As the 2018 OHL Priority Selection is in the books, the Ottawa 67’s have officially made their picks for the future. For coaches and staff, it’s time to turn the page and start focusing on developing these young players into junior hockey players.
As the off-season continues and the start of next season inches closer everyday, the fans are just beginning to learn about the 14 new additions to the 67’s organization who will get their first taste of 67’s Hockey this weekend in the annual Development Camp.
Whenever new players join a team there are several storylines that come from it. Here are five interesting facts and details about the most recent 67’s draft class:
Ottawa 67’s 1st round selection (6th overall), F Cameron Tolnai, and 15th round selection (290th overall), G Davis Tolnai, are twin brothers. Born in Oakville, ON. on Feb. 14, 2002, the Tolnai twins both played for the Oakville Rangers Minor Midget AAA this season.
2. SHOPPING LOCAL
Two of the drafted players are local boys! F Yanic Crete (Round 3/Pick 51) from L’Original, ON. and D Liam Cavan (Round 11/Pick 206) from Gloucester, ON. In the 2017 OHL Priority Selection, the Barber Poles selected Ottawa-natives Graeme Clarke and Jack Quinn with the sixth and 39th overall picks.
3. BROTHERLY LOVE
The 13th round pick (246th overall), F Nicholas Chmelevski, is the younger brother of Ottawa 67’s forward and San Jose sharks prospect, Sasha Chmelevski. Nico looks to learn under the same developmental team that shaped Sasha into one of the top prospects in the San Jose Sharks organization.
4. TOP ‘NHL’ PROSPECT
According to the reputable eliteprospects.com, Ottawa 67’s F Dylan Peterson (Round 7/Pick 126) is considered a top prospect for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. The 1st overall pick of the 2018 Priority Selection, Quinton Byfield, is also included on this list. Well it may be to early to tell whether or not players get drafted, being included on a list that consists of some of the top prospects is always positive.
5. FUTURE #1?
The 67’s second round pick (35th overall) G Will Cranley becomes the highest goalie selection made by the organization since 2014 (Leonid Lazarev – 24th). As the second goalie taken in this year’s draft, Cranley’s odds to be the future starting goaltender for the Barber Poles are high.
As the players get comfortable and we start seeing what they’re capable of on-and-off the ice, more stories will arise. Who will be the next Ottawa 67’s player that makes headlines? Any of these 14 selections have the ability to be a factor.