Greater Kingston Recent OHL Draft History
With the OHL Priority Selection set for April 7th, there are a group of boys and their families, in Kingston, Ontario anxiously waiting to see where they might be playing hockey next season. These players represent the Greater Kingston Minor Midget AAA Frontenacs, and were coached this season by, former OHLer, Mike Fiset. A number of players who played for Greater Kingston in the recent past have gone on to play in the OHL and beyond.
Bryan Allen, currently with the Carolina Hurricanes, Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes, Jay McClement of the Colorado Avalanche were all drafted from Greater Kingston. Current OHLers Jordan Mayer, of the Belleville Bulls, Scott Harrington of the London Knight (a Penguin draft choice), Keli Grant of the Kitchener Rangers, and Kris Grant of the Erie Otters also played with Greater Kingston.
Former Belleville Bull, Nathan Robinson is currently playing pro hockey in Europe. Former Plymouth Whaler, Kaine Geldart, went on to play at Brock University, David Edgeworth played for Owen Sound, Belleville and the Frontenacs, before going to the University of Waterloo. Tyson Kellerman, who was drafted by the Chicago Black Hawks, played goal in 4 different OHL cities in 4 years, North Bay Centennials, Saginaw Spirit, Kitchener Rangers, and the Brampton Battalion. The Centennials moved to Saginaw, Michigan for the 2002-03 season.
Possibly the second best prospect in recent memory to be drafted from Kingston was Brandon Convery. He was drafted 8th overall in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, after playing for the Sudbury Wolves. He also played for the Niagara Falls Thunder and the Belleville Bulls. Brandon played just 72 NHL games for the Leafs, Canucks, and the Kings, before playing out his career in Europe.
The most famous recent graduate of Kingston Minor hockey is Taylor Hall who played Major Bantam and Minor Midget for the Greater Kingston Predators, and was drafted 2nd overall in the 2007 OHL Priority Draft, by the Windsor Spitfires, just behind Ryan O'Reilly from the Toronto Jr Canadians, drafted by Erie. Hall continues to star for the Edmonton Oilers, who drafted him 1st overall in the 2010 NHL Draft, just ahead of Tyler Seguin, who went to the Boston Bruins. That draft is remembered as the Taylor vs Tyler draft. Kingston fans remember that draft, as the third player selected was Erik Gudbranson, of the Frontenacs.
The 2007 draft was arguably the best ever for Greater Kingston, as 6 players, including Hall, were drafted. If you talk about players who had the greatest impact in the Ontario Hockey League, 2007 was a good year, as well. Jordan Mayer played 318 games for the Mississauga St Michael's Majors, before being traded to the Belleville Bulls for the final games of his OHL career. He was originally drafted 13th overall by the Sault St Marie Greyhounds in the 2007 Priority Selection. Corey Bureau was drafted 32nd overall by Mississauga and played 227 games in 4 seasons for them.
Two defensemen from the 2007 Greater Kingston Predators team were also drafted that year and played for the Kingston Voyageurs of the OJHL. This year's captain, David McMullen, was drafted in the 7th round by, and played one season for, the Niagara Ice Dogs. Jake Logan was drafted by the Frontenacs in the 5th round and also went on to play for the Voyageurs, and the Wellington Dukes. Richard Stethem was drafted in the 12th round that year by the Saginaw Spirit.
Six players from Greater Kingston were drafted into the OHL in 2005, as well. Jamie Arniel was picked 25th overall by the Guelph Storm. He was drafted in the 4th round by the Boston Bruins, and is currently playing for their AHL team in Providence. Mike Murphy was drafted in the 4th round, and played goal for the Belleville Bulls. He was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes, and is currently playing in the AHL for the Charlotte Checkers. Eric Lanciault was drafted in the 6th round by the Mississauga Ice Dogs, and played for the Voyageurs. Adam Sikora, drafted by the Rangers, did the same. Kaine Geldart was drafted in the 12th round by the Whalers, and Brian Molloy was drafted by the London Knights in the 12th round, as well.
Only one player was drafted in 2004, and that was James Cameron, who was chosen in the 14th round by Guelph. Remarkably, he played 3 games for the Storm, before joining the Kingston Voyageurs.
The 2006 draft featured two picks from GK. Chris Van Laren was drafted by the Mississauga Ice Dogs 43rd overall. He went on to play 258 games in the league for the Dogs, Wolves, and Storm. Joel McAllister was drafted in the 13th round by Sault St Marie, and played for two seasons with the Kingston Voyageurs.
Mark Jones was drafted 70th overall by the Erie Otters in 2008. Brock Higgs was chosen by the Frontenacs in the 5th round, and is currently playing at RPI, a college in New York State. Brandon Maxwell was drafted in the 11th round by the Ice Dogs, and plays for the Wellington Dukes of the OJHL.
The 2009 Draft was a good one for Greater Kingston, as well, with 4 players drafted, including Scott Harrington of the London Knights, who remarkably lasted to the 19th pick. Scott played for Team Canada at the most recent World Junior Championships. Twins Keli, and Kris Grant were drafted in 09, as well. Keli went to the Kitchener Rangers in the 3rd round, and Kris to the Erie Otters in the 11th round. Nathan Perry was drafted by the Frontenacs in the 8th round.
Scott Mossman was the only Greater Kingston player drafted in 2010. He was drafted by the Ice Dogs in the 12th round. Mossman played for his minor midget coach, Colin Birkas, with the Voyageurs this season.
The 2011 Priority Selection saw 4 GK players drafted. Alex Tonge, Jay Mackie, and Jacob Hetherington were drafted by the Frontenacs in the 10th, 12th, and 14th rounds, respectively. Chad Duschene was drafted by the Majors in the 13th round.
This year's crop of Greater Kingston Minor Midget Frontenacs has many exciting prospects and could challenge the 2007, and 2005 Draft groups. According to head coach, Mike Fiset, as many as 7 or 8 players have the potential to be drafted on April 7th. Ironically the last time Fiset coached the Minor Midgets in Kingston was 2007.
More about the 2011-12 team and it's head coach in my next article.