Oksentyuk & Piercey listed in final NHL Draft rankings

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that 57 OHL players have been listed by NHL Central Scouting in their Final Rankings for the 2020 NHL Draft. Flint’s Evgeniy Oksentyuk (#109) and Riley Piercey (#129) are among the players in the Final Rankings.

“It’s a great example of their hard work and commitment level,” said Flint Firebirds Vice President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Barclay Branch. “Coming to play in Flint has proved beneficial to both players and we could not be happier for them.”

Oksentyuk, originally selected by the Firebirds in the first-round (5th overall) of the 2019 CHL Import Draft, led the Firebirds with 78 points (33G, 45A) in 58 games this season. The Brest, Belarus native set a franchise record for the longest point-streak by a single player, recording a point in 17 consecutive games from Nov. 15, 2019 – Jan. 17, 2020.

Piercey was acquired in a trade with the Barrie Colts on Jan. 7, 2020. Prior to coming to Flint, Piercey recorded 13 points (9G, 4A) in 35 games and then added another 21 points (8G, 13A) in eight less games with the Firebirds. The Mississauga, Ont. native finished his NHL Draft season with 34 points (17G, 17A) in 62 games this campaign.

Two Firebirds were selected in the 2019 NHL Draft last June in Vancouver, B.C.: Vladislav Kolyachonok was selected by the Florida Panthers in the second-round (52nd overall) and Ethan Keppen was selected by the host city, Vancouver Canucks, in the fourth-round (122nd overall).

Since the Firebirds’ inception in Flint, Michigan five seasons ago, there have been eight Firebirds that have played in a NHL regular or preseason game. 18 players that have worn a Firebirds jersey have either been drafted and/or signed by NHL clubs: Will Bitten (Montreal), Dennis Busby (Arizona), Nick Caamano (Dallas), Connor Chatham (New Jersey), Ty Dellandrea (Dallas), Fedor Gordeev (Toronto), Kyle Keyser (Boston Bruins), Ethan Keppen (Vancouver), Vladislav Kolyachonok (Florida), Nick Mattinen (Toronto), Brent Moran (Dallas), Alex Nedeljkovic (Carolina), Alex Peters (Dallas), Vili Saarijarvi (Detroit), Kole Sherwood (Columbus), Jalen Smereck (Arizona), Tyler Tucker (St. Louis) and Josh Wesley (Carolina).

OHL players account for five of the top 10 ranked North American skaters as well as the top-ranked goaltender on the list in Guelph Storm netminder Nico Daws. Former OHL Rookie of the Year Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves leads the OHL as the second-ranked skater on the list followed by fellow Canadian National Junior Team gold medalist Jamie Drysdale of the Erie Otters in third. Saginaw Spirit forward Cole Perfetti sits fifth on the list followed by Ottawa 67’s teammates in OHL scoring champion Marco Rossi and 52-goal scorer Jack Quinn in sixth and seventh.

An additional nine OHL players made the list inside the top-40 including Sarnia Sting winger Jacob Perreault (17), Barrie Colts flank Tyson Foerster (21), Soo Greyhounds defenceman Ryan O’Rourke (27), Hamilton Bulldogs centreman Jan Mysak (28), Kingston Frontenacs forward Martin Chromiak (30), Windsor Spitfires teammates Jean-Luc Foudy (33) and Will Cuylle (34) as well as North Bay Battalion winger Brandon Coe (35) and London Knights sophomore Luke Evangelista (39).

Each of the OHL’s 20 member teams have at least one player on the list, with the Soo Greyhounds (7) leading the way followed by the Erie Otters (6), Kitchener Rangers (4), London Knights (4) and Windsor Spitfires (4).

The list of OHL players includes 35 forwards, 14 defensemen and eight goaltenders.

A total of 57 OHL players were listed in NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings released in January.

2020 NHL Central Scouting Final Draft Rankings

North American rank, name, OHL club, position


2 Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves C
3 Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters D
5 Cole Perfetti Saginaw Spirit C
6 Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s C
7 Jack Quinn Ottawa 67’s RW
17 Jacob Perreault Sarnia Sting RW
21 Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts RW
27 Ryan O’Rourke Soo Greyhounds D
28 Jan Mysak Hamilton Bulldogs C
30 Martin Chromiak Kingston Frontenacs RW
33 Jean-Luc Foudy Windsor Spitfires C
34 Will Cuylle Windsor Spitfires LW
35 Brandon Coe North Bay Battalion RW
39 Luke Evangelista London Knights RW
46 Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds C
52 Ty Tullio Oshawa Generals RW
53 Oliver Suni Oshawa Generals RW
54 Zayde Wisdom Kingston Frontenacs RW
56 Antonio Stranges London Knights LW
59 Donovan Sebrango Kitchener Rangers D
60 Jack Thompson Sudbury Wolves D
66 Evan Vierling Barrie Colts C
67 Tanner Dickinson Soo Greyhounds C
70 Ethan Cardwell Barrie Colts RW
72 Rory Kerins Soo Greyhounds C
78 Robert Calisti Soo Greyhounds D
84 Ruben Rafkin Windsor Spitfires D
87 Hayden Fowler Erie Otters LW
106 Kirill Steklov London Knights D
107 Pavel Gogolev Guelph Storm LW
109 Evgeniy Oksentyuk Flint Firebirds LW
114 Isaak Phillips Sudbury Wolves D
116 Ole Bjorgvik-Holm Mississauga Steelheads D
129 Riley Piercey Flint Firebirds LW
137 Ville Ottavainen Kitchener Rangers D
138 Cameron Butler Niagara IceDogs RW
147 Jake Uberti Niagara IceDogs C
148 Reid Valade Kitchener Rangers RW
155 Declan McDonnell Kitchener Rangers RW
163 James Hardie Mississauga Steelheads LW
171 Louka Henault Windsor Spitfires D
188 Igor Chibrikov Owen Sound Attack D
190 Logan Morrison Hamilton Bulldogs C
192 Tye Kartye Soo Greyhounds LW
193 Jake Murray Kingston Frontenacs D
194 Lleyton Moore Oshawa Generals D
200 Austen Swankler Erie Otters C
213 Maxim Golod Erie Otters LW
217 Brendan Hoffmann Erie Otters RW


1 Nico Daws Guelph Storm G
4 Will Cranley Ottawa 67’s G
10 Nick Malik Soo Greyhounds G
14 Tye Austin Peterborough Petes G
24 Owen Bennett Guelph Storm G
28 Aidan Campbell Erie Otters G
29 Brett Brochu London Knights G
31 Mack Guzda Owen Sound Attack G

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