Ottawa 67’s add Nepean, Arnprior boy following OHL draft

OTTAWA – the 67’s added a lot of depth to an already strong Ontario Hockey League team following the April 4 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Selection Draft.

The Ottawa 67’s added 15 prospects to their pool on Saturday, during the annual OHL Priority Selection Draft.  In total, the Barber Poles selected sevem forwards, six defencemen and two goaltenders.

“We are happy with the way the draft played out for us,” 67’s general manager James Boyd said. “We were able to add skilled players at each position and a group of players with upside that we are excited to begin working with. All in all, a successful day for the 67s.”

Below are all the details on the 15 players that the Ottawa 67’s selected on Saturday:

1st round pick – 20th Overall: Nicholas Moldenhauer (RW – Toronto Titans MMAAA)

Moldenhauer is a 5-foot-9, 154 pound right winger who played a pivotal role with the Toronto Titans Minor Midget AAA this past season, putting up over a point a game with 23 goals, 16 assists for 39 points in 33 games, before having a stellar postseason with 6 goals and 3 assists in 7 games.  Moldenhauer is described as a skilled player who will be an offensive threat in the OHL that possesses both good goal scoring and playmaking ability.

“Nicholas is a player we coveted all year,” Boyd said. “He possesses high end hockey sense and competitive level who can play the game fast at any forward position. We are excited to see Nick in a Barber Pole Jersey.”

2nd round pick – 26th Overall: Brady Stonehouse (RW – Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs MMAAA)

With their second pick in the draft, the 67’s selected Brady Stonehouse, a left-hand shot winger who put up no less than 54 points (22G, 32A) in 32 games this year with the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs.  Stonehouse also had a great postseason with 15 goals and 14 assists (29 pts) in 16 games in the playoffs with his team.  Not only is Stonehouse considered a skilled, talented player, but he is also seen as a hard working player who will truly fit in the 67’s no quit DNA.

“Brady’s is one of the fastest skaters in the draft. He has quick hands and his aggressive style is very difficult to play against. 67’s fans will enjoy the effort level he brings each game,” Boyd said.

3rd round pick – 60th Overall: Thomas Sirman (D – Toronto Jr. Canadiens MMAAA)

Thomas Sirman was the third player picked by the Barber Poles on Saturday, with the 60th overall pick in the third round.  Sirman is a 5-foot-10, 173 pound left-shot defenceman who will fit in well with the 67’s young defensive core.  Sirman collected a goal and 14 assists in 32 games this past season with the Toronto Jr Canadiens, before notching down 2 goals and 7 assists for 9 points in 11 playoff games.  Fun fact, Thomas’s older brother Will played two games for the 67’s in the 2018-2019 season.

“Thomas is an excellent mobile skater who moves the puck effectively up ice.  Thomas’ style fits in well with our existing defence corps,” Boyd said.

4th round pick – 74th Overall: Matthew Mayich (D – Hamilton Huskies MMAAA)

With their fourth round selection, the 67’s drafted six-foot, 150 pound left handed defenceman Matthew Mayich from the Hamilton Huskies, who collected 7 goals and 19 assists (26 pts) in 33 games in the regular season, before putting up one goal and 7 assists for 8 points in 15 playoff games.

5th round pick – 81st Overall: Jacob Couchie (C – London Jr. Knights MMAAA)

Couchie was the fifth player selected by the 67’s. The 6-foot, 160 pound center had 14 points (5 goals, 9 assists) in the regular season with the London Jr. Knights in MMAAA, before putting up 4 points (1G, 3A) in 9 playoff games.

5th round pick – 100th Overall: Aidan Puley (RW – Toronto Jr. Canadiens MMAAA)

A six-foot, 150 pound right winger, Puley had a good season with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens this past year with 11 goals and 11 assists in 29 regular season games, before putting up 4 goals and 3 assists in 11 GTHL playoff games.

7th round pick – 140th Overall: John Henry (D – Rochester Selects 15’s)

Henry was a standout this past season for the Rochester Selects with 51 points (20G, 31A) in 55 games.  The 5-foot-11, 181 pound Auburn NY native is a defenceman who could eventually become a great addition to the 67’s blueline.

8th round pick – 160th Overall: Collin MacKenzie (G – Waterloo Wolves MMAAA)

The first of two goalies to be selected by Ottawa in this draft, MacKenzie had a good year with the Waterloo Wolves.  During the regular season, he maintained a goals against average of 1.67 plus two shutouts in 18 season games, before posting a 1.36 GAA in 14 playoff games and an impressive 5 shutouts in the postseason.
9th round pick – 180th Overall: Will Gerrior (LW – Ottawa Senators MAAA)

The 67’s went local with their 9th round pick, selecting HEO Ottawa Senators MAAA forward Will Gerrior.  The small, feisty forward posted 44 points (29G, 15A) in 45 games this past season.

10th round pick – 200th Overall: Cameron Korpi (G – Detroit Little Ceasar’s 15’s)

In the 10th round, Ottawa selected out of the prestigious Detroit Little Ceasar’s program goaltender Cameron Korpi.  Standing at 6-foot-1, Korpi had a GAA of 1.52 in 7 games this past season.

11th round pick – 220th Overall: Derek Smyth (D – Niagara North Stars MMAAA)

A six-foot-two-inch, 179 pound, left shot defenceman, Smyth had 21 points (4G, 17A) in 29 games this past regular season with the Niagara North Stars, before putting up 12 points (3G, 9A) in 13 playoff games.

12th round pick – 240th Overall: Maddox Amaral (C – Elgin Middlesex Chiefs MMAAA)

A teammate of 67’s second rounder Brady Stonehouse, Amaral had 39 points (19G, 20A) in 33 regular season games and 15 points (5G, 10A) in 16 playoff games.

13th round pick – 260th Overall: Ryland Landon (D – Pembroke Lumber Kings MAAA)

Another local pick for Ottawa in Arnprior native Ryland Landon.  The six-foot-one blueliner had 14 points (4G, 10A) in 44 games this past season with the Pembroke Lumber Kings.

14th round pick – 274th Overall: Shane Bondy (RW – Barrie Jr. Colts MMAAA)

A product of the Barrie Jr. Colts, the 5-foot-11 right winger had 21 points (11G, 10A) in 32 regular season games, before posting 4 goals and 2 assists for 6 points in 11 playoff games.

15th round pick – 300th Overall: Seamus Powell (D – Rochester Selects 15’s)

The second defenceman from the Rochester Selects to be picked by Ottawa in this draft, Powell had a good year with 48 points (17G, 31A) in 63 games this past season.