NORTH BAY, Ont. — The North Bay Battalion is set to exercise the first overall pick in the Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday.
The Battalion, which finished with the last-place record in the abbreviated 2019-20 season, is scheduled to announce the name of the player to be selected at 1 p.m. Friday.
Restrictions on the size of gatherings resulting from the coronavirus pandemic preclude having the player in North Bay, but the announcement, which has been customary in recent years, is to be made via a teleconference.
As of Thursday, the Battalion had 16 picks in the 15-round process to be conducted over the Internet, with the club’s standard selections being the first in each round. A trading period, only for OHL Priority Selection picks and not players, opened Monday and closes at 3 p.m. Friday, after which the order of choices in each round is final.
North Bay has single picks in the first, second, third, eighth, ninth, and 11th and subsequent rounds, two picks in each of the fourth, sixth and 10th rounds and none in either the fifth or seventh round.
The Troops, having traded their own second-rounder to the Guelph Storm last Nov. 15 in acquiring Mason Primeau, hold the Owen Sound Attack’s selection. It was secured Jan. 3, 2018, with Matthew Struthers and another pick for Brett McKenzie.
The Battalion’s fourth-round selection, which now belongs to the Peterborough Petes, was sent to the Saginaw Spirit in the Nick Moutrey trade on Jan. 4, 2015. North Bay has the Sarnia Sting’s pick from the Cam Dineen trade Jan. 6, 2018, as well as Owen Sound’s, acquired from the Sudbury Wolves when Christian Purboo was dealt last Sept. 4.
The Ottawa 67’s hold the Battalion’s fifth-rounder, which was sent to Sarnia when the Troops got Theo Calvas on Oct. 10, 2018.
Apart from their own sixth-round selection, the Troops have the Flint Firebirds’ pick, acquired June 30, 2017, for Max Kislinger.
The Oshawa Generals now own North Bay’s seventh-rounder, which was dealt to Owen Sound in the Christian Propp trade Oct. 22, 2017. The Battalion’s extra pick in the 10th round was acquired from Owen Sound in the same transaction.
North Bay, which had its last six regular-season games wiped out, posted a won-lost-extended record of 17-41-4 for 38 points, last in the Central Division, Eastern Conference and league. The OHL playoffs also were cancelled.
Clubs select in the inverse order of the overall standings, with what would have been the four non-playoff teams, two in each conference, holding the top four picks in each round.