52 OHL PLAYERS INCLUDED ON NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING PLAYERS TO WATCH LIST FOR JANUARY

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 52 players with OHL ties have been included on NHL Central Scouting’s January ‘Players to Watch’ List for the 2021 NHL Draft.

A total of four skaters received ‘A’ ratings indicating a potential first round NHL Draft selection. Guelph Storm defenceman Daniil Chayka, Barrie Colts blueliner Brandt Clarke, Peterborough Petes forward Mason McTavish and Kitchener Rangers centreman Francesco Pinelli all maintained the ‘A’ rank assigned to them back on October’s Players to Watch List.

A total of four skaters climbed from ‘C’ ratings back in October to ‘B’ in January including Owen Sound Attack forward Deni Goure, Hamilton Bulldogs forward Ryan Winterton, first overall CHL Import Draft Selection Matvei Petrov of the North Bay Battalion as well as London Knights defenceman Logan Mailloux. Other ‘B’ rated skaters include Brett Harrison (Oshawa Generals), Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires), Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds), Chase Stillman (Sudbury Wolves), Nick DeGrazia (Sudbury Wolves) and 2020 CHL Import Draft Selections Artyom Grushnikov (Hamilton Bulldogs) and Daniil Sobolev (Windsor Spitfires). Goaltenders Benjamin Gaudreau (Sarnia Sting), Tristan Lennox (Saginaw Spirit), Joe Vrbetic (North Bay Battalion) and CHL Import Draft Selection Alexei Kolosov (Erie Otters) were assigned ‘B’ ratings.

An additional 30 skaters and three netminders received ‘C’ ratings indicating a potential fourth, fifth or sixth round candidate.

All 20 OHL member teams were represented on the list led by the London Knights and Ottawa 67’s with five each. The Erie Otters, Hamilton Bulldogs and Sarnia Sting each trailed with four players assigned rankings.

The list includes 26 OHL forwards, 19 defencemen and seven goaltenders. Eleven of the players listed (denoted by an asterisk) have yet to play a game in the Ontario Hockey League but have committed to their respective member team for the 2020-21 season.

2021 NHL Central Scouting January ‘Players to Watch List – OHL Skaters

RANKPLAYERTEAMPOSITION
ADaniil ChaykaGuelph StormD
ABrandt ClarkeBarrie ColtsD
AMason McTavishPeterborough PetesC
AFrancesco PinelliKitchener RangersC
BNick DeGraziaSudbury WolvesC
BDeni GoureOwen Sound AttackC
BArtyom Grushnikov*Hamilton BulldogsD
BBrett HarrisonOshawa GeneralsC
BWyatt JohnstonWindsor SpitfiresC
BLogan MaillouxLondon KnightsD
BBrennan OthmannFlint FirebirdsLW
BMatvei Petrov*North Bay BattalionRW
BDaniil Sobolev*Windsor SpitfiresD
BChase StillmanSudbury WolvesC
BRyan WintertonHamilton BulldogsRW
CFrancesco ArcuriKingston FrontenacsC
CJack BeckOttawa 67’sRW
CJosh BloomSaginaw SpiritLW
CEthan BurroughsOwen Sound AttackRW
CEthan CardwellBarrie ColtsRW
CNolan DannSarnia StingRW
CEthan Del MastroMississauga SteelheadsD
CIsaac EnrightNiagara IceDogsD
CVsevolod Gaidamak*Ottawa 67’sC
CRanvir Gill-ShaneOttawa 67’sD
CAvery HayesHamilton BulldogsRW
CJacob HolmesSoo GreyhoundsD
CBraeden KresslerFlint FirebirdsC
CArtyom Kulakov*Erie OttersD
CDmitry Kuzmin*Flint FirebirdsD
CKasper Larsen*Mississauga SteelheadsD
CConnor LockhartErie OttersC
CRyan MastSarnia StingD
CJack MatierOttawa 67’sD
CBryce MontgomeryLondon KnightsD
CConnor PunnettBarrie ColtsD
CBen RogerLondon KnightsD
CColby Saganiuk*Erie OttersRW
CLawson SherkHamilton BulldogsC
CBrenden SirizzottiOttawa 67’sRW
CMatthew SopKitchener RangersLW
CKirill SteklovLondon KnightsD
COliver SuniOshawa GeneralsLW
CTy VoitSarnia StingRW
CBrian Zanetti*Peterborough PetesD

2021 NHL Central Scouting January ‘Players to Watch List – OHL Goalies

RANKGOALTENDERTEAM
BBenjamin GaudreauSarnia Sting
BAlexei Kolosov*Erie Otters
BTristan LennoxSaginaw Spirit
BJoe VrbeticNorth Bay Battalion
CBrett BrochuLondon Knights
CPavel Cajan*Kitchener Rangers
CNick MalikSoo Greyhounds

*– indicates player committed to OHL for 2020-21

Players have been identified using the following criteria:

• A Rating – Indicates a first round candidate
• B Rating – Indicates a second or third round candidate
• C Rating – Indicates a fourth/fifth/sixth round candidate

For the complete list, visit NHL.com.

OHL ANNOUNCES ACADEMIC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH FOR DECEMBER

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs, Tnias Mathurin of the North Bay Battalion, Eric Uba of the Guelph Storm and Davis “T-Bone” Codd of the Saginaw Spirit have been named OHL Academic Players of the Month for December.

Though the puck has yet to drop on the 2020-21 OHL Regular Season, players are striving for excellence in the classroom through their studies. The League continues to work with government and public health agencies to prepare a safe return to play. Academic players of the month are listed in correspondence with their 2019-20 divisions. Details concerning the structure of 2020-21 team alignment will be made available upon release of the OHL Regular Season schedule.

Here’s a closer look at the OHL’s Academic Players of the Month for December:

East Division: Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs is being recognized as December’s East Division Academic Player of the Month. He completed two grade 11 courses heading into the school year and currently carries an 89% average.

“Shane continues to be an exceptional role model both on and off the ice. The staff at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School can always count on Shane’s commitment to his academic studies, his maturity, and his leadership as a student,” said Kim Hulton, Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School academic advisor for the Frontenacs.

The newly-turned 17-year-old exceptional talent led the Frontenacs with a record-breaking 39 goals and 66 points in 58 games as a rookie over the 2019-20 season. He was the recipient of the Emms Family Award, was named CHL Rookie of the Year and, at 16-years-old, was recently one of 18 OHL players invited to Canada’s National Junior Team Development Camp.

Central Division: North Bay’s Tnias Mathurin is December’s Central Division Academic Player of the Month. He boasts a 93% in English and as well as a 94% in Mathematics at Chippewa Secondary School and is described as a “very strong, diligent student with strong marks since grade 9.”

