Several Prospects Among Chatham-Kent OHL Draft Class
Most notably, Chatham-Kent Cyclones netminder Joseph Raaymakers will undoubtedly hear his name called early in the draft. A statistical leader in the Alliance, Raaymakers participated in the All-State All Canadian NHLPA Mentorship Camp this past offseason, and is considered one of the best available goaltenders in the draft. He’ll go in the opening half of the draft, and will be a lock to play Junior hockey next season.
Defenseman Levi Tetrault should also find himself called midway through the draft. The Chatham-Kent Cyclones captain, and Pain Court resident is a shutdown defenseman who played a key role in the Cyclones’ playoff run. Considered one of the most reliable defenders in the Alliance, Tetrault isn’t likely to slip through the draft.
A Chatham born product playing for the Alliance Champion Waterloo Wolves, Brock Philips is a towering defender at 6’4″ who plays with an edge. Considered by many to be one of the most improved players in the Alliance throughout the season, Philips will draw interest due to his size and progression.
Brady Pataki is another big bodied prospect from Wallaceburg. The Chatham-Kent Cyclones forward has considerable upside due to his size, and ability to score. Chatham’s Brendan Harrogate has hole’s in his game, but has a knack for putting up points, and earned attention during a five game stint with the Junior B Chatham Maroons. Similarly, undersized teammate Ross Krieger put up serious points in the playoffs, as did Nick Delyzer and Blair Derynck. Any of these players are considered legitimate prospects to be drafted, as is defenseman Ben Nicholls, and Sarnia resident Jarret Marks, who plays a bullish game, and also suited up for the Chatham-Kent Cyclones.
Last season, the Chatham-Kent Cyclones saw several current and former players selected including Travis Konecny, Brendan Johnston, Trent Fox, James McEwan, and Drew Marlatt, among others.
The OHL Draft will take place Apirl 5, and is done completely online.