1st ever Major Midget Draft
The Barrie Colts were back at it tonight with another draft. This time it was the Major Midget Draft, which is the first of it’s kind in OHL history. As we did with the Priority Selection Draft, we had the #1 overall selection in it as well.
A notable player coming from his Major Midget year from recent history would be Andrew Mangiapane who put up huge numbers in his Colts career. This is a chance for those who went undrafted for a second shot at living out their dreams.
The Barrie Colts were proud to select:
1st Round: #1 Defensemen – Victor Hadfield – Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Midget AAA
2nd Round: #21 Goaltender – Pierce Charleson – Barrie Colts Major Midget AAA
3rd Round: #41 Right Wing – Josiah Degazon – Mississauga Rebels Major Midget AAA
4th Round: #61 Centre – Massimo Petricca – Mississauga Rebels Major Midget AAA
5th Round: #81 Defense – Jacob Breckles – Richmond Hill Coyotes Major Midget AAA
“The Major Midget Draft is partly about taking the best player at your pick, and then part about identifying which player has the best potential to be that diamond in the rough that comes along and makes the team at some point” said Colts GM Jason Ford.
Having the first overall selection in the history of the Major Midget Draft, the Barrie Colts were excited to be able to select Defenseman Victor Hadfield (Grandson of former NYR/PIT, Vic Hadfield) of the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Midget AAA. “I am grateful and excited to be selected by such a great organization” said Hadfield who made OHL history by becoming the first ever player taken in the Major Midget Draft this evening.
When asked about Hadfield, Ford said “I think with Hadfield; we feel that he is the best skater in this draft and his ability to skate and move pucks gives him an edge. He is a late birthday player that has come a long way as a hockey player over the past 18 months. His skating is elite, and his 5.10-5.11 frame should fill out over time. Victor played single A hockey a year ago and then really elevated his game this season at the AAA-level.“
With their second pick, Barrie went with local goaltender Pierce Charleson of the Barrie Colts Major Midget AAA. “Our 2nd round pick Pierce Charleson has a big frame and has plenty of big game experience the past few seasons at the AAA levels in the ETA. We have had the chance to get a good feel for him as a goaltender the past few seasons, and are happy to add Pierce to our goaltending stable” said Ford.
The Barrie Colts were very happy with what came out of the draft on Wednesday night and can’t wait to see all their new draft picks on display at rookie camp which is on April 22nd/23rd at the Barrie Molson Centre.
For full results of the Major Midget Draft visit: http://ontariohockeyleague.com/draft/2017U18