit 2022

After two years of struggling, the Vancouver Island Norsemen appear to be making significant steps towards being a factor during the Continental Cup Playoffs.
by Matt MacInnis | August 22, 2022, 7:49 PM ET

After two years of struggling, the Vancouver Island Norsemen appear to be making significant steps towards being a factor during the Continental Cup Playoffs.

During a whirlwind 2022 Super Summit (and in the days immediately prior), the Norsemen made three trades and nine draft selections.

The headline move of the weekend was a sprawling trade with the Hamburg Gladiators that brought Jordan Staal, Anton Stralman and Jonathan Quick to the franchise, along with a pair of draft picks in exchange for a package of four selections – including the 13th overall pick in 2022.

The next day, the team moved long-time franchise folk hero Matt Murray for Scott Laughton and a 4th round pick. Just before the draft, the Norsemen also exchanged youngster Jack McBain for the rangy, versatile Nicholas Paul. In total, the moves brought in three new middle-six forwards, a top-four defensive shutdown specialist and a netminder who will give the Norsemen one of the best goaltending tandems in the SICHL.

“We had certain goals in mind for the period leading up to the draft, and we’re pretty happy with the outcomes. There was one deal that fell apart on us during the week that would have been an outstanding step forward, but to land five quality SICHLers in such a short time should set us up for a competitive season,” said GM MacInnis.

SICHL Entry Draft Results

Tristan Luneau, D, 43rd overall A high pedigree prospect whose draft season was impacted by off-season knee surgery, Luneau is a well-rounded defenceman who projects well a second pairing SICHLer.

Mats Lindgren, D, 73rd overall An undersized defenceman who was one of the smartest hockey players in the draft. Lindgren’s game isn’t always flashy but everything is done well and he finds ways to impact games.

Tomas Hamara, D, 96th overall Similar in many ways to Lindgren, Hamara is a solid distributor whose offence and puck skills are a bit ahead of his in-zone defensive play at the moment. Could be a future PP contributor.

Aleksanteri Kaskimaki, C, 103rd overall A skilled forward, Kasimaki has the talent to make it to the big leagues, but will need to make strides in his skating to capitalize on that potential.

Bryce McConnell-Barker, C, 104th overall Capable of playing multiple positions and featuring an upper tier shot, McConnell-Barker is a strong candidate to have a breakout season in the OHL this year.

Lucas Forsell, LW, 146th overall The club’s only ‘overager’ selected this year, Forsell was actually one of the youngest players in the 2021 Draft. Expected to be a full-time SHLer this season and hasn’t even turned 19 yet.

Cedrick Guindon, W, 156th overall He is fast and scored a lot in the OHL this season. Has the type of game that could evolve into a middle-six forward in today’s SICHL.

Nikita Yevseyev, D, 191st overall A heavy, defensive-focused blueliner with a physical edge, Yevseyev is expected to remain overseas for a number of years.

Benjamin Strinden, C, 193rd overall Strinden had a strong USHL season and will play at UND this year. The Norsemen’s advanced analytics people really liked this guy.

 

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