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2012 OHL Priority Selection Mock Draft Rounds 1-5

By: Thayne Hallyburton

Below is my 2012 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection 5 round mock draft. This is not a top 100 players, as much as it is all about team needs and who fits in where, as well as who will report where.

Some players will rise or drop in the first round. Issues that affect teams are their potential. Some teams see players as "2 year players" meaning that they are players who have the best chance at going pro at 18, rather than playing their junior career out. A prime example of this was in 1995. The Barrie Colts had the 1st overall pick as an expansion team and their decision came down to Daniel Tkachuk and Joe Thornton. The Barrie Colts decided to go with Tkachuk, considered the second best player in that conversation by most people. They did so, knowing that he would be a 4 year player. And he was. Joe went to the Soo and found himself on the Boston Bruins 2 years later. This is just one example of a team's mindset entering the draft.

This is all to help familiarize fans of the OHL with some of these lesser-known players and to create a debate! So feel free to hit me up on Twitter (@thallyburton) or by email(Thallyburton@intheoradio.com) and let's get some friendly discourse going! All of this is a lead up to our LIVE draft day show on April 7th! Be sure to tune in as we will have all of the prominent kids, a scout or two and a maybe few other surprises! All of the fun gets started at 12 p.m.!

Now it's time to get down to business...

With the 1st overall pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection...the Erie Otters are proud to select.....from the Toronto Marlboros of the Greater Toronto Hockey League.....


1) Erie Otters: Connor McDavid - Toronto Marlboros GTHL - 5'11" - 170

Connor McDavid is the best player available in this year's draft, that is why it is so difficult for people to believe that he is one year younger than the rest of the kids eligible. Connor possesses a hockey IQ unlike any other in this age group. He makes moves at top speed that bring people out of their seats. He has an elusive release on his shot and is not affraid to go into the dirty areas to track down the puck. Connor has played with this age group snce his days with the York Simcoe Express and has always been the top player of the 96 age group. Connor McDavid is OHL ready and should contribute immediately in a team's top 2 lines. The Erie Otters season ticket holders will be in awe many nights next year at the Tulio.

2) Kingston Frontenacs: Rolland McKeown - Toronto Marlboros GTHL - 6'1" - 180

Doug Gilmour is a huge fan of Rolland McKeown, so much so that he can't risk letting Rolland go and hoping he is there at #9 where he will select his next pick. McKeown is a big, mobile defenceman who possesses a top level shot and elite vision. He plays both sides of the puck well and has the uncanny ability to jump up into the rush at the right time. What makes him so elite is his gap control. There was one defenceman in last year's draft with the same awareness (Aaron Ekblad). With that comparison it is no wonder why McKeown will be taken so high.

3) Peterborough Petes: Eric Cornel - Upper Canada Cyclones OEMHL - 6'2" -165

Dave Reid has an interesting decision here between Cornel and Jared McCann. Both are elite forwards with upper echelon skill sets. Cornel is an interesting player. He played on a sub par team with the Cyclones but still impressed on a nigthly basis. Cornel is a fantastic playmaker, but he isn't shy in his ability to finish too. He is a point machine at times but can forget his defensive assignments. There is some small NCAA concerns here, but being this high of a pick, should make that a non-issue. Once he fills out, he will be one of the top players in the league.

4) Sault St. Marie Greyhounds: Robert Fabbri - Mississauga Rebels GTHL - 5'10" - 155

Kyle Dubas has an interesting decision here. Does he go with Jared McCann, a little more of a powerforward type of player? Or, maybe the super skilled Josh Ho Sang who he knows Windsor wants? Or maybe the kid with local ties who also has elite skill and a nasty streak in Robert Fabbri? Dubas will go with Fabbri...he is the safe pick. He has grand parents who live in the Soo already. Fabbri is an elite offensive talent who skates well and makes his reads on the fly as he gains the line. He also has a good shot and is an explosive skater. He isn't affraid to go after guys and will not shy away from post-whistle scrums.

