Before the 2019-20 season starts, I’ll be taking a look at the Silvertips roster and breaking down some key points that will certainly be a topic of discussion as the off-season trickles away and training camp begins.
The 2018-19 season saw five rookies stay with the team full-time, with Berezowski and Goncalves playing nearly every single game. Now that each player is stepping into their second season and shedding their rookie status, they will all be expected to play like second-year skaters. Some made their mark in just their first few games, while others proved what they were capable of later in the season.
Here’s a look back at Everett’s ‘rookies no more’: rookies that played the full season with the team in 2018-19. These players will be looking to return to the Silvertips for their sophomore year.
Jackson Berezowski, RW, ’02 Born
The 2018-19 Everett Silvertips Rookie of the Year saw a full-time workload, playing nearly every game in the regular season and every game in the playoffs. This is something that only one other rookie did this season. Earning 15 points in the regular season and with a hot November and December that earned him 10 of those points, the 16-year-old Berezowski proved his abilities will only improve as time goes on and as he becomes more comfortable with the league. He has a small stature, only 5-foot-9, but he uses it to his advantage to jump around the opposing defensemen. His size also allows him to be more nimble than larger players.
Jalen Price, RW, ’01 Born
Acquired days before the regular season home opener from Medicine Hat, Price entered his 17-year-old season with Everett after three seasons of preseason action with the Tigers. Prior to being acquired by Everett, he put up nearly point-per-game numbers in each of his last three seasons of hockey, two of those being in the CSSHL/CSSBHL. This is a league that recently produced first overall bantam pick Matthew Savoie. Price put up 10 points in 43 games in his rookie season, and flashed his ability to generate offensive chances. As he develops, he could very well be an offensive weapon for the Silvertips in the future.
Conrad Mitchell, LW, ’01 Born
As a 17-year-old, Mitchell saw 43 games during the regular season. His large 6-foot-5 frame allows him to throw big hits. He is not afraid to be physical or drop the gloves to defend himself or other teammates. As the season progressed, his comfort level and physicality became more apparent as he got in fights in back-to-back games in March. Mitchell’s size and willingness to throw the big checks will help him grow into a potential power forward role in the future.
Gage Goncalves, C, ’01 Born
Gage Goncalves, signed in January of 2018 after he went undrafted in his bantam year. Gage showed the Silvertips what he was capable of as the season went on. He put up stellar numbers in the BCMML with the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds, scoring 71 points in 40 games, and therefore has the ability to put up some huge numbers for Everett. 10 of his 15 points in the regular season were scored in the second half, and he also put up another six points in 10 playoff games. He skates well and played in the top-six forward group at times. He did not look out of place and could have a productive season offensively in 2019-20.
Ronan Seeley, D, ’02 Born
Seeley joined the Silvertips in his 16-year-old season with some hardware and recognition. His AAA team, the Lethbridge AAA Midget Hurricanes, won the Alberta Provincial Championships and had the opportunity to play in the TELUS Cup in Toronto. Seeley was named MVP. He also played for Team Alberta in the WHL Cup. He has proven to be a very solid two-way defenseman; a good skater who can shut down the opposing team, and a player who can produce offensively. In his last two seasons before joining Everett, Seeley was a point-per-game player. Everett will look to Seeley to continue their stellar defensive game in the coming season. He has proven both in the league and on a national stage that he is a solid blue liner, but they could perhaps look to him to pitch in even more offensively as well. With at least two d-men moving on, Seeley will be looking to step into the top-four and play in every role for the ‘Tips.