The Sarnia Sting completed the inaugural Ontario Hockey League U18 Priority Selection on Wednesday evening, selecting two forwards, two defenseman and a goaltender.
With the introduction of the U18 Priority Selection by the OHL in January of this year, teams now have an opportunity to claim the rights to players who have been passed upon in their Minor Midget draft year. Eligibility for this year’s OHL Under-18 Priority Selection includes all Midget players (1999 and 2000 birth years) not currently on an OHL Member Team Protected List who were carded with an Ontario based Midget AAA Hockey Club within the current season.
With the Sting’s first round selection (8th overall), General Manager Nick Sinclair selected forward, Anthony Romano of the Toronto Jr. Canadiens. In 38 games played in the GTHL Romano tallied 18 goas, 20 assists and 18 penalty minutes. Season highlights for Anthony included being named tournament MVP in the Ottawa Senators Midget AAA showcase, scoring a total of 9 points (5 goals, 4 assists) including the championship game tying goal. Sting Major Midget Scout Kyle Craner added “Anthony is a very intelligent player with a good set of hands and quick feet which allow him to open up ice for him and his teammates.”
In the second round (28th overall) the Sting selected defenseman, Marko Jakovljevic from the Brantford 99ers Midget AAA team. In 32 games last year, the 6’2” 170 lbs. Jakovljevic had 4 goals and 14 assists with 40 penalty minutes. In the third round (48th overall) the Sting selected goaltender Reagan Gies of the Guelph Gryphons Midget AAA. Gies held an impressive 1.70 GAA and 6 shootouts for his Gryphons squad.
With their fourth round pick (68th overall) in the inaugural U18 selection, the Sting selected a local player in Cameron Rombouts of the Lambton Jr. Sting. In 34 games Rombouts posted 15 goals and 16 assists for the Jr. Sting. With their final pick in the 5th round the Sting selected defenseman, Brennan Ireland of the Vaughan Kings, a smart, reliable two-way defenseman.
Sinclair noted “We are happy with the way our first Under-18 Priority Selection unfolded and would officially like to welcome our five new additions to the Sting organization.”
All draftees from this past Saturday and the Under 18 Selection will be invited to rookie camp scheduled for some time in the coming weeks, official dates will soon be released.