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The Ontario Hockey League kicked off the 2022 priority draft with rounds one through three on Friday night.

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The Soo Greyhounds had the 16th overall pick in the first round and one pick in the second and two in the third round.

With their first pick, the Hounds picked Toronto resident Christopher Brown of the North York Rangers. Playing in the Greater Toronto U16 Hockey League, the 5-foot-10 center scored 19 goals and added 41 assists in 46 games played last season.

With their second selection, the Hounds selected 6-foot-3 goaltender Landon Miller from the Vaughn Kings of the GTHL U16.

With their first pick in the third round, the Hounds selected defenseman Broden McConnell-Barker from the London Jr. Knights program. Broden is the younger brother of Hounds forward Bryce McConnell-Barker. The 5-foot-10 left defenseman has scored eight goals and 28 assists in 33 regular-season games played in the U16 Alliance Hockey League.

With their second pick in the third round, the Hounds selected Alex Kostov of the Markham Majors in the GTHL U16. The 6-foot-2 right-handed winger has scored 12 goals and added seven assists in 23 games played this season.

The Greyhounds have a dozen picks remaining. They don’t have a 10th-round pick, but have two fifth-round picks and single picks every other round until they call their last player with the 298th pick in round 15.

The Greyhounds originally didn’t have a second-round pick, but rectified the situation on Thursday morning, with the club announcing a two-for-one draft trade. The Hounds sent a 2024 third-round pick and a 2025 second-round pick to the Ottawa 67 for a second-round pick.

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The second day of the draft begins Saturday at 9 a.m.

In the zone

The Soo Jr. Greyhounds are hoping five of their players will be picked in Game 2 of Saturday’s draft, with the higher possibility apparently going to goaltender Charlie Burns.

Soo Jr. Greyhounds head coach Jamie Henderson is optimistic about the Sault Ste. Goaltender Marie will be chosen on Saturday.

“(Burns is) determined to be the best goaltender he can be, both on and off the ice,” Henderson said. “He brings it to training every day and he works at his craft and he knows he has to keep improving and he’s really motivated. He was really fun to coach and I think he’s going to s improve for an exciting future.

Last season, the 16-year-old backed the Jr. Greyhounds to a Great North Midget League Regular Season Championship. The team also won the GNML Championship Tournament and competed in the Ontario Hockey Federation Central Regional Championship at Scotiabank Pond in Toronto earlier this month.

“Burns is a competitor because he doesn’t like giving up goals in practice,” Henderson said. “He’s a very good athlete in (the net) because he moves side to side very well. He gave us a chance to win just about every night. He’s quick, nimble and never gives up the pucks.

Henderson hopes four more Jr. Hounds players will be selected on Saturday and they are Gage Evans, Evan Roach, Jacob Smith and Callum McAuley.

“Every player, whether they’re drafted or not, we’re just trying to help them get better,” Henderson said. “If that means they get drafted, great, if that means they end up with the Soo Thunderbirds or the Blind River Beavers, or some other junior league, great, that’s all we do: try to ‘bring players to the highest level possible.

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“Exceptional Status”

The 2022 Priority Draft began Thursday as the Saginaw Spirit selected former Mississauga Senators U16 forward Michael Misa with the first overall pick.

The 15-year-old Misa is one of six players in league history to be awarded “exceptional status” by the Ontario Hockey Federation and Hockey Canada. The other five players were John Tavares, Aaron Ekblad, Connor McDavid, Sean Day and Kingston Frontenacs forward Shane Wright.

“I would like to say that it is an honor to be here today and I am grateful to my family, my coaches, my teammates and my advisors who have helped me get here,” Misa said Thursday afternoon. from the Dow Event Center in Saginaw.

“Over the past two weeks there has been a lot of talk about players of exceptional status and I’m honored to even be mentioned in the same sentence with these superstars. I focus on the things I can control: just listening to my coaches and teammates on what they have to teach me, working hard and playing a 200ft game every game and just being a good member of the community I have a lot of hard work and development ahead I, and with the help of the Saginaw Spirit coaching staff and players, look forward to the future and contribute in any way I can to the success of the team.

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