2011 OHL Priority Selection is Saturday
Otters selections in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection presented by State Farm
- 1st round, 12th overall – LW Stephen Harper (38-24-62 in 55 games, 20 PIM ) – Burlington Eagles – Likes to model his game after Jarome Iginla & James Van Riemsdyk. Very tough to play against and he’s not afraid to get his nose dirty. He could develop into a true power forward in the Ontario Hockey League. Featured on July 10
- 2nd round, 34th overall – C Jake Evans (27-46-73 in 59 games, 49 PIM) – Welland Tigers – Favorite NHL player is Joe Thornton. A very good teammate to likes to get into the high traffic areas and is an excellent playmaker. He could wear a letter in the future. Featured July 17
- 4th round, 74th overall – G Corey Foster (2.13 GAA, 4 shutouts in 39 games) – Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs – Tries to pattern himself after Canadiens goaltender Carey Price. Also an accomplished volleyball player. Featured July 24
- 5th round, 84th overall – D Patrick Murphy (13-17-30 in 37 games) – Hill Academy – Coached by former Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Frank Pietrangelo, best known for “The Save”. Likes to model his game after Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. Youngest player on his team, made up of mostly 1994-born players. Featured July 31
- 5th round, 94th overall – D Sean Power (1-17-18 in 58 games) – Markham Majors – Honor roll student every year in school. Assistant Captain and defensive leader for his team. Described by Top Shelf Scouting as someone who advances the puck well out of the defensive zone and has great on ice vision that complements his passing skills. Featured August 8
- 5th round, 95th overall – G Devin Williams (2.17 GAA. 2 shutouts in 10 games – Motor City Metal Jackets U16 – Some scouts believe Williams has the quickest feet out of goalies in his age group. Is a candidate for the United States National Development Team.
- 6th round, 109th overall – RW Nick Betz (9-8-17 in 35 games) – Detroit Little Caesars U16 – One of the biggest players available in the draft, listed at 6-3 and 200 pounds.
- 6th round, 114th overall – LW Ryan Coulter (29-43-72 in 52 games) – Welland Tigers – Teammates with second round pick Jake Evans. Has been on the honor roll throughout his academic career.
- 7th round, 134th overall – C Jordan Dunin (3-6-9 in 11 games) – York-Simcoe Express – Missed a portion of the season with a shoulder injury. Honor roll student in each semester.
- 8th round, 154th overall – RW Sean Darroch (13-26-39 in 64 games) – Oshawa Kinsmen – Plays A-level lacrosse, likes to pattern his game after Bruins right wing Milan Lucic.
- 9th round, 174th overall – G Nate Miller (3.83 GAA, 3 shutouts in 40 games) – Pittsburgh Penguins U16 – A native of Erie, Miller is a big goaltender that can fill the net.
- 10th round, 194th overall – D Jordan Schneider (2-4-6 in 26 games) – Don Mills Flyers – The son of former NHL defenseman Mathieu Schneider. Comes from the same program as former Otters forward Anthony Luciani. Has great size and projects to be a good stay-at-home defenseman in the OHL.
- 11th round, 214th overall – D Travis Wood (4-13-17 in 28 games) – Hill-Murray High School – Blueliner excelled as a freshman in the high-quality Minnesota high school hockey system. He is a resident of nearby Hudson, Wis., making him OHL-eligible.
- 12th round, 234th overall – D Troy Saunders (5-16-21 in 63 games) – Detroit Compuware U16 – Tall defenseman has participated in US Development Camps and is not afraid to get physical.
- 13th round, 254th overall – RW Justin Maiolino (26-50-76 in 73 games) – York-Simcoe Express – A gifted scorer despite his small stature, much like fellow 13th round pick and current Otters center Mike Cazzola.
- 14th round, 266th overall – C Dylan Sikura (19-22-41 in 54 games) – South Central Coyotes – A center with good vision of the ice. Coached by Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Gartner on the Coyotes.
- 14th round, 274th overall – C Blake Jones (18-27-45 in 62 games) – Sun County Panthers – A hard hitter, he comes from the same program as the first overall pick of the 2011 OHL Priority Selection, Aaron Ekblad. The son of Windsor Spitfires assistant coach Bob Jones.
- 15th round, 294th overall – D Kyle Allan (2-3-5 in 55 games) – Brampton Battalion – Dependable rearguard who is a capable stay-at-home defenseman.