Thank You Overagers

Posted: April 28, 2016 by OHLInsiders in News, Uncategorized
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For fans of Canadian Major Junior Hockey, five years seems like it goes by so slow. I can’t speak for you but it feels like I’ve been watching players such as Charlie Graham and Hunter Garlent for a lot longer than the five years they’ve actually been around in the OHL.

But when you ask the players, the time flies by. From the day most of them got their name called in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection to their final junior games, the amount of individual growth from being the bumbling nervous 16 year olds to the leadership exuding 20/21 year olds the road for every single overage player has been different with different curveballs thrown at them along the way.

Each of these players has made a positive contribution to their community in different ways. All of them have done work with various charities and attending numerous public team events, and some have gone way above the call of duty.

The group of 2015/2016 Ontario Hockey League over age players has been an honour to watch over the years and I, on behalf of myself and the fans of the Ontario Hockey League, thank you.

2015-2016 OHL Overage Class

Barrie Colts
Justin Scott (FWD) – Acquired by the Colts VIA the 80th overall selection in the 4th round of the 2011 OHL Priority Selection, Scott has recently signed his NHL contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets. In 293 OHL games played, all in a Colts uniform, Scott registered 89 goals and added 88 assists for a total of 177 career OHL points.
What’s next? “I’m excited for the opportunity playing pro hockey.”

Michael Webster (D) – Acquired by the Colts VIA the 12th round of the 2011 OHL priority selection. In 308 career OHL games, Webster scored 20 goals and added 92 assists for a total of 112 career OHL points.
What’s next? Michael could not be reached for comment

Kevin Labanc (FWD) – Acquired by the Colts VIA the 6th round of the 2011 OHL Priority Selection, Labanc has since been drafted and signed in the NHL with the San Jose Sharks. Much like his counterpart Colts overage players, he too has played every one of his OHL games with a Colts crest on the front. In 233 OHL games, Labanc has found the net 92 times and added 216 assists for a total of 308 career OHL points.
What’s next? Kevin could not be reached for comment

Erie Otters
Jake Marchment (FWD) Acquired by the Otters VIA trade from the Belleville Bulls VIA North Bay Battalion, Marchment is a former 6th round selection of the Battalion but never played a game in Brampton or North Bay. In 200 OHL games played, Marchment registered 57 goals and added 68 assists for a total of 125 career OHL points. Marchment was a 6th round selection of the Los Angeles Kings in the 2014 NHL Draft.
What’s next?
Jake could not be reached for comment

Devin Williams (G) – Acquired by the Otters VIA the 5th round of the 2011 OHL Priority Selection, Williams has since played in 220 games, all with the Otters. Williams’ OHL career  comes to a close with an average GAA of 3.18 and a combined save percentage of .893%.
What’s next?
Devin could not be reached for comment

Nick Betz (FWD) Acquired by the Otters VIA the 6th round of the 2011 OHL Priority Selection, Betz has dressed in 338 games, all in an Otters uniform. Betz’s OHL career comes to a close with 64 goals and 96 assists for a total of 160 career points.
What’s next?
Nick could not be reached for comment

Flint Firebirds
Connor Sills (FWD) –
Acquired by the Firebirds VIA the 9th round of the 2011 OHL Priority Selection, Sills played in 235 games for the former Whalers franchise and the now Firebirds. In those 235 games, Sills registered 18 goals and added 25 assists for a career total of 43 OHL points.
What’s next?
“I am going to school, not sure where yet.”

Zack Pittman (D) –
Acquired VIA trade from the Ottawa 67’s in 2015, Pittman was originally a 9th round selection of the Ottawa 67’s in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection. Pittman arrived to the OHL from the USHL’s Lincoln Stars in time to play two seasons of OHL hockey. In 113 career OHL games played, Pittman scored 4 goals and added 23 assists for a career total of 27 OHL points.
What’s next? “For the future i think I’m done with hockey all together and heading to school. I’ll be choosing a University to go to soon and I’ll be studying some type of engineering. It was obviously a rough year that had a big impact on me, but I was leaning towards hanging them up regardless and this year kind of made that decision final! I loved all the boys though, best group of guys I’ve ever played with, wouldn’t trade that for anything.”

