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OHL talent ready for 2020 NHL Draft

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Zach Bogosian and the Tampa Bay Lightning have been crowned Stanley Cup champions as the National Hockey League successfully navigated through all of the challenges presented by COVID-19 to complete the 2019-20 season. Now, the NHL turns its attention to the future.

The 2020 NHL Draft will be held exclusively online for the first time in its history, but that doesn’t alter the excitement level for the OHL’s rising stars who hope to hear their names called either Tuesday or Wednesday.

57 OHL players are listed in NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings with the results ready to unfold Tuesday night with 31 first round picks beginning at 7:00 pm ET followed by rounds two through seven starting Wednesday at 11:30 am ET.  Follow along pick-by-pick with coast-to-coast coverage on Sportsnet.

It looks to be a promising Tuesday night first round for the OHL at the NHL Draft, with five players included inside the top 10 on NHL Central Scouting’s Final Rankings. Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves), Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters), Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit), Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s) and Jack Quinn (Ottawa 67’s) are all highly sought-after along with top-ranked North American netminder Nico Daws (Guelph Storm).

Wednesday’s proceedings should be interesting as well, with the OHL featuring a total of 21 players inside NHL Central Scouting’s top 60 North American skaters.

Peterborough Petes netminder Tye Austin is the 14th ranked North American goaltender heading into the draft, and could join the likes of the last two draft eligible goalies, Hunter Jones (59th overall, Minnesota, 2019) and Dylan Wells (123rd overall, Edmonton, 2016), to hear their names called.

Other Petes players who have had some attention from NHL clubs include sophomore shut-down defenceman Shawn Spearing, who has put up 8 points and a +6 rating in 81 OHL games, as well as Max Grondin, who enters his third year of NHL entry draft eligibility on the back of a career season which saw him put up 33 points while leading the entire OHL in face-off winning percentage (61.4%).

Former Petes players Cam Butler (traded to Niagara for Akil Thomas in 2020) and Pavel Gogolev (traded to Guelph for Ryan Merkley in 2019) are also ranked by NHL Central Scouting as potential mid- to late-round picks this week.

Since 1969, a total of 2,379 OHL players have been selected in the NHL Draft representing over 20% of all players chosen by clubs and a figure higher than any other league solidifying the OHL as the number one supplier of NHL talent.

Last year in Vancouver, four OHL players were selected in the first round including Thomas Harley (Dallas Stars/Mississauga Steelheads), Philip Tomasino (Nashville Predators/Niagara IceDogs), Connor McMichael (Washington Capitals/London Knights) and Ryan Suzuki (Carolina Hurricanes/Barrie Colts).

Best of luck to all players and their families at the 2020 NHL Draft!

 

2020 NHL Central Scouting Final Draft Rankings

North American rank, name, OHL club, position

Click a name to watch video profiles of the top ranked prospects.

SKATERS:

RANK PLAYER TEAM POSITION
2 Quinton Byfield* Sudbury Wolves C
3 Jamie Drysdale* Erie Otters D
5 Cole Perfetti* Saginaw Spirit C
6 Marco Rossi* Ottawa 67’s C
7 Jack Quinn* Ottawa 67’s RW
17 Jacob Perreault* Sarnia Sting RW
21 Tyson Foerster* Barrie Colts RW
27 Ryan O’Rourke* Soo Greyhounds D
28 Jan Mysak Hamilton Bulldogs C
30 Martin Chromiak Kingston Frontenacs RW
33 Jean-Luc Foudy* Windsor Spitfires C
34 Will Cuylle* Windsor Spitfires LW
35 Brandon Coe* North Bay Battalion RW
39 Luke Evangelista* London Knights RW
41 Danil Gushchin** Niagara IceDogs RW
46 Jaromir Pytlik* Soo Greyhounds C
52 Ty Tullio Oshawa Generals RW
53 Oliver Suni Oshawa Generals RW
54 Zayde Wisdom Kingston Frontenacs RW
56 Antonio Stranges* London Knights LW
59 Donovan Sebrango* Kitchener Rangers D
60 Jack Thompson* Sudbury Wolves D
66 Evan Vierling Barrie Colts C
67 Tanner Dickinson Soo Greyhounds C
70 Ethan Cardwell Barrie Colts RW
72 Rory Kerins Soo Greyhounds C
78 Robert Calisti Soo Greyhounds D
84 Ruben Rafkin Windsor Spitfires D
87 Hayden Fowler Oshawa Generals LW
106 Kirill Steklov London Knights D
107 Pavel Gogolev Guelph Storm LW
109 Evgeniy Oksentyuk Flint Firebirds LW
114 Isaak Phillips Sudbury Wolves D
116 Ole Bjorgvik-Holm Mississauga Steelheads D
129 Riley Piercey Flint Firebirds LW
137 Ville Ottavainen Kitchener Rangers D
138 Cameron Butler Niagara IceDogs RW
147 Jake Uberti Niagara IceDogs C
148 Reid Valade Kitchener Rangers RW
155 Declan McDonnell Kitchener Rangers RW
163 James Hardie Mississauga Steelheads LW
171 Louka Henault Windsor Spitfires D
188 Igor Chibrikov Owen Sound Attack D
190 Logan Morrison Hamilton Bulldogs C
192 Tye Kartye Soo Greyhounds LW
193 Jake Murray Kingston Frontenacs D
194 Lleyton Moore Oshawa Generals D
200 Austen Swankler Erie Otters C
213 Maxim Golod Erie Otters LW
217 Brendan Hoffmann Erie Otters RW

*competed in 2020 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game
**Danil Gushchin committed to Niagara for 2020-21 season

GOALTENDERS:

RANK PLAYER TEAM POSITION
1 Nico Daws* Guelph Storm G
4 Will Cranley Ottawa 67’s G
10 Nick Malik Soo Greyhounds G
14 Tye Austin Peterborough Petes G
24 Owen Bennett Guelph Storm G
28 Aidan Campbell Erie Otters G
29 Brett Brochu London Knights G
31 Mack Guzda Owen Sound Attack G

*competed in 2020 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

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