2020 OHL Priority Selection: Mock Draft

Ahead of the 2020 OHL Draft, we’ve put together our very own two-round Mock Draft. See who we believe will be drafted by which OHL franchise and why, on Draft day, here!

With the 2020 OHL Draft set to begin at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 4th, we’ve put together a Mock Draft to get your blood flowing! Below, we’ve projected which prospects will be drafted by which OHL franchises across the opening two rounds of the event. In addition, we’ve included in-depth profiles of all 40 players we anticipate to be selected — an approach which we hope will allow you to learn a great deal about these talented young prospects while justifying our selections in the process!

In short, assembling this Mock Draft was an incredibly difficult task, as we took team needs and prospect playing style into consideration when making our 40 selections — amongst other factors. With this being said, some selections will surprise you while others could very well be bang on — in any case, dive into our Mock Draft below and be sure to share your thoughts on social media!

Also, be sure to check out our final rankings of the 2019-20 season!

With all things considered, the 2020 OHL Draft could prove to be an incredibly unpredictable one!

The First Round

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1st Overall: North Bay Battalion

Selection: Ty Nelson (D)

2019-20 Team: Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)

With Adam Fantilli’s future in the OHL anything but certain, the North Bay Battalion take the next best player available — and an elite defenceman — in Ty Nelson of the GTHL’s Toronto Jr. Canadiens. Boasting solid size and tremendous skating abilities, Nelson plays an electrifying two-game and can be counted upon to play a lethal three-zone game regardless of the score or on-ice circumstance. After nabbing three high-end forwards in the 2019 OHL Draft, the selection of Nelson is a terrific one which will stabilize North Bay’s blue line for years to come.

Niagara IceDogs logo2nd Overall: Niagara IceDogs

Selection: Pano Fimis (C)

2019-20 Team: Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)

After landing two minute-munching defencemen of the future in the 2019 OHL Draft in Isaac Enright and Landon Cato, the Niagara IceDogs address their need for an elite offensive centre-man by nabbing Pano Fimis of the GTHL’s Toronto Jr. Canadiens. A tough and rugged player who refuses to take a shift off, Fimis is a handful for opposing defenders to contend with who scores and creates plays at an alarming rate. In short, Niagara picks up a first line centre and, potentially, a future team captain.

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3rd Overall: Sarnia Sting

Selection: Paul Ludwinski (C)

2019-20 Team: Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)

Paul Ludwinski of the GTHL’s Toronto Marlboros does everything well — the reason why the Sarnia Sting jump at the opportunity to draft the youngster with the third-overall pick in the 2020 OHL Draft. Well-known for his terrific work-ethic, Ludwinski is a sensational blend of speed, skill, and on-ice intelligence. Whether he find himself on the penalty kill or powerplay, Ludwinski is a remarkably effective player who consistently ensures positive results for his team. With no holes in his game, Ludwinski has all the makings of an elite player at the OHL-level and beyond.

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4th Overall: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Selection: David Goyette (C)

2019-20 Team: South Kent Selects Hockey Academy

Flying under the radar for the South Kent Selects this season, David Goyette totalled 153 points in his 63 games played — for those of you keeping track at home, that was only six points less than Rutger McGroarty recorded in 2019-20. In addition to being one of the smoothest skating players eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft, Goyette is a versatile offensive player who features the ability to bulge the twine as well as create deadly offensive plays.

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Selection: Donovan McCoy (D)

2019-20 Team: Quinte Red Devils (ETA)

With a slew of highly touted forwards in tow, the Kingston Frontenacs seize the need to add a dynamic, two-way defender to the fold. Without hesitation they nab Donovan McCoy of the Quinte Red Devils — arguably the second-best defenceman eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft who oozes poise and confidence. A stable and purposeful skater, McCoy can walk his opposing team’s blue line with ease and run a powerplay without issue. Moreover, he’s poised within his own zone and isn’t pressured into committing errors or turnovers — in all, an incredibly well-rounded blue-liner ready for the OHL-level.

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6th Overall: Hamilton Bulldogs

Selection: Isaiah George (D)

2019-20 Team: Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)

Although Isaiah George is similar to McCoy in some ways, he is also different — the common denominator being that both boast the potential to become top-pairing defenders at the OHL-level and beyond. In selecting George, the Bulldogs nab a smooth-skating defender who is calm and capable in all three zones. Capable of killing penalties, fuelling his team’s transition game and quarter-backing a powerplay, George has the skill set necessary for a defender to enjoy a smooth transition to the major-junior level.

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7th Overall: Mississauga Steelheads

Selection: Zakary Lavoie (C)

2019-20 Team: Toronto Nationals (GTHL)

After selecting a potential shutdown defender in Ethan Del Mastro in the 2019 OHL Draft, the Steelheads come to the table looking for speed and skill — getting their man in Zakary Lavoie of the GTHL’s Toronto Nationals. In need of an elite scoring threat, the Steelheads’ addition of Lavoie adds immediate skill and explosiveness to a roster which has, at times, struggled to bulge the twine. Although somewhat undersized, Lavoie’s lower body strength and powerful stride will allow him to find instant success in the OHL.

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Selection: Dalyn Wakely(C)

2019-20 Team: Quinte Red Devils (ETA)

With no glaring needs within their roster, the Erie Otters step up and take the next best player available — Quinte Red Devils star forward Dalyn Wakely. In Wakely, the Otters add a prospect who is a complete package — uncontainable speed, skill, size. In his 36 regular season contests for the Red Devils this past season, Wakely wired home 30 goals and 72 points, a total which led the ETA and solidified Wakely’s status as a can’t miss offensive player. Moreover, Wakely regularly put his unwavering work ethic on display — consistently out-working opposing players for loose pucks while recording 62 penalty minutes in the process owing to his feisty nature.

