December 7, 2016 · 0 Comments
King City native Alex Formenton has been pegged as a first round draft pick in the upcoming entry draft by the NHL’s Central Scouting division.
By Jake Courtepatte
A key component of last season’s Junior A Aurora Tigers squad has been projected by the NHL as one of the first 30 picks in the 2017 entry draft.
Alex Formenton, one of only two Tigers to suit up for all 54 games in the 2015-16 OJHL season, signed with the OHL’s London Knights in the off-season. The King City native, a natural left-winger, joined the Tigers following a successful Minor Midget season with the AAA Mississauga Rebels in 2014-15.
With 14 points through the first 27 games in the OHL, the 17-year-old has been pegged as a first round candidate by the NHL’s Central Scouting division.
“I would say my game has definitely improved,” said Formenton. “I just try to play my game, and get lots of scoring chances.”
Formenton recorded 13 goals and added 13 assists in his one season with Aurora.
Also making the list was Formenton’s teammate Robert Thomas, a former member of the York-Simcoe Express now in his second year with the Knights. The Aurora native has been projected by the NHL as a second round draft pick in 2017, playing at over a point-per-game pace so far this season.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to get drafted,” said Thomas. “I’m just trying to work as hard as I can and play my best.”
The 5’11,” 175-lb. Thomas has been cemented into the second line centre role in London since joining the Knights last season.
“You’re going to get a lot of criticism, and people critiquing how you play, but you just have to focus on your game.”
Both players will be waiting to hear their names called in the draft in late June.