Trio of trappers behind in the OHL’s priority selection

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A trio of midget AAA minor trappers from North Bay were selected in the final rounds of the OHL’s priority selection which took place online at 9 a.m. this morning and ended around 4:15 a.m. afternoon.

Brett Richardson, a forward who scored 17 goals and 12 assists for 29 points in 27 games, was captured in the 12th round, 221st overall by the North Bay Battalion.

“I saw my name appear on the screen under the North Bay battalion, I was speechless and in shock,” Brett told BayToday.

“It’s been my dream since I can pick up a hockey stick to play in the OHL and what better way to throw it than in my hometown! I have been a fan of the troops since they moved here when I was 9. There is a lot of work ahead of me and I am ready to do whatever it takes to break the formation. I can’t wait to camp! “

“He’s a good size, hard worker and has some creativity in his game,” said an OHL scout before the draft.

“He was my favorite player on this team,” said another OHL scout.

“He shows a high level of competition, a good size and a work ethic. “

Trappers defender Callum Craft was picked five times later by the Hamilton Bulldogs 226th overall in the 12th round.

The 6’1-inch, 160-pound defenseman scored six goals and nine assists for 15 points in 29 games in the Great North Midget League last season.

“Humiliated at being selected by a top class organization from the Hamilton Bulldogs,” Craft said on Twitter.
“Thank you to everyone who helped me along the way! Delighted to see what the future holds! “

He joins a Bulldogs team with a history with players from the North Bay area, as their current list includes locals Zach Roy, Payton Vescio and Jake Gravelle.

See related: Trappers push back hopes for Ontario League priority selection

Chase Lefebvre was selected by the Peterborough Petes in the 15th round, 295th overall.

The 5’11 “147-pound forward has 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 points in 28 games in the Great North Midget League this season.

“He’s an energetic player, he plays hard and has a tough game,” said an OHL scout before the draft.

Sources say lack of an OHL Cup has hurt the bottom of many players in Northern Ontario as many OHL chief executives use the tournament as a key screening event to watch the best players from the North who traditionally play in a star team at the annual event which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



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