Saginaw, MI – Saginaw Spirit GM Dave Drinkill announced today (Sept. 13) the organization has exercised the defected player rule within the Ontario Hockey League with 2020 first round pick Adam Fantilli, and have traded his playing rights to the North Bay Battalion.
Under this rule, the Spirit will receive a first round pick in the 2022 OHL Priority Selection one slot after Fantilli was drafted (taken 18th overall, Spirit receive 19th overall) as compensation for the player not reporting to the team.
The Spirit will also receive a sixth round pick (SAR) in 2022, a conditional second round pick (KGN) in 2024, a conditional second round pick (NB) in 2025, a conditional third round pick (OS) in 2023, and a conditional fourth round pick (SAG) in 2024.
The conditions of the picks are as follows:
Saginaw receives a second round pick (KGN) in 2024, and a second round pick (NB) in 2025 if Adam Fantilli plays in one OHL game. In addition, Saginaw receives a third round pick (OS) in 2023 and fourth round pick (SAG) in 2024 if Adam Fantilli plays one OHL game in 2021-22 or 2022-23.
“I would like to thank the Fantilli family for taking the time to consider playing for the Saginaw Spirit, but we respect their decision to play this season in Chicago of the USHL, and then the University of Michigan the following year,” said Drinkill. “We knew when we drafted Adam that he had different high-end hockey options available to him, but still felt it was the right choice to take him at pick 18 in the 2020 draft. Going into the pick we knew if he decided not to join our organization, we would receive a first round pick back in compensation from the league by moving his playing rights, and activating the defected player rule put in place, which we did today. We wish Adam and the Fantilli family nothing but the best moving forward with his hockey career.”
The Saginaw Spirit will now have two, first round picks in the 2022 OHL Priority Selection.