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2021 OHL Priority Selection Results

2020 OHL Draft

The 2021 Online OHL Priority Selection presented by Real Canadian Superstore is set to commence at 7:00pm and will include 299 picks across 15 rounds. Friday night’s portion of the event will include Rounds 1-3, before Rounds 4-15 get underway on Saturday morning at 9:00am. The Priority Selection in its entirety will be live streamed on the OHL’s YouTube channel.

RD.1 | Pick #5 – Matthew Soto, Forward, Oakville Rangers

Matthew Soto – RW
Kingston Frontenacs
Selected 5th in Round # 1
Shoots: R
Height: 5.11
Weight: 160
Hometown: Oakville, ON
Last Team: Oakville Rangers U16 AAA
Nationality: Canadian

Matthew Soto

With their second 5th overall pick in as many years, the Kingston Frontenancs selected right-winger Matthew Soto from the Oakville Rangers program. Known for his determined work ethic and stellar Hockey-IQ, Soto scored 21 goals and 44 points in 34 games for Oakville’s U15 team in 2019-20.

He is a very agile skater with slick stick skills, which help him make unpredictable plays. While he is not the fastest skater, he is working hard to improve his speed to match his skills. He is a fantastic finisher in front of the net and already boasts a shot with power and quality well above his peers.

Standing at 5’11’ and 160 lbs, Soto models his game after Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner while also looking up to legendary National Football League quarterback Tom Brady. After being picked 5th overall, Soto also joins the Frontenacs’ “5th Pick Club,” featuring Cory Stillman, Lawson Crouse and Paul Ludwinski.

By: Ben Steiner

 

RD.2 | Pick #34 – Mitchell Brooks, Centre, Toronto Titans U16 AAA

Mitchell Brooks – C
Kingston Frontenacs
Selected 15th in Round # 2
Shoots: L
Height: 5.09
Weight: 173
Hometown: Burlington, ON
Last Team: Toronto Titans U16 AAA
Nationality: Canadian

Mitchell Brooks, Centre, Toronto Titans U16 AAA

The Kingston Frontenacs are getting a player with a knack for putting the puck in the net with their second pick, centreman Mitchell Brooks. From Burlington, Ontario, the 34th overall selection made the move to the GTHL’s Toronto Titans for his U15 season. He went on the score at a near point-per-game pace, with 19 goals and 27 points through 29 games.

While he is offensive-minded, the 16-year-old has spent time on the penalty kill throughout his minor hockey career and can handle himself well in his zone. One of the upsides to his game is his explosive first stride, which allows him to burst by defenders.

Although Brooks is not the most sizeable player on the ice at 5’9” and 173 lbs, he is significantly more physical than one would expect. With an unselfish attitude and playmaking abilities, he is a threat even without scoring goals, as he makes sure to set up teammates for goal scoring opportunities.

With Brooks, the legacy of 2021 NHL Calder Trophy nominee and former Kingston Frontenac Jason Robertson lives on, as the Frontenacs acquired the pick, originally Peteborough’s, from Niagara for Robertson and Jacob Paquette.

By: Ben Steiner

 

RD.2 | Pick #35 – Quinton Burns, Defenceman, Kemptville 73s U18 AAA

Quinton Burns – LD
Kingston Frontenacs
Selected 16th in Round # 2
Shoots: L
Height: 6.02
Weight: 170
Hometown: Smiths Falls, ON
Last Team: Kemptville 73s U18 AAA
Nationality: Canadian

Quinton Burns, Defenceman, Kemptville 73s U18 AAA

Quinton Burns will not have to travel too far to get to Kingston, coming from just 95 kilometers away in Smith Falls, Ontario. A current member of the Kemptville 73s U18 AAA program, he featured in seven games in 2020-21, scoring a goal and six points.

While he did not get an entire campaign in 2020-21, the 35th overall pick spent the 2019-20 season in black and gold with the Greater Kingston Frontenacs, where he scored 4 goals and 19 points in 28 games.

Watch Burns, and you will see that athleticism stands out, especially when moving the puck. His skating and acceleration are already at an elite level, and when combined with his passing abilities, he is an offensive threat bringing the puck out of his own zone.

He harnesses his decent size at 6’2” and 170lbs, forcing opponents to the wings before making puck carriers pay with hard checks along the boards. With his defensive prowess and ability to advance the puck up the ice, he has the potential to become a top defenceman.

By: Ben Steiner

 

RD.4 | Pick #61 – Mason Vaccari, Goaltender, Vaughan Kings U16 AAA

Mason Vaccari – G
Kingston Frontenacs
Selected 2nd in Round # 4
Catches: L
Height: 5.11
Weight: 168
Hometown: Mississauga, ON
Last Team: Vaughan Kings U16 AAA
Nationality: Canadian

Mason Vaccari

Mason Vaccari is not the tallest goaltender you will ever meet. Still, his athleticism and technical skills make him one of the most highly regarded goaltenders in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection. Standings at 5’11” and 168 lbs, the Vaughan Kings U15 AAA netminder was unanimously voted by his GTHL peers as a goalie that they would start in an elimination game. Known to fight for every puck, the 16-year-old has built a reputation of making quick recoveries not to allow opponents much space on rebounds.

