The culmination of a year of minor midget scouting came to a head yesterday during the 8.5 hour OHL Priority selection. 15 rounds in all as the 20 teams in the OHL restocked their cupboards with prospects that they hope will help lead them to an eventual OHL championship. They Greyhounds added 16 players yesterday in the 15 round draft and here is a little recap and breakdown for all Hounds fans. I will not be grading this draft because for starters I didn’t watch enough minor midget hockey this year to feel comfortable in doing that but also because these players are not finished products and there is still work to be done. I will say however that a lot of independent scouts on twitter were raving about the value the Hounds were getting with some of their picks. And with the importance of asset management and getting the most out of your draft picks that is the most you can hope for on draft day.
Anthony Salinitri 1st round 17th Overall
The Alliance player of the year while playing for the Windsor Jr Spitfires. Finished with 40 points in 32 games and also scored a goal in the GOJHL while playing in a game for the Leamington Flyers.
Boris Katchouk 2nd Round 33rd Overall
Boris helped lead the Waterloo Wolves to an Alliance hockey championship this past season. Finished the year with 58 points in 29 games before adding 3 more in 4 OHL cup games. According to my internet research he was born in Vancouver and holds duel Russian/Canadian citizenship but never trust anything on the internet till you hear it from the source.
Joseph Raaymakers 2nd Round 37th Overall
Starting goalie for the Chatham-Kent Cyclones in the Alliance. Was exceptional for them in the playoffs and helped lead the Cyclones to an unlikely OHLCup berth and then helped lead them to a surprise run to the OHL Cup semi finals. Was an APM this season for the Chatham Maroons of the GOJHL, the same team that has 2013 Hounds pick Hayden Verbeek playing for them.
Timmy Gettinger 3rd Round 49th Overall
Played for the Cleveland Barons U16 team where he scored 24 goals which was 15 more than anyone else on his team. Timmy was invited to participate in the USNTDP camp in March. Definitely a high end talent that is one the Hounds can build around if they can get him to commit to the program.
Conor Timmins 4th Round 79th Overall
The first blueliner taken by the Hounds, Conor patrolled the blueline for the Southern Tier Admirals and helped lead them to an OMHA silver medal and an OHL Cup berth. Finished the year with 22 points in 38 games before adding 2 goals and an assist in 4 OHL Cup games.
Owen Guy 5th Round 97th Overall
The first Hounds pick from the Ottawa area, Owen was selected by the Kemptville 73’s in the CCHL bantam draft and suited up in the Jr A league for 1 game this past year. Was stellar for his minor midget team the Upper Canada Cyclones in in the OEMHL playoffs by picking up 15 points in their 7 game series vs the Ottawa Jr 67s. This was on top of a regular season in which he picked up 31 goals in 30 games.
Ryan Da Silva 6th Round 117th Overall
Defender out of the York Simcoe Express program, Ryan picked up 28 points in 32 games before adding 6 more in 7 playoff games.
Owen Burnell 7th Round 133rd Overall
Owen had an “A” on his jersey this season playing for the Hamilton Jr Bulldogs. A team that picked up a Bronze in the OMHA’s as well as the only Ontario team to defeat the Toronto Marlboros in tournament play this year. Owen finished the season with 33 points in 40 games before adding an assist in 4 OHL Cup matchs.
Tyler Wall 7th Round 137th Overall
The 2nd keeper tabbed by the Hounds in the draft. Tyler hails from the Sun County Panthers minor midget program where he suited up in 17 games this year while posting respectable numbers.
Jack Kopacka 8th Round 157th Overall
The 2nd US based player selected by the Hounds. Jack played for the Compuware program based out of Detroit where he picked up 24 points in 22 games for their U16 program.
Nicolas Mainella 9th Round 177th Overall
The second player from the Sun County program selected by Kyle Dubas and his braintrust. This slick defender comes in at 5’10” and picked up 14 points for the panthers in 30 regular season games.
Keeghan Howdeshell 10th Round 192nd Overall
Another forward from the Compuware U16 program. Keeghan picked up 5 goals this season for them in 22 games.
Kyle Betts 10th Round 197th Overall
The only re-entry player drafted by the Hounds, Kyle is a ’97 birth year who played last season or the Grey-Bruce major midget team. A year after picking up 25 points in 40 minor midget games Kyle exploded for 83 points in 61 games this past season (including tournaments).
Mitchell Chaffee 11th Round 217th Overall
Spent last season on the Michigan Nationals a team that regularly plays games against the Soo Thunder minor midget team. Mitchell picked up 41 points last year in 55 games.
Mac Hollowell 12th Round 237th Overall
A defender out of the Niagara Rivermen program. Mac picked up 27 points in 39 games this past season before adding 3 more in 4 games during the SCTA playdowns.
Elijah Nurse 13th Round 257th Overall
Cousin of Greyhounds captain Darnell Nurse. Coming in at a shade under 5’7” inch Elijah doesn’t have his cousins size but is a shifty offensive player on the ice. Spent last season with the Hamilton Huskies program that was not particularly strong where he picked up 10 points in 32 games.
Hounds draft by the Numbers
10 – Forwards
4 – Defensemen
2 – Goalies
6 – Alliance
4 – USA
3 – SCTA
1 – ETA
1 – OEMHL
1 – Alliance Midget
0 – GTHL
4 – January
1 – February
5 – March
1 – April
1 – June
1 – August
3 – September