Guelph Storm
Tyler Hill (FWD) – Acquired by the Storm VIA trade with the Ottawa 67’s, Hill was originally a 5th round, 99th overall selection of the Ottawa 67’s in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection. In 156 career OHL games, Hill scored 26 OHL goals and added 38 assists for a total of 64 career OHL points. Hill joined the GOJHL’s Caledonia Corvairs midway through the 2015-2016 season.
What’s next? “I’m headed to CIS, undecided where as of right now though.”

Jacob Harris (FWD) –
Acquired VIA trade from the Sudbury Wolves, Harris who was originally a 28th overall selection by the Wolves in the 2nd round of the 2011 OHL Priority Selection had his career come to an end sooner than expected midway through the 2015-2016 season due to head injuries. In 264 OHL games played, Harris scored 51 goals and added 64 assists for a total of 115 OHL points.
What’s next? Jacob could not be reached for comment

Michael Giugovaz (G) –
Acquired VIA trade from the Windsor Spitfires VIA London Knights VIA Belleville Bulls VIA Peterborough Petes, Giugovaz was originally a 10th round selection of the Peterborough Petes in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection. Giugovaz boasted an average GAA of 3.91 and a combined save percentage of .885%.
What’s next? Michael could not be reached for comment

Hamilton Bulldogs
Jack Hidi (FWD) – Acquired VIA trade from the London Knights, Hidi was originally an 8th round selection of the Barrie Colts. In 88 career OHL games played in parts of just 2 seasons, Hidi scored 13 goals and added 15 assists for 28 career OHL points.
What’s next? Jack could not be reached for comment

Kingston Frontenacs
Connor McGlynn (FWD) – Acquired by the Frontenacs VIA the 6th round of the 2011 OHL Priority Selection, McGlynn has since dressed in 208 games and registered 51 goals and added 38 assists for 89 career OHL points.
What’s next?
“I plan on going to St Mary’s University out in Halifax, playing hockey and I’m going into their business program.”

Lucas Peressini (G) –
Acquired by the Frontenacs VIA the 6th round of the 2011 OHL Priority Selection, Peressini has since dressed in 208 OHL games and boasted an average save percentage of .905% and a combined GAA of 3.23.
What’s next? Lucas could not be reached for comment

Chad Duchesne (D) –
Acquired by the Frontenacs VIA trade, Duchesne was drafted in the 13th round of the 2011 OHL Priority Selection by the Mississauga Steelheads. Duchesne played in 137 career games, all as part of the Kingston Frontenacs and recorded 8 goals and added 38 assists for 46 career OHL points.
What’s next? Chad could not be reached for comment

Kitchener Rangers
Brandon Robinson (FWD) – Acquired VIA  trade from the North Bay Battalion, Robinson was originally a 7th overall selection of the Brampton Battalion. In 302 career OHL games played, Robinson managed to record 89 goals and added 91 assists for a career total of 180 OHL points.
What’s next?
“My time in the OHL went by way too quick, I’m going to miss everything. I’m not sure what’s next yet hopefully something pro comes up but if nothing comes, I will go to school.”

Miles Liberati (D) –
Acquired VIA trade from the North Bay Battalion VIA London Knights, Liberati is a former 3rd round selection of the London Knights. Liberati was selected in the 7th round of the 2013 NHL draft by the Vancouver Canucks as well, but he never signed a contract. In 296 games played, Liberati’s OHL career comes to a close having recorded 39 goals and 76 assists for 115 career OHL points.
What’s next? “I’m waiting to hear back from my agent. Nothing confirmed yet.”

