OHL Writer’s Final Draft Ranking

It’s not your typical National Hockey League Draft. At least not compared to the last few seasons where fans and teams were spoiled.

After Nolan Patrick (Brandon Wheat Kings – WHL) and Nico Hischier (Halifax Mooseheads – QMJHL) who are the consensus top two picks – although there are those including yours truly that would have Hischier at the top, you could break the draft class down into segments of five or ten, shuffle the deck, and it would still be a reasonable ranking.

It’s not as strong or as deep as we’ve seen lately at forward and defence, but it is a strong goaltending class where two goaltenders could go in the first round. If they make it to the second round, there could be as many as five go on the second day.

As we’ve always done in the past, we look only at the players eligible for the first time. Players re-entering the draft or passed over in previous drafts are not included. So, you won’t see the likes of Kevin Hancock, Drake Rymsha, Trenton Bourque or Stephen Dhillon on the rankings.

With our list, you will also see where the player ranked on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings in January and their final ranking sits overall among North American skaters and goaltenders.

Three OHL players made Central Scouting list that didn’t make my top 44 skaters, Fedor Gordeev, Liam Hawel and Jacob Golden. Taking their place on my list are Matthew Philip, Ben Jones and Macauley Carson, the latter not making Central Scouting’s final list at all.

Here is our final list. You can click on most player’s names for a profile on them written throughout the OHL season. Again, as always, it’s open to criticism.

Gabriel Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Gabriel Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Rk Player Pos Team CS-Mid CS-FINAL
1 Gabriel Vilardi C/W Windsor 3 4
2 Owen Tippett RW Mississauga 4 7
3 Nick Suzuki C Owen Sound 16 10
4 Jason Robertson LW Kingston 34 14
5 Conor Timmins D Sault Ste Marie 26 18
6 Isaac Ratcliffe LW Guelph 20 15
7 Robert Thomas  C London 28 22
8 Morgan Frost C Sault Ste Marie 29 31
9 Nicolas Hague D Mississauga 11 20
10 Matthew Strome LW Hamilton 19 33
11 Eemeli Rasanen D Kingston 57 32
12 Jonah Gadjovich LW Owen Sound 60 39
13 Adam Ruzicka C Sarnia 27 37
14 Alex Formenton LW London 24 29
15 Mackenzie Entwistle RW Hamilton 35 44
16 Alexander Chmelevski C Ottawa 38 43
17 Ivan Lodnia RW Erie 37 36
18 Dmitri Samorukov D Guelph 122 69
19 Zach Gallant C Peterborough 71 64
20 Nate Schnarr C Guelph 32 47
21 Kirill Maksimov RW Niagara 185 66
22 Markus Phillips D Owen Sound 62 50
23 Brady Lyle D North Bay 53 48
24 Maksim Sushko RW Owen Sound 73 72
25 Greg Meireles C Kitchener 39 93
26 Linus Nyman RW Kingston 102 100
27 Marian Studenic RW Hamilton 86 101
28 Noel Hoefenmayer D Ottawa 41 75
29 Jacob Paquette D Kingston 90 105
30 Adam Thilander D North Bay 59 96
31 Austen Keating LW Ottawa 92 115
32 Sean Durzi D Owen Sound 139 124
33 Macauley Carson LW Sudbury 183 NR
34 Jack Studnicka C Oshawa 80 120
35 Shaw Boomhower C Mississauga 123 112
36 Zachary Roberts LW Owen Sound 180 113
37 Nicholas McHugh LW Kitchener 176 145
38 German Poddubnyi C Erie NR 130
39 Nick Isaacson LW Peterborough 168 148
40 Matthew Philip C Niagara 173 152
41 Ryan McGregor C Sarnia 79 107
42 Dylan Seitz C Kitchener 100 123
43 Cole Coskey RW Saginaw 96 150
44 Ben Jones C Niagara 99 170
Goaltenders
1 Michael DiPietro G Windsor 7 4
2 Matthew Villalta G Sault Ste Marie 14 16
3 Kyle Keyser G Oshawa 10 11
4 Jake McGrath G Sudbury 23 19
5 Kaden Fulcher G Hamilton 12 18
Michael DiPietro of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Michael DiPietro of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
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