Wolves draft skill and speed

by Sudbury Sports Staff | April 13, 2015

Sudbury Wolves

Sudbury Wolves

Skill and speed were the focus in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection for the Sudbury Wolves Saturday as they added 16 new players to the Wolves organization.

The Sudbury Wolves scouting staff selected two goaltenders, four defenceman and 10 forwards. With the first overall selection in the draft, the Wolves made the announcement on Friday they would be selecting forward David Levin of the Don Mills Flyers.

The Wolves had four more picks in the first 50 players selected and 16 picks in total. The team selected Shane Bulitka 28th overall from the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs. Bulitka is a described as a smart player with excellent vision and passing skills. He is strong both on and off the puck. In 32 games with the Chiefs last season, Bulitka scored 20 goals and added 39 assists.

The Wolves then picked back-to-back at number 41 and 42 overall. With the 41st pick, the Wolves selected centre MacAuley Carson from the Barrie Jr. Colts, with whom he scored 19 goals and added 25 assists in 31 games. The Wolves then selected left-winger Owen Lane of the Kitchener Jr. Rangers who added 25 goals and 21 assists over the course of 32 games last season.

To round out the third round, the Wolves selected defenceman Conor Ali of the Brampton 45’s. Ali played 34 games with the 45’s where he scored three goals and added 12 assists.

In the fifth round, the Wolves selected centre Ben Garagan of the North York Rangers. Garagan is a North Bay native who scored 26 goals and added 18 assists in 45 games with the Rangers last season.

In the sixth round, the Wolves went back to the blueline and selected two-way defenceman Donovan Cowan of the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs. With their seventh-round selection, the Wolves selected left-winger Adam Panacci from the Don Mills Flyers. Panacci is a teammate of first overall pick, Levin.

With two selections in the eighth round, the Wolves selected goaltender Jake McGrath of the Toronto Marlboros 142nd overall and forward Tyler Madden of the Avon Jr. Varsity from Parkland, Florida 154th overall.

In the ninth round, the Wolves selected two-way forward Declan Hilton of the Ottawa Jr. 67’s. With their 10th round selection, the Wolves selected defenceman Kyle Kozielski of the Niagara North Stars.

The Wolves then selected their second and final goaltender of the draft in the 11th round by selecting Evan Fear of the Chicago Mission U-16 team.

In the 13th round, the Wolves selected Drake Lafontaine, also of the Don Mills Flyers. With their 14th round selection, the Wolves selected defenceman Adrian Billic of the Toronto Jr. Canadiens.

With their final pick of the draft, the Wolves selected two-way forward Kier Cumming of Chatham-Kent Cyclones. (Click here for scouting reports on all of the Wolves’ 2015 selections.)

Fans will have their first chance to catch a glimpse of these players April 25 and 26 at Rookie Orientation Camp. Details will be released in the coming weeks.

Two prospects from the Greater Sudbury area were selected in the draft by the North Bay Battalion. Bradley Chenier, of Hanmer, was selected in the fourth round, 77th overall, while Daniel Walker, of Valley East, went in the 10th round, 197th overall.

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