Third overall pick on the move


He was the third overall pick in this year’s OHL priority Selection, but he will not be suiting up for the team that drafted him beginning this season.

The Peterborough Petes have traded their first round pick (3rd overall) Will Cuylle to the Windsor Spitfires in exchange for seven draft picks.

The draft picks include Kingston’s 3rd round pick in 2019, Kingston’s 3rd round pick in 2020, Windsor’s 5th round pick in 2020, Windsor’s 3rd round pick in 2021, Barrie’s 2nd round pick in 2022, Windsor’s 3rd round pick in 2023 and Kitchener’s 2nd round pick in 2024.

Cuylle, who was selected third overall by the Petes, spent last season with the GTMMHL’s Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget AAA club, where he had 33 goals and 62 points in 43 regular games.

He also served as the Marlboros assistant captain last season.

In the past, the Marlboros have developed a few big names that have played in the OHL before going on to play in the NHL, including Connor McDvaid, John Tavares, Sam Gagner and former Soo Greyhounds forward Nick Ritchie.

Cuylle, who is from Toronto, which is only 1 hour and 36 minutes away from Peterborough, has drawn comparisons to former Soo Greyhounds star forward Nick Ritchie.

Not to mention Ritchie was selected 2nd overall by the Petes back in 2011, before being traded to the Hounds during the 2014-2015 season.

Prior to this year’s OHL Priority Selection, Cuylle informed the Petes not to select him, but the club still decided to make him their first round pick.

After being selected by the Petes, Cuylle made a verbal commitment to play at Penn State University on an NCAA full scholarship.

The last time the Petes had the 3rd overall pick in the OHL Priority Selection, was back in 2013, when they took defenceman Matthew Spencer.

Spencer, who played four seasons with the Petes from 2013-2017, scored 19 goals and 98 points in 251 games.