Sarnia Sting, by virtue of having the worst record during the 2013-2014 regular season, will have the first overall pick at Saturday’s annual Ontario Hockey League draft.
The draft begins at 9 a.m. and will be conducted over the Internet.
From a local standpoint, Soo Greyhounds hold the 17th pick in the first round.
While Sarnia has yet to announce who it will take with the No. 1 pick, speculation is that it will be defenceman Jakob Chychrun of the Toronto Jr. Canadiens.
Scouts are calling the 6-foot-2, 200 pound Chychrun “a franchise-level defender, one who has the ability to impact a game in all three zones.”
Of note, Chychrun, hails from Florida.
Besides Chychrun, others expected to go among the top five selections are centre Adam Mascherin of the Vaughan Kings, centre Michael McLeod of the Toronto Marlies, centre Tye Felhaber of the Ottawa Valley Titans and centre Brandon Saigeon of the Hamilton Bulldogs.
As for Greyhounds and who they could get with the 17th pick of the first round:
Players who could be available to the Hounds include Mississauga Senators centre Michael Pezzetta, Toronto Marlies winger Taylor Raddysh, Windsor Jr. Spitfires centre Anthony Salinitri and a pair from Detroit HoneyBaked — winger Max Jones and centre Nick Pastujov.