RECAP: Sting Add 15 New Pieces to the Puzzle


Round 1: Pick 3 Max Namestnikov, Detroit Honeybaked
The Sting’s first round is all about skill. The 5’6”, 150 pound centre was a offensive threat for the Detroit Honeybaked U15 Program, scoring 12 goals and 11 assists in 13 games for the Honeybaked team, but that was not all he did. During other competitions, Max scored 53 goals and added 75 assists for 128 points in just 59 games. Max has a amazing drive and will scare away from anyone or any situation, despite his small stature. Max was one of the main forces that lead the Honeybaked team to winning the 2019 International SilverStick tournament in Whitby Ontario. Max is the younger brother of current Colorado Avalanche winger Vladislav Namestnikov.




LISTEN: Leigh Cunningham Catches up with the Sting 3rd overall pick.

Round 2: Pick 34 Matthew Morden,Toronto Titans
The Sting with their second selection in the OHL draft, chose Matthew Morden from the Toronto Titans of the GTHL. The 6’3” 161 pound defenseman was the captain and the top scoring defenseman for the Toronto Titans, scoring 5 goals and adding 16 assists for 21 points in 33 games for the Titans who ended the season number 7 in the OHL Cup Rankings. Matthew also played in one game for the Burlington Cougars of the OJHL this season, adding an assist in the game.

LISTEN: Leigh Cunningham Catches up with the Sting 2nd round pick. 

Round 3: Pick 51 Ryder McIntyre, Ajax-Pickering Raiders
The Sting with their third selection in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection selected 6’2.5” 207 pound Right Winger Ryder McIntyre from the Ajax-Pickering Raiders. The Stouffville native was quite the goal scorer in the regular season scoring for the Raiders scoring 24 goals in 36 games, as well as adding 17 assists for 41 points. Ryder was also an assistant captain for the Raiders, who played all the way to the OMHA Championship play in game, and were slated to play in a OHL Cup Qualification game.

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LISTEN: Leigh Cunningham Catches up with the Sting 2nd round pick. 

Round 5: Pick 83 Seamus Casey,Florida Alliance U16
The Sting selected Seamus Casey from Estero, Florida with their 4th pick of the Draft. The 5’10” 150 pound Defenseman scored 11 goals and 18 assists for the Florida Alliance U16 program last season. Seamus also suited up for Team USA in the Youth Olympic Games last winter playing in 4 games for his country.

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Round 6: Pick 103 Liam Eveleigh,Waterloo Wolves
For the Sting’s first pick in the sixth round and fifth pick overall, the Sting select Defenseman Liam Eveleigh from the Waterloo Wolves. The 5’10” 192 pound defenseman from Elmira Ontario played in 28 game for the Wolves scoring 7 goals and added 13 assists for 20 points on the season. He was also the assistant captain of the team, who had qualified for the OHL Cup before the tournament was ultimately cancelled.

Round 6: Pick 107 Gavin Brindley, Florida Alliance U-16
The Sting’s second selection in the sixth round and our sixth pick overall was Right Winger Gavin Brindley from the Florida Alliance U-16. The 5’8” 150 pounder from Estero,Florida was a force offensively this season, scoring 21 goals and added 28 points for the Alliance in just 20 games. Brindley also represented the United States at the Youth Olympic Games scoring 1 goal and adding a assist in 4 games for his country.

Round 7: Pick 123 Julian Facchinelli, Markham Majors
With the Sting’s pick in the seventh round, the Sting selected Right Winger Julian Facchinelli from the Markham Majors. The 5’7” 147 pound Woodbridge Native had a very good 2019-2020 campaign scoring 14 goals and adding 15 assists in 39 games as a assistant captain for the Majors.

Round 8: Pick 143 Dylan Grover, Kitchener Jr. Rangers
With the Sting’s eighth round pick, we selected Goaltender Dylan Grover from the Kitchener Junior Rangers. Dylan is a 6’3” 148 Pound goalie from Rochester, New York. Dylan played 19 games for the Jr.Rangers organization this season, posting a 3.45 GAA. Dylan looks up to current Dallas Stars goalie Ben Bishop as an inspiration for playing hockey.

Round 9: Pick 163 Zach Filak, Detroit Compuware
For the Sting’s ninth pick, we go back to Detroit to draft Zach Filak from the Detroit Compuware U16 Program. Zach is a 6’01” 177 pound Centreman from Northville Michigan. Zach scored 3 goals and added 7 assists in 14 games for Detroit Compuware, while also adding 36 penalty minutes.

Round 10: Pick 183 Austin Harper, Lambton Jr. Sting
With their tenth pick, the Sting picked up local Right winger Austin Harper. The 5’6” 139 Wyoming native recently played for the Lambton Jr. Sting scoring 16 goals and adding 19 assists for the Sting. Austin also played 4 games for the Sarnia Legionnaires adding 2 assists.Austin is hoping to join the list of local players like Nolan DeGurse, Franco Sproviero, and Justin Fazio to play for the Sting Organization.

Round 11: Pick 203 Ryan Transit, Detroit Little Caesars
With the Sting’s eleventh round, they go back to Detroit for the third time this year, drafting Detroit Little Caesars’ defenseman Ryan Transit. The 5’8” 180 pound skater from Royal Oak, Michigan, Ryan played a major part in a successful year for the Little Caesars program. While Ryan only recorded 2 goals and 1 assist in 15 regular season games for the team, Ryan played an instrumental part in keeping the puck out of his team’s net.

Round 12: Pick 223 Nicholas Messina, Vaughn Kings
With the twelfth selection in the OHL Priority Selection, the Sting selected Nicholas Messina from the Vaughn Kings Organization. A 5’5” 137 pound Left Winger, was known for scoring some goals in the GTHL, scoring 11 goals and adding 8 assists in 33 games for the Kings, while also contributing to the Kings Cinderella run to the GTHL Finals.

Round 13: Pick 243 Joshua Vogelsberg, Mississauga Reps
They used their thirteenth selection in the OHL draft on Left Winger Joshua Vogelsberg. The 5’10” 143 pound, native of Woodsbridge Ontario had a good 2019-20 season scoring 8 goals and adding 9 assists in 36 games for the Reps.

Round 14: Pick 263 Keegan McArthur, Dallas Stars Elite
In the fourteenth round of the OHL Priority Selection, The Sting decided to go south to Texas to pick Keegan McArthur from the Dallas Stars Elite Program. A 6’1”, 190 pound Left Winger, Keegan put up 2 goals and 3 assists in 25 games while also recording 32 penalty minutes. As well, Keegan’s father Dustin played for the Sting in the 1994-1995 season.

Round 15: Pick 283 Alfred Fang, Mississauga Rebels
With their fifteenth pick in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection, the Sting selected Left Winger Alfred Fang from the Mississauga Rebels. A 5’10” 154 pound winger from Missisauga Ontario, Alfred had a good season for the Rebels. Alfred scored 3 goals and recorded 7 assists in 30 games for the Mississauga Rebels during the 2019-20 campaign.

Sarnia Sting General Manager Nick Sinclair commented after the draft

“We’ve always looked to bring in players who like to play with the puck and like to play with pace and we believe that the players that we picked today compliment that style”

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