Brady Stonehouse Won’t Wait Long To Hear His Name At The OHL Draft
Stonehouse had an incredible season for the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs, finishing 4th in Alliance Hockey scoring with 22 goals and 54 points in only 32 games, before leading the league in playoff scoring with 15 goals and 29 points in only 16 games.
Stonehouse credits his Chiefs coaches, former NHLers Jason Willians and Danny Syvret with much of his personal success, as well as the team success of winning the Alliance title this season.
“I had a lot of fun playing with the Chiefs this season and learned a lot from Jason Williams and Danny Syvret. Winning the Alliance was great with the team after overcoming some tough first and second round opponents,” he said.
Now, the countdown is on to Stonehouse’s next accomplishment. He is slated to be selected late in the first round, or early in the second round of the OHL Draft.
“I’m excited the draft is still taking place April 4th. Honestly haven’t thought too much about the draft, just excited to be considered as a potential prospect.”
Those are modest words for someone who is more than a prospect. With Stonehouse’s projected positioning, he’ll be counted on to jump into the lineup next season of whatever team chooses him.
]”It will definitely be exciting if I get that call,” Stonehouse said of being drafted. “I’ve been dreaming about the OHL since I was little.”
He did get a taste of Junior hockey this season. The ex-Chatham-Kent Cyclones star AP’d for the GOJHL’s Komoka Kings, notching 4 points in 3 games played.
Considered a talented skater with a high compete level, Stonehouse knows he’ll have work to do after the draft in preparation for a shot at cracking the OHL next season.
“After the draft my focus is and always has been to play in the OHL as a 16-year-old,” he said. “I’m going to dedicate more of my time to training. If we get back to school, I’m lucky enough that I can skate everyday until the end of June. Looking forward to training at Athletes Fuel in the summer.”
Whoever chooses Stonehouse on April 4 is getting another talented prospect from Chatham-Kent.