The OHL Priority Selection Draft takes place today, Players across the Province, Quebec, The Rest of Canada, and The United States will be sitting by their telephones today, awaiting the call to see if their Hockey Futures involve a stint in the OHL. Players are deemed eligible for the OHL Draft this year if they are born in 2001 and have not been carded with an Ontario based Midget AAA Team from Protected OHL Territories. The OHL Priority Selection Draft consists of 15 Rounds and will take place the morning of Saturday April 8th, at 9:00am. You can follow the draft via Live Stream Here at : http://ontariohockeyleague.com/ohl-priority-selection-show/
The Guelph Storm will be picking the second overall pick in the opening round. Last Year, The Storm selected Defenceman Ryan Merkley with their First Overall Selection. Merkley would go on to lead all OHL Rookies in Points with 55 (12 G, 43 A) throughout his first season with the Storm.
Big name prospects for this years draft include Tag Bertuzzi (Center) , Son of Storm Alumni and Former NHL All-Star Todd Bertuzzi, and cousin of former Storm standout Tyler Bertuzzi (Currently in the Detroit Red Wings Organization in the NHL, Playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins). Tag played 49 games for the Oakland Jr Grizzlies and posted 21 goals and 29 assists, a total of 50 points on the year but the Big Skilled Centre also posted 85 penalty minutes. Another Addition to the Storm-Bertuzzi Relationship is a possibility on Draft Day.
Ryan Suzuki (Center) of the London Jr Knights has a few eyes on him on Draft Day. The 6-foot Centerman is hoping to follow his brother Nick‘s footsteps in the OHL. Ryan posted 19 goals and 40 assists in his 32 games played this year. Rumors are flowing throughout the OHL that the Barrie Colts will snag Suzuki with their First Overall Pick. If he is still available come the second pick, he would be a solid addition towards the Storm Offence.
and another name being tossed around the league is Jack Hughes (Center) , The Centre for the Toronto Marlboros. Hughes played 33 games and recorded 23 Goals and 50 Assists on the year to rack up a total 73 points. Considered one of the most Dynamic Forwards in this year’s draft.
Regardless of who the Storm pickup with their first pick this year, a Second Overall Pick is slated to become a star on Sleeman Centre ice, and bring the Storm Organization back to their winning ways for the years to come alongside concrete players currently on the roster.