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Danford Leads OMHA in 2022 OHL Draft Class

By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 04/30/22, 1:15PM EDT


Defenceman chosen 14th overall, first of four OMHA 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 four in the first round.

The OMHA had 68 players selected from 16 teams. The Quinte Red Devils led the way with 13 players chosen. The Ajax-Pickering Raiders, Niagara North Stars and York-Simcoe Express each had seven players drafted, followed by the North Central Predators (6) and Markham Waxers (5).

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 including up and coming names like Quinton Byfield, Connor McMichael and Cole Perfetti.

One of the best skating defencemen seen at this age. His elusiveness and edge work are exceptional, his mobility and lateral movement make the game seem so easy for him. He controls and generates most of his team’s offence from the blue line. Danford’s vision and playmaking are elite. He isn’t overly physical, but defends well with his stick and body positioning. He is a top-end prospect and will make an impact at the next level.

A highly skilled centre that drives his team offensively. He is a dynamic skater that has great edge work and acceleration in open ice. His puck skills allow him to beat defenders off the rush and create chances for his teammates with his playmaking ability. He has played numerous games at the Junior B level and has found ways to produce there. Testa has all the tools to be an elite offensive player at the next level.

A skilled winger/centre that plays a heavy game and plays the right way. He is a good skater that has good top-end speed, and is consistently the best player on his team by a wide margin. He can be very hard to handle off the rush, and has a long reach that allows him to protect the puck well. Uses his body well in all three zones to protect the puck which makes him very hard to contain. He has all the tools to step in and make an impact at the next level.

One of the top players in the ETA this season. Very smart in his positioning and risk taking, Marrelli understands when he can go and when to just lay back. He is a quick and elusive skater and can beat forecheckers with his feet and makes very good outlet passes. He’s not the biggest defender but he will lay it all out to make plays to help his team win games. He’s the leader of his team and is the type of player most coaches and teams would love to have patrolling their blue line.

OHL Draft Recap

1 14 Ben Danford Quinte Red Devils Oshawa Generals
1 15 Luca Testa Niagara North Stars London Knights
1 20 Ethan Procyszyn North Central Predators North Bay Battalion
1 21 Frankie Marrelli Markham Waxers Ottawa 67's
2 30 Braedyn Rogers Quinte Red Devils Owen Sound Attack
2 33 Nathan Aspinall Markham Waxers Flint Firebirds
2 36 David Bedkowski Richmond Hill Coyotes Oshawa Generals
2 40 Hunter McKenzie Halton Hurricanes Guelph Storm
3 44 Jacob Therrien Clarington Toros North Bay Battalion
3 45 Sean Doherty Ajax-Pickering Raiders Sarnia Sting
3 46 Reed Gee Quinte Red Devils Flint Firebirds
3 60 Carson Campbell Quinte Red Devils Sarnia Sting
3 63 Callum Cheynowski Southern Tier Admirals Hamilton Bulldogs
4 65 Cole Davis York-Simcoe Express Windsor Spitfires
4 67 Ethan Toms Quinte Red Devils Oshawa Generals
4 71 Andrew Vermeulen Niagara North Stars Niagara IceDogs
4 73 Parker Forlin Niagara North Stars Barrie Colts
4 74 Jared Langdon Quinte Red Devils Owen Sound Attack
4 79 Vann Williamson Ajax-Pickering Raiders Kingston Frontenacs
4 80 Jacob Brown Kingston Jr. Gaels Flint Firebirds
4 83 Michael McIvor Quinte Red Devils North Bay Battalion
5 89 Easton Rye Ajax-Pickering Raiders Peterborough Petes
5 98 Nate Brentnell Richmond Hill Coyotes Soo Greyhounds
5 100 Nathan Schaap North Central Predators Flint Firebirds
6 105 Jared Woolley Quinte Red Devils London Knights
6 113 Lucas Tuin Niagara North Stars Peterborough Petes
6 123 Daniel Vasic York-Simcoe Express Hamilton Bulldogs
7 125 Jack Good Markham Waxers Erie Otters
7 129 Isaac Larmand North Central Predators Peterborough Petes
7 133 Glen McInnes Quinte Red Devils Barrie Colts
7 134 Ronan Campbell Ajax-Pickering Raiders Owen Sound Attack
7 135 Hudson Gill Burlington Eagles Guelph Storm
7 143 Graydon Finch Markham Waxers Hamilton Bulldogs
8 145 Nolan Laird Clarington Toros North Bay Battalion
8 149 Nicolas Petrut Kingston Jr. Gaels Peterborough Petes
8 152 Henry Attard Ajax-Pickering Raiders Hamilton Bulldogs
8 158 Logan Shannon North Central Predators Soo Greyhounds
8 162 Jacob English North Central Predators Windsor Spitfires
9 173 Ben Hrebik Halton Hurricanes Barrie Colts
9 178 Brayden Russell Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Soo Greyhounds
9 181 Lirim Amidovski Barrie Jr. Colts North Bay Battalion
10 190 Joshua Brady Clarington Toros Ottawa 67's
10 193 Noah Smith Markham Waxers Barrie Colts
10 195 Mitch Harding York-Simcoe Express Guelph Storm
10 201 Beckett Ewart Quinte Red Devils North Bay Battalion
10 203 Beau Reade Kingston Jr. Gaels Mississauga Steelheads
11 209 Josh Frenette Richmond Hill Coyotes Peterborough Petes
11 216 Jake Peters Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Mississauga Steelheads
11 221 Christopher Soares Halton Hurricanes Sarnia Sting
12 226 Blake Wright Clarington Toros Sudbury Wolves
12 228 Michael Denney York-Simcoe Express Sarnia Sting
12 232 Daniel Thomakos Richmond Hill Coyotes Kitchener Rangers
12 235 Carson Littlejohn York-Simcoe Express Guelph Storm
12 239 Adam Matar York-Simcoe Express Flint Firebirds
13 245 Thomas Kuipers Quinte Red Devils Erie Otters
13 247 MacKenzie Curd Burlington Eagles Erie Otters
13 248 Lucas Durham Ajax-Pickering Raiders Sarnia Sting
13 249 Brody Partridge Quinte Red Devils Peterborough Petes
13 250 Ethan MacDonald Ajax-Pickering Raiders Ottawa 67's
13 263 Clark Dunford Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Hamilton Bulldogs
14 265 Brody Coe North Central Predators Erie Otters
14 270 Charlie Hilton Clarington Toros Ottawa 67's
14 275 Jared McNeil York-Simcoe Express Guelph Storm
14 278 Andrew Hopley Whitby Wildcats Soo Greyhounds
14 280 Dominic Di Francesco Niagara North Stars Flint Firebirds
15 287 Finn Wilson Niagara North Stars London Knights
15 296 Cameron Robillard Niagara North Stars Mississauga Steelheads
15 301 Jack Lisson Oakville Rangers North Bay Battalion


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