Wolves off to fast start at training camp

Quinton Byfield is entering a pivotal season in his hockey career, but the Sudbury Wolves star centreman is taking things in stride.

And what a long, powerful stride it is.

The skilled 6-foot-5, 215-pound Newmarket, Ont. native, a top-rated prospect for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, credits his parents, Clinton Byfield and Nicole Kasper, as well as his agent, Jeff Jackson, for keeping him grounded.

“They have been talking to me all summer about it,” said Byfield, who only turned 17 on Aug. 19. “They said I haven’t thought about my draft any other season, so why should this one be so different? They told me there’s going to be a lot of ups and downs, so just keep a level head and keep going.”

Story by Ben Leeson of the Sudbury Star. Continue reading


With eyes opened, Stranges now gunning for NHL top 20 pick

He has already unleashed his offensive wizardry in the opening three days of Knights training camp.

The next steps for Antonio Stranges are to help lead London’s attack and convince NHL teams he is worthy of a high selection next June in Montreal — preferably in the spotlight of Friday night’s first round.

“That’s my goal — I’d like to be in the top 20 picks,” the 17-year-old sophomore winger said. “I watched the draft on TV this year and it looks real special to get your name called, walk up on that stage and put that NHL uniform on for the first time.

“That’s something I want to do and if I play my game, I can achieve that.”

Story by Ryan Pyette of the London Free Press. Continue reading

OHL’s 2020 Draft Eligible Players to Watch

What a difference a year can make.

The 2019 National Hockey League Draft was one to forget for fans of the Ontario Hockey League as it turned out to be the worst draft in the history of the league.

Jamie Drysdale of the Erie Otters. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Jamie Drysdale of the Erie Otters. Photo by Terry Wilson, OHL Images

But 2020 promises to be different, at least for now. The quality at the top of the class appears to be in better shape then 2019 and goes deeper as the rounds pass by.

We here at OHL Writers are taking a page out of NHL Central Scouting’s Players to Watch list and coming up with our own. While Central Scouting rates the players as A, B or C prospects, we take it a step further and added a D.

Here’s how we break it down:

A rating – first round potential

B rating – second or third round potential

C rating – forth or fifth round potential

D rating – sixth or seventh round potential

Player POS Team
A Quinton Byfield C Sudbury
A Jamie Drysdale D Erie
A Jean-Luc Foudy C Windsor
A Cole Perfetti LW Saginaw
A Jacob Perrault C Sarnia
A Jaromir Pytlik RW Sault Ste Marie
A Marco Rossi C Ottawa
A Antonio Stranges LW London
B Andrei Bakanov RW Guelph
B Brandon Coe C North Bay
B Will Cuylle LW Windsor
B Logan Morrison C Hamilton
B Ryan O’Rourke D Sault Ste Marie
B Ruben Rafkin D Windsor
B Donovan Sebrango D Kitchener
B Oliver Suni RW Oshawa
B Tyler Tulio C Oshawa
B Reid Valade RW Kitchener
B Nick Wong C Kingston
C Alec Belanger D Ottawa
C Cameron Butler RW Peterborough
C Ethan Cardwell C Saginaw
C Tyson Foerster C Barrie
C Hayden Fowler C Erie
C James Hardie LW Mississauga
C Alex Johnston C Sault Ste Marie
C Colton Kammerer D Sarnia
C Lleyton Moore D Oshawa
C Jakob Murray D Kingston
C Aidan Prueter C Mississauga
C Jack Quinn RW Ottawa
C Kirill Steklov D London
C Jack Thompson D Sudbury
C Cameron Tolnai C Ottawa
C Evan Vierling C Flint
D Ty Collins RW Guelph
D Will Cranley G Ottawa
D Ole Holm D Mississauga
D Rory Kerins C Sault Ste Marie
D Ville Ottavainen D Kitchener
D Sahil Panwar C London
D Zachary Papoutsakis G Oshawa
D Cameron Peters C North Bay
D Isaak Phillps D Sudbury
D Riley Piercy RW Barrie
D Ryan Sepien C Kitchener
D Zack Terry D Guelph
D Avery Winslow D London

OHL’s 2020 Draft Eligible Players

Byfield, Quinton (1)
Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves. Photo by OHL Images

Ontario Hockey League training camps are well on their way and so is the exhibition schedule and it’s time to look at the players eligible for the 2020 National Hockey League draft.

