Monday, May 08, 2006

Whalers, Spirit participate in OHL draft

Both the Plymouth Whalers and Saginaw Spirit took part in the OHL's annual Priority Selection last Saturday. The draft is done exclusively online and features 300 prospects become property of OHL teams.

Saginaw had the 12th pick in the first round and scooped up defenseman Nick Crawford from the Don Mills Flyers minor midget team. Last year, Crawford had 10 goals and 54 points in 80 games.

"We're excited and honored to welcome all fifteen of our draft picks into the Spirit family," said Spirit coach-GM Bob Mancini. "I continue to be pleased with our selections for the direction and future of this hockey club."

One pick later, the Whalers grabbed forward Vern Cooper, a player some scouts and observers said could have been the No. 1 overall pick, from the Sudbury Nickel Capitals. Cooper scored 45 goals in 41 games a year ago and didn't turn 15 until midway through the season.

“Vern is probably the most dynamic player in the draft,” Plymouth coach-GM Mike Vellucci said. “I don’t think there’s anyone in the draft as fast as he is. His offensive skills are tremendous. We had him rated No. 1 overall. We just talked to him and he’s excited to come here. I have a pretty good relationship with his agency and they’ve assured me he is coming to Plymouth.”

The rest of Saginaw's picks are here.
The rest of Plymouth's picks are

The complete OHL draft list is here.

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