2019 OHL Draft Ranking: March’s Top-260

The 2018-19 hockey season is winding down, as the 2019 OHL Priority Selection now stands less than 40 days away.

While the playoffs have come to a decisive close for most, a number of Minor Midget teams remain mired in the midst of a postseason run within their respective leagues. In two specific cases, both of the GTHL and HEO have a ways to go — a short break was imposed as Team Ontario and its representatives did battle in the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Although roughly a month remains until the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, a great deal of time remains for each and every prospect to prove himself as a can’t miss talent. And, perhaps no opportunity to do so is stronger than in the annual postseason, as every prospect must raise his respective game to a new level in order to catch the eyes of scouts and management alike.

So, let’s take a moment to recap this season’s postseason picture as it stood as of Feb. 26th, 2019 before discussing the Canada Winter Games and March’s ranking.

The Playoff Picture

In the world of Minor Midget hockey, the majority of leagues have named a champion and come to a close for the campaign. However, select leagues and their teams continue to battle on.

  • Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario:

In ALLIANCE, the championship round is set with the Brantford 99ers set to clash with the Kitchener Jr. Rangers. During the regular season, the 99ers claimed a total of 46 points while the Jr. Rangers trailed closely behind with 45 points — a reality which should make for a highly entertaining final round.

In their respective semi-final bouts, the 99ers defeated the pesky Windsor Jr. Spitfires in a tightly contested five-game series, while the Jr. Rangers bounced the tenacious Waterloo Wolves in a surprisingly short four-game series.

  • Great North Midget League:

Early in the month of February, the Sudbury Wolves Minor Midget defeated the Thunder Bay Kings to claim the GNML Minor Midget crown for the 2018-19 season. One of the strongest teams in Ontario, the majority of the Sudbury Wolves’ roster will help to comprise Team NOHA for the 2019 OHL Cup, where the tournament team is expected to be a legitimate threat to nab the prestigious championship.

  • Greater Toronto Hockey League:

After a multiple week break for the 2019 Canada Winter Games, the GTHL playoffs resume on Feb. 27th with four teams remaining — all of which having cemented a place within the 2019 OHL Cup.

In one semi-final, the Don Mills Flyers will battle the upstart Toronto Red Wings. Although the two teams tied on one occasion during the regular season, the Flyers stand as the obvious favourite in the series. On the other side of the bracket, the Toronto Marlboros and Toronto Nationals will battle in what will surely be one of the most competitive playoff series’ this spring.

  • Hockey East Ontario:

In the Ottawa region, the regular season was slated to come to a close on Feb. 28th, meaning that the postseason had yet to officially begin. Once it does, however, the Ottawa Jr. Senators, Pembroke Lumber Kings, and OHA Maroon are expected to legitimately fight for the title, as the three clubs stood high above the rest of their competition in 2018-19.

  • High Performance Hockey League:

Across the border, the HPHL postseason campaign has already come to a close. At the 16U level, Detroit Compuware claimed hard-fought title despite having to overcome a great deal of adversity in order to reach the championship round. Meanwhile, at the 15U level, the Chicago Mission carried their incredible regular season play into the playoffs and straight to league championship.

  • Ontario Minor Hockey Association:

As far as the ETA and SCTA are concerned, five stellar teams recently did battle for this year’s OMHA Championship. Representing the ETA were the York-Simcoe Express, Quinte Red Devils, and the host Whitby Wildcats — who were defeated by the Express rather surprisingly in postseason action.

On the other hand, the Guelph Gryphons and Halton Hurricanes represented the SCTA — the Gryphons entered the Championship red-hot after defeating the Niagara North Stars.

In the end however, it was the host and favourite Whitby Wildcats who defended their OMHA Championship. The Wildcats won all four round robin games before downing the Halton Hurricanes in the gold medal game. Elsewhere, York Simcoe defeated Quinte to claim the bronze medal.

  • Tier 1 Elite Hockey League:

In the T1EHL, the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite were victorious at both the U16 and U15 levels. In U16 action, the Penguins were paced by 2019 OHL Draft eligibles Colby Saganiuk and Teddy Sawyer, while Johnny Fratto led the U15 team offensively with remarkable consistency.

