The Ontario Hockey League was the next league on the tour for discussion at NHL Central Scouting’s final meeting of the top draft-eligible players – Bennett, Ekblad, Dal Colle, Ritchie & Perlini in North America.
The top five OHL players listed at the midterm — Samuel Bennett of Kingston, Aaron Ekblad of Barrie, Michael Dal Colle of Oshawa, Nicholas Ritchie of Peterborough and Brendan Perlini of Niagara — continued to gain high praise.
There were numerous other players mentioned, including a discussion on center Robert Fabbri of the Guelph Storm. Fabbri was No. 25 on Central Scouting’s midterm release in January. The 5-foot-10, 166-pound left-hander had 45 goals and 87 points in 58 regular-season games for Guelph.
According to the sources -“Robert has been very noticeable and extremely productive,” Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards told. “He is an excellent playmaker and has good puckhandling ability. He’s very effective on the power play, elusive and quick.”
Of the major junior hockey leagues, the Ontario Hockey League may wind up having the most players drafted in the first round in June. Eight players from the OHL were chosen in the opening round last year and 14 of the top 30 North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm list are from the league.