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Poitras leads OMHA in the 2020 OHL Draft Class

By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 04/04/20, 11:30AM EDT


First of three players picked as first round 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 three in the first round.

The OMHA had 79 players selected from 19 teams, leading all minor hockey associations in amount of players chosen. The #RedHats winning Quinte Red Devils led the way with 10 players chosen. The Oshawa Generals, Whitby Wildcats, Southern Tier Admirals and York-Simcoe Express each had seven players drafted while the Richmond Hill Coyotes featured six. Every OHL club picked at least one OMHA player.

See a full list of all the OMHA players chosen at the bottom of the page and 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. Up and coming names include World Juniors gold medallists Aidan Dudas, Connor McMichael, Ty Dellandrea and Quinton Byfield.

The draft class was led by Whitby's Matthew Poitras, chosen 12th overall by the Guelph Storm. He is described as an offensive playmaking centre who utilizes his skating ability and vision in the offensive zone to generate time and space for his linemates. He is a constant offensive threat every time he steps onto the ice; he makes defenders panic with his speed in transition and his slick puck handling ability. He is tenacious at driving the net in the offensive zone and he often provides his team time and space when doing so, ultimately creating havoc for defenders.

Next off the board was defenceman Donovan McCoy from the gold medal winning Quinte Red Devils. A two-way player who uses his feet to defend and to jump in on the attack. He uses smart positioning, good gaps and smart reads to assist his team in defensive zone. Going forward, he makes consistent crisp passes and gets the puck to his forwards for a quick transition. McCoy possesses a strong point shot and he creates great shooting and passing lanes as moves along the blue-line with a lot of confidence.

Rounding out the first round for the OMHA is Southern Tier Admirals forward Andrew LeBlanc. Patience, poise, and a high-end skill set allows LeBlanc to drive a lot of offence from his stick. He is hard to check, firstly because he is always moving his feet and he has great puck control when he makes quick cuts and turns. Secondly, his vision and passing ability are very good. He knows where the puck is going before its on his stick, making quick one-touch plays or he buys time to allow a passing seam to develop. In addition to this, LeBlanc can score by using smart positional play and a quick release.

