4 2017-18 SARNIA STING HOCKEY
REES, HOGUE HEADLINE DRAFT CLASS
Jon Maillet / Freelance Sports Writer
The Sarnia Sting are hoping that this year’s draft will
be as fruitful on the ice, as it appears on paper.
“With the draft picks we were able to acquire in
that deal with Peterborough last year, we were able
to put a few of those picks to use in the priority
selection and we are pretty excited about the young
group of kids we just drafted.” said Sarnia GM Nick
The Sting selected 16 players in the 15 round draft.
Jamieson Rees was taken 9th overall in the first
Rees, who led the Mississauga Reps with 24 goals
and 40 points, was just 3 points off the OHL Cup lead,
scoring 5 goals and adding 4 assists en route to an
OHL Cup title.
Sting GM Nick Sinclair feels that there is a lot to be
excited about with Rees.
“He’s got a number of different tools to his game
that Sarnia Sting fans are going to be excited to come
and watch, he’s a skilled guy that can create a lot of
offence and he likes to finish hits, he’s a 2 way player
that is exciting to watch in all 3 zones of the ice.”
Rees is coming off a great season with the Reps, and
received an invite to the Canadian Under 17 Development
Camp where he had a goal and an assist, still,
Sinclair’s expectations of Rees remain realistic.
“For any 16 year old kid that comes into the OHL,
it’s an adjustment period. Jamieson is a special player,
he’s going to be a really good player for our program
and our team.”
Sarnia exchanged picks with Windsor in the 2nd
round, and took Alexandre Hogue 37th overall of the
Cumberland Grads Midget AAA.
Hogue was named Defensemen of the year in the
HEO U18 AAA league. The Embrun, ON native led all
league defenders in Goals (14), Points (47), PP Points
(20), and Shorthanded Goals (2) in 45 games.
Sinclair is excited to have Hogue, and stressed they
want to give him every opportunity to succeed.
“We are going to do all we can to put him in the
right situations this year to allow him to have success.
He’s a crafty mobile defender back there, he’s going
to be a big part of our offense as time goes on here”
Some have drawn comparisons to Hogue’s play to
former Sting defensemen Anthony DeAngelo. Sinclair
feels it may be unfair to put a tag like that on the
young defensemen, though he does see some similarities.
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“They are both smart players with great vision, they
see the ice well. They can transition the puck whether
they are skating it up the ice or moving it.”
Hogue was another of the Sting selections to be
invited to Calgary for the U17 Development Camp,
where he chipped in with 3 assists and had a good
showing alongside fellow Sting picks Jamieson Rees
and goaltender Ethan Langevin.
Langevin was selected in the 6th round from the
Whitby Wildcats, where he appeared in 18 games,
posting a 0.52 GAA along with 9 shutouts.
“He’s a real competitive kid that moves pretty well
in the net, he’s very efficient, and with his compete
level and his athleticism it allowed him to have a lot
of success in his minor midget year” added Sinclair.
Sinclair noted that anytime you have one player
selected to the U17 camp, it is exciting, but to have 3
going to Calgary speaks to the job his scouts do.
Sarnia was busy in the third round.
Brayden Guy of the Brampton 45’s was ironically
enough, taken 45th overall and was the first of 3
picks in the 3rd round. Guy will add some size up
front, the 6 foot left winger has a nose for the net,
scoring 12 goals and adding 20 assists as the captain
of the 45’s.
Sarnia also took Justin McCombs, a center from the
Kitchener Jr Rangers 48th overall, McCombs had 7
goals and 21 points in just 16 games, adding 17 points
during the playoffs in 13 games.
The Sting used their final third-round pick on Whitby
Wildcats defenceman Colton Kammerer at 52nd
overall. Krammerer was almost a point per game
player, with 34 points in 36 games.
They spent four of their next seven picks on American
born players with college commitments.
Defensemen Mitchell Miller of Detroit Honey Baked
in the fouth round (Miami Univ.).
Josh Nodler, a center also of Honey Baked was taken
6th round (Mich. State.).
Chase McCarthy, a defensemen with
Buffalo Jr Sabres was taken in 9th
round (Boston U).
In the 11th round, Matthew Cameron
was selected from New Jersey 16U Avalanche
The Sarnia Sting also took Sarnia
native Nolan DeGurse, a 5ft 6” center
with the Lambton Jr Sting in the 13th
round. DeGurse had 13 goals and 25 points with the
At the CHL Import draft, Sarnia used 1 pick, taking
the big Swedish center Hugo Leufvenius.
The 6’3”, 218 lb forward spent 2016-17 with
Linköping HC J20 of the Swedish SuperElit league.
Leufvenius posted 6 goals and 19 points.
“He can play center and he can play left wing, he
has a lot of versatility in his game” the Sarnia GM said
of the Swedish center, “I think there’s going to be a
number of different spots and roles where he’ll fit in
nicely with our group” he continued.
Sting fans will have to wait and see what happens
on the ice at camp, and which of these rookies cracks
that starting line up in Guelph on September 22nd.
COMPLETE LIST OF SELECTIONS
Round 1 – 9th Jamieson Rees (C)
Round 2 – 37th Alexandre Hogue (D)
Round 3 – 45th Brayden Guy (LW)
Round 3 – 48th Justin McCombs (C)
Round 3 – 52nd Colton Kammerer (D)
Round 4 – 62nd Mitchell Miller (D)
Round 5 – 88th Ashton Reesor (D)
Round 6 – 108th Josh Nodler (C)
Round 6 – 115th Ethan Langevin (G)
Round 8 – 148th Cole Craft (RW)
Round 9 – 168th Case McCarthy (D)
Round 11 – 208th Matthew Cameron (RW)
Round 12 – 228th Will Redick (C)
Round 13 – 248th Nolan DeGurse (C)
Round 14 – 268th Justin Nolet (D)
Round 15 – 288th Joshua Booker (D)
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