Dickinson, Catton to lead Canada into 2023 Hlinka Gretzky Cup
The tournament, an unofficial kickoff for the 2024 draft season, will be held from July 31-August 5 in Trencin, Slovakia and Breclav, Czechia.
Dickinson, a defenseman, had 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League last season, and will compete with the likes of Artyom Levshunov, Aron Kiviharju, Cole Hutson, and Canada teammate Henry Mews as the top defenseman in the 2024 draft class.
“It’s hard to get ice on London as a 16-year-old and Dickinson was able to hold down a consistent spot in their top-four,” FCHockey crossover scout Brandon Holmes said. “Dickinson is a high-IQ player whose big, mobile, and possesses a strong shot. I can already see the Evan Bouchard comparisons popping up during the year, and it’ll start at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup.”
Catton, a forward, had 55 points (23 goals, 32 assists) in 63 games with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League in 2022-23. He is regarded as the potential top prospect for the 2024 draft from the WHL, and a potential top-10 pick.
“Catton is among the most compete two-way centers available in the 2024 draft class,” FCHockey Western scout Joel Henderson said. “From defensive responsibilities to his shot release to his battle and acceleration, he’s one of the best options down the middle this year.”
Here’s a look at Canada’s roster for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup:
Anthony Cristoforo, Windsor (OHL); Ben Danford, Oshawa (OHL); Sam Dickinson, London (OHL); Charlie Elick, Brandon (WHL); Frankie Marrelli, Ottawa (OHL); Henry Mews, Ottawa (OHL); Zayne Parekh, Saginaw (OHL).
Cole Beaudoin, Barrie (OHL); Berkly Catton, Spokane (WHL); Jordan Gavin, Tri-City (WHL); Liam Greentree, Windsor (OHL); Ollie Josephson, Red Deer (WHL); Cayden Lindstrom, Medicine Hat (WHL); Porter Martone, Mississauga (OHL); Maxim Masse, Chicoutimi (QMJHL); Roger McQueen, Brandon (WHL); Michael Misa, Saginaw (OHL); Justin Poirier, Baie-Comeau (QMJHL); Ryder Ritchie, Prince Albert (WHL); Malcolm Spence, Erie (OHL); Carson Wetsch, Calgary (WHL).
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