Recap: The 2019 Canada Winter Games

The 2019 Canada Winter Games proved to be a tremendous display of skill and talent, as numerous provinces and territories did battle in what was a wildly entertaining week of hockey. Come the championship game, it was Team Quebec and Team Ontario who clashed in a thrilling overtime tilt. After a seemingly endless number of chances by both teams, Team Quebec captured the Gold Medal owing to a tally by Zachary L’Heureux.

Despite the loss, Team Ontario and its players were extremely impressive throughout the tournament. While Shane Wright, Brandt Clarke, and Brennan Othmann were outstanding, so too were the likes of Connor Lockhart, Jacob Holmes, and Danil Zhilkin — three prospects who strengthened their respective stocks ahead of the 2019 OHL Draft through their stellar play for Team Ontario.

March’s Top-260 Prospects

With the postseason in full swing, the Canada Winter Games in the rearview mirror, and the 2019 OHL Cup on the horizon, it’s time to unveil our 2019 OHL Draft ranking for the month of March.

In this month’s edition, the top prospects eligible for the upcoming Priority Selection have remained fairly stable. In some instances however, strong play in postseason competition or at the Canada Winter Games has fuelled a significant rise in the standing of specific prospects. On the other hand, some have fallen slightly due to an inability to perform under the most intense of conditions and situations.

Before we dive into March’s Top-260 prospects, be sure to catch up on our previous rankings in order to see how particular players and their perceived values have fluctuated over the course of the 2018-19 campaign.

Here they are, March’s top prospects followed by 20 honourable mentions to watch in the weeks and days leading up to the 2019 OHL Draft:

Note: This list features the Top-260 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 Brennan Othmann Don Mills Flyers LW
4 Mason McTavish Pembroke Lumber Kings C
5 Jeremy Wilmer* North Jersey Avalanche C
6 Connor Lockhart Kanata Lasers C
7 Dylan Duke* Detroit Compuware C
8 Sasha Pastujov* Detroit Compuware RW
9 Brett Harrison London Jr. Knights C
10 Liam Arnsby Don Mills Flyers C/LW
11 Ethan Del Mastro Toronto Marlboros LD
12 Danil Zhilkin* Toronto Marlboros C
13 Brenden Sirizzotti Whitby Wildcats RW
14 Francesco Pinelli Toronto Red Wings C
15 Francesco Arcuri Don Mills Flyers C
16 Stuart Rolofs Kanata Lasers LW
17 Dylan Gratton* North Jersey Avalanche LD
18 Maddox Callens Brantford 99ers C
19 Artem Guryev Toronto Marlboros LD
20 Roman Schmidt* Don Mills Flyers LD
21 Braeden Kressler Mississauga Senators C
22 Cole Hipkin Brantford 99ers RD
23 Josh Bloom Toronto Nationals LW
24 Jack Devine* Chicago Mission C
25 Ryan Winterton Whitby Wildcats C
26 Luke Hughes* Detroit Little Caesars LD
27 Ryan Del Monte* Toronto Nationals C
28 Wil Murphy Kingston Jr. Frontenacs LD
29 Deni Goure Chatham-Kent Cyclones C
30 Kaleb Nelson York Simcoe Express C
31 Sean Behrens* Chicago Mission LD
32 Jon-Randall Avon Peterborough Petes C
33 Colby Saganiuk Pittsburgh Penguins Elite C
34 Logan Mailloux Toronto Marlboros RD
35 Daniel Michaud Quinte Red Devils C
36 Deven Nagra Toronto Nationals LD
37 Isaac Enright Pembroke Lumber Kings RD
38 Wyatt Johnston Toronto Marlboros C
39 Kaleb Lawrence OHA Maroon C
40 Jacob Holmes York Simcoe Express LD
41 Chase Stillman* Sudbury Wolves C
42 Connor Punnett North Central Predators LD
43 Ranvir Gill Ottawa Jr. Senators RD
44 Jesse Fishman Mississauga Rebels C/RW
45 Kai Alexander Greaves Cambridge Hawks RD
46 Cole Patey North Central Predators LW
47 Ty Gallagher* Detroit Compuware RD
48 Joshua Kavanagh Sudbury Wolves RD
49 Ethan Burroughs Halton Hurricanes RW
50 Jordan D’Intino London Jr. Knights C/RW
51 Davis Burnside* Chicago Mission LW
52 Ethan Larmand North Central Predators RW
53 Teddy Sawyer Pittsburgh Penguins Elite LD
54 Zacharie Giroux Sudbury Wolves RW
55 Marc Boudreau Toronto Marlboros LW
56 Ethan Straky* Oakland Jr. Grizzlies RD
57 Paul Christopoulos Don Mills Flyers RD
58 Jack Silich* Chicago Mission RW
59 Landon Cato* Toronto Nationals RD
60 Owen Watson Smiths Falls Bears LW
61 Nolan Dann Toronto Red Wings LW
62 Jack Matier Soo Thunderbirds RD
63 Ryan Burke Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs C
64 Thomas Johnston Whitby Wildcats LW
65 Jonah Copre Chicago Mission RD
66 Jake Coleman Pembroke Lumber Kings RW
67 Declan Ride* Toronto Nationals RD
68 Tyler Procious Buffalo Jr. Sabres RD
69 Pasquale Zito Mississauga Rebels C
70 Ryan Cutler York Simcoe Express RW
71 Devon Savignac Sudbury Wolves LW
72 Tyler Pfister Pittsburgh Penguins Elite RD
73 Sam Sedley Huron Perth Lakers RD
74 Tbone Codd Little Caesars C
75 Vitaly Levyy Long Island Gulls RW
76 Christian Catalano Mississauga Rebels RW
77 Isaiah Moran-Weekes Kanata Lasers LD
78 Griffen Jurecki Little Caesars C
79 Jack Beck Toronto Marlboros LW
80 Beckett Palmer-Stephen Kingston Jr. Frontenacs LW
81 Owen Parsons Waterloo Wolves C
82 D.J. Walsh Long Island Gulls C
83 Joshua Orrico Toronto Red Wings RD
84 Landon McCallum Brantford 99ers RW
85 Mitchell Martin Sudbury Wolves LW
86 Owen Hollingsworth Navan Grads RW
87 Ty Anselmini Guelph Jr. Gryphons C
88 Eddie Shepler Detroit Honeybaked RW
89 Marko Sikic Kitchener Jr. Rangers C
90 Owen Forester Toronto Nationals RD
91 Ty Hollett Navan Grads RD
92 Cole Eichler Don Mills Flyers RW
93 Steven LaForme Brantford 99ers RW
94 Chris Innes Sudbury Wolves LD
95 Lawson Sherk Halton Hurricanes C
96 Barret Joynt Kingston Jr. Frontenacs LW
97 Max Smolinski Detroit Little Caesars RD
