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Otters’ Drysdale sets new franchise mark for rookie defencemen

 

The future most certainly looks bright in Erie.

Rookie defenceman Jamie Drysdale scored the overtime winner in London on Friday and in the process, set a new franchise mark for points by a rookie defenceman.

Drysdale’s fifth goal of the season came on a breakaway just 19 seconds into overtime as the Otters knocked off the conference leading Knights 4-3 to earn a big two points in their pursuit of a playoff spot.

Drysdale picked up his 29th point of the season on the winner, surpassing Travis Dermott‘s 2013-14 mark of 28 for the most by a rookie defenceman in Otters franchise history.

A 16-year-old from Toronto, Ont., Drysdale was the fourth overall pick of the 2018 OHL Priority Selection from the Toronto Marlboros Minor Midgets. The highest defenceman selected last spring, Drysdale hasn’t disappointed, commandeering the power play on a young Otters squad just two years removed from an OHL Championship.

The 5-foot-11, 165Ib right-shot defender served as captain for Team Canada Black at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge this past November. He will be eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft.

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