The Windsor Spitfires, who are one of the youngest teams in the OHL, have signed defensemen Graeme Brown and Patrick Sanvido to standard OHL contracts. Sanvido was drafted late in the second round, 41st overall while Brown was taken four picks later with the 45th overall early in the third round. With both players signed, they will be at the team's training camp later this month.
Brown spent his 2011-12 season with the Kingston Jr. Frontenacs Minor Midget club where he scored one goal with 10 assists and 26 penalty minutes in 25 games. The Gananoque, Ontario native has been described as a smooth-skating blueliner who can create scoring chances in all situations. Listed at 6'0, 175 lbs, Brown isn't afraid to get his hands dirty either.
Sanvido, a native of Guelph, Ontario, spent last season playing for his hometown Guelph Junior Storm Midget AAA squad, where he posted three goals with 13 assists and 34 penalty minutes in 30 games. Listed at 6'5", 215 lbs., Sanvido was one of the biggest players in this year's OHL Priority Selection. Like Brown, Sanvido handles the puck well in all situations.
This past April, Spitfires' General Manager Warren Rychel and Head Coach Bob Boughner introduced Brown, Sanvido, fellow third round pick Ryan Verbeek and potential franchise player, fifth overall pick Josh Ho-Sang to the Spitfires' season ticket holders at the team's State of the Spitfires town-hall style meeting at the WFCU Centre.