The Sarnia Sting selected Mississauga Reps forward Jamieson Rees with their 1st round pick, 9th overall in the 2017 OHL priority draft.
A decorated minor hockey career for the Hamilton, Ontario native, he finished 2016-2017 as an OHL Cup champion. He ended that season with 40 points in 32 games, he was also named to the OHL Cup All-Star team.
The finishing touch for ’16-’17 was becoming an OHL Gold Cup champion with GTHL red, Jamieson tallied 2 points in 2 games played.
The Hamiltonian’s first year with Sarnia in 2017-2018, seen him post 20 points (5G-15A) in 46 games played as a 16-year-old. Quietly evolving into an effective center-man.
Next opportunity for Jamieson was a chance to display his talents with the national team. He was invited to join Team Canada for the U-17 World hockey championships, he finished with 4 points in 5 games.
His sophomore season in 2018-2019 was cut short, due to injury and suspension, Jamieson played in just 37 regular season games tallying 10 goals and 22 assists for 32 points. Rees would once again join the National team as he was selected to represent Canada at the 2018 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championships.
Jamieson gained plenty of experience with the U-18 team, he finished the tournament with 2 goals and 6 assists, 8 points in 7 games.
The Sting’s first-round pick from 2017 is known for his determination, tenacity, and playing as if he was much bigger than his five-foot-ten-inch frame would suggest. The speedy forward is the first to battle for pucks along the boards, typically exiting with the puck on his stick. He is excellent at finding ways to be effective without the puck.
Jamieson plays with high energy, never one to shy away from contact regardless of the opposing player’s size. The NHL hopeful contains speed and soft hands to go along with his physicality, making him a threat in any situation.
The dynamic center from the Steel City of Ontario will require further development at the major junior level. Jamieson Rees is currently ranked 30th among North American skaters, per NHL Central Scouting services.
In my opinion, It would be a shock to see Jamieson make it past midway through the second round, and if available by the beginning of round three, well, one team is about to find themselves a steal. With his current progression and his trending style of play, I wouldn’t rule out hearing Jamieson Rees called to begin the second round.
Jamieson will look to build off his 2018-2019 season, which had some promising moments. He will be returning to the Sting for 2019-2020 with something to prove, hopefully playing a full season as we have not seen his full potential, and that alone must intrigue you, considering what he has accomplished in 83 games for Sarnia. The NHL Entry draft is approaching, it won’t be long before we know exactly where the Sting face-off specialist will begin his path to the NHL.