8:30 a.m., June 14)
own Cody Ceci has date with destiny at upcoming NHL draft
Orléans native Cody Ceci is expected to be
selected in the top 10 at the NHL Draft in
Pittsburgh Friday night. Facebook photo
less than 24 hours, Orléans prospect Cody Ceci
will have realized the first half of his dream of one
day playing in the NHL.
18, is expected to be selected somewhere in the
Top 15. The
6-foot-3, 208 lb. defenceman could go as high as sixth
or as low as 16th.
It all depends on which team is making the selection and
who gets picked ahead of him.
entire Ceci clan -- father Pari, brother Cole, 14, sister
Chelsea, 20, and mother Karen Sylvester-Ceci, left for
Pittsburgh on Tuesday. They were going to make a stop
at the Darien Lake Theme Park and resort and visit several
outlet stores in western New York on their way down.
in Pittsburgh, Ceci has a pair of last minute meetings
with two teams are selecting between ninth and 13th.
Ceci is worried about where he'll end up he certainly
didn't show it during a plethora of pre-draft interviews
earlier in the week. If he had a choice in the matter
he wants to go as high as possible, if for no other reason
then to end the uncertainty.
still really dont know where Im going,
Ceci told the Citizen in a recent story. Im
really confused right now. Some
teams have said we will take you if youre
still there when we pick, but you never know if
they will. All you can do right now is wait and see.
Ceci gets selected in the Top 10 he will join another
defenceman from Orleans, Erik Gudbranson, who was selected
third overall by the Florida Panthers in 2010 draft..
though it is unlikely Ceci will picked as high as Gudbranson,
he is certainly hoping in his footsteps. After getting
drafted, Gudbranson spent on season with the Kingston
Frontenacs before cracking the Panthers' roster in 2011.
on who drafts him, Ceci will likely end up back in Ottawa
where he will spend a third year with the 67s. After that
it's anybody's guess. If his parent club is in need of
defencemen, he could make the jump to the NHL right away.
If they're deep in defenceman, he may have to cool his
heels in AHL for a season or two.
none of that has entered Ceci's head. He is focused on
the opening round of the draft which will take place Friday
night on TSN, and taking that walk up to centre stage
to shake NHL commissioner Gary Bettman's hand and try
on his new jersey.
the journey from the stands at Consol Energy Centre to
the main stage will be a short one, the journey from the
Timbits novice hockey program to the NHL draft has been
learning how to play hockey, Ceci had to first learn how
to skate. Fortunately, he had an expert instructor in
his mother who was a former figure skater. He eventually
made the Cumberland Barons Atom AA team and stuck with
the Barons through Major Peewee. The next year the Ottawa
and District Minor Hockey Association adopted AAA hockey.
family made the difficult decision to enroll Ceci, who
was then 13, at a private boarding school near Peterborough.
a preseason tournament in Ottawa, the Eastern Ontario
Wild filed a protest against Lakefield for playing Ceci
without acquiring the necessary transfer agreement.
dispute was eventually reviewed by the Hockey Canada executive
who ruled in favour of Lakefield and Ceci.
missing most of his major bantam season, Ceci scored 24
goals and racked up 72 points in 57 games playing minor
midget. His play caught the attention of the Ottawa 67s
who selected him 16th overall in the OHL Priority Selection
Draft as a 15-year-old.
made the team his first year, which is a rarity for kids
his age, and stuck with them ever since.
ranked 16th by NHL Central Scouting, Ceci climbed into
the top ten on the strength of his play. He nearly doubled
his career highs in goals and points this past season
to finish second in defensive scoring.
success on the ice will soon pay off in his being selected
by an NHL team in the first round of the draft live on
been a lifelong dream of mine to play in the NHL so this
has to be one of the most exciting times of my life,
notable draft picks from the east end
Erik Gudbranson 3rd overall Florida Panthers
2009 Corey Cowick 6th round Ottawa Senators
2008 Shawn Lalonde 3rd round Chicago Blackhawks
2006 Claude Giroux 22nd overall Philadelphia Flyers
2006 Jonathan Matsumoto 3rd round Philadelphia Flyers
2005 Mark Fraser 3rd round New Jersey Devils
2004 Grant Clitsome 9th round Columbus Blue Jackets
2004 Danny Taylor 7th round Los Angeles Kings
2001 Derek Roy 2nd round Buffalo Sabres
1995 Marc Savard 4th round New York Rangers
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