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OHL Draft Recap: OMHA Leads the Way with 87 Players Selected

By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 04/22/23, 1:15PM EDT


Five players chosen in the first round

Tyler Hopkins (left) and Matthew Schaefer (right).

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 five in the first round.

Matthew Schaefer, a defenceman from the Halton Hurricanes, was chosen with the first overall pick by the Erie Otters.

The OMHA led the way with 87 players selected from 20 teams. The U16 AAA Champion Peterborough Minor Petes saw 13 players chosen, followed by the semi-finalists in the Halton Hurricanes (12) and York-Simcoe Express (11). Every OHL team selected 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 including up and coming names like Quinton Byfield, Robert Thomas and Cole Perfetti.

Brings a great mixture of speed, skill and compete to the ice. He puts himself in great areas to get the puck in stride and will attack the defenders wide or read what is given and attack inside. Without the puck, Hopkins is fearless and will drive hard to the net or get in on the forecheck and create turnovers. This is why he sustains a lot of offensive zone time and will be a fixture on the scoresheet.

The puck is glued to his stick. This is because Griffin possesses high hockey IQ and has excellent puck control. He can weave through the opposing team allowing him to have a lot of zone entries and exits and control the game. With his high lQ he can see the ice very well and knows where his teammates are. He finds them in prime scoring areas and he creates a lot of offence doing so.

Cameron the ability to control a game from the backend with his skating ability, puck skills and hockey sense. He can beat a forecheck with his skating and is not afraid to join or lead a rush when the opportunity is there. He plays a very heads up style of game as he makes very good decisions with the puck. He has very good composure on the offensive blueline, rarely panics, and does not just throw the puck away. A very good defender that uses his foot work to take away time and space. He is one of the top defencemen in this age group.

A dog-on-a-bone type of player as Brown is always moving and is putting relentless pressure on the opposition. He is a very good skater with excellent quickness that allows him to get in on the forecheck and create havoc. He has good skills that allow him to make most plays and will score the majority of his goals by driving the net and going to the dirty areas for pucks. Has been a very good complementary player on a very good team this season and his production has continued to increase as the year has progressed.

