General Manager Nick Sinclair wasted little time signing 2019 first round CHL Import Selection Eric Hjorth. The 6’03” 190 lbs. defenceman was the 17th overall selection by the Sting in the 2019 Import Draft held this past Thursday (June 27th).
Hjorth missed a significant amount of playing time due to injury this past season, however the offensive-minded rear-guard still impressed NHL scouts enough in his limited action as he was chosen in the 4th round (103rd Overall) of the NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. It was the Blue Jacket’s first selection in The Draft. The 18-year-old native of Linköping, SWE spent last season with his hometown Linkoping HC (U18) and contributed 2 goals in 8 playoff contests.
“This is an exciting day for our organization. Eric’s decision to commit to the Ontario Hockey League as the next step in his development path is one that Sting Nation is truly excited about.” comments Sinclair on the signing.
“Eric is a big bodied defender with a heavy release who skates and sees the ice extremely well. He has natural offensive instincts and a strong ability to drive the rush and make plays to get pucks back up the ice.” adds Sinclair. “We believe that he has the makeup to be a high impact player for our club and we look forward to Eric arriving in Sarnia and getting things started.” You can see the newest import of the Sting when Training Camp opens at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena in late August. Details to be confirmed at a later date.