General Manager Dave Drinkill announced the Spirit have signed 2016 draft pick Danny Katic to an Ontario Hockey League Standard Player Agreement on Tuesday afternoon.
“We are very pleased Danny has signed an OHL Standard Player Agreement with the Saginaw Spirit,” Drinkill said in an email from the team.
“He came to development camp this spring and made an impression right away showing his ability to create scoring for himself and others. Danny continued to develop over the summer, playing well in main camp before being sent to Fort Erie to work on all aspects of his game.
“He has done everything we have wanted him to do this season and has had a great deal of success. We are looking forward to seeing him in a Spirit uniform this weekend. I would like to thank Fort Erie for all the work they have done to help Danny get to this point and for allowing him to come start his OHL career with the Saginaw Spirit.”
Katic, a 6-foot-3 185-pound forward from Porcupine, ON was selected by the Spirit in the 8th round (152 overall) of the 2016 OHL priority selection draft last April and has been developing in the Ontario Junior Hockey League with Fort Erie this season. He is very excited to start his OHL career in Saginaw.
“I am beyond excited to fulfill my dream of playing in the OHL with the Saginaw Spirit,” Katic said. “I was very impressed by the organization's effort to make the young guys feel at home during the summer months and I am so excited to make my debut in front of friends and family this week.”
Katic will be wearing the No. 12 sweater for the Spirit when they make the trip to the Barrie Molson Centre in Barrie, ON to take on the Barrie Colts tomorrow night.
Coskey on NHL central scouting list:
Second year Spirit forward Cole Coskey showed up at No. 96 on NHL Central Scouting's recent mid-term ranking list
which ranked the top 217 North American skaters eligible for the 2017 NHL draft. Left wing prospect Nick Campoli, who was drafted by the Spirit with the No. 107 pick in the 2015 Ontario Hockey League priority selection draft came in at No. 111 on NHL central scouting's mid-term list as well. Campoli has been competing for the North York Rangers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League
where he has 21-points (7-goals, 14-assists) this season.