While the list is fluid and could change by the hour as teams begin to make their cuts as the season nears, we’ve attempted to gather the list of players available for the first time that are participating at OHL camps.

Here is the breakdown by team of those players:

28 Riley Piercey RW 6’3 182 Mississauga, Ontario
57 Matthew Sredl D 6’0 190 Raleigh, N. Carolina
71 Tyson Foerster C 5’11 189 Alliston, Ontario
4 Jamie Drysdale D 5’11 165 Toronto, Ontario
13 Elias Cohen C 5’10 147 Toronto, Ontario
14 Hayden Fowler RW 5’10 185 Kingston, Ontario
25 Marcus Gillard D 6’2 185 Welland, Ontario
74 Noah Sedore LW 5’8 160 Sharon, Ontario
91 Brendan Hoffman RW 6’2 200 Charlotte, N. Carolina
4 Tyler Deline D 5’10 150 Peterborough, Ontario
8 Michael Bianconi D 5’11 161 Toronto, Ontario
22 Marcus Gretz D 6’3 215 Macomb, Michigan
41 Evan Vierling C 6′ 155 Aurora, Ontario
11 Andrei Bakanov RW 6’2 219 Moscow, Russia
20 Ben McFarlane RW 5’9 160 Ayr, Ontario
21 Ty Collins RW 6’0 157 Newmarket, Ontario
24 Matthew Papais LW 5’10 170 Nobleton, Ontario
23 Zack Terry D 6’1 180 Oakville, Ontario
25 Clark Hiebert D 6’2 196 Oakville, Ontario
26 Luka Profaca D 6’1 170 Mississauga, Ontario
28 Cooper Walker C 6′ 170 Cambridge, Ontario
37 Owen Bennett G 6’3 202 Georgetown, Ontario
2 Micahel Renwick D 5’11 175 Mississauga, Ontario
9 Logan Morrison C 5’11 170 Guelph, Ontario
42 Cameron Supryka D 6’2 180 Belleville, Ontario
92 George Diaco LW 5’7 160 London, Ontario
33 Marco Costantini G 6’1 175 Hamilton, Ontario
12 Luke Drewitt LW 6’2 180 London, Ontario
14 Nick Wong RW 5’9 170 Erin, Ontario
17 Kallaway Mercer LW 5’10 164 Port Hope, Ontario
18 Zade Wisdom C 5’10 199 Toronto, Ontario
43 Jacob Murray D 6’3 188 Oakville, Ontario
19 Joseph Serpa C 5’8 180 Cambridge, Ontario
20 Isaac Langdon C 6′ 175 Oakville, Ontario
26 Ville Ottavainen D 6’4 195 Oulu, Finland
37 Donavan Sebrango D 6′ 176 Kingston, Ontario
55 Reid Valade RW 5’10 155 Caledon, Ontario
61 Ryan Stepien RW 5’10 175 Stoney Creek, Ontario
4 Avery Winslow D 6′ 185 St Pete Beach, Florida
14 Luke Evangelista RW 5’11 165 Oakville, Ontario
16 Sean McGurn C 5’11 176 Ottawa, Ontario
27 Kirill Steklov LW 6’4 185 Tallinn, Estonia
40 Antonio Stranges LW 5’10 178 Plymouth, Ontario
45 Gerard Keane D 5’10 167 Homer Glen, Illinois
62 Sahil Panwar LW 6′ 178 Mississauga, Ontario
30 Brett Brochu G 5’11 156 Tillbury, Ontario
84 Mathias Onuska G 6’3 180 Waterloo, Ontario
7 Craig Spence D 6’2 170 Chatham, Ontario
14 James Hardie LW 5’11 183 Innisfil, Ontario
18 Michael Stubbs C 5’8 175 Thunder Bay, Ontario
21 William Portokalis C 5’10 178 Mississauga, Ontario
23 Callan Christner LW 6′ 178 New Hamburg, Ontario
37 Charlie Callaghan D 5’8 167 Toronto, Ontario
43 Max Dodig LW 5’11 175 Toronto, Ontario
45 Carson Whitson RW 5’8 140 Uxbridge, Ontario
88 Ole Bjorgvik-Holm D 6’1 180 Oslo, Norway
94 Aiden Prueter C 5’10 165 London, Ontario
