SAGINAW, Mich. – Saginaw Spirit General Manager Dave Drinkill announced Friday the signing of two second round picks from the 2017 U-17 Priority Selection Draft, Defenseman Duncan Penman from Mississauga Rebels Minor Midget and Aidan Prueter from the London Jr. Knights Minor Midget to a Standard Player Agreement.
“Today was another big day for us,” said Drinkill. “I couldn’t be happier to welcome Aidan Prueter and Duncan Penman, along with their families, to our Spirit family. This is a start to a really great weekend showcasing to our prospects what this team and community has to offer. Receiving commitments from Aidan and Duncan gets the weekend started off with a bang.”
Prueter, 15, was the 24th overall in the 2017 Priority Selection. The London, Ontario native played Minor Midget for his hometown London Jr. Knights of the Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario. Prueter had 18 goals and 33 assists for 51 points last season helping the Jr. Knights to an Alliance League Championship.
“It’s pretty surreal right now,” said the wide-eyed Prueter. “What Dave (Drinkill) and Spencer (Carbery) are building here is pretty special. I am looking forward to camp and getting on the ice this weekend.”
Penman, 15, was the 25th overall pick in the 2017 Priority Selection. The Oakville, Ontario native scored 11 goals and added 28 assists for 39 points in 76 games with the Mississauga Rebels in the GTHL. Penman was teammates with 2017 first overall pick Nicholas Porco at the OHL Gold Cup in Kitchener, Ontario.
“It’s a very special day for Aidan and myself,” said the 15-year-old defenseman Penman. “This is a great organization with the coaches and what is being done behind the scenes with the construction of the brand new dressing room; it’s crazy how awesome this next season is going to be for us.”
Aidan Prueter and Duncan Penman will join fellow Spirit Prospects this weekend for Prospect Camp at the Saginaw Bay Ice Arena. Click Here for on-ice scrimmage times. All on-ice events are free and open to the public.
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