68 OHL Players NHL Central Scouting’s Mid-Term Rankings

National Hockey League Central Scouting released it’s mid-term rankings for the 2017 draft, and 60 Ontario Hockey League players made the list. That list is comprised of 51 skaters and 9 goaltenders.

As is always the case with any such list, there will be questions and head scratching. Yours truly has never  been shy of this in the past. So here is my take on the good, the bad and the ugly from the list.

The Good

Conor Timmins continues to open eyes and its good to see that he has grabbed the attention of Central Scouting. After a somewhat unimpressive rookie season a year ago, he has emerged as the Greyhounds number one defenceman on the first place team.

The Bad

It’s hard to argue against Kaden Fulcher or Kyle Keyser, but Matthew Villalta should be ahead. He’s the backup to Joseph Raaymakers (undrafted and re-enters the draft and is unranked), but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Villalta get more and more starts as he has shown he can lead the Greyhounds to victory as much, if not more than Raaymakers.

Matthew Villalta of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Matthew Villalta of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

The Ugly

Goaltender Michael DiPietro as the number seven ranked goaltender from North America is simply mind boggling. His two seasons in the OHL have been outstanding. This is definitely a knock on his size – you know, big goaltenders are the way to go in the NHL these days. But if he goes where Central has him ranked, someone is going to get the steal of the draft.

Here is the full Central Scouting rankings of OHL players with their over-all rankings shown.

3 Vilardi, Gabriel Center Windsor
4 Tippett, Owen Right Wing Mississauga
11 Hague, Nicolas Defenseman Mississauga
16 Suzuki, Nick Center Owen Sound
19 Strome, Matthew Left Wing Hamilton
20 Ratcliffe, Isaac Left Wing Guelph
24 Formenton, Alex Left Wing London
26 Timmins, Conor Defenseman Sault Marie
27 Ruzicka, Adam Center Sarnia
28 Thomas, Robert Center London
29 Frost, Morgan Center Sault Marie
32 Schnarr, Nate Center Guelph
34 Robertson, Jason Left Wing Kingston
35 Entwistle, Mackenzie Right Wing Hamilton
37 Lodnia, Ivan Right Wing Erie
38 Chmelevski, Alexander Center Ottawa
39 Meireles, Greg Center Kitchener
41 Hoefenmayer, Noel Defenseman Ottawa
53 Lyle, Brady Defenseman North Bay
57 Rasanen, Eemeli Defenseman Kingston
59 Thilander, Adam Defenseman North Bay
60 Gadjovich, Jonah Left Wing Owen Sound
62 Phillips, Markus Defenseman Owen Sound
71 Gallant, Zach Center Peterborough
73 Sushko, Maksim Right Wing Owen Sound
79 McGregor, Ryan Center Sarnia
80 Studnicka, Jack Center Oshawa
86 Studenic, Marian Right Wing Hamilton
90 Paquette, Jacob Defenseman Kingston
92 Keating, Austen Left Wing Ottawa
96 Coskey, Cole Right Wing Saginaw
99 Jones, Ben Center Niagara
100 Seitz, Dylan Center Kitchener
102 Nyman, Linus Right Wing Kingston
122 Samorukov, Dmitri Defenseman Guelph
123 Boomhower, Shaw Left Wing Mississauga
135 Deakin-Poot, Nick Center Guelph
139 Durzi, Sean Defenseman Owen Sound
143 Golden, Jacob Defenseman London
147 Machala, Ondrej Left Wing Niagara
148 Hancock, Kevin Left Wing Owen Sound
161 Demeo, Anthony Defenseman Sault Marie
162 Michnac, Albert Left Wing Guelph
166 Svoboda, Matyas Left Wing Peterborough
168 Isaacson, Nick Left Wing Peterborough
173 Philip, Matthew Center Niagara
176 McHugh, Nicholas Left Wing Kitchener
180 Roberts, Zachary Left Wing Owen Sound
183 Carson, Macauley Left Wing Sudbury
185 Maksimov, Kirill Right Wing Niagara
188 Gordeev, Fedor Defenseman Flint
189 Castleman, Oliver Left Wing Niagara
191 Garreffa, Joseph Left Wing Kitchener
194 Purboo, Cole Right Wing Windsor
205 Hedberg, Tom Defenseman Barrie
206 Fraser, Cole Defenseman Peterborough
208 Roberts, Elijah Defenseman Kitchener
209 Grima, Nicholas Defenseman Sarnia
211 Boka, Lucas Right Wing Windsor
7 Dipietro, Michael Goalie Windsor
10 Keyser, Kyle Goalie Oshawa
12 Fulcher, Kaden Goalie Hamilton
14 Villalta, Matt Goalie Sault Marie
19 Dhillon, Stephen Goalie Niagara
23 McGrath, Jake Goalie Sudbury
25 Propp, Christian Goalie Barrie
27 Lafreniere, Olivier Goalie Ottawa
28 Hughes, Aidan Goalie Sarnia

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