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Storm Go For Well-Rounded Picks in OHL Priority Selection

As the 2020 OHL Priority Selection comes to a close, let’s take a look back at the Guelph Storm’s selections. The Storm selected five centers, five wingers, five defencemen and one goaltender.

It was a memorable 2019/20 season in Guelph on many fronts and here are some of the players who look to Storm into the OHL.


1st Round, Pick #12: Matthew Poitras, C, Whitby Wildcats

2nd Round, Pick #24: Michael Buchinger, D, Toronto Jr. Canadiens

2nd Round, Pick #32: Jake Karabela, C, Guelph Gryphons MMAAA

3rd Round, Pick #56: Ryan McGuire, C, Burlington Eagles MMAAA

5th Round, Pick #92: Jacob Oster, G, Kemptville 73’s MMAAA

5th Round, Pick #93: Aaron Andrade, RW, Toronto Titans

7th Round, Pick #132: Koen Taves, D, Sun County Panthers

7th Round, Pick #138: Ethan Coups, D, Huron-Perth Lakers

8th Round, Pick 152: Ethan Whitcomb, RW, Niagara North Stars

9th Round, Pick #170: Vinny Borgesi, D, South Kent Selects Academy

9th Round, Pick #172: Gavin Grundner, LW, Windsor AAA Jr. Spitfires

10th Round, Pick #192: Jordan Karafile, C, Toronto Nationals

11th Round, Pick #212: Lee Parks, RW, Rockland Nationals

13th Round, Pick #252: Lucas Carson, RW, Waterloo Wolves

14th Round, Pick #272: Ryan Russel, C, Barrie Jr. Colts

15th Round, Pick #292: Brock Beer, D, Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs.


Storm Poitras Selected One – New and Noteworthy

1st round Storm selection Matthew Poitras is a complete player who can make a big impact on any game and has a super high compete level. His comparable is to Cam Hillis, just a bit bigger at age 16. Poitras is a March baby, making him eligible for the 2022 NHL Draft.

Selected local talent Jake Karabela from the Guelph Jr Gryphons. It’s always nice to have a talented hometown kid. The adjustment is much easier since they don’t have to leave their family and friends behind. They can just focus on hockey. Karabela is a skilled, high scoring center.

The Storm took goalie Jacob Oster from Kemptville in the 5th round. With Nico Daws not likely to return next season, the Storm needed to add another goalie. Owen Bennett is the likely starter for now. That gives Jacob Oster a year to learn and then the Storm can reassess the crease duties for next season.

Vinny Borgesi will be interesting, he’s leaning more towards the USNTDP/NCAA route but is open to talking to the Storm about the possibility of joining the team. Teams usually shy away from players that are planning an NCAA route, but if Guelph can convince him to join the team he’s a dangerous acquisition on the back end.  He’s a dynamic two-way d-man who skates very well. He’s the kind of guy who can make people look silly with his transition, mobility, explosive feet and so on.

The Guelph Storm had a great 2020 OHL Priority Selection when you consider the blanket depth of all positions selected on Saturday.