OHL’s Draft Eligible Players: Final Ranking

The National Hockey League’s annual draft is just a short couple of weeks away and with that comes my final ranking of Ontario Hockey League Players eligible for the first time for that draft.

Matthew Tkachuk of the London Knights. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Matthew Tkachuk of the London Knights. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Those that have followed me in the past know all to well that I am not afraid to sway from the consensus. Sometimes I get lucky, sometimes I don’t. And let’s face it: when you combine everything you’ve seen on the ice throughout the season and try and compare it to where a player’s potential stands, it becomes more luck than skill.

There’s no exact science when it comes to drafting. It’s 50% luck and 50% doing your due diligence. Hopefully some of the luck I’ve had doesn’t run out before this draft.

I usually do a top 50 skaters and top 5 goaltenders, but this year I’ve done a top 50 plus one simply because I really like one kid that chances are very likely that he won’t get drafted, but wanted to recognize the excellent second half of the season he had.

Here are my top 50 (plus one) skaters and top 5 goalies. Throughout the season, I have done profiles on most of them and you can click the players name to go directly to that profile. I have also included where they ranked on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term ranking and their final ranking, as well as the change in those rankings.

Rank Player Pos Team Mid Final +/-
1 Matthew Tkachuk LW London Knights 1 1
2 Mikhail Sergachev D Windsor Spitfires 6 6
3 Jakob Chychrun D Sarnia Sting 2 3 -1
4 Olli Juolevi D London Knights 4 4
5 Logan Brown C Windsor Spitfires 8 5 +3
6 Alexander Nylander RW Mississauga Steelheads 3 2 +1
7 Michael McLeod C Mississauga Steelheads 5 7 -2
8 Max Jones LW London Knights 7 9 -2
9 Boris Katchouk LW Soo Greyhounds 13 11 +2
10 Nathan Bastian C/LW Mississauga Steelheads 9 14 -5
11 Alexander DeBrincat RW Erie Otters 10 8 +2
12 Markus Niemelainen D Saginaw Spirit 19 20 -1
13 Cam Dineen D North Bay Battalion 38 17 +21
14 Logan Stanley D Windsor Spitfires 11 10 +1
15 Adam Mascherin LW Kitchener Rangers 22 18 +4
16 Jordan Kyrou RW Sarnia Sting 18 13 +5
17 Will Bitten C Flint Firebirds 16 19 -3
18 Taylor Raddysh RW Erie Otters 15 15
19 Jack Kopacka LW Soo Greyhounds 14 12 +2
20 Cliff Pu C/RW London Knights 30 28 +2
21 Sean Day D Mississauga Steelheads 17 23 -6
22 Givani Smith RW Guelph Storm 25 21 +4
23 Riley Stillman D Oshawa Generals 32 24 +8
24 Victor Mete D London Knights 23 27 -4
25 Tim Gettinger LW Soo Greyhounds 12 16 -4
26 Benjamin Gleason D Hamilton Bulldogs 20 22 -2
27 Keaton Middleton D Saginaw Spirit 21 26 -5
28 Nicholas Caamano RW Flint Firebirds 45 25 +20
29 Cole Candella D Hamilton Bulldogs 26 30 -4
30 Connor Hall D Kitchener NR 36
31 Connor Bunnaman C Kitchener Rangers 29 31 -2
32 Dmitry Sokolov C/LW Sudbury Wolves 34 41 -7
33 Jordan Sambrook D Erie Otters 33 35 -2
34 Travis Barron LW Ottawa 67’s 24 33 -9
35 Kyle Maksimovich LW Erie Otters 37 38 -1
36 Jonathan Ang C Peterborough Petes 42 34 +8
37 Domenic Commisso C Oshawa Generals 40 39 +1
38 Stepan Falkovsky Ottawa 67’s 27 32 -5
39 Nicolas Mattinen D London Knights 35 45 -10
40 Noah Carroll D Guelph Storm 28 47 -19
41 Alan Lyszczarczyk LW Sudbury Wolves 39 43 -4
42 Anthony Salinitri C Sarnia Sting 41 29 +12
43 Hayden Verbeek C Soo Greyhounds 49 40 +9
44 Tye Felhaber C Saginaw Spirit 43 50 -7
45 Ondrej Kachyna D Hamilton Bulldogs 52 37 +15
46 Christopher Paquette C Niagara Ice Dogs 31 42 -11
47 Zach Poirier C North Bay Battalion 55 NR
48 Brandon Saigeon C Hamilton Bulldogs 48 48
49 Justin Murray D Barrie Colts 51 46 +5
50 Justin Brazeau RW North Bay Battalion 57 51 +6
51 Logan DeNoble C/LW Peterborough Petes 58 NR

Top five goaltenders

1 Tyler Parsons G London Knights 3 1 2
2 Dylan Wells G Peterborough Petes 2 3 -1
3 Joseph Raaymakers G Soo Greyhounds 1 2 -1
4 Troy Timpano G Sudbury Wolves 5 5
5 Evan Cormier G Saginaw Spirit 4 4
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