If the Niagara IceDogs have an abundance of anything other than shear talent, it’s defenders. With 9 defenders currently rostered Marty Williamson is not closed minded to clearing out some of the younger guys who will not help with the IceDogs’ run at a championship this year. 

The IceDogs have been making headlines since last week when they completed a trade with the Flint Firebirds that saw Hurricanes prospects Josh Wesley and Alex Nedeljkovic join the IceDogs.

Originally, that trade included one other body that would have been heading to Niagara. That guy is overager Connor Chatham. If he was going to be included, Niagara would have had to include an extra body as well and that guy would have been 1998 born defender William Lochead. That did not end up happening.

Friday night, the IceDogs are in Oshawa playing the Generals while the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds are playing in Kingston. Hounds GM Kyle Raftis and scouting staff were not present in Kingston. Where were they? They were in Oshawa taking in the IceDogs game.

Further to this, Toronto Maple Leafs Assistant GM and former Greyhounds GM Kyle Dubas who still unofficially advises the Hounds was in Niagara on Thursday night watching the IceDogs take on the Saginaw Spirit. William Lochead appeared in both games, just as he has pretty much all year.

According to a source, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds are looking to add young defenders. Niagara, who is looking to add more help up front, has a guy who fits that bill in William Lochead, who was almost dealt to Flint last week.

Sault Ste. Marie’s roster has many pieces who would be beneficial to any team looking to make a run this year. Guys like Brandon Halverson, Tyler Hore and Medric Mecier should almost certainly be dealt and more specific to Niagara, guys like Keigan Goetz, Gabe Guertler or even Zach Senyshyn would be useful. The Greyhounds, who went all in for a run last season by acquiring the likes of Nick Ritchie, Justin Bailey and Anthony DeAngelo need to restock the cupboard for the coming future and build around bright young talent such as Blake Speers, Boris Katchouck, Colton White and Joseph Raaymakers.

Senyshyn, who could very much be available, has another year of OHL eligibility before he heads off to the professional ranks in the Boston Bruins organization. The price that teams are willing to pay has an external factor however and that is the fate of Oshawa Generals star forward Michael Dal Colle.

One league source said “I don’t know why they (Sault Ste. Marie) wouldn’t be willing to move Senyshyn, besides the fact that he’s back next year. They gave up a ton to run last year and they have nada asset wise.”

How much would Marty Williamson have to give up for the Boston Bruins prosect. Well, “Niagara would (be willing to) give up a lot for him I bet but it ultimately will depend if Kingston gets Dal Colle done,” continued the source.

The Kingston Frontenacs are currently making a hard run at Dal Colle, a New York Islanders prospect and if the IceDogs Eastern Conference rival is successful in doing so, the IceDogs are much less likely to go all in on a guy like Zach Senyshyn. In other words, if Dal Colle gets moved to the Western Conference (London, Erie), the IceDogs would be much more likely to go all in for a player of Senyshyn’s calibre, as would Kingston.

Ultimately, the IceDogs are not part of the Dal Colle sweepstakes at this point and they need to look elsewhere. The Islanders prospect Dal Colle is a sure move and Williamson and crew can’t sit on their tail and watch other teams get better.

Add Zachary Senyshyn to your “Players to watch” list because I most certainly am.

 

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