2019 OHL Draft Ranking: November’s Top-60

Quickly, we find ourselves nearly a third of the way through the Minor Midget regular season. Over this past month, we’ve gained an invaluable look into the top teams across the province, specifically those who have been able to play at a consistently high level and separate themselves amongst this year’s group of true contenders.

Related: Check out Prospect Pipeline’s Top 2019 OHL Draft Prospect Profiles

As well, another major tournament has been checked off the list; the 2018 Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament, hosted by the London Jr. Knights. It was a familiar result, with the Don Mills Flyers rolling their way to another tournament championship, this time on a combined 8-0-0 record, with a remarkable 51 goals for and just 4 goals against.

The Flyers continue to dominate the GTHL as well, boasting a perfect 13-0-0 record, with only the Toronto Young Nationals on their tails, with an 12-1-0 record. The Alliance has been much more competitive at the top of the standings, with the Brantford 99ers and Windsor Jr. Spitfires leading in terms of points percentage at the time of writing. However, there are seven teams within six points of the league lead.

Related: Look ahead to March, with our 2019 OHL Cup Ranking – October Edition

In the ETA, the Whitby Wildcats have established themselves as a true force to be reckoned with, boasting a league-best 11-1-3 record. On their tails remain the York Simcoe Express and North Central Predators, who should both be considered threats for the OHL Cup. In the SCTA, the Niagara North Stars are earning some separation, but the Halton Hurricanes, Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs, Guelph Jr. Gryphons, and Burlington Eagles remain in a tight battle for the second seed.

3 Prospects on the Rise

Over the past month, a few prospects have been able to overcome sluggish starts and begin to show their true colours amongst this year’s crop of top prospects. Three players in specific have utilized a massive month of October to soar up the ranking.

Brennan Othmann:

While Othmann was already a highly touted prospect for the 2019 OHL Draft, October may have been enough to lock him down as a first rounder. At the Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament, Othmann was unstoppable, piling up a ridiculous 16 goals and 25 points over just eight games.

One of the premier snipers in this year’s draft class, he boasts a pro-level release and precision accuracy. Othmann can get his shot off in tight spaces and changes up shooting angles with effectiveness. His recent play has been impressive enough to push him into consideration as a top-10 pick.

Kaleb Lawrence:

Lawrence has fallen into the shadows of the likes of Mason McTavish and Connor Lockhart for much of his minor hockey career. However, a blazing start to the 2018-19 campaign has brought his name forth in plenty of discussions. His 12 goals and 21 points in 14 games of HEO Midget action place him first among 2019 OHL Draft eligibles in points-per-game, with 1.50.

Further, his goals-per-game rate also places him second amongst the same group. Lawrence is an intelligent forward who processes the game at impressive rates. He can truly be a game-changer, and could push for the first round by year’s end.

Jesse Fishman:

When Pasquale Zito went down with an upper-body injury for parts of October, Fishman stepped up in a big way for the Rebels. Taking over the first line centre role, Fishman became an offensive catalyst for his team, proving that he has what it takes to be a leader of a top-tier squad.

A slick skater with impressive top speed, Fishman handles the puck with ease on the rush and is an intelligent playmaker with excellent vision, frequently dishing cross-crease passes. He has honed his shot as well, an accurate snap shot with a quick release, Fishman has been consistently improving his draft stock since game one.

November’s Top-60

Now five months away from the 2019 OHL Draft, we are beginning to get a feel for a consensus top-tier of prospects. Consistency is starting to show through for the best of players, who showcase an impressive compete level night in, night out. With that said, there’s still plenty of time for movement amongst the draft rankings as the 2003-born draft class continues to grow, mature, and develop.

Related: Look back and compare to our 2019 OHL Draft Ranking: October’s Top-20

A large theme in this year’s OHL Draft appears to be NCAA commitments. Among the top-20 prospects, six are currently committed to an NCAA program, with another four in the remainder of the list. Of course, these verbal commitments have a significant impact on the outcome of the draft. See Antonio Stranges, Owen Power, Stephen Halliday, and many more from the 2018 OHL Draft. It will be interesting to see if this trend continues throughout the year, or if some of those committed prospects end up in the OHL after all.

Note: This list compiles the Top-60 skaters available for the 2019 OHL Draft, as well as 10 honourable mentions (HM). The list does not include goaltenders, and is not a mock draft.

