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A Decade Look At First Overall Picks

Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

At the beginning of the OHL season I looked at how the last ten first overall picks performed during their 16-year-old season. After the completion of David Levin’s freshman year in the OHL I thought I’d add him to the list. In September, I spoke to him about adjusting to junior hockey and his unique path to the OHL.

His first year was sideline by a broken hand he suffered during a practice in late January. Prior to the injury he had four points in his last two games, totalling 14 points through his first 19 contests.

The injury forced Levin to miss 14 games before making his in early January. He was a fairly streaky point producer during the second half of the season, enjoying a season high six game point streak in February.
Levin finished with nine goals, 21 assists and 30 points in 47 games. Not bad for a guy playing on a team that scored just 183 goals, the lowest in the Eastern Conference.

The Sudbury Wolves selected David Levin from the Don Mills Flyers first overall in the 2015 draft. Here’s how he stacked up against the others.
• Seasons in red indicate rookie season as a 15-year-old. Applies to players who were granted “exceptional player” status.
• Names in italics indicate they were also a first overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft

Year (team)                                                  GP       G       A      Pts      PIM       +/-
2015 (Sudbury) David Levin                         47       9       21      30        20       -26
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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