Northern Ontario will pipeline a prolific player presence when the Saginaw Spirit holds its prospect camp this weekend.
Of the 33 players who will be at the prospect camp of the Ontario Hockey League team, no less than seven are from northern towns.
A pair of 2001 birth-year forwards from Sault Ste. Marie will be attending their first OHL camp as 2017 draft picks of the Spirit. Saginaw took Nick Porco in the first round of the April 8 minor midget draft and followed up by making Camaryn Baber one of its third-round selections.
Also at camp will be 2000 birth-year defenseman Brandon Atkins from Sudbury. Atkins was Saginaw’s fourth-round pick at the first-ever, under-18 draft that was held on April 12 of this year.
Meanwhile, four others from northern Ontario who skated with the Spirit as 2000 birth-year rookies in 2016-2017 will bring some youthful experience to the Saginaw prospect camp. They are holdover forwards Damien Giroux, Maxim Grondin and Danny Katic and goalie Cameron Lamour.
Giroux and Lamour are from the Sudbury area, Grondin hails from Hearst and Katic calls South Porcupine home.
Not able to attend the Saginaw prospect camp is 2016 draft pick Dylan Bond from North Bay. The high-scoring, 2000 birth-year defenseman broke his ankle in the Great North Midget Hockey League championship series and is still recovering from the injury.