5) Windsor Spitfires: Joshua Ho Sang - Toronto Marlboros GTHL - 5'11" - 166

Josh Ho Sang has the best offensive talent in this draft. Warren Rhychel is on record as saying he may be the best minor midget aged player he has ever seen. So, if Ho Sang is still on the board, it is a no brainer that this is where he goes. Josh has the ability to slow the game down and then speed it back up when the puck is on his stick. His playmaking abilities are underrated due to all of the tlak of his selfishness, but he may be one of the best passers in this draft. He is an absolute steal at #5.

6) Guelph Storm: Jared McCann - London Jr. Knights Gold ALLIANCE- 6'0" - 176

This draft has 6 bonafide, surefire, superstars in it and Guelph is very lucky to be able to draft in the 6 hole. Jared McCann should still be there for them to take and he will be a great fit. McCann is an elite forward. He has the ability to score all ways imagineable, be it with his great shot, grabbing a rebound in front, tipping it in, or blowing by a whole team down the wing and burrying it. He has all the tools you look for in a top player. He has an unorthodox skating style, but if you look past it, you will see that it works for him and he can fly.

7) Oshawa Generals: Jacob Middleton - Huron-Perth Lakers ALLIANCE - 6'3" - 185

Oshawa needs to draft a D with their first pick and Generals fans will love what they see in training camp. This big defenceman has the ability to rush the puck at will and is a great leader. He skates well, handles the puck well and has good footwork along the boards. He has shown a bit of a habit of taking the puck first, which is unusual for such a big player but it's easily correctable. He is the 2nd best defenceman available in this draft/

8) Owen Sound Attack: Michael Dal Colle - Vaughn Kings GTHL - 6'2" - 185

MDC is possibly the smartest hockey player in this draft. He can play at both ends of the ice effectively but, to be expected with a pick this high, he shows his true colours in the offensive zone. Dal Colle always finds himself around the puck and can bury it like few people in this draft class. He is an adequate skater, but he lacks the 3 step explosiveness that most scouts look for. He is a very safe pick here for the Attack. He will either be a very good OHLer or an elite player. If he gets it all figured out he may be looked at in 20 years as the best player to come out of this draft, hands down.

9) Kingston Frontenacs: Sam Bennett - Toronto Marlboros GTHL - 5'11" - 160

Sam Bennett is the classic speedster type of player. He can burn a defender before they even know what's coming. There was some concern that he was just Connor McDavid's winger and that's why he was piling on the points, but with watching him play, you notice he sets up McDavid as much as McDavid sets up him. He will be a tough player to handle even as a 16 year old. He is OHL-ready.

10) Belleville Bulls: Brett Hargrave - Mississauga Rebels GTHL - 6'4" - 195

George Burnett must be licking his chops when he sees Hargrave is is still on the board when he picks. Hargrave is a very large presence on the ice. He had a great OHL Cup where he was the Rebels best player. Brett is a tough kid to stop off the rush and makes very smart plays from that situation. He also has an OHL shot and OHL speed, which may surprise people because of his size. Hargrave has a very high ceiling.

11) Mississauga St. Michaels Majors: Damien Bourne - Mississauga Rebels GTHL - 6'4" - 190

James Boyd was probably hoping to have Hargrave available to him here, but he will settle and be happy with Damien Bourne. They need size up front and Bourne brings just that. as you would expect with a 15 year old kid who is already 6'4" his skating is not where it needs to be, but everything else is there with this kid. He struggles with game-to-game consistency as well and that is something that will need to be fixed at the next level.

12) Saginaw Spirit: Brook Hiddink - Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs ALLIANCE - 5'11" - 185

Like Josh Ho Sang, Brook Hiddink played at the minor midget level last year as well. Hiddink is an elite talent who can play the two way game to perfection, fitting right in with the Saginaw system. Hiddink is quite good at putting the puck home around the net and is a very good skater. He is the consumate team guy, willing to block shots and do all the little things it takes to help his team win. Hiddink is the classic example of someone who has been over-scouted. If this were his first year, I firmly believe he would be a top 7 pick.