The 17-year-old defenceman was selected by the Battalion in the third round, 41st overall at the 2020 OHL Priority Selection. The Ajax, Ont. native scored seven goals and earned 12 assists for 19 points in 35 games with the Ajax-Pickering Raiders U16 squad in 2019-20.

Midwest Division: Eric Uba of the Guelph Storm has been named the Midwest Division’s Academic Player of the Month for December.

Uba is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Guelph where he has maintained an 88% grade in Business Math, an 86% in Life and Well-Being and a 76% in Macroeconomics. At the same time, he is also maintaining his on and off ice training regiments in preparation for the start of the 2021 season. He is described as a “very focused, determined and self-motivated student” and “an excellent role model for his teammates, exemplifying what it means to ‘embrace the best of both worlds.’’

Through 63 games over the 2019-20 campaign, the 20-year-old winger recorded a career-high 29 goals and 29 assists for 58 points.

West Division: The Saginaw Spirit’s Davis “T-Bone” Codd is the West Division’s Academic Player of the Month for December. Codd earned an 87% in his International Baccalaurette Math Studies, a 92% in International Baccalaurette Language and Literature, 91% in his U.S. Government course and 88% in Economics for a 90% overall average at Heritage High School.

Saginaw Spirit academic advisor Pamela K. Moretuzzo described Codd as an “outstanding, conscientious individual with an excellent work ethic.”

“T-Bone’s personality and attitude are infectious, and he truly leads through example while focusing on his many scholastic, athletic and community service commitments. He volunteers at numerous events in his hometown of Brighton, Michigan as well as Saginaw, Michigan. He is well liked and respected by his peers and adults alike,” Moretuzzo continued. “T-Bone is an exceptional young man. He is polite, responsible, honest, hard-working, and a role model for others. T-Bone’s work ethic and perseverance are second to none and he will undoubtedly achieve any goals he sets.”

Codd put up five goals and nine assists for 14 points through 53 games as a rookie in 2019-20. A fourth round pick of the Spirit at the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, the 17-year-old forward scored 16 goals and added 33 assists for 49 points with the Little Caesars 16U team during the 2018-19 season.

2020-21 OHL Academic Players of the Month:

Players listed in correspondence with 2019-20 divisions. Details concerning the structure of 2020-21 team alignment will be made available upon release of the OHL Regular Season schedule.

East Division:
December – Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs)
November – Lawson Sherk (Hamilton Bulldogs)

Central Division:
December – Tnias Mathurin (North Bay Battalion)
November – Hunter Haight (Barrie Colts)

Midwest Division:
December – Eric Uba (Guelph Storm)
November – Connor Lockhart (Erie Otters)

West Division:
December – Davis “T-Bone” Codd (Saginaw Spirit)
November – Gavin Hayes (Flint Firebirds)

A total of 334 graduates utilized their OHL Scholarship at post-secondary institutions across North America during the 2019-20 academic year, with a total contribution by teams of over $3 million.  Over the past 10 seasons, OHL Scholarship payments have totalled more than $25 million.

Click here for more information about ‘OHL Players First’ programs.

About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPO­­­RTS than any other league.

2021 World Junior Championship Rosters

The 2021 World Junior Championship is set to begin in Edmonton and Red Deer Alberta on December 25, 2020 and conclude on January 5, 2021.

While most of the 10 nations taking part in the tournament have finalized their rosters, Switzerland, Slovakia and Austria still have cuts remaining to be made. It’s expected Slovakia will not make their final cuts until they arrive in Canada.

Here are the final rosters submitted and who remains on the radar for the three countries needing to make cuts.

