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Report Cards: 2014 OHL Draft

 

Brandon Saigeon (Belleville, 4th overall), Jakob Chychrun (Sarnia, 1st overall), Adam Mascherin (Kitchener, 2nd overall) and Travis Barron (Ottawa, 3rd pverall) [Terry Wilson/OHL Images]

Brandon Saigeon (Belleville, 4th overall), Jakob Chychrun (Sarnia, 1st overall), Adam Mascherin (Kitchener, 2nd overall) and Travis Barron (Ottawa, 3rd pverall) [Terry Wilson/OHL Images]

First and foremost, congratulations to the 300 players selected in the 2014 OHL Draft. Years of hard work and dedication from these recent OHL draftees and their parents have now been realized. To the players who were hoping to become drafted, it’s important to realize that your journey is far from over. Strive to be a better player and keep the pursuit alive if it’s truly a dream. Too many great players have been bypassed in the draft only to become star players in this league. Getting drafted is an honour but it’s important for, drafted and undrafted, players to continue to put the hard work in as they strive to reach that next level. Hockey development isn’t linear.

 

With congratulatory and motivational comments aside, it is time to grade the twenty OHL teams on the 2014 OHL Draft.

Disclaimer:
The following commentary is my own thoughts and analysis based on my personal rankings. Take them for what they’re worth as each of us have our own opinions, which are no better than anyone else’s.
It`s important to note that I am analyzing the teams’ draft as a whole and not breaking it down pick by pick. For example, although I have my own rankings, I will not be stating “Team A should have drafted Player X before Player Y”.
The comments and criticisms are meant to be constructive only and it’s important to understand that this analytical process will be better served in three to four years’ time when these players reach their full stride.

 

Rankings of the 20 OHL Teams’ 2014 Drafts
Remember, if I were to re-rank this draft in one year it could be drastically different.

1. London Knights A+
2. Peterborough Petes A+
3. Saginaw Spirit A+
4. Plymouth Whalers A+
5. Belleville Bulls A
6. Kitchener Rangers A
7. Mississauga Steelheads A-
8. Sarnia Sting A-
9. Guelph Storm A-
10. Sudbury Wolves A-
11. Niagara IceDogs A-
12. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds B+
13. Ottawa 67s B+
14. Owen Sound Attack B+
15. Windsor Spitfires B
16. Barrie Colts B-
17. North Bay Battalion B-
18. Kingston Frontenacs B-
19. Erie Otters C +
20. Oshawa Generals C+

 

barrieBarrie Colts B-
From top to bottom, the Colts had an average draft starting with the relentless power forward Givani Smith out of Mississauga (brother of Knights forward and Dallas Stars prospect, Gemel) and ending with one of the most impactful undersized forwards in Liam Morgan of the Whitby Wildcats program.

Smith was drafted higher than most expected (13th overall) given that he spent a lot of time injured but he has shown to be a player that has 1st round potential.  way defenseman that could step into the lineup next season. Loved the Dunn selection.

Out of Peterborough, James Allen was one of the better undersized puck possession forwards in the ’98 age group showing poise and advanced puck skills under pressure.
Zachary Magwood in the 6th round was a steal, in my opinion, and suits the playing style the Colts seem to covet.

Ben Hawerchuk wasn’t much of a surprise considering his family ties to the Colts and players like Justin Murray (underrated defenseman in my books), Giordano Finoro, Brendan Schneider, Jackson Thompson, Justin Bennett and Lucas Chiodo were all talents I was impressed with this season. There’s potential for great value in those skillsets.

Best Pick: Sam Dunn (46th overall)
Potential Steal: Zach Magwood (113th)

 

BellevilleBelleville Bulls   A
The Bulls had arguably one of the best days at the draft board. Saigeon has the potential to be an all-star, Cole Candella could develop into the next Matt Finn on the blueline, Nicholas Prestia will be a tough player to play against and the pair of Mitchell Mendonca and Joseph Mizzi could become absolute steals of the draft. Each of Belleville’s first seven selections has intriguing upside but also have room to grow as players. Jordan Crocker at 224th overall could make the Bulls look genius as this undersized and highly competitive forward has the will to make it.
The franchise added defenseman Luke Martin from St. Louis and if they get him to report, their draft gets even better.

