42 OHL Players Selected in the 2017 NHL Draft

Chicago, IL – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that 42 OHL players were selected in the seven rounds of the 2017 NHL Draft held this weekend at United Center in Chicago representing 19% of all 217 players picked by all 31 NHL clubs.

The 42 OHL players were among the 89 chosen from across the Canadian Hockey League that also included 33 players from the Western Hockey League and 14 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.  The CHL produced 14 first round selections including five picks in the top-10 led by Nico Hischier of the Halifax Mooseheads chosen first overall by the New Jersey Devils and Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings picked second overall by the Philadelphia Flyers.  The draft’s second round featured 16 CHL players bringing the league’s opening two-round total to 30 which represents 48% of the top-62 picks.

“The NHL Draft is a special time for players to enjoy the experience with their family, friends, billets, and teams and celebrate this most exciting opportunity,” said CHL President David Branch. “Congratulations to all of our players and their families, as well as our coaches and teams who continue to build and enhance the CHL environment as the number one development league and leading supplier of players to the NHL.”

By position, a total of 117 forwards were selected (26 OHL), 79 defencemen (14 OHL), and 21 goaltenders (2 OHL).  The OHL featured two of the first 10 forwards chosen including 10th overall pick Owen Tippett (Florida) of the Mississauga Steelheads, and 11th overall pick Gabriel Vilardi (Los Angeles) of the Windsor Spitfires.  On defence, the OHL produced three in the second round led by Conor Timmins (Colorado) of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds chosen 32nd overall, Nic Hague of the Mississauga Steelheads (Vegas) chosen 34th overall, and Eemeli Rasanen of the Kingston Frontenacs (Toronto) chosen 59th overall.  In goal, the OHL was represented by Michael DiPietro (Vancouver) of the Windsor Spitfires chosen 64th overall, and Matthew Villalta (Los Angeles) of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds chosen 72nd overall.

16 different OHL teams developed NHL Draft picks in 2017 led by the Owen Sound Attack who produced a franchise record and CHL best six players selected.  The Guelph Storm, Hamilton Bulldogs, and London Knights each had four players selected with the Bulldogs establishing a new team record after producing their first NHL Draft pick last season following the club’s inaugural season in Hamilton.  The Knights continued their record streak of players chosen annually since 1969.  The Kingston Frontenacs, Sarnia Sting, and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds each produced three players selected.

20 of the 31 NHL teams selected at least one OHL player with the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, Philadelphia Flyers, and Vancouver Canucks each selecting four, followed by the Arizona Coyotes, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Vegas Golden Knights each selecting three.

Following the 2017 NHL Draft, a total of 2,319 OHL players have been selected since 1969 representing close to 21% of all players.

OHL Players Selected in the 2017 NHL Draft:

(Click on a player to watch post-draft interview) 

First Round (5 OHL Players):
10. Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads) – Florida Panthers
11. Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor Spitfires) – Los Angeles Kings
13. Nick Suzuki (Owen Sound Attack) – Vegas Golden Knights
20. Robert Thomas (London Knights) – St. Louis Blues
27. Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Philadelphia Flyers

Second Round (8 OHL Players):
32. Connor Timmins (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Colorado Avalanche
34. Nicolas Hague (Mississauga Steelheads) – Vegas Golden Knights

35. Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm) – Philadelphia Flyers
39. Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs) – Dallas Stars
47. Alex Formenton (London Knights) – Ottawa Senators
53. Jack Studnicka (Oshawa Generals) – Boston Bruins
55. Jonah Gadjovich (Owen Sound Attack) – Vancouver Canucks
59. Eemeli Rasanen (Kingston Frontenacs) – Toronto Maple Leafs

Third Round (7 OHL Players):
64. Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires) – Vancouver Canucks
69. MacKenzie Entwistle (Hamilton Bulldogs) – Arizona Coyotes
72. Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Los Angeles Kings
75. Nate Schnarr (Guelph Storm) – Arizona Coyotes
83. Zach Gallant (Peterborough Petes) – Detroit Red Wings
84. Dmitri Samorukov (Guelph Storm) – Edmonton Oilers
85. Ivan Lodnia (Erie Otters) – Minnesota Wild

Fourth Round (7 OHL Players):
101. Liam Hawel (Guelph Storm) – Dallas Stars
106. Matthew Strome (Hamilton Bulldogs) – Philadelphia Flyers
107. Maksim Sushko (Owen Sound Attack) – Philadelphia Flyers
108. Noel Hoefenmayer (Ottawa 67’s) – Arizona Coyotes
109. Adam Ruzicka (Sarnia Sting) – Calgary Flames
118. Markus Phillips (Owen Sound Attack) – Los Angeles Kings
123. Brandon Crawley (London Knights) – New York Rangers

Fifth Round (6 OHL Players):
131. Cole Fraser (Peterborough Petes) – Detroit Red Wings
138. Drake Rymsha (Sarnia Sting) – Los Angeles Kings
141. Fedor Gordeev (Flint Firebirds) – Toronto Maple Leafs
143. Marian Studenic (Hamilton Bulldogs) – New Jersey Devils
146. Kirill Maksimov (Niagara IceDogs) – Edmonton Oilers
147. Jacob Golden (London Knights) – Minnesota Wild

Sixth Round (5 OHL Players):
164. Reilly Webb (Hamilton Bulldogs) – Detroit Red Wings
172. Ryan McGregor (Sarnia Sting) – Toronto Maple Leafs
175. Trenton Bourque (Owen Sound Attack) – St. Louis Blues
181. Petrus Palmu (Owen Sound Attack) – Vancouver Canucks
185. Sasha Chmelevski (Ottawa 67’s) – San Jose Sharks

Seventh Round (4 OHL Players):
188. Matt Brassard (Oshawa Generals) – Vancouver Canucks
189. Ben Jones (Niagara IceDogs) – Vegas Golden Knights
193. Brady Gilmour (Saginaw Spirit) – Detroit Red Wings
216. Jacob Paquette (Kingston Frontenacs) – Nashville Predators

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