MARLO STANFIELD Special to The Standard
UXBRIDGE: On Saturday, April 6th, Cam Kosurko and Jack Staniland, a pair of North Durham players with the Central Ontario Wolves, were selected in the OHL Priority Selection.
Uxbridge’s Cam Kosurko was the first Central Ontario player selected, when he was chosen by the Sudbury Wolves, with the 13th pick in the 10th round, 197th overall.
Last year, with Central Ontario, the 5’9” forward scored 12 goals and 7 assists, in 36 games. In the playoffs, Kosurko scored three goals and three assists, in seven games. Heading to Sudbury, Kosurko joins another Uxbridge product, Blake Murray, currently in his second season with the team.
“Overall, we feel we had a great draft,” said Wolves Head Scout Mike Taylor in a press release. “We were able to fill our depth chart in a number of areas that we needed and select quality players throughout the draft. This will only help in building a championship calibre team year after year.”
Later in the day, Port Perry’s Jack Staniland was chosen by the Ottawa 67s, with the 20th selection in the 11th round, 223rd overall.
Heading to the team with the best overall record in the OHL this season, Staniland joins another Central Ontario alum, forward Quinn Yule, from Uxbridge.
A 5’8” defenceman, Staniland scored 4 goals and chipped in 5 assists, in 36 games this season with the Minor Midget Wolves, as well, he was called up, and appeared in 7 games with the Midget team.
According to Ottawa’s GM James Boyd, defence was a focal point for the team when identifying prospects for the 2019 edition of the draft.
“Our target in the draft was to address some needs on defence, we have a mature defence-core who will be graduating in the next few years so we wanted to get some new blood that can develop in the system and I think we’ve done that,” said Boyd in a press release.
“I think (Head Coach) Andre (Tourigny) has proven in the past that he is open minded about players coming into camp, and he’s excited with all the players that we have.
“There is a lot of time between now and training camp, a lot of time for development and a lot of time for them to grow. It’ll be an exciting training camp, because we definitely got players that we targeted and we’re thrilled.”
We reserve the right to remove any and all comments for any reason. Comments with swearing will be deleted without exception.