Colonials 2023 Draft Recap - Dvorsky + Defensemen = Success

The Colonials wrapped up another quality draft and have set themselves up for future success!
by Gary Graves | September 26, 2023, 8:18 PM ET

Another whirlwind draft for the Colonials has come and gone. The team started with four picks a few weeks ago including the sixth overall selection and by the time the draft had ended, Boston made four trades and finished with twelve shiny new drafted prospects!

Boston started the draft off with a bit of a bang dealing pick 6 to the Sun Devils for pick 9 and a couple of 3rd rounders, a trade which was started on the eve of the draft when GM Borau reached out to see if a move was possible. The deal was finalized after pick four when prized pick Matvei Michkov was selected by the Hamburg Gladiators.

With that 9th overall pick, Boston began the draft day by picking Slovakian forward Dalibor Dvorsky. Dvorsky is a 200-ft, high compete center who played most of the year in the Allsvenskan in the SHL. He also had some impressive performances at the U20 and U18s! Another standout feature is Dvorsky’s shot which can beat opposing goalies with either the wrister or slap shot, both delivered with power. He could use a little more growth and improvements in skating. Dalibor has been loaned back to the Swedish League for this upcoming season.

With pick 34 acquired by trade, the Colonials were very happy to select Oliver Bonk, son of former SICHL’er Radek Bonk! With Oliver, Boston gets a potential top-four defenseman who plays a simple but smart game. He is a very good defender who also has some offense to his game. The Black Book ranked Bonk 16th overall and we are happy he fell into the 2nd round. He will continue is development with the player factory known as the London Knights of the OHL in 23/24.

At pick 65, it was a no brainer for the team in taking 6’ 5” defenseman Jakub Dvorak. Jakub is a big defender with a decent skating base, and while maybe not a offensive threat at the next level, he could become a shutdown option with some physical maturity.

The run on defensemen continued at pick 82 when the team selected 6’1” Quinton Burns of the Kingston Frontenacs. He is a guy who projects as a shutdown defender who can be a PK option and will probably pitch in with some offense. He will play the 23/24 season in the OHL.

With pick 91, you guessed it, the Colonials picked another defenseman. This time it was Jeremy Hanzel who was one of the top defensemen in the WHL last season and led the league with a whopping plus/minus 70! He is not overly flashy, but he is a reliable two-way defenseman. Hanzel was passed over twice as a draft eligible, so the third time was a charm. We like the skating base, hockey sense and compete and believe he will eventually be a SICHL defender!

Next up it was the selection of another WHL’er in Justin Kipkie at pick 118, a guy who put up 33 points in 67 games with the Victoria Royals in his first year, and at 17, is an impressive 6’ 3” also weighing 195 lbs. Kipkie is still fairly raw and will need some development but at the moment makes pretty good decisions with the puck and is pretty mobile for a big defenseman. We feel Kipkie is a player with decent upside!

With the 153rd pick, Boston went and added a goalie to supplement their already impressive stable in Olof Glifford. Glifford brings size, mobility and compete to the table and has a lot of untapped potential. The 6’4” tendy will have to work on his game and in a few more years we may know more about his ceiling in the SICHL.

At pick 155, the Colonials selected two-way forward Ty Mueller who played the past two years with the University of Omaha-Nebraska. Mueller wasn’t drafted in his first two years of eligibility but put up some nice production in the NCAA the past two years (38 points in 58 GP) and given our scouts liked his skating, stickhandling and vision, we decided to take a flyer on him. Mueller, whom scouts consider a jack of all trades player is expected to continue to round out his game again in the NCAA in 23/24.

With the 200th pick, Boston took Neal Pionk’s younger brother Aaron Pionk who is also a defenseman. HP Black Book had Pionk ranked as a C prospect. Aaron is considered a late bloomer who is a solid defender and puck mover. The double-overager put up 36 points with the USHL’s Waterloo Blackhawks last year and is committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth next season.

Lastly with pick 208, the team picked Zayde Wisdom’s brother Zaccharya Wisdom! Wisdom played for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders in the USHL and doubled his point production from the previous year which caught the eye of our scouts. We see him as a player who has good size, skates well and has high compete and with a work ethic that may will himself to a SICHL bottom six role or at the very least carve out a decent GHA career.

Well, that is it for this draft and the pipeline is loaded with prospects at every position which should be setting the Colonials up with future success. The team lacks a first-round pick over the next two drafts, but we are at the stage where continued development will cover off those needs for a while. With a potential top six which could include Stutzle, Eklund, Peterka, Svechnikov, Hayton, Evangelista, and potentially Dvorsky, Ostlund, Dean and Gritsyuk, the Colonials are in good hands.

On defense, we have seen some progression in our young defensive prospects in Pierre-Oliver Joseph, Adam Boqvist, Jordan Spence and Braden Schneider and we have what looks like a pretty good trio of goaltending prospects in Joel Hofer, Devon Levi and Pyotr Kochetkov.

The future is now!

Let’s go Boston!

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