11 Jonah De Simone RW 5’10 165 Richmond Hill, Ontario
13 Cameron Snow C 5’8 155 Thornton, Ontario
14 Giancarlo Chanton D 6′ 174 Busserach, Switzerland
21 Ethan Sims C 5’9 143 Hamilton, Ontario
27 AJ Cook D 6′ 180 St Catherines, Ontario
73 Jake Uberti C 6’1 185 Toronto, Ontario
1 Tucker Tynan G 6’1 159 Chicago, Illinois
5 Pacey Schlueting D 6’1 180 North Bay, Ontario
21 Brandon Coe RW 6’4 185 Ajax, Ontario
23 Cameron Peters C 6’3 179 Toronto, Ontario
34 James Mayotte D 6’1 190 Mallorytown, Ontario
35 Niki Korpialho LW 6’1 172 Aura, Finland
12 Lleyton Moore D 5’9 165 Woodbridge, Ontario
19 Oliver Suni RW 6’2 183 Kempele, Finland
71 Ty Tullio RW 5’11 162 Lakeshore, Ontario
31 Matthew Sbrocca G 6’2 202 LaSalle, Ontario
33 Zachary Paputsakis G 6’3 186 Rockland, Ontario
Dylan Robinson LW
10 Cameron Tolnai C 6’2 178 Oakville, Ontario
21 Yanic Crete C 6’1 178 L’Original, Ontario
22 Jack Quinn RW 6’1 174 Cobden, Ontario
23 Marco Rossi C 5’9 174 Feldkirch, Austria
Anthony Costantini D
26 Alec Belanger D 6′ 179 Barrie, Ontario
31 Will Cranley G 6’3 172 Peterborough, Ontario
4 Igor Chibrikov D 6’7 181 Toronto, Ontario
6 Nolan Seed D 6’0 171 Newboro, Ontario
10 Jashua Samanski C 6’3 164 Germany
23 Julian Straub RW 6’2 176 Germany
28 Mark Woolley D 6’2 202 St Thomas, Ontario
7 Shawn Spearing D 6’0 183 Toronto, Ontario
21 Cameron Butler RW 6’4 197 Ottawa, Ontario
23 Dustin Hutton LW 5’9 145 Etobicoke, Ontario
30 Tye Austin G 6’4 199 Pembroke, Ontario
7 Ian Lemieux D 6’0 180 Midland, Ontario
11 Ethan Cardwell RW 5’10 175 Courtice, Ontario
22 Mitchell Smith D 5’10 175 Saginaw, Michigan
91 Cole Perfetti LW 5’10 180 Whitby, Ontario
32 Carter Tahk G 6’0 180 Mississauga, Ontario
12 Nolan DeGurse LW 6’1 185 Peterborough, Ontario
16 Theo Hill C 6’0 175 Hagersville, Ontario
17 Owen Saye RW 5’11 170 Toronto, Ontario
18 Nolan Dillingham D 6’1 185 Mississauga, Ontario
44 Jacob Perreault RW 5’11 198 Hinsdale, Illinois
61 Anthony Tabak LW 6’5 204 Oakville, Ontario
77 Colton Kammerer D 6’1 180 Brooklin, Ontario
15 Alex Johnston C 6′ 172 Stittsville, Ontario
21 Ryan O’Rourke D 6’1 169 Pickering, Ontario
23 Rory Kerins LW 5’10 173 Caledon, Ontario
26 Jaromir Pytlik RW 6’2 192 Dacice, Czech Republic
7 Isaak Phillips D 6’3 174 Barrie, Ontario
22 Jack Thompson D 6’1 172 Courtice, Ontario
55 Quinton Byfield C 6’5 214 Newmarket, Ontario
5 Dylan Robinson D 6’3 183 Simcoe, Ontario
13 Will Cuylle LW 6’2 200 Toronto, Ontario
25 Kyle McDonald RW 6’4 186 Ottawa, Ontario
88 Ruben Rafkin D 5’11 188 Turku, Finland
93 Jean-Luc Foudy C 5’11 163 Scarborough, Ontario
30 Xavier Medina G 6’0 181 Detroit, Michigan


Team Canada Announces Roster for Hlinka/Gretzky

Press Release

CALGARY, Alta. – Twenty-two of the nation’s top young players have earned the opportunity to represent their country as part of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia, Aug. 5-10.

