The Kingston Frontenacs used the first overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection to select a player of exceptional capabilities in Don Mills Flyers forward Shane Wright.
The GTHL Player of the Year racked up 150 points (66-84–150) over 72 games this past season, helping the Flyers win the OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour along with a GTHL Championship. He follows Sean Day (2013), Connor McDavid (2012), Aaron Ekblad (2011) and John Tavares (2005) to become the fifth OHL prospect to be granted exceptional status by the OHF and Hockey Canada.
Jack Ferguson Award recipient Wright comes to Kingston along with a familiar face as the Frontenacs went back to Don Mills with their second pick, taking centreman Francesco Arcuri with the 27th overall choice. The product of Kleinburg, Ont. registered 98 points (34-64–98) on the powerhouse Flyers squad.
Kingston selected Brantford 99ers winger Maddox Callens with their third round (43rd overall) pick. Callens, who won his second of back-to-back ALLIANCE Minor Midget titles with Brantford, missed the 2019 OHL Cup with an injury after registering 52 points (25-27–52) during the regular season and an additional 17 (10-7–17) in the playoffs.
Wright, Arcuri and Callens have all committed to the club for the 2019-20 season.
Big 6-foot-2 defender Braden Haché was Kingston’s fourth round pick. He’ll join Wright in Calgary later this month for Hockey Canada’s National Under-17 Development Camp.
The Fronts made 6-foot-4 Mississauga Senators netminder James Norton their first goaltender selected in the seventh round. In total they made 15 picks in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection.
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