The time has finally come. All the work over the past six months has led us to this date. An exciting date for some players as they will hear their names called and find out where the next step in their hockey career.
As always, this is not he be all and end all of your hockey career should your name be passed over today. I’ll always point towards someone like Mike Hoffman, who didn’t hear his name called in a draft until the Ottawa Senators called upon him in 2009. Don’t take today as the end of a career but rather another step in the journey.
As for today, we will have you completely covered from top to bottom with all the Alliance players selected. In 2017, the Alliance had a record 46 players selected with 10 players going in the first three rounds. It will also be interesting to see how many players from the Alliance Scout Top 25 rankings are taken as 24/25 were selected in 2017.
Stay tuned here all day for continuously updated coverage. It all gets underway at 9:00am.
Round 3 – Pick 45 – Windsor Spitfires select Dylan Robinson (Brantford 99ers)
Big rangy defender who has some hands and good stick handling. Has the size to move on to the next level. Will need to eliminate some of the mistakes in his own end and when pressured in the OHL.
Round 3 – Pick 46 – Sudbury Wolves select Blake Butler (Lambton Jr. Sting)
Our top prospect, Butler has the tools to make the jump to the OHL next season. A leader who has great vision and a pro shot. Wolves staff very familiar with Butler and should be an exciting prospect up front for Sudbury.
Round 3 – Pick 50 – Oshawa Generals select Ryan Gagnier (Sun County Panthers)
The best two-way centre in the Alliance, Gagnier was continually put up against the best players on opposing teams. Deceptive scorer who was the best player during the Panthers OHL Cup run.
Round 4 – Pick 77 – Kitchener Rangers select Joseph Serpa (Cambridge Hawks)
Elusive is definitely a word I would use to describe Serpa’s game. Some of the best puck control and quick cuts in the 02 age group, Serpa is a playmaker with some great vision who is able to pick apart the defense. Has the ability to score when the opportunity presents itself.
Round 5 – Pick 86 – Ottawa 67’s select Matt Maggio (Sun County Panthers)
The Alliance Player of the Year was the best pure goal scorer in the Alliance this season. Still needing some work on his defensive game, Maggio creates so much space and is able to capitalize on small open portions of the net. Ottawa got themselves a good one.
Round 5 – Pick 91 – Guelph Storm select Cooper Walker (Cambridge Hawks)
The Storm have a history with Scott Walker and they will continue that relationship with Cooper. A very smart player, Walker is not flashy by any means but he is incredibly effective on both ends of the ice. He’s been tasked with big defensive matchups and can also score timely goals. Knowledge of a pro system will make his transition much easier.
Round 5 – Pick 93 – Kingston Frontenacs select Bryce Ryan (Windsor Jr. Spitfires)
One of the best showings of any skater at the OHL Combine, Bryce really upped his stock and became our #21 ranked player in the last rankings. Already over six feet tall, Ryan was the offensive spark for a Windsor team that struggled to score. With a more skilled supporting cast, Ryan could explode offensively.
Round 5 – Pick 99 – Sarnia Sting select Theo Hill (Brantford 99ers)
Speed is the name of Theo Hill’s game. One of, if not the fastest skater in the Alliance, Theo was the best player for the 99ers in the postseason and their best offensive weapon along with 03 Maddox Callens. Hill continued to impress at the OHL Cup as well. Hill showed lots of finish in tight but can also find lanes to drive to the net from the faceoff circle.
Round 6 – Pick 101 – Hamilton Bulldogs select George Diaco (London Jr. Knights)
The scoring champion in the Alliance this past year, Diaco was the captain that steered where the offense went for the Jr. Knights. A great playmaker who could create space for great scoring chances, Diaco showed leadership on the ice that isn’t seen every day. Could be a steal after the performances he put on in Minor Midget.
Round 6 – Pick 107 – Guelph Storm select Ben McFarlane (Cambridge Hawks)
McFarlane was a great player for the Hawks this year and he joins linemate Cooper Walker in Guelph. A smaller forward who plays an incredibly big physical game, McFarlane can score with the best of them and has the speed to boot. McFarlane was my #1 prospect mid-season and #4 at the end of the year.
Round 6 – Pick 108 – Owen Sound Attack select Nic Chenard (Sun County Panthers)
Chenard stands six foot three in the goal and had a great finish to the season including a very strong OHL Cup. Chenard has the size that people look for in goal and he moved very well even as a bigger player. He worked well early in the season with some poor defensive play and was in the conversation with Matt Sbrocca and Matt Onuska as the top tier of netminders.
Round 6 – Pick 114 – London Knights select Brett Brochu (Chatham-Kent Cyclones)
Brochu played a ridiculous amount of games this past season as was one of, if not the main reason for Chatham returning to the postseason. Brochu has great speed in goal and can move post to post seemingly effortlessly. Sometimes will get down on himself with poor performance but could have ranked significantly higher with a stronger defense in front of him.
Round 7 – Pick 128 – Mississauga Steelheads select Craig Spence (Chatham-Kent Cyclones)
Round 7 – Pick 129 – Owen Sound Attack select Nathan Small (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs)
Round 7 – Pick 131 – Oshawa Generals select Matthew Sbrocca (Windsor Jr. Spitfires)
Round 7 – Pick 133 – Kingston Frontenacs select Matt Onuska (Waterloo Wolves)
Round 7 – Pick 134 – London Knights select Brendan Mairs (London Jr. Knights)
Round 8 – Pick 149 – North Bay Battalion select Thomas Gangl (Huron-Perth Lakers)
Round 8 – Pick 150 – Peterborough Petes select Sheldon Serraglio (London Jr. Knights)
Round 9 – Pick 170 – Guelph Storm select Quinton Pepper (London Jr. Knights)
Round 9 – Pick 178 – Kitchener Rangers select Peyton Adams-Matthews (Cambridge Hawks)
Round 9 – Pick 179 – Sarnia Sting select Brendan Kennette (Sun County Panthers)
Round 10 – Pick 191 – Sudbury Wolves select Darren Beattie (Lambton Jr. Sting)
Round 11 – Pick 203 – Peterborough Petes select Carter Schoonderwoerd (Huron-Perth Lakers)
Round 12 – Pick 223 – Peterborough Petes select Eli Palfreyman (Cambridge Hawks)
Round 12 – Pick 235 – Owen Sound Attack select Aaron Davidson (Cambridge Hawks)
Round 12 – Pick 238 – Mississauga Steelheads select Rylan Bowers (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs)
Round 13 – Pick 250 – Windsor Spitfires select John Ulicny (Sun County Panthers)
Round 13 – Pick 255 – Owen Sound Attack select Nolan Underwood (Brantford 99ers)
Round 14 – Pick 263 – Peterborough Petes select Joey Studnicka (London Jr. Knights)
Round 14 – Pick 266 – Windsor Spitfires select Aleksa Babic (Sun County Panthers)
Round 14 – Pick 268 – Mississauga Steelheads select Michael McKnight (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs)
Round 14 – Pick 271 – Oshawa Generals select Owen McGowan (Hamilton Huskies)
Round 14 – Pick 274 – Barrie Colts select Reid Oliver (Waterloo Wolves)
Round 14 – Pick 278 – Hamilton Bulldogs select Mark Duarte (Hamilton Huskies)
Round 15 – Pick 299 – Sarnia Sting select Billy Faragher (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs)
Round 15 – Pick 300 – Peterborough Petes select Keegan McMullen (Cambridge Hawks)