Sting choose Slovakian centre in CHL Import Draft (VIDEO)

The Sarnia Sting select C Alex Geci in the 2020 CHL Import Draft (Photo courtesy of ISM Sport Management)

The Sarnia Sting selected left-handed centre Alex Geci with the seventh overall pick in Tuesday’s CHL Import Draft.

The 6’2″, 176 pound native of Topolcany, Slovakia had eight goals and nine assists in 27 games with HC Slovan Bratislava U20 this past season. He also had 14 points in 13 games with Lukko U18 in Finland.

In 2017-18, Geci scored a league-best 37 goals in 42 games for HC Slovan Bratislava U16.

Sting General Manager Dylan Seca said Geci will bring a lot to the team.

“He’s a rangy centreman, great skater, he’s smooth and gets around the ice really well,” he said. “He plays both ends of the ice and has offensive upside. He’s been a part of the Slovakian Under 18 program and probably will be a World Junior player. We like that he has that elite calibre.”

Seca is confident that Geci will join the club this coming year.

“The conversations I’ve had with him — even as of 15 minutes ago — and his agent, he’s excited to be here. We’re also excited to have him. We’ll get him here and get him acclimatized. His English is excellent, so I think parts of that will be pretty seamless. He’s just a really good kid, too and that’s part of the homework that we did. We spoke to him before the draft to get a sense of his character and his commitment off the ice and it all looks good.”

The 16-year-old is eligible to be chosen in the 2021 NHL draft. He said he’s excited to get started.

“I am really proud and honoured to be a part of the Sarnia Sting organization and be a part of the Sting family,” he said. “I can’t wait to get things started and to see you all soon.”

The Sting decided to pass on their second-round pick with Swedish defenceman Eric Hjorth set to return this coming season.