GROUP A
TEAM CANADA
Dylan Garand (G)1820026’1″176WHL
Taylor Gauthier (G)1920016’2″198AJHL
Devon Levi (G)1820016’0″185CCHL
Justin Barron (D)1920016’2″203QMJHL
Bowen Byram (D)1920016’1″194NHL
Jamie Drysdale (D)1820025’11”181OHL
Kaiden Guhle (D)1820026’3″209WHL
Thomas Harley (D)1920016’4″198OHL
Kaedan Korczak (D)1920016’4″192WHL
Braden Schneider (D)1920016’2″209WHL
Jordan Spence (D)1920015’10”179QMJHL
Quinton Byfield (C)1820026’4″220NHL
Dylan Cozens (C)1920016’3″198WHL
Kirby Dach (C)1920016’4″201NHL
Dylan Holloway (C/LW)1920016’1″203NCAA
Peyton Krebs (C/LW)1920015’11”190WHL
Connor McMichael (C)1920016’0″187OHL
Dawson Mercer (RW)1920016’0″179QMJHL
Alex Newhook (C)1920015’11”203NCAA
Jakob Pelletier (LW)1920015’10”170QMJHL
Cole Perfetti (C/LW)1820025’10”185OHL
Jack Quinn (RW)1920016’1″181OHL
Ryan Suzuki (C)1920016’1″190OHL
Philip Tomasino (C)1920016’0″187OHL
Connor Zary (C)1920016’0″181WHL
TEAM FINLAND
Joel Blomqvist (G)1820026.1″183Mestis
Kari Piiroinen (G)1920016’1″176Mestis
Roope Taponen (G)1920016’0″165Mestis
Santeri Hatakka (D)1920016’1″183Liiga
Ville Heinola (D)1920015’11”181Liiga
Mikko Kokkonen (D)1920015’11”198Liiga
Topi Niemelä (D)1820026’0″163Liiga
Kasper Puutio (D)1820026’0″185Liiga
Ruben Rafkin (D)1820026’0″190Liiga
Matias Rajaniemi (D)1820026’4″205Liiga
Eemil Viro (D)1820026’0″168Liiga
Samuel Helenius (C)1820026’6″183Liiga
Roni Hirvonen (C)1820025’9″170Liiga
Roby Järventie (LW)1820026’3″198Liiga
Benjamin Korhonen (F)1920016’1″170Liiga
Brad Lambert (C)1620035’11”172Liiga
Anton Lundell (C)1920016’1″187Liiga
Matias Mäntykivi (C)1920015’11”161Liiga
Henri Nikkanen (C)1920016’4″203Liiga
Mikko Petman (RW)1920016’0″196Liiga
Petteri Puhakka (F)1920015’9″157Mestis
Mikael Pyyhtiä (C)1820015’11”174U20 SM-sarja
Juuso Pärssinen (C)1920016’3″198Liiga
Aku Räty (RW)1920016’0″176Liiga
Kasper Simontaival (RW)1820025’9″172Liiga
TEAM GERMANY
Florian Bugl (G)1820026’0″187AlpsHL
Jonas Gähr (G)1920016’3″174Germany3
Arno Tiefensee (G)1820026’4″190DEL2
Lucas Flade (D)1920015’11”187DEL2
Maximilian Glötzl (D)1820026’2″198DEL2
Simon Gnyp (D)1920015’11”179DEL2
Niklas Länger (D)1920016’0″168Germany3
Luca Münzenberger (D)1820026’2″194DNL U20
Tommy Pasanen (D)1920016’4″218NCAA
Steven Raabe (D)1920015’9″154Germany3
Maksymilian Szuber (D)1820026’3″190AlpsHL
Mario Zimmermann (D)1920015’7″132DEL2
Manuel Alberg (RW)1920015’10”174AlpsHL
Jakub Borzecki (F)1820026’1″203AlpsHL
Julian Chrobot (F)1920016’0″181DEL2
Samuel Dubé (C)1820025’8″168AlpsHL
Florian Elias (F)1820025’8″170DEL2
Enrico Henriquez-Morales (F)1920015’8″165Germany3
Jan Nijenhuis (F)1920015’11”170Germany3
John-Jason Peterka (LW)1820025’11”192ICEHL
Filip Reisnecker (RW)1920016’2″192DEL
Joshua Samanski (F)1820026’3″179DEL2
Jan-Luca Schumacher (F)1920015’9″168DEL2
Markus Schweiger (F)1820025’6″154DNL U20
Tim Stützle (C/LW)  1820026’0″187DEL
Justin Volek (F)1820025’11”163DEL2
TEAM SLOVAKIA
Samuel Hlavaj (G)1920016’3″214QMJHL
Patrik Kozel (G)1920016’2″165Slovakia
Simon Latkoczy (G)1820025’11”165Slovakia U20
Eugen Rabcan (G)1920016’3″192Slovakia
Simon Becar (D)172003Slovakia2
Andrej Golian (D)1920016’4″181Slovakia
Simon Groch (D)1720036’2″194Czech U20
Matus Hlavac (D)1920015’10”179Czech U20
Samuel Knazko (D)1820026’1″190U20 SM-sarja
David Mudrak (D)1920016’1″187Slovakia
Simon Nemec (D)1620046’1″192Slovakia
Rayen Petrovicky (D)1820026’0″165U20 SM-sarja
Marko Stacha (D)1820026’1″190Slovakia
Oliver Turan (D)1920016’5″209Slovakia
Robert Baco (RW)1720036’3″201Czech U20
Martin Chromiak (RW)1820026’0″181Slovakia
Michael Drabek (RW)1920016’0″183Czech U20
Juraj Elias (C)1920016’4″209Slovakia
Roman Faith (LW)1820025’11”168ICEHL
Maros Jedlicka (C)1820026’1″181Slovakia
Simon Jellus (C/LW)1920016’2″194J20 Nationell
Dominik Jendek (RW)1920016’1″181Slovakia
Matej Kaslik (LW/C)1820026’0″181QMJHL
Jakub Kolenic (RW)1820025’11”165Slovakia
Samuel Krajc (RW/LW)1820026’2″201Slovakia
Filip Mesar (F)1620045’10”165Slovakia
Michal Mrázik (LW)1920016’4″209J20 Nationell
Oleksii Myklukha (C)1820025’10”157QMJHL
Juraj Slafkovsky (F)1620046’4″218U20 SM-sarja
Dominik Sojka (C)1920016’6″220Slovakia
Artur Turansky (LW)1920015’11”174NAHL
TEAM SWITZERLAND
Thibault Fatton (G)1920015’11”150U20-Elit
Andri Henauer (G)1820025’11”163U20-Elit
Noah Patenaude (G)1720026’0″194QMJHL
Lucas Rötheli (G)1820025’10”172U20-Elit
Inaki Baragano (D)1920015’10”165U20-Elit
Giancarlo Chanton (D)1820026’0″174SL
Noah Delémont (D)1820025’10”168U20-Elit
Cédric Fiedler (D)1920016’3″205NCAA
Bastian Guggenheim (D)1920016’1″185NL
Silvan Landolt (D)1920016’0″172SL
Noah Meier (D)1820025’11”172SL
Rocco Pezzullo (D)1920016’1″181NL
Dario Sidler (D)1720035’7″152U20-Elit
Alessandro Villa (D)1920016’1″174U20-Elit
Nathan Vouardoux (D)192001U20-Elit
Brian Zanetti (D)1720036’2″170U20-Elit
Dario Allenspach (F)1820025’11”148SL
Attilio Biasca (C/LW)1720035’11”190U20-Elit
Stefano Bottini (LW/RW)1820026’0″176BCHL
Mika Burkhalter (C)1920015’11”161SL
Jérémie Bärtschi (RW)1820025’10”161U20-Elit
Lorenzo Canonica (C/LW)1720035’11”163U20-Elit
Keanu Derungs (LW)1820026’0″176SL
Ronny Dähler (C/LW)1920015’10”165SL
Ray Fust (LW/RW)1820026’3″190BCHL
Valentin Hofer (RW)1820025’11”172U20-Elit
Gaétan Jobin (LW/RW)1920016’0″179U20-Elit
Simon Knak (RW)1820026’1″190NL
Lionel Marchand (LW/RW)1920016’2″205J20 Nationell
Joel Salzgeber (C)1920015’10”179U20-Elit
Elvis Schläpfer (C)1920015’11”181NL
GROUP B
