Only a few days left before the 2021 OHL Priority Selection presented by Real Canadian Superstore that will take place from June 4th to June 5th. The Ottawa 67’s organization will select the 12th overall pick in this year draft.
12th overall is not an unfamiliar territory for the Barber Poles. In fact, historically speaking the Ottawa 67’s has had quite the success drafting at that position. Let’s go back in time!
2005 – Logan Couture – F
Arguably the greatest 12th overall pick in OHL Couture was originally set to be the first overall selection by the Oshawa Generals first overall until John Tavares received a special exemption and was able to enter the draft. As a result of other teams having already made commitments, Couture landed in Ottawa. Couture was leader for the franchise. He played 209 games for the Barber Poles, Couture recorded 289 points.
Couture was eventually selected 9th overall by the San Jose Sharks. To this day Couture remains with the Sharks and is currently the captain of the team.
1988 – Jerrett DeFazio – F
Drafted in 1988 by Ottawa, DeFazio played for the 67’s organization from 1988 to 19991, recording 190 points in only 183 games. He went on to play pro in Europe and the Detroit Red Wings organization. He also played university hockey for Saint Mary’s University, while completing his post-secondary education.
After his playing career, DeFazio coached minor hockey in Ontario and worked as a scout for the Mississauga Steelheads and the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League.
1980 – Justin Butorac – D
Drafted in 1980 by Ottawa, Butorac only played one season with the Barber Poles. In 21 games with Ottawa, the Sault Ste. Marie native scored five goals and recorded 9 assists, good for 14 points. Butorac went on to play in the OHL for three other teams: Oshawa, Sudbury and Belleville.
In 1981, he was drafted in the sixth round, 122 overall, by the Buffalo Sabres. Professionally, Butorac played in the American Hockey League, Wales, Belgium, Scotland and England.
1978 – Jim Ralph – G
Drafted in 1978 by Ottawa, Ralph ended up playing 175 games for the 67’s in four seasons.
After his junior career, he played for numerous American Hockey League teams, including the Springfield Indians and the Newmarket Saints. While playing for the 67’s, Ralph started his broadcasting career as a summer fill in announcer on CHAS-FM in the Sault.
Ralph was drafted by the Chicago Black Hawks, 162nd overall, in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. After a serious knee injury, he turned to broadcasting. Ralph was previously the radio colour commentator of the Toronto Maple Leafs on AM640 Toronto Radio from 1997-2012, and currently on Sportsnet 590 The Fan & TSN 1050 since 2013.