Hockey Canada finalized its roster Tuesday following a five-day selection camp that saw 44 players participate in on- and off-ice sessions, including three intrasquad games, at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

The roster consists of two goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards, including two players who were a part of Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team that competed at the 2019 IIHF U18 World Championship in Sweden last April (Drysdale, Hunt). Twenty-one of the 22 players participated in the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Saint John and Quispamsis, N.B. The lone exception was Hendrix Lapierre (Gatineau, Que./Chicoutimi, QMJHL), who was unable to participate due to injury.

“We were pleased with the level of competition at selection camp, and our staff is confident in the 22 players that have earned their spot on Team Canada for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup,” said Brad McEwen (Whitewood, Sask.), head scout for the Program of Excellence. “The skill and intensity showed by all 44 players at camp made our decisions difficult, but we know our players and staff will embrace the opportunity to wear the Maple Leaf as we look to bring home a gold medal.”

The selections were made by McEwen, Alan Millar (Tottenham, Ont./Moose Jaw, WHL), the U18 lead for the Program of Excellence management group, and Ben Shutron (Orleans, Ont.), manager of men’s national teams for Hockey Canada. Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team coaching staff, including head coach Michael Dyck (Lethbridge, Alta./Vancouver, WHL) and assistant coaches Mario Duhamel (Saint-Bruno, Que./Ottawa, OHL) and Dennis Williams (Stratford, Ont./Everett, WHL), provided input into the final player selections.

Canada will face off against Slovakia in pre-tournament action on Saturday, Aug. 3 in Piestany before moving on to Breclav, where it opens the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup against Finland on Monday, Aug. 5 at 9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 a.m. PT. All Team Canada tournament games will be broadcast by TSN and RDS; please check local listings for details.

In 2018, the tournament was rebranded as the Hlinka Gretzky Cup and co-hosted by Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta. Canada captured gold on home ice, defeating Sweden 6-2 in the gold medal game.

Canada has won gold 22 times in 28 years of summer under-18 competition, along with two silver medals and one bronze.

22 CHL players on Team Canada for 2019 Gretzky Hlinka Cup:

Dylan Garand (Kamloops Blazers)
Tristan Lennox (Saginaw Spirit)

Lukas Cormier (Charlottetown Islanders)
Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters)
Kaiden Guhle (Prince Albert Raiders)
Daemon Hunt (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Ryan O’Rourke (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jeremie Poirier (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Donovan Sebrango (Kitchener Rangers)

Mavrik Bourque (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves)
Will Cuylle (Windsor Spitfires)
Jean-Luc Foudy (Windsor Spitfires)
Ridly Greig (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Seth Jarvis (Portland Winterhawks)
Hendrix Lapierre (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
Connor McClennon (Winnipeg ICE)
Jake Neighbours (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit)
Theo Rochette (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
Justin Sourdif (Vancouver Giants)
Ozzy Wiesblatt (Prince Albert Raiders)

For more information on Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook, Twitter and Twitter.com/HC_Men.

Sweden Announces Roster for Hlinka – Gretzky Cup

Calle Clang 2002 6’2″ 176 L SHL
Jesper Wallstedt 2002 6’3″ 205 L SuperElit
Emil Andrae 2002 5’9″ 183 L J18 Elit
Helge Grans 2002 6’3″ 192 R SuperElit
Axel Kumlin 2002 6’0″ 174 R SuperElit
Leo Lööf 2002 6’0″ 168 L J18 Elit
Theo Nordlund 2002 6’0″ 161 L SuperElit
Hugo Styf 2002 6’1″ 176 L SuperElit
William Wallinder 2002 6’4″ 185 L J18 Elit
William Eklund 2002 5’8″ 154 L SuperElit
Elliot Ekmark 2002 5’9″ 150 L SuperElit
Samuel Eriksson 2002 5’11” 163 L J18 Elit
Isak Garfvé 2002 6’3″ 185 R J18 Elit
William Hallén 2002 6’1″ 176 L SuperElit
Erik Hedlund 2002 5’9″ 157 R J18 Elit
Daniel Ljungman 2002 6’0″ 161 L SuperElit
Linus Lööf 2002 6’0″ 161 L J18 Elit
Oskar Magnusson 2002 5’10” 165 L SuperElit
Zion Nybeck 2002 5’8″ 176 L SuperElit
Oskar Olausson 2002 6’0″ 165 L SuperElit
Elias Stenman 2002 5’10” 165 L SuperElit
Daniel Torgersson 2002 6’3″ 205 L J18 Elit

