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70 OHL Players in Final 2017 NHL Central Scouting Draft Rankings

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that 70 OHL players have been listed by NHL Central Scouting in their Final Rankings for the 2017 NHL Draft which takes place June 23-24 in Chicago, Illinois.

The 70 players includes 46 forwards, 16 defencemen and eight goaltenders, contributing to a total of 157 Canadian Hockey League players included in the rankings.

10 of the top 30 ranked North American prospects are from the OHL led by Gabriel Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires ranked fourth, Owen Tippett of the Mississauga Steelheads ranked seventh, Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack ranked 10th, Jason Robertson of the Kingston Frontenacs ranked 14th, Isaac Ratcliffe of the Guelph Storm ranked 15th, defenceman Conor Timmins of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds ranked 18th followed by another blueliner in Nicolas Hague of the Mississauga Steelheads ranked 20th. London Knights teammates Robert Thomas (22nd) and Alex Formenton (29th) close out the top 30 before three straight OHL players in Morgan Frost (31, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds), Eemeli Rasanen (32, Kingston Frontenacs) and Matthew Strome (33, Hamilton Bulldogs) follow.

In goal, Windsor Spitfires sophomore Michael DiPietro leads the way as North America’s fourth ranked netminder. The OHL also features Kyle Keyser of the Oshawa Generals ranked 11th, Matthew Villalta of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds ranked 16th, Kaden Fulcher of the Hamilton Bulldogs ranked 18th, Jake McGrath of the Sudbury Wolves ranked 19th and Stephen Dhillon of the Niagara IceDogs ranked 21st. Christian Propp (27, Barrie Colts) and Luke Richardson (30, Kitchener Rangers) round out OHL goaltenders on the rankings.

The Ontario Hockey League has a total of 70 players ranked, followed by the Western Hockey League with 58 players, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with 29 players.

68 OHL players were listed in NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings released in January, while 48 players from the OHL were selected in the 2016 NHL Draft including nine players selected in the first round.

CHL North American Skaters:

North American rank, name, CHL club, league, position

4 VILARDI GABRIEL WINDSOR OHL C
7 TIPPETT OWEN MISSISSAUGA OHL RW
10 SUZUKI NICK OWEN SOUND OHL C
14 ROBERTSON JASON KINGSTON OHL LW
15 RATCLIFFE ISAAC GUELPH OHL LW
18 TIMMINS CONOR SAULT STE. MARIE OHL D
20 HAGUE NICOLAS MISSISSAUGA OHL D
22 THOMAS ROBERT LONDON OHL C
29 FORMENTON ALEX LONDON OHL LW
31 FROST MORGAN SAULT STE. MARIE OHL C
32 RASANEN EEMELI KINGSTON OHL D
33 STROME MATTHEW HAMILTON OHL LW
36 LODNIA IVAN ERIE OHL RW
37 RUZICKA ADAM SARNIA OHL C
39 GADJOVICH JONAH OWEN SOUND OHL LW
43 CHMELEVSKI ALEXANDER OTTAWA OHL C
44 ENTWISTLE MACKENZIE HAMILTON OHL RW
47 SCHNARR NATE GUELPH OHL C
48 LYLE BRADY NORTH BAY OHL D
50 PHILLIPS MARKUS OWEN SOUND OHL D
64 GALLANT ZACH PETERBOROUGH OHL C
66 MAKSIMOV KIRILL NIAGARA OHL RW
69 SAMORUKOV DMITRI GUELPH OHL D
72 SUSHKO MAKSIM OWEN SOUND OHL RW
75 HOEFENMAYER NOEL OTTAWA OHL D
91 HANCOCK KEVIN OWEN SOUND OHL LW
93 MEIRELES GREG KITCHENER OHL C
96 THILANDER ADAM NORTH BAY OHL D
100 NYMAN LINUS KINGSTON OHL RW
101 STUDENIC MARIAN HAMILTON OHL RW
104 GORDEEV FEDOR FLINT OHL D
105 PAQUETTE JACOB KINGSTON OHL D
107 MCGREGOR RYAN SARNIA OHL C
112 BOOMHOWER SHAW MISSISSAUGA OHL LW
113 ROBERTS ZACHARY OWEN SOUND OHL LW
115 KEATING AUSTEN OTTAWA OHL LW
118 RYMSHA DRAKE SARNIA OHL C
120 STUDNICKA JACK OSHAWA OHL C
123 SEITZ DYLAN KITCHENER OHL C
124 DURZI SEAN OWEN SOUND OHL D
130 PODDUBNYI GERMAN ERIE OHL C
137 BRASSARD MATT OSHAWA OHL D
141 HAWEL LIAM GUELPH OHL C
144 GOLDEN JACOB LONDON OHL D
145 MCHUGH NICHOLAS KITCHENER OHL LW
148 ISAACSON NICK PETERBOROUGH OHL LW
150 COSKEY COLE SAGINAW OHL RW
152 PHILIP MATTHEW NIAGARA OHL C
154 BOURQUE TRENTON OWEN SOUND OHL D
164 CASTLEMAN OLIVER NIAGARA OHL LW
166 TYANULIN ARTUR OTTAWA OHL RW
170 JONES BEN NIAGARA OHL C
189 PURBOO COLE WINDSOR OHL RW
197 FRASER COLE PETERBOROUGH OHL D
199 CRAWLEY BRANDON LONDON OHL D
201 BOKA LUCAS WINDSOR OHL RW
203 JOSLING SEAN SARNIA OHL RW
206 BRAZEAU JUSTIN NORTH BAY OHL RW
209 MACLEAN KYLE OSHAWA OHL LW
211 MAKINEN OTTO SAULT STE. MARIE OHL C
213 DEAKIN-POOT NICHOLAS GUELPH OHL C
215 MACHALA ONDREJ NIAGARA OHL LW

CHL North American Goaltenders:

North American rank, name, CHL club, league

4 DIPIETRO MICHAEL WINDSOR OHL
11 KEYSER KYLE OSHAWA OHL
16 VILLALTA MATT SAULT STE. MARIE OHL
18 FULCHER KADEN HAMILTON OHL
19 MCGRATH JAKE SUDBURY OHL
21 DHILLON STEPHEN NIAGARA OHL
27 PROPP CHRISTIAN BARRIE OHL
30 RICHARDSON LUKE KITCHENER OHL

For more information on the NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings, please visit nhl.com.

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