Draft Order OHL: 2020 OHL Draft Results: Round 1: 1. North Bay Battalion: Ty Nelson, D, (2022), 2. Niagara IceDogs: Pano Fimis, C, (2022), 3. Sarnia Sting: Max Namestnikov, C, (2022), 4. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds: Bryce McConnell-Barker, C, (2022), 5. Kingston Frontenacs: Paul Ludwinski, C, (2022), 6. Hamilton Bulldogs: Jorian Donovan (2022), 7. Mississauga Steelheads: Zakary Lavoie, RW, (2022), 8. Erie Otters: Spencer Sova, D, (2022), 9. Barrie Colts: Hunter Haight, C, (2022), 10. Owen Sound Attack: Cedrick Guindon, C, (2022), 11. Sudbury Wolves: David Goyette, C, (2022), 12. Guelph Storm: Matthew Poitras, C, (2022), 13. Oshawa Generals: Aidan Castle, LW, (2022), 14. Windsor Spitfires: Ryan Abraham, C, (2022), 15. Peterborough Petes: Donovan McCoy, D, (2023), 16. Flint Firebirds: Gavin Hayes, RW, (2022), 17. Kitchener Rangers: Andrew Leblanc, C, (2022), 18. Saginaw Spirit: Adam Fantilli, C, (2023), 19. London Knights: Ben Bujold, C, (2022), 20. Ottawa 67's: Nicholas Moldenhauer, RW, (2022)


2020 OHL Draft Results



Round 1



The 2020 OHL Draft has future NHL talent on display. Find out who went to what OHL team and our grades for all 20 first round picks.



Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Last Updated: April 6, 2020.


  1. North Bay Battalion: Ty Nelson, D, (2022) A+ Grade

    The 5-8 172 lb Ty Nelson led the Toronto Jr. Canadiens to their first GTHL AAA Championship as an alternate captain. The skilled two-way defender anchors the top line on the Toronto Jr. Canadiens as he is the leader that other defenders on the Toronto Jr. Canadiens looked up to.


    Adam Fantilli is the top player in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection. He wants to play with his brother Luca Fantilli on the Chicago Steel in 2020 with the USHL. Rutger McGroardy is the second best player in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection and he may end up playing with USNTDP in the USHL as he already made the USNTP U-17 Team for 2020-2021. Ty Nelson may be the third best player in this draft, but he's the top defender as well as the easiest player for the North Bay Ballallion to sign right now. That is why this pick got an A+ grade.


    His 11 goals, 21 assists, 32 points, and +14 +/- ratio in the GTMMHL as a line 1 defender that anchors the blue line stood out in 2019-2020. Ty Nelson will compliment last years first round pick Liam Arnsby as both players are not NHL Draft eligible until 2022 giving the Battalion time to field a competitive team.


    Despite being only 16, Nelson has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the NHL. Ty Nelson checks hard and plays like a bulldog on the ice. Also Ty Nelson is projected as a top 10 pick in the 2022 NHL Draft at this time. It only helps that North Bay also got Dalyn Wakely as a second round pick since he was a top 10 prospect in this draft.


  2. Niagara IceDogs: Pano Fimis, C, (202) A+ Grade

    The 5-11 157 lb Pano Fimis was team captain of Toronto Jr. Canadiens with Ty Nelson serving under him as alternate captain. Pano Fimis had 14 goals, 28 assists, and 42 points.


    Rutger McGroardy, Seamus Casey, and Lane Hutson all have deals with USNTDP's U-17 Team and will eventually get promoted to the USNTDP Team in the USHL before enrolling in NCAA universities by taking the College Route. Adam Fantilli and those three players were all ranked ahead of Pano Fimis, but fimis was the best player Niagara could sign to play with the IceDogs as early as right now.


    Despite being only 16, Fimis has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the NHL. Pano Fimis is someone who should be a top 15 pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.


    Niagara does not have a 2021 first round pick. That's probably why they went with Pano Fimis of Adam Fantilli.



  3. Sarnia Sting: Max Namestnikov, C, (2022) A+ Grade

    The 5-6 150 lb Max Namestnikov is the younger brother of 2011 NHL Draft pick Vladimir Namstnikov who ended up being a first round pick. Max Namestnikov had 53 goals, 75 assists, an 128 points in 59 games which is why he was the third consecutive player to get an A+ grade after dominating in the HPHL with Detroit Honeybaked.


    Despite being only 16, Namestnikov has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the NHL. Max Namstnikov has the ability to win face offs, play defense, and is a two way forward who can play left wing, center, or right wing with his versatility. Max Namstnikov could be a top 20 pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.


  4. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds: Bryce McConnell-Barker, C, (2022) B Grade

    The 6-1 161 lb Bryce McConnell-Barker was a reach to say the least. His 29 goals, 19 assists, and 48 points in 33 games was good.


    This grade would get a D grade if we were ranking this pick based on what centers Sault Ste. Marie passed on. Bryce McConnell-Barker won the ALLIANCE player of the year award in 2019-2020 which is why I am being generous by sparing the Greyhounds with a B grade.



  5. Kingston Frontenacs: Paul Ludwinski, C, (2022) B Grade

    The 5-10 154 lb Paul Ludwinski is the third best player on the board. Kingston gets him as a line 2 center behind Shane Wright.


    Paul Ludwinski had 15 goals, 17 assists, and 32 points in 31 games. Despite being the third best player on the board, the fact that he did worse than Bryce McConnell-Barker is why he got a B grade.


  6. Hamilton Bulldogs: Jorian Donovan, D, (2022) B- Grade

    The 6-0 152 lb Jorian Donovan was the 113th best player in this draft back in February. A lot changed since then even though he is still a reach at six. Jorian Donovan has A grade speed, quickness, burst, skating, foot speed, and athleticism for a two-way defenseman.