98 Justin O’Donnell Toronto Marlboros RW
99 Douglas Carr Whitby Wildcats RD
100 Adam O’Marra Oakville Rangers C
101 Joshua Reid Pembroke Lumber Kings C
102 Vincent Salice* Oakland Jr. Grizzlies C
103 Judd Katz Mississauga Rebels LD
104 Tucker Robertson Toronto Marlboros LW
105 Calum Chau Halton Hurricanes LD
106 Max McCue Sudbury Wolves LW
107 Chas Sharpe North Central Predators RD
108 Ryan Ufko* North Jersey Avalanche C/LW
109 Brayden Hislop Waterloo Wolves LD
110 Nikita Tiatinkin CIHA Green C
111 Ethan Lindsay Barrie Jr. Colts C
112 Chandler Romeo Toronto Red Wings LD
113 Ben Felicetti Burlington Eagles RW
114 Ethan Mistry Don Mills Flyers LD
115 Ethan Broderick Guelph Jr. Gryphons RD
116 Brody Fournier Smiths Falls Bears RW
117 Redmond Savage* Detroit Compuware LW
118 Braden Hache York Simcoe Express LD
119 Jacob Maillet Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs C
120 Kobe Tallman Toronto Young Nationals LW
121 Bradley Brunet Sudbury Wolves RW
122 Angelo Duscio Kitchener Jr. Rangers RD
123 Ryan Gillespie Toronto Red Wings C
124 Raymond Hamlin Windsor Jr. Spitfires C
125 Camden Daigle Huron Perth Lakers LW
126 Josh Ziliotto Burlington Eagles C
127 Owen Mahoney Brockville Braves LD
128 Edward Moskowitz Don Mills Flyers LW
129 Therien Thiesing Chicago Mission LD
130 Easton Ryan Kemptville 73’s RW
131 Nicholas Dowling North Central Predators RW
132 Teegan Dumont Sudbury Wolves RD
133 Eric Bertelsen Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs RW
134 James Jodoin Oakville Rangers RD
135 Ikki Kogawa Toronto Young Nationals RW
136 Simon Motew Chicago Mission RD
137 Jordan Fuller York Simcoe Express LW
138 Jake Kovacs Soo Thunderbirds C
139 Riley Wood London Jr. Knights RW
140 Tyler Savard Peterborough Petes LW
141 Mark MacPhee Ottawa Jr. Senators C
142 Mark McIntosh Guelph Jr. Gryphons RW
143 Aidan Shepard Toronto Marlboros LD/LW
144 Ryan Humphrey Detroit Honeybaked C
145 Nathan Oickle Peterborough Petes RD
146 Nolan Forster Toronto Marlboros LW
147 Jordan Adams Halton Hurricanes LW/C
148 Sam Volturo Detroit Little Caesars RD
149 Carson Noble Chatham-Kent Cyclones LW
150 Owen Carter Cornwall Colts RD
151 Alex Christopoulos Don Mills Flyers RW
152 Eric Bonsteel Mississauga Senators RD
153 Cameron Walker Sudbury Wolves C
154 Noah Janicki Barrie Jr. Colts LD
155 Lucas Brzustowski Kitchener Jr. Rangers LD
156 Matteo Giampa Niagara North Stars C
157 Anthony Agostinelli Buffalo Jr. Sabres C
158 Connor Miller Honeybaked LW
159 Adam Cater Nepean Raiders LD
160 Dante Palombo North Jersey Avalanche C
161 Cole Turcotte York Simcoe Express C
162 Cooper Way Waterloo Wolves C/LW
163 Liam Shwedyk Niagara North Stars C/RW
164 Tyler Hotson London Jr. Knights LW
165 Luca Del Bel Belluz Toronto Red Wings C
166 Ryan Remick CIHA White C
167 Trever Burns Chicago Fury C
168 Jacob Frasca Mississauga Senators LW
169 Payton Robinson Don Mills Flyers RD
170 Ethan MacKinnon Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs LD
171 Owain Johnston Mississauga Rebels RD
172 Skyler St. Pierre Sudbury Wolves RW
173 Andre Anania Toronto Red Wings RD
174 Kyle Maloney Waterloo Wolves C
175 Noah Laba Detroit Compuware C
176 Joseph Blackley Buffalo Regals LD
177 Gabriel Crete Navan Grads C/RW
178 Aidan Haws Detroit Honeybaked C
179 Sean Clarke Vaughan Kings C
180 Mateo Amaral Cambridge Hawks LW
181 William Gourgouvelis Whitby Wildcats LD
182 Luca Rea North York Rangers LW/RW
183 Dylan Richardson Guelph Jr. Gryphons LW
184 Cayden Faust Windsor Jr. Spitfires LW
185 Samuel Mayer Hawkesbury Hawks LD
186 Johnny Fratto Pittsburgh Penguins Elite LW
187 Stephen Pszeniczny Soo Thunderbirds C
188 Lucas Lapalm Quinte Red Devils LW
189 Jack Bulmer Windsor Jr. Spitfires RD
190 Roberto Mancini Mississauga Reps LD
191 Andrew Whitton Brampton 45’s RW
