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A Look At How The Last 10 First Overall Picks Stack Up

A first overall pick in the OHL Priority Selection doesn’t necessarily guarantee a smooth transition to the Ontario Hockey League. Of the last 10 players to go first overall, just four (Tavares, Ekblad, McDavid and Konecny) went on to win the Emms Family Award for the OHL’s top first year player. Konecny was the only true 16-year-old first overall pick to win the award. Tavares, Ekblad, and McDavid won the award as 15-year-olds after being granted “exceptional player” status by the OHL.

The Sudbury Wolves selected David Levin from the Don Mills Flyers first overall in the 2015 draft. Here are how the last 10 first overall picks performed during their 16-year-old season.

-Seasons in red indicate rookie season as a 15-year-old. Applies to players who we granted “exceptional player” status.
-Names in bold indicate they were also a first overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft

Year (team)                                                           GP       G        A      Pts      PIM     +/-
2014 (Sarnia) – Jakob Chychrun (D)                  42     16       17      33       37        -11
2013 (Ottawa) – Travis Konecny                          60     26      44      70        18        -15
2012 (Erie) – Connor McDavid                         56     28       71      99        20       +47
                                                                             63     25      41      66        36       -24
2011 (Barrie) – Aaron Ekblad (D)                        54       7       27      34       64      +29
                                                                             63      10     19      34       34         -5
2010 (Sarnia) – Alex Galchenyuk                         68      31      52      83       52        -8
2009 (Sault Ste Marie) – Daniel Catenacci          65      10      20       30      68         -6
2008 (Sudbury) – John McFarland                      58      21       31     52       36       -30
2007 (Erie) – Ryan O’Reilly                                  61      19     33       52       14       -18
2006 (Sarnia) – Steven Stamkos                       63      42     50       92       56      +13
2005 (Oshawa) – John Tavares                         67       72     62     134       60      +25
                                                                             65       45     32       77       72       -13

 

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