Connor tops Bulldogs draft choices

bulldogs_300pxConnor Roberts became the Hamilton Bulldogs first player selection at the Ontario Hockey League’s Priority Selection.

Hamilton had the third overall pick and grabbed the forward who played for the Grey-Bruce Highlanders this past season.

Roberts scored 19 goals and added 20 assists in 28 games this season. The 6-3, 204 pound forward also represented Canada at the World Youth Olympics winning a Silver Medal. Roberts finished the tournament with three goals and one assist in four games.

Bulldogs President and General Manager Steve Staios says, “We have been watching Connor closely all season and are thrilled to call his name as the third overall pick. Connor Roberts has all the attributes and character that we hold in high regard at the Hamilton Bulldogs and he will be a big part of our organization moving forward.”

Overall, Hamilton chose 16 players.

In the second round, the Bulldogs used the 39th overall pick to select D.J King. The Mississauga Rebels defenceman played 65 games this past season and collected seven goals and 22 assists. The, 6-3, 206-pounder is the son of former NHLer Derek King.

In the third round, 45th overall, the Bulldogs chose St. Catharines native Riley McCourt. The 5-11, 172 pound defenceman played 33 games with the Niagara North Stars scoring nine goals and 11 assists.

With their second pick in the same round, 55th overall, Hamilton picked Jacob Pivonka from the Chicago Mission U16. The 5-11, 186 pound forward played 10 goals and 12 assists in 22 games.

In the fourth round, 81st overall, Hamilton took forward Jake Murray from the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs. In 32 games the 5-8, 141 pound collected 23 goals and 28 assists.

The Bulldogs then snagged forward Derek Seguin in the sixth round with the 105th pick. The 5-10, 160 pounder played for the Hamilton Huskies this past season. In 33 games he had 29 goals and 19 assists.

With the 126th pick Hamilton selected goaltender Tanner Sheppard in the seventh round. The 6-3 214 pound Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs product posted a record of 14-1-3-2.

The Bulldogs second selection in the seventh round was Tyler Spott. The 5-9, 150 pound defenceman scored seven goals and 14 assists with the Toronto Marlboros.

In the ninth round, 165th overall, Hamilton went for Brian Bygrave from the Kanata Lasers. At 6-1, 177 pounds the forward recorded 13 goals and 17 assists in 44 games.

With their tenth round pick, 185th overall, Hamilton selected forward Dylan D’Agostino from the North Bay Trappers. The 5-11, forward scored 12 goals and 12 assists in 26 games.

The Bulldogs used their 11th round, 205th overall, to get Hunter Nofs from the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies. The 5-9, 178 pound forward scored 31 goals and 28 assists in 59 games.

In the 12th round the Bulldogs selected another Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs player. With the 245nd pick they selected defenceman Trevor LeDonne. The 5-11, 189 pounder scored five goals and 18 assists in 30 games.

Hamilton selected Kyle Fisher with the 245th overall selection in the 13th round. The forward out of the London Jr. Knights program netted 18 goals and 22 assists in 33 games.

With the 265th pick in the 14th round the Bulldogs selected defenceman Sean Blimkie. Standing 6-1, 161 pounds Blimkie suited up for the Whitby Wildcats this season and scored eight goals and five assists.

In the 15th and final round Hamilton had two picks. They used the 282nd pick to lock down Evan McIntyre from the Mississauga Rebels. The 5-8, 143 pounds McIntyre collected three goals and 22 assists in 71 games.

With their final selection, Hamilton picked 5-9, 164 pound forward James Waldron from the Whitby Wildcats. In 26 games he scored 12 goals and added 14 assists.

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