The OHL priority draft is getting underway this weekend and today the Sarnia Sting drafted their first overall pick. With the first overall pick in the 2014 OHL draft, the Sarnia Sting drafted defenceman Jakob Chychrun from the Toronto Junior Canadiens.
The 16 year old defenceman is a man amongst boys standing 6 foot 2 and tipping the scales at 200 pounds. While he can
certainly add some muscle while playing for the Sting, there isn’t much Chychrun needs to learn from his time in the OHL. There are already rumours of Chychrun making the jump to the NHL in two short years, instead of playing out his four years in junior.
Chychrun had a a solid year with the Jr. Canadiens racking up 16 goals and 27 assists for 43 points, adding 28 penalty minutes in 29 games. He was denied entrance into the USHL as an under-age player and instead found a home in the GTHL.
The 16 year old defenceman is descrived as a solid two-way defenceman, who isn’t afraid to throw the body and log heavy minutes on the back-end for his team.
Chychrun put his talents on display at the U17 World Challenge as the only non-OHL player representing Canada. He was the youngest member of the team and managed a goal and 3 assists in 5 games. Jakob Chychrun has been described as a total package. He has NHL ready size, can play big minutes, score goals and is a player that an OHL team could build their team around.
As a foot note, Jakob is the son of former Flyers great Jeff Chychrun, who won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins. Here is a little game action of Jakob Chychrun.
The2 2014 NHL draft is underway with the Sarnia Sting taking defenceman Jakob Chychrun first overall. The rest of the draft will continue on Saturday. Chychrun follows Alex Galchenyuk as the last Sting first overall draft pick from 2010 and if he lives up to expectations he’ll be just as touted.