20 players from 14 different organizations were chosen in the first round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection presented by State Farm held on Saturday April 5.

The OHL Cup champion Toronto Marlboros led the way with four players selected in the first round including Michael McLeod who was chosen fifth overall by the Mississauga Steelheads, Reagan O’Grady selected 15th by the Kingston Frontenacs, Cliff Pu selected 16th by the Oshawa Generals, and Taylor Raddysh selected 19th overall by the Erie Otters.

The GTHL champion Toronto Jr. Canadiens had three players selected in the first round led by top pick Jakob Chychrun to the Sarnia Sting, followed by Travis Barron chosen third overall by the Ottawa 67’s, and Victor Mete who went eighth overall to the Owen Sound Attack.  The Mississauga Senators also had multiple players chosen including forwards Michael Pezzetta at 11th overall to the Sudbury Wolves, and Givani Smith who went 13th overall to the Barrie Colts.

Learn more about the 2014 first round draft class below with reports from OHL Central Scouting.

2014 OHL Priority Selection First Round Results:

1. Sarnia Sting – Jakob Chychrun (Toronto Jr. Canadiens) 6.02 195lb D

“There isn’t anything Jakob doesn’t do well. He plays any style game you want with an absolute cannon for a shot. He has great footwork and is a powerful skater that reaches top speed quickly. One of Ontario’s best defencemen at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.”

2. Kitchener Rangers – Adam Mascherin (Vaughan Kings) 5.09 197lb C

“GTHL Player of the Year is one of the purest goal scorers in years. Shoots the puck better than most junior aged players do now with velocity and accuracy. A powerful skater that has great jump and always seems to find open ice.”

3. Ottawa 67’s – Travis Barron (Toronto Jr. Canadiens) 6.01 175lb LW

“Travis is a leader and a player that every coach would love to have. His best attribute is his compete level and physical play always going hard on the forecheck and the opposing team is always aware when he is on the ice.”

4. Belleville Bulls – Brandon Saigeon (Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs) 6.00 184lb C

“Brandon is a very strong and powerful player using his size and strength along the wall and drives the net in the offensive zone. He has one of the best shots in minor midget with accuracy and a quick release.”

5. Mississauga Steelheads – Michael McLeod (Toronto Marlboros) 6.01 175lb C

“Michael was the go-to guy on his team and is electrifying to watch almost every shift with outstanding one-on-one skills. He is definitely one of the top skaters in this age group and can change gears mid-stride to beat a defender.”

6. Niagara IceDogs – Logan Brown (Indiana Ice) 6.04 210lb C

“At nearly 6’5 Logan is an intimidating presence on the ice with all kinds of offensive potential. He has high-end skill and offensive instincts while his size and long reach make him hard for defenders to handle.”

7. Plymouth Whalers – William Bitten (Ottawa Jr. 67’s) 5.09 146lb C

“The OEMHL Player of the Year is very tenacious and not afraid to go into the dirty areas to get a puck or to defend. A very smart player with a high hockey IQ. The puck follows him around the ice and he always seems to be in the right spot.”

8. Owen Sound Attack – Victor Mete (Toronto Jr. Canadiens) 5.08 157lb D

“Victor is an offensive defenceman with great offensive skills and instincts. He uses his skill and skating ability to help him gain advantages at both ends of the ice. He has great mobility with his skating ability his biggest asset.”

9. Peterborough Petes – Jonathan Ang (Markham Waxers) 5.10 148lb C

“Jonathan is one of the elite skilled players in the draft and is one of the most dangerous when he has the puck on his stick. He has very good vision and distributes the puck well with a very good and accurate shot.”

10. Saginaw Spirit – Tye Felhaber (Ottawa Valley Titans) 5.10 174lb C

“Tye is an offensive centre that can bring you out of your seat when he has the puck on his stick. A very good skater with excellent quickness and agility which makes him hard to handle in open ice.”

11. Sudbury Wolves – Michael Pezzetta (Mississauga Senators) 6.00 201lb C

“Michael is a big, strong, two-way centre that is very hard to play against. He is always working, has his feet moving, and finishes checks all over the ice with authority and has the ability to create turnovers with his forechecking and puck pursuit.”

12. Windsor Spitfires – Logan Stanley (Waterloo Wolves) 6.06 209lb D

“Logan is a huge defender with the potential to be an elite player. He has very good mobility and gets around the ice very easily. Effective when he keeps the game simple, he competes on a very good level and wins the majority of his battles.”

13. Barrie Colts – Givani Smith (Mississauga Senators) 6.00 192lb LW

“Givani is one of the best power forwards in the GTHL and is a constant force when he is on the ice. He possesses a strong physical presence and will score a lot of goals when diriving to the net, physically ready to step into the league next year.”

14. North Bay Battalion – Zachary Poirier (Upper Canada Cyclones) 6.00 185lb C

“Zachary is a big power forward with a great shot that is one of the best for his age group. He finished the season off very strong with a solid playoff run and will look to continue his growth and development in the OHL next season.”

15. Kingston Frontenacs – Reagan O’Grady (Toronto Marlboros) 6.00 180lb D

“Reagan was one of the top defenceman in the GTHL this season and is very reliable and skilled making few mistakes. He has excellent mobility and wil take the body when needed. He thinks his way around a game very well.”

16. Oshawa Generals – Cliff Pu (Toronto Marlboros) 5.11 168lb C

“Cliff is an offensive minded centre that loves to have the puck on his stick and at times seems like it is on a string. He has a nice, long, fluid stride and sees the ice very well and makes his passes tape to tape.”

17. Soo Greyhounds – Anthony Salinitri (Windsor Jr. Spitfires) 5.09 153lb C

“ALLIANCE Player of the Year is an impact centre that can change a game with one shift. He is electric when he has the puck and is always looking to create offense. He has top-end speed and combines that with skill and smarts to beat defenders.”

18. London Knights – Max Jones (Detroit Honeybaked U18) 6.02 190lb LW

“Max is your prototypical power forward that is still growing. He plays at an extremely high intensity level and has an extremely powerful stride which allows him to reach top speeds quickly. Has a very good skill set and shoots the puck with velocity and accuracy.”

19. Erie Otters – Taylor Raddysh (Toronto Marlboros) 6.00 190lb RW

“Taylor is a complete player that plays a solid 200 foot game. He rarely has a bad shift or bad game. There aren’t many things things he doesn’t do well and is a very effective player in all three zones.”

20. Guelph Storm – Matthew Hotchkiss (Whitby Wildcats) 6.01 192lb C

“Matthew is a big centre with all kinds of potential to be a very good player at the next level. He has a very good stride and is able to reach top speed quickly with good one-on-one skills beating defenders with his hands, size, and skating.”


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