Monday, May 18, 2009

Whalers' first-rounder Meurs signs on dotted line

The Plymouth Whalers have announced the signing of 16-year-old center Garrett Meurs, who was selected in the first round (13th overall) of the 2009 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection on May 2.

Meurs, from Ripley, Ont., is a skilled centerman who scored 52 goals with 43 assists for 95 points in 67 games last season for the Huron-Perth Lakers and showed his skill during the Whalers rookie orientation camp this past Saturday and Sunday.

“This is great,” Meurs said. “Plymouth seems like such a great place. I’ve met all the coaches, trainers and everyone else. I’m looking forward to having a good year.”

"I thought Garrett played well this weekend,” Plymouth coach-GM Mike Vellucci said. “He showed the skill and tenacity our scouts talked about when they watched him last year. He’s also a mature young man and that’s a credit to his parents (Jack and Tracy). Garrett should fit in well with our program.”

“He’s the kind of kid who can take everything on his shoulders in a pressure situation,” Huron-Perth coach Kevin Meriam told the Lucknow (Ont.) Sentinel. “And it’s something he’ll bring to the OHL with him.”

Meanwhile, Vellucci remains in conversation with other Plymouth draft picks and may be announcing more signings over the next couple of weeks.

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