Vancouver, BC – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that 25 OHL players were selected in the seven rounds of the 2019 NHL Draft held this weekend at Rogers Arena representing approximately 12% of all 217 players picked by all 31 NHL clubs.
The 25 OHL players includes four selected in the first round led by Thomas Harley of the Mississauga Steelheads chosen 18th overall by the Dallas Stars. The draft’s second round featured six OHL players bringing the League’s opening two-round total to 10.
A total of 71 Canadian Hockey League players were selected including 25 from the Ontario Hockey League joined by 28 from the Western Hockey League and 18 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
By position, a total of 129 forwards were selected (17 OHL), 66 defencemen (7 OHL), and 22 goaltenders (1 OHL). The Ontario Hockey League produced 19 selections born in 2001, four late 2000-born picks along with a pair of 1999-born selections in Kitchener’s Greg Meireles (6th round, Florida) and Saginaw’s Cole Coskey (7th round, NY Islanders).
15 of the OHL’s 20 member teams developed NHL Draft talent in 2019 led by the Mississauga Steelheads and Saginaw Spirit who each produced three draft selections. The Barrie Colts, Flint Firebirds, Kitchener Rangers, London Knights, Ottawa 67’s and Peterborough Petes each had a pair of players selected. The Knights continued their record streak of players chosen annually since 1969.
17 of the NHL’s 31 teams selected at least one OHL player with the Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers and New Jersey Devils leading the way with three each. The Dallas Stars and Minnesota Wild each picked up two OHL players.
Following the 2019 NHL Draft, a total of 2,379 OHL players have been selected since 1969 representing approximately 20% of all players.
OHL Players Selected in the 2019 NHL Draft:
(Click on a player to watch post-draft interview)
First Round (4 OHL Players):
18. Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads) – Dallas Stars
24. Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs) – Nashville Predators
25. Connor McMichael (London Knights) – Washington Capitals
28. Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts) – Carolina Hurricanes
Second Round (6 OHL Players):
33. Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs) – Los Angeles Kings
44. Jamieson Rees (Sarnia Sting) – Carolina Hurricanes
52. Vladislav Kolyachonok (Flint Firebirds) – Florida Panthers
53. Nick Robertson (Peterborough Petes) – Toronto Maple Leafs
59. Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes) – Minnesota Wild
61. Nikita Okhotyuk (Ottawa 67’s) – New Jersey Devils
45. Egor Afanasyev (Windsor Spitfires) – Nashville Predators*
Third Round (3 OHL Players):
80. Graeme Clarke (Ottawa 67’s) – New Jersey Devils
81. Cole Schwindt (Mississauga Steelheads) – Florida Panthers
82. Michael Vukojevic (Kitchener Rangers) – New Jersey Devils
Fourth Round (2 OHL Players):
103. Mason Millman (Saginaw Spirit) – Philadelphia Flyers
122. Ethan Keppen (Flint Firebirds) – Vancouver Canucks
Fifth Round (5 OHL Players):
126. Jacob LeGuerrier (Soo Greyhounds) – Montreal Canadiens
141. Mason Primeau (North Bay Battalion) – Vegas Golden Knights
142. Nicholas Porco (Saginaw Spirit) – Dallas Stars
149. Matvey Guskov (London Knights) – Minnesota Wild
155. Keean Washkurak (Mississauga Steelheads) – St. Louis Blues
Sixth Round (3 OHL Players):
168. Greg Meireles (Kitchener Rangers) – Florida Panthers
183. Blake Murray (Sudbury Wolves) – Carolina Hurricanes
186. Mathew Hill (Barrie Colts) – Anaheim Ducks
Seventh Round (2 OHL Players):
209. Cole Coskey (Saginaw Spirit) – New York Islanders
212. Tyler Angle (Windsor Spitfires) – Columbus Blue Jackets
*-committed to Windsor Spitfires for the 2019-20 season, not counted in overall total
For full results from the 2019 NHL Draft visit www.nhl.com.