NHL Draft Rankings: Top 10 OHL prospects

Aaron Ekblad's two-way play may propel him to a first overall pick. (Terry Wilson/OHL)
December 16, 2013, 9:40 AM

Every month leading up the NHL Draft, Sam Cosentino ranks the top-10 draft-eligible players from a different league in the CHL. For December, Cosentino breaks down prospects from the OHL.

1. Aaron Ekblad, Barrie Colts

Position: Defence
Shoots: Right
Birthdate: Feb. 7/96
Height/weight: 6’3.5”, 216

Underrated defensively, good decision maker, great shot. Eats big minutes. Huge endorsement from the Hunters.

2. Michael Dal Colle, Oshawa Generals

Position: Centre/Left wing
Shoots: Left
Birthdate: June 20/96
Height/weight: 6’1.5”, 179

Top line minutes last two seasons. Not always top billing from NHL types, but does nothing other than produce.

3. Sam Bennett, Kingston Frontenacs

Position: Left wing
Shoots: Left
Birthdate: June 20/96
Height/weight: 6’0.25”, 178

Displays excellent two-way game. Has high level of compete. Skills are abundant. Needs to pack on pounds.

4. Roland McKeown, Kingston Frontenacs

Position: Defence
Shoots: Right
Birthdate: Jan 20/96
Height/weight: 6’0.75”, 197

Guilty of doing too much at times. Needs help on D-side of game, but skates and shoots like a pro.

5. Nicholas Ritchie, Peterborough Petes

Position : Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Birthdate: Dec. 5/95
Height/weight: 6’2.25”, 231

Never seems to dazzle, but with his size has potential to play NHL style of game on most nights.

6. Robbie Fabbri, Guelph Storm

Position: Centre
Shoots: Left
Birthdate: Jan. 22/96
Height/weight: 5’10”, 166

A deep Guelph team is much better with him in the lineup and that speaks volumes. Good vision, has some grit.

7. Josh Ho-Sang, Windsor Spitfires

Position: Centre
Shoots: Right
Birthdate: Jan 22/96
Height/weight: 5’11”, 166

With no Rychel around to draw attention, will face top defensive players from opposition, how will he respond?

8. Christian Dvorak, London Knights

Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Birthdate: Feb. 2/96
Height/weight: 6’0.25”, 178

Like Platzer, Elie and Anderson before him, don’t be fooled by limited minutes on a deep team. Packed tool box.

9. Alex Lintuniemi, Ottawa 67’s

Position: Defence
Shoots: Left
Birthdate: Sep. 23/95
Height/weight: 6’3”, 231

Playing in the CHL a career changing decision. Defends well and has untapped offensive upside, with good size.

10. Alex Nedeljkovic, Plymouth Whalers

Position: Goalie
Shoots: Left
Birthdate: Jan. 7/96
Height/weight: 6’0”, 184

Calm and quirky. Doesn’t get rattled allowing a softie. Unseated a drafted goalie and began rise in 2nd half of 12-13.

NOTE: Size taken from NHL Central Scouting as measured previous to the release of the Preliminary Players to Watch Lists released in November.


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