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:


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


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/.


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