In late June every year, the hockey world convenes for the annual NHL Entry Draft. The day is often cited as one of the most exciting on the hockey calendar, mirrored only by the Stanley Cup finals and the start of each season.
The 2016 Entry Draft is no different, and as always, several Peterborough Petes players are expected to be selected in the seven round event. The two most prominent names among the Electric City Kids at the Draft are Dylan Wells and Jonathan Ang. Only time will tell when they are drafted and by whom, but today we will look at some of the projections and mock drafts surrounding the Petes stand-outs.
Dylan Wells, a St. Catharines, Ontario, native, was selected by the Petes with the first pick in the second round (21st overall) in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection, making him the first goalie taken in the draft. He has progressed on the ice and off through two seasons with the Petes, and his standout performances have come mostly through his impressive work with Hockey Canada and at CHL/NHL events. The 6’2″, 182lbs netminder won a gold medal as the starting goalie with Team Canada at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka U18 championships, and was exceptional at the BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects game in early 2016.
Jonathan Ang, originally from Markham, Ontario, joined Dylan as a high pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection. The 5’11” centre was Peterborough’s first round, ninth overall pick coming out of Minor Midget, and has been wowing fans, executives, and scouts alike with his lightning speed, great hands, and responsibility in the defensive zone as one of the Petes’ top penalty killers. Jonny was one of Peterborough’s top players in the second half of the 2015/16 season, and his best performances to-date came in the 2016 playoffs against North Bay. The sniper lead the Petes with 3 goals, 6 assists, and 9 points in the seven-game series, and followed up the season with one of the best showings at the NHL Draft Combine earlier this month.
The NHL Central Scouting Service recently published their final 2016 Draft Rankings, and listed Dylan as the tenth ranked North American goaltender, while Jonny earned recognition as the 95th ranked North American Skater after being the 137th ranked player in the mid-term rankings.
Dylan and Jonny are projected to be selected at a number of different spots at the Draft in Buffalo this weekend. Draftsite.com’s annual mock draft has Dylan slotted as a selection late in the third round, 90th overall, by the Dallas Stars, making him the sixth goalie taken in the draft, with Jonny being the anticipated 153rd overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers in the sixth round.
DraftUtopia has the Petes sophomores listed closer together in their 2016 Mock Draft. The site predicts Jonny will be drafted 102nd overall (4th round) by the New Jersey Devils, with Dylan expected to move just eight picks later and a a few miles down the river with the 110th pick to the New York Islanders.
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