Brian Brosnan (D) – Acquired VIA trade from the Niagara IceDogs, Brosnan came into the OHL as the 300th overall selection in the 15th round by the IceDogs in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection. In 3 OHL seasons and 145 games played, Brosnan recorded 9 goals and 23 assists for 32 career OHL points.
What’s next? Brian could not be reached for comment

London Knights
Ian Jenkins (G) – Acquired by the Knights VIA the 2011 OHL Priority Selection when Ian was selected in the 2nd round, 29th overall. Ian was tragically taken from us shortly thereafter and never got to play an OHL game. This would have been his overage OHL season had he still been with us. Even though Ian wasn’t on the ice, Ian still managed to inspire. His live by motto and phrase “Have A Purpose” has inspired many people around the world in all walks of life. 
Brendan Burke
Aaron Berisha
Jacob Graves

Mississauga Steelheads
Mason Marchment (FWD) – Acquired by the Steelheads VIA trade from the Hamilton Bulldogs VIA Erie Otters, Marchment enjoyed 3 OHL seasons and a total of 132 games played. Marchment managed to register 30 goals and 53 assists for 83 total OHL points.
What’s next? “Not quite sure yet.”

Jack Flinn (G) –
Acquired by the Steelheads VIA trade from the Owen Sound Attack, Flinn, a Halifax, Nova Scotia native came into the OHL as a free agent signing of the Attack in 2013. Since then, Flinn played in 144 games and boasted an average save percentage of .900% and a combined GAA of 3.29. 
What’s next?
Jack could not be reached for comment

Josh Burnside (FWD) –
Acquired by the Steelheads VIA the 6th round of the 2011 OHL Draft, Burnside skated in 287 games for the Mississauga Steelheads. In the 287 games played, Burnside recorded 58 goals and added 107 assists for a career total of 165 OHL points.
What’s next? Josh could not be reached for comment

 

Niagara IceDogs
Jordan Maletta (FWD) – 
Acquired by the IceDogs VIA trade from the Windsor Spitfires, Maletta who signed his NHL contract as a free agent with the Columbus Blue Jackets is a former 13th overall selection of the Windsor Spitfires. In 358 OHL games played, Maletta managed to light the lamp 94 times and add 123 assists for a total of 217 career points.
What’s next? Jordan could not be reached for comment

Stephen Harper (FWD) – A member of the IceDogs VIA trade from the Hamilton Bulldogs VIA Erie Otters, Harpers’ career comes to a close with 345 games under his belt. The former 12th overall selection of the Erie Otters scored 104 goals and added 144 assists for a total of 248 career OHL points.
What’s next? “Haven’t thought much about about it yet to be honest”

Anthony DiFruscia (FWD) – Acquired by the IceDogs VIA the OHL Priority Selection back in 2011, DiFruscia’s career comes to a close with 197 career points made up of 100 goals and 97 assists in 309 career OHL games.
What’s next? Anthony could not be reached for comment

North Bay Battalion
Mathew Santos (FWD) – Since joining the Brampton Battalion VIA free agency in 2012, Santos has played in 304 games for what is now known as the North Bay Battalion. In those 304 games, Santos registered 66 goals and added 84 assists for a career total of 150 OHL points.
What’s next? “I’m not sure yet what I will be doing”

Austin Kosack (D) – Acquired by way of the 8th round of the 2011 OHL Priority Selection, Kosack played in 36 games for the Battalion in a span of two seasons. In those 36 games, Austin registered 3 goals and 6 assists for 9 points.
What’s next? Austin could not be reached for comment

Jake Smith (G) – Acquired by way of the 2011 OHL Priority Selection after being selected in the 9th round by the former Brampton Battalion, Smith played his whole junior career for one franchise. In 220 career games played, the goaltender recorded a total GAA of 2.90 and an average save percentage of .906%.
What’s next? Jake could not be reached for comment

Oshawa Generals

Justin Nichols (G) – Acquired VIA trade by the Oshawa Generals at the 2016 trade deadline from the Guelph Storm, Nichols was originally 3rd round selection of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Nichols appeared in 197 OHL games with a GAA of 3.54 and an average save percentage of .893. 
What’s next? Justin could not be reached for comment

Ottawa 67’s

Nathan Todd (FWD) – Nathan was a 5th round selection of the Ottawa 67’s in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection. He skated the majority of 2 seasons with the 67’s having appeared in 127 games notching 42 goals and 70 assists for a total of 112 career Ontario Hockey League points. 
What’s next? “Don’t know exactly what’s going on next. I’m on an ATO with Binghamton right now and I’m hoping to go to an NHL camp at the end of the summer and hopefully land a deal.”