TEAM USA
Spencer Knight (G)1920016’3″192NCAA
Logan Stein (G)1920016’2″209NCAA
Dustin Wolf (G)1920016’0″161WHL
Brock Faber (D)1820026’0″194NCAA
Drew Helleson (D)1920016’2″192NCAA
Ryan Johnson (D)1920016’1″174NCAA
Tyler Kleven (D)1820026’4″201NCAA
Jackson LaCombe (D)1920016’1″172NCAA
Jake Sanderson (D)1820026’1″185NCAA
Hunter Skinner (D)1920016’3″190 
Henry Thrun (D)1920016’2″190USHL
Cameron York (D)1920015’11”174NCAA
Matthew Beniers (C)1820026’1″174NCAA
Brett Berard (LW)1820025’9″163NCAA
Matthew Boldy (LW)1920016’2″194NCAA
Bobby Brink (RW)1920015’8″163NCAA
Brendan Brisson (C)1920016’0″185NCAA
Cole Caufield (RW)1920015’7″165NCAA
Sam Colangelo (RW/C)1820016’2″205NCAA
John Farinacci (C)1920015’11”185USHL
Arthur Kaliyev (LW)1920016’2″190OHL
Patrick Moynihan (C)1920015’11”185NCAA
Landon Slaggert (C)1820026’0″183NCAA
Alex Turcotte (C)1920015’11”185 
Trevor Zegras (C)1920016’0″170AHL
TEAM AUSTRIA
Felix Beck (G)1920015’9″157AlpsHL
Jakob Brandner (G)1920016’3″192Suomi-sarja
Alois Schultes (G)1920015’9″150AlpsHL
Leonhard Sommer (G)1820025’11”165AlpsHL
Sebastian Wraneschitz (G)1820025’11”161ICEHL
Jonas Kutzer (D)1920015’8″154AlpsHL
Luis Lindner (D/F)1920015’11”172 
Moritz Mölls (D)1720035’10”152Austria U20
Lukas Necesany (D)1720035’11”179Czech U20
Timo Pallierer (D)1920015’10”157ICEHL
Jacob Pfeffer (D)1920016’0″194ICEHL
Bernhard Posch (D)1920016’0″172AlpsHL
Christoph Tialler (D)1720035’10”154AlpsHL
Niklas Wetzl (D)1920016’2″205U20 SM-sarja
Philipp Wimmer (D)1820016’2″201AlpsHL
Kilian Zündel (D)1920015’10”165AlpsHL
Mathias Böhm (F)1720035’11”172ICEJL
Kilian Frühwirt (F)1920015’9″170AlpsHL
Tim Harnisch (C)1920015’9″172AlpsHL
Maximilian Hengelmüller (F)1820026’2″190AlpsHL
Fabian Hochegger (C)1920015’9″168AlpsHL
Adem Kandemir (C)1920015’8″159AlpsHL
Marco Kasper (C)1620046’0″176J18 Region
Clemens Krainz (F)1920016’2″181ICEHL
Oskar Maier (F)1820025’9″148AlpsHL
Julian Pauschenwein (F)1920015’11”176ICEHL
Senna Peeters (C)1820026’1″198J20 Nationell
Lukas Pohl (F)1920016’0″168AlpsHL
Marco Rossi (C)1920015’9″185NL
Lucas Thaler (LW/C)1820025’11”174J20 Nationell
Maximilian Theirich (F)1720035’8″143AlpsHL
Marlon Tschofen (F)1820026’0″179U20-Elit
Dominik Unterweger (D/F)1920016’0″209AlpsHL
Finn van Ee (F)1720035’11”179AlpsHL
Leon Wallner (LW)1820025’11”161J20 Nationell
TEAM RUSSIA
Artur Akhtyamov (G)1920016’1″157VHL
Yaroslav Askarov (G)1820026’4″176KHL
Vsevolod Skotnikov (G)1920016’0″194VHL
Roman Bychkov (D)1920015’11”183VHL
Daniil Chayka (D)1820026’3″185KHL
Semyon Chistyakov (D)1920015’11”179KHL
Kirill Kirsanov (D)1820026’1″198KHL
Artemi Knyazev (D)1920015’11”183VHL
Yan Kuznetsov (D)1820026’4″214NCAA
Shakir Mukhamadullin (D)1820026’2″170KHL
Yegor Shekhovtsov (D)1920016’0″183VHL
Mikhail Abramov (C/RW)1920016’0″185QMJHL
Yegor Afanasyev (W/C)1920016’3″203KHL
Rodion Amirov (LW/RW)1920016’0″168KHL
Zakhar Bardakov (F)1920016’2″198KHL
Danil Bashkirov (F)1920016’2″163KHL
Yegor Chinakhov (RW)1920016’0″179KHL
Vladislav Firstov (LW)1920016’1″185NCAA
Arseni Gritsyuk (LW)1920015’10”174VHL
Maxim Groshev (RW/LW)1820016’1″192VHL
Marat Khusnutdinov (C)1820025’9″165KHL
Vasili Podkolzin (RW)   “C”1920016’4″203KHL
Vasili Ponomaryov (C)1820025’11”176QMJHL
Ilya Safonov (C)1920016’4″205KHL
Yegor Spiridonov (C/LW)1920016’2″187MHL
TEAM CZECHIA
Jan Bednar (G)1820026’4″196Czech
Nick Malík (G)1820026’1″176Czech2
Lukas Parik (G)1920016’4″185Czech2
Martin Has (D)1920016’4″187Czech2
David Jiricek (D)1720036’3″176Czech
Karel Klikorka (D)1920016’1″194Czech
Michael Krutil (D)1820026’3″203Czech2
Simon Kubicek (D)1820016’2″205Czech2
Radek Kucerik (D)1820016’3″209Czech2
Daniel Poizl (D)1920015’10”185Czech2
Jiri Suhrada (D)1920016’2″181Czech
Stanislav Svozil (D)1720036’1″172Czech
Martin Beránek (RW/LW)1920016’1″170Czech
Michal Gut (C)1820026’0″187Czech2
Filip Koffer (RW)1920015’11”176Czech2
Martin Lang (RW/LW)1920015’11”172Czech3
Radek Muzik (RW/LW)1920016’4″187SHL
Jan Mysak (C/LW)1820026’0″181Czech
Adam Najman (C)1920016’0″185Czech
Pavel Novák (RW/LW)1820025’9″170Czech2
Filip Prikryl (C)1920016’1″170Czech
Ondrej Psenicka (RW)1920016’6″205Czech2
Jaromir Pytlik (C)1920016’3″201Czech2
Adam Raska (LW/RW)1920015’10”168Czech2
Jakub Rychlovský (LW)1920016’0″179Czech
Michal Teplý (RW/LW)1920016’3″192Czech2
Matej Toman (LW/RW)1920015’11”179Czech2
David Vitouch (C/LW)1920015’9″154Czech
TEAM SWEDEN
Hugo Alnefelt (G)1920016’3″183SHL
Calle Clang (G)1820026’2″176Allsvenskan
Jesper Wallstedt (G)1820026’3″214SHL
Emil Andrae (D)1820025’9″181SHL
Gustav Berglund (D)1920016’2″194Allsvenskan
Tobias Björnfot (D)1920016’0″203SHL
Philip Broberg (D)1920016’3″203SHL
Alex Brännstam (D)1920015’11”170J20 Nationell
Helge Grans (D)1820026’3″192SHL
Ludvig Hedström (D)1920015’11”174J20 Nationell
Albert Johansson (D)1920016’0″168SHL
Victor Söderström (D)1920016’0″196SHL
Oscar Bjerselius (C)1920016’0″183SHL
Arvid Costmar (C)1920015’11”181SHL
Noel Gunler (RW/LW)1920016’2″174SHL
Emil Heineman (LW)1920016’1″185SHL
Simon Holmström (RW)1920016’1″185AHL
Alexander Holtz (RW)1820026’0″183SHL
Oskar Kvist (LW/RW)1920016’4″187SHL
Theodor Niederbach (C/RW)1820025’11”172J20 Nationell
Zion Nybeck (LW/RW)1820025’8″176SHL
Oskar Olausson (LW/RW)1820026’2″181J20 Nationell
Lucas Raymond (RW)1820025’10”183SHL
Albin Sundsvik (C)1920016’2″187SHL
Elmer Söderblom (RW/LW)  1920016’7″227SHL
Jonathan Wikström (LW)1920015’9″168J20 Nationell

