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Wolves Select 14 New Players

The Sudbury Wolves had an eye to the future on Saturday as they selected 14 new players in the OHL’s Priority Selection Draft. The Wolves selected 7 forwards, 5 defencemen and 2 goaltenders. The Wolves selected seven players from the Toronto area and two players from Northern Ontario.

KYLE CAPOBIANCO was selected 7th overall by the Wolves as the Wolves’ 1st round selection is regarded as one of the most skilled defencemen in the draft. The 6′, 170 lb rearguard played for the OHL CUP Champions OAKVILLE RANGERS and was instrumental in the team’s success. CAPOBIANCO is an excellent skater and play-maker and possesses a hard, accurate point shot.

The Wolves selected the first goaltender in the draft in the second round when the Wolves drafted TROY TIMPANO of the Toronto Titans. The Toronto native stands 6′ tall and is regarded as one of the top goaltenders in the Province. TIMPANO was also one of the top performers at the recent OHL COMBINES testing competition held at the Ricoh Centre in Toronto.

In the 3rd round, the Wolves selected centre DAVID ZEPPIERI. The Mississauga native is 6’1″, 180 lbs and is the captain of the Mississauga Rebels. ZEPPIERI is a high-energy gritty centreman with excellent hands around the net. He is expected to bring some outstanding leadership, skill and tenacity to the Wolves line-up.

In the 4th round the Wolves drafted what many consider to be the steal of the draft in right-shot defenceman AUSTIN CLAPHAM. The skilled rearguard is a big strong defenceman that makes a good first pass and is willing and able to jump-up into the play. CLAPHAM is an excellent skater and finishes his checks. The Wolves believe that they selected two of the most skilled defencemen in the draft in CAPOBIANCO and CLAPHAM.

In the 5th round, the Wolves selected another defenceman CHASE HAWLEY from the Kingston Minor Midgets. The big rearguard is a tough customer and can play both the left and right side. He brings a much-needed dimension to the Wolves’ line-up and loves to play a physical role on the team. Watch for Hawley to become a fan-favourite in the Nickel City.

The Wolves enjoyed two selections in the sixth round and chose NOAH ROBINSON of the Toronto Marlies. The big right-winger is a hard-working forward that has good puck skills and scoring ability. With the second selection in the sixth round, the Wolves selected North Bay native MICHAEL SILVERI. The big 6’2″ centre brings a good skill set and size up the middle of the ice.

In the 8th round, the Wolves selected left-winger JOSH DICKENSON. Josh is the younger brother of Jason Dickenson of the Guelph Storm. Josh is a skilled forward that stands 5’11”.

In the 9th round, the Wolves selected 6’1″ goaltender LIAM TURNBULL from the London Gold minor midget team. TURNBULL is a very athletic goaltender with an outstanding work ethic.

In the 11th round, the Wolves drafted 6’1″ right-winger CONNOR SCHMALZ. SCHMALZ is the younger brother of MATT SCHMALZ who the Wolves acquired in trade with the Kitchener Rangers. CONNOR has similar physical qualities of his older brother and is expected to develop into a big power forward.

In the 12th round, the Wolves selected NICHOLAS HAMRE from the Ottawa Eastern Ontario Wild team. HAMRE is 5’7″ but plays much bigger than that due to his passion and intensity. HAMRE is a skilled left-winger that can put-up good offensive numbers and plays with a physical edge.

In the 13th round the Wolves selected NIIBIN NASHKAWA. The 5’9″ left defenceman is a very good skater and led the power play for the Sudbury Nickel Capital Wolves Major Midgets of the Great North Midget League this season.

The Wolves concluded the draft with two selections in the 15th round including 6’4″ right defenceman NOLAN SMITH from the Markham Majors and 5’11” left-winger RORY MILNE of the Oshawa Kinsmen Minor Midgets.

The Sudbury Wolves would like to extend their sincere thanks to their scouting staff led by Head Scout ANDREW SHAW for all of their hard work and efforts this season on behalf of the hockey club.


1st Round Selection –
Kyle Capobianco

2nd Round Selection –
Troy Timpano

3rd Round Selection – David Zeppieri

4th Round Selection –
Austin Clapham

From left to right: Head Scout Andrew Shaw, Scout Sean Howard, General Manager Blaine Smith, Scout Gil Hughes, Director of Player Development Bryan Verreault, Scout Josh Boyd, and Assistant General Manager Ken MacKenzie

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