For the second straight year the Soo Greyhounds picked up a highly regarded defenceman at the bottom of the first round. After selecting 2020 NHL Draft prospect Ryan O’Rourke 20th overall in 2018, the Hounds nabbed intelligent York-Simcoe Express defender Jacob Holmes with the 18th overall pick in April.
Holmes was a key member of Ontario’s squad at the Canada Winter Games this past March. The 6-foot-1, 170Ib. right-shot rearguard logged big minutes with York-Simcoe this past season, recording 17 points (7-10–17) over 33 games before the Express clinched a spot at the OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour. The Alliston, Ont. native will be part of a young blue line this season and can expect lots of opportunity to come his way.
The second round was the only one the Hounds didn’t own a pick as they continued with the selection of Toronto Marlboros winger Marc Boudreau with the third round (59th overall) choice. A good skater standing 6-foot-1, 160Ib., Boudreau collected 63 points (25-38–63) over 68 regular season games and was effective at the OHL Cup, putting up nine points (5-4–9) over five contests.
Hounds GM Kyle Raftis and his staff looked to the ALLIANCE with the additions of London Jr. Knights forward Jordan D’Intino, Waterloo Wolves winger Owen Parsons and Kitchener Jr. Rangers defenceman Luc Brzustowski in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds. North Central Predators netminder Coulter Taylor was the first goaltender selected by the Hounds, chosen in the eighth round.
Holmes is the lone Hounds prospect currently attending Canada’s National Under-17 Development Camp in Calgary. He and Boudreau have made official 2019-20 commitments to the program.
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