Spirit, Steelheads Trade Draft Picks



SAGINAW, Mich. – On Wednesday afternoon, Saginaw Spirit GM Dave Drinkill announced a trade between the Saginaw Spirit and the Mississauga Steelheads.


In the deal, the Saginaw Spirit send one of their 2017 eighth round picks, 156th overall (Peterborough) and one of their 2017 ninth round picks, 165th overall (Saginaw) to the Mississauga Steelheads for a fifth round pick in 2019 (Windsor).


The 2017 OHL Priority Selection Draft takes place on Saturday, April 8th.


OHL Priority Selection Notes:


In 2016 a total of 301 players were selected in the 15-round process from 91 different teams across Ontario and parts of the United States.  The selected players included 171 forwards, 99 defensemen, and 31 goaltenders.  292 players chosen were 2000-born athletes, with nine players born in 1999.


The Ontario Minor Hockey Association led the way with 86 players from 19 teams including 53 who compete among 11 ETA teams, and 33 from eight different SCTA teams.  The OHL Cup Champion York Simcoe Express led the OMHA with 12 players selected, followed by the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs with 10 players chosen.  The Greater Toronto Hockey League was represented by 82 players from 13 different teams led by the league champion Mississauga Rebels with 15 players, followed by both the Toronto Marlboros and Toronto Red Wings each with 12 players chosen.  The ALLIANCE had a total of 36 players selected from 12 different teams led by the league champion Waterloo Wolves with nine players selected.  Hockey Eastern Ontario was represented by 22 players on 11 different Midget AAA teams including five players from the Cumberland Grads.  The Northern Ontario Hockey Association had 12 players chosen from four different teams including seven players from the Sudbury Minor Midget Wolves, while one player was selected from Hockey Northwestern Ontario competing for the Thunder Bay Kings.  An additional four players were chosen from various Canadian junior and prep school programs with the remaining 58 players representing 27 different teams from the United States led by seven players from Detroit Honeybaked.


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