2019 OHL Draft Ranking: January’s Top-160

Just like that, we find ourselves flipping the calendar into 2019.

With just three months remaining until the 2019 OHL Draft, the rankings are certainly beginning to solidify, as the list of this year’s top prospects continue to impress on the season’s biggest stages.

And if there was ever a perfect way to cap off the year of 2018, the Toronto Marlboros Holiday Classic delivered. Featuring 60 of North America’s best 2003-born teams, the tournament provides an annual opportunity to compare and contrast the top prospects in a battle of best-on-best hockey.

2018’s version of the Holiday Classic did not disappoint. In a showing of tremendous talent and potential, it was once again the Don Mills Flyers who battled their way to the championship, fending off the Toronto Red Wings, Ottawa Capitals, Gentry Galaxy, and Toronto Nationals on their way to capturing the banner.

Related: Don Mills Flyers Claim Holiday Classic Crown

Despite perfect 4-0-0 round robin records by the Toronto Marlboros, Gentry Galaxy, Whitby Wildcats, Ottawa Ambassadors, and Mississauga Rebels, the Flyers once again proved their ability to battle and grind out victories against the tournament’s top competition.

Related: Take a look at the Top-20 Performers from the Marlboros Holiday Classic

In a memorable semi-final matchup, the Don Mills Flyers took down one of the USA’s top 15U teams in the Gentry Galaxy by a score of 3-2, but not before they fell behind by two early in the contest. Gentry offered the Flyers another measuring stick matchup – similar to their unforgettable game against Detroit Compuware in the Silver Stick – and Don Mills did not disappoint.

Showcasing a dynamic team system along with high-end talent from top to bottom of their lineup, the Flyers continued to prove that they are undoubtedly the top Minor Midget team in Ontario, and perhaps one of the best ever.

Several weeks before the Holiday Classic was yet another of the year’s most anticipated showcases. The 2018 GTHL Top Prospects Game featured 40 of the league’s top prospects, and did not disappoint. In a high-spirited and competitive contest, Ryan Del Monte led his team to victory as he finished a slick cross-ice pass in overtime.

Related: Check out the Top Performers from the GTHL Top Prospects Game

However, it was the Don Mills Flyers’ usual suspect who forced the game into the extra frame in the first place, as a hectic final minute finally concluded when Brandt Clarke found a loose puck in a scrum and pushed it past the crowd in a buzzer-beater that electrified a jam-packed Scotiabank Pond.

January’s Top-160 Prospects

As we continue to expand our rankings in anticipation of the April 6th OHL Draft, we are reminded of the immense depth of this year’s crop of prospects. Teams would be wise to put emphasis on the middle rounds of the draft, where there will be a number of sleeper picks remaining, many of which should be able to jump straight into the OHL for the 2019-20 season. Without a doubt, this year’s edition of the OHL Draft will produce a number of top prospects for the 2021 and 2022 NHL Drafts.

A trend that we’ve focused on all year long has been the multitude of high-end NCAA commitments. This month, 10 of the top-40 prospects are verbally committed to an NCAA program, leaving plenty of variability for the final draft order.

Shane Wright and Brennan Othmann celebrate a one-timer goal at the GTHL Top Prospects Game. Wright was later named team MVP, along with Ryan Del Monte.

December was another imperative month to keep a close eye on, with league play winding down and playoff battles becoming increasingly intense day-by-day. Further, the Marlboros Holiday Classic provided a crucial look into the development of players over the past four months, while also pitting them against top competition from the entire OHL Draft region and beyond.

Finally, here are January’s top-160 prospects for the 2019 OHL Draft, along with 20 honourable mentions.

Note: This list features the Top-160 skaters available for the 2019 OHL Draft, and does not include goaltenders. Also, it is not a mock draft. 

