After conceding 24 goals in the last four games of the playoffs, the 67’s already had a plan in place to shore up the back-line and make another run towards the Memorial Cup next season. With the departure of star over-ager, Tye Felhaber, and the exit of Mike Dipietro and Sacha Chmelevski the 67’s have some holes to fill come next season.
Good at Goaltender: Let’s start with the crease because that is the clearest position going into next year. 30+ win goaltender Cedrick Andree will guard the net next year and hopefully dominate as he did this season. Only 18 years old, Andree has the potential to play for the 67’s the next two years and probably stamp out a dominating junior career and maybe even a Memorial Cup. With the departure of Mike Dipietro next year Will Cranley seems to be the likely backup drafted in the second round of last years U-16 draft.
A Diverse Defence: With leading defenseman Noel Hoefenmayer likely in the Arizona system next season, the 67’s had some big holes to fill in both the U-18 draft and the Priority Selection draft as well. From the midget draft, the 67’s added defencemen, Giuseppe Marino who could reasonably be expected to crack the lineup next year. Marino is a left-hand shot and played for the Nepean Raiders of the HEO Midget AAA league. The Ottawa local put up a total of three goals and 23 assists for 26 points in 45 games with the Raiders during the 2018-19 season. This is all the more impressive at five foot six which might have led to scouts passing him up earlier.
Where Marino lacks in size 6-foot-2, 174-pound Jack Matier more than makes up for it as Ottawa’s first selection in the 2019 Priority draft. Just 16 years of age but he has the size and poise of a player much older. Matier has a reputation for being smart and an excellent puck-carrying defenceman that will bring some force into the Ottawa lineup.
The 67’s also announced the signing of Teddy Sawyer, a 6 foot 165 lb defenceman was signed to the team from the Midget draft. Sawyer played for the Pittsburgh Penguins U15 and U16 teams, managing 19 points in 51 total games for both categories. Sawyer is an aggressive defenceman never afraid to jump up on the rush and will be a stable presence defensively as well.
Fast Forwards: From one priority selection pick to another, forward Jack Beck and Brenden Sirizotti also have the potential to be dynamic players for the 67’s. Beck, an Ottawa native, was selected 31st in the draft and has a reputation among the 67’s scouting and management team as being an intelligent player who is integral for a player who could become a dynamic special-teams player later on into his junior career.
Sirizotti, on the other hand, has exceptional speed and skill which could result in him being an offensive juggernaut in the league. With 93 points in 36 games, the 67’s hope his scoring touch from Midget continues straight into his rookie season. If he can stay on this path, he will be a flashy fan-favourite for an already strong 67’s roster.
The Organization also just recently announced last week that they had signed third-round pick Thomas Johnston to join an already high-flying offence. Johnston averaged almost two points a game with Sirizotti on the Whitby Wildcats and fans should be excited to see the chemistry of these two players grow further.
Thomas Johnston signs with #67s.
— Ottawa 67's (@Ottawa67sHockey) May 9, 2019