Troops draft a couple of U18 blueliners
North Bay Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
The North Bay Battalion picked two defencemen in the Under-18 Priority Selection, and one is from North Bay.
The Troops added Carson Ricci 10th overall in the first round from the Toronto Junior Canadiens.
With the 31st overall pick, the Battalion selected North Bay Trappers blueliner Jake Fullerton.
“Jake is a local player who showed well in his first year of eligibility and was close to being picked last year,” noted Adam Dennis, Battalion General Manager. “He’s shown well in the skates that have been available to him this past season and earned a spot with the Powassan Voodoos for next season.”
Ricci is from Kleinberg, Ontario.
“Carson is a physical defenceman with good puck skills and a good first pass,” said Dennis. “He’s put in a lot of work over the last year and earned himself this selection.”
The Under-18 Priority Selection was conducted via the internet. In the absence of overall standings from the pandemic-erased 2020-21 season, the order of selection was determined by a lottery, the results of which were announced May 6. The selection order reversed in each round.
Eligible for selection were midget players not on the protected list of a Canadian Hockey League club and who were carded with a midget AAA team in the Ontario Hockey Federation, Hockey Northwestern Ontario or Hockey Eastern Ontario in 2020-21.