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17 players remained unsigned from 2018 NHL Draft

With the 2019 NHL draft fast approaching, let’s look back on the 17 OHL players that remain unsigned following last year’s draft. The teams that currently hold the rights to these players are able to sign them until June 1st, 2020. Following that date, they will be eligible to re-enter the draft.

Cameron Hillis

Drafted: Montreal Canadians 3rd round 66th overall, Guelph Storm 2nd round 29th overall

Hillis was a member of the 2018-2019 OHL Champion Guelph Storm team this past season. In his first year with the Storm, Hillis played in 33 regular season games, earning 22 points. The five-foot 11 centermen upped his game playing in 60 regular season games this past season, racking up 20 goals and 39 assists during that time. While an injury kept him from playing in all but two playoff games, look for Hillis to continue his growth as well as games played in this upcoming season.

Alec Regula 

Drafted: Detroit Red Wings 3rd round 67th overall, London Knights 4th round 74th overall

Regula, a native of West Bloomfield, Michigan, has been a stalwart on the Knights back end for the last two seasons. Regula played 67 and 66 regular season games respectively over each of the last two seasons while averaging just under .50 points per game. The six-foot-four defenseman has 64 points and a plus-55 plus/minus rating over his 133 total games in the OHL so far. With Knights captain Adam Boquist likely leaving for Chicago this upcoming season, London will look towards Regula to play an even larger role this year.

Allan McShane 

Drafted: Montreal Canadians 4th round 97th overall, Erie Otters 1st round 19th overall

Just 33 games into his OHL career with the Otters, McShane was a part of the blockbuster trade that brought Anthony Cirelli to Erie. While McShane showed promise, Erie was in a “win now” mentality and needed proven talent. McShane has paid off for the Generals, as he has 155 points in 158 regular season games for Oshawa. McShane also scored five goals and nine assists during the 2019 OHL playoffs where the Generals made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals. Look for McShane to build on his strong post-season performance and have a great 2019-2020 season with the Generals.

Nico Gross

Drafted: New York Rangers 4th round 101st overall, Oshawa Generals 1st round 40th overall (Import)

The six-foot-one defenseman from Pontresina, Switzerland just finished his second full season in the OHL. This past season Gross finished with three goals and 17 assists for 20 points in 56 regular season games, six points higher than the previous year. Gross has plenty of experience playing against much older players and would be a solid signing for the Rangers or any other NHL team looking for a shutdown d-man.

Curtis Douglas

Drafted: Dallas Stars 4th round 106th overall, Barrie Colts 4th round 76th overall

Douglas is a monstrous centerman at six-foot-eight, 250 pounds and uses that to his advantage in the offensive zone. The Oakville, Ontario native started his career with the Barrie Colts but was traded 28 games into his second season in the OHL to the Windsor Spitfires for overage forward Aaron Luchuk. In his 185 total games in the league, Douglass has accumulated 53 goals and 55 assists for 108 points.

Aidan Dudas 

Drafted: Los Angeles Kings 4th round 113th overall, Owen Sound Attack 1st round 10th overall

After a slow start in his first season in the league, Dudas has racked up two consecutive 60+ point seasons, proving that he was worthy of the 10th overall pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection Draft. The five-foot-eight centerman from Parry Sound, Ontario has 65 goals and 83 assists for 148 total points in 192 regular season games. Dudas’ size may be a concern for the Kings, but undersized OHL forwards, such as former Erie Otter Alex Debrincat, have been able to prove their worth in the past.

Ivan Prosvetov

Drafted: Arizona Coyotes 4th round 114th overall, Saginaw Spirit 1st round 13th overall (Import)

Prosvetov, a six-foot-five goaltender hailing from Moscow Russia was drafted in the first round of the 2018 OHL Import Draft and played his first full season with the Spirit this year. In 53 regular season games played he boasted a 2.94 goals against average as well as a .910 save percentage. Provestov is known for his athleticism and flexibility, reportedly doing cartwheels on the ice in his goalie gear.

Blade Jenkins 

Drafted: New York Islanders 5th round 134th overall, Saginaw Spirit 1st round 4th overall

Jenkins was drafted fourth overall in the 2016 OHL Priority Draft and has already shown how much of a force he can be. The six-foot-two centerman scored 20 goals and added 24 assists in his first OHL season and promptly upped his point total to 59 (23 goals, 36 assists) in one fewer game this past year. Jenkins will look to continue this trend in point production this upcoming season, his third in the league.

