Monday, May 11, 2009

Spirit sign second-rounder Trocheck

The Saginaw Spirit have signed their 2009 second-round priority selection Vincent Trocheck.

The 1993-born center went 24th overall in the draft held May 2.

The Bingham Farms native played in the Little Caesars program last season, posting 17 goals and 14 assists in 36 games.

Saginaw head coach Todd Watson made getting Trocheck signed mandatory.

“We want to be aggressive as an organization both on and off the ice and getting players like Vince into the Spirit fold is a high priority,” stated Watson. "I feel that Vincent is a top-10 pick that could have very well gone in the first round of the draft. He sees the ice well, can score and provides a lot of ability up front. He is a highly skilled player that provides a major upgrade up the middle in the lineup.”

According to the Ontario Hockey League scouting eeport, Trocheck is a very smart, effective two-way center that was one of his team’s most effective forwards despite playing against older and stronger competition. He displays speed and quickness and reads the play exceptionally well. He always seems to be in the right place and he doesn’t seem to take any wasted strides when he is on the ice.

Trocheck has no problems staying with the play and having a positive influence on the game.

“I knew that coming to the OHL was what I wanted to do after visiting Saginaw and being exposed to it,” said Trocheck. “My parents support and Coach Watson’s confidence in me meant a great deal when it came time to make a decision. I look forward to contributing to this team in the upcoming season.”

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