41 OHL Players Selected in 2014 NHL Draft
Saturday June 28, 2014
Philadelphia, PA – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that 41 OHL players were selected in the seven rounds of the 2014 NHL Draft held this weekend in Philadelphia representing just under 20% of the 210 players picked by all 30 NHL clubs.
The 41 OHL players was part of 95 selected from the Canadian Hockey League with a total of 20 CHL players chosen in the first round led by defenceman Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts who became the eighth straight player from the CHL to be selected first overall when he was chosen by the Florida Panthers. The first round total marks the league’s third highest in over 30 years matching 2008, 1998, and 1987, behind only the 2011 NHL Draft where 21 CHL players were chosen and last season when a record 22 CHL players were picked in the draft’s opening round. The 10 OHL players selected in the first round is the league’s second highest total in modern draft history following 11 players chosen in 2012, 2011, and 2008.
The second round of the 2014 NHL Draft featured nine OHL players bringing the league’s two-round total to 19 of the first 60 players selected matching a league record in modern draft history set at the 2011 NHL Draft.
“NHL Draft day is all about the players and their opportunity to celebrate with their family, friends, billets, and teams,” said CHL President David Branch. “On behalf of the CHL I would like to congratulate all of our players and their families on this special day, as well as our teams and coaches who help ensure the success of the CHL’s development model for student athletes as the number one supplier of talent to the NHL.”
Of the 210 players selected, 124 were forwards (62 CHL including 26 OHL), with 65 defenceman chosen (28 CHL including 12 OHL), and 21 goaltenders (Five CHL including three OHL). The top player at each position was selected from the CHL including Ekblad who became the first defenceman since 2006 to be chosen first overall. Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice was the first forward selected second overall by the Buffalo Sabres, and Mason McDonald of the Charlottetown Islanders was the first goaltender selected 34th overall by the Calgary Flames.
44 different CHL teams developed NHL Draft picks in 2014 including 18 OHL teams led by the Plymouth Whalers with five players selected matching the MasterCard Memorial Cup champion Edmonton Oil Kings and the Calgary Hitmen for most in the CHL. The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds had four players selected as did the Niagara IceDogs setting a franchise record for most players chosen in a single draft. The Barrie Colts, Kingston Frontenacs, and Windsor Spitfires all had three players selected this season.
18 of the NHL’s 30 teams selected at least one OHL player led by the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings with seven. The Arizona Coyotes and Dallas Stars each picked four OHL players, while the Carolina Hurricanes and the San Jose Sharks each selected three.
Following the 2014 NHL Draft, a total of 10,388 CHL players have been selected since 1969 representing just under 50% of all players including 2,198 OHL players representing over 21% of all players.
OHL Players Selected in the 2014 NHL Draft:
(Click on a player to watch post-draft interview)
First round (10 OHL players):
1. Aaron Ekblad (Barrie Colts) – Florida Panthers
4. Sam Bennett (Kingston Frontenacs) – Calgary Flames
5. Michael Dal Colle (Oshawa Generals) – New York Islanders
10. Nick Ritchie (Peterborough Petes) – Anaheim Ducks
12. Brendan Perlini (Niagara IceDogs) – Arizona Coyotes
19. Anthony DeAngelo (Sarnia Sting) – Tampa Bay Lightning
21. Robby Fabbri (Guelph Storm) – St. Louis Blues
24. Jared McCann (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Vancouver Canucks
27. Nikolay Goldobin (Sarnia Sting) – San Jose Sharks
28. Joshua Ho-Sang (Windsor Spitfires) – New York Islanders
Second Round (9 OHL players):
31. Brendan Lemieux (Barrie Colts) – Buffalo Sabres
37. Alex Nedeljkovic (Plymouth Whalers) – Carolina Hurricanes
43. Ryan MacInnis (Kitchener Rangers) – Arizona Coyotes
44. Eric Cornel (Peterborough Petes) – Buffalo Sabres
50. Roland McKeown (Kingston Frontenacs) – Los Angeles Kings
54. Hunter Smith (Oshawa Generals) – Calgary Flames
58. Christian Dvorak (London Knights) – Arizona Coyotes
59. Brandon Halverson (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – New York Rangers
60. Alex Lintuniemi (Ottawa 67’s) – Los Angeles Kings
Third Round (6 OHL players):
71. Connor Chatham (Plymouth Whalers) – New Jersey Devils
75. Alex Peters (Plymouth Whalers) – Dallas Stars
77. Blake Siebenaler (Niagara IceDogs) – Columbus Blue Jackets
81. Dylan Sadowy (Saginaw Spirit) – San Jose Sharks
84. Kyle Wood (North Bay Battalion) – Colorado Avalanche
90. Michael Amadio (North Bay Battalion) – Los Angeles Kings
Fourth Round (4 OHL players):
93. Nick Magyar (Kitchener Rangers) – Colorado Avalanche
96. Josh Wesley (Plymouth Whalers) – Carolina Hurricanes
115. Brent Moran (Niagara IceDogs) – Dallas Stars
117. Michael Bunting (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Arizona Coyotes
Sixth Round (8 OHL players):
154. Aaron Haydon (Niagara IceDogs) – Dallas Stars
156. Kyle Pettit (Erie Otters) – Vancouver Canucks
157. Jake Marchment (Belleville Bulls) – Los Angeles Kings
170. Cristiano DiGiacinto (Windsor Spitfires) – Tampa Bay Lightning
171. Kevin Labanc (Barrie Colts) – San Jose Sharks
172. Chandler Yakimowicz (London Knights) – St. Louis Blues
173. Jaden Lindo (Owen Sound Attack) – Pittsburgh Penguins
180. Matthew Mistele (Plymouth Whalers) – Los Angeles Kings
Seventh Round (4 OHL players):
187. Kyle Jenkins (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Carolina Hurricanes
195. Patrick Sanvido (Windsor Spitfires) – Dallas Stars
209. Spencer Watson (Kingston Frontenacs) – Los Angeles Kings
210. Jacob Middleton (Ottawa 67’s) – Los Angeles Kings
For full NHL Draft results please visit nhl.com.