With their first pick in the 2020 NAHL Draft, The Nordiques got the 7th overall pick, coming into the draft they knew the blue line was a place they wanted to improve on. Goal differential was a big place Nolan Howe wanted to see improved on. Nolan Howe went with this in mind throughout the draft and with their first pick selected Left Defenseman James Philpott From Calgary Alberta Canada, James brings some height to the blue line at 6’1 and is a 2000 birth year defenseman with Junior hockey experience.
Nolan Howe said of him “James comes to us with a lot of junior experience, he’s a tremendous young man off the ice, and we think he will be a strong addition to our defensive corps. He has great hockey sense, defends well away from the puck and is a smooth skater that makes good decisions with the puck. I see Philly coming in and helping us play the exciting, puck possession brand of hockey synonymous with the Maine Nordiques.”
The Nordiques first-round pick has played in the SJHL and the BCHL, giving the Nordiques an experienced D-man on the blue line.
With our 2nd round pick, 34th overall, we selected Right Defenseman Mack Oliphant. Mack will add more depth to the D-core on the right side. Mack is a 2002 birth year player so he will have 3 years of junior hockey if he pleases. Mack also adds some height to the blue line standing at 6’3 with a body mass at 192 pounds of pure heart sweat and grit. Mack hails from Northbrook Illinois and looks to make the swing to the East coast in the MaineLand.
Head coach Nolan Howe said of him that “Mack is a young man who combines great athleticism, skill, and character to be a prototypical Main Nordique player. His size and skating ability allow him to compete defensively in the NAHL and his skill set leads to great offensive upside. From a character standpoint, the Oliphant family is world-class, and we look forward to helping Mack pursue his collegiate hockey scholarship.”
Mack hopes to help the Nordiques out in the fall on the blue line and in the community.
With our 3rd overall Pick, 61st overall we select 6’3 Defenseman Nolan Sargent. Nolan also adds Height to the blue line and is a solid 2-way defender. Nolan comes into this season with a plan of his own.
Associate head coach Matt Pinchevsky said of him that “Nolan is a defenseman that possesses the tools to be successful in our league and beyond. He joins us as a captain of his last team. His caliber as a player has been recognized by all the top leagues in North America. His character as a person is off the charts; the true definition of a Student-Athlete. The Maine Nordiques identify and develop leaders, and that is all part of the Nolan Sargent plan.”
The Nordiques defensive core had some leadership last season in 1999 birth year Ethan Prout who aged out of junior hockey. Nolan adds leadership experience as a former captain and looks to continue his success on the ice and show us who he is as a person off the ice. #RollNords
our 4th round pick was traded in an earlier transaction.
With our 5th round pick, we selected 5’11 2001 birth year RW Connor Wood from St Albans Vermont. Connor Wood comes into the 2020-2021 season looking to continue his offensive success coming off of a 43 point season at Cushing academy where he wore the “ A “ Connor is a 3 year veteran at Cushing academy and represented team USA in the 5 nation’s tournament. That tournament was played in by NHL player Brock Boesser of the Vancouver Canucks.
The Nordiques coaching staff likes what Connor can do, as he brings lots of high-level hockey IQ, the ability to put the puck in the back of the net and find the tape-to-tape pass-through traffic leading to goals and dangerous opportunities. Welcome to the #MaineLand
With our 6th round pick, we select 5’10 2002 birth year Forward Anthony Galante from Morganville New Jersey and played for the New Jersey Titans 18U team. Anthony Galante knows the ladder of the NAHL and umbrella development. Anthony played last year for the Titans NAPHL team racking up 8 points with 4 goals and 4 assists in 10 games.
Anthony looks to climb the ladder with the Maine Nordiques in the NAHL. Head coach Nolan Howe knows he’s used to playing at an NAHL level from the NAPHL and is ready to see what he can do in the #MaineLand
With our 7th round pick the Nordiques select Stephen Perez who stands at 6’0 and is a 2000 birth year left defenseman from Bloomfield New Jersey.
Stephen Perez is a stellar defenseman who has a lot of junior hockey experience, including playing the 2016-2017 season in the NA3HL with the jersey shore wildcats coming off their back-to-back championship wins. Stephen has also been a staple on the Trinity-Pawling college blue line from 2017-2019. Welcome Stephen Perez to the #MaineLand
With the 8th round pick in the 2020 NAHL Entry draft the Nordiques selected top NAHL forward Cannon Green’s brother, Zion Green!
Zion was just recently announced for suiting up for the MNDP this season. Zion recently suited up playing AAA 15U hockey. Zion is a 2004 birth year player and stands at 6’0. Zion is an offensive threat and looks to be the next player to advance through the Nordiques pathway of development.
With their 9th round and last pick, The Nordiques select former L/A Nordique Jackson Vercellono, He had 16 points in 8 games played last year with the L/A Nordiques. Jackson was a late addition to the NA3 squad were put up impressive numbers and tallied 16 points in 8 games including 10 goals and 6 assist. Jackson also got the call up to the NAHL last season for 2 games. The Laconia native already impressed Nordique Nation with his play last season and looks to continue it in the #MaineLand