EIGHT OHL PLAYERS TO REPRESENT CANADA AT 2021 WORLD JUNIORS

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is pleased to congratulate eight OHL players on being named to Canada’s National Junior Team that will compete in the 2021 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship from December 25, 2020 to January 5, 2021 in Edmonton, Alta.

Following a 26-day selection camp that was interrupted by a mandatory two-week quarantine, 25 players have been named to the final roster including three goaltenders, eight defencemen and 14 forwards.

Three returning OHL players won gold at the 2020 World Juniors including Quinton Byfield (Newmarket, Ont./Sudbury Wolves), Jamie Drysdale (Toronto, Ont./Erie Otters) and Connor McMichael (Ajax, Ont./London Knights).

Joining the three OHL returnees on the roster are defenceman Thomas Harley (Jamesville, N.Y., Mississauga Steelheads) and forwards Cole Perfetti (Pickering, Ont./Saginaw Spirit), Jack Quinn (Cobden, Ont./Ottawa 67’s), Ryan Suzuki (London, Ont./Saginaw Spirit) and Philip Tomasino (Mississauga, Ont./Oshawa Generals).

Back-to-back OHL Coach of the Year Andre Tourigny (Nicolet, Que./Ottawa 67’s) will serve as head coach of Team Canada. He’s joined on staff by 67’s equipment manager Chris Hamilton (Ottawa, Ont./Ottawa 67’s).

The final roster was selected by Scott Salmond (Creston, B.C.), senior vice-president of national teams for Hockey Canada, with assistance from Alan Millar (Tottenham, Ont./Moose Jaw, WHL), the U20 lead for the Program of Excellence management group, and Ben Shutron (Orleans, Ont.), manager of national teams for Hockey Canada. Tourigny and assistant coaches Tyler Dietrich (West Vancouver, B.C./Saskatoon, WHL), Michael Dyck (Lethbridge, Alta./Vancouver, WHL) and Mitch Love (Quesnel, B.C./Saskatoon, WHL) also provided input into the final roster selections.

“This camp has been unconventional from the outset with the number of players invited and the length of camp, along with the schedule adjustment due to our two-week shutdown, but we feel we have selected a group that will give us the best chance to defend our gold medal on home ice,” said Millar. “It is never easy making decisions to trim down a roster, especially when every player handled adversity, faced challenges head on and remained committed to the process through our off-ice workouts and Zoom sessions. We have a lot of people to thank, including the people of Red Deer, the Red Deer Rebels (WHL) and Alberta Health Services, who worked with us to always ensure the health and safety of our athletes, staff and the community at large, and we look forward to representing Canada in Edmonton.”

The 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship begins on Christmas Day with three games before Canada kicks off its tournament schedule on Dec. 26 against Germany at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will broadcast all 28 tournament games and the 10 pre-tournament games that begin Dec. 20. TSN Radio will also provide comprehensive tournament coverage, including all Team Canada pre-tournament and tournament games through to the gold medal game.

Canada has captured 18 gold medals at the IIHF World Junior Championship (1982, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2015, 2018, 2020), in addition to 11 silver (1975, 1976, 1977, 1986, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011, 2017) and six bronze (1974, 1978, 1983, 2000, 2001, 2012).

For more information from the International Ice Hockey Federation, please visit the official tournament website at 2021.worldjuniors.hockey.

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Junior Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along through social media on FacebookTwitter and Twitter.com/HC_WJC.

About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPO­­­RTS than any other league.

OHL ANNOUNCES ACADEMIC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Lawson Sherk of the Hamilton Bulldogs, Hunter Haight of the Barrie Colts, Connor Lockhart of the Erie Otters and Gavin Hayes of the Flint Firebirds have been named the OHL Academic Players of the Month for November.

Though the puck has yet to drop on the 2020-21 OHL Regular Season, players are striving for excellence in the classroom through their studies. The League continues to work with government and public health agencies to prepare a safe return to play with a targeted Regular Season start date of Thursday, February 4, 2021. Academic players of the month are listed in correspondence with their 2019-20 divisions. Details concerning the structure of 2020-21 team alignment will be made available upon release of the OHL Regular Season schedule.

Here’s a closer look at the OHL’s Academic Players of the Month for November:

East Division: Lawson Sherk of the Hamilton Bulldogs is being recognized as November’s East Division Academic Player of the Month. He achieved 100% in Grade 12 University Level Advanced Functions; one of few Ancaster High School students to have ever achieved the perfect grade. Sherk also scored the top mark in Grade 12 University Level Physics with 94% and earned a 93% in his Personal Life Management course.

Sherk’s teachers and coaches regularly compliment his work ethic, positive attitude and kindness and point out his perseverance and teamwork both in the classroom and on the ice. He is known around school as a mentor and a leader.

The 17-year-old Halton Hills, Ont. native put up 15 points (5-10—15) over 62 games in his rookie season with the Bulldogs. He was selected 40th overall by Hamilton in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection after a 50-point season (15-35—50) with the OMHA’s Halton Hurricanes.

Central Division: Barrie’s Hunter Haight is November’s Central Division Academic Player of the Month. Over his first term at Blyth Academy, he put up an impressive 98% in Grade 11 University Level Physics and 95% in Grade 12 Community Technology. Out of the 19 courses Haight has completed so far, he has yet to receive a grade lower than 90%.

Haight is described by his teachers as extremely focused and as someone who “continuously puts forth his best efforts both on and off the ice.” He was also recently recognized with the Emerging Leaders Award on account of his outstanding personal leadership, positive impact and contributions within the community.

The 9th overall 2020 OHL Priority Selection pick led the ALLIANCE U16 ranks with 32 goals last season and led his Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs to a league championship. Haight finished the 2019-20 season with 58 points (32-26—58) in 33 appearances and put up 26 points (11-15—26) in the playoffs.

