Five Mississauga Senators Headline WHH Mock 1.0
Saginaw, meet Michael Misa.
With its new lottery process to determine which team gets the first overall pick in the OHL Priority Selection, the Saginaw Spirit was the lucky franchise to have first dibs at the 2006 birth-year class.
How do we know that the Spirit will be selecting Michael Misa? Well, it’s not official until the team announces it, but Misa is one of only a handful of players who have been granted exceptional status by Hockey Canada and allowed to enter the draft a year early.
Misa, a 2007 birth-year phenom from the Mississauga Senators U16 club, is expected to join the likes of Connor McDavid, John Tavares and Shane Wright as players selected No. 1 overall after being allowed to skip their final year of youth hockey for major junior.
With that said, here is the World Hockey Hub’s mock OHL Priority Selection. One quick note before it starts, however, given the border crossing issues throughout the last two seasons, we’re going to go out on a limb and say this is an All-Canadian first-round draft class, since it’s been rather difficult for most of the OHL scouts to do their usual North-American tours.
At No. 1, as discussed, we have Misa. At this spring’s OHL Cup, he broke McDavid’s tournament record of 19 points, registering 20 as his Senators won the title. That pretty much sums it up, right? You break a McDavid record, you are most likely going No. 1 overall.
At No. 2, we have Malcolm Spence. The Hockey News says that Spence may just be the No. 1 overall pick, regardless of the exceptional status thing mentioned above. With his lethal shooting ability and ability to fly up and down the ice, it’s hard to argue with the assessment.
Michael Hage of the Toronto Jr. Canadiens checks in at No. 3. Regarded as a complete 200-foot player who can score himself and also increase the offensive output of his line mates, he’s a lock for at least the top five when the actual draft takes place.
In our eyes, Henry Mews will be the first defenseman off the board at No. 4. An offensive defenseman, he knows when to push the pace and when not to – a comparison to Jamie Drysdale has been floating around, too.
At No. 5, we think the blueline collection gets picked from again, and the Sarnia Sting take big Sam Dickinson. At 6-foot-2 and 194 pounds, he is a problem for opponents in his defensive zone, and that’s crucial to any team’s success.
Check out our full first-round mock draft below.
No. 1 – Saginaw Spirit – Michael Misa (Forward, Mississauga Senators)
No. 2 – Erie Otters – Malcolm Spence (Forward, Mississauga Senators)
No. 3 – Sudbury Wolves – Michael Hage (Forward, Toronto Jr. Canadiens)
No. 4 – Niagara IceDogs – Henry Mews (Defense, Toronto Jr. Canadiens)
No. 5 – Sarnia Sting – Sam Dickinson (Defense, Toronto Marlboros)
No. 6 – Peterborough Petes – Nathan Villeneuve (Forward, Navan Grads)
No. 7 – Ottawa 67’s – Beckett Sennecke (Forward, Toronto Marlboros)
No. 8 – Oshawa Generals – Kieron Walton (Forward, North York Rangers)
No. 9 – Kitchener Rangers – Gabriel Frasca (Forward, Mississauga Senators)
No. 10 – Barrie Colts – Jack Van Volsen (Forward, Toronto Jr. Canadiens)
No. 11 – Owen Sound Attack – Luca Testa (Forward, Niagara North Stars)
No. 12 – Guelph Storm – Liam Greentree (Forward, Markham Majors)
No. 13 – Mississauga Steelheads – Benjamin Cormier (Forward, Navan Grads)
No. 14 – Oshawa Generals – Justin Huynh (Defense, Mississauga Senators)
No. 15 – London Knights – Lucas Karmiris (Forward, Brantford 99ers)
No. 16 – Soo Greyhounds – Ben Danford (Defense, Quinte Red Devils)
No. 17 – Kingston Frontenacs – Marek Vanacker (Forward, Brantford 99ers)
No. 18 – Flint Firebirds – Frankie Marelli (Defense, Markham Waxers)
No. 19 – Saginaw Spirit – Cole Beaudoin (Forward, Nepean Raiders)
No. 20 – North Bay Battalion – Kevin He (Forward, North York Rangers)
No. 21 – Ottawa 67s – Zayne Parekh (Defense, Markham Majors)
No. 22 – Windsor Spitfires – Brodie McConnell-Barker (Defense, London Jr. Knights)
No. 23 – Hamilton Bulldogs – Jett Luchanko, (Forward, London Jr. Knights)
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