Barrie Colts Logo9th Overall: Barrie Colts

Selection: Kocha Delic (C)

2019-20 Team: Toronto Titans (GTHL)

Having nabbed Brandt Clarke in the 2019 OHL Draft, the Barrie Colts shift their focus to their forward group. With Kocha Delic still available, they refuse to pass up on an elite offensive talent — and one who also happens to be one of the hardest-working players eligible for selection. Well-known for his speed and innate offensive abilities, the addition of Delic gives the Colts an extra punch up front and helps to supplement Barrie’s impending loss of Aidan Brown and Josh Nelson — two of the team’s more potent offensive players.

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10th Overall: Owen Sound Attack

Selection: Bryce McConnell-Barker (C)

2019-20 Team: London Jr. Knights (Alliance)

If the Owen Sound Attack hope to continue their impressive playoff streak, they’ll need to add skill and compete whenever and wherever they can. Fortunately for the Attack, the reigning Alliance Player of the Year remains un-drafted as they’re put onto the clock, making the team’s first round draft choice a simple decision to make. With solid size and terrific natural instincts, McConnell-Barker’s tireless work ethic and unwavering level of compete combine to make him a coaches dream. Moreover, he’ll compliment the Attack’s existing young core of forwards extremely well.

Sudbury_Wolves_logo.svg11th Overall: Sudbury Wolves

Selection: Sam Alfano (RW)

2019-20 Team: Southern Tier Admirals (SCTA)

The Sudbury Wolves could see their entire blue line return for the 2020-21 season – a luxury which allows the squad to nab Sam Alfano with their first round pick. Recently named as the SCTA’s player of the Year, Alfano boasts great size and strength. However, unlike many power forwards, Alfano matches his size with terrific speed and skating abilities – a unique combination which allows him to score and produce offence in bunches. Downright unstoppable once he gets moving, Alfano is a prospect who will be able to jump into the OHL next season without issue.

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12th Overall: Guelph Storm

Selection: Hunter Haight (C)

2019-20 Team: Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs (Alliance)

The Guelph Storm aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, as the perennial powerhouse appears destined for yet another deep postseason run in the very near future. Boasting a young yet experienced blue line, the Storm’s depth on the back-end allows them to add a bright young piece to their offensive attack in the form of Hunter Haight. A lightning-quick and explosive skater, Haight is a raw offensive machine who can score goals with ease as well as set them up. A tireless worker to boot, Haight features the high-end skill necessary to develop into an elite player at the OHL-level.

Oshawa Generals Logo13th Overall: Oshawa Generals

Selection: Carson Christy (C)

2019-20 Team: Oshawa Minor Generals (ETA)

When the time comes for the Oshawa Generals to announce their first-round selection in the 2020 OHL Draft, they opt for home-grown talent. Carson Christy, a long-time star for the Oshawa Minor Generals, is available, and is quickly nabbed by the historic major-junior franchise. In Christy, the Generals add one of the Draft’s top goal-scorers – the youngster bulged the twine a whopping 50 times in his 45 combined games played in the ETA this past season. And, although well-known for his strong and deceptive shot, Christy also happens to be a terrific playmaker whose compete level and on-ice intelligence are second to none.

Windsor Spitfires Logo14th Overall: Windsor Spitfires

Selection: Spencer Sova (D)

2019-20 Team: Honeybaked U15 (HPHL)

Spencer Sova was one of the top defencemen on an excellent Honeybaked U15 team this past season and, following a recent move north of the border, it appears as though the youngster is likely to skate in the OHL this coming season. Coincidentally a native of Windsor, the Spitfires are quick to scoop up this homegrown talent who oozes offensive ability and defensive responsibility. Boasting a powerful shot and innate instincts, Sova is a complete package who should round into a superb OHL defender – something the Spitfires will soon need given their aging blue line.

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15th Overall: Peterborough Petes

Selection: Matthew Jovanovic (D)

2019-20 Team: Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)

Given Peterborough’s wealth of 2000-born players – and their ability to ice a mere three this coming season — the Petes jump at the opportunity to select Matthew Jovanovic in the 2020 OHL Draft, a young defender who processes the game at an elite-level. Moreover, Jovanovic is a tremendous skater who isn’t forced into turnovers when pressure is applied – an intangible quality which allows him to stand as a stabilizing presence on both the power play and penalty kill. In short, a highly intelligent player ready for the major-junior level who should enjoy a relatively seamless transition.

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16th Overall: Flint Firebirds

Selection: Cedric Guindon (C)

2019-20 Team: Rockland Nationals (HEO)

The ability to play for his hometown team isn’t in the cards for Cedric Guindon, as the native of Rockland, Ontario, proves to be simply too stellar to pass up for the surging Flint Firebirds. After a tumultuous entry into the OHL, the Firebirds are a team on the rise and – despite their impending departures – will once again stand as a top team in the league in 2020-21. Adding Guindon to their roster will prove to be an excellent decision for Flint, as his blazing speed and creativity will pair well with the team’s top 2003-born players in Brennan Othmann and Braeden Kressler.

Kitchener Rangers Logo17th Overall: Kitchener Rangers

Selection: Matthew Poitras (C)

2019-20 Team: Whitby Wildcats (ETA)

The Kitchener Rangers landed a stud in the first round of the 2019 OHL Draft, selecting workhorse Francesco Pinelli from the GTHL’s Toronto Red Wings. In keeping with this mindset, the Rangers pluck from the ETA in 2020 – drafting Matthew Poitras with their opening selection. Much like Pinelli, Poitras is a tireless skater and worker who will battle endless for pucks and win the majority of said battles in the process. As an excellent playmaker and intelligent youngster, Poitras should prove to be a perfect fit within an already versatile Rangers lineup.

