It is finally that time of the year. The OHL Priority Selection draft is upon us and as always it is a very exciting day.
This draft will be different than in past years because of the fact that we now do have the Midget draft in play. Not to say that changes a whole lot but we still do not know what teams strategies will be, especially when it comes to goaltenders.
Looking back at 2016, the Alliance had 36 players taken in the priority selection draft. Of those 36, 22 were forwards, 11 defenseman and 3 goaltenders. Those 36 players represented all 12 teams in the Alliance. When we look at the draft this season, I would expect to see the number of players remain around the 35-40 mark with the possibility of surpassing 40.
Stay tuned at AllianceHockeyScout.com for all the up to date picks involving Alliance players. It’s going to be quite the day so come along for the ride beginning at 9am EST.
Round 1 – Pick 1 – Barrie Colts select Ryan Suzuki (London Jr. Knights)
The first Alliance player to be taken first overall since Travis Konecny in 2013, Suzuki will bring a dynamic and high skilled game to Barrie. A different player than brother Nick with Owen Sound, Ryan has an exceptional knack for finding his teammates with pinpoint accuracy. With this pick, the Colts have a potential star in the making for their resurgence back to the top of the standings.
Round 1 – Pick 13 – Kitchener Rangers select Grayson Ladd (Chatham-Kent Cyclones)
Ladd was the best defenseman in the Alliance this season and has loads of potential to bring to the Kitchener blueline. Ladd is very sound in his own end and can more than hold his own offensively. He reminded a lot of people of Owen Lalonde from last season and I look for him to make a good impact in Kitchener next season.
Round 2 – Pick 3 – Saginaw Spirit select Aidan Prueter (London Jr. Knights)
One of the best bantam players in the Alliance, Pruter got off to a bit of a slow start but really put it into high gear late into the season and into the playoffs. A complete player whose offensively skills are among the best in the age group, his puck control and movement put him in excellent scoring positions and Prueter has a knack for finding his teammates in tight lanes.
Round 2 – Pick 9 – Mississauga Steelheads select Keean Washkurak (Waterloo Wolves)
Waterloo captian is as high intensity player as you will find. A complete 200 foot player, Washkurak mixes speed with a physical game that makes him a player that is able to play in any situation. In the correct situation, Washkurak will be able to contribute significantly on the offensive side at the next level.
Round 2 – Pick 11 – Barrie Colts select Nathan Allensen (Waterloo Wolves)
Allensen was a huge part of the Wolves run to yet another Alliance championship. Not only is he a threat offensively from the back end, but he was continually matched up against the best forwards in the league nightly. A smart player who logged a tonne of minutes, Allensen has the hockey IQ to make the jump to the OHL fairly seamlessly.
Round 3 – Pick 8 – Sarnia Sting select Justin McCombs (Kitchener Jr. Rangers)
Sarnia will get a centre who has loads of potential in McCombs. A two year player at the Minor Midget level, McCombs was a catalyst for the Kitchener offense. McCombs excels at leading the rush and slowing the play down in order to set up the system. While a smooth passer, McCombs can also light the lamp with his quick release and great accuracy.
Round 3 – Pick 9 – Flint Firebirds select Jeff Burridge (London Jr. Knights)
The big winger could be a player that Flint sees as a potential fit in their lineup come next season. Burridge is a power forward but has under rated speed. Even with big size at this age, Burridge’s biggest asset could be his shot. Burridge surprises many when he snaps off a shot, catching many goalies off guard this season.
Round 3 – Pick 10 – Hamilton Bulldogs select Liam Van Loon (London Jr. Knights)
Nobody’s stock rose higher during the Alliance postseason and the OHL Cup than Van Loon. A winger who gives 100% effort in every shift, Van Loon was a thorn in the side of defenders all season long. Van Loon has a deceptive scoring touch and his breakaway speed leads to lots of breakaway chances. Van Loon’s hustle alone with make him a favourite with all his coaches.