Team USA Announces Roster for Hlinka/Gretzky

Player Pos Birthdate Hometown NCAA Commitment (League)
Carson Bantle F 01/22/2002 Onalaski, Wis. Michigan Tech (WCHA)
Ryan Beck F 08/25/2002 Linden, Mich. University of Denver (NCHC)
Blake Biondi F 04/24/2002 Hermantown, Minn. University of Minnesota Duluth (NCHC)
Evan Bushy D 03/26/2002 Thief River Falls, Minn. St. Cloud State University (NCHC)
Noah Ellis D 02/01/2002 Urbandale, Iowa Uncommitted
Mark Estapa F 01/13/2002 St. Clair, Mich. Western Michigan University (NCHC)
Alex Gaffney F 06/25/2002 West Orange, N.J. Harvard University (ECAC Hockey)
Alex Gagne D 08/12/2002 Bedford, N.H. University of New Hampshire (HEA)
Cross Hanas F 01/05/2002 Highland Village, Texas
Avery Hayes F 10/10/2002 Westland, Mich. Hamilton Bulldogs
Louden Hogg G 10/18/2002 Cheyenne, Wyoming Uncommitted
Wyatt Kaiser D 07/31/2002 Ham Lake, Minn. University of Minnesota Duluth (NCHC)
Tanner Kelly F 05/11/2002 San Diego, Calif. Michigan State University (Big Ten)
Donald Kempf D 04/15/2002 Chicago, Ill. Cornell University (ECAC Hockey)
Ryan Kirwan F 02/27/2002 DeWitt, N.Y. Penn State University (Big Ten)
David Ma D 06/22/2002 Yonkers, N.Y. Princeton University (ECAC Hockey)
Colin Purcell G 06/23/2002 Shaker Heights, Ohio Uncommitted
Jacob Ratzlaff D 06/23/2002 Rosemount, Minn. University of Minnesota (Big Ten)
Mackie Samoskevich F 11/15/2002 Newtown, Conn. University of Michigan (Big Ten)
Ben Schoen F 05/18/2002 Maumee, Ohio Miami University (NCHC)
Artem Shlaine F 03/07/2002 Boca Raton, Fla. Boston University (HEA)
Jack Williams F 03/02/2002 Biddeford, Maine Northeastern University (HEA)

46 OHL Prospects Invited to Canada’s National Under-17 Camp

Hockey season may be over for fans, but for the players, the quest for their dreams continues through the summer months and that goes for 46 Ontario Hockey League players who get the opportunity to strut their stuff at Canada’s National Under-17 Development Camp.

The list of OHL prospects invited include 5 goaltenders, 12 defencemen and 29 forwards. They will participate in the event along with along with 66 other prospects beginning July 19 and ending July 26 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary Alberta.

Here are the OHL prospects invited to participate:

