OHL Draft Results: Levin Goes First


The Sudbury Wolves had the first overall selection in the OHL draft today and they used that pick to select Don Mills forward David Levin. Levin led the midget team with 80 points in 55 games last season.

“Every day I’m waking up in the morning and thinking about hockey,” Levin told the Toronto Sun this week, “working hard to get to the NHL so I can move my family here.”

Sudbury had a poor season, going 12-54-2 for the worst year in the history of the team. They hope in 2015-2016 Levin can add some spark to the lineup.

Going second was Gabe Vilardi to the Windsor Spitfires. Vilardi, 15 years old, is a center out of the Canadian International Hockey Academy. Vilardi was the MVP of his league this past season.

“We kind of figured it was between Vilardi and McLeod,” Spitfires general manager Warren Rychel said to the Windsor Star. “I think we got the better player and we’re happy with the way it went.”

The third overall pick went to the newest club, the Flint Firebirds, who added Toronto Marlboros center Ryan McLeod. McLeod had 81 points in 74 games in 2014-2015.

The Hamilton Bulldogs, another new OHL club, also made some noise when they drafted Matthew Strome. Strome has become a familiar name in the hockey world thanks to Ryan Strome with the New York Islanders and Dylan Strome set to be drafted this season. Matthew had 64 points over 60 games with the Toronto Marlboros.

The first defenseman to go was Markus Phillips to the Owen Sound Attack. Phillips comes from the Toronto Titans and is 5’11 and 204 lbs.

“Phillips is an elite defenseman and we couldn’t be happier to have had the opportunity to draft him.” said Attack GM Dale DeGray to the Bayshore Broadcasting Centre. “He has great feet, excellent vision and will be an anchor on our blue line for years to come.”

The first pick of the second round was also the first goaltender to be drafted. The Spitfires selected Sun County goalie Michael DiPietro. He posted a 2.12 goals against average this past season and was most recently the goalie for the U-16 Team Canada junior’s club.

The full draft results are below for the first round.

PickTeamPlayerPosHome TownHtWtPrev TeamDOB
1SudburyDavid LevinRight WingNorth York, Ont.5.10161Don Mills1999-09-16
2WindsorGabe VilardiCentreKingston, Ont.6.02185CIH Academy1999-08-16
3FlintRyan McLeodCentreMississauga, Ont.6.01.5173Toronto Marlboros1999-09-21
4MississaugaOwen TippettRight WingPeterborough, Ont.5.11.25175Toronto Red Wings1999-02-16
5PeterboroughZach GallantCentreOakville, Ont.6.02175Miss. Rebels1999-03-06
6SaginawBrady GilmourCentreGrafton, Ont.5.09.75157Quinte1999-04-18
7NiagaraBen JonesCentreWaterloo, Ont.6.00167Toronto Marlboros1999-02-26
8HamiltonMatthew StromeLeft WingMississauga, Ont.6.03182Toronto Marlboros1999-01-06
9Owen SoundMarkus PhillipsLeft DefenceToronto, Ont.5.11.25204Tor Titans1999-03-21
10SarniaSasha ChmelevskiCentreNorthville, MI5.09.5163Honeybaked1999-06-09
11KingstonRobbie BurtRight WingHillsburgh, Ont.5.11193Miss. Rebels1999-05-29
12KitchenerGreg MeirelesCentreOrleans, Ont.5.10163Ottawa 67’s1999-01-01
13NiagaraHayden DavisRight DefenceHamilton, Ont.6.01166Ham. Huskies1999-07-21
14Owen SoundNick SuzukiCentreLondon, Ont.5.10.25173London1999-08-10
15GuelphIsaac RatcliffeLeft WingLondon, Ont.6.04.5183London1999-02-15
16OttawaAusten KeatingCentreGuelph, Ont.5.10160Guelph1999-03-07
17LondonEvan BouchardRight DefenceOakville, Ont.6.01.5172Oakville Rangers1999-10-20
18North BayBrady LyleRight DefenceNorth Bay, Ont.5.11.5176Shattuck St-Mary’s (U16)1999-06-06
19BarrieJacob TortoraLeft WingVictor, NY5.05.5140Don Mills1999-07-25
20ErieIvan LodniaCentreNovi, MI5.08.5157Honeybaked1999-08-31
21OshawaJack StudnickaCentreNorthville, MI6.00.25155Belle Tire1999-02-18
22S.S. MarieLiam HawelCentreArnprior, Ont.6.01.75152Ottawa Valley1999-04-18

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