The Barrie Colts completed the 2011 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection, presented by State Farm, late Saturday afternoon.

The Colts drafted a total of 17 players in the 15-round draft.  Click here to see all of Barrie’s picks.  

Barrie’s management team started the draft focused on defence.  On Friday they announced that Aaron Ekblad would be the number one overall selection, and followed that up by adding defenceman Alex Yuill with the 22nd and final pick of the first round.

“He’s a big mobile defenceman that reads the game very well and plays hard at both ends,” said Dale Hawerchuk in regards to first overall pick Aaron Ekblad.  “If every defenceman was like this-it would make a lot of coaches very happy.”

The Colts added a total of five defencemen, but wouldn’t select another one until the ninth round.

With their second round, 37th overall selection the Colts looked between the pipes and added Alex Fotinos, who was the fifth goalie taken in the draft. 

“It was a really gratifying feeling to get that call,” said Fotinos.  “Just knowing that all of the hard work I put in the past eight years in minor hockey has paid off, I’m so happy to be a member of the Barrie Colts.”

“I just like the way he approaches the game,” said Goalie Coach Dan Cloutier.  “Mentally I think he is very strong and his movement was superior to anybody else in the draft.  I think there is something special about this kid and I’m looking forward to working with him.”     

Fotinos joins a crowded crease with John Chartrand, Clint Windsor, and Josh Malecki. 

“You got to take what you are given and they are going to be judging you every day so you just have to fight as much as you can to get to that top spot,” commented Fotinos.

After a break in the third round the Colts resumed their picks in the fourth round with the 80th overall pick.  With this selection they snagged a forward from the Burlington Eagles, Justin Scott, the first of five straight forwards taken by Barrie.

The Colts were desperate to add a power forward either through the draft or trade and in the fifth round Barrie picked up 6’3” forward from the Cambridge Hawks Cash Seraphim.

Next up was Kevin Labanc from the New Jersey Rockets, a 5’8” winger who was picked first in the sixth round.  He was followed up by forwards Nicholas Santoro of the Mississauga Senators and Jack Hidi of the Markham Majors. 

The Colts went back to defence in the ninth round by picking Jayme Forslund out of Grey-Bruce.  Later in the ninth round Barrie selected center Jonathan Adams from the South Central Coyotes. 

In the tenth round the Colts went back to Sun County and added a teammate of Ekblad’s from a season ago, defenceman Jacob McGhee. 

When the 15-round draft was complete the Colts had added two goalies, five defencemen and ten forwards. 

They drafted two players from the Sun County Panthers (Aaron Ekblad, Jacob McGhee) and two players from the Cambridge Hawks (Cash Seraphim, Mitchell Klie).

All of the Colts draft picks from this year and last year are invited to the Innisfil Rec Centre on Saturday, May 14th between 3:30 – 5:00 for a rookie scrimmage.      

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