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Three Firebirds Listed in Rankings for 2018 NHL Draft in June
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48 players from the Ontario Hockey League have been listed among NHL Central Scouting’s October ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2018 NHL Draft which takes place June 22-23 in Dallas, TX. Three Flint Firebirds are listed including forwards Ty Dellandrea and Hunter Holmes and defenseman Dennis Busby.

Firebirds’ Fedor Gordeev was the third Flint Firebird ever to be selected in the NHL Draft, when the Toronto Maple Leafs tabbed him this past June. Will Bitten (Montreal Canadiens) and Nick Caamano (Dallas Stars) were two Flint Firebirds that were selected in the 2016 NHL Draft. Caamano then signed a three-year NHL entry-level contract with Dallas on Apr. 6, 2017. Along with Caamano and Gordeev, Nicholas Mattinen (Toronto Maple Leafs) is the third current Flint Firebird that has been drafted in the NHL.

In addition to Busby, Dellandrea and Holmes, Firebirds’ Ryan Littlejohn and Jack Wismer are two other first-time eligible players to be selected in the NHL Draft in June 2018.

Since the Plymouth Whalers moved to Flint two seasons ago, the Firebirds have now had 13 drafted or NHL signed players on the roster consisting of Will Bitten (Montreal), Nick Caamano (Dallas), Connor Chatham (New Jersey), Fedor Gordeev (Toronto), Kyle Keyser (Boston Bruins), Nicholas Mattinen (Toronto Maple Leafs), Brent Moran (Dallas), Alex Nedeljkovic (Carolina), Alex Peters (Dallas), Vili Saarijarvi (Detroit), Kole Sherwood (Columbus), Jalen Smereck (Arizona) and Josh Wesley (Carolina).

The 48 OHL players are included in a list of 108 CHL players that also includes 33 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and 27 from the Western Hockey League.

42 OHL players were selected in the 2017 NHL Draft including five players chosen in the first round.

NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING OHL ‘PLAYERS TO WATCH’ – OCT. 3, 2017

A SVECHNIKOV ANDREI BARRIE RW
A MERKLEY RYAN GUELPH D
A BOUCHARD EVAN LONDON D
A MCLEOD RYAN MISSISSAUGA C
A THOMAS AKIL NIAGARA C
A HAYTON BARRETT SAULT STE. MARIE C
B NIZHNIKOV KIRILL BARRIE RW
B HOLMES HUNTER FLINT C
B DELLANDREA TY FLINT C
B FOUDY LIAM LONDON C
B KOOY JORDAN LONDON G
B RIPPON MERRICK MISSISSAUGA D
B INGHAM JACOB MISSISSAUGA G
B MCSHANE ALLAN OSHAWA C
B NOEL SERRON OSHAWA RW
B BAHL KEVIN OTTAWA D
B CHISHOLM DECLAN PETERBOROUGH D
C DOUGLAS CURTIS BARRIE C
C BUSBY DENNIS FLINT D
C LALONDE OWEN GUELPH D
C HILLIS CAMERON GUELPH C
C ROBERTS CONNOR HAMILTON C
C NYMAN LINUS KINGSTON RW
C DUNKLEY NATHAN KINGSTON C
C VALLATI GIOVANNI KITCHENER D
C DAMIANI RILEY KITCHENER C
C MOSKAL BILLY LONDON C
C REGULA ALEC LONDON D
C BOOMHOWER SHAW MISSISSAUGA LW
C DHILLON STEPHEN NIAGARA G
C LYLE BRADY NORTH BAY D
C MCMASTER ADAM NORTH BAY C
C KEYSER KYLE OSHAWA G
C GROSS NICO OSHAWA D
C CLARK KODY OTTAWA RW
C ROBERTSON CARTER OTTAWA D
C STRATIS PETER OTTAWA D
C HANCOCK KEVIN OWEN SOUND LW
C DUDAS AIDAN OWEN SOUND C
C GOGOLEV PAVEL PETERBOROUGH RW
C DER-ARGUCHINTSEV SEMEN PETERBOROUGH C
C EVERETT CALEB SAGINAW D
C GRONDIN MAXIM SAGINAW C
C JENKINS BLADE SAGINAW LW
C LEUFVENIUS HUGO SARNIA LW
C LEVIN DAVID SUDBURY C
C MALIK ZACK SUDBURY D
C CORCORAN CONNOR WINDSOR D

For more information including full ‘Players to Watch’ lists visit nhl.com.

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