A total of 76 GTHL players were selected by 20 OHL teams as part of the 2018 OHL Priority Selection. Half of the 20 players selected in the first round came from GTHL teams. Just over 25% of all 300 players selected came from one of 12 GTHL Minor Midget “AAA” teams.
The Peterborough Petes were the first team to draft a GTHL skater, selecting Toronto Marlboros forward Will Cuylle with the third overall pick. GTHL Player of the Year and Marlboros captain Jamie Drysdale was picked fourth overall by the Erie Otters. Quinton Byfield of the York-Simcoe Express went first overall to the Sudbury Wolves, while Byfield’s teammate Evan Vierling was picked second overall by the Flint Firebirds.
Each GTHL “AAA” Club had at least one player drafted, with the Toronto Marlboros, Vaughan Kings, and Mississauga Reps each seeing 13 players selected. The OHL Cup winning Jr. Canadiens were close behind with 12 players drafted.
Click here for a full list of results from the 2018 OHL Priority Selection.
Social Media Reaction
— Dave Brown (@HDbrownie2000) April 7, 2018
— Generals Live (@GeneralsUpdates) April 7, 2018
Very honoured to be selected to the mississsauga steelheads. I would like to thank everyone who has helped get me to where I am today and I can’t wait to get started#fearthefish @OHLSteelheads pic.twitter.com/kF4nrM4zOW
— William Portokalis (@WPortokalis) April 7, 2018
Couldn’t be more excited to start the next chapter of my hockey career with the @OHLBarrieColts! Thanks to my family, friends, teammates and coaches over my minor hockey career!
— Riley Piercey (@Piercey28) April 7, 2018