By Warren Kozireski —
A year after Syracuse native Alex Tuch and Mahopac’s Sonny Milano were first round NHL draft picks, there are four more who hope their name is called when the 2015 National Hockey League Entry Draft is held June 26-27 in Miami.
If the projections hold, none will be called on Day One of the draft, but Day Two should prove fruitful in pursuit of their hockey dream.
Potsdam native Jordan Greenway was ranked 22nd among North American skaters in the mid-term rankings in January, but fell to 47 in the final rankings. The 6’5”, 222 lb. forward is currently skating for the U.S. National Development Program in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he had five goals with 15 assists and was a +15 in just 22 games.
Teammate Jeremy Bracco of Freeport was ranked 36th in January and fell to 60th in the final rankings among North American skaters. The 5’9”, 173 lb. forward was tied for third on the team lead with 14 goals, tied for the team lead in plus/minus at +20 and stood fifth with 32 points over 24 games.
Defenseman Joseph Cecconi, ranked 70th in January, fell to 88th for the final. The 6’2”, 205 lb. native of Youngstown had three goals and 14 assists and was the only layer to play in all 59 games this season with the Muskegon umberjacks in the USHL.
And Williamsville’s Dennis Gilbert jumped 14 spots from the mid-term rankings–from72nd to 58th. Playing for the Chicago Steel, the defenseman had four goals with 23 assists and 89 penalty minutes in 58 games. The Buffalo Jr Sabres product stands 6’2, 195 lb. and is the nephew of Buffalo Sabres Vice President of Public and Community Relations Michael Gilbert.