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Wolves pick Pezzetta in bid to add size, skill

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | Apr 08, 2014 - 10:40 AM |
The Sudbury Wolves went into the 2014 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection looking to add size and skill to their lineup. File photo.

The Sudbury Wolves went into the 2014 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection looking to add size and skill to their lineup. File photo.

OHL priority selection held April 5

The Sudbury Wolves went into the 2014 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection looking to add size and skill to their lineup.

The event was held April 5.

The Sudbury Wolves were very pleased to select centre Michael Pezzetta of the Mississauga Senators as their first selection. The six-foot Toronto-native notched 11 goals and added 15 assists for 26 points in 29 games and 31 penalty minutes last season.

OHL Central Scouting describes him as a “big, strong two-way centre that is very hard to play against. He is physically developed, already weighing over 200lbs. His compete level would be his strongest attribute.

“Teams look like they hate to play against him and he wins the majority of his puck battles in all three zones.”

Sudbury Wolves Head Scout Andrew Shaw agrees. He sees Pezzetta as a power forward with excellent skills.

“We were looking for strong and competitive players with a good work ethic and we felt that he meet all of the criteria we were looking for,” Shaw said. “We were really excited to be able to take that type of player and we are very eager to have him join our club.”

With no pick in the second round, the Wolves selected defenceman Trenton Bourque of the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs with their third-round selection. Shaw describes the D-man as a skilled two-way player.

“He sees the ice very well and makes an excellent first pass,” Shaw said.

In the fourth round, the Wolves took Brady Pataki from the Chatham-Kent Cyclones. Pataki is a 6-2, 221lb right winger that Shaw describes as a hard-nosed, two-way forward.

“He would be considered a power forward who is very strong physically and is very competitive.”

Pataki scored 13 goals in 18 play-off games for Chatham-Kent.

The Wolves drafted a total of 16 players in Saturday’s draft including eight forwards, six defenceman and two goaltenders.

The Wolves’ 2013-14 scouting staff includes:
Andrew Shaw – Head Scout
Gil Hughes – Toronto Scout
Sean Howard – Ottawa Scout
Bob Lekun - London Scout
Bryan Verreault – Northern Scout
Terry Chitaroni - Thunder Bay Scout
George Bessett - USA Scout
Rick Wolfe - USA Scout

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