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Youngblood Draft Special: 2014 OHL Draft


Youngblood – 2014 OHL Draft Guide


For several Ontario Hockey League clubs, the season has came to a close but for other teams, they are focused on extending their season in hopes of winning the OHL Championship, earning a ticket to the illustrious CHL Memorial Cup. Regardless of whether teams are knocked out of contention or continuing on in their season’s journey, all twenty OHL front-offices are focused on April 5th – the day that marks the 2014 OHL Priority Selection Draft.


After months of scouting and thousands of hours scanning the rinks and debating top prospects, management teams are finalizing their OHL Draft lists. With the Sarnia Sting holding down the 1st overall selection after finishing 20th in the standings, it’s expected that Sarnia will draft the unanimously ranked #1 prospect in defenceman Jakob Chychrun. After Chychrun’s name gets called, it’s a wild guessing game of which players go next.


Starting at the first fall Minor Midget Titans tournament in Toronto and ending with the 2014 OHL Cup, I have travelled around Ontario taking my own notes and talking to countless scouts, advisors, agents, players and arena attendants along the way. While I wasn’t able to view every eligible player (notably, many of the top American prospects), I was able to gain plenty of viewings of teams and players competing in leagues across Ontario and the upper States of USA – including the ALLIANCE, OMHA, GTHL and OEMHL. In addition, I attended a handful of tournaments including Titans, Silver Stick and the OHL Cup, while stopping at several showcase games along the way too (All Canadians & several league All-Star games).


Using these views and my extensive scouting notes, I have done my best to compile my own rankings to be shared with the public. I don’t claim to know everything and the scouting world knows that it’s impossible to be perfect, after all, we are dealing with underdeveloped teenagers. But, these are my own personal opinions so be gentle with your feedback 😉


Important to note that just because a player isn’t ranked or listed in the following guide, doesn’t mean another team won’t have him on their own list. Remember, these are subjective to their person(s) compiling the lists and no two lists will be identical. Furthermore, the following rankings are compiled with an attempt to rank the players in order how good I feel they will become in the OHL (not the NHL). It’s about projecting. As most good scouts do, I plan on revisiting this document in several years time to see how well my analysis was so just remember, results for these players can take several years.


I hope you enjoy the guide and appreciate any feedback.


Good luck to all the draft eligible players and remember, your future is not defined by one single day. Keep striving to be your best.


Brendan Ross (@RossyYoungblood)

ALLIANCE Area Scout (TheScout.ca)


The views/rankings in this guide are my own and do not reflect those of any associated website.


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  1. Bob Hamilton
    March 28, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Lot of hard work there Brenden. Not everyone will agree, nor should they. Debate often causes people to look deeper.

  2. john richard
    March 31, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    thoughts on ian vandenhuevulg

  3. john richard
    March 31, 2014 at 1:31 pm


    • April 1, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      The Vandenheuvsl from Elgin? He’s a solid defensive Dman but I’m not sure he has OHL potential. Decent feet and good size so he may get a look

  4. jordan hisitis
    March 31, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    is caleb paquette impressing? or no?

    • April 1, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      I don’t see him being drafted on Saturday but there are always surprises. I don’t have a lot of viewings of him

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