Having recently developed a pair of highly capable defenders in Nicolas Hague and Thomas Harley, the Mississauga Steelheads have big plans for 12th overall OHL Priority Selection choice Ethan Del Mastro.
The Toronto Marlboros blueliner proved to be a reliable all-around defender this past season, helping the Marlboros reach the GTHL Final. In 73 games, the Freelton, Ont. native recorded eight goals, 36 assists and 44 points while playing minutes in all situations.
Del Mastro projects as a minute-eater in the not too distant future and isn’t a fun opponent to go up against.
The Trout didn’t have a second round pick, but picked up Toronto Red Wings producer Luca Del Bel Belluz in the third round (51st overall). The Woodbridge, Ont. racked up 69 points (33-36–69) during the regular season before playing some of his best hockey at the OHL Cup, recording eight points (6-2–8) in helping lead the Wings to the Championship Final.
Mississauga had two additional third round picks, making back-to-back selections to add North Central Predators defenceman Chas Sharpe and Pembroke Lumber Kings forward Josh Reid at 60th and 61st overall respectively.
GM James Richmond and his staff didn’t pick again until the sixth round where they added Oakville Rangers centre Adam O’Marra. Detroit Compuware blueliner Drew Jeffers and recently committed Whitby Wildcats netminder Justin Dilauro were seventh round picks.
Del Mastro, Del Bel Belluz, Sharpe and Dilauro have all committed to the Fish for the 2019-20 season.
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