Christmas has come and gone and the NHL Entry draft is now over. The players have been selected, 211 in total and 101 from the CHL. Included in that 101 CHL players is an outstanding 46 from the OHL including 11 OHLers selected in the first round. That ties a record for most OHLers selected in the NHL draft. Below is the list of the 46 OHLers selected by team and round which will be followed by a list of OHlers not selected by NHL teams that will more than likely get Free Agent invites to NHL camps. The list below will not focus on every 93 birthday not chosen, just the list who made the NHL CSB final Rankings.
All in all it was a very good draft for the OHL considering everyone has been saying it is a ‘weak’ draft with no ‘real’ number 1 selection and no viable superstar. Now that notion still remains to be seen in terms of whether or not players in the top 10 and 15 can become superstars. Some will, others will not. Here are the 46 OHLers who were lucky enough to be chosen, Thank you to the OHL for doing half the work for me here.
First Round (11 OHL players):
2. Gabriel Landeskog (Kitchener Rangers) – Colorado Avalanche
5. Ryan Strome (Niagara IceDogs) – New York Islanders
7. Mark Scheifele (Barrie Colts) – Winnipeg Jets
9. Dougie Hamilton (Niagara IceDogs) – Boston Bruins
12. Ryan Murphy (Kitchener Rangers) – Carolina Hurricanes
21. Stefan Noesen (Plymouth Whalers) – Ottawa Senators
24. Matt Puempel (Peterborough Petes) – Ottawa Senators
25. Stuart Percy (Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors) – Toronto Maple Leafs
27. Vladislav Namestnikov (London Knights) – Tampa Bay Lightning
29. Nicklas Jensen (Oshawa Generals) – Vancouver Canucks
30. Rickard Rakell (Plymouth Whalers) – Anaheim Ducks
Second Round (8 OHL players):
37. Boone Jenner (Oshawa Generals) – Columbus Blue Jackets
40. Alexander Khokhlachev (Windsor Spitfires) – Boston Bruins
43. Brandon Saad (Saginaw Spirit) – Chicago Blackhawks
44. Brett Ritchie (Sarnia Sting) – Dallas Stars
54. Scott Harrington (London Knights) – Pittsburgh Penguins
55. Ryan Sproul (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Detroit Red Wings
56. Lucas Lessio (Oshawa Generals) – Phoenix Coyotes
61. Shane Prince (Ottawa 67’s) – Ottawa Senators
Third Round (11 CHL players):
63. Andrei Pedan (Guelph Storm) – New York Islanders
64. Vincent Trocheck (Saginaw Spirit) – Florida Panthers
65. Joseph Cramarossa (Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors) – Anaheim Ducks
68. Nick Cousins (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Philadelphia Flyers
77. Daniel Catenacci (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Buffalo Sabres
80. Andy Andreoff (Oshawa Generals) – Los Angeles Kings
81. Anthony Camara (Saginaw Spirit) – Boston Bruins
85. Alan Quine (Peterborough Petes) – Detroit Red Wings
86. Josh Leivo (Sudbury Wolves) – Toronto Maple Leafs
88. Jordan Binnington (Owen Sound Attack) – St. Louis Blues
89. Justin Sefton (Sudbury Wolves) – San Jose Sharks
Fourth Round (3 OHL players):
94. Josh Shalla (Saginaw Spirit) – Nashville Predators
114. Tobias Rieder (Kitchener Rangers) – Edmonton Oilers
116. Colin Suellentrop (Oshawa Generals) – Philadelphia Flyers
Fifth Round (5 OHL players):
123. Garrett Meurs (Plymouth Whalers) – Colorado Avalanche
137. Alex Lepkowski (Barrie Colts) – Buffalo Sabres
139. Andrew Shaw (Owen Sound Attack) – Chicago Blackhawks
149. Austen Brassard (Belleville Bulls) – Winnipeg Jets
150. Frank Corrado (Sudbury Wolves) – Vancouver Canucks
Sixth Round (4 OHL players):
152. David Broll (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Toronto Maple Leafs
155. Andrew Fritsch (Owen Sound Attack) – Phoenix Coyotes
163. Matt Mahalak (Plymouth Whalers) – Carolina Hurricanes
179. Dylan DeMelo (Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors) – San Jose Sharks
Seventh Round (4 OHL players):
185. Mitchell Theoret (Niagara IceDogs) – New York Islanders
190. Garret Sparks (Guelph Storm) – Toronto Maple Leafs
191. Tyler Graovac (Ottawa 67’s) – Minnesota Wild
206. Derek Mathers (Peterborough Petes) – Philadelphia Flyers
Some surprises in that list of 46. Many surprised Barrie Colts forward, Mark Scheifele will be the new face of the Winnipeg Franchise. When you look at later rounds guys like… well the 4 OHLers selected in the 7th round are surprising. Even the likes of Frank Corrado amazes some. I am not necessarily in this boat as you can make a case for anyone getting drafted. It is definitely interesting to see where they were drafted though. So lets take a look at the players who were ranked and not drafted and my reasoning as for why they should or shouldn’t have been drafted.
Will be listed in this format
NHL CSB Final Rank – Name – Team
82. Michael Curtis – Belleville Bulls
Michael is on the smaller side of what the NHL likes just a hair under 6 feet tall. He is a good winger but a project in the making. Many like the kid, but his development was not there this year.
87. Kevin Cutting – Owen Sound Attack
Kevin plays a bigger game than his size will suggest, but fights many inconsistencies. He definitely benefitted from the teams OHL championship but clearly it can not be rewarded for every member of the team.
116. Barcaly Goodrow – Brampton Battalion
This one surprises me as he Barclay had a heck of a second half. He has the physical tools available as he is in tremendous shape but I guess the NHL is looking for more than that
118. Craig Dunnick – Windsor Spitfires
Now I don’t watch Windsor often, but when I did I liked the game that Dunnick played. I can see something in his game that wouldn’t get him drafted but he will definitely get invites to NHL camp.
135. Luke Heitkamp – Peterborough Petes
A big strong winger who wasn’t able to turn the tables offensively this year. Yes, Peterborough was not the ideal place to put up offensive numbers but it was his size and strength that kept the scouts coming back.
146. Ben Thomson – Kitchener Rangers
The kid can throw punches with the best of them. A bigger stronger winger in this draft but with teams (minus Philadelphia) not particularly drafting tough guys to protect players, the writing was on the wall for him.
148. Colin Miller – Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds
Kind of an undersized Defenceman when considering drafting a blueliner but there is potential here. This year will be an eye opener and whoever takes a risk on him at the Free Agent camp will be rewarded in due time.
158. Seth Griffith – London Knights
Despite him having the ability to score and make plays. The 5’9” height may have been the downfall for him. People will comment that Grimaldi is shorter and he got drafted, and that is true. But if Seth had Rocco’s skill set, he would have been drafted anyways.
179. Zach Bell – Brampton Battalion
A big defenceman who struggled near the end of the year that saw his stock drop. If he can stay focused and use his size to his advantage more, he will be a good Free Agent signing out of camp.
192. Carter Sandlak – Belleville Bulls
This was a kid I had pegged as a sleeper. By a long shot really, but still a sleeper. Can really be impressive some nights, can disappear other nights.
194. Dario Trutmann – Plymouth Whalers
202. Steven Trojanovic – Peterborough Petes
208. Cody McNaughton – Guelph Storm