Rank Player Team Position
1 Shane Wright** Don Mills Flyers Centre
2 Brandt Clarke Don Mills Flyers Right Defence
3 Mason McTavish Pembroke Lumber Kings Centre
4 Roman Schmidt* Don Mills Flyers Right Defence
5 Maddox Callens Brantford 99ers Centre
6 Dylan Duke* Compuware Centre
7 Francesco Arcuri Don Mills Flyers Centre
8 Connor Lockhart Kanata Lasers Centre
9 Danil Zhilkin* Toronto Marlboros Left Wing/Centre
10 Francesco Pinelli Toronto Red Wings Centre
11 Luke Hughes* Little Caesars Left Defence
12 Brennan Othmann Don Mills Flyers Left Wing
13 Cole Hipkin Brantford 99ers Left Defence
14 Sasha Pastujov* Compuware Right Wing
15 Braeden Kressler Mississauga Senators Right Wing/Centre
16 Ryan Winterton Whitby Wildcats Centre
17 Pasquale Zito  Mississauga Rebels Centre
18 Dylan Gratton* North Jersey Avalanche Left Defence
19 Daniel Michaud Quinte Red Devils Centre
20 Deni Goure Chatham-Kent Cyclones Centre
21 Artem Guryev Toronto Marlboros  Left Defence
22 Colby Saganiuk Pittsburgh Penguins Elite Centre
23 Wyatt Johnston Toronto Marlboros Centre
24 Owen Watson Smiths Falls Bears Left Wing
25 Brett Harrison London Jr. Knights Centre
26 Ryan Del Monte* Toronto Young Nationals Centre
27 Cole Eichler Don Mills Flyers Centre
28 Kaleb Lawrence OHA Maroon Centre
29 Ethan Del Mastro Toronto Marlboros Left Defence
30 Cooper Way Waterloo Wolves Centre/Left Wing
31 Jeremy Wilmer* North Jersey Avalanche Centre
32 Jack Devine* Chicago Mission Centre
33 Marc Boudreau Toronto Marlboros Left Wing
34 Jesse Fishman Mississauga Rebels Centre/Right Wing
35 Liam Arnsby Don Mills Flyers Centre
36 Ranvir Gill Ottawa Jr. Senators Right Defence
37 Stuart Rolofs Kanata Lasers Left Wing
38 Davis Burnside* Chicago Mission Left Wing
39 Paul Christopoulos Don Mills Flyers Right Defence
40 Zacharie Giroux Sudbury Wolves Right Wing
41 Brenden Sirizzotti Whitby Wildcats Right Wing
42 Alex Christopoulos Don Mills Flyers Right Wing
43 Jordan Adams Halton Hurricanes Left Wing/Centre
44 Josh Bloom Toronto Young Nationals Left Wing
45 Vitaly Levyy Long Island Gulls Right Wing
46 Ryan Burke Elgin Middlesex Chiefs Centre
47 Wil Murphy Kingston Jr. Frontenacs Left Defence
48 Nathan Zadorozny Niagara North Stars Left Wing/Centre
49 Deven Nagra Toronto Young Nationals Left Defence
50 Jack Beck Toronto Marlboros Left Wing
51 William Gourgouvelis Whitby Wildcats Left Defence
52 Steven Laforme Brantford 99ers Right Wing
53 Camden Daigle Huron Perth Lakers Left Wing
54 Tucker Robertson Toronto Marlboros Left Wing
55 Braden Hache York-Simcoe Express Left Defence
56 Jack Matier Soo Thunderbirds Right Defence
57 Christian Catalano Mississauga Rebels Left Wing
58 Ethan Larmand North Central Predators Right Wing
59 Jake Coleman Pembroke Lumber Kings Left Wing
60 Chase Stillman* Sudbury Wolves Centre
HM Ryan Gillespie Toronto Red Wings Centre
HM Christian Campanelli North York Rangers Centre
HM Kyle Maloney Waterloo Wolves Centre
HM Justin O’Donnell Toronto Marlboros Centre/Right Wing
HM Ethan Gore Guelph Jr. Gryphons Centre
HM Ethan MacKinnon Elgin Middlesex Chiefs Left Defence
HM Logan Mailloux Toronto Marlboros Left Defence
HM Therien Thiesing Chicago Mission Left Defence
HM Sam Sedley Huron Perth Lakers Right Defence
HM Josh Kavanagh Sudbury Wolves Right Defence

* – Indicates the prospect is currently committed to an NCAA program.

** – Indicates the prospect needs Exceptional Status to earn eligibility for the 2019 OHL Draft.

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