Two current Saginaw Spirit players; along with a 2016 Spirit draft pick, who will likely be on the Saginaw roster to start the 2018-19 Ontario Hockey League season, each heard their respective names called at the 2018 National Hockey League draft, which was held inside the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX this weekend.
Spirit 2016 second round draft pick Bode Wilde
was the first to be taken when the New York Islanders selected him in the second round, 41 overall; followed by Saginaw Spirit forward Blade Jenkins,
who will join Wilde at training camp after the New York Islanders selected Jenkins in the fifth round, 134 overall; before Damien Giroux
heard his name just 21 picks later when the Minnesota Wild selected Giroux in the fifth round, 155 overall, to cap an exciting day for the trio.
Jenkins, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound forward from Jackson, MI put up 44-points (20-goals, 24-assists) in 68-games for the Spirit in his rookie OHL season, this year, where he was named to the all rookie team and also earned Saginaw's rookie of the year award.
He will join Wilde at the Islanders training camp, before returning to help lead a talented Saginaw team, which will be looking to make a big jump in the standings this season.
Giroux, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound forward from Hanmer, ON put up 43-points (19-goals, 24-assists) in 68-games for the Spirit in his second year with the team.
A natural leader and tireless worker, Giroux will head to Minnesota's camp this summer, before returning to reunite with his line-mate, Jenkins, where the dynamic duo will help the Saginaw Spirit make its mark this season in the OHL.
Blade Jenkins 2017-18 highlights from Hockey Prospects Center: