TORONTO - The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds have their man - a day early.
The Greyhounds announced Friday they'll select talented forward Daniel Catenacci with the first overall pick in Saturday's Ontario Hockey League draft. Catenacci, 16, is the third player in Sault Ste. Marie history to be selected first overall, joining Troy Mallette (1986) and Eric Lindros (1989).
"We are very pleased to add a player of Daniel Catenacci's calibre," Greyhounds general manager Dave Torrie said Friday in a statement. "He brings numerous qualities to the game including outstanding speed, puck skills, play-making abilities and a true desire to compete and be a two-way player.
"I feel his play on the ice will speak for itself but the way he carries himself off the ice will allow him to become a team leader and a great ambassador for the Soo Greyhounds and the Ontario Hockey League."
The five-foot-10, 178-pounder enjoyed a sensational season, scoring 42 goals and adding 45 assists and 152 penalty minutes in 39 games with the York Simcoe Express minor midget AAA team.