Photo: Kingston Frontenacs defenseman and 2014 prospect Roland McKeown generated 29 points in 61 games in his OHL rookie season (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
The OHL's Kingston Frontenacs were well represented at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, with Canada's gold medal-winning squad featuring three players from the Frontenacs' roster.
Photo: Team USA goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic took control of the starting job for the Plymouth Whalers during the 2013 OHL playoffs (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
In Team USA's Day 2 win over Russia at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, the star of the game was goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic. The Russians sent 37 shots on goal in the game, with Nedeljkovic stopping 35 of them to get the win.
Photo: 2014 prospect Aaron Haydon of the Niagara IceDogs completed his rookie season in the OHL in 2012-13 (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Team USA has advanced to the semi-final round of the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament after defeating Slovakia, 5-2. But a 4-2 victory on Day 2 over Russia was the win that got the USA going in the right direction at this tournament.
Photo: London Knights forward and Boston Bruins prospect Seth Griffith capped off his OHL career with a second consecutive appearance in the Memorial Cup Tournament (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
After going undrafted in his first year of eligibility, Seth Griffith locked in.
“When you’re drafted right away you might want to sit back a little bit,” Griffith said. “I got in the right mindset that I had to keep working and that good things would happen.”
Photo: Vancouver Canucks propsect Bo Horvat, the second OHL player chosen at the 2013 NHL Draft, had his day made more memorable due to his inclusion in the Cory Schneider deal (courtesy of CHL Images)
Since the NHL Draft was instituted in 1969, the Ontario Hockey League has proven to be the richest source of future talent in the world. And with six of the previous seven first-overall selections coming from the middle Canadian Hockey League association, there was no reason to believe that the province of Ontario (and parts of Michigan and Pennsylvania) wouldn’t be fertile soil again for the next generation of professionals.