2018 NHL Draft: OHLers find homes in Rounds 2-4

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After breaking down the OHL’s impact in the first-round of the 2018 NHL Draft, it’s time to dive deeper.

35 OHLers came off the board in total. Seven in the first round. From rounds two through four, 16 heard their names called. We’ve already gone through the first round. Now it’s time to investigate Rounds 2, 3, and 4.

2018 NHL Draft: Top OHLers find homes in Rounds 2-4

34th overall Serron Noel (Oshawa Generals) – Florida Panthers

Final TI Score: 54.5

Months in Top 10: 0

Only three draft eligibles scored more than Noel’s 28 goals. With Adam Mascherin electing not to sign with the Panthers, they replace him with a near identical pick (38th overall, 2016). After a strong first month, Noel had his dips, but racked up nine rankings points in each of the last two months.

40th overall Ryan McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads) – Edmonton Oilers

Final TI Score: 86.5

Months in Top 10: October, November, December, January, February, March

A late birthday, McLeod was consistently among the top ten in the Power Rankings, never missing a month. His 44 assists were fifth among draft eligibles, and will be a solid two-way presence for the Oilers. He’ll get another year of seasoning as a feature piece for the Steelheads.

47th overall Kody Clark (Ottawa 67’s) – Washington Capitals

Final TI Score: 48.5

Months in Top 10: October

Clark had a strong start to the season, opening up in ninth spot in the power rankings. After that, a couple of bouts with inconsistency marred his season. In 13 games from January 14 to March 2nd, Clark scored just two goals, adding two assists. He has room to fill out though at 6’1″ and 180 lbs, so next year will be big for him.

51st overall Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs) – Los Angeles Kings

Final TI Score: 102

Months in Top 10:  October, November, December, January, February, March

It’s really surprising that Thomas fell as far as he did, and it could really benefit the Kings. Thomas was second among draft eligibles in assists (59), and third in power play points (32). Thomas was also featured in the power rankings all six months, never finishing lower than fourth.

52nd overall Sean Durzi (Owen Sound Attack) – Toronto Maple Leafs

Final TI Score: 71

Months in Top 10: N/A

Despite an ankle injury limiting him to 40 games, Sean Durzi still had an excellent season. Evolving into a premier puck-mover, Durzi improved on a two-goal season last year by potting 15. Another one of those 5’11” defenders that got drafted, the Leafs are very familiar with the smooth skater. He participated in their development camp last year.

55th overall Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s) – Arizona Coyotes

Final TI Score: 9

Months in Top 10: 0

Bahl is one of those guys whose contributions won’t show up in the power rankings. A towering, powerful defenceman, he put up just 18 points and a minus-21 this season. Despite those numbers, he plays the shutdown role to a tee, and has the smarts to match his size. The smarts, size, and surprising skating for a big man make him an intriguing package.

66th overall Cam Hillis (Guelph Storm) – Montreal Canadiens

Final TI Score: 67

Months in Top 10: 0

While he never cracked the top ten, Hillis earned an honourable mention twice in the power rankings. Hillis was hovering around Guelph’s leading scorers all year, eventually finishing third (59 points). He was one of three 20-goal scores for the Storm and second in assists (39). A rookie in the OHL this year, it’s fairly promising for the Habs that his numbers were in line with a sophomore draft eligible.

67th overall Alec Regula (London Knights) – Detroit Red Wings

Final TI Score: 38.5

Months in Top 10: 0

Regula had the privilege (?) of playing in Evan Bouchard‘s shadow this season in London. That doesn’t mean he didn’t flash enough on his own though. Regula had a solid rookie campaign in London and has room to grow. He was one of the youngest players available, and while he can still grow into the position, excelled in his OHL transition.

76th overall Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (Peterborough Petes) – Toronto Maple Leafs

Final TI Score: 52

Months in Top 10: 0

Steadily improving but slight, the Leafs add a prospect brimming with offensive talent. He has the talent to burn and he was just on the cusp of being eligible for the 2019 draft. If that was the case, it’s fair to wonder where he could’ve gone in next year’s draft. He had 51 points in 68 games in 2018.

88th overall Joey Keane (Barrie Colts) – New York Rangers

Final TI Score: 72

Months in Top 10: NA

Another re-entry candidate, Keane shot to the top of ‘most improved’ lists in the OHL. Keane actually ended up being named the Most Improved Player in the Coaches’ Poll. He also finished first in the Best Defensive Defenceman vote in his sophomore season. Sometimes guys are late bloomers, and that looks like the case here. The Rangers could have a steal in the third round if his arrow keeps pointing up.

97th overall Allan McShane (Oshawa Generals) – Montreal Canadiens

Final TI Score: 77

Months in Top 10: October, November, December, January, February, March

McShane had some up months, and some down months, overall was very consistent. He typically bumped up the rankings by 10 points each month. McShane is great on faceoffs, is an excellent passer, and gives the Canadiens another much-needed prospect down the middle.

100th overall Adam Mascherin (Kitchener Rangers) – Dallas Stars

Final TI Score: 108

Months in Top 10: NA

Mascherin is an interesting case study. After reports emerged that he wouldn’t sign with the Panthers and he changed agents, he re-entered the draft. Coming off of his first 40-goal season, Mascherin likes to shoot and is AHL eligible. We’ll know pretty soon whether Florida will rue letting him walk.

101st overall Nico Gross (Oshawa Generals) – New York Rangers

Final TI Score: 13

Months in Top 10: 0

Gross was quiet offensively during his first season in North America, but that isn’t necessarily out of line with his production in Switzerland. He has good size and plays with an edge, but the next two years in the OHL will be key for him if he wants to make the jump professionally.

106th overall Curtis Douglas (Windsor Spitfires) – Dallas Stars

Final TI Score: 57

Months in Top 10: October

Douglas was a part of a mid-season blockbuster, splitting time with Barrie and Windsor. His numbers were fairly close (0.64 points-per game with Barrie, 0.74 with Windsor), as he easily eclipsed his nine-point rookie year. Douglas is a mountain at 6’8″ and 232lbs, but has the hands and smarts to go with the package, making him an interesting long-term play for Dallas.

113th overall Aidan Dudas (Owen Sound Attack) – Los Angeles Kings

Final TI Score: 79

Months in Top 10: October, November, December, January, February, March

Dudas is another guy who dropped who had a great season. He was one of two draft eligibles with 30 goals and 30 assists, the other being Andrei Svechnikov. Dudas tripled his point production from his rookie year, but it still wasn’t enough to convince people to see past his size. At 5’8″ he’s a tough sell for some teams, but we could also be marveling at the Kings stealing Dudas and Thomas in a few years.

118th overall Mac Hollowell (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) – Toronto Maple Leafs

Final TI Score: 90

Months in Top 10: NA

Another re-entry candidate, Hollowell is a four-year OHL’er who should be AHL bound. In his first three years, he didn’t produce at an elite level, but he put up 56 points in 63 games this season. He’s smart and can play in his own end, which isn’t something you can always say about defenders with a smaller frame.


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