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2016 OHL Priority Selection

Less than three weeks after the final game of the OHL Cup, 81 GTHL players were selected in the OHL Priority Selection, including top pick Ryan Merkley.

Merkley, a defenceman from the Toronto Jr. Canadiens, became the third straight GTHL graduate to go first overall, following Jakob Chychrun (2014) and David Levin (2015). The Jr. Canadiens captain, who was named GTHL Minor Midget Player of the Year, also headlines the list of 40 GTHL players participating in the 2016 OHL Gold Cup in early May.

Another defenceman, Owen Lalonde of the Windsor AAA Zone went second overall to the Sudbury Wolves.  Forwards Connor Roberts (No.3, Hamilton Bulldogs), Blade Jenkins (No. 4, Saginaw Spirit) and Ty Dellandrea (No. 5, Flint Firebirds) rounded out the top five selections. A total of 81 GTHL players were selected in the draft, including 12 in the first round.

2016 OHL Priority Selection
Round Overall OHL Team Player Pos Hometown Last Team
1 1 Guelph Ryan Merkley D Mississauga, Ont. Toronto Jr. Canadiens
1 6 Oshawa Danil Antropov RW Toronto, Ont. Toronto Marlboro
1 7 Mississauga Kirill Nizhnikov RW Vaughan, Ont. Toronto Jr. Canadiens
1 9 S.S. Marie Barrett Hayton C Peterborough, Ont. Toronto Red Wings
1 11 Ottawa Peter Stratis D Scarborough, Ont. Mississauga Rebels
1 12 Niagara Akil Thomas C Toronto, Ont. Toronto Marlboro
1 14 Barrie Tyler Tucker D Longlac, Ont. Toronto Titans
1 15 Sarnia Tyler Weiss C Raleigh, NC Don Mills Flyers
1 16 Kitchener Giovanni Vallati D Toronto, Ont Vaughan Kings
1 18 London Liam Foudy C Toronto, Ont. Markham Majors
1 19 Erie Allan McShane C Etobicoke, Ont. Toronto Marlboro
1 20 Barrie Jack McBain C Toronto, Ont. Don Mills Flyers
2 24 Peterborough Declan Chisholm D Bowmanville, Ont. Don Mills Flyers
2 29 Kitchener Riley Damiani C Mississauga, Ont. Mississauga Rebels
2 31 Ottawa Kevin Bahl D Mississauga, Ont. Toronto Marlboro
2 37 Saginaw Maxim Grondin C North Bay, Ont. Vaughan Kings
2 38 Kingston Sergey Popov LW Maple, Ont. Toronto Jr. Canadiens
2 39 Hamilton D.J. King D Oakville, Ont. Mississauga Rebels
3 42 Guelph Luke Moncada C Scarborough, Ont. Toronto Red Wings
3 48 Flint Ryan Littlejohn LW Newmarket, Ont. Mississauga Rebels
3 59 Mississauga Michael Little C Mississauga, Ont. Toronto Marlboro
4 70 S.S. Marie Peter Muzyka D Thornhill, Ont. Toronto Titans
4 72 Ottawa Thomas Tinmouth LW Richmond Hill, Ont. Toronto Marlboro
4 76 Barrie Curtis Douglas LW Oakville, Ont. Mississauga Senators
4 77 Guelph Teth Wilson-Burles RW Mississauga, Ont. Mississauga Rebels
5 87 Oshawa Joseph Rupoli D Oakville, Ont. Toronto Red Wings
5 89 Peterborough Hunter Jones G Brantford, Ont. Mississauga Reps
5 90 Kingston Emmett Gordon D Toronto, Ont. Toronto Red Wings
5 92 Ottawa Samuel Bitten C Gloucester, Ont. Mississauga Rebels
5 94 North Bay Travis Mailhot D Caledon East, Ont. Toronto Red Wings
5 99 Oshawa Dante Fantauzzi D Woodbridge, Ont. Toronto Marlboro
6 109 Peterborough Matthew Falls C Toronto, Ont. Toronto Jr. Canadiens
6 115 Barrie Sam Rhodes C Powhatan, VA Don Mills Flyers
6 116 S.S. Marie Matthew Hayami RW Oakville, Ont. Toronto Red Wings