Best Pick: Joseph Mizzi (124th overall)
Potential Steals: Mitchell Mendonca (84th), Jordan Crocker (224th)

 

erieErie Otters   C +
It was a day of drafting family members into the Otters organization after selecting Taylor Raddysh (19th) and Kyle Maksimovich (59th), both brothers of current Otter players Darren and Quentin. Remember, at the 2013 draft, Erie drafted Dane Fox’s brother, Trent, as well. Jake Lawr was a smart selection midway through the second round and the Otters got good value with defensemen Mitch Byrne and Taylor Egan. Shaun Bily was limited in action this season but reports are positive on this Pennsylvanian player. Outside of Raddysh and Lawr, Erie played it pretty safe. I did like their selection of Bailey Newton late in the draft as he impressed in several viewings this season.

Best Pick: Jake Lawr (28th)
Potential Steal: Taylor Egan (119th)

 

guelphGuelph Storm    A-

When Matthew Hotchkiss slid to the Storm at the 20th spot, Guelph took him quickly hoping to cash-in on his offensive skillset. Felt that several teams overlooked Vaughan’s Evan Brown and the Storm benefited from that oversight. Nicolas Sicoly landed right around where I expected him to (ranked 80th) and there’s potential from good reward there. Guelph’s scouting team nabbed one of my favourite defensemen in Levi Tetrault in the fourth round and he should eat big minutes down the road. Into the middle rounds, Guelph did an excellent job at identifying value picks and plucking them off the boards – notably with Cole Gallant, Brock Phillips, Luke Burghardt, Kyle West, Latrell Harris and Jake Payette. To be honest, Guelph didn’t make a bad selection all day and they picked three of my favourite sleepers in the later rounds of the draft in Noah Cameron, Owen Grant and Jared Nash. Solid day for the Guelph Storm but they failed to grab a top-end goaltender which is a bit concerning.

 

Best Pick: Matt Hotchkiss (20th)
Potential Steals: Brock Phillips (100th), Owen Grant (260th)

 

 

kingstonKingston Frontenacs    B-

The Frontenacs identified some good players early picking Reagan O’Grady and Zack Dorval (a favourite of mine) in the first two rounds. After getting their feet wet, Kingston rolled the dice on some potential late developers (Sam Field, Peter Falivena) and some players with unconfirmed OHL intentions (Warren Foegele, Keenan Suthers). Selections of Ryan Cranford and goaltender Patrick Steski could prove to be smart additions in a few years. Much of the Frontenacs’ draft success will depend on the middle round guys but the top of the draft was strong.

 

Best Pick: Zack Dorval (35th)
Potential Steals: Warren Foegele (135th), Keenan Suthers (155th)

 

 

kitchenerKitchener Rangers    A

Each and every one of their 15 selections was intelligently thought out and, as a result, Kitchener walked away from the draft as one of the most successful teams. Adam Mascherin will step onto the Aud’s ice and contribute right away while Guelph Gryphons teammates Connor Bunnaman and Sean Allen were intelligent selections providing the Rangers with both skill and a competitive work ethic. Goaltender Jack Lafontaine is a big goaltender with a bright future and he won’t mind having Cambridge’s Connor Hall clearing out space in front of him either. Selecting Griffin Luce was a gamble in the 5th round but if he reports, watch out! Mitchell Rooney, Adam Fox, Raphael Lecours, Jordan Caskenette, Julian Sime, Tom Novak, Matthew MacKay and Jonah Capriotti were all calculated selections with good potential to reach the next level…if they decide the OHL route is their preference.

