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Ritchie Leads OMHA in 2021 OHL Draft Class

By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 06/04/21, 8:15PM EDT

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Forward chosen 2nd overall, first of 6 players in first round

Hockey dreams took a major stride forward on the weekend as Ontario Minor Hockey Association players were chosen in the Ontario Hockey League’s Priority Selection, including six in the first round.

The OMHA had 80 players selected from 19 teams. The Oakville Rangers led the entire draft with 16 players chosen, including a record five of the first eleven picks. The Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs had eight players picked while the York-Simcoe Express, Barrie Jr. Colts and Quinte Red Devils each had seven players drafted. Every OHL club picked at least one OMHA player.

The draft was completed over two days, with the first three rounds on Friday evening and rounds four to fifteen taking place on Saturday morning.

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 Steven Stamkos. Up and coming names include NHL first round picks Quinton Byfield, Connor McMichael and Ty Dellandrea.

Ritchie is described as one of the top prospects in the OHL Draft this year. He can be put on the ice in any situation of the game, whether you need the game winning goal or the last second stop. Ritchie is a complete 200-foot player that coaches love to have. His hockey sense is noted as elite and takes responsibility in all three zones. What separates him from other players is his dedication to both sides of the puck and understands where he needs to be.
Miedema is a big, skilled player with a high ceiling. He has great vision for his size and his offensive game can be dominant. Miedema will have little problem transitioning to the next level. The way he thinks the game will be an advantage. His game is simple but effective and also has the ability to be creative when needed. Miedema says he is working to improve his physical game.

With a quick shot and speed and agility, Soto is a threat in the offensive zone whether or not he has the puck on his stick. Between protecting the puck and using his edges, it's those little things that Soto does on the ice that make the difference for him and his teammates.

Lardis is noted for his great skating ability and can keep up with the fast pace of game and uses it to his advantage. It’s not just his ability to skate back and forth but his edgework has been noticed for the power Lardis produces coming out of turns. This is an important skill for him that will translate well at the next level.
A centre who plays both sides of the puck, Misa is a speedy forward that uses his quickness to forecheck and create space for his teammates. His ability to play fast opens up the ice when he gets around defenders and suddenly finds himself in an immediate scoring opportunity. Misa makes himself noticed when he’s on the ice and stands out in his peer group.
Noted as a complete threat when on the ice, Outwater can score goals or set them up in equal fashion. He has the ability to beat defenders one on one and isn’t afraid to have the puck on his stick. Outwater can make things happen on the ice and averaged nearly two points a game in 2019-20. He is known for his offensive package and is described as dangerous when his team is on the attack.

