The Sudbury Wolves locked up one of its top young forward prospects.

The OHL club signed Richmond Hill native Kosta Manikis, who was selected by the Wolves in the fifth-round of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection, to a standard OHL contract.

The six-foot-two, 182-pound forward split time last season between the Stouffville Spirit and Toronto Jr. Canadiens of the OJHL where he totalled 18 goals and 29 assists for 47 points in 48 games. He was one of 12 OJHL players chosen to play in the 2019 Canadian Junior Hockey League Prospects Game in Okotoks, Alta. in late January.

“Our scouting staff has always been very high on Kosta since his draft year when he was a difference maker for his Vaughn Kings team that entire season,” Sudbury vice-president of hockey operations and general manager Rob Papineau said of Manikis, who was ranked 170th among North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

“He is a very intelligent player, who has great vision and playmaking abilities,” added Papineau. “He is a big, skilled forward who makes plays and does not have any panic in his game. He has a very clear goal of playing in the NHL and is very excited about coming to Sudbury to play for our team while working towards his goal.”

Manikis was committed to join Clarkson University before deciding to join the Wolves.

“Sudbury has a great hockey tradition and rich history and I feel this is the best place for me to improve my development and to help the team win a Memorial Cup,” the 18-year-old said. “The opportunity to play for the Wolves and coach (Cory) Stillman is a great opportunity for me to really take my game to the next level.”

Manikis will be on the ice when Sudbury opens training camp on August 28th.

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