Sarnia, ON- Sarnia Sting General Manager Nick Sinclair and his scouting staff completed the Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection Saturday, adding 15 new prospects to their group.
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With the first-round selection (3rd overall) the Sarnia Sting selected highly skilled forward Max Namestnikov. The Detroit Honeybaked product tallied 12 goals and 11 assists in 13 games. During other competitions, Max scored 53 goals and added 75 assists for 128 points in just 59 games. Max has professional bloodlines as the younger brother of current Colorado Avalanche winger Vladislav Namestnikov, as well as nephew to Ivan Novoseltsev who spent two seasons with the Sting from 1997-99, before playing parts of five seasons in the NHL.. His father, Evgeny Namestnikov, and uncle Slava Kozlov also played in the NHL.
With the second selection (34th overall) in the draft, the Sting chose Matthew Morden of the Toronto Titans. The 6’3” 161 lbs. defenseman was the captain and top scoring defenseman for his Titans team, tallying 5 goals and adding 16 assists for 21 points in 33 games and ended the season number 7 in the OHL Cup Rankings. Matthew also played in one game for the Burlington Cougars of the OJHL, adding an assist in the game.
The Sting with their third selection in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection selected 6’2.5” 207 lbs. Right Winger Ryder McIntyre of the Ajax-Pickering Raiders. The Stouffville, ON native proved to be a go-to goal scorer in the regular season for the Raiders, scoring 24 goals in 36 games, as well as adding 17 assists for 41 points. Ryder was also an assistant captain for his Raisers teamplayed all the way to the OMHA Championship play in game, and were slated to play in a OHL Cup Qualification game.