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2021 NHL Draft Feature Profile: Colby Saganiuk


Colby Saganiuk was just ranked 193rd for North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting. He is a right-handed forward who was drafted to the Erie Otters of the OHL.


The 5-foot-8 154-pound Chicago native played for the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite in youth hockey. In his OHL draft season, Colby led the Penguins Elite U16 squad in scoring with 10 goals and 39 points in 37 games on their way to winning a national title at the USA Hockey national championships. This impressed Otters GM, Dave Brown, enough to take him in the 37th overall in the 2nd round of the 2019 OHL draft.


Brown had high praise for Colby saying, “Colby is another player we’re excited about watching in Erie for seasons to come. He is a 200-foot player and someone who boasts a complete game that coaches cherish and appreciate. Colby brings a mature style of play and team-first game that inspires and resonates among his teammates. His play is defined by his devotion to compete as hard in his end as he does on the offensive side of the game. We’re thrilled to welcome Colby and his family to the Otters organization.”

Most recently, for the 2019-20 hockey season, he played for the U.S. National U17 team and the USNTDP Junior team. He was also selected to represent America at the 2019 World U17 Hockey Challenge where he won a silver medal and posted 3 goals and 5 points in six tournament games.

He is also the grandson of Rocky Saganiuk, a former NHL pro who played 259 games for both the Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins organizations.


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