Spirit Select Mitchell Stephens with 8th Overall Pick
On Saturday the Saginaw Spirit would participate in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection. The Saginaw Spirit had the 8th pick in the first round of the draft with 13 picks to follow throughout the day.
Mitchell Stephens – First Round, 8th Overall
Toronto Marlboros – Center
Height: 5.09 Weight: 166 Goals: 44 Assists: 40 Points: 84 Penalty Minutes: 12
Mitchell possesses explosive speed in all area of his game. He has the ability to beat any defender one-on-one by the way he is able to change gears in midflight. He also has a high skill level with very quick hands. Mitchell has a great snap shot and is able to get it off very quickly. He can shoot while keeping his feet moving which is something not many kids at his age can do. Overall Mitchell has the ability to be a top six forward on any team as he matures as a hockey player.
Ryan Orban – Second Round, 23rd Overall
Ottawa Valley Titans – Defense
Height: 6.02 Weight: 205 Goals: 9 Assists: 8 Points: 17 Penalty Minutes: 32
Defenseman Ryan Orban comes to the Spirit from the Ottawa Valley Titans program, and joins future teammate Brandon Prophet as Saginaw rearguards from the Canadian Capital area. He is 6’2″, 205 pounds and recorded nine goals from the blueline this past season.
Michael Holmes – Second Round, 28th Overall
Barrie Colts – Defense
Height: 6.02 Weight: 166 Goals: 5 Assists: 27 Points: 32 Penalty Minutes: 22
Michael is one of the improved players in this years draft. He is a defensemen that goes under appreciated most of the time. He makes very few mistakes during the course of a game and always seems to make the obvious play which is usually the best one. Michael has very good puck skill and makes a crisp accurate first pass. He shoots the puck very well and does a good job of walking the puck to the middle of the ice to create an open lane to shoot. Michael is a very good skater with excellent mobility which makes him very hard to beat one-on-one.
Marcus Crawford – Third Round, 44th Overall
South Central Coyotes – Defense
Height: 5.10 Weight: 178 Goals: 11 Assists: 24 Points: 35 Penalty Minutes: 50
Marcus is a highly skilled offensive defensemen. He has the ability to do a lot of things that most defensemen at his age can’t do. He has great puck skills and does a great job on the offensive end of his game. He has a very good shot from the point – it’s accurate, he gets it off very quickly and rarely does he have it blocked. Marcus doesn’t engage physically very often he prefers to stay on the right side of the puck and wait for a player to bobble it and then he jumps on puck. He is going to make a very good offensive defensemen.
David Ovsjannikov – Fifth Round, 88th Overall
Oakland Jr Grizzlies Minor Midget – Goaltender
Height: 6.03 Weight: 175 GAA: 3.76 Save%: .888
The first goaltender selected by the Spirit in the draft played this past season for the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies. The Rochester,MI native stands 6’3”, 175 lbs.
Tarek Baker – Seventh Round, 134th Overall
Omaha Lancers – Left Wing
Height: 5.10 Weight: 180 Goals: 9 Assists: 13 Points: 22 Penalty Minutes: 21
Jackson Bales – Eighth Round, 143rd Overall
Brampton 45’s – Center
Height: 5.10 Weight: 150 Goals: 26 Assists: 29 Points: 55 Penalty Minutes: 24
Kyler Carter – Eighth Round, 148th Overall
Sun County Panthers – Left Wing
Height: 6.00 Weight: 175 Goals: 19 Assists: 27 Points: 46 Penalty Minutes: 119
Adam McPhail – Nineth Round, 168th Overall
Soo Thunder – Right Wing
Height: 6.01 Weight: 170 Goals: 40 Assists: 34 Points: 74 Penalty Minutes: 34
Chase Stewart – Tenth Round, 188th Overall
Thunder Bay Kings – Defense
Height: 6.01 Weight: 190 Goals: 6 Assists: 30 Points: 36 Penalty Minutes: 62
Christian Rajic – Eleventh Round, 208th Overall
Mississauga Rebels – Center
Height: 5.08 Weight: 148 Goals: 6 Assists: 9 Points: 15
Matthew Scott – Twelfth Round, 228th Overall
Greater Kingston Frontenacs – Center
Height: 6.03 Weight: 209 Goals: 1 Assists: 5 Points: 6 Penalty Minutes: 20
Brendan VanSweden – Fourteenth Round, 268th Overall
East Kentwood High School – Right Wing
Height: 5.11 Weight: 175 Goals: 10 Assists: 7 Points: 17
Josh Boyko – Fifteenth Round, 288th Overall
Toronto Marlboros – Goaltender
Height: 5.09 Weight: 150 GAA: 1.10