The Peterborough Petes selected three players in the 2019 OHL Under-18 Priority Selection on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.
In the first round, with the tenth overall pick, the Petes selected Ellis Rickwood of the Brantford 99ers. The 5’11.5”, 170lbs centre led the Alliance Midget league in points and assists with 16 goals, 48 assists, 62 points, and 22 penalty minutes in 35 games. The Toronto native was a member of the 2018 Alliance Minor Midget Champion 99ers.
“It’s a dream come true to be drafted by the Petes, especially after watching last year’s draft,” commented Rickwood. “Seeing my name pop up was a great feeling.”
“Ellis is a good playmaker with good vision,” detailed Petes Major Midget/Junior A Scout Brian Errey. “He’s a ‘pass first’ guy.”
Rickwood’s older sister, Emily, is a defenceman for the University of New Hampshire Wildcats (NCAA Women’s Hockey).
With the 30th overall pick in the 2nd round, the maroon and white selected Ben Edwards from the Toronto Titans. The 6’1″, 170lbs goaltender was a teammate of Rickwood’s with the 2018 Alliance Minor Midget Champion 99ers.
“It’s such an honour to be selected by such a well known organization,” exclaimed Edwards. “It’s always been my dream to be drafted and play in the OHL, I couldn’t be more excited to be picked by the Petes.”
Errey describes Edwards as, “athletic with good rebound control, and isn’t afraid to challenge shooters.”
Both Rickwood and Edwards workout in the off-season with current Petes Hunter Jones and John Parker-Jones.
Having selected a goaltender in the second round, the Petes, along with 13 other OHL clubs, were entitled to select a third player. With the 49th overall pick, Peterborough selected Chase MacIntyre from the Mississauga Senators. The 5’11”, 180lbs rear guard hails from Echo Bay, the same small town outside of Sault Ste. Marie as Petes alumnus Brett Findlay.
“There are no words to describe the feeling when your name comes up in the draft,” said MacIntyre. “It’s a dream come true to be selected by the Petes.”
MacIntyre is described by Errey as, “a good skater who is good on his edges, with good hockey IQ.”
“We’re excited to have added three players – a centre, a goalie, and a defenceman – to our organization through this year’s Under-18 draft to give us additional depth,” commented Petes General Manager Mike Oke. “We expect them to come into training camp to compete for a full-time spot on next season’s roster.”
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