Midwest Division: Connor Lockhart of the Erie Otters has been named the Midwest Division’s Academic Player of the Month for November after undertaking a full courseload that included Grade 11 Academic Math, Grade 12 Athletic Leadership, Grade 11 English, Grade 12 Nutrition and Grade 12 Personal Life Management.

Lockhart has been praised for fulfilling his course responsibilities at John McRae Secondary School and Blyth Academy before the start of the season so that he will have more time in his schedule for increased demands during his draft year. His ability to adapt to new ways of learning, time management, self-motivation and prioritization during this difficult time have also been praised, as well as his decision to front load his schedule to maximize his free time while maintaining his workouts and pre-season preparation.

The 17-year-old forward amassed 27 points (9-18—27) over 57 contests in his rookie campaign with the Otters following a 79-point (30-49—79) production with the Kanata Lasers U18 in 2018-19.

West Division: Flint Firebirds rookie Gavin Hayes is the West Division’s Academic Player of the Month for November. Hayes earned an 88% in U.S. History, 84% in Grade 11 English and 83% in Algebra II at SOAR Academic Institute.

Drafted 16th overall by the Firebirds in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection, Hayes led the High-Performance Hockey League in goals (16) and points (33) over 21 appearances with the Detroit Compuware U15 AAA squad.

2020-21 OHL Academic Players of the Month:

Players listed in correspondence with 2019-20 divisions. Details concerning the structure of 2020-21 team alignment will be made available upon release of the OHL Regular Season schedule.

East Division:
November – Lawson Sherk (Hamilton Bulldogs)

Central Division:
November – Hunter Haight (Barrie Colts)

Midwest Division:
November – Connor Lockhart (Erie Otters)

West Division:
November – Gavin Hayes (Flint Firebirds)

A total of 334 graduates utilized their OHL Scholarship at post-secondary institutions across North America during the 2019-20 academic year, with a total contribution by teams of over $3 million.  Over the past 10 seasons, OHL Scholarship payments have totalled more than $25 million.

Click here for more information about ‘OHL Players First’ programs.

About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPO­­­RTS than any other league.

18 OHL PLAYERS INVITED TO HOCKEY CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM SELECTION CAMP

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 18 OHL players have been invited to Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp scheduled to take place from November 16 to December 13 in Red Deer, Alta.

The roster selection was led by Scott Salmond, senior vice-president of national teams for Hockey Canada, with assistance from Ben Shutron, manager of national teams for Hockey Canada, and Alan Millar, the U20 lead for the Program of Excellence management group. Head coach Andre Tourigny (Ottawa 67’s) and assistant coaches Michael Dyck (Vancouver Giants) and Mitch Love (Saskatoon Blades) provided input, along with coaches and general managers from across the Canadian Hockey League.

The 46-man camp roster includes 11 OHL forwards, five defenders and a pair of goaltenders as attendees compete for a chance to represent Canada at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship from December 25 to January 5 in Edmonton, Alta.

Among the 18 OHL players attending are three returnees who won gold at the 2020 World Juniors including Sudbury Wolves forward Quinton Byfield, London Knights forward Connor McMichael and Erie Otters defenceman Jamie Drysdale.

“Although this has been a difficult year for our athletes and staff, we are excited to unveil the 46 players who will compete for a spot on Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship,” said Salmond. “We know our athletes are excited for the opportunity to defend gold on home ice this year, and we expect a highly competitive selection camp with a number of difficult decisions to be made when it comes time to select the players who will wear the Maple Leaf in Edmonton in December.”

The selection camp will be held at the Westerner Park Centrium, home of the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels. To ensure the health and safety of all participants and the community at large, Hockey Canada will be closely following enhanced measures around testing and team protocols.

The selection camp will include practices and three intrasquad games, as well as six games against a team of U SPORTS all-stars, between November 28 and December 13 before the team enters the bubble in Edmonton in preparation for the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship. The camp will take place in a cohort bubble and will be closed to the public and media. Details about media availability throughout selection camp will be announced at a later date.

“As we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, Hockey Canada has taken important steps to maintain the health and safety of our National Junior Team athletes and staff, as well as the community at large, during selection camp and throughout the World Juniors,” said Tom Renney, chief executive officer of Hockey Canada. “As much as we would enjoy allowing fans into the building to support Team Canada throughout the camp, we need to be responsible as we look to keep all parties safe before teams enter the bubble in Edmonton.”

The 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship begins on Christmas Day with three games before Canada kicks off its tournament schedule on December 26 against Germany at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. TSN and RDS, the official broadcast partners of Hockey Canada, will broadcast all 28 tournament games and the 10 pre-tournament games that begins December 20. TSN Radio will also provide comprehensive tournament coverage, including all Team Canada pre-tournament and tournament games through to the gold medal game.

18 OHL PLAYERS INVITED TO CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM SELECTION CAMP:

GOALTENDERS:
Brett Brochu (London Knights)
Tristan Lennox (Saginaw Spirit)

DEFENCEMEN:
Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters)
Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads)
Mason Millman (Saginaw Spirit)
Ryan O’Rourke (Soo Greyhounds)
Donovan Sebrango (Kitchener Rangers)

FORWARDS:
Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves)
Graeme Clarke (Ottawa 67’s)
Tyson Foerster (Barrie Colts)
Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit)
Jack Quinn (Ottawa 67’s)
Jamieson Rees (Sarnia Sting)
Cole Schwindt (Mississauga Steelheads)
Ryan Suzuki (Saginaw Spirit)
Philip Tomasino (Oshawa Generals)
Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs)

HOCKEY OPERATIONS STAFF:
Head Coach – Andre Tourigny (Ottawa 67’s)
Equipment Manager – Chris Hamilton (Ottawa 67’s)
Security Liaison – Bob Martin (London Knights)

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Junior Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along through social media on FacebookTwitter and Twitter.com/HC_WJC.

About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPO­­­RTS than any other league.

46 OHL PLAYERS INCLUDED ON NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING PRELIMINARY PLAYERS TO WATCH LIST

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 46 OHL players have been included on NHL Central Scouting’s Preliminary Players to Watch List for the 2021 NHL Draft.

The list includes 25 forwards, 16 defencemen and five goaltenders.

“At this point in the evaluation process and considering the lack of a summer scouting season, it’s much too early to identify a strength for the 2021 draft class other than to state that there are a number of good prospects at every position,” Director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr said.

A total of five OHL players were assigned an ‘A’ rating indicating a potential first round NHL Draft candidate. Those names include a 2019-20 first all-rookie team member in Barrie Colts defenceman Brandt Clarke along with a second team member in Peterborough Petes centreman Mason McTavish. Guelph Storm defenceman Daniil Chayka joins a recently committed Hamilton Bulldogs prospect in Russian countryman Artyom Grushnikov in the ‘A’ column alongside Kitchener Rangers forward Francesco Pinelli.

