Buffalo, NY – The Ontario Hockey League announced Saturday that 48 OHL players were selected in the seven rounds of the 2016 NHL Draft held this weekend at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, representing over 22% of the 211 players selected by all 30 NHL clubs.
The 48 OHL players selected ties the OHL modern draft record set in 2012, the league’s highest total since 1999 when 52 players were chosen in the nine-round draft process.
The 48 selections includes nine first round picks led by the London Knights’ back-to-back duo of Olli Juolevi (Vancouver, 5th overall) and Matthew Tkachuk (Calgary, 6th overall). The Knights and Windsor Spitfires each produced three first round selections, marking the first time in modern draft history that two OHL teams have accomplished the feat. The Sarnia Sting continued their run of success at the NHL Draft, producing a first round pick for the third straight year, the longest active streak of any team in the Canadian Hockey League.
“The NHL Draft is a special time for players to enjoy the experience with their family, friends, billets, and teams,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “Congratulations to all of our players and their families, as well as our coaches and teams who continue to build the CHL’s development model as the number one supplier of talent by way of both quantity and quality of players to the NHL.”
By position, a total of 118 forwards were selected (25 OHL), 75 defencemen (19 OHL), and 18 goaltenders (4 OHL). The league featured both of the top two defencemen selected in Juolevi and Mikhail Sergachev (Montreal, 9th overall) while also producing four of the top five CHL forwards taken in Tkachuk, Alexander Nylander (Buffalo, 8th overall), Logan Brown (Ottawa, 11th overall) and Michael McLeod (New Jersey, 12th overall).
19 of the OHL’s 20 teams had players selected, with the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup champion London Knights leading the way with seven. This figure represents their highest total since eight were picked in 1998 and continues their record streak of players chosen annually since 1969. The Mississauga Steelheads trailed close behind, setting a modern draft record with five players selected. Historical picks were made as the 2016 NHL Draft featured the first Hamilton Bulldog ever taken in blueliner Cole Candella (Vancouver, 140th overall), and the first two Flint Firebirds chosen by NHL clubs in Will Bitten (Montreal, 70th overall) and Nicholas Caamano (Dallas, 146th overall).
25 of the 30 NHL teams selected at least one OHL player led by the Montreal Canadiens with four, followed by the Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Florida Panthers New Jersey Devils, Tampa Bay Lightning and Vancouver Canucks with three each. Of the other Canadian NHL teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers chose two and the Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets selected one OHL player.
Following the 2016 NHL Draft, a total of 2,277 OHL players have been selected since 1969 representing nearly 22% of all players.
OHL Players Selected in the 2016 NHL Draft:
(Click on a player to watch post-draft interview)
First Round (9 OHL Players):
5. Olli Juolevi (London Knights) – Vancouver Canucks
6. Matthew Tkachuk (London Knights) – Calgary Flames
8. Alexander Nylander (Mississauga Steelheads) – Buffalo Sabres
9. Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor Spitfires) – Montreal Canadiens
11. Logan Brown (Windsor Spitfires) – Ottawa Senators
12. Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads) – New Jersey Devils
16. Jakob Chychrun (Sarnia Sting) – Arizona Coyotes
18. Logan Stanley (Windsor Spitfires) – Winnipeg Jets
24. Max Jones (London Knights) – Anaheim Ducks
Second Round (8 OHL Players):
35. Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting) – St. Louis Blues
38. Adam Mascherin (Kitchener Rangers) – Florida Panthers
39. Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters) – Chicago Blackhawks
41. Nathan Bastian (Mississauga Steelheads) – New Jersey Devils
44. Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Tampa Bay Lightning
46. Givani Smith (Guelph Storm) – Detroit Red Wings
54. Tyler Parsons (London Knights) – Calgary Flames
58. Taylor Raddysh (Erie Otters) – Tampa Bay Lightning
Third Round (6 OHL Players):
63. Markus Niemelainen (Saginaw Spirit) – Edmonton Oilers
68. Cam Dineen (North Bay Battalion) – Arizona Coyotes
69. Cliff Pu (London Knights) – Buffalo Sabres
70. Will Bitten (Flint Firebirds) – Montreal Canadiens
77. Connor Hall (Kitchener Rangers) – Pittsburgh Penguins
81. Sean Day (Mississauga Steelheads) – New York Rangers
Fourth Round (7 OHL Players):
93. Jack Kopacka (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Anaheim Ducks
94. Jonathan Ang (Peterborough Petes) – Florida Panthers
100. Victor Mete (London Knights) – Montreal Canadiens
101. Keaton Middleton (Saginaw Spirit) – Toronto Maple Leafs
105. Evan Cormier (Saginaw Spirit) – New Jersey Devils
109. Connor Bunnaman (Kitchener Rangers) – Philadelphia Flyers
114. Riley Stillman (Oshawa Generals) – Florida Panthers
Fifth Round (7 OHL Players):
123. Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes) – Edmonton Oilers
134. Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs) – Carolina Hurricanes
137. Jordan Sambrook (Erie Otters) – Detroit Red Wings
140. Cole Candella (Hamilton Bulldogs) – Vancouver Canucks
141. Tim Gettinger (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – New York Rangers
146. Nicholas Caamano (Flint Firebirds) – Dallas Stars
148. Christopher Paquette (Niagara IceDogs) – Tampa Bay Lightning
Sixth Round (5 OHL Players):
160. Michael Pezzetta (Sudbury Wolves) – Montreal Canadiens
164. Noah Carroll (Guelph Storm) – Carolina Hurricanes
172. Anthony Salinitri (Sarnia Sting) – Philadelphia Flyers
179. Nicolas Mattinen (London Knights) – Toronto Maple Leafs
180. Mark Shoemaker (North Bay Battalion) – San Jose Sharks
Seventh Round (6 OHL Players):
186. Stepan Falkovsky (Ottawa 67’s) – Calgary Flames
189. Austin Osmanski (Mississauga Steelheads) – Buffalo Sabres
191. Travis Barron (Ottawa 67’s) – Colorado Avalanche
194. Brett McKenzie (North Bay Battalion) – Vancouver Canucks
196. Dmitry Sokolov (Sudbury Wolves) – Minnesota Wild
202. Jacob Friend (Owen Sound Attack) – Los Angeles Kings
For full results from the 2016 NHL Draft visit www.nhl.com.