 

Best Picks: Adam Mascherin (2nd), Sean Allen (41st)
Potential Steals: Griffin Luce (82nd), Adam Fox (142nd), Raphael Lecours (162nd)

 

 

londonLondon Knights    A+

Grading the London Knights seems almost unfair considering the franchise has the luxury of drafting any player they want knowing that they will have a good chance at getting them to report, eventually. Max Jones was their 1st round selection (18th) and he should appear in the Knights lineup at some point but they may have to wait a year for him to play for the US NTDP. For a team requiring a makeover on the blueline, London plucked Honeybaked standout defenseman Ben Gleason (36th), Tyler Nother (58th), and David Melaragni (118th) with hopes that each will report. Gleason appears to be OHL bound. Emanuel Vella ate up a ton of minutes playing net for the Jr Canadiens and he’ll have a good shot at being an OHL starter. London also added Michael Latorella, arguably the top rated American goaltender.
London continues to draft players who fit their puck possession style well and Eric Henderson (54th), Drake Rymsha (83rd), Jacob Buch (95th), Dakota Miskolczi (98th) and Nicholas Stuckless (123rd) all have top six upside. James Sanchez (218th) was added late as a potential US player and their picks of David McKinnon and Cal Horvat (brother of Bo Horvat) could serve as hard-to-play against players.

 

Best Pick: Max Jones (18th)
Potential Steals: Everyone Max Jones (18th), Tyler Nother (58th), Michael Latorella (138th)

 

 

 

mississaugaMississauga Steelheads   A-

The Steelheads have quickly accelerated their rebuild after a strong 2013 and 2014 OHL Drafts. Politics seemed to benefit the Steelheads as Michael McLeod’s wish of playing at home meant that Mississauga got a steal with the 5th overall selection. Luke Kutkevicius (25th) showed some game-breaking offensively flair at the OHL Cup while defenseman Nicolas Hague (29th) progressed so much over the season that he became one of my favourite defenders. Tyler Kleine was an unsuspected pick (81st) that early in the draft but the Steelheads made bank through the middle of the draft taking Austin Osmanski, Brendan Harrogate, Alex Way and Jake Harris, my undersized favourite forward of the draft.

 

Best Pick: Michael McLeod (5th)
Potential Steal: Jake Harris (185th)

 

 

niagaraNiagara IceDogs    A-
With the IceDogs moving into a new rink next year, maybe the team wanted to make a splash at the ’14 draft as Niagara made some bold selections. Time will tell whether Logan Brown will report to Niagara after being selected 6th overall but if he does (or they trade him) then the team will surely get great value. The Brown selection was risky but the ‘Dogs were able to add Chris Paquette with the 30th pick which offset the risk a bit, especially since I considered him a fringe 1st round prospect. Niagara was another team who made shrewd picks throughout the entirety of the draft. Stephen Dhillon (52nd), assuming he chooses the OHL route, has all the makings of a starting goaltender. In the fourth round, Niagara added Jack Wieringa (66th) and then again in the fifth round, snatched Bray Crowder (86th) and both of these defensemen have high-end potential. I really liked the addition of Jonathon Schaefer with their 114th pick as this undersized puck moving defenseman could end up playing a similar role that Jesse Graham did in Niagara. Niagara added some promising forwards in Kyle Langdon (76th) and Trent Frederic (106th). The latter Frederic was largely considered a first round talent so if he reports then this draft looks very good for Niagara. Through the later rounds of the draft, Niagara added some good sized forwards with grit in Evan Krassey (146th) and Dawson Cook (206th). Before grading the IceDogs’ draft too vigorously, we will have to see which players report but they certainly drafted talent.

 

Best Pick: Logan Brown (6th)
Potential Steals: Chris Paquette (30th), Bray Crowder (86th), Trent Frederic (106th)

 

 

bramptonNorth Bay Battalion     B-

In my viewings, I was certainly a fan of Upper Canada’s Zach Poirier and while his goal scoring ability is impressive, I think it’s not crazy to say that many considered his 16th overall selection a bit surprising. He’s a player who never quits and has a flair for stepping up in big games so those attributes cannot be overstated. In the second round, North Bay surprised again taking David Sherman 34th overall, a player I had ranked outside my Top 100. In saying that, Sherman fits the style of player that the Battalion have recently coveted – big strong possession type of competitor. The Battalion selected my 37th ranked player in Cameron Morrison with their 44th pick. Morrison was a clever selection as few players can finish as well as this York Simcoe winger. North Bay added another big forward in Kyle Thomas (154th) in the 8th round and also grabbed some smaller skilled forwards in Kyle Moore, Jamie Huber and Brendan D’Agostino in the back end of the draft. Defensemen Jacob Ramalho (74th), Nathan Ellis (134th) and big goaltender Jack Ondrovic (108th) are three players who will be difficult to play against.

