With a combined 231 games played for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the past two years, Dorian Dawson and Paul Maust have been key contributors to the Knights arrival to tier-II hockey. After being selected in phase II of the USHL draft Tuesday, both players will have the opportunity to take their talents to tier-I next season.
In 2016-17 both Maust and Dawson were leading members in the Knights 65-point season and the organization’s second-straight playoff appearance.
Maust, selected yesterday by the Green Bay Gamblers with the 75th overall pick, led the Knights with 28 assists this season. For the second straight year he registered 15 goals, picking up 43 points in 54 games, good for second-most on the team.
“Paul Maust is a hockey player,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal. “He’s not the biggest skater out there, but he plays a big game. He loves mixing it up. He’s a smart player up and down the ice and his skill allows him to be a great threat in the offensive zone. His play sets a tone for his teammates.”
On the blue line, Dorian Dawson led all Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defensemen in scoring, tallying nine goals and 25 assists in 48 games. The Brown University commitment spent his time on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s top pair, power play, penalty kill and consistently took shifts late in games.
“Dorian’s a guy that is still scratching the surface,” said Kowal. “He continues to improve and that’s been a big factor for us. With the defensemen that moved on after 2015-16, we asked him to take a big step up this past season and he did. He doubled his points and showed he could play in any situation for us.”
Both Maust and Dawson found themselves highlighted for the efforts throughout 2016-17. Dawson earned the distinction of being named the NAHL’s defenseman of the month this past January, while Maust was named second star and twice given honorable mention in the East Division’s Star of the Week award.
At the Knights end of season awards dinner, Maust was named recipient of the Lancelot Award, an accolade given to the player that best represents the character and values of the Knights both on and off the ice. Both players represented the East Division at the NAHL’s Top Prospects Tournament in February.
“It’s a great feeling seeing two guys like Paul and Dorian rewarded for all their hard work,” said Kowal. “They’ve been big parts of our team on and off the ice over the past two seasons. They both have the work ethic to continue their success at higher levels of hockey, and we’re happy to have been a part of their development. We’ll be rooting hard for them every step of the way.”