Rank Player Team Position
1 Shane Wright** Don Mills Flyers C
2 Brandt Clarke Don Mills Flyers RD
3 Sasha Pastujov* Detroit Compuware RW
4 Connor Lockhart Kanata Lasers C
5 Dylan Duke* Detroit Compuware C
6 Mason McTavish Pembroke Lumber Kings C
7 Roman Schmidt* Don Mills Flyers LD
8 Francesco Arcuri Don Mills Flyers C
9 Francesco Pinelli Toronto Red Wings C
10 Brennan Othmann Don Mills Flyers LW
11 Maddox Callens Brantford 99ers C
12 Brett Harrison London Jr. Knights C
13 Liam Arnsby Don Mills Flyers C/LW
14 Braeden Kressler Mississauga Senators C
15 Jeremy Wilmer North Jersey Avalanche C
16 Cole Hipkin Brantford 99ers RD
17 Colby Saganiuk Pittsburgh Penguins Elite C
18 Luke Hughes* Detroit Little Caesars LD
19 Jack Devine* Chicago Mission C
20 Ethan Del Mastro Toronto Marlboros LD
21 Stuart Rolofs Kanata Lasers LW
22 Brenden Sirizzotti Whitby Wildcats RW
23 Artem Guryev Toronto Marlboros LD
24 Ryan Del Monte* Toronto Nationals C
25 Dylan Gratton* North Jersey Avalanche LD
26 Ryan Winterton Whitby Wildcats C
27 Danil Zhilkin* Toronto Marlboros C/LW
28 Ranvir Gill Ottawa Jr. Senators RD
29 Wyatt Johnston Toronto Marlboros C
30 Kaleb Nelson York Simcoe Express C
31 Trevor Burns Chicago Fury C
32 Kaleb Lawrence OHA Maroon C
33 Deven Nagra Toronto Nationals LD
34 Marc Boudreau Toronto Marlboros LW
35 Deni Goure Chatham-Kent Cyclones C
36 Redmond Savage* Detroit Compuware LW
37 Dante Palombo North Jersey Avalanche C
38 Paul Christopoulos Don Mills Flyers RD
39 Jesse Fishman Mississauga Rebels C/RW
40 Wil Murphy Kingston Jr. Frontenacs LD
41 Jack Silich* Chicago Mission RW
42 Josh Bloom Toronto Nationals LW
43 Pasquale Zito Mississauga Rebels C
44 Davis Burnside* Chicago Mission LW
45 Logan Mailloux Toronto Marlboros RD
46 Chase Stillman* Sudbury Wolves C
47 Teddy Sawyer Pittsburgh Penguins Elite LD
48 Jack Beck Toronto Marlboros LW
49 Ty Gallagher* Detroit Compuware RD
50 Jon-Randall Avon Peterborough Petes C
51 Daniel Michaud Quinte Red Devils C
52 Owen Watson Smiths Falls Bears LW
53 Vincent Salice* Oakland Jr. Grizzlies C
54 Joshua Kavanagh Sudbury Wolves RD
55 Vitaly Levyy Long Island Gulls RW
56 Ethan Burroughs Halton Hurricanes RW
57 Ethan Larmand North Central Predators RW
58 Camden Daigle Huron Perth Lakers LW
59 Zacharie Giroux Sudbury Wolves RW
60 Landon Cato* Toronto Nationals RD
61 Steven LaForme Brantford 99ers RW
62 Declan Ride* Toronto Nationals RD
63 Dominick Rivelli* Chicago Mission C
64 Tyler Procious Buffalo Jr. Sabres RD
65 Thomas Johnston Whitby Wildcats LW
66 Christian Catalano Mississauga Rebels RW
67 Max Smolinski Detroit Little Caesars RD
68 Nicholas Sewecke Pittsburgh Penguins Elite C
69 Sam Sedley Huron Perth Lakers RD
70 Marko Sikic Kitchener Jr. Rangers C
71 Joshua Orrico Toronto Red Wings RD
72 Griffen Jurecki Little Caesars C
73 Kobe Tallman Toronto Young Nationals LW
74 Josh Ziliotto Burlington Eagles C
75 Kai Alexander Greaves Cambridge Hawks LD
76 Tucker Robertson Toronto Marlboros LW
77 Zachary Burfoot Chicago Fury LD
78 Nolan Dann Toronto Red Wings LW
79 Ryan Burke Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs C
80 Ethan Mistry Don Mills Flyers LD
81 Ryan Cutler York Simcoe Express RW
82 Simon Motew Chicago Mission RD
83 Aidan Shepard Toronto Marlboros LD
84 Adam O’Marra Oakville Rangers C
85 Owen Forester Toronto Nationals RD
86 Tbone Codd Little Caesars C
87 Cooper Way Waterloo Wolves C/LW
88 Braden Haché York Simcoe Express LD
89 Alex Christopoulos Don Mills Flyers RW
90 Jordan D’Intino London Jr. Knights C/RW
91 Jack Matier Soo Thunderbirds RD
92 Ryan Humphrey Detroit Honeybaked C
