Sadio Salah Declares for the S57 Draft
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – Eighteen-year-old local hockey player has officially put his name into the S57 VHL Draft. The window for declaring for this draft just opened with the S55 trade deadline commencing this past week, and the timing of the declaration puts him in a great spot to jump up draft boards in the coming months. Salah had been deciding whether or not he would go to the OHL, attend college on a full-ride hockey scholarship in the United States, or declare for the internationally-based Victory Hockey League, a ten-team league with teams based in North America and Europe.
The local kid’s skillset has excited scouts, with many projections having him going in the first round of the draft with high first round upside. His speed and drive to the net are what separate him from his fellow draftees. His hockey sense is still developing and he is considered somewhat of a project. He is considered to be the fastest player in the draft class at this point, and the second best forward behind Chase Keller.
Salah is expected to be one of the first ever players with Senegalese ethnicity to play professional hockey. His parents moved to the United States and wound up based in Minnesota, both as registered nurses.
Salah decided to sign with Reilly & Partners, LLC to represent him in the upcoming draft.
“We feel the Victory Hockey League is what will provide Sadio and his family the best opportunities down the road,” Jack Reilly said in an official press release, “He and his family are very comfortable with committing to the lifestyle required to generating a positive career in professional hockey, and he looks forward to becoming a role model for all young hockey players moving forward. We could not be more excited to bring on a player and person of his caliber.”
The next step for the promising, young player will involve an assignment to one of five VHL Minor League teams (Yukon, Oslo, Ottawa, Saskatoon, or Las Vegas). None of these teams have made a claim on Salah at this point, but it should be only a matter of time before he is packing up a couple of bags and heading to a new city to embark on his journey to professional hockey.
“I could not be more excited to get going,” Salah said, being interviewed by a local TV station, “I look forward to proving myself and generating a positive impact wherever I end up. My parents have been very supportive of me in pushing me along in my hockey career. Although knowing nothing about hockey when they moved to this great country, they were able to sacrifice a lot of time, money, and effort to get me where I am right now. It is my turn to repay the many favors.”