6 119 Kingston Alex DiPaolo LW Oakville, Ont. Toronto Jr. Canadiens
7 123 Sudbury Edward Yan RW Toronto, Ont. Don Mills Flyers
7 138 Hamilton Tyler Spott D Toronto, Ont. Toronto Marlboro
7 141 Erie Aidan Timmermans D Thornhill, Ont. Toronto Jr. Canadiens
8 143 Sudbury Joshua Eisfeld G Toronto, Ont. Vaughan Kings
8 159 Kingston Martin Templeton D Mississauga, Ont. Mississauga Senators
9 163 Sudbury Christian Gaudreau LW Mississauga, Ont. Mississauga Senators
9 166 Erie Tyler Szczepaniak G Toronto, Ont. North York Rangers
9 170 Mississauga Thomas Maia C/LW Brampton, Ont. Mississauga Rebels
9 173 Niagara Pierre-Luc Cote Forget D Toronto, Ont. Toronto Marlboro
9 179 Kingston Justin Pringle C Mississauga, Ont. Toronto Marlboro
10 187 Peterborough Wyllum Deveaux LW Toronto, Ont. Don Mills Flyers
10 197 Guelph Ryan Boon D Orangeville, Ont. Toronto Jr. Canadiens
10 201 Saginaw Jackson Alexeev C Woodbridge, Ont. Toronto Jr. Canadiens
11 203 Sudbury Charlie Mackie D Toronto, Ont. Toronto Marlboro
11 204 Owen Sound Alex Tower LW Mississauga, Ont. Toronto Red Wings
11 208 Mississauga Nicholas Canade RW Mississauga, Ont. Mississauga Rebels
11 214 North Bay Christian Purboo G Mississauga, Ont. Mississauga Rebels
11 215 Windsor Zackary Young RW Toronto, Ont. Mississauga Rebels
12 226 Sudbury Ryan Mahabir RW Pickering, Ont. Toronto Jr. Canadiens
12 228 Mississauga Jake Gravelle D Callander, Ont. Don Mills Flyers
12 230 S.S. Marie James Buckley C Stittsville, Ont. Toronto Marlboro
12 231 Owen Sound Jesse Tucker C Longlac, Ont. Toronto Titans
12 234 North Bay Brandon Lucchesi RW Woodbridge, Ont. Toronto Nationals
12 239 Kingston Christian Mattiace G Woodbridge, Ont. Toronto Jr. Canadiens
12 241 Erie Matthew Bazarin C Roseneath, Ont. Markham Majors
13 246 Saginaw Dylan Bond D North Bay, Ont. Mississauga Rebels
13 248 Mississauga James Fletcher C Brampton, Ont. Mississauga Rebels
13 251 Owen Sound Riley Valade D Caledon, NY Toronto Titans
13 253 Niagara Roman Semin D Maple, Ont. Mississauga Senators
13 257 Sarnia Cameron Hough LW Stouffville, Ont. Vaughan Kings
13 261 Erie Maxim Golod LW Concord, Ont. Mississauga Senators
14 262 Niagara Michael Hill RW Bolton, Ont. Toronto Red Wings
14 264 Flint Jack Babbage D Tully, NY Don Mills Flyers
14 267 Oshawa Antonio Jr Pirone G Woodbridge, Ont. Toronto Red Wings
14 268 Mississauga Connor McBroom RW Etobicoke, Ont. Don Mills Flyers
14 271 Owen Sound Connor Gregga C Markham, Ont. Markham Majors
14 276 Barrie Andrew Peters RW Sarnia, Ont. Mississauga Rebels
14 277 Sarnia Noah Heisler D Thornhill, Ont. Don Mills Flyers
14 279 Kingston Chris Giroday D Toronto, Ont. Toronto Red Wings
14 281 Erie Adam Trotman C/LW Concord, Ont. Toronto Red Wings
15 283 Sudbury Francesco Reda D Maple, Ont. Vaughan Kings
15 285 Hamilton Evan McIntyre D Oakville, Ont. Mississauga Rebels
15 286 Saginaw Christian Lepone C Richmond Hill, Ont. Toronto Red Wings
15 288 Mississauga Cristian Cugini G Toronto, Ont. Mississauga Rebels
15 294 North Bay Ryan Nicol C Toronto, Ont. Toronto Titans
15 296 Barrie Spencer Cosway D Toronto, Ont. Mississauga Reps
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