2013 OHL Draft Watch List
By David Dickenson
With the 2012 OHL Priority Selection roughly a day away, I wanted to take a quick jump ahead to next year to ensure everyone has an idea of what to expect next year.
With teams looking long term when drafting, getting an idea of the strength of next yearís draft and the positions and players available will definitely help figure out what teams are more likely to do right now.
The 2012 draft is a very strong draft class, with a serious strength up front and in goal, with defence looking slightly about average compared to other years.
That being said, the 2013 crop is looking to be a solid class of its own, though not quite as strong as the 2012 crop.
After taking out Connor McDavid of the Toronto Marlboros who received the OHLís third ever exceptional draft status to enter the priority selection a year early, the glitz and glamour of the 2013 class was gone, however the talent is still there, but not that one player who everyone can rally around as a future next big thing.
Please keep in mind this is a watch list, consisting of players who have came into my radar and could be among the crop of top players for next years draft. Each year a lot of these kids tabbed this early disappear off the list and tonnes of others are added. Itís very early for such a list, but itís something interesting to follow to see how things change over the course of a year.
Without further adieu hereís my 2013 OHL Priority Selection watch list:
F - Nikita Korostelev (ON/RUS) Vaughan Kings
F - Denis Yan (ON/RUS) Lambton Jr. Sting
F - Mitchell Stephens (ON) Toronto Marlboros
F - Dylan Strome (ON) Toronto Marlboros
F - Mathiau Young (ON) North York Rangers
F - Brett Primeau (ON) Sun County Panthers
F - Ryan Moore (MI) Detroit Belle Tire
F - Karch Bachman (MI) Detroit Belle Tire
F - Matt Tkachuk (MO) St. Louis Amateur Blues
F - Jordan Greenway (NY) Shattuck St. Mary Sabres
F - Jack Webb (ON) Toronto Marlboros
F - Mitchell Webb (ON) Toronto Marlboros
F - Mitchell Davies (MO) St. Louis Amateur Blues
D - Zach Werenski (MI) Detroit Belle Tire
D - Josh DeFarias (ON) Toronto Marlboros
D- Charles McAvoy (NY) Long Island Gulls
F - Jeremy Bracco (NY) Long Island Gulls
F - Garrett Jenkins (MI) Detroit Compuware
D - Noah Jordan (ON) Toronto Marlboros
D - Zach Osburn (MI) Detroit Honeybaked
D - Troy Henley (PA) Team Comcast
F - Josh Wilkins (NC) Carolina Jr. Hurricanes
F - Blake Speers (ON) Soo Thunderbirds
F - Brett McKenzie (ON) Eastern Ontario Wild
F - Jordan MacLean (ON) Toronto Marlboros
F- Travis Konecny (ON) Elgin Middlesex Chiefs
D - Jake Behse (ON) Thunder Bay Kings
D - Ryan Hunt (ON) Toronto Marlboros
F - Justin Fregona (ON) Toronto Marlboros
F - Matt Caruso (ON) Soo Thunderbirds