The Kitchener Rangers have kept no secrets about their intentions to progress and develop players from within. This year the Rangers organization welcomes three 2019 draft selections to the team.
The committed ’03 class of the Kitchener Rangers for 2019/2020 will include:
Jesse Fishman – The most recent 2003 addition to the Kitchener Rangers lineup was their 2019 4th round selection. Jesse was committed to play for the Toronto Jr Canadiens in the Ontario Junior (A) Hockey League for 2019/2020. However, after impressing Rangers management during camp he will now remain with the team
Jesse played his minor midget hockey with the Mississauga Rebels AAA team tallying 15 goals and 12 assists last season. The Thornhill, Ontario born forward was also selected by the Waterloo Blackhawks in the 2019 USHL futures draft, Jesse was drafted in the 8th round, 119th overall.
Simon Motew – The 2003 born defenseman hails from Highland Park, Illinois and was the Rangers 2019 4th round selection at the OHL priority draft. Simon selected 75th overall by
the Rangers played for the Chicago Mission U15 team. The rearguard tallied 15 points in 20 games played for the U15 squad.
Simon looks to make the Rangers roster for his rookie season in the Ontario Hockey League. The young defender was the first of the three 2003 birth year players to sign an agreement, Simon signed in April after the draft.
Francesco Pinelli – The former Toronto Red Wings forward was the Rangers first-round selection at the 2019 OHL priority selection draft. The Stoney Creek, Ontario native has given the Rangers some more speed and skill upfront.
Skill, speed and raw talent are just a few of the tools the Pinelli will look to beat opposing players with. The two-way forward plays with great awareness and vision, Pinelli could contend for the rookie point total race this season. Francesco had a phenomenal 18/19 season playing AAA midget hockey in the GTHL, posting 114 points for the Red Wings. Pinelli will look to translate that into his first year in the OHL.
The Rangers management and scouting staff have a solid crop of ’03 born players in the fold. Also, include defenceman Roman Schmidt who is committed to the USNDTP U17 team for the 19/20 season. Although, It’s very likely Roman will find his way to the Ontario Hockey League and Kitchener Rangers next season.
Goaltender Justin Wu was selected in the 6th round of the 2019 OHL priority draft by the Rangers. With Jacob Ingham in Kitchener for his final year, we could see Justin battling for a roster spot in 2020/2021. The Young netminder was the backbone for the Mississauga Rebels in 2018/2019.
The team is heading into their final preseason games with home and home games versus the Barrie Colts upcoming. Kitchener has one overage roster spot available, it has been reported that it will remain open for forward Joseph Garreffa. Joseph is attempting to land a professional contract with an NHL team. The season begins in a couple of short weeks for the Rangers who open the season at The Aud.