The 2022 NHL Entry Draft is set to take place tonight tonight at 7:00pm ET, live from Montreal, and as always, expect members of the Ottawa 67’s to hear their names called during the two-day event.
With seven rounds, and 217 picks overall, there will be plenty of opportunities to see the Barber Poles represented, so here’s the full list.
First-Time Eligible Players
Rohrer took the Ontario Hockey League by storm, during his first North American campaign, rocketing up NHL draft boards throughout the year. The Feldkirch, Austria native finished the season as Ottawa’s leading scorer, with 25 goals and 23 assists for 48 points. Rohrer also was named to the Austrian World Junior squad, as well as the 2022 Kubota CHL Top Prospects game.
Ranked as the 42nd North American skater by Central Scouting, Rohrer is expected to be drafted somewhere in the second or third round.
A fiery forward who turned heads with his ability to agitate the opposition, as well as contribute on the scoresheet, Stonehouse’s rookie campaign saw him tally 18 goals and 17 assists for 35 points, finishing fifth on the team in scoring, and third among rookies. He also drew 53 penalties on the year, and was the only member of the 67’s to appear in all 68 regular season games, as well as all four playoff games.
Stonehouse enters the draft as the 152nd-ranked North American skater, and is expected to be drafted somewhere within rounds five and six.
Sawyer served as a stalwart on the Ottawa blueline, during his second OHL season. The Columbus, Ohio native played key minutes for the 67’s, and stymied opponents with his tight positioning, and punishing physical play.
Though an injury cut Sawyer’s season short at 56 games, he ended the year with three goals and eight assists for 11 points, and with a +/- rating of five.
Earning a reputation as on of the premier shooters on the 67’s roster, Gerrior rode a strong second half to finish the season with eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points in 65 games.
Playing up and down the lineup, Gerrior displayed a strong two-way game, during his first season with the Barber Poles, and was relied upon more heavily by his coaches as the year went on, also becoming a fixture on the team’s powerplay units.
Perhaps the most versatile player on the Ottawa roster, Sirman spent the year mainly at his natural defence position, but also saw time at forward, when called upon by his coaching staff.
Boasting a hard-nosed playstyle, Sirman finished the year as one of three Ottawa defenceman to eclipse 20 points, scoring two goals and 14 assists in 58 games.
At 6’4 and 207lbs, Smyth was a monstrous presence on the 67’s back end during his rookie season. His combination of size and physicality saw Smyth terrorize opposing forecheckers, and earn praise from coaches for the rapid growth of his game.
Smyth also scored two goals and five assists for seven points in 53 games.
Second-Time Eligible Players
A skilled, playmaking centre, Tolnai was also relied upon heavily by Head Coach Dave Cameron for his defensive abilities. The Oakville, Ontario product often found himself matched up against top competition in the likes of Shane Wright, and Mason McTavish, with the task of shutting down the opposing stars.
Tolnai ended the season as Ottawa’s third-leading scorer, with 10 goals and 34 assists for 44 points in 66 games.
Though he didn’t start the season with the 67’s, Donoso had earned starting goaltender honours as the campaign wound down, and was tapped to lead the Barber Poles into the postseason, following an outstanding run.
In a season where he twice earned OHL Goaltender of the Week recognition, Donoso posted a 13-9-6 record with a 2.82 goals against average and .906 save percentage.
It was something of a breakthrough season for Johnston, who shed any notion of being snakebitten when it comes to goal-scoring. Though only appearing in 47 games, he scored 15 goals and eight assists for 23 points, and fit right in on a pesky Barber Poles unit.
Despite his size, Johnston was a key component of the 67’s lineup in terms of physicality, and energy.
Coming to be known as “The Ox” for his freakish strength, Laforme was a workhorse for the 67’s, finally getting to see OHL action this season. Serving as a critical component of the bottom six, Laforme notched a goal and six assists through 45 games.
Never afraid to go to the dirty areas, and bring the physicality, Laforme caused trouble for opponents night in and night out.
67’s fans can watch the 2022 NHL Entry Draft beginning tonight at 7:00pm ET, on Rogers Sportsnet.