Evan Bouchard – London Knights – Player Profile

Height:  6’2”

Weight: 191 pounds

Date of birth: October 20, 1999

Hometown: Oakville, Ontario

Position: Defence

Shoots: Right

OHL Draft: Round 1, 17th overall, 2015 Priority Selection

It was September 26, 2015. I was at the London Knights season opener at the Budweiser Gardens in Downtown London when a kid wearing number 2 stepped onto the ice for his first shift. Something about that shift caught my attention. Maybe it was the poise he displayed? Maybe his skating? Maybe it was the smarts he presented? I’m not sure, but I knew I was going to follow this kid closely for the next couple of years.

I looked at the lineup for the night and discovered I was looking at Evan Bouchard, the Knights first round selection and seventeenth overall pick in that year’s Priority Draft. And he was just 15 years of age. What was most surprising about that is that he made the opening night roster of a Knights team that was deep on defence and would be challenging for the Memorial Cup that year – a cup they eventually ended up winning.

Evan Bouchard of the London Knights. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Evan Bouchard of the London Knights. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

I immediately texted a friend who scouts NHL talent for a living and although the Ontario Hockey League was out of his area, he has a vast knowledge of the talent across North America. At that time, there wasn’t much of a scouting report he could share about Bouchard.

Bouchard played his Minor Midget hockey for the Oakville Blades where his offence was on full display during the 2014-2015 season in which he scored 18 goals and added 13 assists in 35 games. At the OHL Cup, Bouchard would add an assist in three games for the Blades. He was dominant at the OHL Gold Cup where he scored 5 goals and 6 assists in 5 games for Team OMHA White.

That first year in London, Bouchard notched 2 goals and 15 assists and finished with a plus-15 in 43 games for the Knights. Not bad for a fifteen turned sixteen-year-old defenceman playing for coach Dale Hunter, who often likes to bring a player along slowly.

He would represent Canada at the WHC Under-17 that first season and had a very good tournament, going 1-5-6 in three games. He won gold with Canada, was named to the All-Star team and would be the top point getter among defencemen.

It was during that season’s playoff run and Memorial Cup that you just knew the Knights’ coaching staff had faith and trust in Bouchard’s abilities. There a couple of occasions that Hunter would dress Bouchard as a right wing just to have him available on the powerplay. He had the confidence to use Bouchard on the top powerplay unit ahead of his two stud defencemen, Olli Juolevi and Victor Mete on several occasions. He wouldn’t dress in the finale, but the experience he gained cannot be quantified.

Last season, Bouchard played in all 68 games for the Knights and the statistical improvements went right across the board. He scored 11 goals and added 33 assists and finished with a plus-30. He would add 3 goals and 4 assists and a plus-4 in 14 playoff games. He would fire a hair under 2 shots-per-game, doubling that from the prior year – with the confidence instilled in him by his coaches.

This season, Bouchard is well on his way. He’s right there with Guelph Storms’ super d-man Ryan Merkley in points. Through 18 games, less than one-third of the season, Bouchard has 4 goals and 15 assists and on pace to exceed his career highs. And he’s already fired 66 shots on goal, a pace that puts him well above last season. The biggest reason for his shot increase is the powerplay. While he plays the point, you’ll often see him set up in the left face-off circle and his teammates setting him up for one-timers.

Bouchard also represented Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial but was pointless in 4 games. He also represented Team OHL in the CIBC Canada/Russia series, the last chance opportunity for players to make a case for themselves in game action for the World Junior Championships. It’s a very tough lineup to make as an 18-year-old defenceman but Bouchard held his own.

Bouchard is a very good skater with excellent mobility in all directions. He uses that mobility, and his high hockey smarts, to be effective and dangerous jumping up into the play. He can clear his zone with an excellent first pass, but if you’re not on top of him quickly and give him any amount of ice, he can skate the puck up ice quickly and efficiently. He can quarterback a powerplay and is an excellent passer – something that gets overlooked at times.

It’s difficult for a young defenceman to make perfect lead passes, one that catches your forwards skating quickly and putting the puck just out of the range of the opposition and allowing your teammate to skate into it. But Bouchard does it almost picture-perfect. That’s because he’s smart, reads plays quickly and reacts quickly.

He possesses an excellent shot and he gets it off quickly and shoots with a purpose. He’s not always trying to score, but put pucks in a place that you know a rebound will come.

There have been questions raised about his defensive game, and maybe rightfully so. He’s made vast improvements. He’s tough to beat one-on-one mainly because of his skating and hockey IQ. He will sometimes lose coverage in front of his own net. He has learned to be more careful in choosing when to stand in at the opposing blue-line and when to back off. The defensive game is coachable – and he’ll learn from experience and his hockey smarts. Maybe the horrid start by the Knights had something to do with it. And maybe now that the Knights are playing much better, they are starting to disappear from his game. He’s a winner, he wants to keep on winning and was probably trying to do it all himself early on.

There is no question that Merkley and Bouchard are the top two defencemen in this draft class from the OHL. Which one gets picked first in June? There is no question Merkley is the most dynamic, flashy offensive defenceman, but Bouchard is no slouch in the o-zone, he’s just less flashy. But for my liking, Bouchard wins in the all-around category.

I had the opportunity to talk to Knights’ General Manager Rob Simpson about the growth Bouchard has shown as a player. He spoke not only abut his growth in the OHL but the growth he has shown from minor midget. “I know there have been questions about his defensive game as you mentioned. He is so smart that he was anticipating what other players would do and it sometimes looks like he lost coverage. Sometimes he made the wrong choice, but he is so smart that he thinks ‘that didn’t work for me the last time, so I’ll try something different next time’.”

About clearing his own end, Simpson said “if you watch him when he’s being fore-checked, it looks like he’s waiting for the forecheck and he lets it come to him. He’s so smart, it’s easy for us to see from up top, but he sees it down there and that’s not easy. He almost always makes the right play.”

About Bouchard’s current role with the squad he added “he’s the only defenceman with two years experience on the team. He’s accepted that role and excelled in it, and why we are winning now.”

Evan Bouchard

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Nick Donofrio – Player Profile – Hamilton Bulldogs

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 204

Date of birth: November 19, 1999

Hometown: Ypsilanti, Michigan

Position: Goaltender

Catches: Left

OHL Draft: Round 5, 96th overall, 2015 Priority Selection

The goaltenders eligible for the 2018 National Hockey League Draft plying their trade in the Ontario Hockey League this season is unlike a season ago. It’s a class that includes names like Mario Peccia (Kingston), Jordan Kooy (London), Jacob Ingham (Mississauga) and Marshall Frappier (Sudbury) among others.

And then there is Nick Donofrio of the Hamilton Bulldogs.

I know there will be readers out there that think “why is he beginning with Donofrio?”

Well, the answer is simple. If I can take everything I’ve seen in his limited playing time in Hamilton and apply one word, that word is “impressive”. Occasionally, a goaltender seems to come out of nowhere, one that few seem to be talking about early during the season and impresses me so much that I won’t stop talking about him. And if you followed along here a season ago or followed me on Twitter, you know that to be the case with a stopper named Matthew Villalta of the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds (Los Angeles Kings – 3rd round, 72nd overall in 2017).

Nick Donofrio of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Nick Donofrio of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

That’s not to suggest that there was no chatter on Donofrio coming into this season. There definitely was. But a lot of that chatter when talking top goaltenders for the draft went to Ingham in what I believe is a class that is wide open.

As the backup to Kaden Fulcher, who signed as an undrafted free agent with the Detroit Red Wings prior to the start of the NHL season, Donofrio is going to have very limited starts this season so you’d better make your viewings of him count, or you may just miss out.

Donofrio has only had three starts to date. After losing his first start in a shootout to the Niagara IceDogs, he’s beaten the North Bay Battalion and shutout the defending Memorial Cup Champion Windsor Spitfires. He’s stopped 68 of 73 shots he’s faced and has an excellent .932 save percentage to go along with his 1.62 goals against average.

Donofrio played Midget Hockey for the Compuware Under 15 squad during the 2014-2015 season and in 34 games posted an impressive 2.28 goals against average. He was equally impressive at the OHL Gold Cup for the TPH Thunder Minor Midgets with 1.00 goals against average in 2 games with a shutout. The Bulldogs would use their fifth-round selection and select him 96th overall at the 2015 draft.

Don’t let the fifth-round selection influence your opinion. As an American born player, there is always the possibility that a player could go the USHL route with an eye on the NCAA, thus dropping him a little in the draft. He was selected in the 10th round, 147th overall by the Des Moines Buccaneers at the USHL Futures Draft in 2015.

A season ago, Donofrio would continue his development with the Philadelphia Revolution of the EHL. Once again, his stats would be impressive posting a 2.00 goals against average and .921 save percentage in 25 appearances. He was ready for the OHL.

Donofrio has good size that NHL scouts seem to appreciate. He is a technically sound goaltender who relies more on that technique then pure athleticism. He is positionally sound, controls his rebounds extremely well, tracks the puck well, fights through traffic to find the puck, and rebounds quickly for second chance opportunities. His demeanor is that of an extremely calm netminder who never seems to get rattled. He plays with his emotions in check.

Donofrio gets to the top of his paint well. He plays his angles extremely well and remains square to the shooter. He’s not overly quick, but far from slow. His post to post movement is sufficient, but it’s more his technique that makes him stand out. He plays big in his crease and even when in his butterfly position he stands tall. And I love that he has the old school poke-check in his repertoire.

Speaking to those around him, Donofrio is a team first guy who is more concerned about team success than personal success, and at this level that speaks volumes. He knows and accepts his role and knows his time will eventually come. By all accounts, he has a very good relationship with Fulcher and he works hard to be ready when he’s called upon.

I asked good friend and the play-by-play voice of the Hamilton Bulldogs Reed Duthie to share his thoughts on Donofrio with me.

“Nick Donofrio has been a picture perfect backup for the Hamilton Bulldogs combining his tremendous sense of positioning with starter Kaden Fulcher’s outstanding athleticism. Donofrio is the type of netminder who will keep teammates and coaches at ease while frustrating opponents with his no frills style” he said. 

Reed went on to say “Donofrio has an incredible sense of the net combined with quick reflex and clock like timing that make beating the OHL rookie very difficult. Nick’s biggest win of the season, a 2-0 shutout of the defending Memorial Cup Champion Windsor Spitfires, showed just what kind of upside the Ypsilanti native carries. Standing his ground under intense pressure from the like of Logan Brown, Aaron Luchuk & co, Donofrio made several key and timely saves to keep the Dogs out in front.”

Reed concluded “Nick will only continue to grow as his OHL time mounts, he has a keen awareness of how to use his 6’4” frame which goaltenders of his age usually haven’t developed & his sound fundamentals will mean that Head Coach John Gruden and the Bulldogs staff will have no issues relying on him to put in solid starts moving forward.”

This isolation video from his days with Compuware back in 2014 shows some of the qualities he possesses, even back then.

Nick Donofrio

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OHL Writer’s Draft Eligible Player of the Month for October: Brady Hinz

Sarnia Sting forward Brady Hinz has been selected our draft eligible player of the month for October. The 5’8” native of Stratford Ontario notched 10 goals while adding 6 assists in 12 games and helping the Sting to the top of the Canadian Hockey League rankings at the end of October.  

Brady Hinz of the Sarnia Sting. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Brady Hinz of the Sarnia Sting. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Hinz recorded 3 multi-goal games and 5 multi-point games. Among players eligible for the 2018 National Hockey League Draft, Hinz is tied for top spot in goals, second in points, leads in the plus/minus department, owns the longest goal scoring streak of the season, the second longest assist an point streak of the season, and leads all OHL players in shooting percentage.

Hinz was named the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the week for October 9 to October 15 and runner up for CHL Player of the Week for the same period.

Also considered were: Mississauga Steelheads forward Ryan McLeod who had 4 goals and 9 assists in 10 games. Akil Thomas of the Niagara IceDogs notched 3 goals while adding 10 assists in 11 games.

Previous Winners

Matthew Struthers – Owen Sound Attack (September)

OHL’s Draft Eligible Statistical Leaders

If you hadn’t heard the name Brady Hinz, well, you certainly are hearing it now. As we look at the Ontario Hockey League statistics among players eligible for the 2018 National Hockey League Draft, You will find the Stratford Ontario native and Sarnia Sting forward’s name at or near the top of many of those statistics.

Brady Hinz of the Sarnia Sting. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Brady Hinz of the Sarnia Sting. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Hinz is second in points, tied for top spot in goals, the leader in plus/minus, has the longest goal scoring streak of the season and second longest assist and point streak, and the best shooting percentage in the entire league.

Not too bad for a player who didn’t make NHL Central Scouting’s players to watch list.

Below, you will find a list of leaders in a variety of statistical categories. While we take great care in compiling stats, always refer to the Ontario Hockey League’s site for official stats.

Note that only players eligible for the NHL draft for the first time are included.

Points Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Allan McShane Oshawa Generals 15 2 16 18
Brady Hinz Sarnia Sting 15 10 6 16
Ryan McLeod Mississauga Steelheads 14 6 10 16
Akil Thomas Niagara IceDogs 14 5 11 16
Ryan Merkley Guelph Storm 15 4 11 15
Andrei Svechnikov Barrie Colts 10 10 4 14
Serron Noel Oshawa Generals 11 10 4 14
Barrett Hayton Soo Greyhounds 14 6 8 14
Aidan Dudas Owen Sound Attack 14 9 4 13
Kody Clark Ottawa 67’s 16 8 5 13
Goal Scoring Leaders
Player Team GP G GPG
Andrei Svechnikov Barrie Colts 10 10 1.00
Serron Noel Oshawa Generals 11 10 0.91
Brady Hinz Sarnia Sting 15 10 0.67
Aidan Dudas Owen Sound Attack 14 9 0.64
Kody Clark Ottawa 67’s 16 8 0.50
Damien Giroux Saginaw Spirit 13 6 0.46
Barrett Hayton Soo Greyhounds 14 6 0.43
Ryan McLeod Mississauga Steelheads 14 6 0.43
Ty Dellandrea Flint Firebirds 14 6 0.43
Akil Thomas Niagara IceDogs 14 5 0.36
Assist Leaders
Player Team GP A APG
Allan McShane Oshawa Generals 15 16 1.07
Akil Thomas Niagara IceDogs 14 11 0.79
Ryan Merkley Guelph Storm 15 11 0.73
Ryan McLeod Mississauga Steelheads 14 10 0.71
Evan Bouchard London Knights 15 9 0.60
Maxim Golod Erie Otters 12 8 0.67
Barrett Hayton Soo Greyhounds 14 8 0.57
Adam McMaster North Bay Battalion 15 8 0.53
Kevin Bahl Ottawa 67’s 16 8 0.50
Declan Chisholm Peterborough Petes 16 8 0.50
Defencemen Point Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Ryan Merkley Guelph Storm 15 4 11 15
Evan Bouchard London Knights 15 3 9 12
Declan Chisholm Peterborough Petes 16 1 8 9
Kevin Bahl Ottawa 67’s 16 0 8 8
Peter Stratis Ottawa 67’s 16 2 5 7
Tyler Tucker Barrie Colts 7 0 6 6
Giovanni Vallati Kitchener Rangers 13 1 4 5
Zack Malik Sudbury Wolves 13 0 5 5
Plus/Minus Leaders
Player Team GP +/-
Brady Hinz Sarnia Sting 15 +11
Riley Damiani Kitchener Rangers 15 +7
Andrew Bruder Niagara IceDogs 10 +6
Andrei Svechnikov Barrie Colts 10 +6
Curtis Douglas Barrie Colts 14 +6
Tyler Tucker Barrie Colts 7 +5
Joseph Mack Erie Otters 11 +5
Matthew Struthers Owen Sound Attack 11 +5
Jack Duff Erie Otters 13 +5
Alex Gritz Erie Otters 14 +5
Penalty Minutes Leaders
Player Team GP PIM M/G
Daylon Groulx Owen Sound Attack 11 26 2.36
Dawson Baker Sudbury Wolves 15 24 1.60
Kevin Bahl Ottawa 67’s 16 24 1.50
Max Grondin Saginaw Spirit 11 19 1.73
Curtis Douglas Barrie Colts 14 16 1.14
Merrick Rippon Mississauga Steelheads 14 16 1.14
Ryan Merkley Guelph Storm 15 14 0.93
Faceoff Leaders  (Minimum 1 faceoff per game)
Player Team GP FOA FOW %
Andrei Svechnikov Barrie Colts 10 11 7 63.6
Nathan Dunkley Kingston Frontenacs 9 53 33 62.3
Aidan Dudas Owen Sound Attack 14 180 106 58.9
David Levin Sudbury Wolves 15 151 88 58.3
Billy Moskal London Knights 13 71 41 57.7
Allan McShane Oshawa Generals 15 240 133 55.4
Ty Dellandrea Flint Firebirds 14 252 137 54.4
Mitchell Hoelscher Ottawa 67’s 15 71 37 52.1
Cam Hillis Guelph Storm 15 216 111 51.4
Eric Guest Kitchener Rangers 9 43 22 51.2
Liam Foudy London Knights 13 94 48 51.1
Longest Goal Scoring Streak
Player Team From To Gms Goals
Brady Hinz Sarnia Sting 10/9 10/19 5 7
Kody Clark Ottawa 67’s 10/12 10/21 5 6
Akil Thomas Niagara IceDogs 9/29 10/1 3 4
Aidan Dudas Owen Sound Attack 10/11 10/15 3 4
Matthew Struthers Owen Sound Attack 9/30 10/7 3 4
Longest Assist Streak
Player Team From To Gms Assts
Akil Thomas Niagara IceDogs 9/30 10/19 8 10
Brady Hinz Sarnia Sting 10/15 10/21 4 4
Ryan Merkley Guelph Storm 10/22 10/29 4 4
Serron Noel Oshawa Generals 9/29 10/13 4 4
Curtis Douglas Barrie Colts 10/14 10/26 4 4
Longest Point Streak
Player Team From To Gms Pts
Akil Thomas Niagara IceDogs 9/29 10/19 9 15
Brady Hinz Sarnia Sting 10/9 10/21 7 13
Barrett Hayton Soo Greyhounds 10/11 10/28 7 9
Curtis Douglas Barrie Colts 10/7 10/26 6 8
Damien Giroux Saginaw Spirit 10/15 10/29 6 6
Shooting Percentage
Player Team GP G S %
Brady Hinz Sarnia Sting 15 10 25 40.0
Serron Noel Oshawa Generals 11 10 25 40.0
Alex Gritz Erie Otters 14 5 15 33.3
Andrew Bruder Niagara IceDogs 10 2 7 28.6
Semyon Der-Arguchintsev Peterborough Petes 16 5 18 27.8
Shots On Goal Leaders
Player Team GP SOG
Evan Bouchard London Knights 15 59
Ty Dellandrea Flint Firebirds 14 55
Akil Thomas Niagara IceDogs 14 49
Andrei Svechnikov Barrie Colts 10 46
Aidan Dudas Owen Sound Attack 14 43
Goaltenders Leaders – Goals Against Average
Player Team GP Min GA Avg
Nick Donofrio Hamilton Bulldogs 2 125 5 2.40
Mario Peccia Kingston Frontenacs 4 210 12 3.43
Jacob Ingham Mississauga Steelheads 9 530 33 3.74
Jordan Kooy London Knights 6 306 20 3.92
Christian Purboo North Bay Battalion 3 179 12 4.02
Goaltending Leaders – Save Percentage
Player Team GP SH  SVS SV%
Nick Donofrio Hamilton Bulldogs 2 50 45 0.900
Mario Peccia Kingston Frontenacs 4 116 104 0.897
Marshall Frappier Sudbury Wolves 6 187 166 0.888
Christian Purboo North Bay Battalion 3 98 86 0.878
Jacob Ingham Mississauga Steelheads 9 268 235 0.877
Goaltending Leaders – Wins
Player Team GP W L OL
Jacob Ingham Mississauga Steelheads 9 3 6 0
Marshall Frappier Sudbury Wolves 6 2 2 1
Nick Donofrio Hamilton Bulldogs 2 1 0 1
Christian Purboo North Bay Battalion 3 1 2 0
Jordan Kooy London Knights 6 1 4 0
Goaltending Leaders – Shutouts
Player Team GP SO
Mario Peccia Kingston Frontenacs 4 1

OHL Writers Draft Eligible Player of the Month for September: Matthew Struthers

The 2017-2018 Ontario Hockey League season is in full swing and as I have done in previous years, each month I selected the player of the month among those eligible for the 2018 National Hockey League Draft.

And the first player selected this season is Matthew Struthers of the Owen Sound Attack.

Matthew Struthers of the Owen Sound Attack. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Matthew Struthers of the Owen Sound Attack. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

The 6’2, 194-pound center from Milton Ontario appeared in three games for the Attack scoring 2 goals and adding 3 assists with a plus/minus +4 while going 17 for 29 on the faceoff dot, good for a 58.6 percentage, and helping the Attack to a 2-0-0-1 record and second place in the Midwest Division.

The season began with a 4-3 shootout loss against the Flint Firebirds with Struthers notching an assist. He followed that with a single assist in a 4-3 overtime victory over the Kitchener Rangers.

He saved his best performance for a 6-4 victory over the Mississauga Steelheads in which he scored twice (including the game winner) and added an assist and was named the game’s second star.

OJHL’s Draft Eligible Players

Most of you know my previous work covering the Ontario Hockey League and its players eligible for the National Hockey League Draft. And now I take the foray into the Junior A circuit and the Ontario Junior Hockey League.

While my focus will remain with the OHL, I’ll take some time to look at what the OJHL has to offer. I’ve followed the league as much as possible, but this will be my first attempt at covering the league.

While the OJHL is predominantly known as a developmental league for the OHL and colleges in both Canada (CIS) and the United States (NCAA), they have some very recognizable names come through the OJHL on their way to the NHL.

Andrew Cogliano, Stephen Weiss, Mike Cammalleri, Cory Stillman, Raffi Torres, Dominic Moore, Justin Williams, Kevin Bieksa, Steve Eminger, Brendan & Reilly Smith and Trevor Daily are some of the better-known names to have played in the OJHL and gone on to the NHL since 2000.

While the 2016 and 2017 NHL Drafts only saw two OJHL players selected in each year, 2018 will prove interesting for no other reason than Toronto Jr Canadiens star forward Jack McBain. The star player led Canada to a gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial in August scoring a goal and two assists in a 4-1 victory over the Czech Republic in the gold medal game and is projecting to be a top 15 selection at the 2018 draft.

Jack McBain
Jack McBain, Toronto Jr Canadiens. Photo courtesy of OJHL Images

Below is a team-by-team breakdown and the draft eligible players attending their team’s camps (players in bold are on the opening night rosters). Some players have already committed to US Colleges and Universities for 2018 and 2019 and you will see those listed. You will also see some players committed to OHL teams. Those players are currently at OHL team camps and could return to the OJHL if they fail to make the OHL roster.

Finally, you will see players that have been drafted by an OHL team or United States Hockey League teams. The majority of those players drafted will likely play a season in the OJHL before making the jump to the OHL or the USHL.

Bare with me if you see an error or two. I’m still building connections with the teams. But if you do see an error, please feel free to leave a comment in the comment section.

# Player POS Team Commitment OHL Draft / USHL Draft
12 Rory DiNiro F Aurora Tigers
19 Brennan Stapleton F Aurora Tigers
21 Tyler Davis F Aurora Tigers Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
24 Marcelo Pericao D Aurora Tigers
27 Elijah Gonsalves F Aurora Tigers London Knights (OHL)
29 Jack Irvine G Aurora Tigers
12 Ryan Sidorski D Buffalo Jr Sabres Union College (2019) Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL)
14 Jack Tucker D Buffalo Jr Sabres Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
16 Ethan Kirbis F Buffalo Jr Sabres North Bay Battalion (OHL)
19 Trevor Peca F Buffalo Jr Sabres Univ. of Maine (2019) Ottawa 67’s (OHL), Lincoln Stars (USHL)
33 Benjamin Kraws G Buffalo Jr Sabres Miami University (Ohio) 2019 Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
19 Mitchell Morrison F Burlington Cougars Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
29 Justin Richer G Burlington Cougars
55 Roberto Moretto D Burlington Cougars
69 Joshua Leblanc F Burlington Cougars
89 Josiah Degazon F Burlington Cougars Barrie Colts (OHL)
11 Jamie Engelbert F Cobourg Cougars
14 Madoka Suzuki F Cobourg Cougars Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
24 Jacob Black F Cobourg Cougars
7 Pierre-Luc Forget F Georgetown Raiders Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
11 John Parker-Jones F Georgetown Raiders Peterborough Petes (OHL) Peterborough Petes (OHL)
25 Justin Paul F Georgetown Raiders From Milton Icehawks (OJHL) Cedar Rapids Rough Riders (USHL)
28 Connor McBroom F Georgetown Raiders Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
44 Josh Nixon F Georgetown Raiders
55 Luke Beamish D Georgetown Raiders Owen Sound Attack (OHL) Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
12 Troy Bowditch F Kingston Voyageurs
15 Adam Kim F Kingston Voyageurs
44 Cole Edwards F Kingston Voyageurs Colorado College (2018)
45 Zach Wheeler D Kingston Voyageurs
71 Neil Gummeson D Kingston Voyageurs
11 Nathan Balkwill D Lindsay Muskies
22 Matthew McNamara D Lindsay Muskies Peterborough Petes (OHL)
26 Clay Coles F Lindsay Muskies
27 Braydon Leeking F Lindsay Muskies Flint Firebirds (OHL), Chicago Steel (USHL)
3 Orie Mainolfi D Markham Royals
24 Sam Marit F Markham Royals
91 Bair Gendunov F Markham Royals Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
14 Justin Paul F Milton Icehawks To Georgetown Raiders (OJHL) Cedar Rapids Rough Riders (USHL)
16 Zac Sirota F Milton Icehawks
17 Benjamin Lindberg D Milton Icehawks
26 Wesley MacPherson D Milton Icehawks
35 Noah Battaglia G Milton Icehawks
88 Brandon Lucchesi F Milton Icehawks North Bay Battalion (OHL)
6 Sonny Martin D Mississauga Chargers
9 Christian James-MacDonald F Mississauga Chargers
11 Shane Donovan D Mississauga Chargers
22 Micheal Imperiale D Mississauga Chargers
35 Daniel Murphy G Mississauga Chargers Erie Otters (OHL)
76 Mitchell Hewitson F Mississauga Chargers Oshawa Generals (OHL) Oshawa Generals (OHL)
90 Joseph Rupoli D Mississauga Chargers Oshawa Generals (OHL) Oshawa Generals (OHL)
* Ian Vucko D Newmarket Hurricanes Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
3 Matthew MacDougall F Newmarket Hurricanes Barrie Colts (OHL),Lincoln Stars (USHL)
4 Dimitri Mikrogiannakis D Newmarket Hurricanes
8 Quinn Yule F Newmarket Hurricanes Ottawa 67’s (OHL) Ottawa 67’s (OHL)
11 Jake Cella F Newmarket Hurricanes
17 Christian Taylor F Newmarket Hurricanes Barrie Colts (OHL)
21 Nicholas Cirone F Newmarket Hurricanes
22 Adrian Nabuurs D Newmarket Hurricanes Barrie Colts (OHL)
23 Robert Cranston D Newmarket Hurricanes Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
25 Michael Aloise F Newmarket Hurricanes Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
28 Xavier Drummond F Newmarket Hurricanes Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
7 Peter Muzyka D North York Rangers Cornell University (2018)
11 Matthew Hubbarde F North York Rangers
15 Dante Fantauzzi D North York Rangers Oshawa Generals (OHL)
19 Jesse Tucker F North York Rangers Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
21 James Fletcher F North York Rangers Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
72 Jett Alexander G North York Rangers Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
55 Harrison Rees D North York Rangers Univ of Connecticut (2019) Erie Otters (OHL)
* Jack Tucker D Oakville Blades Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
7 Teth Burles F Oakville Blades Guelph Storm (OHL)
7 Jackson Doherty F Oakville Blades Owen Sound (OHL) Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
14 Matt Hayami F Oakville Blades Soo Greyhounds (OHL), Cedar Rapids Rough Riders (USHL)
21 Thomas Maia F Oakville Blades Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
31 Christian Purboo G Oakville Blades North Bay Battalion (OHL)
72 Andrew McIntyre F Oakville Blades Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
77 Spencer Kersten F Oakville Blades Princeton Univ (2019) Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
5 Riley Valade D Orangeville Flyers Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
12 Jacob Latham D Orangeville Flyers
13 Rocco Andreacchi F Orangeville Flyers
24 Michael Hill F Orangeville Flyers Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
33 Nathan Torchia G Orangeville Flyers To Stouffville Spirit (OJHL) Oshawa Generals (OHL)
47 Aiden Timmermans D Orangeville Flyers Oshawa Generals (OHL)
57 Zach Taylor D Orangeville Flyers
2 Mitchell Doyle D Pickering Panthers Guelph Storm (OHL)
17 Joseph Franzin D Pickering Panthers North Bay Battalion (OHL)
27 Dustyn McFaul D Pickering Panthers Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
55 Mitchell Doyle D Pickering Panthers Guelph Storm (OHL)
77 Riley Girard F Pickering Panthers Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
90 Anthony Stavrou F Pickering Panthers
3 Liam Beaudoin D St Micheals Buzzers
3 Adrian Bilic D St Micheals Buzzers Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
6 Charles Mackie D St Micheals Buzzers Sudbury Wolves (OHL), Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL)
9 Tyler Spott D St Micheals Buzzers Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL), Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
11 Ryan Madigan F St Micheals Buzzers
13 Joseph Giovenco F St Micheals Buzzers
19 Zack Young F St Micheals Buzzers Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
26 Jonah Alexander F St Micheals Buzzers
30 Jack Watson  G St Micheals Buzzers Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
1 Nathan Torchia G Stouffville Spirit From Orangeville Flyers (OJHL) Oshawa Generals (OHL)
8 Paul O’Doherty D Stouffville Spirit Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)
9 James Waldron F Stouffville Spirit Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)
20 Thomas Tinmouth F Stouffville Spirit Ottawa 67’s (OHL)
26 Jacob Breckles D Stouffville Spirit Barrie Colts (OHL)
16 Matthew O’Brien F Toronto Jr Canadiens Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
18 Matteo DiGiulio F Toronto Jr Canadiens Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
19 Jack McBain F Toronto Jr Canadiens Boston College (2018) Barrie Colts (OHL), Lincoln Stars (USHL)
25 Matthew Falls F Toronto Jr Canadiens Peterborough Petes (OHL), Tri-City Storm (USHL)
30 Christian Mattiace G Toronto Jr Canadiens Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
2 Travis Mailhot D Toronto Patriots North Bay Battalion (OHL) North Bay Battalion (OHL)
4 Liam Beaudoin D Toronto Patriots To St Michaels Buzzers (OJHL)
10 Alex Kraljevic F Toronto Patriots
12 Mathew Bazarin F Toronto Patriots Erie Otters (OHL)
14 Marco Maggioni F Toronto Patriots
18 Nicholas Mounouchos F Toronto Patriots
19 Evan Benwell F Toronto Patriots Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
23 Jackson Alexeev F Toronto Patriots Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
9 Dawson Baker F Trenton Golden Hawks Sudbury Wolves (OHL) Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
13 Anthony Bastianello F Trenton Golden Hawks
15 Gage Stephney F Trenton Golden Hawks Oshawa Generals (OHL)
16 Sean Blimkie D Trenton Golden Hawks Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)
20 Matt Nastasiuk F Trenton Golden Hawks Ottawa 67’s (OHL)
2 Declan Carlile D Wellington Dukes
10 Graeme McCrory F Wellington Dukes Peterborough Petes (OHL)
23 Bryson Michel D Wellington Dukes
33 Creed Jones G Wellington Dukes Ottawa 67’s (OHL)
9 Joe Roy D Whitby Fury Niagara IceDogs (OHL)
19 Matthew Sherwin F Whitby Fury Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
71 Amedeo Mastrangeli D Whitby Fury
84 Mason Snell D Whitby Fury Penn State University (2019) North Bay Battalion (OHL), Sioux City Musketeers (USHL)
92 Liam Robertson F Whitby Fury London Knights (OHL)
98 Riley McCutcheon F Whitby Fury Ottawa 67’s (OHL)

2018 OHL’s Draft Eligible Players

Ontario Hockey League training camps and exhibition schedule is well underway so now is as good a time as any to look at each of the 20 team’s rosters and players participating at the various OHL camps and the players eligible for the 2018 National Hockey League Draft.

While team rosters are far from being set in stone, these are the players eligible for the NHL Draft for the first time participating at the camps. We are all aware not everyone will make the final cut.

Ryan Merkley of the Guelph Storm. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL  Images.
Ryan Merkley of the Guelph Storm. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Here is a team-by-team breakdown

# Player Team
2 Tyler Tucker D Barrie Colts
14 Andrei Svechnikov RW Barrie Colts
21 Curtis Douglas C Barrie Colts
23 Aidan Brown RW Barrie Colts
71 Kirill Nizhnikov RW Barrie Colts
92 Sam Rhodes C Barrie Colts
27 Kai Edmonds G Barrie Colts
5 Aidan Timmermans D Erie Otters
15 Stephane Patry C Erie Otters
22 Joseph Mack C Erie Otters
29 Chad Yetman RW Erie Otters
34 Jack Duff D Erie Otters
41 Kurtis Henry D Erie Otters
46 Cade Robinson RW Erie Otters
77 Maxim Golod LW Erie Otters
96 Alex Gritz LW Erie Otters
11 Dennis Busby D Flint Firebirds
26 Ryan Littlejohn LW Flint Firebirds
53 Ty Dellandrea C Flint Firebirds
77 Jack Wismer RW Flint Firebirds
93 Hunter Holmes C Flint Firebirds
4 Owen Lalonde D Guelph Storm
6 Ryan Merkley D Guelph Storm
8 Cam Hills C Guelph Storm
9 Barret Kirwin C Guelph Storm
10 Connor Roberts C Hamilton Bulldogs
20 Dylan D’Agostino LW Hamilton Bulldogs
27 Riley McCourt D Hamilton Bulldogs
77 Jake Murray C Hamilton Bulldogs
29 Nick Donofrio G Hamilton Bulldogs
8 Emmett Gordon D Kingston Frontenacs
9 Nathan Dunkley LW Kingston Frontenacs
11 Bryan Laureigh LW Kingston Frontenacs
16 Paul Larabie C Kingston Frontenacs
17 Justin Pringle LW Kingston Frontenacs
47 Sergey Popov LW Kingston Frontenacs
50 Mario Peccia G Kingston Frontenacs
11 Giovanni Vallati D Kitchener Rangers
12 Liam Peyton LW Kitchener Rangers
13 Riley Damiani C Kitchener Rangers
14 Adam Liska C Kitchener Rangers
89 Eric Guest C Kitchener Rangers
31 Lucas Pfeil G Kitchener Rangers
2 Evan Bouchard D London Knights
18 Liam Foudy C London Knights
43 Richard Whittaker LW London Knights
76 Billy Moskal C London Knights
44 Ryan Bangs D London Knights
31 Jordan Kooy G London Knights
* Jake Gravelle D Mississauga Steelheads
4 Isaac Walker D Mississauga Steelheads
7 Michael Little LW Mississauga Steelheads
10 Merrick Rippon D Mississauga Steelheads
91 Ryan Mcleod C Mississauga Steelheads
1 Jacob Ingham G Mississauga Steelheads
4 Justin MacPherson D Niagara Ice Dogs
10 Andrew Bruder C Niagara Ice Dogs
44 Akil Thomas RW Niagara Ice Dogs
72 Bradey Johnson C Niagara Ice Dogs
6 Travis Mailhot D North Bay Battalion
9 Rhys Forhan C North Bay Battalion
15 Patrick Brown RW North Bay Battalion
27 Adam McMaster C North Bay Battalion
28 Luke Moncada LW North Bay Battalion
5 William Ennis D Oshawa Generals
8 Serron Noel RW Oshawa Generals
20 Joseph Rupoli D Oshawa Generals
61 Allan McShane C Oshawa Generals
66 Nico Gross D Oshawa Generals
1 Nathan Torchia G Oshawa Generals
4 Quinn Yule LW Ottawa 67’s
13 Sam Bitten C Ottawa 67’s
17 Mitchell Hoelscher C Ottawa 67’s
25 Peter Stratis D Ottawa 67’s
27 Carter Robertson D Ottawa 67’s
71 Kody Clark RW Ottawa 67’s
88 Kevin Bahl D Ottawa 67’s
* Cedrick Andree G Ottawa 67’s
6 Luke Beamish D Owen Sound Attack
11 Daylon Groulx RW Owen Sound Attack
15 Matthew Struthers C Owen Sound Attack
26 Marino Moro LW Owen Sound Attack
27 Aidan Dudas C Owen Sound Attack
28 Jackson Doherty RW Owen Sound Attack
7 Gleb Babintsev D Peterborough Petes
8 Matt McNamara D Peterborough Petes
17 Pavel Gogolev RW Peterborough Petes
19 Semyon Der-Arguchintsev C Peterborough Petes
20 Declan Chisholm D Peterborough Petes
22 Chad Denault RW Peterborough Petes
24 Adrien Beraldo D Peterborough Petes
26 John Parker-Jones RW Peterborough Petes
8 Caleb Everett D Saginaw Spirit
14 Dj Busdeker RW Saginaw Spirit
18 Max Grondin C Saginaw Spirit
19 Blade Jenkins C Saginaw Spirit
27 Danny Katic LW Saginaw Spirit
34 Ben Badalamenti RW Saginaw Spirit
65 Nate Boomhower RW Saginaw Spirit
67 Chet Phillips D Saginaw Spirit
96 Damien Giroux LW Saginaw Spirit
32 Cameron Lamour G Saginaw Spirit
* Marko Jakoljevic D Sarnia Sting
6 Braden Henderson D Sarnia Sting
13 Brady Hinz C Sarnia Sting
31 Blair Coffin G Sarnia Sting
3 Holden Wale D Soo Greyhounds
15 Calvin Martin LW Soo Greyhounds
18 Zack Trott LW Soo Greyhounds
20 Phil Caron D Soo Greyhounds
27 Barrett Hayton LW Soo Greyhounds
37 Ryan Roth RW Soo Greyhounds
39 Brett Jacklin RW Soo Greyhounds
9 Dawson Baker RW Sudbury Wolves
25 Owen Gilhula C Sudbury Wolves
71 David Levin LW Sudbury Wolves
8 Connor Corcoran D Windsor Spitfires
12 William Sirman RW Windsor Spitfires
16 Chris Playfair LW Windsor Spitfires
22 Thomas Stevenson D Windsor Spitfires
24 Mathew MacDougall C Windsor Spitfires

21 CHL players to represent Canada at 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup

CALGARY, Alta. – Hockey Canada has wrapped up its five-day National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp by naming the 21 CHL players who will represent the nation at the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup Aug. 7-12 in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Bratislava, Slovakia.

Of the 21 CHL players named to the roster, eight come out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, seven are from the Ontario Hockey League and six are from the Western Hockey League.

All but two of the 21 CHL players represented their country at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge – an international tournament hosted annually in Canada that features three Canadian teams (Red, White, Black) and five international teams. Canada’s team also includes 15 CHL players who’ve worn the red-and-white in international competition overseas – six having donned the Team Canada jersey at the 2017 IIHF U18 World Championship in Poprad and Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia, in April (Dellandrea, Gravel, McIsaac, Smith, Thomas, Woo); and 11 having competed for Canada at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway (Burzan, Dudas, Fortier, Gravel, Groulx, MacDonald, McIsaac, Merkley, Rodrigue, Smith, Woo). Joe Veleno (Saint John Sea Dogs) returns to the line-up as the only Canadian player to have represented Canada twice at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, having been part of the 2016 team.

“We’ve had a great selection camp here in Calgary, with all 44 players showing us what they’re made of,” said Brent Kisio (Lethbridge Hurricanes), head coach of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team. “As a best-on-best tournament, the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup allows us to showcase the very best Canadian talent in this age group. We are ready to make Canadians proud with how we represent them on and off the ice.”

Kisio and assistant coaches Drew Bannister (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) and Daniel Jacob (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada), along with Hockey Canada’s new head scout Brad McEwen (Whitewood, Sask.) and regional scout Barclay Branch (Flint Firebirds), joined Bruce Hamilton (Kelowna Rockets) of the management group of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence to select this year’s Hlinka roster from the 42 CHL players who attended the selection camp.

Canada has won gold 20 times in 25 years of summer under-18 competition and will play in Group B this year with Finland, Russia, and Slovakia; Group A consists of the Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.

The Canadians will face the Czech Republic in a pre-tournament game on Aug. 5 in Breclav, and officially open the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup on Aug. 7 against Russia. The top two teams from each group advance to the semifinals on Friday, Aug. 11, with the gold-medal game scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 12.

Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup coming to Canada

In addition to sending its players and team staff to the Ivan Hlinka tournament, members of Hockey Canada’s events department will join representatives from Oilers Entertainment Group, the City of Edmonton, and Tourism Edmonton as the groups prepare to host the 2018 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.

As announced last November , Hockey Canada, the Czech Ice Hockey Association, and the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation have struck a partnership to host the prestigious summer hockey staple on Canadian ice on a bi-annual basis. Edmonton will host the tournament in 2018, 2020, and 2022.

The Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup is traditionally held in August, and Hockey Canada expects the regional economic impact of hosting in Edmonton could top $5 million based on the results from hosting similar events of this size and scope.

21 CHL Players Named to Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team:

Alexis Gravel (Halifax Mooseheads)
Olivier Rodrigue (Drummondville Voltigeurs)

Calen Addison (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s)
Noah Dobson (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Jared McIsaac (Halifax Mooseheads)
Ryan Merkley (Guelph Storm)
Ty Smith (Spokane Chiefs)
Jett Woo (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Luka Burzan (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
Aidan Dudas (Owen Sound Attack)
Nolan Foote (Kelowna Rockets)
Gabriel Fortier (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Barrett Hayton (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Anderson MacDonald (Sherbrooke Phoenix)
Serron Noel (Oshawa Generals)
Benoit-Olivier Groulx (Halifax Mooseheads)
Jackson Shepard (Kamloops Blazers)
Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)
Joe Veleno (Saint John Sea Dogs)

For more information on Hockey Canada and the Program of Excellence, please visit HockeyCanada.ca or follow along via social media on FacebookTwitter, and Twitter.com/HC_Men.

2017 CHL Import Draft Results

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the final results of the 2017 CHL Import Draft.

The 26th annual CHL Import Draft included a total of 72 players consisting of 50 forwards and 22 defencemen selected from 11 different countries featuring a draft-high 19 players from Russia.

The two-round draft took place online with the order of selection rotating through each of the CHL’s three leagues using an inverse order of final regular season standings within each league from the 2016-17 season.

The Barrie Colts used the first overall pick to acquire Russian forward Andrei Svechnikov, a 2018 NHL Draft prospect who recently earned bronze at the 2017 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.  His international hockey success this season also included a MVP performance at the World Junior A Challenge, and a bronze medal at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge where he led the tournament in points.  The Moncton Wildcats used the second overall pick to select fellow Russian forward and 2018 NHL Draft prospect Alexander Khovanov who was an Under-17 teammate of Svechnikov capturing bronze in Sault Ste. Marie last November.  At third overall the Kootenay ICE selected Switzerland’s Gilian Kohler, a forward also eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft.


The 2017 CHL Import Draft featured 11 players previously selected by NHL teams in 2016 and 2017 drafts.  Of that group, five players were selected in the first two rounds this past weekend in Chicago including first round picks Martin Necas (12th, Carolina) chosen 10th overall by the Saginaw Spirit, Timothy Liljegren (17th, Toronto) chosen 13th overall by the Niagara IceDogs, and Filip Chytil (21st, New York Rangers) chosen seventh overall by the North Bay Battalion.  Second round NHL Draft picks selected in the Import Draft include Alexandre Texier (45th, Columbus) taken 17th overall by the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, and Joni Ikonen (58th, Montreal) chosen 28th overall by the Hamilton Bulldogs.

A total of 37 players selected in the 2017 CHL Import Draft are first-year eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft, while four players selected are not eligible for the NHL Draft until 2019.

Each team in the CHL is permitted to dress and play a maximum of two import players each season who are selected annually through the CHL Import Draft.

2017 CHL Import Draft Summary:

Draft Picks by Position:
Forward – 50
Defence – 22

Draft Picks by Country:
Russia – 19
Czech Republic – 15
Sweden – 8
Slovakia – 7
Belarus – 6
Germany – 6
Finland – 4
Switzerland – 4
Denmark – 1
France – 1
Slovenia – 1

Draft picks by Birthdate and NHL Status:
2000-born late and 2019 NHL Draft eligible – 4
2000-born and 2018 NHL Draft eligible – 29
1999-born late and 2018 NHL Draft eligible – 8
1999-born and 2017 NHL Drafted – 8
1999-born early and NHL Undrafted – 15
1998-born and NHL Drafted – 3
1998-born and NHL Undrafted – 5

NHL Draft picks in CHL Import Draft:
4. Alexei Toropchenko (Guelph – 4th round to St. Louis in 2017)
7. Filip Chytil (North Bay – 1st round to NY Rangers in 2017)
10. Martin Necas (Saginaw – 1st round to Carolina in 2017)
13. Timothy Liljegren (Niagara – 1st round to Toronto in 2017)
17. Alexandre Texier (Baie-Comeau – 4th round to Columbus in 2017)
28. Joni Ikonen (Hamilton – 2nd round to Montreal in 2017)
41. Jan Drozg (Shawinigan – 5th round to Pittsburgh in 2017)
45. Oleg Sosunov (Moose Jaw – 6th round to Tampa Bay in 2016)
49. Jesper Bratt (London – 6th round to New Jersey in 2016)
53. Ostap Safin (Saint John – 4th round to Edmonton in 2017)
119. Linus Nassen (Medicine Hat – 3rd round to Florida in 2016)

A total of 15 players acquired through the CHL Import Draft were recently selected in the 2017 NHL Draft including New Jersey Devils first overall pick Nico Hischier of the Halifax Mooseheads. Other first round picks included Finnish defencemen Juuso Valimaki of the Tri-City Americans selected 16th overall by the Calgary Flames and Henri Jokiharju of the Portland Winterhawks selected 29th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks.

Last season a total of 79 players were selected from 11 different countries led by 24 players from Russia and consisting of 53 forwards and 26 defencemen.