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OHL Fan Guide to the 2017 NHL Draft
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The Ontario Hockey League will help shape the future of the National Hockey League at the 2017 NHL Draft set for Friday June 23 and Saturday June 24 in Chicago.

Fans of all 20 teams can follow with interest as the league’s top prospects take the next step in their development and fulfill a lifelong dream.

Here’s a breakdown of all 20 OHL clubs featuring draft history, milestone years, top picks, and players to watch from NHL Central Scouting’s final draft rankings.

Barrie Colts:
All-time players selected: 38 (since 1996)
Most picks in single NHL Draft: 6 (1999)
Top Selection: Aaron Ekblad (1st overall, 2014)
2017 Rankings: Christian Propp (27 G).

Erie Otters:
All-time players selected: 38 (since 1997)
Most picks in single NHL Draft: 5 (2007)
Top Selection: Connor McDavid (1st overall, 2015)
2017 Rankings: Ivan Lodnia (36), German Poddubnyi (130).

Flint Firebirds:
All-time players selected: 2 (since 2016) / 76 Plymouth Whalers (1991-2015)
Most picks in single NHL Draft: 2 (2016) / 7 (1993)
Top Selection: Will Bitten (70th, 2016) / Bryan Berard (1st, 1995)
2017 Rankings: Fedor Gordeev (104).

Guelph Storm:
All-time players selected: 67 (since 1992)
Most picks in single NHL Draft: 7 (1994)
Top Selection: Drew Doughty (2nd overall, 2008)
2017 Rankings: Isaac Ratcliffe (15), Nate Schnarr (47), Dmitri Samorukov (69), Liam Hawel (141), Nicholas Deakin-Poot (213).

Hamilton Bulldogs:
All-time players selected: 1 (since 2016) / 74 Belleville Bulls (1982-2015)
Most picks in single NHL Draft: 1 (2016) / 5 (1999)
Top Selection: Cole Candella (140th, 2016) / Scott Thornton (3rd, 1989)
2017 Rankings: Matthew Strome (33), MacKenzie Entwistle (44), Marian Studenic (101), Kaden Fulcher (18 G).

Kingston Frontenacs:
All-time players selected: 110 (since 1974)
Most picks in single NHL Draft: 5 (1993)
Top Selection: 3rd overall Erik Gudbranson (2009), Chris Gratton (1993)
2017 Rankings: Jason Robertson (14), Eemeli Rasanen (32), Linus Nyman (100), Jacob Paquette (105).

Kitchener Rangers:
All-time players selected: 157 (since 1969)
Most picks in single NHL Draft: 5 (1998)
Top Selection: 2nd overall Gabriel Landeskog (2011), Brian Bellows (1982)
2017 Rankings: Greg Meireles (93), Dylan Seitz (123), Nicholas McHugh (145), Luke Richardson (30 G).

London Knights:
All-time players selected: 172 (since 1969)
Most picks in single NHL Draft: 8 (1998)
Top Selection: 1st overall John Tavares (2009), Patrick Kane (2007), Rick Nash (2002), Rick Green (1976)
2017 Rankings: Robert Thomas (22), Alex Formenton (29), Jacob Golden (144), Brandon Crawley (199).

Mississauga Steelheads:
All-time players selected: 6 (since 2013) / 31 Mississauga & Toronto St. Michael’s Majors (2000-2012)
Most picks in single NHL Draft: 5 (2016) / 5 (2003 & 2001)
Top Selection: Alex Nylander (8th, 2016) / Stuart Percy (25th, 2011)
2017 Rankings: Owen Tippett (7), Nicolas Hague (20), Shaw Boomhower (112).

Niagara IceDogs:
All-time players selected: 16 (since 2008)
Most picks in single NHL Draft: 4 (2014)
Top Selection: Alex Pietrangelo (4th overall, 2008)
2017 Rankings: Kirill Maksimov (66), Matthew Philip (152), Oliver Castleman (164), Ben Jones (170), Ondrej Machala (215), Stephen Dhillon (21 G).

North Bay Battalion:
All-time players selected: 43 (since 1998)
Most picks in single NHL Draft: 6 (1999)
Top Selection: Matt Duchene (2nd overall, 2009)
2017 Rankings: Brady Lyle (48), Adam Thilander (96), Justin Brazeau (206).

Oshawa Generals:
All-time players selected: 170 (since 1969)
Most picks in single NHL Draft: 10 (1995)
Top Selection: Eric Lindros (1st overall, 1991)
2017 Rankings: Jack Studnicka (120), Matt Brassard (137), Kyle MacLean (209), Kyle Keyser (11 G).

Ottawa 67’s:
All-time players selected: 150 (since 1969)
Most picks in single NHL Draft: 6 (1999 & 1992)
Top Selection: 1st overall Bobby Smith (1978), Denis Potvin (1973)
2017 Rankings: Sasha Chmelevski (43), Noel Hoefenmayer (75), Austen Keating (115), Artur Tyanulin (166).

Owen Sound Attack:
All-time players selected: 51 (since 1990)
Most picks in single NHL Draft: 5 (2012)
Top Selection: Bobby Ryan (2nd overall, 2005)
2017 Rankings: Nick Suzuki (10), Jonah Gadjovich (39), Markus Phillips (50), Maksim Sushko (72), Kevin Hancock (91), Zachary Roberts (113), Sean Durzi (124), Trenton Bourque (154).

Peterborough Petes:
All-time players selected: 179 (since 1969)
Most picks in single NHL Draft: 5 (2004, 2003, 1997, 1995)
Top Selection: 2nd overall Jordan Staal (2006), Eric Staal (2003), Chris Pronger (1993)
2017 Rankings: Zach Gallant (64), Nick Isaacson (148), Cole Fraser (197).

Saginaw Spirit:
All-time players selected: 30 (since 2003)
Most picks in single NHL Draft: 4 (2011)
Top Selection: Matt Corrente (30th overall, 2006)
2017 Rankings: Cole Coskey (150).

Sarnia Sting:
All-time players selected: 45 (since 1995)
Most picks in single NHL Draft: 7 (1996)
Top Selection: 1st overall Nail Yakupov (2012), Steven Stamkos (2008)
2017 Rankings: Adam Ruzicka (37), Ryan McGregor (107), Drake Rymsha (118), Sean Josling (203).

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds:
All-time players selected: 133 (since 1973)
Most picks in single NHL Draft: 7 (1992)
Top Selection: Joe Thornton (1st overall, 1997)
2017 Rankings: Conor Timmins (18), Morgan Frost (31), Otto Makinen (211), Matt Villalta (16 G).

Sudbury Wolves:
All-time players selected: 122 (since 1973)
Most picks in single NHL Draft: 10 (1993)
Top Selection: Mike Foligno (3rd overall, 1979)
2017 Rankings: Jake McGrath (19 G).

Windsor Spitfires:
All-time players selected: 103 (since 1976)
Most picks in single NHL Draft: 5 (2009 & 1997)
Top Selection: 1st overall Taylor Hall (2010), Ed Jovanovski (1994)
2017 Rankings: Gabriel Vilardi (4), Cole Purboo (189), Luke Boka (201), Michael DiPietro (4 G).

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