NHL Entry Draft: Top 10 OHL Prospects for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft

January 20th, 2011 by Mitch Heimpel Leave a reply »
The OHL has ruled the last three NHL Drafts. Steven Stamkos, John Tavares, Taylor Hall—the last three No. 1 overall picks in the NHL Entry Draft—have all undergone their apprenticeship in the OHL before graduating to the pros. Of the nine players to be drafted in the top three at those drafts, eight played junior hockey in the OHL. Victor Hedman is the only exception in that group.

90 players have been first round picks in the last three drafts. 27 of those players were drafted out of the OHL, representing a full 30 percent of first round draftees.

Over that time, the OHL has offered variety as well as depth. No longer solely the factory of forwards, the OHL has offered top puck movers like Drew Doughty, Alex Pietrangelo and Ryan Ellis; physical monsters like Zach Bogosian and Erik Gudbranson; snipers like Stamkos, Hall and Jeff Skinner and cerebral centre men like Tyler Seguin and Matt Duchene.

So, who's up front this year? Is there an OHL grad who can follow in the footsteps of Stamkos, Tavares and Hall and have his name called first when the Entry Draft opens in June?

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