When it comes to scouts projecting players capable of competing at the next level, Josh Rosenzweig hasn’t lost himself under the rubber barrage he began to face after becoming the Niagara IceDogs’ No. .
Barely. His stock moved up to 22nd among North American goaltenders in the final National Hockey League Central Scouting rankings after not being listed at all in the midterm rankings.
The 19-year-old Toronto player is the fifth OHL goaltender on the roster after Andrew Oke, Saginaw Spirit, ninth; Nolan Lalonde, Erie Otters, 14th; Patrick Leaver, Oshawa, 16th; and Jacob Oster, Guelph Storm, 18th.
Rosenzweig, 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, entered his second season in Niagara alongside Tucker Tynan after appearing in just four games in his first year in the OHL. Averaging 36 shots in 40 games, he helped the IceDogs go 12-23-3-1 with a 4.35 goals-against average and .882 save percentage along with two shutouts. after Tynan was traded to Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds for two draft picks – eighth round, 2024; third round, 2025 – early December.
Four other IceDogs, including three forwards who played on the same line in their last season of triple-A minor midget hockey in the Greater Toronto Hockey League, also made the cut when Central Scouting’s final standings were released. released ahead of the NHL Draft on July 7 and 8 at the Bell Center in Montreal.
Center Pano Fimis is ranked 75th among North American skaters after setting a franchise record for regular season assists by a rookie with 30. The 5-foot-11, 176-pound right-hander also scored 14 goals in 50 matches.
Right winger Aidan Castle, who had 15 goals and 28 assists and was the only IceDog to play 68 games, was ranked 151st, while left winger Brice Cooke is No. 183 on the list after scoring 18 goals and 10 assists in 64 games as a rookie.
Left-handed defenseman Rodwin Dionicio is ranked 118th among North American skaters. He had six goals and 25 assists in 57 games in his first year of hockey at the major junior level.