Vaccari has always looked up to one of the NHL’s best goaltenders in Montreal Canadiens netminder Carey Price and emulates the B.C.-born netminder in his play and gear setup. His goalie mask has two crowns on each side, paying homage to the retired Vaughan Kings logo. Unlike many goalies, Vaccari also has full-coloured pads, currently black and silver with the Kings.

By: Ben Steiner

 

RD.4 | Pick #75 – Christopher Thibodeau, Forward, Kitchener Jr. Rangers U16 AAA

Christopher Thibodeau – RW
Kingston Frontenacs
Selected 16th in Round # 4
Shoots: R
Height: 5.09
Weight: 140
Hometown: Kitchener, ON
Last Team: Kitchener Jr. Rangers U16 AAA
Nationality: Dual Citizenship (Can/U.S.)

Christopher Thibodeau

Christopher Thibodeau is known for his speed, and some would say he even has rockets on his skates. While some quick skaters are not agile, that is no problem for Thibodeau, who uses his edges to turn on a dime. While he struggled with his shot power in the younger age groups, he has grown and developed his shot into a primary part of his game.

Like Kingston’s first-round selection, Matthew Soto, Thibodeau looks up to legendary NFL quarterback Tom Brady. While skating might be the best part of his game, his signing skills will likely not lead him to a music career, as he forgot the words to “The Good Old Hockey Game” while trying to sing them in a 2021 interview with 519 Sports Online.

By: Ben Steiner

 

RD.5 | Pick #94 – Duncan Schneider, Defenceman, Quinte Red Devils U16 AAA

Duncan Schneider – LD
Kingston Frontenacs
Selected 15th in Round # 5
Shoots: L
Height: 6.01
Weight: 178
Hometown: Belleville, ON
Last Team: Quinte Red Devils U16 AAA
Nationality: Canadian

Duncan Schneider

Duncan Schneider comes to the Kingston Frontnracs after playing minor hockey with the ETAHL’s Quinte Red Devils. While the Leon’s Centre might be larger than community rinks in Quite West, Ontario, it is not too far away for the Belleville-born defender.

Schneider plays a traditional, stay-at-home defenseman style of play, and he does it well. At 6’1” 178lbs, the 15-year-old is not only sizeable but has a long stick that can take the puck off attackers. While defensive prowess in his game’s focus, he has an incredible shot from the blueline that can test a netminder. With a focus on improving his puck-moving ability, Schneider has a ton of upside.

By: Ben Steiner

 

RD.7 | Pick #124 – Adam Cavallin, Forward, Kemptville 73s U18 AAA

Adam Cavallin – C
Kingston Frontenacs
Selected 5th in Round # 7
Shoots: L
Height: 5.11
Weight: 175
Hometown: Greely, ON
Last Team: Kemptville 73s U18 AAA
Nationality: Canadian

Adam Cavallin

With the 124th pick of the 2021 OHL Priority Selection, the Kingston Frontenacs selected centreman Adam Cavallin from the Kemptville 73s U18 AAA team. While he did not get the play for the 73s in 2020-21, his stats from past minor hockey seasons stand out.

Playing with the Upper Canada Cyclones U15 in 2019-20, Cavallin scored at a near point-per-game pace, tallying 17 goals and 26 points through 29 games. Wearing the “C” on his chest, he is a noted leader and hard worker.

His brother Luke Cavallin has played with the Flint Firebirds before heading over to the AlpsHL on loan in 2021, where he faced current Frontenacs forward Francesco Arcuri. Born in Regensburg, Germany, Cavallin is not only German, but British and Canadian as well.

By: Ben Steiner

 

RD.8 | Pick #155 – Andrew Kuzma, Forward, Chicago Mission 15’s

Andrew Kuzma – C
Kingston Frontenacs
Selected 16th in Round # 8
Shoots: L
Height: 5.09
Weight: 156
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Last Team: Chicago Mission 15’s
Nationality: American

RD.8 | Pick #155 - Andrew Kuzma, Forward, Chicago Mission 15's

Once coached by former NHLers Brian Rafalski and Jason Blake and Yanic Perrault, Andrew Kuzma knows a thing or two about what it takes to work like a professional hockey player. There were not many opportunities for players as young as seven in his area, meaning he began playing in older age groups from a young age.

In the last five seasons, the 5’9” 157lbs forward has played with the Chicago Mission of the HPHL, scoring 7 goals and 12 points in 15 games in 2019-20. He is also very determined in his schoolwork, making sure to work as hard for each grade point as he does for the puck.