93 Ben Felicetti Burlington Eagles RW
94 Therien Thiesing Chicago Mission LD
95 Cole Eichler Don Mills Flyers RW
96 Nolan Forster Toronto Marlboros LW
97 James Jodoin Oakville Rangers RD
98 Cole Patey North Central Predators LW
99 Jake Eaton Windsor Jr. Spitfires C
100 Ryan Gillespie Toronto Red Wings C
101 Isaac Enright Pembroke Lumber Kings RD
102 Riley Wood London Jr. Knights RW
103 Jacob Maillet Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs C
104 Jonah Copre Chicago Mission RD
105 Jordan Adams Halton Hurricanes LW/C
106 Justin O’Donnell Toronto Marlboros RW
107 Kyle Maloney Waterloo Wolves C
108 Isaiah Moran-Weekes Kanata Lasers LD
109 Ty Voit Pittsburgh Penguins Elite RW
110 Ikki Kogawa Toronto Young Nationals RW
111 Jacob Napier Buffalo Jr. Sabres LD
112 Landon McCallum Brantford 99ers RW
113 Eddie Shepler Detroit Honeybaked RW
114 Edward Moskowitz Don Mills Flyers LW
115 Connor Punnett North Central Predators LD
116 Jordan Fuller York Simcoe Express LW
117 Payton Robinson Don Mills Flyers RD
118 Alexander Babich Chicago Mission LW
119 Sam Volturo Detroit Little Caesars RD
120 Ty MacDonald Ajax-Pickering Raiders C
121 Brayden Hislop Waterloo Wolves LD
122 Luca Del Bel Belluz Toronto Red Wings C
123 Cayden Faust Windsor Jr. Spitfires LW
124 Judd Katz Mississauga Rebels LD
125 Mark McIntosh Guelph Jr. Gryphons RW
126 Eric Bonsteel Mississauga Senators RD
127 Myles Yearwood Markham Majors LW
128 Callum Chisholm Richmond Hill Coyotes RW
129 Chandler Romeo Toronto Red Wings LD
130 Ty Anselmini Guelph Jr. Gryphons C
131 Amadeus Lombardi Toronto Titans C
132 Johnny Fratto Pittsburgh Penguins Elite LW
133 Douglas Carr Whitby Wildcats RD
134 Luca Rea North York Rangers LW/RW
135 Aidan Haws Detroit Honeybaked C
136 Jacob Dupuis Clarington Toros RD
137 Ethan Esposito Mississauga Senators LW
138 Justin Ertel Toronto Red Wings LW
139 Calum Chau Halton Hurricanes LD
140 Devon Savignac Sudbury Wolves LW
141 Charles-Edward Tardif OHA Maroon RW
142 Andre Anania Toronto Red Wings RD
143 Sean Clarke Vaughan Kings C
144 Christian Campanelli North York Rangers C
145 William Gourgouvelis Whitby Wildcats LD
146 Liam Shewdyk Niagara North Stars C/RW
147 Barret Joynt Kingston Jr. Frontenacs LW
148 Joshua Cini Mississauga Rebels RW
149 Lucas Brzustowski Kitchener Jr. Rangers LD
150 Bradley Brunet Sudbury Wolves RW
151 Kevin Henstock Toronto Nationals C
152 Ty Hollett Navan Grads RD
153 Jacob Frasca Mississauga Senators LW
154 Ethan Lindsay Barrie Jr. Colts C
155 Thomas Stewart Vaughan Kings RD
156 Mitchell Martin Sudbury Wolves LW
157 Chas Sharpe North Central Predators RD
158 Justin Kelly-Boxe Mississauga Reps C
159 Tyler Savard Peterborough Petes LW
160 Ethan Broderick Guelph Jr. Gryphons RD
HM Patrick Saini North York Rangers C
HM Cole Melady Huron Perth Lakers C
HM Elias Vavitsas Markham Majors RD
HM Anthony Demkiw Toronto Titans C
HM Mateo Amaral Cambridge Hawks LW
HM Roberto Mancini Mississauga Reps LD
HM Jake Kovacs Soo Thunderbirds C
HM Marcus Ferrara Markham Majors LW
HM Max McCue Sudbury Wolves LW
HM Cole Benoit Toronto Titans RD
HM Jak Vaarwerk Buffalo Jr. Sabres C
HM Jack Price Vaughan Kings RW
HM Nathan Oickle Peterborough Petes RD
HM Jack Natyshak Toronto Jr. Canadiens C
HM Luca Pasciuta Windsor Jr. Spitfires LD
HM Quinn Tavares Mississauga Reps C
HM Connor Driscoll Toronto Nationals RW
HM D.J. Walsh Long Island Gulls C

* – Indicates a prospect currently committed to an NCAA program.
** – Indicates a prospect who required Exceptional Status to earn eligibility for the 2019 OHL Draft.

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