Nevin Guy (D) – A former 4th round selection of the Ottawa 67’s back in 2012, Guy skated in 268 Ontario Hockey League games, all for the Ottawa 67’s and scored 19 goals while adding 88 assists for 107 total points.
What’s next? Nevin could not be reached for comment.


Evan De Haan (D) –
Acquired by the Ottawa 67’s VIA trade from the Sudbury Wolves towards the start of the 2014-2015 OHL season, De Haan was originally a 2nd round selection of the Sudbury Wolves back in 2011. In 256 games played, De Haan scored 19 goals and added 67 assists from the blue line.
What’s next? “I had a blast playing in the OHL. I haven’t decided yet, I’m just weighing out my options.”

Owen Sound Attack
Bryson Cianfrone (FWD) – Originally a 3rd round selection of the former Brampton Battalion, Cianfrone was acquired by the Owen Sound Attack VIA a trade with the Mississauga Steelheads. In 195 OHL games played, Cianfrone notched 49 goals and added 103 assists for 152 total points in his time.
What’s next? Bryson could not be reached for comment

Josh Sterk (FWD) –
Sterk was acquired by the Attack VIA trade with the London Knights VIA Oshawa Generals VIA Kitchener Rangers. Originally a 5th round selection of the Kitchener Rangers in 2011, Sterk’s OHL career comes to a close having skated in 353 Ontario Hockey League games which is good enough for most games played in this class of over agers. In that time, Sterk registered 73 goals and 136 assists for 209 points.
What’s next? Josh could not be reached for comment

Peterborough Petes
Greg Betzold (FWD) –
Betzold was not drafted into the OHL, instead he was a free agent signing by the Petes in 2012. In 267 career OHL games, Betzold scored 96 goals and added 88 assists for a total of 184 points.
What’s next?
Greg could not be reached for comment

Hunter Garlent (FWD) –
Acquired by the Petes VIA trade from the Guelph Storm in 2014, the former  10th overall selection of the Storm closes out his junior hockey career with a total of 115 goals and 171 assists in 321 games played, all of which were played in memory of his father Rob Garlent who passed away shortly after Garlent was acquired by the Petes in 2014. Hunter is another player who stood out from the crowd and inspired many during his time in the OHL.
What’s next? “I just joined Adirondack (ECHL) for the playoffs. Of course the goal is to be a pro next season.”

Daniel Nikandrov (FWD) – Acquired by the Peterborough Petes early on in his overage season VIA trade from the Sarnia Sting. Nikandrov, a former 4th round selection of the Sting sees his time in the OHL come to a close with 44 goals and 93 assists for 137 points in 272 games played.
What’s next? “I recently committed to York. It came down to going out east or York. I feel that with Chris Dennis at the helm I have a person I can trust & learn a lot from in the York program (which has found some success this past year) and I get to stay at home which is a huge bonus!”

Saginaw Spirit
Connor Brown (FWD) –
Acquired VIA trade from the Ottawa 67’s in 2014, Brown is a former 9th round selection of the Ottawa 67’s. After four seasons split between Ottawa and Saginaw, Brown managed to register 63 goals and 47 assists for 110 points in 279 career OHL games.
What’s next? “I’m not sure. I was drafted to Vancouver in the NLL so I might play lacrosse but I’m going to try to play more hockey.


Will Petschenig (D) –
It’s not very often people are inspired by people younger than them. Everyone who is aware of Will’s story is inspired by Will and his attitude towards life. Will is one of few who come through and truly make it a priority to make a difference in someone’s life. For those who aren’t aware, Will lost his father in 2013 and since then, he has made a difference for countless kids who have lost a parent at a young age.

Will was acquired by the Saginaw Spirit VIA trade from the Oshawa Generals. The former 3rd round selection of the Oshawa Generals’ career wraps up having skated in 265 games scoring 11 goals and 52 assists for 63 career OHL points.
What’s next? “I am going to Switzerland to play pro. I will stay in contact with all of the kids I’ve made connections with and continue to keep the program going forever, even when I’m playing pro.”