 

Best Pick: Cameron Morrison (44th)

Potential Steals: Cameron Dineen (214th)

 

 

oshawaOshawa Generals     C+

From the 14 players drafted to the Generals program, only four were over 6-feet and two of those four were goaltenders Liam Devine (166th) and Joseph Woll (176th) – both excellent goaltending talents. Cliff Pu (16th) is their golden player from this draft and the Toronto Marlboros forward is among the drafts’ most gifted offensive players but unfortunately his compete level often gets questioned. Oshawa’s second selection was a good one after grabbing Riley Stillman (one of my favourite sleeper defensemen) early in the 4th round. The team grabbed Domenic Commisso (96th), Zachary Senecal (136th) and Jason Pineo (196th) though the middle section of the grab and the trio are all smart hard working team players. Hamilton’s Dawson Shackleton (156th) was added to the team’s defensive prospect system, along with Joseph Cecconi (143th) and David D’Agostino (256th), two players I didn’t view much. Outside of Cliff Pu and the goaltending duo, Oshawa appeared to draft rather conservatively.

 

Best Pick: Cliff Pu (16th)
Potential Steal: Liam Devine (166th), Joseph Woll (176th)

 

 

ottawaOttawa 67s     B+

It’s a good day when you add a future captain and potential linemate to Travis Konecny after drafting heart-and-soul two-way forward Travis Barron (3rd). With questions between the pipes for 2014-15, Ottawa snapped up the most OHL-ready goaltender in ’97-born Leo Lazarev (24th) in the second round and Oliver Lafreniere (57th) in the third. Ottawa drafted well on the defensive end adding local defenseman William Brown (43rd), Ryan Barbosa (183rd) and Andrew Heibein (223rd) giving them great value at each spot (especially Heibein). One of the CCHL’s top scorers, Nathan Todd (’95), was an intriguing pick and the selections of David Pearce (83rd), Jacob Miller (129th) and Christian Antoski (169th) will all be impact forwards that are difficult to play against. Ottawa Valley’s Cale List was a late selection but he’s more than just a local addition as he showed great hockey sense this season.
Best Pick: Travis Barron (3rd)
Potential Steals: Andrew Heibein (223rd), Travis Brown (129th)

 

 

owenOwen Sound Attack      B+
In similar fashion as the Niagara IceDogs, Owen Sound took an aggressive approach to draft at the 2014 draft table starting with Victor Mete (8th). Mete is an outstanding grab if the speedy defenseman chooses to report to the Attack. Reports are that Owen Sound did their homework on American William Knierim (32nd) so he should be a great ‘get’ too. The Attack made outstanding selections by identifying Jonah Gadjovich (39th) and Keenan Reynolds (67th) as players remaining on the draft board. Kevin Hancock (88th) and Colin Tonge (148th) are two hard working undersized forwards who project well to the OHL with their intelligent approach. The Attack took a chance on high potential defenseman Anthony Hora (91st) at a good spot In the draft. Michael Botiz is a goaltending prospect worthy of his 128th selection.