An additional six OHL skaters along with three goaltenders were assigned ‘B’ rankings, indicating a potential second or third round candidate. Those include former first round 2019 OHL Priority Selection choices Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds), Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires), Brett Harrison (Oshawa Generals) and goaltender Ben Gaudreau (Sarnia Sting). Sudbury Wolves forwards Chase Stillman and Nick DeGrazia join recently committed Windsor Spitfires prospect Daniil Sobolev in receiving a ‘B’ listing along with goaltenders Tristan Lennox (Saginaw Spirit) and Joe Vrbetic (North Bay Battalion). An additional 30 skaters and two goaltenders were assigned a ‘C’ ranking, indicating a potential fourth, fifth or sixth round candidate.

All 20 of the OHL’s member teams are represented on the list led by the defending Hamilton Spectator Trophy recipient Ottawa 67’s with five players followed by the Hamilton Bulldogs with four and the Barrie Colts, Kitchener Rangers, London Knights, Peterborough Petes and Sarnia Sting each with three.

2021 NHL Central Scouting Preliminary Players to Watch List – OHL:

SKATERS:

RANKPLAYERTEAMPOSITION
ADaniil ChaykaGuelph StormD
ABrandt ClarkeBarrie ColtsD
AArtyom Grushnikov*Hamilton BulldogsD
AMason McTavishPeterborough PetesC
AFrancesco PinelliKitchener RangersC
BNick DeGraziaSudbury WolvesC
BBrett HarrisonOshawa GeneralsC
BWyatt JohnstonWindsor SpitfiresC
BBrennan OthmannFlint FirebirdsLW
BDaniil Sobolev*Windsor SpitfiresD
BChase StillmanSudbury WolvesC
CFrancesco ArcuriKingston FrontenacsC
CJack BeckOttawa 67’sRW
CEthan BurroughsOwen Sound AttackRW
CEthan CardwellBarrie ColtsRW
CNolan DannSarnia StingLW
CEthan Del MastroMississauga SteelheadsD
CIsaac EnrightNiagara IceDogsD
CVsevolod Gaidamak*Ottawa 67’sC
CRanvir Gill-ShaneOttawa 67’sD
CDeni GoureOwen Sound AttackC
CArtem GuryevPeterborough PetesD
CAvery HayesHamilton BulldogsRW
CJacob HolmesSoo GreyhoundsD
CBraeden KresslerFlint FirebirdsC
CKasper Larsen*Mississauga SteelheadsD
CConnor LockhartErie OttersC
CLogan MaillouxLondon KnightsD
CJack MatierOttawa 67’sD
CBryce MontgomeryLondon KnightsD
CMatvei Petrov*North Bay BattalionRW
CConnor PunnettBarrie ColtsD
CBen RogerLondon KnightsD
CColby Saganiuk*Erie OttersRW
CLawson SherkHamilton BulldogsC
CBrenden SirizzottiOttawa 67’sRW
CMatthew SopKitchener RangersLW
COliver SuniOshawa GeneralsRW
CTy VoitSarnia StingRW
CRyan WintertonHamilton BulldogsRW
CBrian Zanetti*Peterborough PetesD

GOALTENDERS:

RANKGOALTENDERTEAM
BBen GaudreauSarnia Sting
BTristan LennoxSaginaw Spirit
BJoe VrbeticNorth Bay Battalion
CPavel Cajan*Kitchener Rangers
CNick MalikSoo Greyhounds

*– indicates player committed to OHL for 2020-21

Players have been identified using the following criteria:

• A Rating – Indicates a first round candidate

• B Rating – Indicates a second or third round candidate

• C Rating – Indicates a fourth/fifth/sixth round candidate

For the complete list, visit NHL.com.
 

About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league. For more information visit http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/.

31 OHL PLAYERS SELECTED IN 2020 NHL DRAFT

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that 31 OHL players were selected in the seven rounds of the 2020 NHL Draft held virtually on Oct. 6-7 representing approximately 14% of all 217 players picked by the NHL’s 31 teams.

The 31 OHL players includes seven selected in the first round headed by Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves, chosen second overall by the Los Angeles Kings. The OHL featured five players selected in the top 10, the most by the League since 2010. Four OHL players were picked in the second round of the draft, bringing the League’s opening two-round total to 11.

A total of 78 Canadian Hockey League players were chosen including 31 from the Ontario Hockey League, 28 from the Western Hockey League and 19 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

By position, a total of 22 OHL forwards were selected, as well as seven defencemen and two goaltenders. Among the OHL’s drafted players, 22 are selections born in 2002 and six are late 2001-born picks. Three 2000-born players were selected in Guelph’s Nico Daws (3rd round, New Jersey), Erie’s Chad Yetman (6th round, Chicago Blackhawks) and Saginaw’s Ilya Solovyov (7th round, Calgary Flames).

17 of the OHL’s 20 member clubs developed NHL Draft talent in 2020 led by the Soo Greyhounds who produced four picks. The Ottawa 67’s and Sudbury Wolves both produced three selections, while the Barrie Colts, Erie Otters, Kingston Frontenacs, Kitchener Rangers, London Knights, Saginaw Spirit and Windsor Spitfires all had a pair of players selected. The Knights maintained their record streak of players chosen annually since 1969.

20 of the NHL’s 31 teams selected at least one OHL player. The Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, St. Louis Blues and Tampa Bay Lightning picked up two each.

A total of 17 OHL players selected were invited to compete in the 2020 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Hamilton, Ont.

Following the 2020 NHL Draft, a total of 2,410 OHL players have been selected since 1969, representing approximately 20% of all players chosen.

OHL Players Selected in the 2020 NHL Draft:

Click on player name below to watch pick announcement and media availability. More player interviews with be uploaded to ontariohockeyleague.com as they become available.

