The Sarnia Sting had their sights set on a goaltender and they got their man.
The Sting picked up 6-foot-2 netminder Ben Gaudreau with the seventh overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, making him the OHL’s highest-drafted goaltender since 2002 as well as the earliest selected in franchise history.
Gaudreau received high praise throughout the 2018-19 season, helping to backstop the GNML champion North Bay Trappers to a perfect 36-0 regular season record while also representing Team Ontario at the Canada Winter Games. Gaudreau also put forth a strong showing when he represented Team NOHA at the 2019 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour.
After addressing the crease, Sting GM Nick Sinclair and his staff turned their attention to the forward corps.
Sarnia picked up Toronto Marlboros forward Justin O’Donnell with their second round (35th overall) pick. A highly athletic player who plays the game at a fast pace, O’Donnell put up 68 points (37-31–68) over 72 games with the Marlies this past season.
Gaudreau and O’Donnell will both attend Canada’s National Under-17 Development Camp set to take place in Calgary, Alta. from July 19-26.
Without a pick in the third round, the Sting made OHL Cup finalist Nolan Dann of the Toronto Red Wings their fourth round (68th overall) pick before looking south of the border to pick Pittsburgh Penguins Elite forward Ty Voit in the fifth round (89th overall).
Smooth-skating Toronto Nationals defender Deven Nagra was Sarnia’s first blueliner selected in the sixth round (109th overall). Another notable blue line pick up, 6-foot-2 ninth round (169th overall) pick Ryan Mast committed to the club on June 24th.
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