The NAHL Draft has come and gone for the Maryland Black Bears, their third in franchise history. To get to the 28-player limit, the Black Bears selected six players, with all of them having potential of not only making the roster, but making an impact for the team. So, here’s a look at the picks:
Daniel Colabufo: At the 10th overall pick, the Black Bears go with offense with pick Colabufo out of the Northwood School. Through his career at Northwood and West Genesee High School, Colabufo has been around a point-per-game player. With West Genesee, he racked up 78 points and 78 assists in three seasons before moving to Northwood. At Northwood he had 52 goals and 109 points in 114 prep school games, while putting up 14 goals and 30 points in 28 games at the NAPHL 18U level. Colabufo was slated to go to the Alberta Junior League to play with Bonnyville, but with the border closed– that destination is up in the air. It would be a huge gain for the Black Bears if the Holy Cross commit heads to The Den next season.
Kevin Scott: A bit of a familiar pick with the next one, as Scott was selected in the third round. The young defenseman suited up for the Black Bears in January to show off, but spent the year with the South Kent Selects. The NoVA born defenseman stands 6’3 and at 17-years-old still has room to grow his game. For a team that will need bodies on the back end, having someone who has dipped their toes into the system is a good start and Scott will be a good fit with this squad.
Billy Hefferle: Coming from the Boston Jr. Bandits, Hefferle is a player who can create scoring and scoring chances with the Black Bears. With 21 goals last season in 48 games, Hefferle looks poise to help with the scoring chances on the Black Bears offense. No stranger to the East Division, Hefferle played three games with the Northeast Generals last season, which should give him some knowledge on what to look forward to this coming year.
Isaiah DiLaura: In a huge move, the Black Bears picked up DiLaura after three season in the WHL at the major junior level. Though a solid goalie in the Minnesota High School ranks, DiLaura had some issues adjusting to the WHL, as shown in his stat-line. However, DiLaura comes as a team-first player, with many of his old teammates complimenting him on his attitude and effort in his travels in the WHL. In what could be a redemption arc for DiLaura, it could be an underrated pick-up for the Black Bears that pays off big in the end.
Jack Williams: After spending time in the USHL last season, Williams was picked up by the Black Bears to help with the intangible side of things. Not necessarily a flashy player, Williams appears positionally sound and should be able to help on the penalty kill side of things. The Northeastern University commit also spent time with the US Developmental Program’s U17 and USHL squads.
Kaydn Fennell: After time in the NA3HL, Fennell will get a chance to jump to the NAHL with the Black Bears. The defenseman had 25 points in 37 games split between New Ulm and Bozeman last year, while amassing 125 penalty minutes in the process. Fennell should add some grit to the Black Bears blueline and his hard-nosed style of play should come in handy with the East Division.
With those six picks, the Black Bears really showed themselves to be serious about leaving no doubt for the playoffs in their third season. With a wide range of picks and talent, they are gearing up for a big impact this season and to make sure that they make Black Bear Nation proud going into the 2020-21 season.