2023 OHL Draft Recap

1 1 Matthew Schaefer D Halton Hurricanes Erie Otters
1 4 Tyler Hopkins F Halton Hurricanes Kingston Frontenacs
1 6 Owen Griffin F York-Simcoe Express Oshawa Generals
1 13 Carson Cameron D Central Ontario Wolves Peterborough Petes
1 17 Ryan Brown F York-Simcoe Express Sarnia Sting
2 24 Wesley Royston F York-Simcoe Express Erie Otters
2 26 Jaiden Newton F Whitby Wildcats Barrie Colts
2 27 Isaac Gravelle G Southern Tier Admirals Oshawa Generals
2 31 William McFadden F Peterborough Minor Petes Guelph Storm
2 32 Dryden Allen D Southern Tier Admirals Flint Firebirds
2 33 Jacob Crawford F York-Simcoe Express Owen Sound Attack
2 37 Nolan Jackson D Barrie Jr. Colts Sudbury Wolves
2 39 James Barr D Burlington Eagles Sarnia Sting
2 41 Tanner Lam F Halton Hurricanes Kitchener Rangers
3 43 Rylan Singh D York-Simcoe Express Guelph Storm
3 46 Kaleb Dietsch D Southern Tier Admirals Ottawa 67s
3 52 Zach Wilson D Central Ontario Wolves North Bay Battalion
3 54 Josh Avery F Peterborough Minor Petes Brantford Bulldogs
4 70 Andrew MacNeil D Peterborough Minor Petes Kitchener Rangers
4 78 Lukas Moore D Peterborough Minor Petes Kingston Frontenacs
4 82 Cam Hankai D Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Brantford Bulldogs
5 85 Brady Smith F Halton Hurricanes Soo Greyhounds
5 90 Johnathan Cirone F Barrie Jr. Colts Barrie Colts
5 97 Casey Bridgewater D Halton Hurricanes Sarnia Sting
6 111 Owen Edwards G Whitby Wildcats Kitchener Rangers
6 112 Masen Johnston G Peterborough Minor Petes Peterborough Petes
6 113 Tyler Vorstadt D Whitby Wildcats Saginaw Spirit
6 116 Hudson Wiles D Barrie Jr. Colts Owen Sound Attack
6 118 Seth Goble C Central Ontario Wolves Kingston Frontenacs
6 121 Ryan Fairbairn D North Central Predators North Bay Battalion
7 131 Cristian Giancola F Halton Hurricanes Kitchener Rangers
7 132 Evan Elliott F Whitby Wildcats Owen Sound Attack
7 136 Graydon Jones D Peterborough Minor Petes Saginaw Spirit
7 137 Blake Clayton F Burlington Eagles Sudbury Wolves
7 138 Cohen Bidgood F Peterborough Minor Petes London Knights
8 151 Liam Beamish F Niagara North Stars Sarnia Sting
8 154 Sam Johnston F Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Guelph
8 159 Kaiden Harmon F Peterborough Minor Petes Barrie Jr. Colts
9 164 Kayden Smith F York-Simcoe Express Erie Otters
9 168 Trent Vaillancourt D Southern Tier Admirals Mississauga Steelheads
9 169 Niko Krmpotic D Halton Hurricanes Brantford Bulldogs
9 171 Ryan Jacobs G Markham Waxers Kitchener Rangers
9 172 Owen Meli F York-Simcoe Express Owen Sound Attack
9 173 Easton Lynds F Southern Tier Admirals Peterborough Petes
9 177 Matthew Andersen D Barrie Jr. Colts Sarnia Sting
9 181 Kayden Buller F Peterborough Minor Petes North Bay Battalion
10 183 Finn Moffett G Oakville Rangers Niagara North Stars
10 184 Ethen Fines F Barrie Jr. Colts Erie Otters
10 188 Noah Read F Southern Tier Admirals London Knights
10 190 Nathan McHattie D Peterborough Minor Petes Guelph Storm
10 191 Drew McLennan D Whitby Wildcats Kitchener Rangers
10 194 Grant Spada D Halton Hurricanes Guelph Storm
10 195 Lucas Manikis D York-Simcoe Express Flint Firebirds
10 197 Carter Timmins D Southern Tier Admirals Sarnia Sting
10 199 Nathan Gerelus D Ajax-Pickering Raiders Barrie Colts
10 200 Gabriel Donohue G Whitby Wildcats Windsor Spitfires
10 201 Tanner Lawson D Halton Hurricanes North Bay Battalion
11 203 Benjamin Arnold D Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Niagara Ice Dogs
11 204 Dryden Riley G Kingston Jr. Gaels Erie Otters
11 213 Francis Parish F Central Ontario Wolves Peterborough Petes
11 214 Kayden Newton G Halton Hurricanes Guelph Storm
11 221 Landen Stevens F Ajax-Pickering Raiders North Bay Battalion
12 226 Griffen Boyle F Whitby Wildcats Kingston Frontenacs
12 229 Logan Snyder G Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Brantford Bulldogs
12 233 Ryan Scriven F Halton Hurricanes Soo Greyhounds
13 244 Dustin Lariviere D Niagara North Stars Erie Otters
13 245 Brett Kazmierski F Buffalo Regals London Knights
13 246 Reece Herman G Quinte Red Devils Kingston Frontenacs
13 249 Owen Fitzgerald F Peterborough Minor Petes Brantford Bulldogs
13 253 Brody Leet F Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Peterborough Petes
13 259 Owen Bruining F Barrie Jr. Colts Barrie Colts
13 260 Emerson Wilkinson D Barrie Jr. Colts Flint Firebirds
13 261 Deke Osterhout F Quinte Red Devils North Bay Battalion
14 272 Tate Collins F York-Simcoe Express Owen Sound Attack
14 274 Vincent Piccone D Guelph Jr. Gryphons Guelph Storm
14 279 Eric Sencaj D York-Simcoe Express Barrie Colts
14 280 Hudson Martin D North Central Predators Sudbury Wolves
14 282 John Lumsen D Peterborough Minor Petes Ottawa 67s
15 283 Gavin Ramkissoon D Markham Waxers Niagara Ice Dogs
15 285 Reid Thomas G Clarington Toros Soo Greyhounds
15 288 Ivan Kastelan G Burlington Eagles Mississauga Steelheads
15 290 Will Derbyshire F Halton Hurricanes Sudbury Wolves
15 293 Kaiden Thatcher D Ajax-Pickering Raiders Peterborough Petes
15 294 Alex Fegaras D Richmond Hill Coyotes Guelph Storm


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