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OHLers at the NHL Draft

At 18th overall, Mississauga’s Thomas Harley was the first OHLer taken in the 2019 NHL draft. (Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images)

There were 25 players who played in the OHL last season selected in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

That represents roughly 12 per cent of the 217 players drafted.

The first OHLer to go off the board was Dman Thomas Harley of the Mississauga Steelheads, highlight four players from the OHL to get selected in the first round. He was taken 18th overall by the Dallas Stars.

Other first rounders included Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs), selected 24th overall by Nashville, Connor McMichael (London Knights), 25th overall by the Washington Capitals, and Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts), who went 28th overall to the Carolina Hurricanes.

The second round featured six OHL players, which brought the leagues opening two round total to 10.

A total of 71 Canadian Hockey League players were selected including 25 from the Ontario Hockey League joined by 28 from the Western Hockey League and 18 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Mississauga and Saginaw led the way, with each team having three players drafted.

The Barrie Colts, Flint Firebirds, Kitchener Rangers, London Knights, Ottawa 67’s and Peterborough Petes each had a pair of players selected. The Knights continued their record streak of players chosen annually since 1969.

In all, 15 of the OHL’s 20 member teams developed NHL Draft talent in 2019.

Egor Afanasyev is set to play with the Windsor Spitfires but spent last year in the USHL. He was drafted by the Nashville Predators but since he didn’t play in the OHL last year, he doesn’t count towards the league total.

Here’s a round-by-round breakdown of the OHLers drafted:

First Round:

18th – Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads) – Dallas Stars
24th – Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs) – Nashville Predators
25th – Connor McMichael (London Knights) – Washington Capitals
28th – Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts) – Carolina Hurricanes

Hamilton’s Arthur Kaliyev (Lost Monster Productions)

Second Round:

33rd – Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs) – Los Angeles Kings
44th – Jamieson Rees (Sarnia Sting) – Carolina Hurricanes
52nd – Vladislav Kolyachonok (Flint Firebirds) – Florida Panthers
53rd – Nick Robertson (Peterborough Petes) – Toronto Maple Leafs
59th – Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes) – Minnesota Wild
61st – Nikita Okhotyuk (Ottawa 67’s) – New Jersey Devils

Few goalies were busier than Peterborough’s Hunter Jones this season (OHL Images)

 

Third Round: 

80th – Graeme Clarke (Ottawa 67’s) – New Jersey Devils
81st – Cole Schwindt (Mississauga Steelheads) – Florida Panthers
82nd – Michael Vukojevic (Kitchener Rangers) – New Jersey Devils

Graeme Clarke of the Ottawa 67’s (Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images)

Fourth Round: 

103rd – Mason Millman (Saginaw Spirit) – Philadelphia Flyers
122nd – Ethan Keppen (Flint Firebirds) – Vancouver Canucks

Mason Primeau of the North Bay Battalion (Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images)

Fifth Round:

126th – Jacob LeGuerrier (Soo Greyhounds) – Montreal Canadiens
141st – Mason Primeau (North Bay Battalion) – Vegas Golden Knights
142nd – Nicholas Porco (Saginaw Spirit) – Dallas Stars
149th – Matvey Guskov (London Knights) – Minnesota Wild
155th – Keean Washkurak (Mississauga Steelheads) – St. Louis Blues

Greg Meireles of the Kitchener Rangers (Photo by Luke Durda/OHL Images)

Sixth Round:

168th – Greg Meireles (Kitchener Rangers) – Florida Panthers
183rd – Blake Murray (Sudbury Wolves) – Carolina Hurricanes
186th – Mathew Hill (Barrie Colts) – Anaheim Ducks

Cole Coskey of the Saginaw Spirit (Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images)

Seventh Round:

209th – Cole Coskey (Saginaw Spirit) – New York Islanders
212th – Tyler Angle (Windsor Spitfires) – Columbus Blue Jackets

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