Two Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School students were drafted by Ontario Hockey League teams last month.
Forward Nicholas Caamano, 15, was taken in the second round – the 27th player chosen overall – by the Plymouth Whalers. Goalie Jonah Capriotti, 15, was drafted in the 15th round – 282nd overall – by the Kitchener Rangers. Both Caamano and Cipriotti spent last season with the Hamilton Junior Bulldogs Minor Midget AAA team.
The two Ancaster residents are among a record 13 members of their team to be drafted by OHL clubs this season. The previous high was eight players.
It appears Caamano will have a chance to make the OHL club this season, as Plymouth general manager and head coach Mike Vellucci told the Detroit Free Press he wasn’t interested in drafting players who might not report to the team next season.
Vellucci called Caamano “(a) good skill player who plays with grit and passion.”
He said the team’s other draft pick – who was taken seventh overall – was expected to be a top six forward next season.
Caamano is five feet 11 inches and 165 pounds. He scored 22 goals and 22 assists for 44 points in 40 games last season with the Junior Bulldogs. Caamano added six goals and seven assists in the playoffs for 13 points in 10 games. He also played three games with the Junior B Ancaster Avalanche, scoring a goal and four assists for five points.
According to OHL scouting reports provided to teams prior to the draft, Caamano improved significantly during the past season.
“He is playing with a lot more confidence with the puck and is trying to do more things than he did at the beginning of the season. He is carrying the puck more, attacking with speed and being more creative. Nicholas has a nice, long fluid stride and plays the game at a high tempo with the ability to make plays at full speed. He’s not afraid to take on a defender one-on-one.”
Capriotti, a Mount Hope native, played 22 games in net for the Junior Bulldogs last season, winning 17 while losing just four. He earned three shutouts. He stands five feet nine inches and weighs 166 pounds.
OHL scouting reports state Capriotti “competes and moves well, which allows him to play bigger than his size. He has a good glove hand and doesn’t give up on the puck.”