Storm tends to blueline early in OHL draft

GUELPH – The Guelph Storm turned their attention to their rearguards for their first two picks of Saturday’s Ontario Hockey League draft.

The Storm selected blueliners Daniil Chayka of the Toronto Junior Canadiens minor midget AAA squad in the first round, seventh overall, and Zack Terry of the Oakville Rangers minor midget AAAs in the second round, 36th overall.

The Storm will lose defencemen Garrett McFadden and Mark Shoemaker who were both overagers this season. Forward James McEwan was the Storm’s third overager.

A 6-foot-2, 173-pounder from Moscow who came to Canada to play with the Junior Canadiens last winter, had four goals and two assists for the OHL Cup Showcase champions in that tournament and 15 goals and 18 assists in 45 games in league play.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Terry had 15 goals, 28 assists and 34 penalty minutes in 39 league games for Oakville in league play and the Oakville native had two goals and three assists in five games at the OHL Cup.

Of the 15 players the Storm selected after picking Terry, only Luka Profaca of the Mississauga Senators minor midget AAAs was a defencemen. He was claimed in the eighth round, 146th overall. Profaca had three goals, seven assists and 42 penalty minutes in 35 games for the Senators. The Mississauga native stands 6-foot-1 tall and weighs 166 pounds.

The Storm also selected 11 forwards (three centres, one left winger, seven right wingers) and two goalies.

Right winger Ty Collins of the York-Simcoe Express minor midget AAAs, a Newmarket native, was selected in the second round, 38th overall. The 6-foot, 157-pound Collins collected 31 goals, 37 assists and 31 penalty minutes in 31 games for York-Simcoe. He also had four goals and two assists in six games in the OHL Cup.

Centre Spencer Smith of the Niagara North Stars minor midget AAAs was picked in the third round, 47th overall. The 5-foot-8, 152-pound Smith had 15 goals, 18 assists and 10 penalty minutes in 22 games for Niagara. A St. Catharines native, Smith also played 10 playoff games in the junior B Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League with the St. Catharines Falcons.

Georgetown’s Owen Bennett, a goalie for the Halton Hills Hurricanes minor midget AAAs, was taken in the fourth round, 67th overall. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Bennett had a 2.58 goals-against average and two shutouts in 18 games with the Hurricanes.

The Storm selected centre Cooper Walker of the Cambridge Hawks minor midget AAAs in the fifth round, 91st overall. The 5-foot-9, 140-pounder from Cambridge had 13 goals, 24 assists and eight penalty minutes in 42 games with Cambridge in league, playoff and OHL Cup play. He’s the son of former Storm head coach and co-owner Scott Walker who served as his head coach with the Cambridge minor midget AAA squad.

Right winger Ben McFarlane from Ayr, who also played with the Cambridge Hawks minor midget AAAs, was picked in the sixth round, 107th overall. The 5-foot-7, 149-pound McFarlane collected 32 goals, 21 assists and 32 penalty minutes in 48 games for Cambridge including league, playoff and OHL Cup action.

Right winger Matthew Papais of the Mississauga Reps minor midget AAAs was selected in the seventh round, 127th overall. Papais struck for 15 goals, 19 assists and 10 penalty minutes in 33 league games with the Reps. The Nobleton native, who is 5-foot-10 and 164 pounds, had a goal and two assists in the OHL Cup.

Quinton Pepper, another right winger, was taken in the ninth round, 170th overall, from his hometown London Junior Knights minor midget AAAs. The 6-foot-1, 167-pound Pepper had 20 goals, 27 assists and 20 penalty minutes in 49 games with the Junior Knights.

The Storm picked another right winger, Anthony Calafiore of the Long Island Gulls 16Us, in the 10th round, 187th overall. The 5-foot-9, 160-pounder from Staten Island, N.Y., gathered 23 goals, 20 assists and 30 penalty minutes in 22 games for Long Island in league play and a goal and two assists in four games with New York’s Elite Hockey Group 16s at the OHL Cup.

Netminder Will Craig of the Peterborough Petes minor midget AAAs was selected in the 11th round, 207th overall. From Ennismore, Craig had a 2.28 goals-against average and two shutouts in 19 games with Peterborough’s minor midget AAAs. He stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 188 pounds.

Left winger Ayrton Martino of the Toronto Titans minor midget AAAs was picked in the 12th round, 227th overall. The 5-foot-8, 142-pounder from Toronto hit for 22 goals, 30 assists and six penalty minutes in 50 games for the Titans.

The Storm selected right winger Joseph Marra of the Guelph Junior Gryphons minor midget AAAs in the 13th round, 247th overall. The 5-foot-6, 168-pound Marra had 14 goals, 16 assists and 14 penalty minutes in 40 games with the Junior Gryphs.

Right winger Jacob Kelly of Barrie, who played his second season in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League with the Elliot Lake Wildcats this winter, was picked in the 13th round, 252nd overall. Kelly, who’s 5-foot-9 and 163 pounds, had 34 goals, 36 assists and 20 penalty minutes in 55 games with Elliot Lake after getting 14 goals, 13 assists and 21 penalty minutes in 48 games in 2016-17.

Centre Cameron Garvey of the Oakville Rangers minor midget AAAs was taken in the 14th round, 267th overall. In 31 games for his hometown team, the 5-foot-9, 148-pound Garvey had 14 goals, 17 assists and 28 penalty minutes.

The Storm’s final pick of the draft was centre Joseph Teasdale of the Oakland Junior Grizzlies 16Us. The native of Royal Oak, Mich., was selected in the 15th round, 283rd overall and is 5-foot-7 and 161 pounds. He had 18 goals and 29 assists in 61 games for Oakland.

Of the 17 players selected by the Storm, 12 played in this year’s OHL Cup and they accounted for 15 goals and 15 assists in that tournament.

A total of 300 players were selected in the 15-round draft.

Centre Quinton Byfield of the York-Simcoe Express minor midget AAAs was selected first overall by the Sudbury Wolves. The 6-foot-4, 207-pounder from Newmarket had 53 goals, 48 assists and 26 penalty minutes this season including four goals and three assists for York-Simcoe in six games in the OHL Cup and a goal and an assist in a single game with the Newmarket Hurricanes of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.

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