The Sarnia Sting chose a California-born centre of Ukrainian parents with their first pick, the 10th overall, in the OHL Priority Selection on Saturday, April 11.
Alexander “Sasha” Chmelevski, 15, moved east to further his hockey career and played with the Honeybaked minor hockey system in Detroit, where he had 10 goal and 24 points in 25 games this past season.
Sting owner and head coach Derian Hatcher has strong ties to the Honeybaked system, with his brother Kevin having previously coached there.
Sarnia had two second round selections and chose centre Ryan McGregor of Burlington, and goaltender Aiden Hughes of London, both 16.
1st Round – 10th Overall Sasha Chmelevski Detroit Honeybaked
2nd Round – 24th Overall Ryan McGregor Burlington Eagles
2nd Round – 34th Overall Aiden Hughes London Jr. Knights
3rd Round – 49th Overall Quinton Hughes Toronto Marlies
4th Round – 69st Overall Kelton Hatcher Team Comcast U16
7th Round – 129th Overall Matthew Kellenberger Toronto Nationals
8th Round – 149th Overall Colton McKenna Buffalo Regals 16U
9th Round – 169th Overall Holden Hrysko Burlington Eagles
10th Round – 189th Overall Cameron Babiak Detroit Honeybaked
11th Round – 209th Overall Anthony Bertucca Quinte Red Devils
12th Round – 229th Overall Matthew Cassidy Team Comcast U16
13th Round – 249th Overall Curtis Egert Southern Tier Admirals
14th Round – 269th Overall Nash Nienhuis Lambton Jr. Sting