Name: Phillip Tomasino
2018-19 Team: Niagara IceDogs
Date of Birth: July 28, 2001
Weight: 183 pounds
Playoff Stats: 11 GP 4 G 3 A 7 PTS
Regular Season Stats: 67 GP 34 G 38 A 72 PTS
Central Scouting: 14 NAS
Islander Comparison: What we wanted Ryan Strome to be…..
Tomasino started the season off slow but as his responsibilities got bigger, he began to improve his numbers and that included the playoffs where he had zero points last year to 7 points in 11 games this season. He also did well in the World Junior Championships, which is why you see him at number 18 on the ISS (International Scouting Service) ranking. Just like this draft he has slowly moved up the board and I would be shocked if Phillip was here at number 23. There’s a chance he could go anywhere from 13-25, but I don’t think he’ll get past number 20. Even though he is primarily a center, he can play right wing (which is why he’s on this list). Because Tomasino can play both positions and will need the time to develop his defensive game, he is getting the Ryan Strome (also a former Niagara IceDogs prospect) comparison and not the Matt Barzal. Barzal is a natural center and took one year before making it to the NHL. Compared to Tomasino who will not turn 18 for another six weeks and because of the need for more development time, I feel a team in a rebuild may be smart to draft him and build a team around him. However I’m in the minority that the Islanders do not need to draft a center with the first round pick. The rise of Ruslan Iskhakov in college, Otto Koivula in Bridgeport and the signing of Brock Nelson to a long-term deal, I feel the Islanders could use this pick for a different position. If by some strange luck Tomasino is here, I wouldn’t be upset if they drafted him. Highway robbery.
Number 2 on my Wish List will come out tomorrow so be ready.