Five Minor Midget NBDTHA Players Taken In 2018 OHL Priority Selection
The North Bay & District Trappers AAA Hockey Association is thrilled to see five minor midgets taken in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection, all by the hometown North Bay Battalion – including their first pick.
The North Bay Battalion stayed very close to home for their first choice in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection as they selected North Bay Minor Midget AAA Trappers defenceman Pacey Schlueting, with the ninth overall pick in the first round.
The 6’0”, 175-pound defenceman had a fantastic season with the North Bay Minor Midget AAA Trappers where he netted 13 goals and 21 assists for 34 points in 24 regular season games in the Great North Midget League. He also played four games as an affiliate with the NOJHL’s Powassan Voodoos where he netted one goal.
Errol Hook, the Director of Scouting for the Battalion, says Schlueting passes the puck like an OHLer.
“He does everything hard, he is just a quality player,” Hook said during the 5th round break.
“We looked around Toronto and there were some other good defencemen but we just felt that his package with his size, his skating and his skill, he is going to be a really good player in the OHL.”
Schlueting, who is mature beyond his years and has been compared to Cam Dineen, is excited about the OHL Draft.
“I know it’s one of the biggest days of a minor hockey players career and it’s everything I’ve been dreaming about since I was a small hockey player,” Schlueting told BayToday.ca earlier this week.
Schlueting was named the NOHA Player of the Year during the OHL Cup minor midget tournament which took place in mid-March in Toronto.
The Battalion continued with its run on North Bay Trappers taking forward David Campbell in the 4th round.
The 6’0” Sault Ste. Marie product whose family moved to Callander in the summer of 2017, netted 24 goals along with 12 assists for 36 points in 24 games with Trappers this season. He also had 1 goal and 2 assists in 5 games as an affiliate player with the Blind River Beavers of the NOJHL this season.
In the 9th round, the Troops selected their third Minor Midget AAA Trapper, as they took forward Jesse Kirkby.
The 6’0”, 149 pound forward bumped up his draft stock with a strong second half of the season as the North Bay native netted 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points in 24 games in the Great North Midget League this season.
In the 11th round, the Troops added the fourth member of the North Bay Minor Midget AAA Trappers as they selected goaltender Reece Proulx with the 209th selection.
The 5’9” North Bay native, sported a 2.83 goals against average in 18 games with the Trappers in the Great North Midget League this season.
In the 15th round, the Troops stayed close to home again as they selected forward Jack Stockfish from the North Bay Minor Midget Trappers.
Stockfish collected 6 goals and 13 assists for 19 points in 20 games in the Great North Midget League.