Huge Day For Chatham-Kent In The OHL Draft
Chatham-Kent had one of their best showings ever at the OHL Draft, after Joseph Raaymakers, Brady Pataki, Levi Tetrault, Brock Philips, Brendan Harrogate, Nolan Gardiner, and Anthony Hurtubise were selected in the draft.
The draft class is reminiscent of one just leaving the OHL, which featured Seth Griffith, Dane Fox, and Kyle Hope, who have all spent time with professional hockey clubs, and have each had tastes of the NHL either through the draft, free agency, the AHL, or training camp invites.
Raaymakers was the first on the board, as the highly touted netminder went in the second round, 37th overall to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Following close behind Raaymakers were Wallaceburg’s Brady Pataki, who was selected by the Sudbury Wolves 65th overall, and Pain Court’s Levi Tetrault 73rd overall to the Guelph Storm, both in the fourth round.
Former Chatham Minor Hockey product Brock Philips, who now lives in Fergus, Ontario, was next, going 100th overall in the fifth round, also to Guelph, before Chatham’s Brendan Harrogate went in seventh round, 128th overall, to the Mississauga Steelheads.
In the later rounds, Tilbury’s Nolan Gardiner was snatched up by the Ottawa 67s in round 11, before Cyclones netminder, Anthony Hurtubise of Sarnia was drafted in round 15 by the Windsor Spitfires.
In the 2013 OHL Draft, Chatham-Kent had Travis Konecny (Ottawa), Brendan Johnston (Windsor), Trent Fox (Erie), Drew Marlatt (Windsor), James McEwan (Guelph), and Mike Zottl (Mississauga) selected.
Several Chatham-Kent players who were among the top 250 ranked for Saturday’s OHL draft included Ben Nicholls, Ross Krieger, Nick Delyzer, Kyle Fife, Jarret Marks, and Blair Derynck.