• David Nicoletti

Tomahawks Select Six Players In 2022 NAHL Draft

Updated: Jun 16



It's teams and fans most favorite time of the year, draft day. Last year the Tomahawks took advantage by selecting a whopping 18 players. Some of those featuring 1st rounder Sean Ramsay, along with other names like Tyler McNeil, Ethan Perrault, Noah Wagner, Will Elger, Liam Gross, Thomas Heaney, Jared Lambright, and many more. For this year though, head coach Mike Letizia and staff went ahead and selected six players. So, without further ado, let's meet your 2022 Johnstown Tomahawks Draft Class.


RD: 1 OVR: 22 | WILL LAWRENCE | LEFT WING


With their first pick in the 2022 NAHL Entry Draft, the Johnstown Tomahawks selected Will Lawrence. Lawrence is a native of Bethesda, Maryland, born on September 23rd, 2003. He stands at 5’10” and weighs 160 pounds.


The right handed shot spent the 2021-22 season with Mount St. Charles Acad 18U AAA. He would go on to score 34 goals and 23 assists in 62 games. As well as three goals and four assists in nine games in the NEPACK 18U league.


Lawrence in 2018-19 led the USPHL 15U in goals with 21, and won the USPHL 16U National Championship the following year. Both years playing for the New Jersey Rockets AAA clubs.


Johnstown’s original pick in round two at 51st overall was acquired by the Central Division’s St. Cloud Norsemen. St. Cloud selected center Jack Reimann.


RD: 3 OVR: 66 | GAVIN KLAASSEN | CENTER


Johnstown's next selection was an early 3rd rounder acquired from the Amarillo Wranglers of the South Division. That pick was used to draft a familiar face from last year in center Gavin Klaassen. The Ypsilanti, Michigan native born on August 4th, 2003, standing at 6' and weighing in at 170 pounds.


The 18-year-old left handed shot scored one goal in six games for the Tomahawks last year, but spent the majority of 2021-22 with Victory Honda 18U AAA. He appeared in 59 games, scoring 13 goals and 36 assists. Along with three goals and four assists in 13 games in the T1EHL 18U league.


RD: 3 OVR: 80 | SEAN MELSO | DEFENSEMEN


Johnstown's original 3rd round selection came shortly afterwards with left defensemen, Sean Melso being taken off the board. Melso stands 5'9" and weighs 179 pounds. Born on September 26th, 2002, and hails from the city of brotherly love (Philadelphia incase you didn't know).


The lefty spent 2021-22 as an alternate captain for the Jersey Hitmen of the NCDC. Registering 12 goals and 37 assists in 48 games. Along with two goals and three assists in seven playoff games. Helping his team win the NCDC Championship.


Melso brings a big resume to Johnstown; in 2017-18 with Virtua Hockey 15U AAA, he led the AYHL 15U in most points by a defensemen with 23, and was named an All-American. He's a back to back NCDC Founders' Cup Champion (Regular Season), as well as a back to back NCDC Champion. Last year he was named an All Star, and led the league in most assists with 37, and points by a defensemen with 49, as well as being named the leagues top blue-liner .


Johnstown’s original pick in round four at 109th overall was acquired by the Central Division’s Austin Bruins. Austin selected right winger Jackson Luther.


Johnstown’s original pick in round five at 138th overall was acquired by the Midwest Division’s Janesville Jets. Janesville selected center Noah Powell.


RD: 6 OVR: 153 | ALEC RAJALIN-SHARP | GOALTENDER


After a couple rounds of not having any picks, Johnstown was back on the clock with another early round pick in the 6th round, another acquired pick from Amarillo. For this one, they'd select goaltender, Alec Rajalin-Sharp. A Sweden/Finland nationality player standing a 5'10" and weighing 150 pounds.


Born on July 1st, 2003, the lefty catcher spent last season in Sweden, playing for AIK J20 of the J20 Nationell league. He recorded a 12-13-0 record, registering a 3.01 GAA, and a .897 SV% in 26 games. In the playoff, he’d put up a 3-3-0 record, a 1.48 GAA, a .948 SV%, and three shutouts in six games.


Alec won the TV-Pucken Bronze Medal in 2018-19. He had the best J18 Elit (East) GAA with 1.51, and J18 Elit (East) SVS% with .938, all in 2019-20. As well as having the best J18 Region (East) GAA with 1.81 the following year in 2020-21.


RD: 6 OVR: 167 | NICK SOVA | DEFENSEMEN


Johnstown shortly following selected right defensemen Nick Sova with their original 6th round pick. Sova is a native of Rochester, Michigan, standing at 6'1" and weighing 198 pounds, born on May 27th, 2002.


The right handed shot spent his 2021-22 season in Canada, playing in the OJHL with the Burlington Cougars. From there, the Canadian/American nationality prospect went on to register a goal and seven assists in 42 games.


RD: 7 OVR: 196 | PATRICK TOOMEY | CENTER


Johnstown's next and final selection in the 2022 NAHL Draft was in the 7th round, as they took Canadian product, Patrick Toomey. A native of Markham, Ontario, born on January 4th, 2002, standing at 5'11" and weighing 155 pounds.


The left handed shot in 2021-22 appeared in two games with the Jamestown Rebels, and 13 games with the Milwaukee Power of the NA3HL. He was found pointless in his games with Jamestown. But picked up seven goals and four assists in his games with Milwaukee.


In 2017-18, he won both the ETAHL U16 and U18 Championship with the Richmond Hill Coyotes AAA programs.


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