A difficult choice for the GM battalion


Friday evening, Adam Dennis has a very, very difficult decision to make.

The young battalion general manager is responsible for picking the top overall pick in the Ontario Hockey League’s priority selection online this weekend.

Adam Fantilli, the best player available for the draft, has committed to play next season with USHL Chicago Steel alongside his brother Luca.

Sources told BayToday that the battalion’s brass, led by Dennis, had prepared a very impressive presentation to the Fantilli family on coming to North Bay this fall.

However, the battalion will not recognize who it will take with this choice.

Fantilli played last season at the American Preparatory School Kimball Union in New Hampshire with his brother Luca. In 25 games this season, the Toronto native has scored 18 goals and 18 assists for 36 points.

According to The Hockey News, the Fantilli family have already told the battalion that Adam does not play draft matches, but he will not report to North Bay this fall.

For those in the North, this could bring back memories of the early 1990s when another generational player named Eric Lindros refused to show up at Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds who chose him first in the 1989 Ontario League priority selection.

But the Fantilli insist that this decision is not made to force anyone’s hand.

“We have said from the start that we are not going to do these shenanigans,” Adam’s father Guiliano told Hockey News.

“It’s not who we are at all. “

But the dilemma for the battalion is that Fantilli has a late birthday, which gives him another three years of junior eligibility before he can qualify for the NHL Entry Draft.

And the Fantilli have admitted that their recent decision would not close the door on the battalion potentially for the fall of 2021, which would potentially give the battalion another two years.

That’s because unlike his brother Luca, who is a University of Michigan commitment, Adam still doesn’t know if he wants to play NCAA or OHL hockey.

“It will take this year to grow in Chicago and play with his brother,” said Guiliano.

“North Bay had a great presentation, but it just wasn’t the right solution for (2020-21). That doesn’t mean it won’t be next year. We said to them, “We are not going to play for anyone else. This is not a North Bay affair. It’s just that we’re not ready yet. “

So if not Fantilli, the first consensual choice would be the 5’8 “right-hand shot, 175-pound offensive defender Ty Nelson.

Nelson was a star defenseman for the Toronto Junior Canadians and played for the Canadian U15 team at the Junior Olympics in Switzerland last January.

Prospect Pipeline says that “Nelson has become a top two-way player capable of dominating his opposition at both ends of the ice.”


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