Philip Tomasino of the Niagara IceDogs Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

Niagara loses Thomas & Tomasino to NHL training camp, Pacquette traded to Petes

Niagara will be without three key veteran players heading into the final weekend of the 2019 OHL pre-season schedule.

Niagara forwards attend NHL camps

On Wednesday the team announced that forwards Philip Tomasino and Akil Thomas will be attending NHL training camps.

Tomasino, 2019 24th overall NHL Draft pick of the Nashville Predators was invited to Nashville’s camp.

Thomas, the IceDogs’ captain, drafted 51st overall by LA in 2018, will be attending the Kings training camp.


Paquette trade

The team will also move on to the 2019-2020 season without over aged defenceman Jacob Paquette.

On Thursday the team announced that they sent the defenceman to the Peterborough Petes in a trade.

In exchange for Paquette, the IceDogs acquired four OHL draft selections.

Niagara received one 2020 selection and three 2021 selections from the Petes.

The 2020 pick is a 3rd round pick that originally belonged to Kingston.

While the 2021 selections are a  2nd round pick (London) a 3rd and a 5th (Peterborough).

“This was an extremely difficult decision to make today, Jacob is an established star on the back end in this league and I wish him nothing but the best in Peterborough,” said IceDogs General Manager Joey Burke in a release.

The trade helps the IceDogs recapture some of the draft capital they spent last season during their playoff run.

“The fact of the matter is we went all in last year,” said Burke in a release on the team’s website.

Burke continued, “this year, we are in a position where we need to recoup draft picks, specifically over the next two years, especially in 2021.”

“This trade accomplishes that for us and then some, bringing us more than back on track to move forward.”

Paquette, 20, spent a majority of his OHL career with the Kingston Frontenacs before being traded to the IceDogs in November of 2018.

He scored three goals and 20 assists for 23 points in his 35 regular-season games with the IceDogs.

The defenceman also added a goal and an assist in 11 playoff games played.

Paquette recently spent the summer with the Columbus Blue Jackets organization, participating in the team’s summer development camp and the team’s rookie camp.

Last weekend of the pre-season

The trade comes on the last weekend of the IceDogs’ exhibition schedule.

Over the weekend the IceDogs will play their final three pre-season games.

Niagara will play in Barrie on the 12th and before facing Paquette’s new team in a home and home series on Friday and Saturday.

This will be the last time the IceDogs are in action before the regular season kicks off.

The Petes will come to the Fleming Centre in Lincoln as the IceDogs continue to host their pre-season games in local arenas throughout the Niagara region.

Niagara will have their home opener on September 19th when the Sudbury Wolves come to the Meridian Centre.