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Hounds paving the way to the NHL

In a town of approximately 75,000 residents, hockey runs through the roots of Sault Ste. Marie.

And as the Greyhounds recently completed a 100-point regular season on the ice, they also continued their culture of success for it’s players.

Within the entire twenty-team OHL, there was just one (1) team that was lined with more active NHL draft picks/signees on their 2016-17 roster.
The Greyhounds featured eight (8) players that were property of professional clubs.

And while two (Senyshyn/Bouramman) were signed prior to the season, the subsequent seven-and-a-half months have seen an additional five inking NHL entry level contracts.

It began when Colton White and Captain Blake Speers both inked contracts prior to the start of the OHL regular season (RELATED:  “Devils Sign Prospects Blake Speers, Colton White) with the Devils, while North Olmsted, OH product Tim Gettinger made it official with the New York Rangers days before the regular season ended (RELATED:  “Rangers’ sign Tim Gettinger to entry-level deal”).

While just last week, both Jack Kopacka (Anaheim) and Boris Katchouk (Tampa Bay) became the latest Greyhounds to sign with their respective NHL clubs.
(RELATED:  “Katchouk, Kopacka sign NHL Entry Level Deals”)

Considering the advancement and graduation from the Hounds is a formality, the team is poised to see four of their NHL prospect players return when the puck drops this coming September.

Add to the fact that four of their teammates (see below) are projected in the Central Scouting Final Rankings for the 2017 NHL Draft and one thing is certain.

The Greyhounds create an environment and culture that focuses on bettering their players both on-and-off the ice as players and people, but they also are paving the way to the next level for those that dawn the red and white.

WHO’S DRAFTED?  WHO’S SIGNED? TIMELINE

• #2 Noah Carroll
Drafted 6th Round 2016, Carolina Hurricanes

• #6 ColtonWhite
Drafted 4th Round, 2015, New Jersey Devils
Signed September 21, 2016

• #9 Zach Senyshyn
Drafted 1st Round, 2015, Boston Bruins
Signed November 12, 2015

• #12 Boris Katchouk
Drafted 2nd Round 2016, Tampa Bay Lightning
Signed April 23, 2017

• #18 Blake Speers
Drafted 3rd Round 2015, New Jersey Devils
Signed September 21, 2016

• #26 Tim Gettinger
Drafted 5th Round 2016, New York Rangers
Signed March 16, 2017

• #37 Gustav Bouramman
Drafted 7th Round 2015, Minnesota Wild
Signed August 26, 2016

• #52 Jack Kopacka
Drafted 4th Round 2016, Anaheim Ducks
Signed April 23, 2017

RELATED NOTES:
• Leading into this summer’s 2017 NHL Entry Draft in Chicago, IL, four (4) Greyhounds are among the NHL Central Scoutings Final Rankings;  Conor Timmins (18), Morgan Frost (31), Otto Makinen (211) and Matthew Villalta (16).

  The Greyhounds had the 4th most players in the OHL attend 2017 NHL Training Camps this past September, with 10.

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