First Round (7 OHL Players):
2. Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves) – Los Angeles Kings*
6. 
Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters) – Anaheim Ducks*
8. 
Jack Quinn (Ottawa 67’s) – Buffalo Sabres*
9. 
Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s) – Minnesota Wild*
10. 
Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit) – Winnipeg Jets*
23. 
Tyson Foerster (Barrie Colts) – Philadelphia Flyers*
27. 
Jacob Perreault (Sarnia Sting) – Anaheim Ducks*

Second Round (4 OHL Players):
39. Ryan O’Rourke (Soo Greyhounds) – Minnesota Wild*
42. 
Luke Evangelista (London Knights) – Nashville Predators*
48. 
Jan Mysak (Hamilton Bulldogs) – Montreal Canadiens
60. Will Cuylle (Windsor Spitfires) – New York Rangers*

Third Round (4 OHL Players):
63. Donovan Sebrango (Kitchener Rangers) – Detroit Red Wings*
75. 
Jean-Luc Foudy (Windsor Spitfires) – Colorado Avalanche*
76. 
Danil Gushchin (Niagara IceDogs) – San Jose Sharks**
84. 
Nico Daws (Guelph Storm) – New Jersey Devils*
93. 
Jack Thompson (Sudbury Wolves) – Tampa Bay Lightning*

**Gushchin is committed to Niagara for 2020-21 and not included in overall totals

Fourth Round (5 OHL Players):
94. Zayde Wisdom (Kingston Frontenacs) – Philadelphia Flyers
98. 
Brandon Coe (North Bay Battalion) – San Jose Sharks*
99. 
Jaromir Pytlik (Soo Greyhounds) – New Jersey Devils*
119. 
Tanner Dickinson (Soo Greyhounds) – St. Louis Blues
123. Antonio Stranges (London Knights) – Dallas Stars*

Fifth Round (5 OHL Players):
126. Ty Tullio (Oshawa Generals) – Edmonton Oilers
127. Evan Vierling (Barrie Colts) – New York Rangers
128. Martin Chromiak (Kingston Frontenacs) – Los Angeles Kings
141. Isaak Phillips (Sudbury Wolves) – Chicago Blackhawks
145. Ole Bjorgvik-Holm (Mississauga Steelheads) – Columbus Blue Jackets

Sixth Round (4 OHL Players):
162. Evgeniy Oksentyuk (Flint Firebirds) – Dallas Stars
163. 
Will Cranley (Ottawa 67’s) – St. Louis Bues
172. Chad Yetman (Erie Otters) – Chicago Blackhawks
174. Rory Kerins (Soo Greyhounds) – Calgary Flames

Seventh Round (2 OHL Players):
205. Ilya Solovyov (Saginaw Spirit) – Calgary Flames
217. Declan McDonnell (Kitchener Rangers) – Tampa Bay Lightning

*Invited to 2020 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

For more information on the 2020 NHL Draft including full results visit nhl.com.


About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league. For more information visit http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/.

FRONTENACS’ ZAYDE WISDOM RECEIVES E.J. MCGUIRE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is proud to recognize Kingston Frontenacs forward Zayde Wisdom, who has been named the 2020 recipient of the E.J. McGuire Award of Excellence by the National Hockey League. The award is bestowed annually on the draft eligible candidate who best exemplifies commitment to excellence through strength of character, competitiveness and athleticism.

“E.J. McGuire was a very special person who cared deeply about the game and the players that played it,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “Zayde epitomizes all the values of this award and is very deserving to be honoured with the E.J. McGuire Award of Excellence.”

Wisdom was presented the award by Buffalo Sabres forward and OHL graduate Wayne Simmonds at The Ford Performance Centre in Toronto on Tuesday.

“It definitely hit home when they told me I won the award,” Wisdom told NHL.com’s Mike Morreale. “I feel I’ve worked my whole life, have struggled for a long time, but am grateful for every single part of my life, so getting an award like this, especially from a guy like Wayne Simmonds, who’s had to go through sort of the same thing I went through growing up in Scarborough, was something else.”

A 5-foot-10, 195Ib. right-winger, Wisdom scored 29 goals and added 30 assists for 59 points in 62 games as a sophomore with the Frontenacs in 2019-20. He finished the abbreviated season as the 54th-ranked prospect on NHL Central Scouting’s North American list, up 36 spots from 90th overall on the midterms released in January.

Wisdom, who is Black, was a regular at Simmonds’ Road Hockey Warriors charity ball hockey tournaments, organized for underprivileged children, beginning when he was 7 years old. He and his younger brother, Zaccharya, a sixth round pick of the Niagara IceDogs in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection, were raised mostly by their mother, Mairri McConnell, and grandmother, Kitty McConnell, in a home where money was tight and paying to put two boys through organized hockey was a challenge.

The hard-working power winger, who won an OHL Cup title with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens prior to being selected by the Frontenacs in the fourth round of the 2018 OHL Priority Selection, received high praise from NHL Central Scouting Director Dan Marr.

“Zayde Wisdom plays the game in a way that amplifies the qualities that the E.J. McGuire Award of Excellence embodies and he truly merits receiving this honor,” said Marr. “He makes you notice him in games because he utilizes his skills and competes every shift with an energy and passion that is infectious and generates results.

“Zayde has a strong support group to help guide him along his way and is a shining example of what you can accomplish if you set your mind and heart to it. During this season, he significantly improved his draft status and he will be a future asset to the NHL club that selects him.”

The E.J. McGuire Award of Excellence is dedicated to the life and legacy of former NHL Central Scouting Director E.J. McGuire who passed away following a battle with cancer on April 7, 2011. McGuire served as head coach of the Guelph Storm from 1995-97.

Eventual Philadelphia Flyers first round pick Travis Konecny of the Ottawa 67’s was the inaugural recipient of the award ahead of the 2015 NHL Draft.

For the full story detailing Wisdom’s long-time friendship with Wayne Simmonds and his story of perseverance on the road to the Ontario Hockey League, visit NHL.com.


About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league. For more information visit http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/.

OHL ANNOUNCES KEY DATES FOR 2020-21 SEASON

Toronto, Ont. –With a planned return to play less than three months away, the Ontario Hockey League continues to work with government and health agencies to plan the safe return of OHL action while also finalizing outstanding issues such as safe attendance at venues and cross border travel for teams. In preparation for the 2020-21 playing season, the League today announced a number of key dates to be circled on the calendar.

OHL Training Camps are scheduled to open on Sunday, November 15, with Exhibition play commencing on the weekends of November 20-22 and 27-29.

Other notable dates for the 2020-21 season include a February 10, 2021 trade deadline, the conclusion of the Regular Season on April 29 and the 2021 OHL Playoffs for the J. Ross Robertson Cup taking place from May 2 to June 14. The 2021 Memorial Cup presented by Kia is scheduled for June 17-27 and will be hosted by either the Oshawa Generals or the Soo Greyhounds.

With an eye to the future, the 2021 OHL Priority Selection presented by Real Canadian Superstore is scheduled for Saturday, May 8 followed by the OHL Under-18 Priority Selection on Wednesday, May 12.

The OHL plans to open the 2020-21 Regular Season on the previously announced target start date of Tuesday, December 1.

About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.