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Look Back: 2005 OHL Draft

After being granted “exceptional status”, the Oshawa Generals selected John Tavares first overall in the 2005 OHL draft. (Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

We’ve come a long way since 2005.

Lance Armstrong won his record setting seventh straight Tours de France, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was in theatres and the first video was uploaded on YouTube.

Since, Armstrong has been stripped of his titles, YouTube has gone on to become on of the most popular websites on the internet, and Harry finally ended Voldemort’s reign of terror (apologies for the spoiler).

But more importantly, 2005 was the first year the OHL granted a prospect “exceptional status.”

That exception was John Tavares.

The OHL made the final decision days before the draft, which caused a bit of a last minute shake up in the first round.

The Oshawa Generals were set to take Logan Couture first overall. Couture was coming off a very strong season with the St. Thomas Stars, scoring 24 goals and and 46 points, and was one of the top 1989-born prospects in the province. But when Tavares became available the Generals couldn’t resist, and how could you blame them.

Sarnia, Saginaw and Kingston were next to draft, and all three had already committed to their picks, and stuck with those players despite the availability of Couture. That prompted the future San Jose Sharks forward to consider his NCAA options, which is why he ended up slipping out of the top ten. Ottawa took a chance at 12th overall, hoping they convince him to commit. He did, and later captained the 67’s, scoring 287 points over his four year OHL career.

Lets take a look at some of the notable players taken in this draft.

John Tavares – Oshawa Generals (1st overall)

Beginning his OHL career a year early, and having a late birthday, meant JT was going to spend four years in the league before eventually taken first overall by the New York Islanders. In 2006-07, Tavares broke Wayne Gretzky’s record for most goals as a 16-year-old with 72.

OHL: 247 GP – 215g  218a  433pts
NHL: 647 GP – 265g  336a  601pts

Zack Torquato – Saginaw Spirit (3rd overall)

Zack never did make the NHL, but has enjoyed a very respectable professional career. His numbers in the OHL were impressive, splitting five seasons between the Saginaw Spirit and the Erie Otters.

OHL: 330 GP – 134g  195a  329pts
ECHL: 285GP – 77g  162a  239pts

Drew Doughty – Guelph Storm (5th overall)

One of several graduates of the London Jr Knights to be taken in the draft (Jordan Skellett, Adam Zamec, Andrew Wilson and Justin Taylor all went on to play in the OHL). Logan Couture had played with the group one year prior in Major Bantam, but as mentioned earlier he opted to play junior during his minor midget campaign.

OHL: 190GP – 39g  118a  157pts
NHL 746GP –  100g  303a  403pts

Jake Muzzin – Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (11th overall)

Drafted out of the Brantford 99ers Minor Midget, Mussin missed his entire 16-year-old season. He was drafted by Pittsburgh in 2007 but never signed. After four years in Sault Ste. Marie, captaining the Greyhounds in his overage season, he signed with the Los Angeles Kings. That was the season he won the Max Kaminskey Trophy as the OHL’s top defenseman. Since, he’s played over 400 NHL games and won a Stanley Cup.

OHL: 230 GP – 28g  90a  118pts
NHL: 427 GP – 45g  138a  183pts

Logan Couture – Ottawa 67’s (12th overall)

Battled injuries, and even mono, during his OHL career. Still managed to put up more than 250 points, all with the 67’s, and was a first round selection of the San Jose Sharks.

OHL: 232 GP – 111g 176a  267pts
NHL: 559 GP – 202g  218a  420pts

Chris Terry – Plymouth Whalers (2nd round – 29th overall)

Terry is one of the AHL’s top scorers, which wouldn’t surprise those who watched him during his time with Plymouth, scoring nearly 300 points over four seasons as a Whaler.

OHL: 253 GP – 114g 175a  289pts
NHL: 152 GP – 22g  16a  38pts
AHL: 447 GP – 171g  241a  412pts

Dale Mitchell – Oshawa Generals (3rd round – 41st overall)

Mitchell scored 20 goals and 43 points during his 16-year-old season, very good numbers for a young rookie, especially a third round pick. Enjoyed a very solid OHL career in Oshawa, and later Windsor, but never did play a game in the NHL. He’s currently in his fourth season with the Odense Bulldogs in Denmark.

OHL: 293GP – 136g  158a  294pts

Sam Gagner – London Knights (4th round – 67th overall)

Sam Gagner slipped in the draft because of his intentions to play in the NCAA. He spent his 16-year-old season with the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers before joining the Knights for the 2006-07 season, his one and only year in the OHL.

OHL: 53 GP – 35g  83a   118  –  2.23PPG
NHL: 748GP  – 149g  275a  424pts

P.K. Subban – Belleville Bulls (6th round – 105th overall)

Despite being a sixth round pick, Subban made the Bulls as a 16-year-old. He would eventually wear the “C’ for the organization, and lead them to a Memorial Cup appearance in 2008. He’s won a World Junior and Olympic Gold Medal, and won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defensemen in the 2012-13 season.

OHL: 234GP – 42g  148a  190pts
NHL: 557GP  – 88g  275a  363pts

There’s also a handful of players taken in the 2005 OHL draft who never played in the league, opting for the NCAA route instead, but have went on to have some pretty good NHL careers.

Brendan Smith – Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (7th overall)

Went to the University of Wisconsin

NHL: 353GP – 17g  62a  79pts

James Van Riemsdyk – Brampton Battalion (10th round – 194th overall)

Went to the University of New Hampshire

NHL: 588 GP – 189g  187a  376 pts

Kevin Shattenkirk – Guelph Storm (11th round | 205th overall)

Went to Boston University

NHL: 536 GP –  73g  248a  321pts

Ian Cole – Belleville Bulls (12th round – 228th overall)

Went to the University of Notre Dame

NHL: 385GP – 17g  72a  90pts

*All stats are as of Feb. 19, 2018

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