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Cavallin, Keppen, Kolyachonok & Uba among the 48 OHL players in final rankings for NHL Draft

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that 48 OHL players have been listed by NHL Central Scouting in their Final Rankings for the 2019 NHL Draft which takes place June 21-22 in Vancouver, BC. Flint’s Vladislav Kolyachonok (#31), Ethan Keppen (#74), and Eric Uba (#141) are among the skaters and Luke Cavallin (#23) is among the goaltenders in the Final Rankings.

“This is another testament to the hard work and commitment that these players put in on a daily basis,” said Flint Firebirds Vice President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Barclay Branch. “Having four players on this list is an indicator of the type of talent we have on our roster and the bright future ahead in Flint.”

The Barrie Colts, Flint Firebirds, Kitchener Rangers and Windsor Spitfires lead the way with four players included on the list followed by the Hamilton Bulldogs, Mississauga Steelheads, Ottawa 67’s and Sarnia Sting with three.

Since the Flint Firebirds’ inception four season ago in 2015, the club has now had 15 drafted or NHL signed players on its roster consisting of Will Bitten (Montreal), Dennis Busby (Arizona), Nick Caamano (Dallas), Connor Chatham (New Jersey), Ty Dellandrea (Dallas) Fedor Gordeev (Toronto), Kyle Keyser (Boston Bruins), Nick Mattinen (Toronto), Brent Moran (Dallas), Alex Nedeljkovic (Carolina), Alex Peters (Dallas), Vili Saarijarvi (Detroit), Kole Sherwood (Columbus), Jalen Smereck (Arizona) and Josh Wesley (Carolina).

The 48 players includes 43 skaters of the 217 ranked by NHL Central Scouting in North America while five of the 31 goaltenders ranked are also from the OHL. The list of skaters includes 30 forwards and 13 defencemen.

Eight of the top 31 players ranked are from the Ontario Hockey League led by 51-goal scorer Arthur Kaliyev (7th, Hamilton Bulldogs). Blueliner Thomas Harley (11th, Mississauga Steelheads) joins Philip Tomasino (14th, Niagara IceDogs), Nick Robertson (17th, Peterborough Petes), Ryan Suzuki (18th, Barrie Colts), Connor McMichael (24th, London Knights), Jamieson Rees (30th, Sarnia Sting) and Vladislav Kolyachonok (31st, Flint Firebirds) inside the top-31.

The OHL led the three leagues with 43 skaters included in the rankings while also producing North American’s third-ranked goaltender in Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes).

The OHL’s 48 players are part of a larger Canadian Hockey League total of 130 players included in the final rankings.

 

50 OHL players were listed in NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings released in January, while 35 players from the OHL were selected in the 2018 NHL Draft including seven players selected in the first round.

OHL North American Skaters:

North American rank, name, CHL club, league, position

7 KALIYEV ARTHUR 26-Jun-01 HAMILTON RW
11 HARLEY THOMAS 19-Aug-01 MISSISSAUGA D
14 TOMASINO PHILIP 28-Jul-01 NIAGARA C
17 ROBERTSON NICHOLAS 11-Sep-01 PETERBOROUGH LW
18 SUZUKI RYAN 28-May-01 BARRIE C
24 MCMICHAEL CONNOR 15-Jan-01 LONDON C
30 REES JAMIESON 26-Feb-01 SARNIA C
31 KOLYACHONOK VLADISLAV 26-May-01 FLINT D
45 CLARKE GRAEME 24-Apr-01 OTTAWA RW
55 VUKOJEVIC MICHAEL 8-Jun-01 KITCHENER D
56 OKHOTYUK NIKITA 4-Dec-00 OTTAWA D
58 CONSTANTINOU WILLIAM 25-Mar-01 KINGSTON D
65 GUSKOV MATVEY 30-Jan-01 LONDON C
74 KEPPEN ETHAN 20-Mar-01 FLINT LW
92 LEGUERRIER JACOB 22-Nov-00 SAULT STE. MARIE D
95 STEVENSON KEEGAN 31-Dec-00 GUELPH LW
96 SCHWINDT COLE 25-Apr-01 MISSISSAUGA RW
99 MACKAY COLE 13-Jun-01 SAULT STE. MARIE RW
101 CARROLL JOSEPH 1-Feb-01 SAULT STE. MARIE C
103 PORCO NICHOLAS 12-Mar-01 SAGINAW LW
104 MURRAY BLAKE 5-Jul-01 SUDBURY C
113 PRIMEAU MASON 28-Jul-01 NORTH BAY C
125 MILLMAN MASON 18-Jul-01 SAGINAW D
127 EGGENBERGER NANDO 7-Oct-99 OSHAWA LW
135 GARREFFA JOSEPH 9-Aug-99 KITCHENER C
140 GOGOLEV PAVEL 19-Feb-00 GUELPH RW
141 UBA ERIC 17-Dec-00 FLINT RW
148 ROSS LIAM 13-May-01 SUDBURY D
149 WASHKURAK KEEAN 16-Aug-01 MISSISSAUGA C
152 CAJKA PETR 11-Dec-00 ERIE C
158 RIPPON MERRICK 27-Apr-00 OTTAWA D
161 LEUFVENIUS HUGO 26-Mar-99 SARNIA LW
162 HUGG RICKARD 18-Jan-99 KITCHENER C
174 ANGLE TYLER 30-Sep-00 WINDSOR C
181 GUY BRAYDEN 3-Mar-01 SARNIA LW
182 STAIOS NATHAN 17-May-01 WINDSOR D
187 YANTSIS JONATHAN 28-Apr-99 KITCHENER RW
189 MUTTER NAVRIN 15-Mar-01 HAMILTON LW
190 GOLOD MAXIM 18-Aug-00 ERIE LW
213 YORK JACK 17-Sep-00 BARRIE D
214 ALLENSEN NATHAN 3-May-01 BARRIE D
216 HENAULT LOUKA 31-Jan-01 WINDSOR D
217 D’AMICO DANIEL 26-Jan-01 WINDSOR LW

OHL North American Goaltenders:

North American rank, name, CHL club, league

3 JONES HUNTER 21-Sep-00 PETERBOROUGH
16 DAWS NICOLAS 22-Dec-00 GUELPH
23 CAVALLIN LUKE 29-Apr-01 FLINT
25 GUZDA MACK 11-Jan-01 OWEN SOUND
28 GREAVES JET 30-Mar-01 BARRIE
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