An up-and-coming Sudbury Wolves team added three highly touted forwards in the first two rounds of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, a trio that will join the likes of Quinton Byfield, Nolan Hutcheson and Blake Murray in the lineup this fall.
The Wolves made 5-foot-10 Brantford 99ers forward Landon McCallum their first round pick at 15th overall. The Simcoe, Ont. native got better and better as the season progressed, recording 49 points (17-32–49) over 31 regular season matchups before helping the 99ers win an ALLIANCE Championship with 22 points (6-16–22) over 14 playoff games.
Sudbury called a familiar name in the second round, taking NOHA Player of the Year Chase Stillman with the 25th overall pick. The Sudbury Minor Midget Wolves forward will join the big club after registering 55 points (19-36–55) over 24 regular season contests. He also showed well in a cup of coffee with the NOJHL’s Rayside Balfour Canadians, posting eight points (6-2–8) in as many contests.
The Wolves owned the 26th overall pick as well, selecting character forward Ethan Larmand of the North Central Predators. A high-paced competitor, Larmand collected 51 points (27-24–51) over 34 regular season games for North Central and also represented Team Ontario at the Canada Winter Games.
McCallum, Stillman and Larmand have all committed to the Wolves for 2019-20 and all three will attend Canada’s National Under-17 Development Camp this week in Calgary.
The Wolves selected defencemen in the fourth and fifth round, taking Toronto Red Wings left-shot rearguard Andre Anania at 71st overall. They followed that pick by selecting Don Mills Flyers blueliner Payton Robinson at 97th overall.
Other mid-round Wolves draft picks included Detroit Compuware 16U forward Red Savage in the sixth round (117th overall), Red Wings flank Ryan Gillespie in the seventh round (137th overall), OHL Gold Cup standout Ryan Burke of the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs in the eighth round (155th overall) as well as Thunder Bay Kings defender Alex Pineau at 157th overall.
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