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OHL Gold Cup: Team-By-Team Preview

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From May 3-6, OHL teams will get a look at their recent draft picks for the first time since they selected them at the 2018 OHL Priority Selection. Six minor hockey leagues across Ontario will send their all-star teams to compete in a eight-team tournament which acts as a showcase for OHL teams and their newest prospects.


Saginaw Spirit (4)

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GTHL Blue – Tristan Lennox, G – 2nd round, 26th overall
GTHL Blue – Sebastian Bulovs, F – 4th round, 65th overall
GTHL Red – Cole Perfetti, F – 1st round, 5th overall
OMHA Black – Ethan Cardwell, F – 2nd round, 33rd overall

**Four talented prospects to watch here for Spirit fans. The top goalie prospect of the 2002 age group Tristan Lennox and slick forward Ethan Cardwell have already been signed, but 5th-overall pick Cole Perfetti (pictured) is the one that management will be zeroing in on most. Our second-ranked player in this year draft class, the Vaughan Kings centre has a commitment to the University of Michigan but that didn’t deter the Spirit from taking him early with their first-round selection. Sebastian Bulovs has a chance to be the biggest risk/reward pick of the draft as he possesses the skill-set of a first-round player- he will be one of the most electric skaters in the tournament.**
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Sarnia Sting (3)

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Alliance – Theo Hill, F – 5th round, 99th overall
GTHL Red – Nolan Dillingham-Morelli, D – 4th round, 68th overall
HNO - Jacob Perreault, F - 1st round, 19th overall
OMHA White – Nolan Burke, F – 4th round, 79th overall

**The Sting’s viewing schedule will be light as they have just three players at this year’s Gold Cup, but all three were value picks who all project to be OHL players at some point. Nolan Dillingham-Morelli (pictured) will bring his physical presence to a talented GTHL Red team while Theo Hill should play a key role for the Alliance with his great speed and potential to be an effective 200 ft. player.**

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Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (5)

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GTHL Red- Ryan O’Rourke, D – 1st round, 20th overall
GTHL Red – Rory Kerins, F – 4th round, 71st overall
HEO – Tyson Tomasini, F – 8th round, 153rd overall
HNO – Matthew Halushak, D – 9th round, 180th overall
OMHA White – Kalvyn Watson, F – 5th round, 100th overall

**Busy times for the Western Conference Conference champs. 1st-round pick Ryan O’Rourke’s (pictured) ascension to OHL all-star calibre defenseman begins here in Kitchener, and Greyhounds fans can expect the Whitby native to wear a letter somewhere down the road. Tyson Tomasini and Kalyvn Watson were two of the better steals of the draft in our opinion and we expect them to show very well for their respective teams.**
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Sudbury Wolves (9)

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Alliance – Blake Butler, F – 3rd round, 46th overall
HEO – Simon Labelle, F – 10th overall, 181st
HNO – Kyle Aucoin, D – 7th round, 121st overall
NOHA – Giordano Biondi, F – 14th round, 261st
OMHA Black – Quinton Byfield, F – 1st round, 1st overall
OMHA Black – Ryan Smith, F – 11th round, 201st overall
OMHA White – Jack Thompson, D – 2nd round, 30th overall
OMHA White – Nathan Ribau, D – 4th round, 78th overall
OMHA White – Michael Tiveron, F – 8th round, 141st overall

**The Wolves will match Ottawa and Peterborough for the most prospects in Kitchener with nine, led of course by #1 overall pick Quinton Byfield (pictured). He is without question the main attraction along with 2nd-round pick Jack Thompson, but there are several sneaky good prospects for Wolves fans to watch. Michael Tiveron and Simon Labelle could surprise some people as they have the offensive acumen to be productive players in this tournament. There weren’t many better late-round picks than Giordano Biondi who really showed well towards the end of the year and will be one of the better goal-scoring threats from the NOHA squad.**
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Windsor Spitfires (5)

Alliance – Dylan Robinson, D – 3rd round, 45th overall
GTHL Red – Jean-Luc Foudy, F – 1st round, 10th overall
GTHL Red – McKay Hayes, F – 4th round, 80th overall
HEO – Kyle McDonald, F – 1st round, 25th overall
OMHA Black – Owen Shier, D – 8th round, 159th overall

**1st-round pick Jean-Luc Foudy is the headliner of the Spits prospects in Kitchener and he should be fun to watch. Foudy played the role of Taylor Hall and Nathan MacKinnon on a middle of the pack GTHL team as he was arguably the most valuable player to his team in the province. Dylan Robinson was the first defenseman selected from the Alliance- he elevated his game greatly to help his Brantford 99ers team to a surprise playoff championship and he will be a central figure on the Alliance’s blueline.**



FINAL 2018 OHL DRAFT RANKING

Final 2018 OHL DRAFT RANKING

1.  Quinton Byfield, York-Simcoe Express
 
2.  Cole Perfetti, Vaughan Kings
 
3.  Jamie Drysdale, Toronto Marlboros
 
4.  Antonio Stranges, Little Caesars 16U
 
5. Cameron Tolnai, Oakville Rangers
 
6.  Will Cuylle, Toronto Marlboros
7.  Daniil Chayka, Toronto Jr Canadiens 
 
8.  Dylan Peterson, CIHA
 
9.  Evan Vierling, York-Simcoe Express
 
10.  Lleyton Moore, Toronto Marlboros
 

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