Round 3 – Pick 14 – Guelph Storm select Mark Woolley (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs)
Another Alliance defenseman goes with Woolley heading to Guelph. Woolley was a focal point for Elgin’s offense from the back end with his lethal slap shot. Woolley had one of the better showings at the OHL Combine and that was backed up by his play this season. Woolley is a smart player who always makes sure clearing his zone is on the top of his to-do list.
Round 3 – Pick 16 – Barrie Colts select Jet Greaves (Cambridge Hawks)
Once again dipping into the Alliance pool, Barrie select Jet Greaves who has shown on numerous occasions that he can steal a game on his own. Greaves was able to help Cambridge to an OHL Cup appearance and his couple of games with the Jr. B Winterhawks had him play extremely well for his age.
Round 4 – Pick 5 – Mississauga Steelheads select Cole Schwindt (Kitchener Jr. Rangers)
Schwindt is a big centre who plays a complete game. Schwindt has length when moving the puck up the zone and was also Kitchener’s most trusted faceoff man late in games. Schwindt’s defensive game may be his biggest asset coming out of Minor Midget. With his size at this age, more growth could make Schwindt a big body at the junior level.
Round 5 – Pick 3 – Hamilton Bulldogs select Navrin Mutter (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs)
Bulldogs can another one of the Alliance high intensity forwards. Skilled on the wing and able to create offense chances, Mutter also was feared by many players as a huge physical threat on the ice. Mutter also saw lots of time at the Jr. B level near the end of the season.
Round 5 – Pick 11 – Hamilton Bulldogs select Jordan Stock (Hamilton Huskies)
Hamilton goes with another hometown pick with Huskies captain Jordan Stock. A big forward, Stock was the focal point of the Huskies offense. Stock’s work down low created plenty of chances. His leadership as captain of the team was one of the best displays I saw in the league this season.
Round 5 – Pick 14 – Kingston Frontenacs select Luke Drewitt (London Jr. Knights)
Drewitt quietly had one of the best offensive seasons in the Alliance this year. Drewitt was one of the Jr. Knights forwards who always found open space in the zone and capitalized on his chances. Not flashy in any aspect, he provides solid play in all situations, especially on the London PK.
Round 5 – Pick 15 – Peterborough Petes select Jagger O’Toole (Cambridge Hawks)
Petes grab O’Toole who played an enormous amount of minutes this season. O’Toole is a big defender with strong positioning who makes it very difficult for players to maneuver around him. O’Toole has some offensive upside as well and his puck handling might be his most underrated aspect of his game.
Round 5 – Pick 18 – Soo Greyhounds select Cole MacKay (Kitchener Jr. Rangers)
A steal for the Greyhounds in my opinion, the Soo grab hometown kid Cole MacKay, the Allinace’s leading goal scorer. MacKay has a lethal shot that some would say is already at the junior level. Mackay will be one that is able to light the lamp at this level. Will join personal favourite from last year Alex Gritz, possibly this coming season.
Round 6 – Pick 1 – Barrie Colts select Peter Fleming (London Jr. Knights)
Yet another Alliance pick for the Colts. Barrie goes with tall centre Peter Fleming. Fleming was another London player who wasn’t flashy but incredibly effective. His hockey sense is very strong and he has good balance which made it difficult for defenders to knock him off the puck.
Round 6 – Pick 7 – London Knights select Brayden Krieger (Waterloo Wolves)
The Knights grab Brayden Krieger who has some good offensive upside. A player who is able to stick handle around defenders at top speed, Krieger a big portion of the Wolves secondary scoring. More emphasis on the physical part of the game will translate well for him in the future.
Round 6 – Pick 16 – Niagara Ice Dogs select Ryan Campbell (Cambridge Hawks)
Campbell falls down to the 6th round for Niagara after starting the year as a candidate to be a 1st round pick. Campbell has loads of talent in so many different facets of the game. He has speed, stick handling and a great shot. His defensive game has improved this year and Campbell could be considered a steal in a couple years.
