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Gens select defenseman with first pick in U18 draft

Oshawa looks to fill holes left by departing overagers Salinitri, Mattinen, Saigeon in the priority player selection

By Chris Jones/The Oshawa Express

The 2018-19 priority player selection gave the Generals an opportunity to try and fill some positions currently filled by overage players.

The number of overage players a team in the Canadian Hockey League is allowed to have dressed per game is three, and the roster must only have three after the trade deadline.

An overage player is defined by the number of years they’ve played, as a player cannot play more than four, and cannot be over the age of 20 before December 31.

The three overage players for Oshawa were all gathered by trade this season, as Anthony Salinitri, Nicholas Mattinen and Brandon Saigeon will all no longer be eligible to play for the Generals next season.

Splitting time between the Gens and the Sarnia Sting this season, Salinitri scored 48 goals with 40 assists for a career high 88 points.

Mattinen scored 18 goals and 43 assists for a career best 61 points while splitting the season between the Gens and the Hamilton Bulldogs.

The final overage player, Saigeon, scored a career best 37 goals with 55 assists for 92 points between the Bulldogs and the Gens.

Oshawa’s first pick in the U18 priority player selection was 15th overall, and with it they took Brendan Bays, a defenseman from Ottawa, who spent most of the 2018-19 season playing for the Ottawa U18 HEOAAA team.  During the 2018-19 season, Bays scored 13 goals with 24 assists for 37 points in 45 games.

With the 35th overall pick the Generals selected Adam Grein, a left winger out of Kitchener.

Playing for the Kitchener Rangers MAAA team, Grein had 14 goals and nine assists for 23 points in 34 games in 2018-19.