The Mississauga Steelheads made sure the Mississauga Reps were well represented in the OHL Under-18 Priority Selection on Apr. 10.
The Steelheads, fresh off selecting 14 players in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection on Apr. 6, used all three of their under-18 picks to select players from the Reps ‘AAA’ midget club in the annual draft.
Mississauga used its 11 overall pick to take 16-year-old Reps forward Nathan Naves. The five-foot-10, 173-pound centre had 54 points in 57 games this season. With their 31 pick overall in the second round, the Steelheads added to their crease depth by taking 16-year-old goaltender Oscar Carsley. The six-foot-one, 162-pound Toronto native played for the Reps last season.
With the 50 overall selection in the third round the Steelheads added 18-year-old left winger John Poirier. The six-foot, 183-pound Mississauga native had nine goals and six assists with the Reps this season.
Steelheads general manager and head coach James Richmond was pleased with how the under-18 draft unfolded for his club.
“We would like to welcome and congratulate the three players we selected,” Richmond said. “We were able to pick up a very offensive player in Nathan Naves, a very high end goalie in Oscar Carsley and a 2000 forward in John Poirier.
“All three players played midget ‘AAA’ locally for the Mississauga Reps this season and were teammates of newly signed and 2018 (OHL Priority Selection) Max Dodig.”
A total of 54 players from 35 teams were selected in the OHL U-18 draft, including 22 forwards, 18 defencemen and 14 goaltenders.
Eligibility for the 2019 U-18 included all midget players (2001 and 2002 birth years) not currently on an OHL member team protected list who were carded with an Ontario based midget ‘AAA’ hockey club with the Ontario Hockey Federation, Hockey Eastern Ontario or Hockey Northwestern Ontario in the current season.