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Attack add 10 more prospects Saturday

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After selecting a big-bodied forward with their first pick on Day 1 of the OHL Draft, the Owen Sound Attack picked hulking defender Conor Thacker with their first selection on Day 2.

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The Oakville Rangers triple-A product was the first of 10 new prospects the Attack selected Saturday during the second half of the OHL Priority Selection.

Through the first three rounds Friday, Owen Sound selected sniper Colby Barlow, Napanee-native Cal Uens and winger Thomas Chafe.

“We had holes to fill,” Attack GM Dale DeGray said Saturday afternoon shortly after the completion of the draft. “We feel like things really fell into our laps quite frankly.”

DeGray said he had first-round pick Barlow at No. 4 on the team’s wishlist, and defender Uens was the target as the Attack tried to trade back into the second round.

“We just felt at the end of the day it was too pricey, and ended up with the player,” he said.

Thacker was the seventh player selected from the Oakville Rangers squad, which certainly seemed poised to be a juggernaut had teams taken the ice this past season. Three Rangers went in the Top-10 of the draft, and six in the first 20 picks. In fact, according to the OHL, the Oakville Rangers matched a record set by the Richmond Hill Stars in 2004 for the most players selected from one team with 16.

Three picks after the Thacker selection, Owen Sound tapped into the tri-cities talent pool selecting centre Kyle Morey from the Kitchener Jr. Rangers.

Morey was selected as the Rangers team captain ahead of the 2020-21 season.

Kyle Morey. OHL supplied photo.
Kyle Morey. OHL supplied photo.

Owen Sound would end up taking three players from the Waterloo Wolves during the draft; Mitchell Young (127th-overall), Jonas Schmidt (232nd-overall), and Ryan Forwell (272nd-overall).

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DeGray said he doesn’t tend to look at a map when selecting players, rather he stays true to the team’s list created after conversations with regional scouts.

“I’m one voice and I have the ultimate say, but we all have a say and we need to give guys that directive so they’re willing to speak and do the work,” DeGray said. “However that plays out it plays out. It’s collaborative.”

Goaltender Leland Gill rounded out Owen Sound’s ALLIANCE league bounty as the team’s selection in the 13th-round, 247th-overall. The Gill pick came after Owen Sound inadvertently selected 2006-born Zayne Parekh leading to a technical timeout and a re-do after Mississauga and Erie had both made their selections.

DeGray said the player was on the league’s list of eligible prospects, and they liked the player, so the Attack selected him with their selection in the 13th-round. It didn’t take long for the pick to be flagged, and Owen Sound received a do-over when it was confirmed Parekh wasn’t eligible until next year’s draft.

The Sarnia Sting helped make history in the 14th-round when they selected goaltending prospect Taya Currie with the 267th-overall pick. Currie became the first female to be selected in the OHL draft. She’s been playing with the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs triple-A club since minor atom.

DeGray applauded the move and said he would have absolutely no issue drafting a female hockey player to the Owen Sound Attack.

“Listen, I played in the IHL when Manon Rhéaume played. This is not a big deal to me quite frankly. I’m actually shocked it hasn’t happened since then,” he said.

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The Owen Sound Attack hasn’t hit the ice as a team since their final game before the OHL shutdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a 4-1 loss to the Barrie Colts at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre the night of March 11, 2020.

DeGray said he hopes the newest prospects and the 2020 draft class can get together sometime this summer for an orientation camp with the club’s coaches and some of the returning players.

A total of 299 players were selected in the 15-round process from 83 different teams across Ontario and parts of the United States. The selected players included 177 forwards, 94 defencemen and 28 goaltenders. While 296 of the players chosen were 2005-born athletes, an additional three from U.S.-based programs were born in 2004.

The Hamilton Bulldogs selected winger Marcus Lougheed from the Grey-Bruce Highlanders Saturday with the 146th-overall pick in the eighth round.

Lougheed is from Collingwood. The five-foot-eleven forward scored 19 goals in 36 games with the bantam Highlanders during the 2019-20 season.

Highlanders Charlie McKenzie (Owen Sound) and Will Lewis (Peterborough) were both selected in the 14th-round of the 2020 OHL draft.

ATTACK PICKS

Fifth-round (84th-overall)
Conor Thacker (D) Oakville Rangers
6’3″, 205-pounds

Fifth-round (87th-overall)
Kyle Morey – (C) Kitchener Jr. Rangers
5’11”, 155-pounds

Sixth-round (116th-overall)
Charlie Key – (C) Ajax-Pickering Raiders
5’9″, 149-pounds

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Seventh-round (127th-overall)
Mitchell Young – (D) Waterloo Wolves
6’1″, 170-pounds

Ninth-round (167th-overall)
Tomislav Brennan – (LW) Ottawa Senators U18
5’11”, 165-pounds

10th-round (192nd-overall)
Hunter Dickey – (RW) Rochester Coalition (USA)
5’9″, 155-pounds

12th-round (232nd-overall)
Jonas Schmidt – (LW) Waterloo Wolves
5’10”, 160-pounds

13th-round (247th-overall)
Leland Gill – (G) Brantford 99ers
6’0″, 145-pounds

14th-round (272nd-overall)
Ryan Forwell – (LW) Waterloo Wolves
5’11”, 164-pounds

15th-round (287th-overall)
Kyle Kim – (RD) Detroit Honeybaked
6’1″, 165-pounds

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