The 2011 OHL Priority Selection presented by State Farm took place on Saturday May 7. Here is a breakdown of the top 10 picks:
Aaron Ekblad – 1st overall, Barrie Colts
Wt: 205 lbs
Home: Belle River, ON
Club: Sun County Panthers
GP 62 G 14 A 53 PTS 67 PIM 66
Scouting Report: Ekblad is a very composed two way defenseman who has shown some real high end offensive potential. He has a collection of very impressive physical tools. He is very physically mature, possessing a large frame and legitimate size. Ekblad also has great puck skills and an excellent stick. He handles the puck and makes plays with a ton of poise and composure. Like many young players that possess size, he still has to grow into and come to terms with his physical stature. He displays a real smooth and powerful stride which allows him to get up ice quickly.
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Nicholas Ritchie – 2nd overall, Peterborough Petes
Wt: 205 lbs
Home: Orangeville, ON
Club: Toronto Marlboros
GP 68 G 50 A 45 PTS 95 PIM 119
Scouting Report: Ritchie has the physical tools of a prototypical power forward while possessing a higher level of skill usually associated with a player with his physical stature. Overall, he might be the one player available this year that possesses all the ingredients you look for in a hockey player. He has size, skill, very good feet, some toughness and he competes at a consistent high level. He has a great stick, displaying a real soft touch which is more remarkable when you consider his physical size. He almost handles the puck and makes plays like the traditional highly skilled smaller player.
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Darnell Nurse – 3rd overall, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Wt: 175 lbs
Home: Hamilton, ON
Club: Don Mills Flyers
GP 38 G 11 A 18 PTS 29 PIM 72
Scouting Report: Nurse is an outstanding two-way defender who contributes in all three zones. He possesses tremendous physical tools, size, strength and his play displays a high level of hockey IQ. He logged a ton of ice-time this season, playing in all situations and handled all the work quite well. Nurse is considered one of the premier defensemen at this age group. He moves around the ice with a very long, almost effortless and very efficient stride. He has the ability to cover a ton of territory and coupled with his strong positional play, he is very tough to beat one on-one.
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Ryan Kujawinski – 4th overall, Sarnia Sting
Wt: 175 lbs
Home: Iroquois Falls, ON
Club: Sudbury Wolves
GP 24 G 35 A 21 PTS 56 PIM 24
Scouting Report: Kujawinski is an offensive minded forward that possesses some natural ability and physical tools. He possesses size, a very good stick and he can skate. Once he is up to full stride he displays some speed and deceptive quickness to stay on the play, and he always seems to be around the puck. He is at his best when he has the puck on his stick and handles it with a ton of confidence. He loves to attack on the rush and isn’t afraid to attack one on one. He started to use his linemates more effectively as the season progressed.
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Jordan Subban – 5th overall, Belleville Bulls
Wt: 160 lbs
Home: Etobicoke, ON
Club: Toronto Marlboros
GP 68 G 21 A 43 PTS 64 PIM 64
Scouting Report: Subban is an offensive minded defenseman who plays a real high risk, high reward style of play. He likes to be active and involved offensively. His game is all about the puck, moving the puck, carrying the puck, and creating offensive chances. He is a very good skater, displaying speed and mobility. He has the quickness to cover a lot of territory in his own zone. He possesses excellent puck skills, displaying great puck handling ability, passing and shooting. He is always jumping up into the play to become the fourth option.
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Nicholas Baptiste – 6th overall, Sudbury Wolves
Wt: 170 lbs
Home: Nepean, ON
Club: Ottawa Senators
GP 42 G 39 A 48 PTS 87 PIM 38
Scouting Report: Baptiste is a smart, highly skilled offensive minded forward who plays both a finesse and a power styled game. He is blessed with a solid collection of physical tools. He has very good size, a tall and rangy frame with the potential to really fill out and get stronger. He also possesses a very good stick, he can handle the puck and makes plays, and most importantly he can to it while at top speed. Baptiste also displays a high level of hockey sense, he reads and supports the play quite well. He has played both down the middle and on the wall.
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Brandon Robinson – 7th overall, Brampton Battalion
Wt: 185 lbs
Home: Pickering, ON
Club: Jr. Canadiens
GP 76 G 49 A 46 PTS 95 PIM 110
Scouting Report: Robinson is a big bodied left winger that possesses a ton of natural ability while also being blessed with great physical tools. He has a great stick and a real soft touch with the puck and shows all of the attributes you look for in a high end forward. He has the ability to handle the puck and make plays, and for a bigger man he does display a real soft touch with the puck. Robinson is at his best in the offensive zone, from the top of the circles in. He carries the puck with a high level of composure, showing the ability to makes plays and distribute the puck to his teammates.
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Max Domi – 8th overall, Kingston Frontenacs
Wt: 180 lbs
Home: Toronto, ON
Club: Don Mills Flyers
GP 30 G 27 A 30 PTS 57 PIM 45
Scouting Report: Domi is a smaller, highly skilled and highly competitive forward who has the knack of elevating his play in the proverbial big game. He seems to be the type of player who wants the puck when it matters, and when he does get it he will do whatever is necessary to make things happen. He tends to play the game with a little more urgency offensively. He possessed speed and quickness and he seems to move a lot quicker when he has possession of the puck. He uses his quickness to his advantage in small areas, darting in and out of the open areas to beat defenders.
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Bo Horvat – 9th overall, London Knights
Wt: 195 lbs
Home: Rodney, ON
Club: Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs
GP 68 G 47 A 71 PTS 118 PIM 20
Scouting Report: Horvat is a smaller, highly skilled offensive minded center. He competes at a high level, especially on the puck. He can be pretty tenacious and relentless when he is pursuing the puck and on the offensive attack. Horvat shows flashes of quickness when he needs it, especially when he is playing on the puck. He has a very good, and quick stick and he is at his best when he has possession of the puck. He carries the puck with a ton of composure and shows the ability to create offensively. When he has possession he can be slippery and tough to defend against.
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Hunter Garlent – 10th overall, Guelph Storm
Wt: 150 lbs
Home: Thorold, ON
Club: Welland Tigers
GP 57 G 54 A 44 PTS 98 PIM 82
Scouting Report: Garlent is a smaller, highly skilled forward that loves to have the puck on his stick. He has produced offensively since the start of the season and rarely a game will go by without Garlent scoring a timely or a highlight reel goal. While you really notice him offensively, he does play pretty effectively in his own zone, and away from the puck. He possesses great individual tools, and displays a high level of skill. While he is on the smaller size, he relies on his skating, mobility and puck handling to become such a dangerous player.
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