The Niagara IceDogs have traded forward Phil Tomasino to the Oshawa Generals in exchange for defenceman David Guicciardi and nine draft picks.
“This was a difficult decision to make but the fact of the matter is we are building our future around 02-04s and younger, and we will never get a chance to acquire this amount of picks again,” IceDogs GM Joey Burke said in a team statement. “With the pick window closing to 4 years next season, I believe this is the last deal of this magnitude we will see in this league.”
“The opportunity to add 9 impact players for our future is something we couldn’t pass up. Not only have we now restocked our draft cupboard, we have multiple seconds in every year. This deal sets us back up for the future and gives us the tools to build a winner.”
The draft selections include six second-round picks, one third-round pick and two fourth-round picks:
• 2nd, 2020 (OSH)
• 2nd, 2021 (KIT)
• 2nd, 2023 (OSH)
• 2nd, 2023 (GUE)
• 2nd, 2023 (KIT)
• 2nd, 2024 (OSH)
• 3rd, 2024 (WSR)
• 4th, 2020 (FLNT)
• 4th, 2024 (OSH)
Tomasino, 18, is a third-year forward who has racked up 22 goals and 57 points in 32 games for the IceDogs this season. He has 61 goals and 153 points in 164 career games with Niagara.
The Mississauga, Ont., native was selected by the Nashville Predators in the first round (24th overall) of the 2019 NHL Draft.