 

Best Pick: Victor Mete (8th)
Potential Steals: Jonah Gadjovich (39th), Anthony Hora (91st)

 

 

peterboroughPeterborough Petes     A+
The Petes haven’t had the greatest of teams in recent years but if the 2014 draft is any indication, that trend will soon end. Not surprisingly considering they owned three excellent picks, Peterborough had one of the better days at the draft table and while they shocked me by passing on Tye Felhaber for Jonathan Ang (9th), the latter owns a skill set that is just beginning to be tapped. Continuing on from the Ang selection, Peterborough grabbed my top rated goaltender in Dylan Wells (21st) with the first of back-to-back picks and then intelligent defenseman Matthew Timms (22nd). Being able to nail down three solid position players just over one round in is a blessing as the Petes could then draft from a position of strength moving forward. Two-way big minute defenseman Matthew Cairns (48th), slippery forward Adam Timleck (62nd) and industrious pivot Eddie Schulz (89th) kept the Petes’ strong draft going.
With six impact forwards already locked in, Peterborough selected ’96 defenseman Jake Walman (112th) and added Griffin Roubos (149th) and Nicholas Favaro (269th) shoring up their blue line. Walman is a prospect expected to go high in the NHL Draft so if his team suggests the OHL route, this would be huge for the organization. The Petes capped off a fantastic day at the draft by selecting Dayton Kent (229th) and Connor Hill (289th), one of my favourite Alliance forwards.
Best Picks: Toss Up – Jonathan Ang (9th), Dylan Wells (21st)
Potential Steals: Jake Walman (112th), Connor Hill (289th)

 

 

plymouthPlymouth Whalers     A+
The Whalers remain one of the OHL’s best drafting teams and it was prevalent on April 5th as the team took an aggressive approach using their advantage as a US-based team. Given the fact that Plymouth only had four selections in the opening five rounds it was an impressive draft. William Bitten (7th) was talked about as a potential Top 10 selection and he delivered as Plymouth felt his skill and desire was too much to pass up on and I won’t disagree. In the second round, Plymouth went to the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs and took a favourite skilled forward of mine in Nicholas Caamano (27th), a player who reminds me a bit of Andreas Athanasiou. The Whalers doubled down on the Greenway brothers by adding American defender James Greenway (87th) one year after they selected his brother Jordan in the opening round. If the Greenway brothers report then this team will instantly receive a huge boost. Jacob Collins (99th), Rylee St. Onge (107th), Dane Johnstone (167th) and Noah Lalonde (207th) are all forwards who were beyond excellent choices at their respective draft spots. Goaltender Tyler Johnson (127th) and defenseman Alec Semandel (147th) are two smart American investments who will pay off if they take the OHL route.
Best Pick: William Bitten (7th)
Potential Steals: Noah Lalonde (207th), Tyler Johnson (127th), Alec Semandel (147th)

 

 

saginawSaginaw Spirit      A+
Considering the Saginaw Spirit had the luxury of drafting my favourite forward, Tye Felhaber, in this draft class in the 10th spot, I’d conclude that they did very well. Felhaber is a game breaking talent who is just beginning to realize his potential and he’s one of the more intelligent forwards. With their next selection not until mid-way through the 2nd round, Saginaw did very well by grabbing big defenseman Keaton Middleton (50th), who owns lots of potential and could be one of the drafts best defenders in a few years. The 4th round rolled around and Saginaw hit the jackpot again (or potential jackpot) as they were able to pluck Nick Pastujov (68th), a player who was ranked my 4th best player. Pastujov has committed to the US NTDP but there’s a good chance he could opt to join the OHL next season and if that happens, the Saginaw did well utilizing their American location well. Halton forward Jacob Miller (150th), goaltender Joseph Murdaca (190th) and gritty defenseman Troy Williams (210th) all went much later than I had them ranked. Saginaw closed out their draft with four outstanding value selections in Honeybaked forward Igor Larionov (230th; and yes, it’s “The Professors” son), intelligent Petes’ defender Cole Robbins (250th), opportunist scorer Matthew Danner (270th) and crafty undersized forward Mitchell Martan (290th). Outstanding draft for the Saginaw Spirit!

