Sudbury Wolves have signed hulking right winger Brady Pataki, HockeyNewsNorth.com has confirmed.
The 6-foot-3, 220 pound right winger was selected in the fourth round, 65th overall, by the Wolves from the Chatham minor midgets at the 2014 Ontario Hockey League draft.
Pataki, who does not turn 16-years old until October, finished the 2013-2014 season with a flourish for Chatham, potting 13 goals in 18 playoff games.
Wolves president-general manager Blaine Smith is understandably happy that Pataki has chosen the OHL route.
“A high-end prospect like Brady has options and I know that he and his family were very impressed with Sudbury and what they saw here during our orientation camp in May,” said Smith.
Wolves head scout Andrew Shaw watched Pataki develop in Chatham and noted the improvement from the start of the 2013-2014 season until the end of it.
“Brady is one of those power forwards that continued to show improvement throughout the season,” noted Shaw. “Brady is one of the few players from the draft that is physically ready to play at the OHL level.
“Brady has a late birth date which means that he is not eligible to be drafted into the National Hockey League until 2017. I am confident that he will be an NHL draft in three years,” Shaw further observed.
PHOTO: Brady Pataki, working out in preparation for his rookie OHL season with the Sudbury Wolves.