192 Zachary Burfoot Chicago Fury LD
193 Vladislav Dvurechenskii North York Rangers LW
194 Chase Costantino Burlington Eagles RD
195 Jax Dubois Nepean Raiders RW
196 Joshua Cyrenne Sun County Panthers D
197 Adam Zuckerman Toronto Nationals LD/LW
198 Justin Brown Barrie Jr. Colts C
199 Christian Campanelli North York Rangers C
200 Matthew Sop Kitchener Jr. Rangers RW
201 Blake Hall Southern Tier Admirals C
202 Tyler Dunbar Soo Thunderbirds LD
203 Connor Brooks Quinte Red Devils LD
204 Myles Yearwood Markham Majors LW
205 Connor Smith Oakland Jr. Grizzlies RW
206 Nicholas Sewecke Pittsburgh Penguins Elite C
207 Justin Ertel Toronto Red Wings LW
208 Giovanni Morneau Rockland Nationals RW
209 Cole Melady Huron Perth Lakers C
210 Ty MacDonald Ajax-Pickering Raiders C
211 Dominic Cassillo Buffalo Regals C
212 Amadeus Lombardi Toronto Titans C
213 Jak Vaarwerk Buffalo Jr. Sabres C
214 Ethan Esposito Mississauga Senators LW
215 Nicholas Paone Southern Tier Admirals RD
216 Benjamin White Quinte Red Devils C
217 Braeden Bowman Kitchener Jr. Rangers RW
218 Callum Chisholm Richmond Hill Coyotes RW
219 Parker Hendsbee Niagara North Stars C
220 Will Rivet North Bay Trappers C
221 Bill Gourgon Carleton Place Canadians C
222 Alexander Babich Chicago Mission LW
223 Jonah Cochrane Brantford 99ers LD
224 Connor Driscoll Toronto Nationals RW
225 Jake Darlison Whitby Wildcats LD
226 Ty Voit Pittsburgh Penguins Elite RW
227 Joshua Cini Mississauga Rebels RW
228 Brett Cowen Oakville Rangers RW
229 Blake Boudreau Sun County Panthers C
230 Will Howarth Carleton Place Canadians RD
231 Dylan Hudon Guelph Jr. Gryphons LW
232 Dominick Rivelli* Chicago Mission C
233 Connor Rooney Nepean Raiders LW
234 Atkin Dwyer Toronto Red Wings LD
235 Jacob Dupuis Clarington Toros RW/RD
236 Jake Barkley Mississauga Rebels LW
237 Jack Natyshak Toronto Jr. Canadiens C
238 Nicholas Mazza Chatham-Kent Cyclones LW
239 Jaxson Murray Waterloo Wolves C
240 Tarabh Nolan Toronto Nationals RW
241 Anthony Maurice North Jersey Avalanche LW
242 Brady Cerkownyk Mississauga Rebels RW
243 Nicholas Beneteau Windsor Jr. Spitfires RW
244 Kevin Henstock Toronto Nationals C
245 Christian Kyrou Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs RD
246 Maxwell Donohoe Mississauga Rebels RW
247 Cole Benoit Toronto Titans RD
248 Cole Watson London Jr. Knights RW
249 Dylan Holroyd Ottawa Jr. Senators LD
250 David Palmer Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs LD
251 Odaro Ewere Richmond Hill Coyotes C
252 Mason LaCivita Buffalo Jr. Sabres LW
253 Quinn Tavares Mississauga Reps C
254 Thomas Stewart Vaughan Kings RD
255 Alexander Cunningham Windsor Jr. Spitfires LW
256 Noah Theodor Whitby Wildcats C
257 Jacob Bramwell Hamilton Huskies LD
258 Hunter Brown Kemptville 73’s RD
259 Alexey Yarmulnik North Jersey Avalanche C
260 Luca Pasciuta Windsor Jr. Spitfires LD
HM Jacob Napier Buffalo Jr. Sabres LD
HM Jett Morningstar Chatham-Kent Cyclones RW
HM Patrick Saini North York Rangers C
HM Tye Scott Mississauga Rebels LD
HM Anthony Demkiw Toronto Titans C
HM Elias Vavitsas Markham Majors RW
HM Jake Eaton Windsor Jr. Spitfires C
HM Nathan Zadorozny Niagara North Stars RW
HM Matthew Worden Smiths Falls Bears LD
HM Matthew Roy York Simcoe Express LD
HM Justin Kelly-Boxe Mississauga Reps C
HM Jack Price Vaughan Kings RW
HM Marcus Ferrara Markham Majors LW
HM Nicolas Carvalho Whitby Wildcats LW
HM Matteo Barbieri Richmond Hill Coyotes C
HM Colin MacDougall Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs RW
HM Blake Hall Southern Tier Admirals C
HM Griffin Vaughan Southern Tier Admirals RW
HM Oliver Peer Burlington Eagles LW
HM Owen Rainey Brantford 99ers RW

* – Indicates a prospect currently committed to an NCAA program.

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