Round 6 – Pick 19 – Owen Sound Attack select Tyson Koopman (Huron-Perth Lakers)
Koopman is a big winger who was one of the lone offensive options with a poor Lakers team this season. Moves well for his size and has an edge to his game. Hard to judge his skill based on calibre he played with this season.
Round 7 – Pick 4 – Saginaw Spirit select Mason Millman (London Jr. Knights)
Another Jr. Knight is off the board this time with smooth skating D Mason Millman. Millman has a good calm demeanor about him that allows him to slow down plays and make the right choice more often than not. The holder of a beautiful slap shot, Millman is a constant precense at the point on the powerplay.
Round 7 – Pick 6 – Ottawa 67’s select Gavin Wood (Waterloo Wolves)
67’s go with one of the most improved players in the Alliance this season. Wood’s defensive game was always strong but it was his offensive capabilities that really shined through as the season progressed. Brother of Coyotes prospect Kyle Wood, Ottawa can only hope he reaches the same heights.
Round 7 – Pick 14 – Oshawa Generals select Adam Jeffery (Windsor Jr. Spitfires)
Generals grab a player that Generals owner and Jr. Spitfires coach Rocco Tullio knows very well. A tall winger whose line accounted for two thirds of Windsors goals, Jeffery was very good at using his size to get in front of the net and obstruct the goaltender. A player who disappeared at times, Jeffery’s size is already at that junior level.
Round 7 – Pick 15 – Peterborough Petes select Aiden McLeod (Brantford 99ers)
A player who had a good showing at the OHL Combine, McLeod was a bright spot on what was otherwise a lacking defensive core for the 99ers. When on the ice, he is able to eliminate scoring chances and very rarely gets caught out of position.
Round 8 – Pick 4 – Saginaw Spirit select Cy Martin (Waterloo Wolves)
Round 8 – Pick 9 – Flint Firebirds select Aidan Pitre (Sun County Panthers)
Round 8 – Pick 17 – London Knights select Owen Say (London Jr. Knights)
Round 9 – Pick 4 – Mississauga Steelheads select Cal Christner (Waterloo Wolves)
Round 10 – Pick 2 – Windsor Spitfires select Stefan Dobrich (Sun County Panthers)
Round 10 – Pick 5 – Niagara Icedogs select Mason Howard (London Jr. Knights)
Round 10 – Pick 8 – Saginaw Spirit select Stephane Crevier (Sun County Panthers)
Round 10 – Pick 16 – Guelph Storm select Steven Grant (Cambridge Hawks)
Round 10 – Pick 17 – London Knights select David Anderson (Cambridge Hawks)
Round 10 – Pick 19 – Owen Sound Attack select Andrew Maclean (Lambton Jr. Sting)
Round 12 – Pick 7 – Sudbury Wolves select Levi Siau (London Jr. Knights)
Round 12 – Pick 19 – Erie Otters select Mark Cooper (Cambridge Hawks)
Round 13 – Pick 7 – Sudbury Wolves select Bryce Lewis (London Jr. Knights)
Round 13 – Pick 8 – Sarnia Sting select Nolan Degurse (Lambton Jr. Sting)
Round 13 – Pick 13 – Mississauga Steelheads select Kurtis Goodwin (Waterloo Wolves)
Round 13 – Pick 19 – Owen Sound Attack select Aaron Shaw (Windsor Jr. Spitfires)
Round 14 – Pick 14 – Oshawa Generals select Lucas Thompson (Hamilton Huskies)
Round 14 – Pick 15 – Peterborough Petes select Tyson Hillier (Waterloo Wolves)
Round 15 – Pick 3 – North Bay Battalion select Max Mulder (Huron-Perth Lakers)
Round 15 – Pick 12 – Kitchener Rangers select Ben Sheppard (Hamilton Huskies)
Round 15 – Pick 14 – Oshawa Generals select Zach Russell (Kitchener Jr. Rangers)
Round 15 – Pick 17 – London Knights select Tyler Kress (Cambridge Hawks)