13) Sarnia Sting: Dante Salituro - Don Mills Flyers GTHL - 6'0" - 170

Sarnia will be happy to have Salituro fall to them here. Dante is easily the best finisher in this draft. He is also one of the best skaters. This makes for a deadly combination. Not only that but he also doesn't shy away from the physical play. He has a fast release where the puck seems like it isn't even on his stick before he gets it off and towards the net. To play this game at the next level he will have to get stronger in the off season.

14) Sudbury Wolves: Daniel Desousa - Toronto MArlboros GTHL - 6'0" - 170

The Sudbury blue line is in need of some help and Dan Desousa will be that help. Desousa is the quintessential offensive defenceman and powerplay quarterback. He is a fantastic skater and shows great lateral mobility when walking the line with the puck. He has the knack for making smart passes while heading up the ice at speed. He also plays with some bite, something that Sudbury's back end lacks.

15) Brampton Battalion: Michael Cramarossa - Toronto Marlboros GTHL - 6'0" - 180

Cramarossa might be one of the most intelligent players in the age group and it is the reason why he gets many of his points. He is an adequate skater and has an adequate shot. He is also very good in the defensive zone. He may not have elite offensive upside but he will be a good top 6 forward. He fits the Stan Butler mold.

16) Barrie Colts: Brendan Perlini - Detroit Belle Tire HPHL - 6'2" - 190

This may seem as an off the wall selection but I believe this is where the Barrie Colts are going to go with their pick. Perlini is a unique prospect. His play now may be no indication of what he can become. He is a 5 tool offensive playr; he has size, strength, speed, stick handling and intelligence. If he figures it all out he could be a top player in the O. There are some NCAA concerns seeing as he moved from the Sault to Detroit in his major Bantam year and his older brother went the NCAA route taking a full scholarship form Michigan State, but I think the O suites his game more, and he knows that.

17) Kitchener Rangers: Dylan DiPerna - Mississauga Rebels GTHL - 6'1" - 170
He is an elite offensive defenseman who skates like the wind and isn't affraid to throw his weight around in either zone. He has some work to do defensively with reading the oncoming play and controlling his gaps, but those are things that are teachable. He possesses the intangibles that are not teachable. Will be a good replacement for that guy that is on the Rangers blueline now...whatever his name is....Murphy something, I think.

18) Ottawa 67's: Andrew Abou-Assely - Ottawa Jr. 67's OEMHL - 5'10" - 157

Andrew Abou-Assaly is a top flight offensive juggernaugt. He displays excellent puck skills and footwork and is great at finding open ice in the slot by sucking players in and bumping off them. What is underrated with his game is his passing ability. He is a great neutral zone passer and is never the guy who people say is a puck hog. He is a great pickup for the 67's style and will develop nicely there. He goes to private shool in Ottawa and there are some small NCAA concerns but I dont think he will go that way.

19) Niagara Ice Dogs: Liam Herbst - Missisauga Rebels GTHL - 6'3" - 165

I am not going to pretend that I know all about goaltenders, but I know a few people who do and they rave about this kid. He is a big kid who has supreme rebound control, athleticism and plays the angle to a 'T'. The people I talk to say he is a sure fire first rounder and the best goalie in this draft. I believe them. I see that Niagara's number 1 need is a goaltender and as a result I see them taking Herbst here.

20) Niagara Ice Dogs: Matt Schmalz - Southern Tier Admirals OMHA - 6'4" - 190

Niagara won't have to look too far for their next pick. Big Matt Schmalz is the guy they want. His big body in that little rink will fit this team perfectly. He is a skilled forward who has a nose for the net and uses his size well. He will go to the net to make things happen. He needs to work on bringing it every game at the same level but that should come at the next level.

21) Plymouth Whalers: Niki Petti - Southern Tier Admirals OMHA - 6'0" - 160

Petti is exactly the kind of player that Plymouth likes to take with these early picks. He has a lot of offensive upside as he sees the ice very well and has a top shot and is a very good skater. Niki can play a 2 way game and, even with his smaller stature, will play the body if it is asked of him. He has a higher upside than a few of the guys taken ahead of him here.