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Selection: Chase Pietila (D)

2019-20 Team: Honeybaked U15 (HPHL)

The Saginaw Spirit certainly have an edge when it comes to US-eligible prospects, and they take advantage of that with their first round pick, nabbing Chase Pietila from Detroit Honeybaked. What many thought was a snub from the US NTDP’s U17 team, Pietila is a high-end, physical defender with a substantial offensive ceiling as well. With a strong frame, Pietila is able to easily knock opponents off the puck or disrupt their cycle with a strong rub out. On the other side of the puck, he has a fluid stride and a powerful point-shot, making himself a hot commodity on the powerplay.

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19th Overall: London Knights

Selection: Andrew LeBlanc (C)

2019-20 Team: Southern Tier Admirals (SCTA)

The Knights have found success drafting the SCTA’s leading scorer before, with Luke Evangelista, and go down the same route here with Andrew LeBlanc. Although slightly undersized for a centre, LeBlanc makes up for it with superb speed and skill, reading the ice one step ahead of his opponents and being able to draw defenders’ attention before dishing off to a teammate. With excellent vision and creativity, LeBlanc is a natural playmaker, but can definitely light the lamp himself too.

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20th Overall: Ottawa 67’s

Selection: Nicholas Moldenhauer (RW)

2019-20 Team: Toronto Titans (GTHL)

The Ottawa 67’s have drafted extremely well despite also being one of the OHL’s premier teams over recent years, leaving them without any large holes in their prospect pool. As such, they opt for a pure goal-scorer in Nicolas Moldenhauer, a winger who sees the ice very well and always finds himself in the right place at the right time. With quick and creative hands, Moldenhauer frequently draws in defenders and opens up space for teammates. He isn’t shy to chip in as a playmaker with solid vision as well.

The Second Round

 

Hamilton Bulldogs Logo21st Overall: Hamilton Bulldogs

Selection: Gavin Hayes (RW)

2019-20 Team: Compuware U15 (HPHL)

A match made in heaven, the Bulldogs jump at the opportunity to pair up Avery Hayes with his highly touted brother, Gavin. Suiting up for Compuware this year, Gavin was consistently one of the greatest offensive threats in the HPHL, with a rare blend of speed, skill, and size. At 6’1″, 161-pounds, Hayes is an OHL-ready option for the Bulldogs who was arguably a snub from the US NTDP U17 team.

London Knights Logo22nd Overall: London Knights

Selection: Adam Fantilli (C)

2019-20 Team: Kimball Union Academy

The largest question mark within this year’s draft is where the #1 ranked prospect, Adam Fantilli, will fall. After leaving the Toronto Jr. Canadiens after just three GTHL games, Fantilli reunited with his brother, Luca, at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire. After months of speculation, both Adam and Luca recently announced their commitments to the USHL’s Chicago Steel for the 2020-21 season. Which leads the question; Who will take the chance of Fantilli joining their club for the 2021-22 season? The Knights have a history of prying top talent away from other teams, and with two 2nd-round picks in the draft, they have the assets to take a leap of faith.

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Selection: Alec Leonard (D)

2019-20 Team: Mississauga Reps (GTHL)

After loading up on high-end forwards in the 2019 OHL Draft, the Petes opt to go with another defenceman who can dictate the game at both ends of the ice in Alec Leonard. Leonard is an old-fashioned defender who isn’t afraid to lay booming checks along the wall or to jump up in the rush as a puck carrier or a fourth forward. The Petes only have one defenceman returning from their 2019-20 season who was born in 2001 or later, and Leonard will fill a massive hole on their back-end.

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24th Overall: Guelph Storm

Selection: Jackson Edward (D)

2019-20 Team: York Simcoe Express (ETA)

After selecting a forward in each of the first three rounds in the 2019 OHL Draft, and again with Hunter Haight this year, the Storm opt to take a defenceman with big-time upside in Jackson Edward. Standing at 6’2″, 194-pounds, Edward will jump straight into the OHL and be able to hold his own in the defensive zone. However, he also shows tremendous offensive promise as well, displaying excellent mobility and decision-making with the puck, as well as a strong point shot.

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Selection: Max Namestnikov (LW)

2019-20 Team: Honeybaked U15 (HPHL)

With three picks in the top-25, the Knights have the luxury of making high-risk high-reward picks. After taking a flyer on Adam Fantilli, the Knights make another gamble, this time on Max Namestnikov. The brother of former Knight and current NHLer, Vladislav, Max was a driving force for the dominant Honeybaked squad this year. Although he’s on the smaller side of the scale, Max makes up for it in speed and skill, accumulating a total of 53 goals and 75 assists in just 59 games this season. Despite a commitment to Michigan State, the Knights have the leverage to make this happen.

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26th Overall: Ottawa 67s

Selection: Jonathan Melee (LW)

2019-20 Team: Rockland Nationals (HEO)

The 67’s are in an excellent position for both the present and future, giving them the luxury to draft without positional bias. After starting the year off strong with the GTHL’s Toronto Titans, Jonathan Melee moved back to Ottawa to suit up for the HEO’s Rockland Nationals, where he posted impressive offensive totals. Melee has excellent size and showcases impressive strength to protect the puck, but his best quality is actually his shot, which is quick off the stick and extremely accurate. Playing in his hometown could give Melee the comfort to find his true potential.

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Selection: Ryan McGuire (C)

2019-20 Team: Burlington Eagles (SCTA)

The IceDogs didn’t select a forward in last year’s draft until the seventh round, which motivates them to add Ryan McGuire on top of their previous selection of Fimis. McGuire quietly scored nearly a goal-per-game this year for the SCTA’s Burlington Eagles – 35 goals in 37 games – and proved to be a consistent force at both ends of the ice. However, he also shows an intriguing physical side to his game and led the SCTA in penalty minutes this year.

