The general manager of the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League is thrilled with the way rookie centre Camaryn Baber is developing with the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League.
Dave Drinkill, who used Saginaw’s second pick in the third round, 57th overall, to select Baber from the Soo Greyhounds of the Great North Midget Hockey League at the 2017 OHL priority selections draft, said the Sault Ste. Marie product is on the right path in his development process.
“As an organization we are extremely happy with Camaryn and his development on and off the ice with the Soo Thunderbirds this season,” Drinkill relayed to Hockey News North.
“A ton of credit goes to Camaryn himself but also to (Thunderbirds) head coach John Parco for allowing him to grow his game and play big minutes for his team while teaching him what it takes to get to and stay at the next level,” Drinkill pointed out.
A very coach-able player and an extremely determined individual, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Baber has earned what he has gained over the course of the 2017-2018 season, said Drinkill.
“Baber is a player that his grown his game this season and has done everything we have asked him to do. He has earned and played in 11 games with the Spirit already and looked very comfortable jumping into OHL games,” noted the Saginaw GM.
Developing under Parco with the Thunderbirds has been a good fit for Baber, said Drinkill.
“All and all we couldn’t have scripted his development progress any better,” stated Drinkill. “Not all plans work out perfectly but in this situation we truly believe it has.”
Despite having played in only 43 of their 52 games, Baber is second on the Thunderbirds scoring chart with 14 goals, 31 assists, 45 points as one of the younger players in the veteran-laden NOJHL.
In the 11 OHL games that he has played with Saginaw to date, Baber has 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 points.
PHOTO: Camaryn Baber in OHL action with the Saginaw Spirit. (Photo by Saginaw Spirit.)