OHL Draft Recap

Round Pick Name OMHA Team OHL Team
1 2 Calum Ritchie Oakville Rangers Oshawa Generals
1 4 Ethan Miedema Quinte Red Devils Windsor Spitfires
1 5 Matthew Soto Oakville Rangers Kingston Frontenacs
1 6 Nick Lardis Oakville Rangers Peterborough Petes
1 9 Luke Misa Oakville Rangers Mississauga Steelheads
1 11 Owen Outwater Oakville Rangers North Bay Battalion
2 20 Bronson Ride Oakville Rangers Windsor Spitfires
2 37 Alex Assadourian York-Simcoe Express Sudbury Wolves
3 42 Cal Uens Quinte Red Devils Owen Sound Attack
3 43 Cole Brown York-Simcoe Express Hamilton Bulldogs
3 44 Grayson Tiller Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Barrie Colts
3 49 Zack Lewis Guelph Jr. Gryphons Peterborough Petes
3 51 Cameron Mercer Barrie Jr. Colts Kitchener Rangers
3 55 Ben Pickell Clarington Toros Barrie Colts
3 57 Nathaniel Day Niagara North Stars Flint Firebirds
4 63 Nicholas Lamont Barrie Jr. Colts Barrie Colts
4 64 Ethan Quick Quinte Red Devils Ottawa 67's
4 66 Lucas Moore Peterborough Minor Petes Hamilton Bulldogs
4 68 Jack Dever Quinte Red Devils Ottawa 67's
4 70 George Albiom Central Ontario Wolves Erie Otters
4 77 Jakob MacRae Guelph Jr. Gryphons Guelph Storm
5 84 Conor Thacker Oakville Rangers Owen Sound Attack
5 85 Jax Wismer Barrie Jr. Colts Niagara IceDogs
5 91 Gavin Ewles Barrie Jr. Colts Ottawa 67's
5 94 Duncan Schneider Quinte Red Devils Kingston Frontenacs
5 96 Kaeden Johnston Peterborough Minor Petes London Knights
6 104 Declen McDougall York-Simcoe Express Mississauga Steelheads
6 111 Matteo Caruso Burlington Eagles Barrie Colts
6 113 Daks Klinkhammer Ajax-Pickering Raiders Flint Firebirds
6 116 Charlie Key Ajax-Pickering Raiders Owen Sound Attack
6 117 Aidan Amidovski Barrie Jr. Colts Guelph Storm
6 119 Ben Rossi Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Sudbury Wolves
7 123 Jacob Crisp Oakville Rangers Windsor Spitfires
7 125 Sam McCue Barrie Jr. Colts Peterborough Petes
7 126 Matthew Wang Oakville Rangers Flint Firebirds
7 129 Ryan Harvey Ajax-Pickering Raiders Erie Otters
7 133 Larry Keenan York-Simcoe Express Hamilton Bulldogs
8 146 Marcus Lougheed Grey-Bruce Highlanders Hamilton Bulldogs
8 149 Zach Losier Oakville Rangers North Bay Battalion
8 152 Lucas Di Giantommaso Oakville Rangers Sudbury Wolves
8 154 Gabriel Runco Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Peterborough Petes
8 157 Ben Moldenhauer Guelph Jr. Gryphons Guelph Storm
9 160 Noah Cochrane Barrie Jr. Colts Sudbury Wolves
9 162 Christopher Brydges Quinte Red Devils Guelph Storm
9 165 Taylor Bothwell Guelph Jr. Gryphons Peterborough Petes
9 166 Dylan Lariviere Southern Tier Admirals Flint Firebirds
9 172 Easton Wainwright Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Sarnia Sting
9 177 Jack Pridham Markham Waxers Kitchener Rangers
10 182 Alexander Stephen Oakville Rangers North Bay Battalion
10 194 Owen McNamara York-Simcoe Express Peterborough Petes
11 201 Jack Ziliotto Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Oshawa Generals
11 208 Mason Zebeski Oakville Rangers Mississauga Steelheads
11 213 Jamie Darlison Whitby Wildcats Hamilton Bulldogs
11 215 Zain Milne York-Simcoe Express Saginaw Spirit
11 219 Jordan Schanbacher Niagara North Stars Barrie Colts
11 226 Zachary Gratton Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Hamilton Bulldogs
12 230 Andrew McIsaac Ajax-Pickering Raiders Erie Otters
12 238 Aidan Carolan Oshawa Generals Oshawa Generals
13 242 Nathan Phillips Burlington Eagles Guelph Storm
13 244 Jake Mallory Halton Hurricanes Kingston Frontenacs
13 245 Maximus Macerollo Guelph Jr. Gryphons Peterborough Petes
13 251 Kohl Millitz Peterborough Minor Petes Ottawa 67's
13 252 Jack Erickson Ajax-Pickering Raiders Erie Otters
13 253 Ethan Beattie Quinte Red Devils Hamilton Bulldogs
13 254 Izayah Luddington Markham Waxers Kingston Frontenacs
13 255 Carter Lawson Guelph Jr. Gryphons Saginaw Spirit
13 258 Zac Corte Ajax-Pickering Raiders Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
13 259 Jack McAra Burlington Eagles Barrie Colts
14 263 Sam Tonelli Southern Tier Admirals London Knights
14 266 Braeden O'Keefe Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Hamilton Bulldogs
14 270 Braeden Shaikh Oakville Rangers Erie Otters
14 271 Jordan Griffiths Richmond Hill Coyotes Mississauga Steelheads
14 274 Ryan Shier Central Ontario Wolves Peterborough Petes
14 275 Fionn Keon York-Simcoe Express Kingston Frontenacs
14 278 Karter Robertson Central Ontario Wolves Oshawa Generals
15 280 Andrew Brown Oakville Rangers Sudbury Wolves
15 282 Paul Alexander Markham Waxers Sarnia Sting
15 284 Dante Siciliano Whitby Wildcats Kingston Frontenacs
15 286 William Stewart Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Flint Firebirds
15 293 Rory Browne Oakville Rangers Hamilton Bulldogs

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