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Mississauga Steelheads Select Three Promising Prospects in 2024 OHL Priority Selection

Mississauga, ON – The Mississauga Steelheads made waves during the first day of the 2024 OHL Priority Selection as they added three highly promising prospects to their roster.

With the 13th overall pick, the Steelheads selected Adam Valentini, the 2024 U16 GTHL AAA Player of the Year. Hailing from Toronto, Valentini boasts an impressive record of 31 goals and 36 assists in 32 games. Scouts have described him as a dynamic forward with exceptional skating ability and a lethal shot, making him a valuable addition to the team’s offense.

Coach James Richmond expressed his excitement about having Valentini join the Steelheads, praising his high skill level and competitiveness on the ice.

In the second round, Mississauga continued to bolster their forward lines by selecting Troy Patton from the Barrie Jr. Colts with the 34th overall pick. The 5’10” center from Mulmur Township brings a strong work ethic and scoring touch, having tallied 24 goals and 31 assists in 32 games during his OMHA U16 season.

Patton eagerly welcomed the opportunity to don the Steelheads jersey and contribute to the team’s success, echoing the sentiments of Coach Richmond, who highlighted Patton’s relentless style of play and scoring ability.

Rounding out their selections for the day, the Steelheads addressed their defensive needs by drafting Owen Cartwright with the 61st overall pick. The right-handed defenseman from Holland Landing, who played for the York Simcoe Express, is known for his strong skating and puck-moving abilities, tallying 26 assists from the blue line.

The Steelheads’ General Manager and Head Coach extended a warm welcome to Cartwright and his family, expressing their anticipation of seeing him in action wearing the blue and white.

Commentary:

The Mississauga Steelheads have made strategic moves in the 2024 OHL Priority Selection, focusing on bolstering both their offensive and defensive capabilities. With the addition of highly touted prospects like Adam Valentini, Troy Patton, and Owen Cartwright, the Steelheads are poised to build a formidable lineup for the upcoming seasons.

Coach James Richmond’s enthusiasm for the new recruits reflects the team’s commitment to cultivating talent and fostering a winning culture. As the OHL Priority Selection continues, all eyes will be on Mississauga as they seek to further strengthen their roster and position themselves as contenders in the league.

Marcus Godinho

Marcus Godinho is our Junior Hockey Writer, specializing in coverage of the Mississauga Steelheads and Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). With a passion for the game and a keen eye for talent, Godinho delivers in-depth analysis and updates on the teams' performances, prospects, and developments. For inquiries or feedback, contact Marcus at marcus.godinho@gtaweekly.ca.

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