45 OHL Players Selected at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft

Montreal, QC – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that 45 players that competed in the league during the 2008-09 season were selected throughout the seven rounds of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft that concluded Saturday afternoon at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

The 2009 OHL and Memorial Cup Champion Windsor Spitfires along with the Guelph Storm led the way with five players drafted from their respective clubs followed by four players selected from the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors.

Following an exciting opening round where seven OHL players got the opportunity to wear new OHL colours, the second round presented new excitement beginning at 10:00 am and featured some early OHL content when Ryan O’Reilly of the Erie Otters was taken with the third pick of the second round, 33rd overall to the Colorado Avalanche. 

Sitting through a long first round the night before can sure take its toll on players.  “I won’t lie, it was tough, and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, but now with New York I couldn’t be happier” said Ethan Werek of the Kingston Frontenacs, selected with the 47th overall pick.  “Just getting more comfortable with the OHL and living away from home and getting my routine in order definitely helped, I am tremendously excited about next season we should have a really good team.”

For other players at the draft, joining the OHL is part of the next step to making the NHL in the near future.  Players such as Jeremy Morin, selected with the 45th overall pick by the Atlanta Thrashers, recently committed to playing with the Kitchener Rangers.  “They have a great organization and have put a lot of player in the NHL” said Morin.  “It is the right place for me, I am just going to go in there and try to mature as a player, improve my defensive side of the game and my skating and I am really looking forward to it.”

For some players like Matt Hackett of the Plymouth Whalers, being selected on Saturday was something truly special having missed his name being called in his first year of eligibility.  “It’s an honour, I am really proud to be part of the Minnesota Wild” said Hackett, the first OHL goaltender selected at the draft when he was grabbed with the 77th overall pick.  “I worked hard in the summer and had a great year and a good playoff run.”  Hackett was one of only 68 players born in 1990 to be selected this weekend.

The third round also quickly reunited two Guelph Storm players Taylor beck and Michael Latta when they were both selected by the Nashville Predators.   “I get to play with my teammate Taylor Beck who just got picked a bit before me so I am just really excited” said Latta, the 72nd overall pick.  “We all joked around, maybe get drafted by the same team, it is just funny how it works out sometimes and how it works out for the best.”

The OHL had 45 players from a total of 99 selected from the Canadian Hockey League.

Last season, 46 OHL players were selected at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft including 11 in the opening round.

Here is a complete list of all OHL players selected at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Round One (7 players selected):
1. John Tavares (London Knights) – New York Islanders
3. Matt Duchene (Brampton Battalion) – Colorado Avalanche
7. Nazem Kadri (London Knights) – Toronto Maple Leafs
11. Ryan Ellis (Windsor Spitfires) – Nashville Predators
12. Calvin de Haan (Oshawa Generals) – New York Islanders (from Minnesota)
13. Zack Kassian (Peterborough Petes) – Buffalo Sabres
15. Peter Holland (Guelph Storm) – Anaheim Ducks

Round Two (6 players selected):
33. Ryan O’Reilly (Erie Otters) – Colorado Avalanche
35. Kyle Clifford (Barrie Colts) – Los Angeles Kings
37. Matthew Clark (Brampton Battalion) – Anaheim Ducks (from Toronto))
47. Ethan Werek (Kingston Frontenacs) – New York Rangers
57. Taylor Doherty (Kingston Frontenacs) – San Jose Sharks
58. Jesse Blacker (Windsor Spitfires) – Toronto Maple Leafs (from Carolina)

Round Three (4 players selected):
68. Jamie Devane (Plymouth Whalers) – Toronto Maple Leafs
70. Taylor Beck (Guelph Storm) – Nashville Predators (from Ottawa)
72. Michael Latta (Guelph Storm) – Nashville Predators
77. Matthew Hackett (Plymouth Whalers) – Minnesota Wild (from Columbus)

Round Four (8 players selected):
92. Casey Cizikas (Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors) – New York Islanders
93. Alex Hutchings (Barrie Colts) – Tampa Bay Lightning
97. Jordan Szwarz (Saginaw Spirit) – Phoenix Coyotes
104. Marcus Foligno (Sudbury Wolves) – Buffalo Sabres
107. Garrett Wilson (Owen Sound Attack) – Florida Panthers (from Columbus)
112. Lane MacDermid (Windsor Spitfires) – Boston Bruins (from Philadelphia)
117. Edward Pasquale (Saginaw Spirit) – Atlanta Thrashers (from San Jose)
120. Ben Chiarot (Guelph Storm) – Atlanta Thrashers (from Detroit)

Round Five (8 players selected):
125. Cody Sol (Saginaw Spirit) – Atlanta Thrashers
126. David Kolomatis (Owen Sound Attack) – Los Angeles Kings
131. Matt Kennedy (Guelph Storm) – Carolina Hurricanes (from Edmonton)
140. Scott Stajcer (Owen Sound Attack) – New York Rangers
145. Brett Flemming (Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors) – Washington Capitals
147. Philip Varone (London Knights) – San Jose Sharks
148. Michael Zador (Oshawa Generals) – Tampa Bay Lightning (from Carolina)
151. Andy Bathgate (Belleville Bulls) – Pittsburgh Penguins

Round Six (9 players selected):
156. Michael Pelech (Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors) – Los Angeles Kings
160. Corey Cowick (Ottawa 67’s) – Ottawa Senators
162. Jaroslav Janus (Erie Otters) – Tampa Bay Lightning (from Nashville)
165. Scott Timmins (Windsor Spitfires) – Florida Panthers
166. Scott Valentine (Oshawa Generals) – Anaheim Ducks
168. David Shields (Erie Otters) – St. Louis Blues
170. Daniel Maggio (Sudbury Wolves) – New York Rangers
172. Eric Wellwood (Windsor Spitfires) – Philadelphia Flyers
176. Tyler Randell (Kitchener Rangers) – Boston Bruins

Round Seven (3 players selected):
186. Jordan Nolan (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Los Angeles Kings
188. Barron Smith (Peterborough Petes) – Toronto Maple Leafs
197. Kyle Neuber (Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors) – Columbus Blue Jackets

Click here to see video interviews with OHL players selected at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft

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