June 4, 2021 7:46 p.m.
The Sarnia Sting selected center Angus MacDonell from the Toronto Marlboros with the 13th overall pick in Friday’s Ontario Hockey League Draft.
The 16-year-old has 23 goals and 9 assists for 32 points in 27 games played during the 2019-20 season.
The Toronto native is 5’10 “and 172 pounds.
In an article on OHL Perspectives, Boy Scout Ryan McArthur said the following about MacDonell:
“He’s a complete 200-foot forward who does everything right. As an elite lacrosse player, Angus has excellent hand-eye coordination and excellent balance, ”he said. “He’s very firm on his skates and works well in small areas with elite skills with the puck and quick hands. MacDonell’s skating is something to do with his cruising speed and elite cruising speed. He attacks open ice like a dart with his swiftness and hastily accelerates. Angus can be counted on in any game situation and he strengthens his team when the pressure is on during crucial moments.
With their second selection of the day, the Stings selected the Ben Lalkin Center from the Toronto U16 Jr. Canadiens program.
Lalkin, a native of Mississauga, had 34 goals and 15 assists in 18 games with the Mississauga representatives in 2019-20.
Josh Bell of OHL Prospects said the following about Lalkin:
“You’ve probably seen Lalkin before and didn’t realize it was him.” In a viral video, Lalkin stripped a defender with three impressive straight shots before scoring the goal – shorthanded. He has excellent hands and the ability to work them well in tight spaces. He’s bursting with confidence with the puck, has impressive clearance and has good patience. While there is room to improve defensively, Lalkin is a very intriguing offensive talent.
Here’s the video of Deke from Lalkin at the age of 14, courtesy of NextProHockey on Instagram: