Oshawa Generals’ Brett Harrison Selected by the Boston Bruins

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 185 Pounds

Date of birth: June 7, 2003

Hometown: Dorchester, Ontario

Position: Center/Wing

Shoots: Left

OHL Draft: Round 1, 16th overall – 2019 Priority Selection

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The 2021 National Hockey League Entry Draft was unlike any other since the inception of the draft. Scout’s eyes weren’t allowed in the rinks most of the time and more dependency was placed on video and analytics.

It was particularly tough when it came to Ontario Hockey League players who had to scramble to find a spot to get some games in when the OHL season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the players eligible for the draft sat out the season and the results were the worst performance by the OHL at the draft in its history. It also led to players falling in the draft.

Which leads us to Brett Harrison of the Oshawa Generals, selected in the third round, 85th overall by the Boston Bruins on the second day of the draft.

When scouts were allowed in rinks during the 2019-20 season where Harrison finished tied for third among rookies with 21 goals and seventh with 37 points, many believed he was on his way to a late first round selection in 2021. Once again, things changed.

Even Independent Scouting Services had some mixed results. Here’s a look at some of them:

RED LINE REPORT15
RECRUIT SCOUTING36
NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING50
DRAFT PROSPECTS52
FC HOCKEY53
BOB MCKENZIE57
DOBBER PROSPECTS59
MCKEENS HOCKEY84
ELITE PROSPECTS85
SMAHT HOCKEY95
AVERAGE RANK58.6

Harrison has a shoot-first mentality, but that’s not to say he isn’t capable of setting up teammates. He routinely finds the open ice and possesses a quick release on his shot that has made him successful to date in his playing career. But his bread and butter is in front of the net.  He is strong on his skates and a tough out in front of the blue paint. His ability to tip shots is very impressive as is his ability to pounce on rebounds for second chance opportunities.

Skating was and still is a concern for Harrison. While he has made some good strides in improving that aspect of his game, there is still work to be done. While he has decent top speed, achieving that top speed takes more time than it should. And he lacks a separation gear. His technique can also use some adjusting. But let’s give credit where credit is due. Harrison knows it is an area that he needs to work on and has put in the effort so far. He also said in his media availability that he is on the ice with his power skating coach 2 or 3 times a week this offseason. He has great lower body strength so it becomes a matter of using that in his technique.

Harrison doesn’t shy away from the physical game. He gets in on the forecheck and is willing to battle, but improving on his skating will enable him to get in there quicker for those 50-50 chances. He battles along the walls and has a long reach with his stick to dig in for those pucks.

Harrison has good anticipation. He’s capable of getting into lanes with his body or stick to disrupt the oppositions break out. He creates turnovers by doing just that. But he uses that same anticipation in the defensive zone. While he is very effective in his own zone, he can sometimes be caught losing his man.

Harrison has some flaws, but at this level, almost everyone does. But they aren’t anything good coaching and maturity can’t solve, if he’s willing to put in the work.

Drafting isn’t about what the player is today, but what you project him to be. Every indication is that this is a young man that is willing to put in the hard work necessary to improve. And that bodes well for Harrison and the Boston Bruins.

30 OHL PLAYERS SELECTED IN 2021 NHL DRAFT

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that 30 OHL players were selected in the seven rounds of the 2021 NHL Draft held virtually on July 23-24 representing approximately 13% of all 224 players picked by the NHL’s 32 teams.

The 30 OHL players have all played at least one game in the Ontario Hockey League, while an additional nine players selected in the 2021 NHL Draft have made commitments to join OHL clubs.

Peterborough Petes centreman Mason McTavish led the way, being selected third overall by the Anaheim Ducks in Friday’s first round. The OHL featured six players selected in the opening 32 picks, with Los Angeles Kings eighth overall selection Brandt Clarke giving the Barrie Colts the CHL’s longest active streak of four consecutive years producing a first round pick.

A total of 87 CHL players were chosen including 33 from the Western Hockey League, 30 from the Ontario Hockey League and 24 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

By position, a total of 15 OHL forwards were selected, as well as 12 defencemen and three goaltenders. Among the OHL’s drafted players, 23 are selections born in 2003, five are late 2002-born picks (Chayka, Roger, Lennox, Montgomery, Vrbetic) and two are 2002 birth years in their second year of eligibility (Ottavainen, Cardwell).

18 of the OHL’s 20 member clubs had a player selected in 2021 led by the London Knights with four. The Sarnia Sting trailed with three players chosen followed by the Barrie Colts, Kingston Frontenacs, Kitchener Rangers, Ottawa 67’s, Peterborough Petes, Saginaw Spirit and Windsor Spitfires who each produced two. The London Knights maintained their record streak of players chosen annually since 1969, climbing into sole possession of first place for the most players chosen all-time with 188 to their credit.

21 of the NHL’s 32 teams added at least one OHL player with the San Jose Sharks leading the way with four selected. The Dallas Stars trailed with three while the Boston Bruins, Los Angeles Kings, Montreal Canadiens and Seattle Kraken each picked two.

Following the 2021 NHL Draft, a total of 2,440 OHL players have been selected since 1969, representing approximately 20% of all players chosen.

OHL Players Selected in the 2021 NHL Draft:

Click on player name below to watch pick announcement and media availability. More player interviews will be uploaded to ontariohockeyleague.com as they become available.

First Round (6 OHL Players):
3. Mason McTavish (Peterborough Petes) – Anaheim Ducks
8. Brandt Clarke (Barrie Colts) – Los Angeles Kings
16. Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds) – New York Rangers
23. Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires) – Dallas Stars
29. Chase Stillman (Sudbury Wolves) – New Jersey Devils
31. Logan Mailloux (London Knights) – Montreal Canadiens

Second Round (3 OHL Players):
38. Daniil Chayka (Guelph Storm) – Vegas Golden Knights
42. Francesco Pinelli (Kitchener Rangers) – Los Angeles Kings

49. Ben Roger (London Knights) – Ottawa Senators

Third Round (5 OHL Players):
67. Ryan Winterton (Hamilton Bulldogs) – Seattle Kraken
81. Ben Gaudreau (Sarnia Sting) – San Jose Sharks
85. Brett Harrison (Oshawa Generals) – Boston Bruins
93. Tristan Lennox (Saginaw Spirit) – New York Islanders
95. Josh Bloom (Saginaw Spirit) – Buffalo Sabres

Fourth Round (4 OHL Players):
99. Ville Ottavainen (Kitchener Rangers) – Seattle Kraken

105. Ethan Del Mastro (Mississauga Steelheads) – Chicago Blackhawks
121. Ethan Cardwell (Barrie Colts) – San Jose Sharks
124. Jack Matier (Ottawa 67’s) – Nashville Predators

Fifth Round (4 OHL Players):
135. Artem Guryev (Peterborough Petes) – San Jose Sharks
143. Jacob Holmes (Soo Greyhounds) – Dallas Stars
153. Ty Voit (Sarnia Sting) – Toronto Maple Leafs
156. Max McCue (London Knights) – San Jose Sharks

Sixth Round (6 OHL Players):
166. Pasquale Zito (Windsor Spitfires) – Detroit Red Wings
168. Jack Beck (Ottawa 67’s) – Calgary Flames

170. Bryce Montgomery (London Knights) – Carolina Hurricanes
175. Francesco Arcuri (Kingston Frontenacs) – Dallas Stars
178. Connor Lockhart (Erie Otters) – Vancouver Canucks
181. Ryan Mast (Sarnia Sting) – Boston Bruins

Seventh Round (2 OHL Players):
210. Braden Haché (Kingston Frontenacs) – Florida Panthers
214. Joe Vrbetic (North Bay Battalion) – Montreal Canadiens

Additional Players Committed to the OHL (9):
Rd. 2, 48 Ov. – Artyom Grushnikov (Hamilton Bulldogs) – Dallas Stars
Rd. 3, 78 Ov. – Alexei Kolosov (Erie Otters) – Philadelphia Flyers

Rd. 3, 82 Ov. – Dmitry Kuzmin (Flint Firebirds) – Winnipeg Jets
Rd. 3, 96 Ov. – Roman Schmidt (Kitchener Rangers) – Tampa Bay Lightning
Rd. 4, 110 Ov. – Brian Zanetti (Peterborough Petes) – Philadelphia Flyers
Rd. 5, 142 Ov. – Daniil Sobolev (Windsor Spitfires) – Montreal Canadiens
Rd. 6, 167 Ov. – Liam Gilmartin (London Knights) – San Jose Sharks
Rd. 6, 180 Ov. – Matvei Petrov (North Bay Battalion) – Edmonton Oilers
Rd. 7, 202 Ov. – Chandler Romeo (Hamilton Bulldogs) – Ottawa Senators

For more coverage of the 2021 NHL Draft, 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.

SIX OHL PLAYERS SELECTED IN FIRST ROUND OF 2021 NHL DRAFT

Toronto, Ont. – A total of six OHL players were selected in Friday’s first round of the 2021 NHL Draft that was held virtually online and aired across the globe.

The six OHL players were among the 15 CHL players chosen in the draft’s opening round.

Peterborough Petes centreman Mason McTavish led the way for the OHL, being selected third overall by the Anaheim Ducks. The 18-year-old from Carp, Ont. is the highest-drafted Petes player since Nick Ritchie was selected by the Ducks with the 10th overall pick in 2014. McTavish joins a Ducks franchise currently coached by Petes alumnus Dallas Eakins (1984-88) and is the highest-drafted OHL player by the Ducks franchise since Owen Sound’s Bobby Ryan went second overall in 2005.

“We talked two or three times and to be honest I didn’t really know where I was going to end up,” said McTavish. “I’m super fortunate that they took me and I’m really looking forward to the future.”

Offensively gifted Barrie Colts blueliner Brandt Clarke followed McTavish on the journey to Southern California, being selected by the Los Angeles Kings at eighth overall. Joined by older brother and New Jersey Devils prospect Graeme, Brandt was overwhelmed with excitement upon hearing his name called by the Kings.

“I have a really good support system, a lot of people there supporting me and it was amazing,” Clarke described. “It was just raw emotion. I was just really excited and it’s the best day of my life.”

Clarke, who posted 38 points (6-32–38) in 57 games with the Colts as a rookie in 2019-20, becomes the fourth Barrie player in the past decade to be chosen in the top-10 selections at the NHL Draft, joining Andrei Svechnikov (2nd overall, 2018), Aaron Ekblad (1st overall, 2014) and Mark Scheifele (7th overall, 2011).

Fellow 2019 OHL Cup champion and past Don Mills Flyers teammate Brennan Othmann followed Clarke at 16th overall, being selected by the New York Rangers. Othmann, who set Flint Firebirds rookie records with 17 goals and 33 points in 2019-20, expressed excitement about his new destination.

“I think I fit in great. Kakko and Lafreniere – they’re two studs, two great players,” he said. “I think if I’m able to play with those guys, those guys are playmakers and if I’m able to find the right spots on the ice, I think they’d feed me and I’d put the puck in the back of the net all the time.”

Othmann becomes the second Firebirds player to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft, following former captain and Dallas Stars prospect Ty Dellandrea (13th overall, 2018).

Dallas added dependable two-way Windsor Spitfires centreman Wyatt Johnston with the 23rd overall selection, giving the Stars first round picks out of the OHL in three of the past four years. Johnston recorded 30 points (12-18–30) as a Spits rookie in 2019-20 and played a key role on Canada’s gold medal-winning National Under-18 team this past spring.

“Jamie Benn called me and that was an amazing moment,” Johnston described. “I was pretty star-struck just hearing him on the other side of the phone. That was a special experience.”

The New Jersey Devils nabbed a competitor with the 29th overall selection, taking third generation OHL talent Chase Stillman of the Sudbury Wolves. The son of two-time Stanley Cup champion Cory Stillman and younger brother of Chicago Blackhawks blueliner Riley Stillman, Chase put up 13 goals and 34 points as a Wolves rookie in 2019-20. Following second overall pick Quinton Byfield (Los Angeles) in 2020, Stillman’s selection gives the Sudbury franchise first rounders in back-to-back years for the first time since 2005 & 2006.

“It was a remarkable moment, it’s a huge relief and I’m beyond excited,” said Stillman. “I talked to multiple people in the organization and I had a good feeling. New Jersey is a great organization that has done very well. To throw on a Devils jersey will be an awesome experience.”

The Montreal Canadiens rounded-out OHL selections in the first round by picking London Knights blueliner Logan Mailloux at 31st overall.

The 2021 NHL Draft resumes with Rounds 2-7 on Saturday, beginning at 11:00am ET.

OHL Players Selected in the First Round of the 2021 NHL Draft:

Click on player name below to watch pick announcement and media availability

3. Mason McTavish (Peterborough Petes) – Anaheim Ducks
8. Brandt Clarke (Barrie Colts) – Los Angeles Kings
16. Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds) – New York Rangers
23. Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires) – Dallas Stars
29. Chase Stillman (Sudbury Wolves) – New Jersey Devils
31. Logan Mailloux (London Knights) – Montreal Canadiens

For more information on the 2021 NHL Draft including full results 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.

OHL ANNOUNCES 2021 EXHIBITION GAME SCHEDULE

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Exhibition Game Schedule for the 2021-22 season that includes 54 games from Friday September 3 through Sunday October 3. All OHL clubs are scheduled to play between three and six pre-season contests.

OHL Training Camps open on Thursday September 2 and the Regular Season Schedule gets underway on Thursday October 7.

2021 OHL Exhibition Game Schedule:

Fri. Sept 3        Sarnia at London, 7:30pm

Sat. Sept 4       Saginaw at Erie, 2:00pm
Sat. Sept 4       Mississauga at Guelph, 7:00pm
Sat. Sept. 4      Oshawa at Hamilton, 7:00pm
Sat. Sept. 4      London at Sarnia, 7:05pm

Sun. Sept 5      Guelph at Mississauga, 2:00pm
Sun. Sept 5      Sudbury at Sault Ste. Marie, 2:07pm
Sun. Sept 5      Hamilton at Oshawa, 6:05pm

Mon. Sept 6     Ottawa at Peterborough, 2:05pm
Mon. Sept 6     Owen Sound at Barrie, 6:00pm

Thur. Sept 16   Flint at Erie, 7:00pm
Thur. Sept 16   Kingston at Peterborough, 7:05pm

Fri. Sept 17      Flint vs. Saginaw, 7:00pm (at Erie)
Fri. Sept 17      London at Hamilton, 7:00pm
Fri. Sept 17      Guelph at Mississauga, 7:00pm
Fri. Sept 17      Windsor at Sarnia, 7:05pm
Fri. Sept 17      Peterborough at Sudbury, 7:05pm
Fri. Sept 17      Barrie at Kitchener, 7:30pm
Fri. Sept 17      Niagara at Oshawa, 7:35pm

Sat. Sept 18     Owen Sound at North Bay, 2:00pm
Sat. Sept 18     Saginaw at Erie, 7:00pm
Sat. Sept 18     Ottawa at Kingston, 7:00pm
Sat. Sept 18     Oshawa at Niagara, 7:00pm
Sat. Sept 18     Kitchener at Barrie, 7:30pm

Sun. Sept 19    Sarnia at Windsor, 4:05pm

Thur. Sept 23   Sarnia at Peterborough, 7:05pm

Fri. Sept 24      Windsor at Hamilton, 7:00pm
Fri. Sept 24      North Bay at Ottawa, 7:00pm
Fri. Sept 24      Owen Sound at Sudbury, 7:05pm
Fri. Sept 24      Mississauga at Kitchener, 7:30pm
Fri. Sept 24      Barrie at London, 7:30pm
Fri. Sept 24      Niagara at Guelph, 7:30pm

Sat. Sept 25     Ottawa at North Bay, 4:00pm
Sat. Sept 25     Peterborough at Kingston, 7:00pm
Sat. Sept 25     Guelph at Niagara, 7:00pm
Sat. Sept 25     Barrie at Owen Sound, 7:00pm
Sat. Sept 25     Sudbury at Sault Ste. Marie, 7:07pm

Sun. Sept 26    Kitchener at Mississauga, 2:00pm
Sun. Sept 26    Hamilton at Windsor, 4:05pm

Wed. Sept 29  Kingston at Ottawa, 7:00pm

Thur. Sept 30  London at Barrie, 7:30pm

Fri. Oct 1         Erie vs. Saginaw, 7:05pm (at Flint)
Fri. Oct 1         Peterborough at Sarnia, 7:05pm
Fri. Oct 1         Sault Ste. Marie at Sudbury, 7:05pm
Fri. Oct 1         Mississauga at Guelph, 7:30pm
Fri. Oct 1         Niagara at Kitchener, 7:30pm
Fri. Oct 1         Hamilton at London, 7:30pm
Fri. Oct 1         Windsor at Oshawa, 7:35pm

Sat. Oct 2        North Bay at Owen Sound, 2:00pm
Sat. Oct 2        Erie at Flint, 7:00pm
Sat. Oct 2        Kitchener at Niagara, 7:00pm

Sun. Oct 3       Ottawa at Sudbury, 3:00pm
Sun. Oct 3       Oshawa at Windsor, 4:05pm
Sun. Oct 3       Saginaw at Flint, 7:00pm

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.

61 OHL PLAYERS INCLUDED ON FINAL 2021 NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING DRAFT RANKINGS

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is pleased to recognize 61 players included on NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings for the 2021 NHL Draft to be held on July 23-24.

A total of 55 players on Central Scouting’s North American rankings in addition to six from the International list combine to include 37 forwards, 19 defencemen and five goaltenders, all of whom have played at least one game in the Ontario Hockey League. An additional 13 players who had committed for the 2020-21 season, but who have yet to play in an OHL game were also listed.

Peterborough Petes centre and recent IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship gold medalist Mason McTavish comes in as the second-ranked North American skater on the list. The 18-year-old from Carp, Ont. scored 29 goals and added 13 assists, finishing with 42 points in 57 games as a rookie with the Petes in 2019-20. McTavish wore an ‘A’ for Canada at the U18 Worlds, finishing with 11 points (5-6–11) over seven games.

“McTavish is that coveted skilled power centre who is capable of making a difference in any situation,” said NHL Central Scouting Director Dan Marr. “He’s big and plays a smart, competitive game. McTavish has deceptive speed and quickness. He utilizes his size to effectively protect pucks while driving to the net and can still make plays while being checked.”

Barrie Colts defenceman Brandt Clarke and Flint Firebirds forward Brennan Othmann, both members of the 2019 OHL Cup champion Don Mills Flyers, gave the OHL three players in the top-10, coming in at seventh and eighth respectively.

In goal, Canadian National Under-18 Team netminder Benjamin Gaudreau is North America’s second-ranked goaltender. The Sarnia Sting product from Corbeil, Ont. is followed at third on the list by late 2002-born Saginaw Spirit goaltender Tristan Lennox.

Guelph Storm defenceman Daniil Chayka, who hoisted the J. Ross Robertson Cup in 2019, ranks fifth on Central Scouting’s list of International skaters. The Russian blueliner spent the 2020-21 season with Russia’s CSKA Moscow organization after two seasons in Guelph.

The London Knights lead the League with seven players included on the rankings followed by the Barrie Colts, Kitchener Rangers, Ottawa 67’s, Peterborough Petes, Sarnia Sting, Soo Greyhounds and Windsor Spitfires all tied with four.

A total of 31 OHL players were taken in the 2020 NHL Draft including five chosen within the top-10 selections. Los Angeles Kings second overall choice Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves) and Anaheim Ducks sixth pick Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters) both made their NHL debuts this past season.

OHL Players Included on NHL Central Scouting’s Final Draft Rankings

*-player committed for 2020-21 season, not included in overall total

North American Skaters:

RANKPLAYERTEAMPOS.HTWT
2McTavish, MasonPeterborough PetesC6.01207
7Clarke, BrandtBarrie ColtsD6.02185
8Othmann, BrennanFlint FirebirdsLW6.00175
15Pinelli, FrancescoKitchener RangersC6.00185
16Johnston, WyattWindsor SpitfiresC6.01178
23Mailloux, LoganLondon KnightsD6.03212
33Winterton, RyanHamilton BulldogsC6.02175
35Stillman, ChaseSudbury WolvesRW6.01180
50Harrison, BrettOshawa GeneralsC6.02188
57Del Mastro, EthanMississauga SteelheadsD6.04210
70Holmes, JacobSoo GreyhoundsD6.01205
74Roger, BenLondon KnightsD6.04200
79Matier, JackOttawa 67’sD6.04200
82Beck, JackOttawa 67’sRW5.11162
83Goure, DeniOwen Sound AttackC5.10182
85DeGrazia, NickSudbury WolvesLW6.00180
89Mast, RyanSarnia StingD6.04210
99Guryev, ArtemPeterborough PetesD6.04225
103Kressler, BraedenFlint FirebirdsC5.09165
104Lockhart, ConnorErie OttersRW5.09165
107Voit, TySarnia StingLW5.09160
113Bloom, JoshSaginaw SpiritLW6.02182
114McCue, MaxLondon KnightsC6.01175
120Frasca, JacobBarrie ColtsC6.04215
122Arcuri, FrancescoKingston FrontenacsC6.02193
127Hayes, AveryHamilton BulldogsRW5.10175
129Motew, SimonKitchener RangersD6.00185
131Enright, IsaacNiagara IceDogsD6.00190
135Zito, PasqualeWindsor SpitfiresLW6.00175
138Burroughs, EthanOwen Sound AttackRW5.10183
143Sirizzotti, BrendanOttawa 67’sRW6.00180
146Montgomery, BryceLondon KnightsD6.04220
148Punnett, ConnorBarrie ColtsD6.01202
153Sherk, LawsonHamilton BulldogsC6.02200
154Hardie, JamesMississauga SteelheadsLW6.00180
156Calisti, RobertSoo GreyhoundsD5.10190
158Jackson, KyleNorth Bay BattalionLW6.02187
159Cardwell, EthanBarrie ColtsRW5.11193
163Gill-Shane, RanvirOttawa 67’sD6.02185
169Romeo, Chandler*Hamilton BulldogsD6.05205
171Michaud, DanielOshawa GeneralsC6.02190
172Rolofs, StuartLondon KnightsLW6.02200
174Sop, MatthewKitchener RangersLW6.00175
175Maggio, MatthewWindsor SpitfiresRW5.11180
181Haché, BradenKingston FrontenacsD6.04200
182McCallum, LandonSudbury WolvesC5.11175
183Robertson, TuckerPeterborough PetesC5.11186
193Saganiuk, Colby*Erie OttersC5.07160
200Avon, J.R.Peterborough PetesC6.00180
206Boudreau, MarcSoo GreyhoundsLW6.02180
213Dann, NolanSarnia StingRW5.10180
215Lawrence, KalebOwen Sound AttackRW6.06225
221Maillet, JacobGuelph StormC6.00173
222Robinson, Payton*Sudbury WolvesD6.02194

North American Goaltenders:

RANKPLAYERTEAMPOS.HTWT
2Gaudreau, BenjaminSarnia StingG6.02175
3Lennox, TristanSaginaw SpiritG6.04190
6Vrbetic, JoeNorth Bay BattalionG6.06190
11Brochu, BrettLondon KnightsG5.11177

International Skaters:

RANKPLAYERTEAMPOS.HTWT
5Chayka, DaniilGuelph StormD6.03187
24Grushnikov, Artyom*Hamilton BulldogsD6.02198
32Sobolev, Daniil*Windsor SpitfiresD6.00210
35Petrov, Matvei*North Bay BattalionLW6.02178
64Kulakov, Artyom*Erie OttersD6.02202
70Rafkin, RubenWindsor SpitfiresD5.11190
72Kuzmin, Dmitry*Flint FirebirdsD5.09178
74Steklov, KirillLondon KnightsD6.04187
83Gaidamak, Vsevolod*Ottawa 67’sC5.11198
90Ottavainen, VilleKitchener RangersD6.05210
115Suni, OliverOshawa GeneralsLW6.02186
117Larsen, Kasper*Mississauga SteelheadsD6.06229
149Zanetti, Brian*Peterborough PetesD6.02181

International Goaltenders:

RANKPLAYERTEAMPOS.HTWT
2Kolosov, Alexei*Erie OttersG6.01185
10Malik, NickSoo GreyhoundsG6.01177
11Cajan, Pavel*Kitchener RangersG6.01177

For full 2021 NHL Central Scouting Final Draft Rankings, visit nhl.com.

The 2021 NHL Draft Raises a Question

It all began with simple tweet by yours truly.

In a following tweet, I tagged Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet who provided some insight on his 31-Thoughts.

In his column, Friedman said “I looked into it and was told these things still need to be sorted out.”

Why is this important? Well, for players drafted out of the Canadian Hockey League there are only two choices for them: 1) make the NHL roster or 2) Return back to their Junior club. In other words, the American Hockey League is not an option. Players drafted outside the CHL are eligible to play in the AHL.

The unanimous response I was getting on twitter was that the players are on loan and therefore are considered being drafted from the OHL.

Not so fast. I’ve done some checking.

Under the Transition Rules agreed to by the NHL and the NHLPA, Article 8 answers the question definitively.

For purposes of determining where a Player who is drafted in the 2021 NHL Draft was “drafted from” under the provisions of Article 8, a Player will be deemed to have been “drafted from” the league and team as follows:

 i) if the Player played during the 2020-21 season, the league and team for which he played during the 2020-21 season as per traditional practice, provided, however:

A) if the Player played in a league outside North America during the 2020-21 season but had never played in a league outside North America prior to the 2020-21 season, the league and team for which he played during the 2019-20 season as per the traditional practice,

B) if the Player played in North America during the 2020-21 season but had never played in North America prior to 2020-21, the league and team for which he played during the 2019-20 season as per the traditional practice,

ii) if the Player did not play during the 2020-21 season, then the league and team for which he played during the 2019-20 season as per the traditional practice.

i) A) is the important one for OHL players that played in Europe. If a player played in Europe this season and has played in Europe prior to the 2020-21 season, then that player will be considered “drafted from Europe” and therefore be eligible to play in the AHL.

If a player played in Europe this season but has never played in Europe prior to the 2020-21 season, then that player will be considered drafted from the OHL and not eligible to play in the AHL.

52 OHL PLAYERS INCLUDED ON NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING PLAYERS TO WATCH LIST FOR JANUARY

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 52 players with OHL ties have been included on NHL Central Scouting’s January ‘Players to Watch’ List for the 2021 NHL Draft.

A total of four skaters received ‘A’ ratings indicating a potential first round NHL Draft selection. Guelph Storm defenceman Daniil Chayka, Barrie Colts blueliner Brandt Clarke, Peterborough Petes forward Mason McTavish and Kitchener Rangers centreman Francesco Pinelli all maintained the ‘A’ rank assigned to them back on October’s Players to Watch List.

A total of four skaters climbed from ‘C’ ratings back in October to ‘B’ in January including Owen Sound Attack forward Deni Goure, Hamilton Bulldogs forward Ryan Winterton, first overall CHL Import Draft Selection Matvei Petrov of the North Bay Battalion as well as London Knights defenceman Logan Mailloux. Other ‘B’ rated skaters include Brett Harrison (Oshawa Generals), Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires), Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds), Chase Stillman (Sudbury Wolves), Nick DeGrazia (Sudbury Wolves) and 2020 CHL Import Draft Selections Artyom Grushnikov (Hamilton Bulldogs) and Daniil Sobolev (Windsor Spitfires). Goaltenders Benjamin Gaudreau (Sarnia Sting), Tristan Lennox (Saginaw Spirit), Joe Vrbetic (North Bay Battalion) and CHL Import Draft Selection Alexei Kolosov (Erie Otters) were assigned ‘B’ ratings.

An additional 30 skaters and three netminders received ‘C’ ratings indicating a potential fourth, fifth or sixth round candidate.

All 20 OHL member teams were represented on the list led by the London Knights and Ottawa 67’s with five each. The Erie Otters, Hamilton Bulldogs and Sarnia Sting each trailed with four players assigned rankings.

The list includes 26 OHL forwards, 19 defencemen and seven goaltenders. Eleven of the players listed (denoted by an asterisk) have yet to play a game in the Ontario Hockey League but have committed to their respective member team for the 2020-21 season.

2021 NHL Central Scouting January ‘Players to Watch List – OHL Skaters

RANKPLAYERTEAMPOSITION
ADaniil ChaykaGuelph StormD
ABrandt ClarkeBarrie ColtsD
AMason McTavishPeterborough PetesC
AFrancesco PinelliKitchener RangersC
BNick DeGraziaSudbury WolvesC
BDeni GoureOwen Sound AttackC
BArtyom Grushnikov*Hamilton BulldogsD
BBrett HarrisonOshawa GeneralsC
BWyatt JohnstonWindsor SpitfiresC
BLogan MaillouxLondon KnightsD
BBrennan OthmannFlint FirebirdsLW
BMatvei Petrov*North Bay BattalionRW
BDaniil Sobolev*Windsor SpitfiresD
BChase StillmanSudbury WolvesC
BRyan WintertonHamilton BulldogsRW
CFrancesco ArcuriKingston FrontenacsC
CJack BeckOttawa 67’sRW
CJosh BloomSaginaw SpiritLW
CEthan BurroughsOwen Sound AttackRW
CEthan CardwellBarrie ColtsRW
CNolan DannSarnia StingRW
CEthan Del MastroMississauga SteelheadsD
CIsaac EnrightNiagara IceDogsD
CVsevolod Gaidamak*Ottawa 67’sC
CRanvir Gill-ShaneOttawa 67’sD
CAvery HayesHamilton BulldogsRW
CJacob HolmesSoo GreyhoundsD
CBraeden KresslerFlint FirebirdsC
CArtyom Kulakov*Erie OttersD
CDmitry Kuzmin*Flint FirebirdsD
CKasper Larsen*Mississauga SteelheadsD
CConnor LockhartErie OttersC
CRyan MastSarnia StingD
CJack MatierOttawa 67’sD
CBryce MontgomeryLondon KnightsD
CConnor PunnettBarrie ColtsD
CBen RogerLondon KnightsD
CColby Saganiuk*Erie OttersRW
CLawson SherkHamilton BulldogsC
CBrenden SirizzottiOttawa 67’sRW
CMatthew SopKitchener RangersLW
CKirill SteklovLondon KnightsD
COliver SuniOshawa GeneralsLW
CTy VoitSarnia StingRW
CBrian Zanetti*Peterborough PetesD

2021 NHL Central Scouting January ‘Players to Watch List – OHL Goalies

RANKGOALTENDERTEAM
BBenjamin GaudreauSarnia Sting
BAlexei Kolosov*Erie Otters
BTristan LennoxSaginaw Spirit
BJoe VrbeticNorth Bay Battalion
CBrett BrochuLondon Knights
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.

46 OHL PLAYERS INCLUDED ON NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING PRELIMINARY PLAYERS TO WATCH LIST

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:

SKATERS:

RANKPLAYERTEAMPOSITION
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

GOALTENDERS:

RANKGOALTENDERTEAM
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/.

Hockey Canada Releases Under-18 Invites

Hockey Canada

The 2020 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, the precursor to the 2021 National Hockey League Draft, was cancelled because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, but that didn’t stop Hockey Canada from naming the 46 players that would have been invited to the selection camp.

Hockey Canada released that list today and it includes 12 Ontario Hockey League players with a possible 13th, depending on whether goaltender Matteo Drobac makes the Hamilton Bulldogs roster when the 2020-2021 season takes place.

Five of the six players on our Players to Watch List  have made the cut with Russian Daniil Chayka the only exception, so of course, he’s not eligible.

Here is the full list of invites by Hockey Canada:

Name Ht. Wt. Club Team NHL Draft
Goaltenders
Tyler Brennan 6’3” 187 Prince George (WHL) 2022
Matteo Drobac 6’1” 170 Hamilton (GOJHL) 2021
Benjamin Gaudreau 6’2″ 165 Sarnia (OHL) 2021
Jacob Goobie 5’10” 178 Charlottetown (QMJHL) 2021
Thomas Milic 5’11” 155 Burnaby Winter Club (CSSHL) 2021
William Rousseau 6’10” 170 Trois-Rivières (LHMAAAQ) 2021
Defence
Nolan Allan 6’2″ 185 Prince Albert (WHL) 2021
Olivier Boutin 5’10” 160 Gatineau (QMJHL) 2021
Corson Ceulemans 6’2″ 190 Brooks (AJHL) 2021
Brandt Clarke 6’1″ 181 Barrie (OHL) 2021
Jacob Holmes 6’1″ 174 Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 2021
Carson Lambos 6’1″ 200 Winnipeg (WHL) 2021
Jérémy Langlois Cape Breton (QMJHL) 2022
Kyle Masters 5’11” 159 Red Deer (WHL) 2021
Evan Nause 6’1″ 172 Sioux Falls (USHL) 2021
Oscar Plandowski 5’11” 175 Charlottetown (QMJHL) 2021
Guillaume Richard 6’0″ 148 Mount St. Charles Academy (USU16) 2021
Graham Sward 6’2″ 170 Spokane (WHL) 2021
Cameron Whynot 6’1″ 168 Halifax (QMJHL) 2021
Olen Zellweger 5’9″ 165 Everett (WHL) 2021
Forwards
Liam Arnsby 5’10” 172 North Bay (OHL) 2022
Zachary Bolduc 6’0″ 172 Rimouski (QMJHL) 2021
Zach Dean 5’9″ 166 Gatineau (QMJHL) 2021
Nathan Gaucher 6’3″ 186 Quebec (QMJHL) 2022
Dylan Guenther 6’1″ 170 Edmonton (WHL) 2021
Brett Harrison 6’1″ 167 Oshawa (OHL) 2021
Cole Huckins 6’4″ 191 Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL) 2021
Wyatt Johnston 6’0″ 167 Windsor (OHL) 2021
Riley Kidney 5’11” 160 Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL) 2021
Zachary L’Heureux 5’10” 196 Moncton (QMJHL) 2021
Connor Lockhart 5’8″ 163 Erie (OHL) 2021
James Malatesta 5’9″ 172 Quebec (QMJHL) 2021
Mason McTavish 6’1″ 198 Peterborough (OHL) 2021
Olivier Nadeau 6’2″ 204 Shawinigan (QMJHL) 2021
Brennan Othmann 5’11” 165 Flint (OHL) 2021
Francesco Pinelli 6’0″ 182 Kitchener (OHL) 2021
Peter Reynolds 5’10” 165 Chilliwack (BCHL) 2021
Justin Robidas 5’7″ 173 Val-d’Or (QMJHL) 2021
Conner Roulette 5’11” 158 Seattle (WHL) 2021
Joshua Roy 6’0″ 191 Saint John (QMJHL) 2021
Cole Sillinger 6’0″ 187 Medicine Hat (WHL) 2021
Logan Stankoven 5’7″ 165 Kamloops (WHL) 2021
Chase Stillman 5’11” 170 Sudbury (OHL) 2021
Zach Stringer 6’1″ 165 Lethbridge (WHL) 2021
Dovar Tinling 5’11” 181 Hawkesbury (CCHL) 2021
Danny Zhilkin 6’0″ 185 Guelph (OHL) 2022

Early Look at the Ontario Hockey League’s 2021 Draft Eligible Players

The Ontario Hockey League draft class for the 2019 National Hockey League Draft was one of the worst ever. On the flip side, 2020 was one of the best classes to come out of the OHL. So, what’s in store for the 2021 Draft? At first glance, it’s a good class with some talented first round potential.

When the 2020-2021 season does begin, and that’s still a question on everyone’s mind because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have produced a list of players that definitely are worth keeping an eye on.

In no particular order:

Brandt Clarke – Defenceman – Barrie Colts

Brandt Clarke of the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.With exceptional mobility and speed, Clarke is almost like a fourth forward when transitioning to offence and jumping up into the play. It should come as no surprise since he models his game after Erik Karlsson. He plays a very poised game, patient with the puck, and rarely turns it over. He has excellent hockey senses and is a superb passer. His defensive game showed marked improvement as the season progressed. He gets back quickly because of his skating, has good gat control and is effective with his stick. And he doesn’t shy away from the physicality and began to be the player who initiated contact rather then the receiver as the season went on. Clarke finished the season with 6 goals and 32 assists in 57 games and was named to the OHL First All-Rookie Team.  

 

Mason McTavish – Center – Peterborough Petes

Mason McTavish of the Peterborough Petes. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.The offensively talented McTavish led all 2003 born players in goals and points despite not always getting the best offensive opportunities with the Petes, moving up and down the lineup. He’s a puck possession beast, seemingly having the puck on a string. He’s not shy about going end-to-end, is patient with the puck and is very adept at creating space. He reads the play extremely well and is able to find soft spots undetected. He is willing to drive the net with or without the puck. McTavish is a pure sniper with a pro caliber shot and release already. He’s already physically strong and yet there is still room for more. He’s also a top player in the faceoff circle. McTavish finished the season with 29 goals and 13 assists in 57 games and was named to the OHL Second All-Rookie Team.

Francesco Pinelli – Left Wing – Kitchener Rangers

Francesco Pinelli of the Kitchener Rangers. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.At this point, it may not be a reach to say that Pinelli is the best two-way player out of the draft class and that ability coming straight from minor midget earned him the trust of the Rangers coaches. He’s a versatile player who can play both the wing and down the middle. He works hard from shift-to-shift and is not afraid to play a physical game. He has high hockey senses, is positionally sound and creates turnovers almost at will. He’s a strong skater with a unique ability to draw in defenders and make a perfect pass. He has a superb one-timer and can unleash it with accuracy and it is especially dangerous on the pp with space. He finished fourth among rookies with 18 goals and 23 assists in 59 games.

Brennan Othmann – Left Wing – Flint Firebirds

Brennan Othmann of the Flint Firebirds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.When watching Othmann play, it’s obvious his deadliest asset is his shot. He possesses and excellent one-timer and a snap shot that is deadly accurate with a superb release. Maybe it was a lack of confidence in his abilities, but he just didn’t use that shot enough as he chose to dish off rather then take his shot. That said, he is a very good playmaker as well, so maybe he was reading something else on the ice. One might raise the question if it’s his hockey sense/vision that comes into play. However, I believe it’s just a question of confidence in his ability to beat goaltenders and with a year under his belt, those questions will be answered. Othmann finished the season with 17 goals and 16 assists in 55 games and was named to the OHL First All-Rookie Team.

Daniil Chayka – Defenceman – Guelph Storm

Danill Chayka of the Guelph Storm. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.With a late 2002 birth date, Chayka will be in his third OHL season come his draft year and the young Russian has already made a name for himself. He is a smooth skater, plays in all situations and eats up huge minutes. Chayka is a pass first defender but is more then willing to jump into the play on offence. He has a good shot from the point but doesn’t try to overpower goaltenders and shoots with a purpose. Defensively his size and skating make him hard to beat one-on-one. Even at a young age, Chayka has shown excellent leadership qualities. Chayka finished the season with 11 goals and 23 assists in 56 games. He was named to the 2018-2019 OHL Second All-Rookie Team.

Brett Harrison – Center – Oshawa Generals

Harrison carries a big body at 6’3” but filling in the frame is a requirement. He’s near impossible to knock off of the puck and uses excellent body and stick position to protect the disc. He is a technically strong skater with good speed and has the ability to change gears and challenge defenders one-on-one. He is dynamite on his edgework which is surprising for a player of his size. Harrison also has an excellent shot that he can release in a split second and he is very deceptive with small positional changes to improve his angle. Harrison finished the year with 21 goals and 16 assists in 58 games.

Chase Stillman – Wing – Sudbury Wolves

Chase Stillman of the Sudbury Wolves. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.While the attention in Sudbury was all on Quinton Byfield, Stillman quietly put up a very good rookie season. The son of former NHL’er Cory Stillman and younger brother of Riley, he comes from a family with hockey blood lines. He is a swift skater he has a high level of hockey smarts. Stillman is a coachable player – not because his father is a coach in Sudbury, he stayed with a billet family, but he took directions well from the older players. Expect Stillman to be one of the go-to guys for offence in Sudbury next season. He finished the year with 13 goals and 21 assists in 58 games. He was named to the OHL First All-Rookie Team.

Photos courtesy of OHL Images