Storm first round pick says he’s coming to the OHL

Tony Saxon/Guelph Today

By Tony Saxon, Guelph

Danny Zhilkin was quick to ease the minds of Guelph Storm everywhere Saturday morning.

Zhilkin, selected 14th overall by the Storm in Saturday’s OHL Priority Selection, had previously made an NCAA commitment to NCAA Boston University.

But he’s coming to Guelph.

“It’s out the window now,” Zhilkin said of his NCAA commitment.

“I’m excited to play in the Ontario Hockey League and I’m pretty committed to the Guelph Storm now,” Zhilkin said shortly after being drafted.

Zhilkin, a 5-foot-11, 178-pound centre, scored 32 goals and had 25 assists in 69 games with the Toronto Marlboros minor midgets last season. He also had 66 penalty minutes.

He was considered one of the more elite offensive talents in the draft with one of the best shots.

Zhilkin said he had talked to a number of teams throughout the year, but didn’t know who was going to take him.

“I had no idea going into the draft,” he said of Guelph’s interest.

Zhilkin, a natural centre, was born in Moscow but moved with family to Mississauga to pursue his hockey dreams was asked to describe his game.

“I’m a fast forward, I skate with the puck a lot, I find my teammates and I shoot the puck well,” he said.

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