The 2018 NHL Entry Draft began tonight with the opening round from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Soo Greyhounds’ forward BARRETT HAYTON was the first Hound selected, with the 5th pick overall pick of the 1st Round by the Arizona Coyotes.
Hayton, a native of Peterborough, ON is coming off his second season as a member of the Hounds.
The 6.01, 191-lb centreman recorded nearly a point-per-game in 2017-18 recording 21 goals and 39 assists (60 points) in 63 regular season games played.
He added 21 points (8g, 13a) in 24 post-season games.
He was rated 9th in the NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings for North American skaters.
Named the recipient of the OHL’s Bobby Smith Trophy for OHL Scholastic Player of the Year for 2017-18 … Named to the roster for 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (Jan. 25 @ GUE) … Listed among NHL Central Scouting’s October 2017 “Players to Watch” list for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft … Member of gold-medal winning Team Canada at 2017 Ivan Hlinka tournament (U18) … Attended Hockey Canada’s Summer Showcase (July 2017) … Recipient of the the Hounds Scholastic Player of the Year Award (2016-17) … Recorded 1 goal and 1 assist in 6 games played for Team Canada White in the 2016 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge … Scored 1st-career OHL goal (game-winner) on Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ WSR … Recorded his first career OHL point (assist) on Saturday, September 24, 2016 vs OSH … Attended Hockey Canada National Teams’ Summer Showcase (July 26-August 6) in Calgary, ALTA … Selected in the 1st Round (9th overall) of the 2016 OHL Priority Selection … Recorded 3g in 5gp with Team GTHL at the 2016 OHL Gold Cup … Played 2015-16 season with the Toronto Red Wings Minor Midgets where he tallied 36g, 37a, 74pts in 59gp.