The OHL and the 1st Overall Pick at the NHL Entry Draft

nail yakupov sarnia sting ontario hockey leagueAs was expected, Nail Yakupov of the Sarnia Sting went first overall at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Yakupov becomes the 19th player from the Ontario Hockey League to be drafted first overall in the 49 years of the draft’s existence. Seven of the previous 18 are actively playing starring in the National Hockey League.  The OHL should be proud that of the 30 players taken in the 2012 first round, no other league contributed more. Eleven players were on OHL rosters in 2011-12. The next closest league was the USHL at seven.

Of the 19 players, London leads the way with 5 (Green, Ramage, Nash, Kane, Tavares). [corrected] Sarnia/Cornwall becomes alone in second with three, while Windsor, Ottawa and the Montreal Junior Canadiens have two.

Here are the number one picks from the OHL (still active):

Year Drafted by Player Pos. Drafted from
2012 Edmonton Oilers Nail Yakupov F Sarnia Sting
2010 Edmonton Oilers Taylor Hall F Windsor Spitfires
2009 New York Islanders John Tavares F London Knights
2008 Tampa Bay Lightning Steven Stamkos F Sarnia Sting
2007 Chicago Blackhawks Patrick Kane F London Knights
2002 Columbus Blue Jackets Rick Nash F London Knights
1997 Boston Bruins Joe Thornton F Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
1995 Ottawa Senators Bryan Berard D Detroit Junior Red Wings
1994 Florida Panthers Ed Jovanovski D Windsor Spitfires
1991 Quebec Nordiques Eric Lindros F Oshawa Generals
1990 Quebec Nordiques Owen Nolan F Cornwall Royals
1979 Colorado Rockies Rob Ramage D London Knights
1978 Minnesota North Stars Bobby Smith F Ottawa 67’s
1977 Detroit Red Wings Dale McCourt F Hamilton Fincups
1976 Washington Capitals Rick Green D London Knights
1973 New York Islanders Denis Potvin D Ottawa 67’s
1972 New York Islanders Billy Harris F Peterborough Petes
1970 Buffalo Sabres Gilbert Perreault F Montreal Junior Canadiens
1969 Montreal Canadiens Rejean Houle F Montreal Junior Canadiens

The number one picks still active:

Taylor Hall played three years with the Windsor Spitfires from 2007-08 to 2009-10. 2012-13 will be his third season with the Edmonton Oilers.

John Tavares played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2005-06 to 2008-09. Although he played with the Oshawa Generals up until the trade deadline in his final OHL season, Tavares was drafted from the London Knights. J.T. is entering his fourth year with the New York Islanders in 2012-13.

Steven Stamkos played two years with the Sarnia Sting, 2006-07 and 2007-08. Stamkos begins his fifth season with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2012-13.

Patrick Kane played just one year in the OHL, 2006-07 with the London Knights. 2012-13 will mark his sixth year with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Rick Nash played with the London Knights for two seasons, 2000-01 and 2001-02. Barring any summertime trades, Nash will play his tenth season with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2012-13, his fifth as team captain.

Joe Thornton played two years with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, 1995-96 and 1996-97. 2012-13 will be Thornton’s 15th season in the NHL. He began his NHL career playing seven and a half years with the Boston Bruins. If he finishes the 2012-13 season with the San Jose Sharks, it will mark seven and a half with that club.

Ed Jovanovski played two years with the Windsor Spitfires, 1993-94 and 1994-95. He is currently the second longest standing active number one pick, next to Roman Hamrlik of the Washington Capitals. Jovanovski went first overall in 1994 while Hamrlik was the top pick in 1992. This will be Ed’s 17th year in the NHL. He started out with the Florida Panthers and made stops in Vancouver and Phoenix before returning to the Panthers last season.


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2 thoughts on “The OHL and the 1st Overall Pick at the NHL Entry Draft

  1. Nolan+Stamkos+Yakupov= 3 for Sarnia/Cornwall
    Not trying to snivel an assist or anything, just doing the math!

  2. Good call – anything over 1+1 is hard math for me on a weekend! If you include Hawerchuk from Cornwall’s days in the Q it would be four…

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