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Wolves bolster its lineup with three picks from U18 priority selection

Goalie, forward and defence all get a boost
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The Sudbury Wolves selected goaltender Nate Krawchuk third overall from the Thunder Bay Kings U18 team.

The Sudbury Wolves welcomed three new players to the Pack during the U18 OHL Priority Selection last week.

The Sudbury Wolves selected goaltender Nate Krawchuk third overall from the Thunder Bay Kings U18 team, centre Kent Moors from the Renfrew Wolves in the second round, and defenceman Justin Seguin from the Navan Grads in the third round.

“We are very happy with our U18 draft,” said Sudbury Wolves VP and General Manager Rob Papineau.

“We have had great success with the U18 draft and lead the OHL in regular-season games played by U18 players by quite a margin. Once training camp opens, it doesn’t matter how you got to camp, it matters what you do on the ice. 

“We feel strongly that we drafted the best goalie available in Nate and a top-end creative forward in Kent along with one of the best shutdown defenders and leaders with Justin. We are excited to see them all at camp.”

Sudbury Wolves head scout Mike Taylor said Sudbury should be elated with the prospects the Wolves were able to select in the U18 draft.

“We were able to add a solid prospect from each position which will continue to create an extremely competitive environment amongst our group,” said Taylor. “I am very pleased that we are continuing to build prospect depth within our group. This bodes well for our team as we aim to build towards a championship winning team.”

Krawchuk is an athletic, fundamentally sound goaltender who battles and competes in the net, said the Wolves. He tracks the puck well and is ultra-focused in his preparation and the way he conducts himself on the ice. He plays well in big games and always gives his team a chance to win.

In 18 games with the Kings this season, Krawchuk had a goals-against average of 1.75 and a save percentage of 0.938.

Moors is a 200-foot centre who has a tremendous work ethic. He has a strong hockey sense and is a real student of the game, said the Wolves.

“Moors is excellent on draws and can play up and down the lineup,” said the team. “His ability to read plays on both power plays and penalty kills make him a double threat both offensively and defensively.”

During the 2021-22 season, Kent tallied 53 points in 36 games with the Wolves.

Seguin was the team captain for the Navan Grads and provided tremendous leadership to the league finalists. He is known for his heavy shot, attention to detail and his ability to shut down the opponent’s top players, said the Wolves.

In 39 games with the Grads, Seguin tallied 30 points.

The Sudbury Wolves have had tremendous success with the U18 OHL Priority Selection since its induction in 2017. The Wolves have received success in both most games played (351), as well as the impact that these players have had on the team which includes Emmett Serensits, Mitchell Weeks and Nick DeGrazia.

The Wolves scouting staff will now turn their attention to the 2022 CHL Import Draft slated for Friday, July 1. Wolves’ fans can follow along by visiting sudburywolves.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Season memberships are on sale now for the upcoming 2022-23 season at greatersudbury.ca/tickets as the Wolves get set to celebrate 50 years of Wolves Hockey. For more information, visit sudburywolves.com.