Saugeen Shores' Riley Robertson picked in third round of draft, News (Grey-Bruce Highlanders AAA Minor Hockey Association)

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Apr 10, 2012 | dmoffatt | 3428 views
Saugeen Shores' Riley Robertson picked in third round of draft
SAUGEEN SHORES -- A little computer screen made big Riley Robertson speechless.

The 15-year-old Saugeen District Grade 10 student went in the third round, 55th overall, to the Erie Otters on Saturday in the Ontario Hockey League priority draft.

That's much earlier than the Grey-Bruce Highlanders minor midget defenceman expected to be taken.

"I was watching (the draft) on the computer with my whole family and when my name came up I just didn't know what to say," Robertson said on Saturday.

"I had no idea really (that Erie would draft him). I wasn't expecting to be drafted so high. I was really excited."

The six-foot-five, 190-pound Robertson was able to use his size and reach to dominate at the minor midget level.

"I like to be more defensive but when an offensive opportunity opens up I'll take it," said Robertson. "I also like to be physical."

The players are bigger and stronger in the OHL so Robertson knows he's got his work cut out for him.

"I have to get stronger and work on my upper-body strength and just having quick feet," said Robertson who will attend a three-week camp in Syracuse, N.Y., this summer.

"I'll be in the gym three times a week this summer and also do some stuff at home too. I'll also find some ice around here this summer too."

The only other local to be drafted has an Owen Sound Attack connection as coach Greg Ireland's son Jake, who played for the Don Mills Flyers, was taken in the 15th round by Erie.