The Barrie Colts added three more prospects to their stable in the OHL Under-18 Priority Selection on Apr. 10.
Barrie, which held the fourth overall pick, added depth to its crease with the selection of 17-year-old goaltender Matteo Lalama from the Niagara North Stars ‘AAA’ midgets. The five-foot-11, 144-pound native of St. Catharines got into 22 games with the North Stars, posting a 2.96 goals against average, while recording three shutouts.
The Colts than used their 24 overall pick in the second round to select rugged 16-year-old defenceman Colby Cummings from the Mississauga Senators ‘AAA’ midgets. The six-foot, 188-pound Mississauga native and left-shot blue liner recorded three assists with the Senators this past season and got into three games with the Georgetown Raiders of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.
Barrie wrapped up the Under-18 draft with a familiar name. The club used its 44 overall pick in the third round to take Niagara North Stars ‘AAA’ midget left winger Sam Williamson. The 16-year-old is the son of Colts senior advisor Marty Williamson. The five-foot-10, 148-pound forward had 10 goals and 15 assists in 32 games for the North Stars.
Barrie Jr. Colts ‘AAA’ midget goalie Aidan Spooner was the first overall pick in the draft going to the Kingston Frontenacs. The six-foot-four, 188-pound goaltender posted a 3.19 goals against average and had two shutouts in 16 games with Barrie this season.
Colts fans will be able to get a look at Lalama, Cummings, Williamson and all the newest prospects at the club’s 2019 Development Camp being held this weekend at the Barrie Molson Centre.
The camp kicks off on Saturday afternoon with a Team White practice from 2-3 p.m. Team Blue will be going through fitness testing from 2-3:30 p.m., followed by on ice goalie session from 3-4 p.m.
Team White will be going through their fitness testing at 3:30-5 p.m., while Team Blue will be on the ice for a practice at 4-5 p.m. The camp will close Sunday with a scrimmage between Team Blue and Team White at 10:30 a.m.
Fans are welcome and admission is free.
A total of 54 players from 35 teams were selected in the OHL U-18 draft, including 22 forwards, 18 defencemen and 14 goaltenders.
“In a very short period of time we have seen how positive the OHL Under-18 Priority Selection has been for the players and for our teams,” said Joe Birch, senior director of hockey development and special events. “Congratulations to all 54 players selected today, with special acknowledgement to all families, coaches and teammates of these players for their support this season and throughout the minor hockey journey.
“This is your opportunity to continue and get better every single day on and off the ice to showcase yourself and to further your development as a player.”
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.