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67’s boast four players to watch at the 2016 NHL Draft

Ottawa forwards Travis Barron, Dante Salituro, and Drake Rymsha, as well as defenceman Stepan Falkovsky were among 62 OHL players that made the NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2016 NHL Draft which takes place June 24-25 in Buffalo, New York.

11 OHL skaters received an ‘A rating’ indicating a first round candidate with a group that includes 2014 OHL Priority Selection first overall pick Jakob Chychrun of the Sarnia Sting, OHL and CHL Rookie of the Year Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters, the London Knights’ trio of Max Jones, Olli Juolevi, and Matthew Tkachuk, and the Mississauga Steelheads threesome of Michael McLeod, Alexander Nylander and Nathan Bastian.

“Mississauga has been able to stockpile quite a collection of prospects for both the 2016 and 2017 NHL draft class,” NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr told NHL.com’s Mike Morreale. “Second-year players McLeod and Bastian continue to develop and contribute while establishing themselves as first-round considerations. Nylander is excelling on the smaller North American ice and the three of these players give Mississauga a uniqueness of having a line of first-round prospects.”

The trio of Knights in Tkachuk, Jones and Juolevi have also caught the attention of scouts.

“Tkachuk has elite hockey IQ and vision,” NHL Central Scouting’s Matt Ryan told nhl.com. “He makes the players around him better and has a very good scoring touch around the net. He plays inside the dots and is willing to go to the hard areas to score goals. He brings a physical element and is able to get under the skin of his opponents.”

Fellow Knights newcomer Max Jones is another player that has peaked the interest of NHL Central Scouting.

“Jones is a strong power forward who possesses great speed and acceleration, has a heavy shot and quick hands,” Ryan noted. “He loves to drive the net and challenge defenders physically and is a nightmare for defenders below the hash marks in the offensive zone.”

Lastly, Knights rearguard Olli Juolevi is one of three OHL defenders to receive an ‘A’ rating.

“He’s a smooth-skating defenseman with poise and composure,” Ryan said of Juolevi. “He has the ability to play in every situation.”

Elsewhere in the Western Conference, Windsor Spitfires centreman Logan Brown moved up to an ‘A’ grade after receiving a ‘B’ back in September’s listing. His combination of size and skill has Marr and company paying particular attention.

“Brown is a typical case of bigger players requiring a little more time to develop and he had a slow start which was influenced by injury and suspension,” Marr said. “But now he is on top of his game and the results are showing. He moves deceptively well for his size and he knows how to utilize that size to dominate on the play and protect the puck. Logan has such good hands and puck skills for a big forward that he’s hard to stop when he’s driving to the net.”

14 skaters and four goaltenders received a ‘B rating’ which indicates second/third round candidates, while 31 skaters and two goaltenders received a ‘C rating’ which indicates fourth/fifth/sixth round NHL Draft candidates.

The Knights lead the way with nine ‘Players to Watch’ followed by the Steelheads with six players, and the Hamilton Bulldogs, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Windsor Spitfires each with five players listed.

31 OHL players were selected in the 2015 NHL Draft including seven players chosen in the first round.

NHL Central Scouting ‘Players to Watch’ for the 2016 NHL Draft:

