The Dubuque Fighting Saints drafted 18 players during the Phase II portion of the 2020 USHL Draft. Dubuque spent 16 rounds choosing the players to round out their roster. Each team must make selections until they have 45 players on their roster lists.
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 18 players selected as we break down the Fighting Saints 2020 Phase II draft class pick by pick.
RD 1, Pick 14: Tristan Lemyre, Mirabel QC, Flin Flon Bombers, C
The Saints went for high-end skill right out of the gate as they selected center Tristan Lemyre. The Denver commit had 62 points in 44 games last season for the Bombers. Lemyre has incredible hands, speed and skill.
“Fast skating shooter who likes to score and is good at it. Driven to get better. Still some work to be done to ensure he comes to Dbq but he’s too good to pass up on.”
RD 2, Pick 30: Ryan Alexander, Toronto ON, St. Michaels Buzzers, C
Dubuque selected another center in round two, another high-skill player in Alexander. The pick is a familiar one for Dubuque, as Alexander is an Arizona State commit. Last season, he tallied 58 points in 45 games, 40 of which were assists. Alexander is a quintessential two-way player at the center position.
“Hard-nosed center who works all over the ice. Played for Canada East and put up good numbers in junior. Our kind of player.”
RD 3, Pick 45: PJ Fletcher, Frisco TC, Quinnipiac College, C
Dubuque tripled up on Centers as they selected Fletcher with their third pick of the draft. This time, they went back to the college ranks. Dubuque has had great success over the last few years in bringing players back from college to the USHL ranks. Fletcher had 6 points last season but brings skill and experience to Dubuque.
“Experience from a full year of NCAA-hockey. Big strong center with good hands.”
RD 4, Pick 51: Drake Burgin, Winnipeg MB, Winkler Flyers, D
The first defenseman taken by Dubuque was a right-shot defenseman with strong skating ability. A product of the MJHL, which has produced Fighting Saints products like Matthew Thiessen and Riese Gaber. Burgin is a strong first pick on the blue line. Burgin was the defenseman of the year in the MJHL last season.
“Elite skater, offensive dman who can play on the PP. Defenseman of the year in the MJHL.”
RD 4, Pick 60: Finn Brown, North York ON, St. Michaels Buzzers, LW
Dubuque went back to the Buzzers for their second pick out of the first five. Brown, much like Alexander is a high-scoring forward. Brown, however, is more of the goal scoring threat of the two. He tallied 29 goals and 54 points in 53 games during the 2019-20 season. Brown is also an RPI hockey commit.
“Big, strong, shooter who scored 30 goals in Jr hockey last season. Played with Halliday and Alexander in midget hockey.”
RD 5, Pick 76: Spencer Kring, Suamico WI, Wilkes-Barre Scranton Knights, D
Dubuque’s second defenseman taken was also a right-shot defenseman as they took Kring with their only fifth round pick. The NAHL product was solid on the blue line, not just defensively but also from a points perspective. Kring had 16 points in 50 games and also adds a physical presence.
“RSD with good jr experience. Smart simple defenseman who is reliable.”
RD 6, Pick 84: Nakodan Greyeyes, Winnipeg MB, Dauphin Kings, C
The Saints went back to the center position with their first of two sixth round picks. Greyeyes is another MJHL hockey product and is coming off an incredible season. His 74 points in 52 games last season were a 56-point jump from the season before when he had 18 points in 58 games.
“3rd in the MJ inn scoring. Smart playmaker with finds the scoresheet.”
RD 6, Pick 91: Jakub Borzecki, Koln Germany, EC Red Bull, RW
The pick of Borzecki began a run of picks for Dubuque from overseas. Despite playing in Germany, Borzecki has American citizenship so he would not count as an import for Dubuque. He produced a strong 21 points in 45 games with the U19 team.
“Talented player. Skates well and likes to shoot the puck. Played internationally for Germany several times.”
RD 7, Pick 106: Samu Salminen, Finland, Jokerit Helsinki Jr, C
A second international pick and one with incredible skill marked the seventh round for Dubuque. The Saints grabbed Salminen in the seventh with some uncertainty looming as to if he will come to the USHL. However, the skill is undeniable as Salminen is rated a first rounder for the 2021 NHL Draft.
“High end Finnish prospect. One of the best 03’s in Europe. Skilled player with size.”
RD 8, Pick 121: Marcus Kivela Carlzon, Sweden, Vasteras IK, F
The Saints selected a promising Swedish junior player in the eighth round, as Kivela Carlzon came off the board. In the Swedish SuperElit league, he produced a respectable 13 points in 25 games.
“Small center who plays with lots of energy. Playmaker who can really skate.”
RD 9, Pick 136: Jake Goldowski, Thornhurst PA, Saginaw Spirit, C
Another center made their way to Dubuque as Goldowski was taken in round nine. The 6’3’’ 205 pound center played last season with the OHL and the Saginaw Spirit.
“NTDP/OHL player. Big, skilled, and knows how to score goals.”
RD 10, Pick 151: Ian Devlin, Toronto ON, St Michaels Buzzers, D
“Smart defenseman who played with Alexander and Brown in the OJHL. Developed a lot throughout the season last year.”
RD 11, Pick 166: Austin Oravetz, Canonsburg PA, Pittsburgh Penguins Elite, RD
“Talented RSD who can play in all situations. Driven to get better.”
RD 12, Pick 181: Joseph Kramer, Bridgewater MA, Thayer Academy, F
“Works hard and has skill. We drafted twin-brother Peter last spring.
RD 13, Pick 196: Tom Kramer, Bridgewater MA, Bonnyville Pontiacs, F
“Was on pace to score 30+ goals in the AJHL but slowed down due to injury. Plays hard and scores in tight.”
RD 14, Pick 211: Jack Gorton, Granite Springs NY, Trinity-Pawling School, RW
“Big kid who has developed well recently. Excited to see him in camp.”
RD 15, Pick 226: Tyler Shea, Valencia CA, Austin Bruins, G
“Been to our camp multiple times and had a dynamite year in the NAHL. Great kid and good goalie.”
RD 16, Pick 241: Carter Primo Self, Grand Rapids MI, Cowichan Valley Capitals, F
“Speedy player with skill. Can both finish and set up.”