When the puck drops in Guelph on November 20th, fans at the Sleeman Centre and watching live across Canada on Rogers Sportsnet will be watching the potential first overall picks in the 2009 and 2010 NHL Entry Drafts skating on the same team for the first time.
Representing Team OHL against Team Russia will be John Tavares (ranked #1 for 2009 NHL Entry Draft) and Taylor Hall (ranked #1 for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft). While these two future NHL superstars might get the bulk of the attention by scouts, their supporting cast is filled with the best the OHL has to offer.
A total of 30 players have been named to the rosters that will compete in Guelph and St. Catharines and of this number 21 are NHL drafted including five first round picks. Eight players on the rosters are eligible for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft including Tavares and Storm leading scorer Peter Holland. Hall of the Windsor Spitfires is the only player named to the roster that is ineligible for the draft until 2010.
GuelphStorm.com will profile several players from OHL’s Team Canada roster that will hit the ice at the Sleeman Centre on Thursday, November 20th in the ADT Canada Russia Challenge.
PETER HOLLAND, GUELPH STORM
Ranked 26th overall by ISS for 2009 NHL Entry Draft
Profile… Selected 11th overall by the Guelph Storm…Won the Storm’s Lou Embro Award for the Storm’s first round draft pick…Led all Storm rookies in points last season with 23…Won the Guelph Storm’s Wellington Motors Rookie of the Year Award…Has won the Storm’s Grand & Toy Player of the Week Award three times in eight weeks…Ranked 7th in the OHL for game winning goals with 3 and 10th in plus/minus with a +10 rating…Holland has led the way offensively for his team this year, less than half way through the season the Caledon native is already closing in on his entire point total from the 2007-08 season
Team Canada notes… Won a gold medal with Team Ontario at the Under-17 World Hockey Challenge in London last year.
ANTHONY NIGRO, GUELPH STORM
St. Louis Blues ’08 (6th round – 166th overall)
Profile…Drafted by the Storm in the 1st round of the 2006 OHL Priority Selection…Won gold as a member of team Ontario at the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse. ..Anthony scored 1 goal and 5 assists in the tournament with his single goal coming in OT of the semi-final game to send team Ontario to the gold medal game…Selected by the St. Louis Blues in the 6th round, 166th overall, last June…Anthony currently leads the league in shootouts scoring on all three of his attempts so far this year…Last season was a break-out year for Anthony, the Woodbridge native more than tripled his first year numbers finishing four on the Storm in scoring….
Team Canada notes… Anthony won a gold medal with Team Ontario at the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse.
MICHAEL DEL ZOTTO, OSHAWA GENERALS
New York Rangers ’08 (1st round – 20th overall)
Profile… The Number Two pick in the 2006 OHL Draft, Del Zotto has already blossomed into a star on defence in the OHL after just his rookie season….One of the best blueliners in the league, he ranked among the top scoring rookies in the OHL last season and became the first 16-year-old defenseman named to an OHL All-Star Classic … this past season he participated in the annual CHL Top Prospects Game, where he won the shooting accuracy skills event by going 4-for-4… Del Zotto, whose 63 points last season ranked him third among OHL defensemen, was at his best in the postseason, scoring two goals and eight points in 15 games as the Generals reached the third round of the league playoffs. ..the Stouville native also tied for fifth in the league with five shorthanded goals….Del Zotto was just recently drafted by the New York Rangers in the 1st round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft… before joining the OHL, Del Zotto played for the Markham Waxers alongside fellow 2008 first-rounders Steven Stamkos (No. 1 to Tampa Bay) and Cody Hodgson (No. 10 to Vancouver).
Team Canada Notes…Del Zotto was a standout with Team Canada at the World Under-18 tournament in Slovakia this past summer…the General’s defenceman also represented Team Ontario at the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse, scoring the gold medal clinching goal.