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Winterton leads OMHA in the 2019 OHL Draft Class

By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 04/06/19, 12:45PM EDT

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First of four players chosen in first round of selection

Hockey dreams took a major stride forward on Saturday as Ontario Minor Hockey Association players were chosen in the Ontario Hockey League’s Priority Selection, including four in the first round. The OMHA had 74 players selected from 21 teams led by the #RedHats winning Whitby Wildcats and the North Central Predators who each had seven chosen. The Guelph Jr. Gryphons and York-Simcoe Express both had six players drafted while the silver medalist Halton Hurricanes featured five. See a full list of all the OMHA players chosen at the bottom of the page and the the full draft results here.

Player development is a key component of the OMHA experience. The OMHA conducts a wide range of clinics for players, coaches and other volunteers to improve their skills and enhance their overall experience and enjoyment of the sport. OMHA boasts a long list of grads who earned their place in the NHL from Taylor Hall to Travis Dermott to Drake Caggiula.

The draft class was led by Whitby's Ryan Winterton, chosen eighth overall by the Hamilton Bulldogs. Winterton is described as having high-end skill and skating really well with an excellent work ethic. He does a good job of finding quiet ice in the offensive zone and when the puck is on his stick, he has a great shot with a quick release. No matter what the score is, he plays every shift hard and always wants to make difference.

Next off the board was Jon-Randall Avon, selected by his hometown Peterborough Petes. Avon was one of the most talented players in the OMHA this season. He has high-end skill and a hockey IQ that is off the charts. Excellent skater with breakaway speed, if he has open ice with the puck be prepared to scoop it out of the opposition’s net.

Jacob Holmes of the York-Simcoe Express was chosen by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. An excellent all-around defenceman, Holmes is adept in many areas of the game and is weak in none. Blessed with good size and skating ability, on the defensive side of the puck he gives up very little and is hard to play against. He generates a lot of offence from the backend from his team and is effective on the powerplay and getting pucks on net.

Rounding out the first round for the OMHA was Connor Punnett from the North Central Predators. Punnett puts his team first and does anything he can in order to get the win for his team. A big of an old school throwback, he plays physical and battles hard for pucks. He is going to be an even more of a force once he gets bigger and stronger.