A

DEBRINCAT

ALEXANDER

18-Dec-97

ERIE

5′ 7.0″

163

RW

R

A

RADDYSH

TAYLOR

18-Feb-98

ERIE

6′ 1.75″

203

RW

R

A

JONES

MAX

17-Feb-98

LONDON

6′ 3.0″

205

LW

L

A

JUOLEVI

OLLI

05-May-98

LONDON

6′ 2.5″

179

D

L

A

TKACHUK

MATTHEW

11-Dec-97

LONDON

6′ 1.25″

195

LW

L

A

BASTIAN

NATHAN

06-Dec-97

MISSISSAUGA

6′ 3.75″

208

RW

R

A

MCLEOD

MICHAEL

03-Feb-98

MISSISSAUGA

6′ 2.25″

188

C

R

A

NYLANDER

ALEXANDER

02-Mar-98

MISSISSAUGA

6′ 0.5″

179

C

R

A

CHYCHRUN

JAKOB

31-Mar-98

SARNIA

6′ 2.0″

215

D

L

A

BROWN

LOGAN

05-Mar-98

WINDSOR

6′ 6.0″

222

C

L

A

SERGACHEV

MIKHAIL

25-Jun-98

WINDSOR

6′ 2.5″

206

D

L

B

BITTEN

WILLIAM

10-Jul-98

FLINT

5′ 9.75″

167

C

R

B

CARROLL

NOAH

02-Dec-97

GUELPH

6′ 1.0″

178

D

L

B

BUNNAMAN

CONNOR

16-Apr-98

KITCHENER

6′ 1.0″

207

C

L

B

MASCHERIN

ADAM

06-Jun-98

KITCHENER

5′ 9.5″

206

RW

L

B

METE

VICTOR

07-Jun-98

LONDON

5′ 9.5″

174

D

L

B

PARSONS

TYLER

18-Sep-97

LONDON

6′ 1.25″

184

G

L

B

DAY

SEAN

09-Jan-98

MISSISSAUGA

6′ 2.0″

224

D

L

B

BARRON

TRAVIS

17-Aug-98

OTTAWA

6′ 1.25″

195

LW

L

B

WELLS

DYLAN

03-Jan-98

PETERBOROUGH

6′ 1.5″

187

G

L

B

CORMIER

EVAN

06-Nov-97

SAGINAW

6′ 2.75″

202

G

L

B

MIDDLETON

KEATON

10-Feb-98

SAGINAW

6′ 5.5″

233

D

L

B

NIEMELAINEN

MARKUS

08-Jun-98

SAGINAW

6′ 4.75″

189

D

L

B

KYROU

JORDAN

05-May-98

SARNIA

6′ 0.0″

178

C

R

B

GETTINGER

TIMOTHY

14-Apr-98

SAULT STE. MARIE

6′ 5.25″

206

LW

L

B

KATCHOUK

BORIS

18-Jun-98

SAULT STE. MARIE

6′ 1.0″

181

LW

L

B

KOPACKA

JACK

05-Mar-98

SAULT STE. MARIE

6′ 2.0″

190

LW

L

B

RAAYMAKERS

JOSEPH

17-Mar-98

SAULT STE. MARIE

6′ 0.25″

185

G

L

B

STANLEY

LOGAN

26-May-98

WINDSOR

6′ 6.75″

220

D

L

C

MAKSIMOVICH

KYLE

10-Mar-98

ERIE

5′ 8.5″

172

LW

L

C

SAMBROOK

JORDAN

11-Apr-98

ERIE

6′ 1.5″

187

D

R

C

SMITH

GIVANI

27-Feb-98

GUELPH

6′ 1.5″

204

LW

L

C

CANDELLA

COLE

13-Feb-98

HAMILTON

6′ 1.0″

189

D

L

C

FOX

TRENT

16-Jul-97

HAMILTON

6′ 2.75″

200

C

L

C

GLEASON

BENJAMIN

25-Mar-98

HAMILTON

6′ 0.0″

168

D

L

C

KACHYNA

ONDREJ

30-Apr-98

HAMILTON

6′ 3.5″

192

D

L

C

SAIGEON

BRANDON

14-Jun-98

HAMILTON

6′ 1.0″

197

C

L

C

CHERNYUK

KONSTANTIN

13-Feb-98

KINGSTON

6′ 4.25″

177

D

L

C

CRANFORD

RYAN

09-Apr-98

KINGSTON

5′ 11.7″

189

C

R

C

CRAWLEY

BRANDON

02-Feb-97

LONDON

6′ 1.5″

207

D

L

C

MATTINEN

NICHOLAS

05-Mar-98

LONDON

6′ 4.5″

220

D

R

C

PU

CLIFF

03-Jun-98

LONDON

6′ 1.5″

192

RW

R

C

VELLA

EMANUEL

08-Aug-98

LONDON

6′ 4.0″

190

G

L

C

KUTKEVICIUS

LUKE

25-Mar-98

MISSISSAUGA

5′ 11.7″

162

C

L

C

OSMANSKI

AUSTIN

30-Apr-98

MISSISSAUGA

6′ 3.25″

196

D

L

C

DHILLON

STEPHEN

14-Sep-98

NIAGARA

6′ 3.75″

182

G

L

C

PAQUETTE

CHRISTOPHER

27-Mar-98

NIAGARA

6′ 1.25″

207

C

R

C

DINEEN

CAM

19-Jun-98

NORTH BAY

5′ 11.0″

183

D

L

C

POIRIER

ZACHARY

12-May-98

NORTH BAY

5′ 11.7″

193

C

R

C

FALKOVSKY

STEPAN

18-Dec-96

OTTAWA

6′ 7.0″

224

D

L

C

RYMSHA

DRAKE

06-Aug-98

OTTAWA

5′ 11.5″

187

C

R

C

SALITURO

DANTE

15-Nov-96

OTTAWA

5′ 8.25″

178

C

R

C

ANG

JONATHAN

31-Jan-98

PETERBOROUGH

5′ 11.2″

165

C

R

C

FELHABER

TYE

05-Aug-98

SAGINAW

5′ 10.7″

191

C

L

C

SALINITRI

ANTHONY

05-Mar-98

SARNIA

5′ 10.2″

168

C

L

C

SCHLICHTING

CONNOR

17-May-97

SARNIA

6′ 3.25″

207

D

L

C

VERBEEK

HAYDEN

17-Oct-97

SAULT STE. MARIE

5′ 9.25″

177

C

R

C

LYSZCZARCZYK

ALAN

17-Feb-98

SUDBURY

5′ 10.2″

184

C

L

C

PEZZETTA

MICHAEL

13-Mar-98

SUDBURY

6′ 1.0″

204

C

L

C

SOKOLOV

DMITRY

14-Apr-98

SUDBURY

5′ 11.2″

220

RW

L

C

CARTER

COLE

06-Jul-98

WINDSOR

5′ 9.0″

155

RW

R

C

KIRWAN

LUKE

23-Sep-97

WINDSOR

6′ 1.75″

230

LW

L

LV

TIMPANO

TROY

13-Nov-97

SUDBURY

6′ 0.5″

186

G

L

For more information including full ‘Players to Watch’ lists visit nhl.com.

Written with files from Mike Morreale at nhl.com.

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