The Peterborough Petes picked up 16 new prospects through the 2019 OHL Priority Selection and general manager Mike Oke has been busy in the months since, receiving commitments from six of them.
What’s more, the Petes made two first round selections, picking up Pembroke Lumber Kings Midget AAA star Mason McTavish at fifth overall before picking out of their own backyard with the addition of J.R. Avon in the 11th slot.
McTavish is a goal-scorer who plays the game with an edge. The sturdily built centreman was the HEO Midget AAA Player of the Year, recording 79 points (47-32–79) over 41 contests before adding 15 more (7-8–15) in the playoffs as the Lumber Kings were crowned champions.
The son of Petes graduate and 1993 OHL champion Dale McTavish will undoubtedly give the Petes another dimension up front.
Six picks later the Petes picked up local standout J.R. Avon of the Peterborough Minor Midget Petes. Avon put up 49 points (24-25–49) over 35 games this past season before finishing strong in the playoffs with 13 points (7-6–13) over nine contests.
Avon is the highest selected AAA Petes player since Corey Perry was drafted fifth overall by the London Knights in 2001. He’s set to join Matt McNamara (2016), Logan DeNoble (2013) and Jeff Braithwaite (2008) as recent Petes selected out of the local program.
Second round (22nd overall) selection Artem Guryev was picked up from the Toronto Marlboros as he joins fellow rearguard Josh Kavanagh in having made a commitment to the club. Kavanagh was Peterborough’s fifth round (93rd overall) selection from the Sudbury Minor Midget Wolves.
Sixth round (113th overall) pick Cole Patey represented Ontario at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. The North Central Predators forward also committed to the Petes for 2019-20 while 10th round pick Michael Simpson, a goaltender from the London Jr. Knights, also inked with the program.
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