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Selection: Tnias Mathurin (D)

2019-20 Team: Ajax Pickering Raiders (ETA)

Looking for a reliable defender to add to their lineup, the Wolves select Tnias Mathurin, a 6’2″, 185-pound prospect who has shown flashes of offensive upside. A hard-nosed and strong player, Mathurin excels as a shutdown defenceman, showing good aggression to break up plays, knock opponents off the puck, and put his body in shooting lanes. He is a promising transition player as well, showing excellent competency in breaking out the puck and joining the offence from the blue line.

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Selection: Thomas Sirman (D)

2019-20 Team: Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)

The Steelheads boast a fairly balanced lineup heading into next season, and after adding another gaol-scorer in the first round, the Trout opt to add to the blueline now in Thomas Sirman. A highly-skilled two-way defender, Sirman is an above-average skater who reads the ice very well and isn’t afraid to join the rush. On the back end, he uses his lower-body strength and a smart stick to easily break up the opposition’s cycle.

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30th Overall: North Bay Battalion

Selection: Connor Toms (D)

2019-20 Team: Soo Greyhounds (GNML)

A team on the rebuild, the Battalion opt to go local by selecting another Northern prospect in Connor Toms, the NOHA’s Player of the Year. Toms is an intelligent puck-moving defender who is very mobile around the ice and displays a strong shot from the point which he can effectively get through traffic. A fluid skater, Toms uses his sense to regularly break up passes and deflect pucks away from danger areas.

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Selection: Aaron Brown (D)

2019-20 Team: Quinte Red Devils (ETA)

The Spirit are loaded on talent up front, and after replacing Connor Punnett’s hole with Chase Pietila in the first round, they add another top-flight defender in Aaron Brown. A prospect who has no holes to his game, Brown can truly be relied upon in any situation. A fluid skater who’s game is honed around the breakout, Brown will have an immense influence on the Spirit’s transition game. Brown battles hard every shift and is rarely beat to pucks, and he can get pucks through screens as well as anyone.

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32nd Overall: Guelph Storm

Selection: George Fegaras (D)

2019-20 Team: Richmond Hill Coyotes (ETA)

With their third pick of the 2020 OHL Draft, the Storm add George Fegaras to an already impressive haul that includes Haight and Edward. Another defender with good size standing at 6’1″, 190-pounds, Fegaras is a very strong skater who can knock opponents off the puck or use his stick to interrupt passes. Offensively, Fegaras shows a high ceiling as well, as he’s able to skate the puck through all three zones and control the play from the point with smart passes or a shot through traffic.

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Selection: Cooper Matthews (RW)

2019-20 Team: Quinte Red Devils (ETA)

The IceDogs continue to re-stock their cupboards up front, adding yet another natural goal scorer to their lineup in Cooper Matthews. A member of the OMHA champion, Quinte Red Devils, Matthews overcame a slow start to finish fourth in the ETA in both goals (27) and points (56). A winger who thinks the game at extremely high speeds, Matthews has speed to kill and can have serious impacts on the game as both a goal scorer and a playmaker. With a tremendous complete-level, Matthews will be a fan favourite.

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34th Overall: Sarnia Sting

Selection: Brice Cooke (RW)

2019-20 Team: Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)

Although he occasionally flew under the radar on a very strong Jr. Canadiens team, make no mistake, Brice Cooke projects to have a long, successful career at the OHL level. With great physicality and impressive agility with the puck, Cooke is an offensive threat each time he takes the ice, using his sense to find gaps behind defenders and utilizing a very strong and accurate shot to beat goaltenders clean or off one-time passes.

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Selection: Justin Dezoete (LW)

2019-20 Team: Hamilton Huskies (Alliance)

With their third pick of the 2020 OHL Draft, the Petes continue to stock an already stacked prospect pool, this time with Justin Dezoete. A true work horse and leader for the Hamilton Huskies, Dezoete was relied upon in all situations and quickly established a reputation as a legitimate goal scorer in the second half of the season. Dezoete couples an unparalleled work ethic with impressive speed and skill to create offensive opportunities each time he takes the ice, and boasts some solid strength to boot.

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Selection: Aidan Castle (RW)

2019-20 Team: Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)

The Spitfires opt to load up on more speed with the selection of Aidan Castle, a tremendous skater with an admirable work ethic. Castle has shown flashes of incredible potential and is a pick with a high ceiling, displaying a solid skill set and good lower-body strength to create offensive opportunities both on the rush and along the cycle. Castle has a quick and accurate release, but can double as an intelligent playmaker as well.

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Selection: Noah Van Vliet (D)

2019-20 Team: Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)

Perhaps one of the safer selections in this year’s draft is that of Noah Van Vliet. A strong, defensive defenceman, Van Vliet displays impressive power and strength in all aspects of his game, from his skating to his physicality.  Standing at 6’1″, 190-pounds, Van Vliet will be able to jump straight into the OHL and hold his own against older competition. With tremendous instincts and a powerful stride, he is brutal to go up against and will use either his body or his stick to erase developing plays.

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Selection: Brady Stonehouse (LW)

2019-20 Team: Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs (Alliance)

With their third pick of the draft, the Steelheads add Brady Stonehouse, a tireless skater with lightning-quick speed and high-end skill. Stonehouse consistently improved over the course of this season, becoming a reliable goal-scorer on top of his natural playmaking abilities. He goes hard into corners and battles for loose pucks with success, and even displayed his ability to face older competition during a three-game stint in the GOJHL (Jr. B).

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Selection: Zion Green (RW)

2019-20 Team: Compuware U15 (HPHL)

The Spitfires go for a high-risk, high-reward pick with their third selection of the draft by picking Michigan-born, Zion Green. Green played for an unheard of three teams in his U16 season; starting with the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies, then Little Caesars, and finally Detroit Compuware. He’s shown flashes of incredible potential, but needs to find a more consistent effort-level in his game to tie it all together. Green displays tremendous puck skills, is an effortless skater, and has a very quick and powerful release.