 

Best Pick: Tye Felhaber (10th)
Potential Steals: Keaton Middleton (50th), Nick Pastujov (68th), Troy Williams (210th)

 

 

sarniaSarnia Sting     A-

 

Tyler McGregor (left), Bill Abercrombie (seconod from left), Jakob Chychrun and Director of Scouting Nick Sinclair (right) present Chychrun with his Sarnia Sting jersey (Photo: CHOK)

Tyler McGregor (left), Bill Abercrombie (seconod from left), Jakob Chychrun and Director of Scouting Nick Sinclair (right) present Chychrun with his Sarnia Sting jersey (Photo: CHOK)

Whenever you add the unanimous top ranked player in the draft, it`s going to be a great day. Sarnia was ecstatic to add elite-level defenseman Jakob Chychrun 1st overall and it appears Chychrun is equally excited to become a member of the Sting. The Sting did well balancing skill and toughness through this draft and that approach will make them a much more difficult team to play against. Jordan Kyrou (38th) was a bit of a surprising pick late in the 2nd round but moreso because many forgot about him after missing most of the second half due to injury. Kyrou is a skilled puck handler with a great shooting arsenal and he should find a spot in the Sting’s top six. The Brad Belisle (53rd) selection was somewhat unexpected but Trevor Letowski’s roots are from Thunder Bay and he has likely received great advice on this smooth skating two-way forward. Waterloo’s Chase Campbell (55th) is a player who will leave everything on the ice for his team and his skillset is nothing to shake a stick at either as he finished as the Alliance’s top scorer (31GP-32G-72P). Sarnia got great value on defenseman Jake O’Donnell (61st) and he should be able to help stabilize the Sting’s blue line. `The physical Francesco Luca (101st) is much different from skilled defenders Ryan Porter (121st) and Franco Sproviero (141st) but both bring intriguing elements and good potential to the organization. The work Sarnia did in the closing rounds of the draft were most impressive as Jacob Stos (181st) is an agitating skilled forward opponents hate to play against and Zach Ribau (221st) is a rangy forward who can work the cycle very well. The Sting selected high potential forward Graham McPhee (161st), complementary winger Brendan Morgan (261st) and an elite puck moving defenseman Mitch Eliot (201st) in hopes that they could get them to report from the USA.

 

Best Pick: Jakob Chychrun (1st)
Potential Steals: Graham McPhee (161st), Mitch Eliot (201st)

 

 

sooSault Ste. Marie Greyhounds      B+

The Greyhounds’ scouting staff values possession players with high character and considering those two attributes are important to my criteria, it’s not surprising that I came away very impressed with the Soo’s 2014 draft class. Headlined by intelligent two-way skilled pivot Anthony Salinitri (17th), the Greyhounds went to the Alliance with three straight picks including aggressive offensive Waterloo winger Boris Katchouk (33rd) and athletic Chatham netminder Joseph Raaymakers (37th). Timmy Gettinger (49th) seems like a good bet to report to Sault Ste. Marie and if true, he makes for a great 3rd round investment. Size wasn’t necessarily a priority for the Greyhounds and that rings true with their next dozen selections, all of whom hover around or below the 6-foot mark. Defensemen Conor Timmins (79th) plays a safe mobile game while Ryan DaSilva (117th) is a defender with a little more offensive style. Nicolas Mainella (177th) might be the biggest wildcard of all of the Greyhounds’ defensemen selected as he loves rushing the puck in a free-wheeling style. The Soo added good forward depth through the middle to end of the draft in Owen Guy (97th), Owen Burnell (117th) and Americans Jack Kopacka (157th) and Keeghan Howdeshell (192nd). The Greyhounds smartly used their 137th pick on Sun County goaltender Tyler Wall, a player who flew under-the-radar and should be a puckstopper to watch.