By: Ben Steiner

 

RD.9 | Pick #164 – Michael Chambre, Goaltender, Florida Alliance 15’s

Michael Chambre – G
Kingston Frontenacs
Selected 5th in Round # 9
Catches: R
Height: 6.03
Weight: 165
Hometown: Fort Myers, FL
Last Team: Florida Alliance 15’s
Nationality: American

Michael Chambre

Although hockey and Florida do not often go hand-in-hand outside of the NHL level, goaltender Michael Chambre is making sure people do not forget the talent in the state. Kingston’s 9th round pick in the OHL Priority Selection backstopped his Florida Alliance U15 AAA team to the 2021 Chipotle-USA Hockey National Championships.

Recently, USA Hockey named the 6’3” netminder the U17 National Team Development Program.

By: Ben Steiner

 

RD.10 | Pick #184 – Maleek McGowan, Defenceman, Markham Majors U16 AAA

Maleek McGowan – LD
Kingston Frontenacs
Selected 5th in Round # 10
Shoots: L
Height: 5.10
Weight: 165
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Last Team: Markham Majors U16 AAA
Nationality: Canadian

Maleek McGowan

With the 184th pick in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection, Paul McFarland and the Kingston Frontenacs selected left-handed defenceman Maleek McGowan from the Markham Majors U16 AAA. Known for his speed, the 5’10”, 165lb defenceman will look to take the next step in his hockey career.

By: Ben Steiner

 

RD.11 | Pick #214 – Antoine Dorion, Forward, Hawkesbury Hawks U18 AAA

Antoine Dorion – C
Kingston Frontenacs
Selected 15th in Round # 11
Shoots: R
Height: 5.11
Weight: 167
Hometown: Orleans, ON
Last Team: Hawkesbury Hawks U18 AAA
Nationality: Canadian

Antoine Dorion

Antoine Dorion lives and breathes hockey. Born in Orleans, Ontario, the 16-year-old forward has spent his minor hockey career with the Cumberland Jr. Grads, including his U15 season, where he scored nine goals and 23 points in 29 games. The son of Ottawa Senators General Manager Pierre Dorion, Antoine, is known for being a power forward with an excellent net-front presence.

By: Ben Steiner

 

RD.13 | Pick #244 – Jake Mallory, Forward, Halton Hills Hurricanes U16 AAA

Jake Mallory – RW
Kingston Frontenacs
Selected 5th in Round # 13
Shoots: R
Height: 5.10
Weight: 165
Hometown: Milton, ON
Last Team: Halton Hills Hurricanes U16 AAA
Nationality: Canadian

Jake Mallory

 

 

RD.13 | Pick #254 – Izayah Luddington, Defenceman, Markham Waxers U16 AAA

Izayah Luddington – RD
Kingston Frontenacs
Selected 15th in Round # 13
Shoots: R
Height: 6.01
Weight: 145
Hometown: Richmond Hill, ON
Last Team: Markham Waxers U16 AAA
Nationality: Canadian

Izayah Luddington

Izayah Luddington has the potential to become a dominant player when he reaches the next level. Selected 254th overall by the Frontenacs in the 13th round, the Richmond Hill, Ontario native brings physicality to his game and elite passing. He can walk the blue line in the offensive zone and keep his head up, allowing him to harness his tape-to-tape passing prowess. Being able to lead the rush and backcheck, Luddington is a tantalizing prospect for the Frontenacs.
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RD.14 | Pick #275 – Fionn Keon, Forward, York-Simcoe Express U16 AAA

Fionn Keon – LW
Kingston Frontenacs
Selected 16th in Round # 14
Shoots: L
Height: 5.09
Weight: 170
Hometown: Aurora, ON
Last Team: York-Simcoe Express U16 AAA
Nationality: Canadian

Fionn Keon

With the 275th pick in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection, the Kingston Frontenacs selected 5’9” 170lb left-winger Fionn Keon from the York-Simcoe Express U16 AAA. While his size might not pop off the page, do not go underestimating Fionn Keon. A strong player, he muscles his way past defenders to get chances for himself while also setting up teammates. A skilled goal scorer, Keon can score in several different ways, using his blistering speed and elite-level shot.

Aside from being a talented hockey player, Keon plays baseball for the Team Ontario Baseball Club in the Canadian Premier Baseball League.

By: Ben Steiner

 

RD.15 | Pick #284 – Dante Siciliano, Defenceman, Whitby Wildcats U16 AAA

Dante Siciliano – LD
Kingston Frontenacs
Selected 5th in Round # 15
Shoots: L
Height: 6.00
Weight: 165
Hometown: Whitby, ON
Last Team: Whitby Wildcats U16 AAA
Nationality: Canadian

Dante Siciliano

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