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- Created: Monday, 29 April 2019 19:54
April 2019 update of the Top 10 Sudbury Wolves prospects heading into the 2019-2020 season.
The Wolves have built solid depth at the forward position and leading the way in the Top 10 are 2019 draft picks Chase Stillman, Landon McCallum and Ethan Larmand. We weren’t entirely comfortable with McCallum’s first-round selection but we do understand the allure. The Brantford 99ers product is a crafty playmaker to go along with a 200 ft. engine as a center and a pest mentality. We feel however that second-round pick Chase Stillman has more offensive upside, given the fact he has a better individual skill-set and scoring touch.
Other 2019 draft selections such as Ryan Gillespie, Andre Anania and Payton Robinson were all excellent value picks by the Wolves with all three figuring to be solid contributors through long OHL careers.
Forward Blake Butler and goaltender Jonathan Lemaire, both taken in the 2018 Priority Selection, should be given long looks to break camp with the club (Lemaire saw four regular season games and one playoff game with the Wolves this season). The depth of the prospect pool comes into focus from that 2018 draft with the likes of Simon Labelle, Nathan Ribau, Michael Tiveron, Robbie Stewart, Ryan Smith, Giordano Biondi, and Darren Beattie all having had good seasons.
Despite having a commitment to Miami-Ohio University, 2019 sixth-round pick Red Savage cracks the Top 10. There will be hope that there is a connection between Red’s father Brian who is a former NHLer and current Wolves head coach Cory Stillman. Kyle Aucoin, son of ex-NHL blueliner Adrian Aucoin is another bloodline prospect who would be in the Top 10 if his prospects for playing in the OHL became clearer.
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