The Owen Sound Attack upgraded their blueline and forward unit with their first two picks in the 2015 Ontario Hockey League Priority selection.
Attack General Manager Dale DeGray used the number 9 overall pick to select defenceman Markus Phillips.
Phillips is described as a smooth skating defenceman -- similar to last year's pick Victor Mete, who never came to Owen Sound.
Ironically, the Mete compensation pick was used to grab Phillips.
Phillips, from the Toronto Titans of the Greater Toronto Hockey League, is listed at 5 foot 11 and 204 pounds.
Scouts say he is an outstanding skater who has above average offensive skills, without losing his defensive edge.
In 24 games last season, Phillips tallied 4 goals and 17 assists.
Attack GM Dale DeGray says Phillips "is an elite defenseman and we couldn’t be happier to have had the opportunity to draft him. He has great feet, excellent vision and will be an anchor on our blue line for years to come.”
The Attack used the 14th pick of the draft to select skilled forward Nick Suzuki from the London Junior Knights.
He is described as a goal scoring centreman with some flash to his game.
Suzuki had a big year with the Jr. Knights, where the forward tallied 34 goals and 34 assists in 31 games.
DeGray says “getting Nick with the 14th pick was something we hoped, but certainly didn’t expect. He has elite level skill and we’re excited to add him to our line-up next fall.”
Both Phillips and Suzuki travelled to Owen Sound with their families on Saturday and met about 50 fans who had gathered for the Attack draft party at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre.
Listen to Attack GM Dale DeGray interview from CFOS Sportstalk with host Manny Paiva.
Here is a full list of the draft picks for the Owen Sound Attack in the 2015 OHL Draft.
1 9 Owen Sound Markus Phillips 5.11.25 204 1999-03-21 LD Toronto, Ont. Toronto Titans Minor Midget AAA GTHL
1 14 Owen Sound Nick Suzuki 5.10.25 173 1999-08-10 C London, Ont. London Knights Minor Midget AAA MHAO
3 14 Owen Sound (from Ottawa) Matthew Struthers 6.01 171 1999-12-26 C Milton, Ont. Halton Hills Hurricanes Minor Midget AAA
3 15 Owen Sound (from London) Riley Daniels 6.00 178 1999-02-05 G Beamsville, Ont. Niagara North Stars Minor Midget AAA
4 12 Owen Sound Regan Kimens 6.00 175 1999-05-28 LW Concord, Ont. Toronto Titans Minor Midget AAA GTHL
5 12 Owen Sound Zachary Roberts 5.10.25 164 1999-08-04 LW Stouffville, Ont. Markham Waxers Minor Midget AAA
6 12 Owen Sound Mackenzie Warren 5.10.25 188 1999-02-16 RD Stirling, Ont. Quinte Red Devils Minor Midget AAA
7 11 Owen Sound (from Niagara) Zachary Sheedy 5.10 156 1999-05-02 RW Markham, Ont. Toronto Titans Minor Midget AAA GTHL
8 2 Owen Sound (from Windsor) Nick Pryce 5.10.25 181 1999-03-23 LW Toronto, Ont. Toronto Marlboro Minor Midget AAA GTHL
9 12 Owen Sound Kenneth Chisholm 5.11.25 145 1999-02-08 LW Granton, Ont. Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Minor Midget AAA MHAO
9 17 Owen Sound (from Barrie) Joey Berkopec 6.00 167 1999-02-12 RD Oakville, Ont. Toronto Jr. Canadiens Minor Midget AAA
10 12 Owen Sound Nicholas King 6.00 159 1999-01-13 LD Waterloo, Ont. Waterloo Wolves Minor Midget AAA
11 12 Owen Sound Cayse Ton 5.09 166 1999-07-28 LW New Liskeard, Ont. New Liskeard Cubs Midget AAA
13 12 Owen Sound Hugh Anderson 5.10.5 165 1999-04-15 LD Green Bay, WI Oakland Jr. Grizzlies Minor Midget Youth (USA)
14 12 Owen Sound Mitchell DeGray 5.07.5 182 1999-03-05 C Courtice, Ont. Clarington Toros Minor Midget AAA OMHA - ETA
Attack Draft Phillips and Suzuki in Round One
The Owen Sound Attack is pleased to announce that with the 9th and 14th overall picks in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection presented by State Farm, the Attack has selected defenseman Markus Phillips of the Toronto Titans Minor Midgets (9th) and forward Nick Suzuki of the London Jr. Knights (14th).
In 24 games last season, the 5’11, 204lb Phillips tallied 4 goals and 17 assists and was the first defenseman taken in the Priority Selection.
The Maple, ON native is described by OHL Central Scouting as “a skilled, offensive defenseman that loves to have the puck on his stick. He plays in every situation for his team and really excels on the power play, where he makes very good decisions. Markus is able to beat the first forechecker and then make a solid outlet to one of his forwards. Has a very good shot from the point and is able to find an open lane due to great foot work on the blue line.”
“Markus is an elite defenseman and we couldn’t be happier to have had the opportunity to draft him.”, stated Attack General Manager Dale DeGray. “He has great feet, excellent vision and will be an anchor on our blue line for years to come.”
Shortly after taking Markus, the Attack were again on the clock with the 14th overall pick where they took Suzuki.
Suzuki had a big year with the London Jr. Knights, where the forward tallied 34 goals and 34 assists in 31 games.
The 5’10, 173lb London native is described by OHL Central Scouting as a “a player that has high end offensive capabilities, is very elusive with the puck on his stick and is hard to contain when he is moving his feet. He sees the ice well and is a very good playmaker with the ability to make many different type of passes. Nick has a very hard and accurate shot and when given the chance in the slot he usually doesn’t miss. Nick has all the tools and assets to be a productive player at the next level. He has the ability to slow the game down at times.
“Getting Nick with the 14th pick was something we hoped, but certainly didn’t expect.”, said DeGray. “He has elite level skill and we’re excited to add him to our line-up next fall.”
DeGray added, “We’re ecstatic with both picks. As a staff and as an organization, we couldn’t be happier.”
The Attack organization welcomes both Markus and Nick, along with their families to Owen Sound.