Five OJHL players have been named to NHL Central Scouting’s Futures List for next season’s 2017 NHL Draft, leading the entire CJHL with nearly half of the league’s 11 players coming from the OJHL.
Based on evaluations throughout the 2015-16 season, these are players that NHL Central Scouting will be keeping an eye on throughout the upcoming 2016-17 season.
Ian Blacker (D) – Oakville Blades
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The 16-year old native of Oakville, Ontario joins his hometown Blades this past season out of the Brampton 45’s Minor Midget ‘AAA’ program, where he had a successful 2014-15 season that saw him as alternate captain of Team Ontario at the Canada Winter Games, helping his province capture the gold medal. After being selected by the London Knights in the 4th round, 70th overall, of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection, Blacker chose to keep his NCAA option available by joining the Blades. The rookie blueliner posted 6 points in 41 regular season games played and would earn a spot on Team Canada Red, competing in the 2016 World Under-17 Challenge that was held in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John, B.C. Helping the Blades capture the South Division regular season title, Blacker recorded 2 points in 10 post-season games as the Blades were upset by the Burlington Cougars. Following the season, Blacker officially signed with the London Knights.
Tyler Burnie (F) – Wellington Dukes
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The 16-year old native of Midhurst, Ontario joined the Dukes this season out of the Barrie Colts Minor Midget ‘AAA’ program, where following the season he was selected by the Frontenacs in the 5th round, 90th overall, of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection. During the off-season Burnie captured a bronze medal as a member of Team OMHA Navy at the 2015 OHL Gold Cup. During the 2015-16 season, Burnie notched 16 goals and 33 points in 50 regular season games to finish fifth on the club in scoring, while adding another 5 points in 8 post-season contests.
Nick Campoli (F) – North York Rangers
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The 17-year old native of Etobicoke, Ontario found himself with the North York Rangers this past season after graduating from the prestigious Toronto Jr. Canadiens minor midget program. Campoli, who posted more than a point-per-game pace and went the OHL Cup tournament with the Jr. Canadiens, would be selected by the Saginaw Spirit in the 6th round, 107th overall, of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection. The youngster made an immediate impact on the Rangers, recording nearly a point-per-game once again with 34 points in 37 contests and he added 8 points in two playoff rounds to finish fifth on the club in scoring.
Bryce Misley (F) – Oakville Blades
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The 16-year old Calgary, Alberta native joined the Blades as a rookie this season out of the Don Mills Flyers Minor Midget ‘AAA’ organization, where he helped lead the club as an alternate captain to the championship game of the 2015 OHL Cup before falling to the Toronto Marlboros. A member of Team GTHL Red at this summer’s OHL Gold Cup Tournament, Misley was selected by the Peterborough Petes in the 6th round, 106th overall, of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection, but chose to join the OJHL with hopes of a collegiate scholarship. One of the younger members of the Blades, Misley more than lived up to expectations last season, finishing seventh on the talented squad with 19 goals, while recording 39 points in 53 regular season games played, while adding 11 points in 13 post-season contests before falling to Burlington in the second round. Following the season Misley was named an OJHL 2nd Team All-Prospect and he is committed to join the University of Vermont beginning with the 2018-19 Hockey East season.
Dylan Seitz (F) – Buffalo Jr. Sabres
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The Eden, New York native joined the Jr. Sabres this season after playing the previous year with the Buffalo Saints U-18 squad. Following the season, Seitz was selected by the Kitchener Rangers in the 15th round, 291st overall, of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection. Seitz notched a respectable 13 goals and 29 points in 53 regular season contests to finish 11th in scoring on the club. He would add one assist during the post-season before signing with the Rangers following the season. Most recently, Seitz was named a member of the Team USA Under-18 squad that will compete at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Congratulations to all five on the accomplishment and best of luck in 2016-17.
For the full NHL Central Scouting Futures List, please CLICK HERE.
Also named to the Futures List were four former OJHL players, as follows:
- Zach Gallant (Peterborough, OHL) – Oakville Blades, 2014/15
- Brady Gilmour (Saginaw, OHL) – Cobourg Cougarsr, 2014/15
- Markus Phillips (Owen Sound, OHL) – Newmarket Hurricanes, 2014/15
- Owen Tippett (Mississauga, OHL) – Toronto, 2014/15
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