OHL 20 in 20 Futures Watch: North Bay Battalion

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No team in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection addressed all three positions quicker than the North Bay Battalion.

The club chose defenceman Pacey Schlueting with the ninth overall pick, then opted for centre Cameron Peters at 29th overall, and goaltender Joe Vrbetic two picks later at number 31.

In Schlueting the Troops acquire a hometown star from the North Bay Trappers who earned NOHA Player of the Year honours scoring 13 goals with 21 assists for 34 points in 24 games.  After watching the Battalion play the last five seasons at Memorial Gardens, Schlueting is excited to get started and announced his official commitment to the club prior to May’s Orientation Camp.

Peters spent the 2017-18 season with the GTHL champion Toronto Marlboros recording 27 goals and 33 assists for 60 points in 59 games.

Vrbetic, who played for the Don Mills Flyers last season, was the second goaltender chosen in 2018 and given his late birthday won’t be eligible for the NHL Draft until 2021.

Both Peters and Vrbetic earned silver playing together for GTHL Red at the 2018 OHL Gold Cup, then committed to North Bay following May’s Orientation Camp.

The trio will be competing at Hockey Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-17 Development Camp from July 21-27 in Calgary.

Kyle Jackson rounds out the club’s picks inside the league’s top-60 with the Toronto Red Wings centre chosen 49th overall by the Troops.

Click here to see all North Bay Battalion 2018 OHL Priority Selection Picks.

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