 

Best Pick: Anthony Salinitri (17th)
Potential Steals: Timmy Gettinger (49th), Keeghan Howdeshell (192nd)

 

 

sudburySudbury Wolves     A-

The Wolves were another team I was impressed with and considering several of their top end players selected were on the upward trajectory to end the season, I would say it`s a promising group. Michael Pezzetta (11th) may not have the highest offensive ceiling in this draft but his compete level is arguably the best and is the type of player that wins championships. Trent Bourque (51st) raised his game down the stretch and caught my attention as he seemed to be gaining confidence. I feel he could be one defenseman talked about years down the road as having a very good OHL career. Brady Pataki (65th) is a player I was very familiar with playing out of Chatham-Kent but was a hard player to peg where he`d end up. Sudbury took him in the range I was comfortable ranking him but he definitely has some upside to his game. I feel he`ll only get better once he gets stronger and learns how to use his size more effectively. Cameron Searles (111th) is a lanky forward I had ranked 110th. Brandon Bastasin was a great get in the 132nd slot and a player who should project to be a solid top six defender. Sudbury’s next three picks were my favourite as each of them were higher on my list than most others including Matthew Barnes (171st), Arik Breton (188th) and Carson Moniz (191st). Barnes was a player I was shocked to see fall into the 9th round. Breton has work to do but is severely underrated and an incredibly smart player. Carson Moniz went under-the-radar in Elgin-Middlesex but I loved his game all season and he peaked as a Jr.B call-up to end the season.
Best Pick: Michael Pezzetta (11th)
Potential Steals: Brady Pataki (65th), Arik Breton (188th), Carson Moniz (191st)

 

 

windsorWindsor Spitfires      B

Heading into the 2014 OHL Draft, Logan Stanley remained one of the more polarizing players in my rankings. Honestly, I had difficulty pitting Stanley’s impressive size and mobility against mental lapses in decision making. In the end, I placed Stanley behind Vertiy in the 22nd slot knowing that there was potential I would eat grow given his potential. Truthfully, I just liked other players slightly better as impact OHL players which is nothing against Logan. Windsor took Logan Stanley (12th) and Daniil Vertiy (26th) and both were good fits for the Spitfires. Windsor benefits from being able to lure top American players due to the combination of past success, team facilities and its proximity so drafting Clayton Keller (40th) with the final pick in the 2nd round is a smart calculated decision. Keller is arguably the best playmaker in the `98 draft class. I am unfamiliar with Nick Gauvin (72nd) and Sean Ross (152nd) so I cannot comment but defenseman Blake Coffey (92nd) and Liam Moore (172nd) are good value selections. Zac Lyons (212th), Tyler Biles (232nd) and defenseman Daniel Tomassetti (272nd) are all players with potential to become strong role players.

 

Best Pick: Logan Stanley (12th)
Potential Steals: Clayton Keller (40th)

 

 

 

Notable Undrafted Players (from my Top 250)
*NOT an exhaustive list*

Mitchell Lewandowski (Honeybaked, 28th)