Brandon Saigeon 

Drafted: Colorado Avalanche 5th round 140th overall, Belleville Bulls 1st round 4th overall

A native of Grimsby, Ontario, Saigeon spent most of his OHL career with the Belleville/Hamilton organization before being traded to the Oshawa Generals midway through his overage season. Saigeon scored 105 goals and added in 146 assists for 251 career points in 304 regular season games, good for a .83 points per game pace. The centerman’s OHL career ended with a playoff series loss to the OHL Champion runner up Ottawa 67’s; Saigeon put up 16 points in just 15 playoff games to end his major junior career.

Dennis Busby 

Drafted: Arizona Coyotes 5th round 145th overall, Flint Firebirds 2nd round 23rd overall

Despite missing nearly the last two full OHL seasons due to injury, Busby was taken 145th overall by the Coyotes. After putting up two goals and 14 assists in 62 games in his first season with the Firebirds, Busby only managed two and 29 games respectively in the last two seasons due to a clavicle injury. If healthy, the native of Barrie, Ontario will have a lot to prove this upcoming season.

Giovanni Vallati 

Drafted: Winnipeg Jets 5th round 153rd overall, Kitchener Rangers 1st round 16th overall

The 16th overall pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Draft spent his first two seasons in the league with the Kitchener Rangers before being traded in the offseason to the Oshawa Generals. In 192 regular season games the Ottawa, Ontario native has recorded 19 goals and 76 assists for a total of 95 points. Vallati’s point nearly .5 point per game production is impressive for a defenseman, and something he will look to add to in his fourth OHL season this year.

Connor Corcoran 

Drafted: Las Vegas Golden Knights 5th round 154th overall, Windsor Spitfires 2nd round 21st overall

Corcoran is a six-foot-two defenseman going into his fourth OHL season. The native of Beeton, Ontario has spent his last three years with the Windsor Spitfires, playing in a total of 190 regular season games. In that time Corcoran has recorded 18 goals and 48 assists, increasing his point total from season to season. Corcoran is a self-prescribed “simple player” who models his game after Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen.

Damien Giroux 

Drafted: Minnesota Wild 5th round 155th overall, Saginaw Spirit 3rd round 44th overall

Giroux, a five-foot-ten winger from Hanmer, Ontario recently completed his third season in the OHL as well as with the Spirit. In 188 career regular season games, the Minnesota Wild draft pick has 57 goals and 62 assists for a total of 119 points. Giroux was taken with the Washington Capital’s pick that was traded to the Wild, who sent Tyler Graovic to the nation’s Capital.

Mitch Hoelscher 

Drafted: New Jersey Devils 6th round 172nd overall, Ottawa 67’s 3rd round 56th overall

A six-foot centerman from Elora, Ontario, Hoelscher has shown that he can not only play in the OHL but has constantly been improving his game. After playing in only six regular-season games in his first season, Hoelscher played in 67 and 68 games respectively over the last two seasons and has seen his point totals increase each year. In 141 total regular season games, Hoelscher has 22 goals and 48 assists good for a .50 point per game pace.

Jacob Ingham 

Drafted: Los Anegeles Kings 6th round 175th overall, Mississauga Steelheads 2nd round 26th overall

Ingham, the second goaltender on this list, has played in 131 regular season games for the Steelheads over three seasons. In those regular season games the Barrie, Ontario native boasts a record of 60-53-5-7, as well as a 3.33 goals-against average and .891 save percentage. With aging goaltenders such as Peter Budaj and Jonathan Quick up with the big club, Ingham would be a welcome signing down the road if he continues to improve over his fourth OHL season.

Tyler Tucker 

Drafted: St. Louis Blues 7th round 200th overall, Barrie Colts 1st round 14th overall

The six-foot-one defenseman from Longlac, Ontario had a breakout year in 2018-2019 for point totals. After mustering just three goals and 20 assists the season before, Tucker put up 14 goals and 45 assists in 68 regular season games played during this past year. Tucker has 18 career goals and 78 career assists in 189 regular season OHL games.

Jordan Kooy 

Drafted: Las Vegas Golden Knights 7th round 208th overall, London Knights 8th round 160th overall

Kooy, a native of Bradford, Ontario is the third and final goaltender on this list. Kooy has not had the best opportunity to show off his talents as he has played in just 61 games in three seasons with the Knights. Even with his status as a backup goaltender he often shows flashes of brilliance that had to have caught the Golden Knights’ eye prior to the draft. Kooy boasts a 34-16-2-1 record with a 2.89 goals against average and a .910 save percentage in his three seasons with the Knights.