The facts are in the books. North Bay Trappers had five players selected at Saturday’s Ontario Hockey League draft compared to just one from their Great North Midget Hockey League counterparts, the Soo Greyhounds.
High-energy, high-skill forward Camaryn Baber of the Soo actually became the first player from the Great North to be picked when the Saginaw Spirit made the Northern Ontario Hockey Association player-of-the-year a third-round selection, 57th overall.
But that would be it as far as Soo midget players for the 15-round OHL draft.
While Baber would be the only player from the Soo midgets selected, North Bay would have no less than five skaters drafted.
For North Bay, it began when the hometown North Bay Battalion selected smart, skilled two-way defender Payton Vescio of the Trappers in the fourth round, 72nd overall.
The Trappers would then have four more players selected — including two by the Battalion.
In the eighth round, hulking forward Cole Craft was picked by the Sarnia Sting.
In the 10th round, small-sized forward Ryan Mills was picked by the Battalion.
In the 11th round, big defenceman Kobe Seguin got scooped up by the Soo Greyhounds.
And in the 12th round, big forward Matt Hardwick became yet-another pick by the hometown Battalion.
Final score: North Bay 5, Soo 1.