Speedy centre Hunter Haight is Barrie Colts first round pick at OHL Priority Selection

Haight pressed for his skill and leadership abilities

The Barrie Colts used their first round pick at the OHL Priority Selection and grabbed Hunter Haight, a centre from the Elgin Middlesex Chiefs.

“Hunter possesses a tremendous amount of speed, skill, and hockey smarts. We are very excited about this selection, as Hunter was a key to the success of his Elgin-Middlesex team this season. He has game-breaking speed and a creative side to his game, plus leadership qualities and high character”, said Colts General Manager Jason Ford.

Barrie had the 9th overall pick in the 1st round.

The club’s next pick was right winger Cooper Mathews in the third round and 48th overall.

“Cooper, from the Quinte Red Devils, is an explosive, offensively gifted winger. His speed and elite playmaking abilities make him a threat every time he is on the ice.” commented Ford.

Left winger Beau Jelsma was also selected in the third round by Barrie and 55th overall pick.

“Beau is a smooth skating two way forward. His strong hockey sense allows him to make everyone around him better.” said Ford.

Defenceman Hunter Brzustewicz from the Oakland Jr. Grizzles was the Colts round four choice and 69th pick overall.

“Hunter is an elite offensive defenceman. His combination of skating, skill, and vision allow him to control the game.” said Ford.

With another pick in the fourth round, 78th overall, the Colts selected defenceman Ryan Pryce from the Vaughan Kings.

“Ryan is a big, strong, physical defender. His competitiveness helped him become one of his teams most reliable defenders.” said Ford.

In the sixth round, 109th overall, Colts picked left-winger Tai York from the Niagara North Stars.

“Tai is an ultra competitive forward that can contribute in many different ways. He was a consistent producer for his team all year long.” commented Ford.

With the remaining picks the Colts chose:

  • 7th round, 129th overall, defenceman Cole Semeniuk from the Mississauga Reps
  • 7th round, 130th overall, goalie Nolan Chartrand from the Cambridge Hawks
  • 8th round, 149th overall, centre Roenick Jodoin from the Cornwall Colts
  • 8th round, 155th overall, defenceman Joseph Ianniello from the Vaughan Kings
  • 9th round, 169th overall, centre Zachary Wigle from the Oakville Rangers
  • 10th round, 199th overall, centre Cristobal Tola from the Hamilton Huskies
  • 11th round, 209th overall, forward Tyler Wishart from the Westchester Express
  • 12th round, 229th overall, left-winger Nathan Duplessis from the Niagara North Stars
  • 13th round, 249th overall, centre Jake Kovacs from the Soo Thunderbirds
  • 14th round, 269th overall, centre Cuan Doig from the Toronto Titans