Saginaw, MI – The Saginaw Spirit made their first step toward the 2021-22 Ontario Hockey League season with the commencement of the 2021 Priority Selection presented by Real Canadian Superstore on Friday evening. For the first time, the league has split the draft into two sessions, with Friday featuring Rounds one through three, and finishing on Saturday with Rounds 4-15.
Saginaw owned two picks in the opening three rounds, including 15th overall and 29th overall from the North Bay Battalion.
With the 15th overall pick, the Spirit selected Luke McNamara from Bishop Kearney Selects. The Mississauga, Ontario native had 20 goals and 25 assists for 45 points during the 2020-21 season.
The Spirit used to the 29th selection to pick defenseman Olivier Savard from the Toronto Nationals. Though Savard was sidelined last season due to the cancellation of Minor Hockey in Ontario, Savard scored 17 points in 33 games at the U15 level with the Mississauga Reps during the 2019-20 season.
2021 Spirit Draft Picks
1st Round – 15th overall – Luke McNamara, C, Bishop Kearney Selects
2nd Round – 29th overall – Olivier Savard, D, Toronto Nationals
4th Round – 79th overall – Joseph Willis, C, Chicago Mission
5th Round – 95th overall – Benjamin Poitras, RW, Salisbury School Knights
6th Round – 118th overall – P.J. Forgione, D, Oakland Grizzles 16U
7th Round – 135th overall – David Brown, C, Chatham-Kent Cyclones
8th Round – 144th overall – Anthony Cappello, C, North Jersey Avalanche
9th Round – 175th overall – Reid Daavettila, C, Honeybaked
10th Round – 189th overall – Brendan Lamb, C, Fox Motors
11th Round – 215th overall – Zain Milne, C, York Simcoe Express
12th Round – 224th overall – Sebastian Gervais, C, Windsor Jr. Spitfires
13th Round – 255th overall – Carter Lawson, D, Guelph Gryphons
14th Round – 264th overall – Luke Baker, D, Honeybaked
15th Round – 295th overall – Ethan Walker, C, Hamilton Huskies U16