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Selection: Liam Eveleigh (D)

2019-20 Team: Waterloo Wolves (Alliance)

With the final pick of the second round, the Otters add Liam Eveleigh, a defenceman who quite literally does everything well. His greatest asset is his intelligence and understanding of the game, as Eveleigh is able to out-think his opponents at both ends of the ice. A sound defender with great edges, Eveleigh consistently keeps his body positioned between the puck and his net. He can contribute offensively as well, either through sound breakouts or by joining the rush as a fourth forward.

2019 OHL Priority Selection: First-Round Mock Draft

With the 2019 OHL Priority Selection upon us, we’ve taken the time to write a top-21 mock draft for the event. Although Shane Wright will fall first overall, the remaining order is anything but certain.

With the 2019 OHL Priority Selection officially on the horizon, we’ve taken the time to put together a first-round mock draft.

In our top-21 mock draft, we’ve taken into account team needs and trends in order to arrive at the most accurate selection possible. However, despite this being said, prospects committed to various NCAA programs always find a way to throw a kink in OHL mock drafts, so be sure to keep wildcards such as Danil Zhilkin, Sasha Pastujov, and Dylan Duke in mind as the big day approaches.

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Whether or not Sasha Pastujov — a highly touted 2019 OHL Draft eligible forward — will opt for the major-junior route remains unknown. (Photo Credit: Tim Cornett/CHL Images)

Outside of these committed prospects, the field which comprises our first-round mock draft will be extremely familiar to most. To no ones surprise, we’re expecting Shane Wright to fall at first overall to the Kingston Frontenacs — a selection which should kickstart a substantial resurgence in the “Limestone City”.

Related: 2019 OHL Draft Rankings

However, following the selection of Wright, nothing is set in stone. Although there seems to be a consensus with respect to the top-five prospects in the 2019 OHL Draft, the choices made outside of fifth-overall are incredibly difficult to predict and will undoubtedly boil down to the strengths and weaknesses of each specific team as they are placed on the clock.

Related: 2019 OHL Draft Profiles

So, taking into account the information and perspectives unveiled above, here is our first-round mock draft ahead of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. While we’re not expecting this to be 100% accurate, we’d be surprised if a number of our selections below aren’t solidified come draft day.

First-Round Mock Draft

Here it is, our top-21 mock draft with respect to the 2019 OHL Draft.

One reality to keep in mind is that fact that the Peterborough Petes hold two first-round choices this year — a result of the trade which saw Will Cuylle traded to the Windsor Spitfires this past offseason. Hence, there are 21 picks in the first-round as opposed to the usual 20.

Lastly, be sure to read our Final OHL Draft Ranking of the 2018-19 season, as it highlights the top-300 prospects available and will afford you with an idea of which players your favourite team could be pondering.

1st Overall: Kingston Frontenacs

Prospect Selected: Shane Wright – C

2018-19 Team: Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)

Shane Wright of the Don Mills Flyers is an exceptional talent, and a virtual lock to be selected first overall by the Kingston Frontenacs in the 2019 OHL Draft. Earning the right to select Wright was a painful ordeal for the Frontenacs, as the team struggled mightily in the second half of their season and concluded the 2018-19 OHL campaign with a league-worst 30 points and 14-52-2 record. 

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Wright was our top-ranked prospect all season long, and will be the driving force behind Kingston’s resurgence. (Photo Credit: Max Lewis)

Kingston’s pain will likely be worth it, however, as Wright stands as the NHL’s next elite prospect and boasts the skill-set and drive necessary to lead his team at both ends of the ice regardless of the level. As mature as they come both on and off of the ice, Wright will stand as a pillar within the Frontenacs’ lineup and undoubtedly lead the team to substantial success in the years to come.

2nd Overall: Flint Firebirds

Prospect Selected: Brennan Othmann – RW

2018-19 Team: Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)

Commitment issues have seemingly plagued the Flint Firebirds in the past, however, it appears as though sniper Brennan Othmann is ready to take his talents to Michigan. A stellar two-way player who is a capable playmaker as well as goal-scorer, Othmann boasts solid size and the skating abilities necessary to make the jump to the OHL-level in 2019-20.

Nabbing Othmann would be a significant addition for the Firebirds, as the team scored the second-fewest goals in the OHL this past season and could see its top player in Ty Dellandrea turn pro with the Dallas Stars next season. Alongside the likes of Evan Vierling, Ethan Keppan, and Cody Morgan, Othmann could be able to transition the Firebirds from a fringe contender into a legitimate competitor.

3rd Overall: Erie Otters

Prospect Selected: Brandt Clarke – D

2018-19 Team: Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)

Unquestionably the best defenceman eligible for the 2019 OHL Draft, the Erie Otters will not hesitate to select Brandt Clarke. A smooth skating defender who is as capable in his defensive zone as he is lethal in the attacking zone, Clarke is a dynamic presence who can be utilized and thrive in virtually any situation on the ice. Further, given his impressive size and strength, Clarke is difficult to knock off of the puck and is not intimidated by his competition by any means.

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Alongside Jamie Drysdale, Clarke and the Otters will have a devastating one-two punch on their blue line. (Photo Credit: Max Lewis)

Selecting Clarke would be a massive addition for the Otters, who would boast both Jamie Drysdale and the aforementioned Clarke on their blue line for years to come. Both dynamic two-way defenders, the duo of Drysdale and Clarke would afford Erie with two pillars of power on their back-end capable of influencing and driving the team’s offence with relative ease as well as consistency.