Sam Sternschein (NY, 61st)
Ryan Bederka (Honeybaked, 75th)
Jeremy Smith (Don Mills, 87th)
Greg Smith (South Central, 88th)
Michael Kelaiditis (Marlboros, 101st)
Zack Weir (Jr. Knights, 103rd)
Joey Kubachka (Philadelphia, 107th)
Cole Carter (Jr 67’s, 114th)
Lucas Derose (Mississauga Sens, 117th)
Christian Cannata (Nats, 129th)
Reid Yochim (Southern Tier, 134th)
Sean O’Brien (Jr Knights, 137th)
Liam Gillanders (North York, 142nd)
Nicholas Alvaro (Vaughan, 149th)
Alec Mahalak (Compuware, 152nd)
Christian Polillo (Bantford, 155th)
Justin Cmunt (Jr. Canadiens, 156th)
Cole Timchuk (OVT, 166th)
AJ Drobot (New Jersey, 167th)
Gianmarco Lopardo (Vaughan, 170th)
Liam Melady (Huron Perth, 171st)
Matt McGhee (Jr Knights, 173rd)
Owen Ramsey (Don Mills, 174th)
Cam Lamport (Vaughan, 175th)
Jacob Hould (Jr 67s, 183rd)
Cam Wright (S.Central, 184th)
Blair Derynck (CK, 186th)
Tyler Griffin (Eastern Ontario, 193rd)
Connor Cruickshank (North York, 197th)
Nick Delyzer (CK, 198th)
Joey Larcher (Jr 67s, 199th)
Kyle Chyphya (Jr. Canadiens, 201st)
AJ Dicesare (NJ, 203rd)
Fedor Radukov (Jr Canadiens, 204th)
Bailey Molella (Brampton, 205th)
Ross Krieger (CK, 210th)
Connor Lamont (Vaughan, 211th)
Matt Murray (Soo Thunder, 216th)
Dylan Lebold (Waterloo, 217th)
Etienne Vivash (Jr 67s, 218th)
Brad Brule (Jr 67s, 222nd)
George Novachis (Jr. Canadiens, 223rd)
Collin Adams (Honeybaked, 224th)
Josh Argier (Whitby, 225th)
Alex Cimini (Jr. Knights, 226th)
James Ranson (Vaughan, 227th)
Cameron Downey (Halton, 228th)
Eric Faith (Peterborough, 229th)
Adam Keyes (Jr. Knights, 231st)
Evan Bidenti (Brantford, 232nd)
Ryan Franz (South Central, 233rd)
Thomas Farrell (North Bay, 234th)
Daniel Hardie (Halton, 235th)
Julian Florindi (Don Mills, 236th)
Jack Jacome (Brampton, 237th)
Matt Cavanaugh (Quinte, 238th)
Graydon Gottschalk (Mississauga Sens, 240th)
Kyle Diamond (Clarington, 241st)
Derrick Johnson (Elgin-Middlesex, 242nd)
Eric Marsh (Lambton, 245th)
Jeremy Marco (North York, 246th)
Jacob Kendrick (Jr 67s, 247th)
Michael Stefanelli (Brantford, 248th)
Daniel Cicchini (Soo Thunder, 249th)
Daniel Tsiampas (Vaughan, 250th)

Revisited @RossyYoungblood’s YOUNGBLOOD 2014 OHL Draft Guide (Updated with information on where each player was drafted): OHLDraft Guide

Digging further into the 2014 OHL Priority Selection Draft

From OHL Media Release:

The selected players included 167 forwards, 96 defencemen, and 37 goaltenders.  287 players chosen were 1998-born athletes, with nine players born in 1997, three born in 1996, and one born in 1995.

The Ontario Minor Hockey Association led the way with 104 players selected from 21 different teams including 14 players from the Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs, followed by nine players from both the OMHA champion Whitby Wildcats and the Halton Hurricanes.

There were 68 players selected from 12 different Greater Toronto Hockey League organizations led by 13 from the OHL Cup champion Toronto Marlboros who also led the first round with four players selected.  The GTHL champion Toronto Jr. Canadiens had 12 players selected, followed by the Vaughan Kings and the Mississauga Senators with seven players each.

This season there were 45 players selected from 25 different programs in the United States led by eight players from Detroit Honeybaked , followed by four from both Chicago Mission and Detroit Compuware.

The ALLIANCE had a total of 40 players selected representing 12 different clubs led by the league champion Waterloo Wolves with seven players selected followed by the Chatham Cyclones with six players selected.

In the OEMHL, 24 players were selected from six different teams led by eight from the league champion Ottawa Valley Titans, and five from league finalists the Ottawa Jr. 67’s.

In addition, nine players were selected from three different Northern Ontario Hockey Association clubs including four members of the Soo Thunder, three players were selected from Hockey Northwestern Ontario’s Thunder Bay Kings, while seven other players were selected from various programs in Ontario and across Canada

Thanks for reading,

Brendan Ross

@RossyYoungblood

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  1. Bob
    July 12, 2014 at 8:33 am

    What is your scouting report on Tim Theocharidis, and your opinion and thoughts on why was he passed up in the draft. Thank you and hope to here from you soon.

  2. Murray Rahn
    April 17, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Brendan: I really enjoyed reading your article entitled “Report Cards: 2014 OHL Draft” last year, so much so I’m hoping you’re planning a similar piece of work for the 2015 OHL Draft. Are you planning to offer your insights/thoughts on how OHL teams fared? Murray, Bramley, Hants, UK.

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