The Swift Current Broncos added some size, leadership and all-around play to their blue line by drafting Dominic Schmiemann out of Notre Dame in the first round, 12th overall. This creates even more parallels between this year’s draft and the 2010 draft in that Schmiemann appears to be a guy who has some similarities to Dillon Heatherington in terms of what he could bring to the Broncos down the line. At 6’3 and 170lbs in bantam he’s big and one can imagine he will get even bigger than that. The scouring reports say he’s a smart two-way player who skates well and captained his team at Notre Dame as that bantam squad played up in the Midget AA league.
He’s also the player that was projected to go to the Broncos in the Western Elite Hockey Prospects newsletter. Good call by them.
Schmiemann put up 15 points in 33 regular season games and added 97 penalty minutes. He added 2 points in 3 playoff games and had 2 points in 5 games at the Alberta Cup. The big defenceman was named to the Alberta Cup tournament all-star team as well.
Colin Powers chatted with Broncos Assistant GM Jamie Porter shortly after the pick. You can read his story on that here. You can also read a couple of profiles on Schmiemann here and here. Boy he sure sounds a lot like a Dillon Heatherington style player to me. He models his game after Nik Lidstrom and has earned comparisons to Robyn Reghr. The Broncos would be more than happy to get a player who could come close to living up to any of those three comparisons.
The timing makes sense. Swift Current’s group on defence is very strong heading into next year, but a lot of that strength is grouped together. Heatherington, Honka, Lernout and Zinkan will all be 19-year-olds next season. Martin, Harris and Bevan will be 18-year-olds. That’s a big cluster in that age range. As those guys start to move to the next level it appears Schmiemann would be the guy they project to step in and fill that Heatherington type role of leading the team on the backend in the future.
Jamie Porter told me he was the player they targetted for their defence and he was there for them at 12. Schmiemann also has a pretty good connection to another recent high pick by the Broncos. He played in Notre Dame this season, but he’s an Alberta native who spent his previous season on a Bantam AAA team in Red Deer with 2013 Broncos first round pick Tyler Steenbergen. It sure doesn’t hurt to have that instant connection between your top picks in back-to-back years. That also makes it five of the last six first round picks by Swift Current that have come out of Alberta.
What’s your take?
I’ll talk to Jamie Porter and hopefully Schmiemann later in the day. This is just a quick lunch post and I will do more analysis and hopefully have some audio for you once my work day is done at Standard Motors. I had a couple of customers come to the dealership today to talk bantam draft and get my take on the new kid. The first rounders always look very promising and Dominic is no different.
The other thing worth noting is that as expected (by me at least) the Broncos didn’t add any picks in the 2nd, 3rd or 4th rounds. There are players there, but they don’t feel the draft is as strong as recent years so it wasn’t as essential to make up those lost picks as it may have been in previous years. Now the tough work starts for the scouting staff as they need to find at least a couple of players in the later rounds who could be contributors to this team’s future. Best of luck to them!