22) London Knights: Spencer Watson - London Jr. Knights Gold ALLIANCE - 5'10" - 155

With the last pick of the first round, the London Knights will go with the home grown talent of young, Spencer Watson. Watson does lack size, but he makes up for it in his smarts and with his ability to find open ice in the offensive zone. One half of a twin-duo, the other being a defenceman, Watson could stand to learn a thing or two from his brother about the defensive aspect of the game, but he has shown a better effort in the defensive side of the puck from earlier in the season to the OHL cup at the end of the season. He will be able to step into the Knights lineup and get comfortable on the 4th line of a top team next season.

Round 2
Pick Team Player Minor Team Size Pos.
25 Kingston Kevin Spinozzi Kingston Jr. Frontenacs 6'1" - 195 D
26 Kingston Jaden Lindo Toronto Marlboros 6'0" - 185 F
27 Peterborough Connor Cummins Whitby Wildcats 6'1" - 190 D
28 Owen Sound Kyle Locke York Simcoe Express 6'0" - 190 D
29 Erie Cody Milan St. Mary's Prep School 6'2" - 170 F
30 Mississauga Patrick Sanvido Guelph Jr. Storm 6'5" - 220 D
31 London Ryan McInnis St. Louis Blues U16 Tier1 6'3" - 165 F
32 Guelph Owen McDade Ottawa Valley Titans 5'11" 185 F
33 Belleville Jeremiah Addison Toronto Marlboros 6'0" - 175 F
34 Saginaw Darby Llewelyn Detroit Honeybaked 6'1" - 170 F
35 Plymouth Jonathan Duchesne Vaughn Kings 6'2" - 200 D
36 Sarnia Joe Manchurek Sun County Panthers 6'0' - 170 F
37 Erie Santino Centorame Mississauga Rebels 5'10" - 166 D
38 Brampton David Miller Mississauga Rebels 5'9" - 155 F
39 Saginaw Joshua Jacobs Detroit Honeybaked 6'1" - 172 D
40 Mississauga Alex Peters Huron-Perth Lakers 6'3" - 183 D
41 Ottawa Brent Moran (G) Ottawa Jr. 67's 6'3" - 166 G
42 Sault St. Marie Medric Mercer Ottawa Jr. 67's 6'0" - 172 D
43 Windsor Nick Schmaltz Chicago Mission Tier1 5'10" - 155 F
44 Barrie Zach Bratina Central Ontario Wolves 6'1" - 185 F
46 London Trevor Abbot London Jr. Knights 6'0" - 178 D
Round 3
44 Erie Chad Heffernan Peterborough Petes 6'0" - 163 F
45 Windsor Francesco Vilardi Kingston Jr. Frontenacs 5'11" - 180 F
46 Kitchener Gramae Brown Kingston Jr. Frontenacs 6'0" - 175 D
47 Windsor Dylan Larkin Detroit Belle Tire 5'11" - 165 F
48 Barrie Ty Learn Southern Tier Admirals 5'11" - 170 F
49 Guelph Jordan Addesi Vaughn Kings 6'0" -  165 F
50 Saginaw Matt Mancina (G) Sun County Panthers 6'0" - 170 G
51 Owen Sound Nic Coric York Simcoe Express 5'9" - 160 F
52 Belleville Kelly Summers Ottawa Valley Titans 6'1" - 180 D
53 London Nathan Billitier (USNTDP) Buffalo Stars 5'10 - 170 D
54 Kingston Garrett James Huron Perth Lakers 6'2" - 186 F
55 Erie Jake Evans Mississauga Rebels 6'0" - 170 F
56 Sudbury Anthony Stefano sault St. Marie Stars 6'0" - 165 F
57 Brampton Kyle Pettit London Jr. Knights 6'2" - 170 F
