By: Barre Campbell
OTTAWA – The Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League took two important steps toward a promising future, officially announcing the team has signed the top draft picks from last April’s OHL Priority Selection.
Travis Barron, a power forward who turns 16 in August, and goalie Leo Lazarev have both joined the 67’s and will be with the team when it opens training camp later this year in the summer.
Barron, the third-overall pick and native of Belfountain, ON, served as captain of the Toronto Junior Canadians last season, scored 23 goals and 41 points in 30 games.
“It’s a great honour to join a team with a great history and success like the 67’s,” said Barron. “I’m looking forward to the hard work ahead of me and I’m excited about starting a new journey with new teammates.”
The 67’s chose Barron third overall during the draft, which took place on April 5.
“Travis is a smart, skilled character player who plays a hard game,” said Chris Byrne, 67’s general manager. “He had a solid weekend at our development camp last weekend and our fans can look forward to seeing another Travis with our group of young, skilled forwards next season when we return to Lansdowne and TD Place. “
Lazarev, a 16-year-old native of Moscow, crossed the Atlantic to play for the Junior B Waterloo Siskins last season, collecting 23 wins in 34 starts during the regular season, including three shutouts, a 2.31 goals-against average and .928 save percentage.
In the playoffs, Lazarev went 11-5-0-1 with a 2.35 goals-against average and a save percentage of .930 save percentage. He played over 50 games during the campaign and led his team to a Cherrey Cup league championship.
“Lazarev is an exciting young goaltender who’s coming off a very impressive season,” said Byrne. “We’re happy to have Leo signed and look forward to seeing him at training camp in late August.”
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