Sting select Namestnikov third overall in OHL draft

The Sarnia Sting selected Maxim Namestnikov with the third overall pick in Saturday’s Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.

The 15-year-old centre played for Honeybaked U15 last season and had 53 goals and 75 assists for 128 points in 59 games played. He’s currently committed to Michigan State University for 2023-24, but that could change.

According to the OHL scouting report, “Max may be the most offensively gifted and creative player in this year’s Priority Selection. He is explosive off the mark and has another gear that a lot of players don’t have. He isn’t the biggest player, but he doesn’t let that stop him, as he will battle anyone for a loose puck.

“His offensive tools and instincts are what really separate him from everyone else; he can make moves in tight areas and isn’t afraid of traffic either. He played a big role in his team’s success as a driving force in every game they played.”

Max is the brother of former London Knight Vlad Namestnikov, who is now a member of the Colorado Avalanche.

The Sting selected left handed defenceman Matthew Morden with the 34 overall pick in round two. Morden had five goals and 16 assists in 33 games with the Toronto Titans this past season. He also had an assist in one game with the OJHL’s Burlington Cougars.

The Sting selected right winger Ryder McIntyre in the third round, 51st overall. He had 24 goals and 17 assists in 36 games for the Ajax Pickering Raiders this past season.

According to his scouting report, “Ryder is a big power forward that plays a very heavy game and is hard to handle when he gets going in open ice. He is a good skater that needs to improve on his ten-foot game, but once he gets going his speed is good enough for the next level. He competes hard and hits hard all the time.

“He will drive the net and go to those dirty areas to score goals, which is something he does very well. He has a junior level shot already; it has pace,
accuracy and he gets it off very quickly when he needs to. Ryder is physically strong enough to play at the next level, he now just needs to work on getting quicker.”

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The Sting will have 15 picks in this year’s draft.

Round 1 (3) Namestnikov, Maxim C (5 foot 7 165 lbs) Detroit HoneyBaked 15

Round 2 (34) – Morden, Matthew LD (6 foot 2 166 lbs) Toronto Titans MMAAA GTHL

Round 3 (51) – McIntyre, Ryder RW (6 foot 2 207 lbs) Ajax-Pickering Raiders

Round 5 – Pick 83
Round 6 – Pick 103
Round 6 – Pick 107
Round 7 – Pick 123
Round 8 – Pick 143
Round 9 -Pick 163
Round 10 – Pick 183
Round 11 – Pick 203
Round 12 – Pick 223
Round 13 – Pick 243
Round 14 – Pick 263
Round 15 – Pick 283

More to come…