The New York Islanders selected Saginaw Spirit forward Blade Jenkins in the fifth round, 134th overall in the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas, Texas.
“We are very happy for Blade to reach this goal in his hockey career,” said Spirit General Manager Dave Drinkill. “Blade had a fantastic rookie season in the OHL, proving he can be an elite player in the league. We congratulate Blade on being selected by the Islanders and look forward to watching him develop through the years.”
Jenkins, 17, is a native of Jackson, Michigan entering his second season with the Spirit after being selected in the first round, fifth overall by the Spirit in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. Jenkins led Spirit rookies in scoring and finished tied for fifth in the OHL with 44 points. Jenkins was the first Spirit rookie to score 20 goals in a season since Ivan Telegin during the 2009-10 season.
Internationally, Jenkins has participated for the United States of America in multiple events, including the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial in Breclav, Czech Republic and Bratislava, Slovakia. Previous to that, Jenkins was selected to play on the U.S. Under-17 team that won a gold medal at the 2017 World U-17 Hockey Challenge in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, British Columbia.
Jenkins was voted Saginaw Spirit Rookie of the Year for the 2017-18 season during our awards ceremony at the end of the year.
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