58 Mississauga Matt Mcleod North York Rangers 6'1" - 160 F
59 Ottawa Justin Felker Southern Tier Admirals 6'3" - 170 D
60 Sarnia Kevin Kerr Team Comcast Tier1 5'11" - 155 D
61 Sault St. Marie Michael Amadio sault St. Marie Stars 5'11" - 165 F
62 Saginaw Josh Maguire Quinte Red Devils 5'11" - 188 F
63 Plymouth Alex Turch (USNTDP) Syracuse Nationals 6'2" - 190 F
Round 4
64 Sarnia Kyle jenkins Mississauga Rebels 5'11" - 160 D
65 London Connor Murphy Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs 5'9" - 155 F
66 Peterborough Matt Gillard Southern Tier Admirals 5'10 - 175 F
67 Sault St. Marie Brandon Prophet Upper Canada Cyclones 6'3" - 210 D
68 Sault St. Marie Marc Stevens Vaughn Kings 6'0" - 160 F
69 Barrie Ben Hughes Barrie Jr. Colts 6'2" - 180 F
70 Belleville Bobby MacIntyre Whitby Wildcats 5'10" - 170 F
71 Kitchener Andrew Ming Eastern Ontario Wild 6'1" - 173 F
72 Sarnia Marcel Godbout Shattuck st. Mary's 5'10" - 180 F
73 Sudbury Dallas Farr Ottawa Valley Titans 6'2" - 195 F
74 Sault St. Marie Evan Smith Toronto Young Nats 5'11" - 175 F
75 Brampton Bennett Morrison Mississauga Rebels 6'3" - 190 D
76 Sudbury Boyd Diclemente (G) Peterborough Petes 5'11" - 190 G
77 Niagara Connor Graham Toronto Marlboros 5'11" - 175 F
78 Owen Sound C.J. Garcia Don Mills Flyers 6'0" - 170 D
79 Oshawa Stefan LeBlanc Oakville Rangers 5'11" - 160 F
80 Ottawa Alex Renaud Ottawa Jr. 67's 6'1" - 180 F
81 Plymouth Owen MacDonald Guelph Jr. Storm 5'8" - 150 F
82 Mississauga Stuart Ilekys Don Mills Flyers 5'9" - 155 F
83 London Brandon Lemieux Toronto Red Wings 6'0" - 180 F
Round 5
84 Erie John DiLorenzo Southern Tier Admirals 6'1" - 190 D
85 London Kegan Blasby Markham waxers 6'0" - 170 F
86 Peterborough Chris Brill-Morgan Ajax=Pickering Raiders 6'2" - 172 F
87 Saginaw Theo Lewis Oakville Rangers 6'2" - 180 F
88 Windsor Nick Magyar Cleveland Barons 6'2" - 182 F
89 Windsor Justin Wain York Simcoe Express 5'11" - 166 F
90 Belleville Mitchell Safaric York Simcoe Express 5'10" - 153 F
91 Owen Sound Greg Allen Toronto Marlboros 6'3" - 175 D
92 Barrie Darren Raddysh Toronto Marlboros 5'11" - 165 D
93 Mississauga Calvin Gomes North York Rangers 6'1" - 155 F
94 Guelph Logan Percy Guelph Jr. Storm 6'1" - 185 D
95 Brampton David Eccles Hamilton Bulldogs 6'2" - 170 D
96 Barrie Hayden Hodgson  Sun County Panthers 6'0" - 170 F
97 Sault St. Marie Travis Dermott York Simcoe Express 5'7" - 155 D
98 Kingston Zach Emelifeonwu Kingston Jr. Frontenacs 6'1" - 175 F
99 Saginaw Kyle Wood Waterloo Wolves 6'2" - 180 D
100 Ottawa Bryce Mayea Burlington Eagles 6'3" - 205 F
101 Plymouth Chad Burrows V aughn Kings 6'1" - 175 F
102 Guelph Kris Bennett North York Rangers 5'9" - 145 F
103 London Matt Watson London Jr. Knights 5'10" - 157 D

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