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Thursday, Jun. 21, 2018
Vendette and mates selected in new OHL draft
by Randy Pascal

The Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves looked upon the newly introduced OHL Under 18 Draft as a second chance for a number of their players who fell just short of being selected in the traditional spring draft back in 2016.

That was exactly the case come Wednesday evening, as four members of the Great North Midget League (GNML) championship squad now see their junior rights belong to one specific team.

Goaltender Alex Vendette would lead things off, and he will not have to travel far from home, nabbed by the Sudbury Wolves early in round two, 27th overall.

The Wolves later added forward Parker Savard (86th overall) from the Nickel Caps, while defenceman Brandon Atkins went to the Saginaw Spirit (4th rd - 64th) and Mathieu Dokis-Dupuis was picked up by the Niagara Ice Dogs (5th rd - 84th).

The Wolves, meanwhile, looked to try and add some depth on the blue line, given that the team bid farewell to overagers Patrick Sanvido and Aiden Jamieson and signed Arizona Coyotes' prospect Kyle Capobianco at the end of the 2016-2017 campaign.

The recent Central Regional Midget "AAA" Championships produced a boatload of selections, including Sudbury first rounder Emmett Serensits, a blueliner with the Oakville Rangers.

In round three, the Wolves added right winger Nicholas Soehner (York-Simcoe Express) to the fold, moving back to the blueline one round later with their choice of Eric Mergelas from the Ontario champion Mississauga Rebels.

The OHF gold medal winners would see seven players selected, while the Windsor Jr Spitfires, who finished second in Sudbury, would celebrate five player selections.

All but eight of the 96 teenagers who would see their names appear on the OHL website were born in 2000, with the others, including Mergelas, 1999 birthdates. Following is a listing of the remaining players selected from the GNML:

Noah Boman - Soo Midget Greyhounds - 1st rd (18th) - selected by Soo Greyhounds
Bradon Caruso - Soo Midget Greyhounds - 2nd rd (22nd) - selected by Guelph Storm
Mason McMahon - North Bay Trappers - 4th rd (74th) - selected by Oshawa Generals
Clark Allair - New Liskeard Cubs - 4th rd (79th) - selected by Owen Sound Attack
Nick Davis - North Bay Trappers - 5th rd (83rd) - selected by North Bay Battalion
Caleb Wood - Soo Midget Greyhounds - 5th rd (95th) - selected by Soo Greyhounds

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