In the final release of HockeyProspect.com’s 2017 OHL Draft Rankings, the Toronto Marlboros’ Jack Hughes has run the table and has remained our number one ranked prospect all season long. HockeyProspect.com’s Ryan Yessie on Hughes, “His speed, quickness, hockey sense and his ability to create offense, amongst other things, has helped him maintain the top spot in our final rankings. Whether Hughes takes the OHL route or the USNTDP route, he will be an immediate impact player for his team.”
High skilled forward Alex Turcotte maintained the second spot on our rankings. Alex has been ranked second overall on our lists has all season long.
Johnny Beecher takes the third spot on our ranking. Action with the TPH team at the OHL Cup and USNTDP Selection Camp allowed him to play a more free wheeling game than with his club team and it helped show off his strong skating and skill.
Sitting fourth on our list is Ryan Suzuki. Ryan is the creative offensive forward for the top ranked team in Ontario going into the OHL Cup, the London Jr. Knights.
Rounding out the top five is Case McCarthy of the Buffalo Jr. Sabres U16 team. Case has moved up one spot on our list this time around. Tag Bertuzzi from the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies U16 program dropped one spot to number six. “It was a very close call, but multiple viewings at the end of the season allowed us the opportunity to make this slight adjustment. Both players played extremely well in our viewings.” Yessie explained.
Number seven on our list is Michael Vukojevic, a defenseman for the Mississauga Rebels. Michael has good two-way upside. He’s a big physical defender who moves the puck well and can contribute at both ends of the ice. He is currently committed to the University of Michigan.
2017 OHL Draft Final Rankings
|1||HUGHES, Jack||Toronto Marlboro||C||5.08.5*||151|
|2||TURCOTTE, Alex||Chicago Mission 16U||C||5.11*||187|
|4||SUZUKI, Ryan||London Jr. Knights||C||6.00*||160|
|5||MCCARTHY, Case||Buffalo Jr. Sabres 16U||RD||6.00.75*||190|
|6||BERTUZZI, Tag||Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 16U||C||6.01||190|
|7||VUKOJEVIC, Michael||Mississauga Rebels||LD||6.02||185|
|8||KEPPEN, Ethan||Toronto Nationals||LW||6.02*||195|
|9||MURRAY, Blake||Whitby Wildcats||C||6.01.5*||177|
|10||TOMASINO, Philip||Mississauga Rebels||C||5.10.25*||164|