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Trappers draft hopefuls eager for the OHL Priority Selection

A look at North Bay's OHL draft hopefuls
Brett Richardson 2020 OHL Priority Selection hopeful
North Bay native Brett Richardson is a 2020 OHL Priority Selection hopeful. Photo submitted.

A handful of North Bay minor midget hockey players will be keeping a close eye on the internet this Saturday as the OHL Priority Selection takes place online on Saturday morning.  

It's a tough year for northern players to be evaluated as the OHL Cup, a key evaluating tool for OHL scouts, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Despite the fact that many OHL general managers have not seen northern players like a normal year, there are still as many as four that could be drafted on Saturday. 

"The OHL Cup was such a key gauge for those players - especially the northern players," one OHL scout told BayToday.    

"It is so different this year."  

Defenceman Callum Craft - brother of Team Canada East and Lake Superior State NCAA Division I commit Cole Craft - is expected by some OHL scouts to head the Minor Midget AAA Trappers 2004 birth year class. 

The 6'1", 160-pound blueliner had six goals and nine assists for 15 points in 29 games in the Great North Midget League this past season. 

"He's a big body that moves well, communicates well," one OHL scout says. 

"He boxes out well and knows how to use his size effectively." 

Another OHL scout says Craft distributes the puck fairly well. 

"He has some offence to his game and sees the ice well," the other OHL scout said.  

"He is aggressive pinches high risk/high reward at times."

Chase Lefebvre is another OHL draft prospect. He netted 12 goals along with 14 assists for 26 points in 28 games in Great North Midget League play this season. 

He's an energy type player, plays hard and has a heavy game," said one OHL scout.  

"He finishes checks and is hard on the forecheck. Chase creates his offence with his work ethic."

Another OHL scout says Lefebvre got better in the second half. 

"He can play with pace and bring energy and trended up as the season progressed," said another OHL scout noting that Lefebvre showed versatility by playing forward and defence this year. 

Brett Richardson, a forward who had 17 goals and 12 assists for 29 points in 27 games is also on the OHL draft radar.  

"He has good size, works hard and has some creativity to his game," said an OHL scout. 

"He was my favourite player on that team," another OHL scout said. 

"He shows high compete level, good size and work ethic."  

Defenceman Jake Fullerton could also see his name come up on draft day.  

OHL scouts say the 5'9", 155-pound defenceman plays a similar style to Craft.  

Meantime Minor Midget AAA Trappers leading scorer Nico Laforge will not be selected this weekend. That's because Laforge is from Temiscaming, Quebec and will have to wait until June where he will likely be selected in the QMJHL minor midget draft.   

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