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- Created: Sunday, 28 April 2019 14:00
April 2019 update of the Top 10 Saginaw Spirit Prospects heading into the 2019-2020 season.
The Spirit prospect pool is loaded on ‘what-ifs,’ and several big time players who would have been considered gambles on draft day are featured in this Top 10, and several more are on the outside.
Leading the group is 2019 third-round pick Dylan Duke who was our eighth ranked player in the entire 2003 age group. Committed to the University of Michigan as well as having an offer from the U.S. National Team Program, Duke’s third-round selection hints that those options may not be that strong. An outstanding 200 ft. center, the Compuware product is a complete hockey player with advanced intelligence in all areas and situations with the skill and efficiency to match.
Others in the Top 10 with ties elsewhere include 2017 pick Nicholas Zabaneh, 2018 pick Mitchell Smith, and an intriguing one in Eamon Powell. Powell's 2019 draft selection should pique curiosity since he is a very talented player who went undrafted in his initial year because of a commitment to Boston College and his electing to play for the U.S. National Program.
The club’s top two picks in the 2019 draft, defenseman Connor Punnett and winger Josh Bloom follow Duke and will be good bets to be signed shortly and begin their OHL careers as 16-year-olds in 2019-2020. Fellow 2003 birth-years Davis Codd, Roberto Mancini and Griffin Jurecki add to what was a strong draft by GM Dave Drinkill and his staff.
It will be interesting to see if Sebastian Bulovs can come in and earn a spot at the team’s training camp. Bulovs is a very talented forward with dynamic and lethal offensive attributes who could be a dangerous scoring threat if he puts it all together.
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