Coe selected by San Jose Sharks

Brandon Coe of the North Bay Battalion scores his second goal of the game against goaltender Anthony Popovich of the Flint Firebirds in Ontario Hockey League action last December at Memorial Gardens.
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Right winger Brandon Coe of the North Bay Battalion was selected Wednesday by the San Jose Sharks in the fourth round, 97th overall, of the National Hockey League Draft.

The draft was conducted in virtual fashion from 31 club sites, reporting to a league command centre in Secaucus, N.J., because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Coe, a six-foot-four, 190-pound Ajax, Ont., resident, scored 25 goals and added a team-leading 32 assists for 57 points in 60 games in the 2019-20 Ontario Hockey League season. In 188 games over three seasons, he has scored 52 goals and earned 65 assists for 117 points.

He was North Bay’s first-round pick, third overall, in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection from the Toronto Nationals minor midgets.

“It’s a great accomplishment for Brandon,” said Battalion general manager Adam Dennis. “We know how hard he’s worked to get here. The way he played in the back half of last season is just scratching the surface of his potential.

“We feel the San Jose Sharks got a great young man. Our entire staff is elated for Brandon and his parents, Lance and Heather.”

The NHL, which lists Coe as the 98th pick, failed to renumber selections after the 48th despite having stripped the Arizona Coyotes of the 49th pick in August for violating the scouting combine policy by conducting physical tests of draft-eligible players. In addition to its second-round choice this year, Arizona lost its first-rounder in 2021.

Centre Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves was the top OHL selection at No. 2, after the first overall pick, left winger Alexis Lafreniere of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Rimouski Oceanic.

The Canadian Hockey League had 19 players taken Tuesday night in the first round, made up of seven picks from each of the OHL and Western Hockey League and five from the QMJHL.

Coe became the eighth Battalion member selected in the NHL draft in the North Bay era, which started with the 2013-14 season after relocation from Brampton. Centre and left winger Mason Primeau was chosen last year by the Vegas Golden Knights.

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