4th Overall: Barrie Colts

Prospect Selected: Connor Lockhart – C

2018-19 Team: Kanata Lasers (HEO)

While the Barrie Colts would do well to add an elite young defenceman to their roster, the skill-set which Connor Lockhart possesses is far too valuable to pass up. A purposeful and electrifying skater, Lockhart has the ability to drive his team’s attacking game and is remarkably consistent in his ability to do so. Blessed with soft hands, an accurate shot and a high-level hockey IQ, Lockhart features a professional approach to the game and plays a mature yet productive style on a nightly basis.

With all of Ryan Suzuki, Riley Piercey, and Nathan Allensen set to lead the Colts into the future, nabbing Lockhart would add an extra dimension of depth to a young yet steadily developing Barrie roster. Sure, Lockhart would do well to add greater strength to his frame ahead of the 2019-20 season, however, the youngster’s raw skill set should allow him to overcome any physical adversity he faces as a rookie.

5th Overall: Peterborough Petes

Prospect Selected: Mason McTavish – C

2018-19 Team: Pembroke Lumber Kings (HEO)

The Peterborough Petes finished in the bottom-10 in goal scoring during the 2018-19 OHL season, an outcome which arose primarily due to the team’s lack of depth. However, with Nick Robertson and Cameron Butler poised to explode next season, adding Mason McTavish to the cause certainly won’t hurt one bit. A 47-goal scorer for the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the HEO this past campaign, McTavish is a natural sniper who also features impressive size and strength to boot.

The money maker for McTavish is his lethal shot. Whether he is staring down a tough angle, standing outside of the dots, or is battling for a loose rebound in front of the net, McTavish has the innate ability to bulge the twine and is extremely consistent in his ability to light the lamp. Sure, McTavish’s all-round game and play in his defensive end could use improvement before logging major minutes at the OHL-level, however, the youngster’s goal-scoring abilities will be too valuable for the Petes to pass upon at fifth-overall.

6th Overall: Windsor Spitfires

Prospect Selected: Francesco Pinelli – C

2018-19 Team: Toronto Red Wings (GTHL)

The Windsor Spitfires are one of the youngest — yet most promising — teams competing within the OHL. No, the Spitfires didn’t enjoy a spectacular season in 2018-19, however, the franchise has put itself in a position to add a dynamic young player by the name of Francesco Pinelli. A leader both on and off of the ice who plays a sound two-way game, Pinelli approaches the game with a mature attitude and is always willing to learn in order to improve his game.

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Pinelli is a lethal offensive player and natural leader who will fit nicely with the Spitfires’ current core of young stars. (Photo Credit: Dan Hickling/OHL Images)

As a sturdy skater who can traverse the ice with ease, Pinelli will assess all of his options when in possession of the puck and regularly executes plays which result in high-danger scoring chances for his team. Remarkably consistent and tireless in his work ethic, Pinelli has all the makings of a minute-munching player at the OHL-level, and one who can contribute more than his fair share of offence too.

7th Overall: Sarnia Sting

Prospect Selected: Francesco Arcuri – LW

2018-19 Team: Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)

Although a team who could stand to add either a forward or defenceman with their first round pick in the 2019 OHL Draft, expect the Sarnia Sting to target Francesco Arcuri of the Don Mills Flyers. While overshadowed at times throughout the 2018-19 GTHL campaign, Arcuri exploded in the second-half of the season and became a go-to player for the Flyers.

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Expect Arcuri to provide Sarnia with offensive firepower as soon as the 2019-20 season, he is simply that good. (Photo Credit: Dan Hickling/OHL Images)

A dynamic and shifty skater who navigates the ice with both speed and purpose, Arcuri can force opposing defenders onto their heels owing to his wheels and can create significant time and space as a direct result. Once established in his attacking zone, Arcuri stands as a threat to pass and can shoot the puck as well — a versatile skill-set which makes the youngster as unpredictable as he is deadly. In short, Arcuri will be a solid addition to a very young incredibly promising Sting roster.

8th Overall: Hamilton Bulldogs

Prospect Selected: Brenden Sirizzotti – RW

2018-19 Team: Whitby Wildcats (ETA)

During the 2017-18 season, Quinton Byfield recorded 92 points in 34 regular season ETA games played. In 2018-19, Whitby Wildcats forward Brenden Sirizzotti recorded 93 points in 36 regular season ETA contests — a major reason why the highly skilled and potent forward will catch the eye of the Hamilton Bulldogs with the eighth-overall selection.

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Sirizzotti is an explosive offensive player whose game should translate well to the OHL-level with the Bulldogs. (Tim Cornett/CHL Images)

As a tireless skater who can single-handedly drive the pace of play for his team, Sirizzotti stands as a shifty yet creative player who can produce offence in a variety of ways. Regarded as a pass-first player given his 61 assists this past season, Sirizzotti is also a threat to shoot the puck and will not hesitate to take advantage of any time and space provided by his opposition. Although poised to join a young Bulldogs roster, Sirizzotti’s competitiveness and skating abilities should allow him to transition seamlessly to the OHL-level in 2019-20.

9th Overall: North Bay Battalion

Prospect Selected: Liam Arnsby – C

2018-19 Team: Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)

At ninth-overall, the North Bay Battalion are quick to select the fifth Don Mills Flyers star of the 2019 OHL Draft thus far in Liam Arnsby. A hard-working forward who is unrelenting on the forecheck and not afraid to play a physical game, Arnsby will be able to step into North Bay’s lineup next season and showcase the style of play which the Battalion have become widely known for over the years.

Consistently one of the fiercest players on the ice, Arnsby is well-regarded for his exceptional two-way play and has the ability to secure his own zone before dashing up the ice to create dangerous scoring chances for his team. A solid passer who also features a heavy shot, Arnsby can create and finish scoring plays with relative ease and isn’t afraid to battle hard in front of the net for loose pucks or rebounds. As a youngster who plays with both maturity and professionalism, expect Arnsby to be a key component of the Battalion’s roster in the years ahead.