OHL Draft Recap

Round Overall Pick Name OMHA Team OHL Team
1 8 Ryan Winterton Whitby Wildcats Hamilton Bulldogs
1 11 Jon-Randall Avon Peterborough Minor Petes Peterborough Petes
1 18 Jacob Holmes York-Simcoe Express Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
1 19 Connor Punnett North Central Predators Saginaw Spirit
2 23 Daniel Michaud Quinte Red Devils Ottawa 67's
2 26 Ethan Larmand North Central Predators Sudbury Wolves
2 29 Ethan Burroughs Halton Hurricanes Owen Sound Attack
2 32 Brenden Sirizzotti Whitby Wildcats Ottawa 67's
2 39 Jacob Maillet Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Guelph Storm
2 40 Lawson Sherk Halton Hurricanes Hamilton Bulldogs
3 47 Ty Anselmini Guelph Jr. Gryphons London Knights
3 52 Thomas Johnston Whitby Wildcats Ottawa 67's
3 53 Connor Federkow Niagara North Stars London Knights
3 58 Matthew Roy York-Simcoe Express Flint Firebirds
3 60 Chas Sharpe North Central Predators Mississauga Steelheads
4 63 Braden Hache York-Simcoe Express Kingston Frontenacs
4 65 Brett Bressette North Central Predators Erie Otters
4 67 James Jodoin Oakville Rangers Windsor Spitfires
4 69 Kaleb Nelson York-Simcoe Express Hamilton Bulldogs
5 85 Cameron Smith Markham Waxers London Knights
5 86 Wil Murphy Kingston Jr. Frontenacs Erie Otters
5 99 Joshua Ziliotto Burlington Eagles North Bay Battalion
6 106 Owen Brady Whitby Wildcats Oshawa Generals
6 110 Matteo Drobac Halton Hurricanes Hamilton Bulldogs
6 113 Cole Patey North Central Predators Peterborough Petes
6 114 Adam O'Marra Oakville Rangers Mississauga Steelheads
6 116 Owen Richer Clarington Toros Guelph Storm
7 126 Ben White Quinte Red Devils Erie Otters
7 128 Chase Costantino Burlington Eagles Kingston Frontenacs
7 130 Owen Wilson Oakville Rangers Hamilton Bulldogs
7 131 Erik MacNiel Quinte Red Devils North Bay Battalion
7 138 Riley Pitt North Central Predators Oshawa Generals
7 140 Coulter Taylor North Central Predators Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
7 141 Justin DiLauro Whitby Wildcats Mississauga Steelheads
7 142 Matteo Giampa Niagara North Stars London Knights
8 148 Ben Felicetti Burlington Eagles Windsor Spitfires
8 152 Parker Hendsbee Niagara North Stars Ottawa 67's
9 172 Aidan Yarde Grey-Bruce Highlanders Owen Sound Attack
9 178 Brennan Kennedy Halton Hurricanes Peterborough Petes
9 179 Cole Turcotte York-Simcoe Express Niagara IceDogs
9 181 Eddie Maclean Grey-Bruce Highlanders Saginaw Spirit
10 184 Nathan Oickle Peterborough Minor Petes Kingston Frontenacs
10 187 Blake Hall Southern Tier Admirals Barrie Colts
10 188 Ty MacDonald Ajax-Pickering Raiders Windsor Spitfires
10 191 Cameron Gauvreau Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs North Bay Battalion
10 194 Callum Chisholm Richmond Hill Coyotes Mississauga Steelheads
10 196 Dixon Grimes Guelph Jr. Gryphons Guelph Storm
10 197 Cameron Kosurko Central Ontario Wolves Sudbury Wolves
11 208 Justin Brown Barrie Jr. Colts Windsor Spitfires
11 209 Beckett Palmer-Stephen Kingston Jr. Frontenacs Sarnia Sting
11 210 Dylan Richardson Guelph Jr. Gryphons Hamilton Bulldogs
11 217 Joshua Simpson Whitby Wildcats Sudbury Wolves
11 220 Tyler Savard Peterborough Minor Petes Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
11 223 Jack Staniland Central Ontario Wolves Ottawa 67's
12 227 Ryan Cook Guelph Jr. Gryphons Barrie Colts
12 228 Ethan Lindsay Barrie Jr. Colts Owen Sound Attack
12 232 Douglas Carr Whitby Wildcats Owen Sound Attack
12 233 Nicholas Paone Southern Tier Admirals Peterborough Petes
12 235 Ryan Cutler York-Simcoe Express Peterborough Petes
12 241 Carter Garvie Grey-Bruce Highlanders Saginaw Spirit
13 253 Jacob Verner Peterborough Minor Petes Peterborough Petes
13 254 Sean Mateer Markham Waxers Mississauga Steelheads
13 255 Mark McIntosh Guelph Jr. Gryphons Kitchener Rangers
13 263 Ethan Schoonderbeek Clarington Toros Erie Otters
14 265 Joshua Vagenas Halton Hurricanes Flint Firebirds
14 272 Jacob Dupuis Clarington Toros Owen Sound Attack
15 284 Barret Joynt Kingston Jr. Frontenacs Kingston Frontenacs
15 285 Jacob Cielen-Gough Niagara North Stars Flint Firebirds
15 286 Joshua Reilly Southern Tier Admirals Erie Otters
15 292 Dylan Hudon Guelph Jr. Gryphons Owen Sound Attack
15 293 Jared Mangan Buffalo Regals Peterborough Petes
15 294 Wade Bolton Central Ontario Wolves Mississauga Steelheads
15 295 Joseph Blackley Buffalo Regals Kitchener Rangers
15 297 Justyn Ross Ajax-Pickering Raiders Sudbury Wolves

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