Ice will be plentiful for newcomers Isaac Enright and Landon Cato, two right-shot defenders joining a Niagara IceDogs squad transitioning into a new era following the graduation of numerous veterans.
It’s always a great atmosphere in Niagara and some young kids will have the opportunity to develop before a supportive fan base over the next few seasons as Enright, known for his poise and calm demeanour and Cato, who demonstrated great skating ability with the Toronto Nationals, lead the way into the future behind stars Akil Thomas and Philip Tomasino.
After Enright was the 17th overall pick of the OHL Priority Selection and Cato was picked in the third round (46th overall), the Dogs didn’t have another selection until the sixth round when they nabbed Toronto Red Wings goaltender Josh Rosenzweig at 119th overall. The right-handed catching netminder played a big role in the Wings’ late-season success as they reached the OHL Cup Final.
Niagara’s mid-round selections included St. Louis-based winger Riley Brueck in the seventh round, Toronto Red Wings speedster Nicholas Athanasakos in the eighth round, Buffalo Jr. Sabres centre Anthony Agostinelli four picks later, York-Simcoe Express forward Cole Turcotte in the ninth round and Don Mills Flyers captain Ethan Mistry in the 10th round.
Enright, Cato and Rosenzweig have all made commitments to the IceDogs for the 2019-20 season.
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