10th Overall: Owen Sound Attack

Prospect Selected: Brett Harrison – C

2018-19 Team: London Jr. Knights (Alliance)

The Owen Sound Attack finished 15th overall in OHL goal-scoring during the 2018-19 season, an underwhelming total which should lead them to select one of the 2019 OHL Draft’s top snipers. Standing well over 6-feet tall and an intimidating sight on the ice, Brett Harrison is a natural goal-scorer who presence in Owen Sound would bode well for the Attack in the years ahead.

Blessed with a fantastic shot and quick yet decisive hands, Harrison can fire the puck on-goal in the blink-of-an-eye and is surprisingly accurate in doing so. In fact, Harrison netted 42 goals in his 33 regular season Alliance contests this past season — an output which led the league by a wide margin and established Harrison as one of the 2019 OHL Draft class’ most lethal shooters. Come the 2019-20 OHL season, Harrison should be able to translate to the OHL-level with relative ease given he is a smooth and agile skater of solid size and ever-increasing skill.

11th Overall: Peterborough Petes

Prospect Selected: Ethan Del Mastro – D

2018-19 Team: Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)

After allowing 3.76 goals against per game during the 2018-19 season, the time has come for the Peterborough Petes to add a wildly talented young defender to its roster. So, with the 11th overall selection, the Petes will add Toronto Marlboros star defender Ethan Del Mastro to the fold — a sizeable yet fluid skating defender who is consistently strong, stable, and composed at both ends of the ice.

Although his offensive game continues to grow, Del Mastro stands as a poised defenceman who consistently makes the right play in a safe and effective manner. Within his own zone, Del Mastro can smother attacking players owing to his quick feet and strength. Once in possession, Del Mastro has the ability to fire crisp breakout passes to his teammates or lead the rush himself as a result of his high-level of hockey intelligence.

12th Overall: Mississauga Steelheads

Prospect Selected: Logan Mailloux – D

2018-19 Team: Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)

The Mississauga Steelheads’ blue line continues to age, and with Thomas Harley’s time at the major-junior-level surely limited, the team would do well to nab a promising young defender capable of stepping into the lineup next season. In Logan Mailloux, the Steelheads will receive exactly that — a strong and sizeable defender who skates extremely well and brings an offensive edge to the ice.

Weighing in at 215-pounds and standing 6-foot-3 tall, Mailloux is an intimidating presence on the blue line given his young age who will only grow into his massive frame in the years ahead. However, Mailloux is far more than a big body, as the emerging defender features remarkable agility in all three zones of the ice and a heavy shot which can generate all sorts of rebounds for his teammates to take advantage of. Significantly improved since the beginning of the 2018-19 season, Mailloux could prove to be the steal of the first round considering his current trajectory.

13th Overall: Kitchener Rangers

Prospect Selected: Stuart Rolofs – LW

2018-19 Team: Kanata Lasers (HEO)

Boasting a roster flooded with highly skilled young players, adding Stuart Rolofs to the mix will afford the Kitchener Rangers with considerable scoring depth in the years ahead. Sure to skate with the likes of Reid Valade and Isaac Langdon, Rolofs brings size, strength, and innate offensive abilities each and every time he graces the ice. Widely known for his heavy shot, Rolofs can devise and execute scoring plays to boot and stands as a versatile yet lethal threat with each passing shift.

Further, given his 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame, Rolofs will have little trouble adjusting to the OHL-level in 2019-20, as the youngster skates remarkably well for his size and is incredibly difficult to knock off of the puck once in possession. A 33 goal-scorer for the Kanata Lasers of the HEO this past season, Rolofs will be able to jump into the Rangers’ lineup without issue and play a commanding and intimidating role for Kitchener in the years ahead.

14th Overall: Guelph Storm

Prospect Selected: Artem Guryev – D

2018-19 Team: Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)

The Guelph Storm enjoyed an incredibly successful draft last season, and will look to continue their winning ways through the selection of defenceman Artem Guryev. A highly energetic defender who thrives at both ends of the ice, Guryev is arguably the best open-ice hitter available in the 2019 OHL Draft and loves to make his presence felt physically regardless of the situation.

Joining the Storm should prove to be a seamless transition for the Russian native, as Guryev will join his fellow countrymen in Daniil Chayka and Dmitri Samorukov on Guelph’s blue line — a familiar and welcoming atmosphere which will bode well for the youngster in his rookie season. If able to play a more disciplined game and stay out of the penalty box, Guryev should be able to create positive influence for the Storm in all three zones of the ice.

15th Overall: Sudbury Wolves

Prospect Selected: Wyatt Johnston – C

2018-19 Team: Toronto Marlboros (GHTL)

The Sudbury Wolves iced just one 2002-born forward and one 2001-born forward during the 2018-19 OHL season, a reality which does not bode well for the future depth of the team. With this being said, adding a capable and competent 2003-born forward in the 2019 OHL Draft will be paramount to the Wolves’ future success. And, at this point in the first round, that player is Wyatt Johnston — a creative and shifty centre who is one of the most intelligent players eligible in this year’s Priority Selection.

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Johnston’s competitive and intelligent nature will make him a fixture within a dynamic Wolves roster. (Photo Credit: Dan Hickling/OHL Images)

A star for the Toronto Marlboros this past season, Johnston routinely centred his team’s top line and could be counted upon to be double-shifted when the situation required. A creative playmaker who rarely makes mistakes and has the ability to drive his team’s offence, Johnston can shoot the puck to boot and stands as a versatile threat in the attacking zone. However, Johnston is far more than simply a threat to score, as he prioritizes the well-being of his own zone before thinking about offence — a well-rounded approach which displays his on-ice maturity.

