Erie Otters NHL Draft Central

It has been a long and wild ride to get to this day, but the NHL Entry Draft is upon us. Normally held during the last weekend of June, the draft and its celebration of hockey talent was postponed with the rest of the sports landscape. The weekend originally planned in Montreal, Quebec will have to wait a year as the NHL and potential picks will be part of a virtual draft online beginning Tuesday, October 6th with the first round beginning at 7pm, followed by rounds 2-7 on Wednesday, October 7th beginning at 11:30am.

The Erie Otters have seen great success developing talent for the NHL Draft in the near 25-year history of the organization on the Pennsylvania shores of Lake Erie. Over that time, 39 Erie Otters have heard their names called at the NHL Draft, including ten first-round picks and a five-year streak of first rounders from 1997-2001. Connor McDavid remains the only first overall pick in team history, a feat only eight OHL teams can boast, when the Edmonton Oilers took the hockey prodigy to open the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. 2007 highlights the Otters most successful draft with five players chosen: Nick Palmieri, Anthony Peluso, Luke Gazdic, Zack Torquato, and Josh Kidd.

This year the Otters have a chance to match their 2007 NHL Entry Draft team record with five players from their roster ranked in the NHL Central Scouting Service final rankings: Jamie Drysdale (#3), Austen Swankler (#200), Maxim Golod (#213), Brendan Hoffmann (#217), Aidan Campbell (#28G). Follow along with our draft coverage here and through our social media channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest Otters pick information.

ERIE OTTERS DRAFT CHATS: Jamie Drysdale, Austen Swankler, Maxim Golod, Brendan Hoffmann, Aidan Campbell


WATCH: Round 1: Oct. 6, 7 p.m. ET (NBCSN, SN, TVA), Rounds 2-7: Oct. 7, 11:30 a.m. ET (NHLN, SN)

Since 1969, a total of 2,379 OHL players have been selected in the NHL Draft representing over 20% of all players chosen by clubs and a figure higher than any other league solidifying the OHL as the number one supplier of NHL talent.

Here’s a look at the history of the Erie Otters at the NHL draft:

Year Player NHL Team Pick (Overall)
1997 Jason Ward Montreal Canadiens 11th
  Patrick Dovigi Edmonton Oilers 41st
  Adam Nittel San Jose Sharks 107th
1998 Michael Rupp New York Islanders 9th
1999 Tim Connolly New York Islanders 5th
  Sean Dixon Montreal Canadiens 167th
2000 Nikita Alexeev Tampa Bay Lightning 8th
  Brad Boyes Toronto Maple Leafs 24th
  Michael Rupp New Jersey Devils 76th
2001 Carlo Colaiacovo Toronto Maple Leafs 17th
  Adam Munro Chicago Blackhawks 29th
2002 Brian Lee Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 71st
  Scott Dobben Ottawa Senators 113th
2004 Josh Disher New Jersey Devils 185th
  Chris Campoli New York Islanders 227th
2005 Ryan O’Marra New York Islanders 15th
  Michael Blunden Chicago Blackhawks 43rd
2007 Nick Palmieri New Jersey Devils 79th
  Anthony Peluso St. Louis Blues 160th
  Luke Gazdic Dallas Stars 172nd
  Zack Torquato Detroit Red Wings 178th
  Josh Kidd Los Angeles Kings 184th
2008 Mitch Gaulton New York Rangers 171st
2009 Ryan O’Reilly Colorado Avalanche 33rd
  Jaroslav Janus Tampa Bay Lightning 162nd
  David Shields St. Louis Blues 168th
2010 Greg McKegg Toronto Maple Leafs 62nd
  Andrew Yogan New York Rangers 100th
2012 Adam Pelech New York Islanders 65th
  Connor Brown Toronto Maple Leafs 156th
2013 Connor Crisp Montreal Canadiens 71st
2014 Kyle Pettit Vancouver Canucks 156th
2015 Connor McDavid Edmonton Oilers 1st
  Dylan Strome Arizona Coyotes 3rd
  Travis Dermott Toronto Maple Leafs 34th
2016 Alex DeBrincat Chicago Blackhawks 39th
  Taylor Raddysh Tampa Bay Lightning 58th
  Jordan Sambrook Detroit Red Wings 137th
2017 Ivan Lodnia Minnesota Wild 85th
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