The 2012 OHL Priority Selection will be held tomorrow, Saturday 7th, at 9am. The Erie Otters, who finished 10-52-3-3 will have the first pick. Below is a mock draft provided by International Scouting Services.
1. Erie – Connor McDavid – Potential superstar. McDavid becomes just the third player to be granted "exceptional player" status following Sun County Panthers' defenceman Aaron Ekblad and Marlboros forward John Tavares.
He is a dynamic offensive player that has the potential to produce and create offensively, and is a threat to score whenever he is on the ice. The premium is on skill and he has the most of it. He'll be in the league next year but hopefully it's a situation where he's in a position to succeed and not expected to carry or turn around a team.
2. Kingston – Roland McKeown – McKeown is a very composed two way defenseman who has shown some real high end offensive potential. He handles the puck and makes plays with a ton of poise and composure. McKeown is a gifted defenseman who ISS scouts call "a for-sure cornerstone defenseman in the OHL" he's very mobile and has a ton of offensive ability between his skating, puck-moving instincts and shot.
3. Petes – Eric Cornel – With 4 former ISS scouts (Oke, McNamara, Edwards, MacPherson) at the draft table for the Petes, expect them to "get it right". Petes need a playmaking center, Peterborough, native Cornel possesses the size and skill teams covet in a first-line centre.
4. SSM – Robby Fabbri – High-end, talented player who plays a 200-foot game. Has a high-end skill level and will play on their top two lines in time. Intense competitor wants to make a difference every time he's on the ice.
5. Windsor – Joshua Ho-Sang – What a pure, natural scorer. Scouts have talked about him as No. 1 overall at times. He has the high-end offensive capabilities to be a difference maker.
6. Guelph – Jared McCann – Hard to pass on his sense and skating ability; will develop nicely under coach Scott Walker.
7. Oshawa – Michael Dal Colle – BPA, A high-end character player to add to their already strong lineup.
8. Owen Sound – Jacob Middleton – Big, solid, young defenseman for the Attack to build upon.
9. Kingston – Sam Bennett – Highly skilled sniper that kept getting better and was a major factor in team's success.
10. Belleville – Brett Hargrave – Power forward with nice touch around net.
11. Missy – Spencer Watson – Building their group with some highly skilled players and Watson definitely fits the bill.
12. Saginaw- Brendan Perlini – Has verbial to Michigan State University 2014-15
13. Sarnia- Damian Bourne – Power winger plays with a nasty edge; no fun to play against, and he can score.
14. Sudbury- Michael Amadio
– Highly skilled forward who has the knack of elevating his play in the proverbial big game.
15. Brampton- Brook Hiddink – Could be the steal of the draft this late!
16. Barrie – Niki Petti – Speedy forward a nice fit in Barrie.
17. Kitchener – Ryan MacInnis – Maybe the best U.S.-born player in the draft. Lots of upside. Leaning towards U.S. National U-17 Team however where there is smoke there is fire!
18. Ottawa – Andrew Abou-Assaly – Looked like a 2nd rounder until OHL Cup performance.
19. Niagara – Dylan DiPerna – Smooth-skating puck mover has a bomb from the point to replace D.Hamilton.
20. Plymouth – Daniel DeSousa – Hard-hitting defenseman with flair. Smart and skilled defensively, high-rising prospect now showcasing his offensive side.
21. London – Nick Schmaltz – Has verbal North Dakota, University of 2014-15