The Dubuque Fighting Saints drafted 10 players during the Phase I portion of the 2020 USHL Draft. Dubuque was one of two teams to not trade a single selection in the draft, joining Waterloo as the two to stand pat with their original selections. Dubuque drafted 14th in every round of the draft which was held Monday afternoon.
General Manager of the Saints, Kalle Larsson, was at the helm guiding the selections for Dubuque. Larsson was kind enough to offer us insight on each of the 10 players selected as we break down the Fighting Saints 2020 Phase I draft class pick by pick.
RD 1, Pick 14: Rieger Lorenz, Calgary AB, Edge School Mdgt Prep, C
Lorenz was the first pick of the draft for Dubuque and the Saints came away with a lot of skill in one selection. Lorenz dominated the Midget prep level, playing for the Edge School in 2019-20. During his 35 games, Lorenz accumulated 72 points (37g, 35a). Lorenz played one game at the AJHL level this past season and is committed to Denver for the 2022-23 year.
“Power forward style player who put up great numbers against older competition. Great character and will be an excellent Fighting Saint when he’s coming.”
RD 2, Pick 29: Chase LaPinta, Frisco TX, Dallas Stars Elite 16U, RW
LaPinta began a run of three straight players taken from the Stars Elite program by the Fighting Saints. With the 16U portion of the Stars Elite, LaPinta notched a solid 21 points in 24 games on the right wing.
“Skilled hard-working player who likes to shoot the puck. Similar style to S4L Cole Guttman.”
RD 3, Pick 44: Colby Woogk, Fort Worth TX, Dallas Stars Elite 16U, LD
The Saints picked up their first defenseman of the draft in round three with the selection of LaPinta’s teammate in Colby Woogk. Woogk has solid size at 6’0’’ 185 lbs, making him an imposing presence on the blue line. In addition, he has a strong upside to his offensive game. Woogk tallied three goals and 11 total points in 24 games last season.
“Big defenseman who can play in both ends. Wore a letter on a team with older kids.”
RD 4, Pick 59: Paxton Geisel, Southlake TX, Dallas Stars Elite 16U, G
The run on Dallas Stars Elite players culminated with the selection of Geisel in the fourth round. Dubuque’s first and only goalie of the draft is originally from Canada but now resides in Texas to play with the Stars program. Geisel was stout in net last season with a .905 save percentage and 2.07 goals against average.
“We had him as the top goalie playing in the US. Technically sound goaltender who had a strong season.”
RD 5, Pick 74: Jake Sondreal, Woodbury MN, Cretin/Derham Hall HS, F
After a run on players from the same team, Dubuque decided to go a familiar in rounds five and six. Dubuque selected the first of two brothers, twins in fact, as Jake Sondreal came off the board at 74 overall. Sondreal was dynamic in his first season of high school hockey with 31 points in 25 games for Cretin/Derham Hall.
“Competitive center with speed and skill. Does everything with his feet moving and plays in all situations on a strong CDH team.”
RD 6, Pick 89: Zach Sondreal, Woodbury MN, Cretin/Derham Hall HS, D
Dubuque completed the set of twins with Zach a round after his brother. The second Sondreal brother also put up good numbers, but from the blue line for Cretin/Derham Hall HS. Zach was nearly a point per game player with 21 points in 22 games.
“Right shot D, who has the ability to break the puck out under pressure and chip in offensively while being reliable in his own end also.”
RD 7, Pick 104: Mike DeAngelo, Illinois, Chicago Mission U15, LW
Dubuque went close to home with their seventh-round selection, taking left-winger Mike DeAngelo. The skilled left-winger recorded 23 points in 36 games for the U15 Chicago Mission squad.
“One of the 04’s in the midwest who improved the most from start til end of the season. Big potential.”
RD 8, Pick 119: Fisher Scott, Carbondale CO, Colorado Thunderbirds, D
The Saints went back to the blue line for round eight, grabbing Scott, another left-shot defenseman. A product of the Colorado Thunderbirds, Scott had a modest seven points in 13 games this year after 37 in 21 games at the bantam level last year.
“Skates well and joins the rush. Very mobile and good in transition.”
RD 9, Pick 134: James Shannon, Greenwich CT, Brunswick School, RW
Round nine gave Dubuque a selection from the northeast as they grabbed Brunswick School forward James Shannon. Shannon recorded 16 points for the Bruins last year and has solid size at 5’10’’.
“Relentless worker who competes all over the ice. Has a good skillset too.”
RD 10, Pick 149: Brent Litchard, Trenton MI, Detroit Compuware, F
Dubuque’s final selection of the Phase I Draft gave them their sixth forward of the draft. The Saints selected Litchard who played for the well-known Detroit Compuware program. He had 10 points in 20 games during the season.
“Playmaking forward who thinks the game well. Played on a good team this season and was used in key situations.”