WNY Hockey Prospects

Osmanski Signs With OHL Steelheads

Another Western New York Hockey Prospect will be joining the OHL ranks as Austin Osmanski has signed with the Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League. Osmanski, a 6-foot-2 175 lb defenseman from East Aurora, was selected in the 6th Round by the Steelheads during last seasons’s OHL Priority Selection and will take his game to the highest level of Junior Hockey in North America for the 2015-2016 season.

During the 2013-2014 season, Osmanski became not only a leader but the clear #1 defenseman on an incredibly talented Buffalo Regals team playing almost exclusively in the SCTAMM. The SCTAMM is an elite AAA league comprised of the best Minor Midget AAA teams in Southern Ontario. Following his season with the Buffalo Regals, Osmanski, a big bodied defender with tons of offensive potential, was selected for a roster spot on the TPH Thunder. The TPH Thunder assembles a roster every year for the OHL Cup composed of the top OHL Priority Selection eligible players who’ve spent their draft year playing with non GTHL or SCTAMM teams. During the OHL Cup Tournament Austin registered 2 assists in 4 games with the Thunder.

Prior to the 2014-2015 season, Austin was named to the USA Select 16 Camp. It did not take long for Austin to prove, against the best American hockey players in the country, why the Steelheads were correct when they drafted him in the 6th Round only a few months earlier. During the short tournament Osmanski stood out for his lock-down defensive game and also had many scouts in attendance talking. Although Austin began the 2014-2015 season with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres U16 he would eventually split time between the Jr. Sabres U16 & Jr. Sabres U18 of the T1EHL. In 54 games with the Jr. Sabres U16 & U18 teams, Austin totaled 9 goals and 15 assists for 24 points.

Upon Osmanski’s signing with the Steelheads, respected OHL scout Sean LaFortune had this to say on Twitter:

When I reached out to Austin for comment on his signing he seemed incredibly honored for the opportunity with the Steelheads and he had this to say:

“I would just like to acknowledge my family as the biggest reason for my current success and the daily support from them has been incredible. The little things all add up in the end and I’m just trying soak it all in. Also, I would like to say that I have been blessed with top-notch coaches all throughout my time playing youth hockey. It was these coaches that motivated me, pushed me, and most importantly, critiqued every little part of my game. I know I am miles from my ultimate goal, but the life lessons I learned from coaches, players, and my family should set me up to adjust comfortably to the next level.”

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