Name S/C Ht. Wt. Hometown 2018-19 Team OHL Team
Matteo Drobac L 6’0″ 179 Oakville, Ont. Halton (OMHA-SCTA) Hamilton
Carter Garvie L 6’2″ 150 Owen Sound, Ont. Grey-Bruce (OMHA-SCTA) Saginaw
Benjamin Gaudreau L 6’1″ 160 Corbeil, Ont. North Bay (GNML) Sarnia
Patrick Leaver L 5’11” 159 Perth, Ont. Smiths Falls (HEOMAAA) Oshawa
Josh Rosenzweig R 6’0″ 158 Toronto, Ont. Toronto Red Wings (GTHL) Niagara
Paul Christopolous R 5’11” 181 Richmond Hill, Ont. Don Mills (GTHL) North Bay
Brandt Clarke R 6’2″ 185 Ottawa, Ont. Don Mills (GTHL) Barrie
Ethan Del Mastro L 6’3″ 180 Freelton, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (GTHL) Mississauga
Isaac Enright R 6’0″ 170 Cobden, Ont. Pembroke (HEO) Niagara
Connor Federkow L 5’9″ 148 St. Catharines, Ont. Niagara North (OMHA-SCTA) London
Braden Hache L 6’2″ 185 Newmarket, Ont. York-Simcoe (OMHA-ETA) Kingston
Jacob Holmes L 6’1″ 176 Alliston, Ont. York Simcoe (OMHA-ETA) Sault Ste Marie
Logan Mailloux R 6’3″ 214 Belle River, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (GTHL) London
Jack Matier R 6’2″ 174 Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Soo (NOHA) Ottawa
Connor Punnett L 6’1″ 177 Powassan, Ont. North Central (OMHA-ETA) Saginaw
Ranvir Gill R 6’3″ 190 Ottawa, Ont. Ottawa (HEO) Ottawa
Ty Hollett R 6’2″ 196 Orleans, Ont. Navan (HEO) North Bay
Liam Arnsby R 5’10” 175 Ajax, Ont. Don Mills (GTHL) North Bay
Jon-Randall Avon L 5’10” 172 Selwyn, Ont. Peterborough (OMHA-ETA) Peterborough
Jack Beck L 5’11” 152 Richmond Hill, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (GTHL) Ottawa
Josh Bloom L 6’1″ 165 Oakville, Ont. Toronto Young Nationals (GTHL) Saginaw
Ethan Burroughs R 5’10” 165 Georgetown, Ont. Halton (OMHA-SCTA) Owen Sound
Ryan Del Monte R 5’11” 161 Mississauga, Ont. Toronto Young Nationals (GTHL) Barrie
Deni Goure R 5’10” 159 Grande Pointe, Ont. Chatham-Kent (MHAO) Owen Sound
Brett Harrison L 6’1″ 157 London, Ont. London (MHAO) Oshawa
Thomas Johnston L 5’8″ 154 Oshawa, Ont. Whitby (OMHA-ETA) Ottawa
Wyatt Johnston R 5’11” 152 Toronto, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (GTHL) Windsor
Braeden Kressler R 5’9″ 154 Kitchener, Ont. Mississauga Senators (GTHL) Flint
Ethan Larmand L 5’11” 160 Midland, Ont. North Central (OMHA-ETA) Sudbury
Kaleb Lawrence L 6’5″ 205 Orleans, Ont. Ontario Hockey Academy (HEO) Owen Sound
Connor Lockhart R 5’9″ 162 Kanata, Ont. Kanata (HEO) Erie
Jacob Maillet R 6’0″ 172 Dundas, Ont. Hamilton (OMHA-SCTA) Guelph
Landon McCallum R 5’10” 154 Simcoe, Ont. Brantford (MHAO) Sudbury
Max McCue L 6’0″ 154 Sudbury, Ont. Sudbury (NOHA) London
Mason McTavish L 6’1″ 195 Pembroke, Ont. Pembroke (HEO) Peterborough
Daniel Michaud L 6’2″ 176 Belleville, Que. Quinte (OMHA-ETA) Oshawa
Justin O’Donnell R 6’1″ 170 Oakville, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (GTHL) Sarnia
Brennan Othmann L 6’0″ 168 Pickering, Ont. Don Mills (GTHL) Flint
Francesco Pinelli L 6’0″ 177 Stoney Creek, Ont. Toronto Red Wings (GTHL) Kitchener
Stuart Rolofs L 6’2″ 187 Carp, Ont. Kanata (HEO) London
Lawson Sherk L 6’1″ 181 Georgetown, Ont. Halton (OMHA-SCTA) Hamilton
Brendan Sirizzotti R 5’11” 170 Whitby, Ont. Whitby (OMHA-ETA) Ottawa
Chase Stillman R 5’10” 160 Peterborough, Ont. Sudbury (NOHA) Sudbury
Ryan Winterton R 6’0″ 161 Whitby, Ont. Whitby (OMHA-ETA) Hamilton
Shane Wright R 6’0″ 180 Burlington, Ont. Don Mills (GTHL) Kingston
Danny Zhilkin L 6’1″ 185 Mississauga, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (GTHL) Guelph

Vancouver 2019 Was Not Kind to the OHL

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The word was out before National Hockey League teams descended on Vancouver for the 2019 Draft that the Ontario Hockey League class was, for a lack of a better term, a weak class.

But, did anyone expect this?

