Centre Jean-Luc Foudy is pictured at the Windsor Spitfires' offices, April 7, 2018. Foudy was the team's first round pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection. Photo provided by the Windsor Spitfires.

Spitfires Reload at OHL Priority Selection

The Windsor Spitfires went into this year’s OHL Priority Selection eager to reload.

A mild rebuilding project started this season resulted in an abundance of picks for the Spitifres in this year’s draft. In fact, Windsor had 16 altogether.

Out of the 16 picks, 11 are Canadian with the rest American. Two of them are from Essex County.

Spitfires general manager and part-owner Warren Rychel had expressed an interest in stocking up on forwards. Ten of the picks are forwards, four are defencemen and two are goaltenders.

The draft began Saturday morning via the OHL’s official website.

The first pick, in the first round and 10th overall, is centre Jean-Luc Foudy of the Toronto Titans MMAAA. From Scarborough, Ont., the 15-year-old scored 25 goals for the Titans this season over 52 games played. Foudy also has 40 penalty minutes on the season.

The second pick, in the second round and 25th overall, is right winger Kyle McDonald of Ottawa. He had 25 goals for a total of 46 points for the Ottawa Senators MAAA this season. Seven of those goals were on the power play. This pick was part of a trade with the Saginaw Spirit.

The Spits picked twice in the third round. The first, at 45th overall and also from Saginaw, is defenceman Dylan Robinson. He spent most of this past season with the Brantford 99ers MM squad, scoring three goals for 22 points and incurring 50 penalty minutes. The second, from the Sarnia Sting and 59th overall, is goalie Xavier Medina. The Wayne, Michigan native played in 25 games for the Detroit HoneyBaked 16 league and had a goals-against average of 1.64.

Windsor went with a centre in the fourth round. McKay Hayes got the call. From Oakville, Hayes scored 15 goals for 39 points with the Toronto Marlboros MMAAA. This pick came from the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

The rest of the picks are as follows:

  • Christian Stevens, centre, sixth round, 110th overall. From Brooklin, Ont., he scored 14 goals with 58 penalty minutes for the Whitby Wildcats MMAAA.
  • Spencer Evans, defenceman, seventh round, 125th overall, from the Saginaw Spirit. A native of Oyster Bay, New York, he had eight goals for 29 points with the PAL Junior Islanders 16U league.
  • Tanner Kelly, right winger, seventh round, 130th overall. He played in 68 games this past season with the Little Caesars 15s, scoring 35 goals and having a plus-minus of 89. He is from Clarkston, Michigan.
  • Owen Shier, defenceman, eighth round, 159th overall, from the Sarnia Sting. From Sunderland, Ont., he played last year with the Central Ontario Wolves MMAAA, scoring six goals and having 26 penalty minutes.
  • Daniel Botelho, goalie, tenth round, 190th overall. He was in net for 17 games this season with the Grey-Bruce Highlanders MMAAA. He had two shutouts and a 2.71 goals-against average.
  • Cade Lemmer, centre, 11th round, 210th overall. From Tomahawk, Wisconsin, he played last year for Team Wisconsin 16U and stands at 5′ 7″, weighing 183 pounds.
  • Liam Scullion, centre, 12th round, 230th overall. He scored 20 points last season and had 56 penalty minutes for his hometown Burlington Eagles MMAAA.
  • Johnny Ulicny, left winger, 13th round, 250th overall. He played this past year with the Sun County Panthers MMAAA, with 13 goals for 24 points. He also scored three goals in the OHL Cup Showcase. He is from Tecumseh.
  • Luke Tuch, left winger, 13th round, 257th overall, from the Kitchener Rangers. The Baldwinsville, New York native played in 36 games for the Buffalo Junior Sabres 16U club, scoring 12 goals for 27 points, two of them on the power play.
  • Aleksa Babic, defenceman, 14th round, 265th overall, from the Ottawa 67s. From Tecumseh, he played last season for the Sun Country Panthers with 13th round pick Ulicny. He had 23 assists and 34 penalty minutes.
  • William Hunter McKown, right winger, 15th round, 286th overall, also from the 67s. From St. Louis, Missouri, he played in 33 games for the St. Louis Blues AAA 16U club. He scored ten goals for 25 points.