Over the next two weeks, we will be putting a spotlight on each and every member of the 2020 Fighting Saints Training Camp roster. The players are set to report to Dubuque by the beginning of October with the USHL season slated to start November 6th. Dubuque returns 10 players from last year’s team, adds two from the NCAA ranks and brings in seven from their affiliate list last year. According to head coach Oliver David, this will be a very young, but talented team. This week we will be profiling Ian Pierce.
Ian Pierce 2019-20 Stats: 35 GP, 0G, 7A, 7P (Dubuque Fighting Saints)
There is no such thing as the “Most Improved Player” award, but if there was Ian Pierce had as good a shot as any to win it. Despite starting the season as a healthy scratch most nights, Pierce grinded all season with the Saints until the coaching staff could do nothing other than give him the start every night.
Pierce jumped into his role and took off, solidifying himself not just as a starting six-member last season, but as one of the better defensive defensemen on the Saints roster this year.
Pierce’s skating was a massive improvement from the start of the season to the end, his confidence with the puck skyrocketed and his decision making was also a major area of improvement.
Though he did not get his first USHL goal last season, it seems to be just a matter of time for Pierce as his shot total started to climb quickly towards the end of the year.
If his performance at Saints Main Camp is any indication, Pierce has no intention of being anything other than a main contributor to the Saints blue line this year.