Sarnia Sting
Charlie Graham (G)
– Acquired VIA trade from the Hamilton Bulldogs at the 2015-2016 trade deadline, Graham is a former 7th round selection of the Belleville Bulls. Graham’s career wraps up with a combined GAA of 2.99 and a average save percentage of .909%. Graham appeared in 200 OHL games.
What’s next? Charlie could not be reached for comment.


Sam Studnicka (FWD) –
Acquired VIA trade from the Ottawa 67’s VIA Windsor Spitfires, Studnicka is a former 5th round selection of the Spitfires. Having skated in 274 OHL games, Studnicka has wrapped up his OHL career with 54 goals and 67 assists for a grand total of 121 OHL points.
What’s next?
“I’m pretty unsure of what my future holds at this point.”

Matt Mistele (FWD) –
Acquired VIA trade from the Oshawa Generals VIA Plymouth Whalers, Mistele is a former 2nd round selection of the Whalers. Mistele’s OHL career comes to a close having scored 149 goals and adding 113 assists for 262 total points in 327 OHL games. Mistele was selected in the 6th round of the 2014 NHL Draft by the Los Angeles Kings.
What’s next? “I’m not totally sure what I’ll be doing next year. I’m just kind of waiting to see.”

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Gabe Guertler (FWD) –
Acquired VIA the 6th round of the 2011 OHL Priority Selection, Guertler showed up late to the OHL. In 161 games played, all with Sault Ste. Marie, Guertler lit the lamp 61 times and added 77 assists for 138 career points.
What’s next? Gabe could not be reached for comment.

Tyler Hore (D) – Acquired VIA trade from the Sarnia Sting VIA Oshawa Generals, Tyler Hore’s OHL career has come to a close. The former 9th round selection of the Generals skated in 268 games having scored 11 goals and 67 assists for 78 total OHL points.
What’s next? “School most likely, no clue where yet.”

Sudbury Wolves
Danny Desrochers (FWD) –
Acquired by the Sudbury Wolves VIA the 3rd round of the OHL Priority Selection, Danny is one of few to play all of his OHL games with the same team that drafted him. Desrochers career finishes having scored 40 goals and 40 assists for 80 points in 275 games.
What’s next? “I’m not exactly sure as of yet.”

Mikkel Aagaard (FWD) –
Aagaard was acquired VIA trade from the Niagara IceDogs in the middle of his final overage season. Aagaard is a former 1st round selection by the Niagara IceDogs in the CHL Import Selection. Aagaard’s OHL career finishes having scored 43 goals and 57 assists for a grand total of 100 points in 134 games.
What’s next? Mikkel could not be reached for comment.

Patrick Murphy (D) – Murphy was acquired VIA trade from the Erie Otters. Murphy is a former 88th Overall selection of the Erie Otters. His OHL career comes to a close having skated in 205 games and scoring 88 points consisting of 25 goals and 63 assists.
What’s next? “Probably going to play CIS. I’m still talking to schools and hearing from new ones so still deciding but it’s up in the air, still need to narrow things down. I’ll go give the ECHL or AHL a shot after that, I’ll wait until I have a degree to fall back on before I try pro.”

Windsor Spitfires
Markus Soberg (FWD) – Markus was acquired VIA the 1st round of the 2014 CHL Import Selection. His OHL career wraps up having notched 16 goals and 22 assists for 38 points in 83 career OHL games.
What’s next? Markus could not be reached for comment.

Connor Chatham (FWD) –
Connor was acquired VIA trade from the Flint Firebirds. Being a former 88th Overall selection of the Plymouth Whalers, Chatham’s OHL career wraps up having scored 50 goals and 63 assists for 113 career points in 176 games. Connor was selected in the 3rd round of the 2014 NHL Draft by the New Jersey Devils.
What’s next? “I am Still New Jersey’s (NHL) property so it is up to them what happens.”

Bradley Latour (FWD) – Bradley was acquired VIA trade from the Oshawa Generals. The former 63rd Overall selection of the Oshawa Generals career comes to a close having scored 88 goals and 104 assists for 192 career points.
What’s next? Bradley could not be reached for comment

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