Leading up to the 2014 NHL draft Friday June, 27-28 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa, the Saginaw Spirit had hopes for five players who were listed as possible draft picks by nhlcentralscouting.com this weekend. When it was all said and done, just Spirit forward, Dylan Sadowy heard his name called. The San Jose Sharks selected Sadowy in the third round, 81 overall on Saturday afternoon, fulfilling a lifelong dream for the 6’-1” 180 pound left wing from Woodbridge, Ontario.
Sadowy, who was the third player selected by the Spirit in the second round of the 2012 OHL Priority Selection, impressed scouts with the improvement he showed between his rookie season in the OHL in 2012-13 and his breakout season in 2013-14. Sadowy finished his rookie OHL season in 2012-13 with just 2-goals, 6-assists, for 8-points through 61-games. The gritty winger vastly improved his production in 2013-14, leading the team with 27-goals; while adding 9-helpers, for 36-points. San Jose will be looking forward to Sadowy showing off his abilities as a grinder -digging in the corners and crashing the net- as well as his hard work in the defensive zone when he reports for the Sharks training camp on July, 6 (Sunday).
Although four other talented Spirit players didn’t hear their names at the NHL draft this year, they have an entire OHL season to improve on their -already impressive- bodies of work during the 2014-15 OHL season. Blake Clarke, Brandon Prophet, Nikita Serebryakov, and Daniel De Sousa were impressive enough throughout the 2013-14 OHL season to earn rankings in the top 210 North American players on nhlcentralscouting.com; which they can use to springboard into the next OHL season, and improve their draft status for the 2015 NHL draft at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.
Saginaw native Devin Williams not selected:
Devin Williams had such an impressive season for the Erie Otters in 2013-14, the Saginaw native took over fulltime starting goal tending duties over fellow netminder, Oscar Dansk throughout the 2014 OHL playoffs. Dansk -a second round pick, 31 overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2012 NHL draft- shared time with Williams throughout the 2013-14 regular season, but Williams earned fulltime duties in the post-season for the highly ranked Erie Otters. His impressive play earned Williams a number-15 ranking for North American goalies, but wasn’t enough to get drafted. Williams will definitely be one of the top goalies to watch for the 2015 NHL draft.
Traverse City, Mi native Brandon Halverson saw his hard work as a rookie backup goalie for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds this year in the OHL pay off when he was selected in the second round, 59 overall by the defending NHL eastern conference champion New York Rangers Saturday. Halverson had an extremely good NHL combine, impressing the scouts and skyrocketing up the central scouting rankings to the number-6 ranked North American goalie prior to this weekend’s draft. Halverson’s lanky 6’-4” 179-pound frame and athleticism for his size (as well as his puck-handling abilities) were key in helping the 18 year old improve his draft status.