16th Overall: Oshawa Generals

Prospect Selected: Josh Bloom – LW

2018-19 Team: Toronto Nationals (GTHL)

Josh Bloom was crucial to the immense success enjoyed by the Toronto Nationals in the GTHL this season, and he will surely come to play a substantial role for the Oshawa Generals over time. Once selected, Bloom will be added to a promising young core of Oshawa players which is currently being led by the likes of Lleyton Moore and Ty Tullio, amongst others.

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Josh Bloom’s tireless skating and natural offensive instincts will serve Oshawa well in the years ahead. (Photo Credit: Dan Hickling/OHL Images)

Defined by his work-ethic and tireless skating on the ice, Bloom is a well-rounded two-way player who values the well-being of his own zone. However, once he and his team have broken out of their defensive zone, Bloom transitions into a lethal offensive threat owing to his ability to pass and shoot the puck with authority. As a puck-hound who isn’t afraid to go to the dirty areas in order to generate offence, Bloom should fit in nicely with the Generals’ current complement of players.

17th Overall: Niagara IceDogs

Prospect Selected: Paul Christopoulos – D

2018-19 Team: Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)

Having iced one of the most experienced — and oldest — blue lines in the OHL during the 2018-19 season, the time has come for the Niagara IceDogs to add an incredibly promising young defender to their current roster. And, perhaps no one fits this description better than Paul Christopoulos — a key member of the Don Mills Flyers’ success this past season whose play improved drastically over the course of the GTHL season.

Boasting size, smarts, and skill, Christopoulos is a tremendous two-way defenceman who can influence the outcome of any given game at both ends of the ice. Defensively, Christopoulos is sound and composed in his efforts and routinely diffuses high-percentage plays devised by his opposition. Once in control of the puck, Christopoulos can fire crisp outlet passes to his teammates and loves in on the attack from his perch on the blue line. Owing to his excellent vision, Christopoulos can play-make in the attacking zone with ease before firing his hard and heavy shot on-goal. In short, nabbing Christopoulos would insert a stellar minute-munching defender into the IceDogs’ lineup for years to come.

18th Overall: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Prospect Selected: Braeden Kressler – C

2018-19 Team: Mississauga Senators (GTHL)

While there were mixed opinions regarding Braeden Kressler throughout the 2018-19 GTHL season, we view the youngster as an extremely capable and confident player who is only beginning to scratch the surface of his ultimate potential. With this being said, expect the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds to go somewhat off of the board and select Kressler with their first round pick in the 2019 OHL Draft.

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Kressler is one of the most undervalued prospects eligible for the 2019 OHL Draft, a reality which should make him a star for the Greyhounds. (Photo Credit: Dan Hickling/OHL Images)

A shifty and creative skater, Kressler is one of the hardest-working players eligible for selection and features the ability to create offence single-handedly. Although there will be some concerns regarding his size, Kressler has proven time and time again that his stature is of no concern — consistently producing offence owing to his crisp shot and high-level hockey IQ. Extremely well-rounded and a persistent two-way threat, Kressler could very well be the steal of the 2019 OHL Draft.

19th Overall: Saginaw Spirit

Prospect Selected: Colby Saganiuk – C

2018-19 Team: Pittsburgh Penguins Elite (T1EHL)

Colby Saganiuk was one of the top players competing in the T1EHL this past season, as the youngster led the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite U16 offensively on a nightly basis. However, as an American-born player, questions have continued to circle as to whether or not Saganiuk will opt for the CHL developmental route. With the 19th overall selection, the Saginaw Spirit are hoping that Saganiuk will commit himself to the OHL and one of its few U.S.A.- based franchises.

If Saganiuk does, in fact, choose to report to the Spirit, Saginaw will be receiving an incredibly dynamic offensive player with speed and agility to burn. Although he is somewhat under-sized given his short stature, Saganiuk is a bulldog on the ice who competes with a high-level of energy and pace with each passing shift. Well-known for his quick shot release and dynamic playmaking abilities, Saganiuk has all the makings of a star player at the OHL-level.

20th Overall: London Knights

Prospect Selected: Roman Schmidt – D

2018-19 Team: Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)

Although holding a commitment to Boston University, the London Knights don’t hesitate to select defenceman Roman Schmidt of the Don Mills Flyers. Immensely improved following his second season of GTHL play, the 6-foot-5 defender now features quick and agile feet and the ability to traverse both the blue line and his defensive zone with little issue. Moreover, Schmidt is stronger than ever — a reality which will allow the 210-pounder to transition to the OHL-level with greater ease than other defenders within this year’s class.

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Schmidt’s size, strength, and smarts will allow him to ascend to the OHL-level without issue next season. (Photo Credit: Max Lewis)

Ultimately, adding Schmidt to the fold will allow the Knights to address their aging and thinning blue line — a back-end which will likely be without both Evan Bouchard and Adam Boqvist come the 2019-20 OHL season. Fortunately, Schmidt’s heavy shot from the point and his ability to fire off crisp outlet passes will reduce the Knights’ pain of losing their two star blueliners.

21st Overall: Ottawa 67’s

Prospect Selected: Deni Goure – C

2018-19 Team: Chatham-Kent Cyclones (Alliance)

To cap off the first round of the 2019 OHL Draft, the Ottawa 67’s add to their promising young core of players through the addition of Deni Goure — the Alliance hockey player of the year this past season. A strong and sturdy skater who approaches each shift with a purpose, Goure is an endlessly determined and competitive player who strives to generate considerable offence for his team every game. Boasting a strong and accurate shot defined by its lightning-quick release, Goure can give his team an advantage on the scoreboard with remarkable consistency.

In fact, Goure fired home 22 goals alongside his 31 assists in Alliance during the 2018-19 season — a 53-point output which stood as the third-best total in the entire league. Sure, he — like most — would do well to add greater strength to his frame ahead of his inaugural OHL campaign, however, Goure’s raw skill-set and poise with the puck will allow him to enjoy immediate success upon his ascension to the major-junior level.