Force assistant and chief scout Jesse Davis said Wednesday night via text message it is “very possible” St. Paul Johnson forward Jay Dickman would join the team this weekend.
Dickman and St. Paul Johnson were eliminated from the Minnesota high school hockey playoffs Wednesday night following a 7-3 loss to Rosemount. St. Paul Johnson, a No. 7 seed, opened the playoffs by upsetting White Bear Lake, a No. 2 seed.
Should Dickman be available for the weekend, he would be making his debut against the Waterloo Black Hawks which come to Scheels Arena for a two-game series, which starts Friday.
Dickman was signed as a high school free agent by the Force on the last day of the USHL Trade Deadline in Feburary. In adding Dickman, the Force are hoping he can replicate what he did for the Governors this past season.
The 6-5, 228-pound Dickman had one of the best seasons in Minnesota this year. He scored 65 points in the regular season scoring 44 goals, the most of any player in Class 2A this season.
Dickman continued his strong run into the playoffs. He had four points – including the game-winning goal – in St. Paul Johnson’s win over White Bear Lake to open the playoffs.
He had another solid game Wednesday in what turned out to be his finale scorring a goal and two assists. Dickman’s strong season has led many to believe he could be selected in this summer’s NHL Entry Draft.
Should Dickman play this weekend, it could help soften the blow of an offense missing leading scorer Austin Farley (Minnesota-Duluth). Farley has been out since mid-February with a foot injury and has been projected to return to the lineup next weekend.
Farley, who is no longer in a walking boot, stated on Twitter on Wednesday he returned to the ice for practice for the first time since losing the walking boot.
Dickman’s arrival also means the Force will more than likely keep him for nex season. Dickman had to play in at least 10 games with the team for him to become a protected player and not be eligible for the upcoming USHL Entry Draft.
The Force have 15 games left this season before starting what could be their fourth straight playoff run.