Dylan Sadowy, 18, is another player who could potentially go in the first round of the NHL Draft when things kick off on Friday.
Sadowy made a huge jump after ranking 89th in midterm central scouting rankings; he finished the year 33rd on Central Scouting’s list and will be selected in this year’s NHL Draft.
The Saginaw Spirit left winger is coming off his sophomore season in the OHL that saw him with a much more productive season than his rookie year. As a rookie in 2012-13, Sadowy had just eight points in 61 regular season games.
This year, he had 36 points in 68 regular season games. That included a team-leading 27 goals, one more than captain Eric Locke (Buffalo Sabres). Sadowy also had nine assists and 69 penalty minutes, finishing the regular season a plus-14 — one of the best on the team — in his pre- NHL draft season.
Sadowy also had an impact in the playoffs. He had four goals in five games before the Spirit were eliminated by the Erie Otters. Only Locke and Kristoff Kontos had more points, at five and eight each, respectively.
One of his biggest assets is his physical game; Sadowy isn’t afraid to drop the gloves and had seven fights this season alone, including most recently a March 6th bout with Windsor’s Eric Diodati.
Sadowy was also named a finalist for the Red Tilson Trophy, awarded to the OHL’s Most Outstanding Player of the Year. Sadowy was the Spirit’s nominee; the award eventually went to Erie’s Connor Brown, a Toronto Maple Leafs prospect.
After his productive sophomore OHL season, Sadowy was impressive at this year’s NHL Combine leading up to the NHL Draft. He finished in the top-10 in performances in four different events. Quite a step up after he failed to even make the Central Scouting prospect list at the beginning of the season.
Now, he finished the year ranked #33 but could end up going late in Friday’s first round of the NHL Draft if a team is interested.
The Woodbridge native is a former member of the Vaughan Kings of the GTHL. He was selected in the second round (37th overall) by Saginaw in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection and joined the OHL at the age of just 16.
Dylan is not the first member of his family to play in the OHL; his father, Allan, played with the Toronto Marlboros and Sudbury Wolves from 1984 until 1986.
Sadowy has said he models his style of play after Phil Kessel.
So — where will Dylan Sadowy end up going in the NHL Draft? Could he be selected late in the first round, or will he be taken in the second round as predicted by the Central Scouting rankings and several mock drafts?