OHL Draft Recap

Round Overall Pick Name OMHA Team OHL Team
1 12 Matthew Poitras Whitby Wildcats Guelph Storm
1 15 Donovan McCoy Quinte Red Devils Peterborough Petes
1 17 Andrew LeBlanc Southern Tier Admirals Kitchener Rangers
2 22 Jackson Edward York-Simcoe Express London Knights
2 23 Sam Alfano Southern Tier Admirals Peterborough Petes
2 29 Owen Beck Quinte Red Devils Mississauga Steelheads
2 30 Dalyn Wakely Quinte Red Devils North Bay Battalion
2 32 Jake Karabela Guelph Jr. Gryphons Guelph Storm
2 38 Carson Christy Oshawa Generals Mississauga Steelheads
3 41 Tnias Mathurin Ajax-Pickering Raiders North Bay Battalion
3 42 Jacob Leblanc Southern Tier Admirals Kitchener Rangers
3 48 Cooper Matthews Quinte Red Devils Barrie Colts
3 49 Nolan Lalonde Kingston Jr. Gaels Erie Otters
3 50 Madden Steen Guelph Jr. Gryphons Owen Sound Attack
3 51 Ryder McIntyre Ajax-Pickering Raiders Sarnia Sting
3 52 Aaron Brown Quinte Red Devils Flint Firebirds
3 54 Nathan Poole Oshawa Generals Kingston Frontenacs
3 56 Ryan McGuire Burlington Eagles Guelph Storm
4 64 Jackson Stewart Quinte Red Devils Kingston Frontenacs
4 67 George Fegaras Richmond Hill Coyotes Kitchener Rangers
4 72 Ty Petrou Ajax-Pickering Raiders Flint Firebirds
4 73 Coulson Pitre Richmond Hill Coyotes Windsor Spitfires
4 77 Trevor McDowell Quinte Red Devils Windsor Spitfires
4 80 Corbin Votary Quinte Red Devils Owen Sound Attack
5 82 Ryan Struthers Oakville Rangers Niagara IceDogs
5 85 Gage Heyes Oshawa Generals Kingston Frontenacs
5 88 Nolan Collins Whitby Wildcats Sudbury Wolves
5 90 Jack Piper York-Simcoe Express Owen Sound Attack
5 96 Chazz Nixon Oshawa Generals Flint Firebirds
6 104 Jax Bellwood Barrie Jr. Colts Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
6 105 Ethan Morrow Kingston Jr. Gaels Sudbury Wolves
6 109 Tai York Niagara North Stars Barrie Colts
6 110 Joey Muldowney Buffalo Regals Owen Sound Attack
6 112 Jackson Barnes Kingston Jr. Gaels Owen Sound Attack
6 119 Sawyer Prokopetz Southern Tier Admirals Kingston Frontenacs
7 121 Blake Smith Oshawa Generals Oshawa Generals
7 128 Cameron Lowe Southern Tier Admirals Erie Otters
8 145 Harrison Ballard York-Simcoe Express Kingston Frontenacs
8 150 Julian Fantino Richmond Hill Coyotes Owen Sound Attack
8 152 Ethan Whitcomb Niagara North Stars Guelph Storm
8 153 Trevor Hoskin Kingston Jr. Gaels Owen Sound Attack
9 165 Richard Szajek Guelph Jr. Gryphons Kingston Frontenacs
9 167 Quinn Binnie Richmond Hill Coyotes Mississauga Steelheads
9 169 Zachary Wigle Oakville Rangers Barrie Colts
9 174 Wylie Birkett York-Simcoe Express Windsor Spitfires
9 176 Kevin Fitzgerald Kingston Jr. Gaels Flint Firebirds
10 182 Brett Henderson Oakville Rangers Kitchener Rangers
10 184 Justin Spurrell Brampton 45's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
10 188 Jared Coccimiglio Richmond Hill Coyotes Owen Sound Attack
10 189 Adrian Rebelo Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Hamilton Bulldogs
10 190 Dawson Hettiarachchi Whitby Wildcats North Bay Battalion
10 193 Ryan O'Dell Richmond Hill Coyotes Oshawa Generals
10 196 Luke Gualtieri Southern Tier Admirals Flint Firebirds
11 204 Nolan Dunn Whitby Wildcats Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
11 205 William Moore Oshawa Generals Kingston Frontenacs
11 208 Connor Thomson Niagara North Stars Erie Otters
11 213 Luke Torrance Oshawa Generals Oshawa Generals
11 220 Derek Smyth Niagara North Stars Ottawa 67's
12 222 Lucas Littlejohn Clarington Toros Niagara IceDogs
12 224 Jackson Ryan Peterborough Minor Petes Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
12 228 Alexander Bradshaw Ajax-Pickering Raiders Erie Otters
12 229 Nathan Duplessis Niagara North Stars Barrie Colts
12 230 Taos Jordan Whitby Wildcats Owen Sound Attack
12 237 Corbin Roadh Quinte Red Devils Kitchener Rangers
13 245 Andrew Ballantyne Whitby Wildcats Erie Otters
13 246 Ethan Sullivan Oakville Rangers Hamilton Bulldogs
13 248 Will Haines York-Simcoe Express Erie Otters
14 265 Isaac Brown Quinte Red Devils Kingston Frontenacs
14 270 Charlie McKenzie Grey-Bruce Highlanders Owen Sound Attack
14 272 Ryan Russell Barrie Jr. Colts Guelph Storm
14 274 Shane Bondy Barrie Jr. Colts Ottawa 67's
14 275 Will Lewis Grey-Bruce Highlanders Peterborough Petes
14 276 Brock Jones Buffalo Regals Flint Firebirds
14 278 Brett Fullerton Burlington Eagles Saginaw Spirit
15 282 Will Godfrey Whitby Wildcats Niagara IceDogs
15 289 Christian Holden Ajax-Pickering Radiers Erie Otters
15 290 Tristan Malboeuf Oakvile Rangers Hamilton Bulldogs
15 293 Jake Anderson Barrie Jr. Colts Oshawa Generals

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