Since the NHL adopted the seven round draft back at the 2005 Draft, no draft has produced as few OHL’ers as has 2019. Just 25 players were selected from the O this year. The 2006 draft was a close (?) second worse class with 29. That 2006 class produced six first rounders as opposed to four this year.

What’s worse is only one draft since 2005, the 2007, Is the only draft that produced fewer first round picks with three. That class still produced 25 players drafted from the OHL.

Twenty-five is just above half of what the best drafts from the OHL have produced – forty-eight in both 2012 and 2016.

The Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers and New Jersey Devils went OHL heavy with three selections each from the O.

2020 looks to be a lesser class overall then 2019 was, but there is some quality coming from the OHL, so we at least have that to look for.

Here’s a look at the drafts from 2005 to 2019 and the number of OHL players selected in each round.

Year/ 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th Total
2005 9 3 9 4 7 6 5 43
2006 6 4 8 7 2 1 1 29
2007 3 11 6 2 4 8 1 35
2008 11 5 7 6 4 10 3 46
2009 7 6 4 8 8 9 3 45
2010 9 8 3 9 6 5 0 40
2011 11 8 11 3 5 4 4 46
2012 11 5 10 7 6 6 3 48
2013 8 5 8 6 1 5 4 37
2014 10 9 6 4 0 8 4 41
2015 7 7 5 2 1 4 5 31
2016 9 8 6 7 7 5 6 48
2017 5 8 7 7 6 5 4 42
2018 7 6 4 6 8 2 2 35
2019 4 6 3 2 5 3 2 25

OHL Writers Final Draft Rankings

Over 100 preseason, regular season and playoff games in arenas, countless others on video, and the 2019 National Hockey League Draft begins this Friday in Vancouver British Columbia.

We’ve compiled the top 40 players and top 6 goaltenders from the Ontario Hockey League and Ontario Junior Hockey League that we believe could hear their names called – although we don’t believe all of them will.

Three players (*) are re-entering the draft and three players (**) are re-entering the draft for the second time. Not included on our list are players that were not signed by their drafting club from the 2017 draft that may have been eligible to re-enter.

Players are ranked in the order that we believe they should be drafted. You will also see where NHL Central Scouting ranked the Ontario players. That ranking doesn’t show overall rankings but among Ontario players only.

Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
1 Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton 1
2 Ryan Suzuki Barrie 5
3 Philip Tomasino Niagara 3
4 Thomas Harley Mississauga 2
5 Jamieson Rees Sarnia 7
6 Connor McMichael London 6
7 Nicholas Robertson Peterborough 4
8 Vladislav Kolyachonok Flint 8
9 Graeme Clarke Ottawa 9
10 Nikita Okhotyuk Ottawa 11
11 Mike Vukojevic Kitchener 10
12 Matvey Guskov London 13
13 Billy Constantinou Kingston 12
14 Ethan Keppen Flint 14
15 Blake Murray Sudbury 21
16 Jacob LeGuerrier Sault Ste Marie 15
17 Cole MacKay Sault Ste Marie 18
18 Eric Ciccolini Toronto JC 22
19 Joe Carroll Sault Ste Marie 19
20 Keegan Stevenson Guelph 16
21 Cole Schwindt Mississauga 17
22 Nicholas Porco Saginaw 20
23 Mason Primeau North Bay 23
24 Mason Millman Saginaw 24
25 Zachary Uens Wellington 25
26 Eric Uba Flint 29
27 Liam Ross Sudbury 30
28 Keean Washkurak Mississauga 31
29 Petr Cajka Erie 32
30 **Joseph Garreffa re-enters 27
31 *Pavel Gogolev re-enters 28
32 Daniel D’Amico Windsor 45
33 *Merrick Rippon re-enters 33
34 Tyler Angle Windsor 36
35 Navrin Mutter Hamilton 40
36 Nathan Staios Windsor 38
37 Louka Henault Windsor 44
38 **Hugo Leufvenius re-enters 34
39 **Rickard Hugg re-enters 35
40 *Nando Eggenberger re-enters 26
1 Hunter Jones Peterborough 1
2 Jet Greaves Barrie 5
3 Luke Cavallin Flint 3
4 Nicolas Daws Guelph 2
5 Mack Guzda Owen Sound 4
6 Kari Piiroinen Windsor 6
7 Andrew McLean Owen Sound 7
* Draft re-entry
**2nd time re-entry