The 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup champion Windsor Spitfires know the importance of defence which they made top priority in April’s draft.
Holding just two picks inside the Top-100 of the OHL Priority Selection, the Spits picked a pair of GTHL defencemen and have already received commitments from both 2017 prospects who should be on the ice when the club’s third national championship banner is raised to the rafters at WFCU Centre.
In the first round, 17th overall, the Spits went with elite puck mover Nathan Staios of the Vaughan Kings who comes from a hockey family with father Steve a longtime NHLer and current Hamilton Bulldogs GM. He was followed by fifth round pick Louka Henault of the Toronto Marlboros who joins the club with a taste of team success having captured an OHL Gold Cup title in May.
The Spitfires have also received a commitment from 2015 tenth round pick Thomas Stevenson who spent last season patrolling the blue line with the CCHL’s Ottawa Jr Senators.
Behind the bench in 2017-18 will be Trevor Letowski promoted from Associate Coach to Head Coach with the departure of Rocky Thompson.
Staios will represent the Spitfires at Hockey Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-17 Selection Camp in Calgary on July 22nd.
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