A competitive program for much of the past decade, the Oshawa Generals added a pair of highly touted forwards in the opening two rounds of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, hopeful that they’ll carry the torch into the years ahead.
Sixteenth overall selection Brett Harrison of the London Jr. Knights led the ALLIANCE Minor Midget circuit in scoring this past season, putting up 42 goals and 63 points over just 33 games. He added 10 goals, 16 assists and 26 points in 13 playoff contests before enjoying a postseason stint with the London Nationals Jr. B club.
Harrison will be joined in the forward ranks by second round (23rd overall) pick Daniel Michaud of the Quinte Red Devils. The 6-foot-2 centreman had a strong second half of the season, finishing with 41 points (21-20–41) over 36 games before adding 17 points (7-10–17) in nine playoff outings.
While Harrison and Michaud are both over 6-foot and continuing to fill out, the Gennies targeted more size in the ensuing rounds with the selection of 6-foot-2 Waterloo Wolves captain Cooper Way down the middle. Way put up 41 points (16-25–41) over 32 regular season contests and tacked on 10 points (3-7–10) over 13 playoff games.
The Generals made Whitby Wildcats captain Owen Brady their sixth round (106th overall) pick. The 6-foot-3 defenceman was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, in November. Brady is on the comeback trail, having overcome a string of surgeries, chemotherapy and painstaking physiotherapy as he recently hit the ice in June with friend, mentor and former NHL defenceman Paul Ranger.
Oshawa added another big blueliner in North Central Predators 6-foot-4 rearguard Riley Pitt in the seventh round. They added a netminder in Smiths Falls Bears U18 puckstopper Patrick Leaver in the eighth round.
Three prospects in Harrison, Michaud and Leaver are currently attending Canada’s National Under-17 Development Camp in Calgary this week.
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