(Greater Sudbury, ON) The Sudbury Wolves welcomed three new players to the organization during the U18 OHL Priority Selection Thursday night.
The Sudbury Wolves selected goaltender Nate Krawchuk 3rd overall from the Thunder Bay Kings U18 team, centre Kent Moors from the Renfrew Wolves in the second round and defenceman Justin Seguin from the Navan Grads in the third round.
“We are very happy with our U18 draft,” said Sudbury Wolves VP and General Manager Rob Papineau. “We have had great success with the U18 draft and lead the OHL in regular season games played by U18 players by quite a margin. Once training camp opens, it doesn’t matter how you got to camp, it matters what you do on the ice. We feel strongly that we drafted the best goalie available in Nate and a top end creative forward in Kent along with one of the best shut down defenders and leaders with Justin. We are excited to see them all at camp.”
“As a scouting staff I think we should be elated with the prospects we were able to select in the U18 draft,” said Sudbury Wolves Head Scout Mike Taylor. “We were able to add a solid prospect from each position which will continue to create an extremely competitive environment amongst our group. I am very pleased that we are continuing to build prospect depth within our group. This bodes well for our team as we aim to build towards a championship winning team,” he added.
Krawchuk is an athletic, fundamentally sound goaltender who battles and competes in the net. He tracks the puck well and is ultra-focused in his preparation and the way he conducts himself on the ice. Nate plays well in big games and always gives his team a chance to win. In 18 games with the Kings this season, Krawchuk had a goals against average of 1.75 and a save percentage of 0.938.
Moors is 200-foot center with tremendous work ethic. He has a strong hockey sense and is a real student of the game. Moors is excellent on draws and can play up and down the lineup. His ability to read plays on both power plays and penalty kills make him a double threat both offensively and defensively. During the 2021-22 season, Kent tallied 53 points in 36 games with the Wolves.
Seguin was the team captain for the Navan Grads and provided tremendous leadership to the league finalists. Justin is known for his heavy shot, attention to detail and his ability to shut down the opponent’s top players. In 39 games with the Grads, Seguin tallied 30 points.
The Sudbury Wolves have had tremendous success with the U-18 OHL Priority Selection since it’s induction in 2017. The Wolves have received success in both most games played (351) as well as the impact that these players have had on the team which includes Emmett Serensits, Mitchell Weeks and Nick DeGrazia.
The Wolves scouting staff will now turn their attention to the 2022 CHL Import Draft slated for Friday July 1st. Wolves’ fans can follow along by visiting sudburywolves.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Season Memberships are on sale now for the upcoming 2022-23 season at greatersudbury.ca/tickets as the Wolves get set to celebrate 50 years of Wolves Hockey.
Watch U18 Draft Recap with Head Scout Mike Taylor: HERE