Jr Penguins have good showing in NAHL Draft. In addition to having four of our Jr A Penguin forwards selected in the first seven picks (WIlliams 1st, Angus 5th, Trombettta 6th and Hanus 7th), our number one net minder Collin LeMay was picked 23rd. Click HERE for full list of 3HL Drafted players by the NAHL. Additionally, three other former Jr Penguin Program players were selected (CJ Murray 1st round to Michigan Warriors, Bryan Watt 5th round to Jamestown Ironmen and Shane Shiring 5th round to Wenatchee Wild). Click HERE to see the results of the NAHL General Player Entry Draft.
For the Jr A Penguins, Williams and Angus were the League's top two scorers and both were named to the All Rookie Team. Hanus was the highest scoring 93 in the League and Trombetta, also a 93 finished in the top 20 in scoring as our youngest player. Collin LeMay again was brilliant between the pipes as he led the League in Wins and had a stellar prformance in the NAHL's Top Prospects Tournament.
Also, just a couple weeks earlier, other former Jr Penguin Program players were selected in the OHL Priority Selection Draft including Miles Liberati in the 3rd round to London Knights and Nate Miller a 9th rounder to the Erie Otters plus Shane Shiring and Noah Batis were both selected in the later rounds of the USHL Draft selected by the Youngstown Phantoms and the Muskegon Lumberjacks respectively.
Now that the NAHL Draft is concluded, the 3HL Jr A Penguin team can begin to focus on preparing for their own player entry Draft scheduled for June 2nd to begin to build next year's team. The Coaching staff are hashing over players of interest from a pool that includes some that they viewed at a few Jr and Collegiate Exposure Camps, a handfull of former Jr B Penguins, other CHA and Empire Jr B All-Stars, players that skated at their Pre-Draft Skate last April, some that are currently on their Tier I U18 roster, several out-of-town players that have pre-registered plus other area Tier I Midget players.
In addition to the two Tenders signed earlier this week by Jeremy Todd a D-man from Chardon, OH and former Captain with the Jr B Penguins and Adam Steranko, a forward from Texas, they will have 22 Draft picks to make in the upcoming 3HL Entry Draft. Thanks to a couple extra early picks (an extra fifth and eigth round pick), they’ll have ten selections in their 75 mile protected territory while their remaining selections can be from anywhere nationwide or abroad.
When asked how he goes about knowing who to select with so many good players being available, Coach Cersosimo said that he looks for what “benefits of our program and organization.. and how we can help develop and advance them as a player and person.” He went on to say “we're looking for the best players available to build a consistent, competitive team. We look to fill holes with the players that we have recruited, researched, know fit into our team philosophy and will grow as a student-athlete in that environment.”
Of course when you add several returning Jr A Players from last year's team to the mix that could be Drafted or even looked at the Open Tryout Camp in June, it makes for some interesting homework over the next week for the coaching and scouting staff who are responsible for making the selections.