In a new segment this year, I will be taking a look back at past OHL Priority Selections, highlighting some of the surprises, some of the top picks, and whatever else that particular draft has to offer.
This week I take a look at the 2010 draft:
Alex Galchenyuk – Sarnia Sting (1st overall)
He went on to spend three seasons in Sarnia, although an injury kept him to just two regular season games during his sophomore campaign. That didn’t prevent the Montreal Canadiens from selecting the highly skilled forward third overall in the 2012 NHL draft.
OHL: 103GP – 58g 86a 144pts
NHL: 336GP – 89g 115a 204pts
Sean Monahan – Ottawa 67’s (16th overall)
Ottawa got the most complete player in the draft with the 16th overall pick, and Monahan made an immediate impact during his first year in the league, scoring 20 goals and 47 points during his freshman campaign. He captained the 67’s during his final season in Ottawa and left for the NHL a year early, making the Flames as a 19-year-old. The Brampton native has continued that success in the NHL, scoring at least 20 goals in each of his first four seasons in the league.
OHL: 185GP – 84g 119a 203pts
NHL: 319GP – 107g 110a 217pts
Tom Wilson – Plymouth Whalers (27th overall)
Plymouth drafted the future NHLer in the second round out of the Toronto Jr. Canadiens Minor Midget team. Like Monahan, Wilson just needed three years in the OHL before making the Washington Capitals as a teenager. Although he wasn’t as big of a point producer during his OHL days, Wilson was a physical force during his three season in Plymouth.
OHL: 125GP – 35g 56a 91pts
NHL: 313GP – 21g 48a 69pts
Connor Brown – Erie Otters (251st overall)
The Erie Otters got a franchise player in the 13th round of the 2010 draft when they drafted their future captain. Brown played a big role in helping turning the Otters franchise around and has become a regular with the Maple Leafs after Toronto selected the Etobicoke native in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL draft. He scored 20 goals and played all 82 games in the blue and white last season.
OHL: 199GP – 98g 152a 250pts
NHL: 89GP – 21g 21a 42pts
Erik Bradford – Barrie Colts (201st overall)
Bradford played four full seasons in the OHL after being selected in the 10th round by Barrie. He spent two and a half seasons as a Colt before he was traded to Ottawa at the deadline. That trade seemed to spark his offensive touch as he scored 42 points in just 27 games with the 67’s. A fractured left femur ended his season early and put his hockey playing future at risk. A little adversity didn’t slow Bradford down, he returned for his overage season and finished above a point per game with Ottawa and Owen Sound. Bradford is set to start his third season in the ECHL as he’s joined the Norfolk Admirals.
OHL: 264GP – 76g 110a 186pts
ECHL: 127GP – 27g 68a 96pts
Taylor Dupuis – Sudbury Wolves (185th overall)
Selected in the 10th round of the draft, Dupuis knew he had an uphill battle to make the OHL. Considering the Wolves selected another goalie in the fourth round, Dupuis admits that at the time he was considering his NCAA options. Dupuis played another year with the New Liskeard Major Midgets before joining the GOJHL’s Stratford Cullitons as a 17-year-old. The move payed off for Dupuis as a strong season in Stratford was enough to put him contention for one of the openings in Sudbury. Dupuis played 18 games with the Wolves the following season before being traded to Sarnia. He would play in 110 games over three seasons in the league, and is currently a member of the Ryerson Rams men’s hockey team. This of course on top of his Around the OHL ‘Between the Pipe’ Segments.
Stephen Pierog – Peterborough Petes (208th overall to Petes)
Not often an 11th round pick goes on to play more than 250 games in the OHL, not to mention also wins an OHL Championship. That’s exactly what Stephen Pierog did. He spent a year with the GOJHL’s Guelph Hurricanes before cracking the Petes line up in 2011. The Storm added the Guelph native during the 2013-14 season when they were building up for a playoff run. Pierog was a strong two way presence on a very deep Storm team that ended up winning the OHL Championship, and eventually lost to the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Memorial Cup Final. After two seasons in the SPHL, Pierog recently signed a contract with the ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets.
OHL: 263GP – 56g 61a 117pts *OHL Champion*
Chris Carlisle – Oshawa Generals (284th overall)
Much like Pierog, Carlisle went from being a late round pick to a champion in just a few short seasons. Drafted in the 15th round by Oshawa in the 2010 draft, Carlisle made the team ahead of the 2011-12 season. He went on to play 226 games with Oshawa over four seasons, capping his junior career with a Memorial Cup Championship in 2014. Carlisle played two seasons in the AHL with the Binghamton Senators before joining Italy’s HC Bolzano for the upcoming season.
OHL: 226GP – 17g 73a 90pts *OHL/Memorial Cup Champion*
Every year OHL teams take a “chance” at a US born player who’s already committed to a NCAA program. Sometimes they are taking a legitimate chance, and sometimes they have a cooked deal for the player to report at a later date. Here’s a couple of recognizable names who never did end up playing in the OHL.
The Kitchener Rangers used a third round pick to try and lure Trouba away from his college commitment. Instead, The Michigan-born defenceman went to the United States Development Program instead. Trouba went to Michigan State for a single season after the Winnipeg Jets selected him 9th overall in 2012 and he turned pro the following summer.
Another future member of the Winnipeg Jets was taken in the 2010 OHL draft. The Saginaw Spirit took a chance on the Ann Arbour native in the 15th and final round, selecting the forward 293rd overall. It was never really expected for Copp to come to the OHL, as he also played two seasons of the United States Development Program before heading to a Michigan-based University. Unlike Trouba, Copp elected to play for his home town Wolverines for two season, captaining the University of Michigan in 2014-15 prior to turning pro.