Spitfires’ first-round pick is now on board

Wyatt Johnston is introduced by Windsor Spitfires general manager and vice-president of hockey operations Bill Bowler on June 18, 2019. Photo courtesy Windsor Spitfires.

The Windsor Spitfires have added another piece to their offensive corps.

The OHL club announced Tuesday afternoon that they had signed Wyatt Johnston, their first-round pick in this year’s OHL Priority Selection. He has signed a standard OHL Player and Education package.

Johnston, who turned 16 last month, hails from Toronto. He was chosen sixth overall by the Spitfires in the draft. The centre is coming off a productive season with the Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget AAAs, with 48 goals for 94 points over 73 games.

Spits general manager Warren Rychel said the 6’0″, 164-pound Johnston has the potential to be an elite scorer.

“Wyatt has all the skills you could ask for in a young forward,” Rychel said in a media release. “He’s an extremely intelligent player and a dual-threat scorer and playmaker that is dangerous every time he’s on the ice.”

The signing comes days after Windsor signed left winger Egor Afanasyev, who came to the Spitfires as a result of the trade of goalie Michael DiPietro to the Ottawa 67s. With Afanasyev and other snipers in place, Rychel said this team’s offence could be dangerous.

“With the likes of [Will] Cuylle, [Jean-Luc] Foudy, Afanasyev and others up front, we think we’ve got the makings of a dynamic offensive attack,” said Rychel.