The Peterborough Petes are excited to welcome 16 young hockey players to the organization this weekend through the 2020 OHL Priority Selection presented by Real Canadian Superstore.
The Petes will have the 15th overall selection and have made two picks in team history at the #15 spot. These picks include Ross Wilson in 1986 and Preston Mizzi in 1997. Other notable OHL 15th overall picks include Ron Francis, Dan Cloutier, and Bryan Berard.
After recording 89 points in his final season of the Petes, Wilson went on to have a career playing in both the AHL and IHL. Mizzi spent time in both the AHL and ECHL after leaving Peterborough.
Last April, the Petes made 16 picks including a handful of key members of the 2019-20 team.
At fifth overall, the Petes picked forward Mason McTavish. McTavish finished second in rookie scoring in the Ontario Hockey League with 29 goals and 42 points in his first 57 games as a Peterborough Pete.
The Petes also selected J.R. Avon in the first round of the 2019 Priority Selection. Avon is a Peterborough native and played a key role during his rookie season.
With the second round pick the Petes selected Artem Guryev who played 14 games in his rookie season with the Petes. Guryev was joined by his former Toronto Marlboros teammate Tucker Robertson who the club selected in the fourth round of the priority selection. Robertson scored 18 points in his rookie season with the maroon and white.
The Petes will make two picks in the second round of the Priority Selection this year at 23rd and 35th overall, two spots where some big names have been picked.
The 2020 draft will mark the first time the organization will select a player at 23rd overall. In 2015, the Windsor Spitfires selected goaltender Michael DiPietro, who went on to play for Team Canada at the 2019 World Junior Hockey Championship and is a Vancouver Canucks prospect.
In 1994 the Peterborough Petes selected defenceman Mike Martone at 35th overall. Martone was a member of the Petes when they won the J. Ross Robertson Championship in 1996, going on to be drafted by the Buffalo Sabres and winning a Kelly Cup Championship in 1998-99 with the Mississippi Sea Wolves.
The Petes were able to get the most out of the 2019 Priority Selection when they picked Josh Kavanagh in the 5th round 93rd overall and Cole Patey in the 6th round at 113th overall. Both players spent the last season, along with 10th round pick Michael Simpson, with the Peterborough Petes AAA Midget club developing their skills. Both Kavanagh and Patey played some games with the OHL Petes, playing four and eight games, respectively. In 2020, the Petes will pick 94th and 95th in the 5th round and 115th in the 6th round of the Priority Selection. The Maroon and White will also pick 195th overall in the 10th round.
The Petes also have a pick in the 15th and final round of the draft. In 2018, General Manager Mike Oke put this pick to good use, selecting Keegan McMullen at 300th overall – the last pick in the 15-round draft. This year McMullen played 44 games for the Petes, recording 10 points. This year the Petes will pick 295th.
Fans can follow along with the first three rounds of the 2020 Priority Selection presented by Real Canadian Superstore online through the OHL YouTube page or by following the Petes at gopetesgo.com and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.