    The rest of his game is raw though as he began the year as a line 3 defender being the sixth best defender on his own team. He ended the season as the fourth defender on a second line and even earned both line 1 power play action anchoring the power play and line 2 penalty killing action. Jorian Donovan won the HEOMAAA defenseman of the year award which is the one reason I am being generous with this B- grade.



  7. Mississauga Steelheads: Zakary Lavoie, RW, (2022) B Grade

    The 5-9 174 lb Zakary Lavoie can play left wing, center, or right wing with his versatility. Zakary Lavoie is considered the top right winger in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection despite having an early second round grade.


    Zakary Lavoie is a goal scoring sniper. Lavoie had 24 goals, 16 assists, and 40 points in 30 games with the Toronto Nationals in the GTHL.


  8. Erie Otters: Spencer Sova, D, (2022) A+ Grade

    The 6-1 174 lb Spencer Sova was teammates with Max Namestnikov on Detroit Honeybaked. Spencer Sova is a two-way defender that shares the same birthday as me. Spencer Sova is also the first Capricorn that Erie drafted in the first round since Connor McDavid back in 2012.


    Spencer Sova played on the top line of Detroit Honeybaked with Max Namstnikov and anchored their blue line and did so well that he got promoted to an alternate captain role. Spencer Sova had 19 goals, 38 assists, and 57 points in 57 games.


    Despite being only 16, Sova has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the NHL. Ty Nelson checks hard and plays like a bulldog on the ice. Also Spencer Sova is projected as a first round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft at this time.



  9. Barrie Colts: Hunter Haight, C, (2022) A+ Grade

    The 5-9 146 lb Hunter Haight was an alternate captain for Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs in the ALLIANCE league. He led Elgin-Middlesex to a league championship with 32 goals, 26 assists, and 58 points in 33 regular season games before going off in the playoffs with 11 goals, 15 assists, and 26 points in 16 playoff games.


    Despite being only 16, Haight has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the NHL. Hunter Haight is someone who should be a first round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.


  10. Owen Sound Attack: Cedrick Guindon, C, (2022) B+ Grade

    The 5-10 154 lb Cedrick Guindon is a pretty good value pick at ten despite not being the best player on the board. Cedrick Guindon had 24 goals, 35 assists, and 59 points in 41 games.


    Cedrick Guindon beat out Jorian Donovan for the HEOMAAA player of the year Award. Even though this pick felt like a reach, this guy did too much to deserve anything less than a B+ grade.



  11. Sudbury Wolves: David Goyette, C, (2022) A+ Grade

    The 5-10 152 lb David Goyette was the a fantastic value pick for the Sudbury Wolves at 11. He gives this team someone that can come in and replace Quinton Byfield here. David Goyette had 49 goals, 104 assists, and 153 points in 65 games as an alternate captain.


    Despite being only 16, Goyette has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the NHL. David Goyette is someone who should be a first round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.


  12. Guelph Storm: Matthew Poitras, C, (2022) A Grade

    The Guelph Storm pick the Whitby Wildcats team captain Matthew Poitras here. Matthew Poitras had 26 goals, 42 assists, and 68 points in 36 regular season games. He also had 4 goals, 8 assists, and 12 points in 8 playoff games.



  13. Oshawa Generals: Aidan Castle, LW, (2022) A Grade

    The 5-11 165 lb Aidan Castle can play left wing or right wing with his versatility. He outscored team captain Pano Fimis during Toronto Jr. Canadiens GTHL Playoff run. That's why this pick getss an A grade even though it would have been nice to see Castle do more in the regular season.


  14. Windsor Spitfires: Ryan Abraham, C, (2022) C Grade

    The 5-7 148 lb Ryan Abraham was a team captain. He underperformed wtih only 9 goals, 14 assists, and 23 points.



  15. Peterborough Petes: Donovan McCoy, D, (2023) B+ Grade

    The 6-0 176 lb Donovan McCoy is the best defender left on the board. He is also the only defender with a first round grade left. Donovan McCoy had 6 goals, 29 assists, and 35 points in 35 games.


    If Donovan McCoy averaged more than 1 point per game this would be an A grade or potentially an A+ grade. The fact that Donovan McCoy only posted 1 point per game is why this pick got a B+ grade.


  16. Flint Firebirds: Gavin Hayes, RW, (2022) C Grade

    Gavin Hayes was alternate captain of Compuware playing with Ryan Abraham. His 10 goals, 14 assists, and 14 points were extremely underwhelming though.



  17. Kitchener Rangers: Andrew LeBlanc, C, (2022) A Grade

    The 5-11 157 lb Andrew LeBlanc dominated this past season. Andrew LeBlanc had 25 goals, 43 assists, and 68 points in 31 regular season games. Andrew LeBlanc also had 14 goals, 20 assists, and 34 points in 13 playoff games.


    Despite being only 16, LeBlanc has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the NHL. Andrew LeBlanc is someone who should be a first round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.


  18. Saginaw Spirit: Adam Fantilli, C, (2023) A+ Grade

    The 6-2 181 lb Adam Fantilli got granted exceptional status to enter the OHL at 15-years-old much like other centers who went first overall such as John Tavares, Connor McDavid, and most recently Shane Wright. Adam Fantilli was a line 1 center on Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire with 18 goals, 18 assists, and 36 points.


    Despite being only 15, Fantilli has the speed, explosion, burst, agility, skating, foot speed, playmaking, passing, sniping, wrist shot power, wrist shot accuracy, slap shot power, slap shot accuracy, vision, offensive awareness, defensive awareness, and hockey IQ to succeed in the NHL. Adam Fantilli is someone who will push for the top selection in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft. Adam Fantilli may end up playing with the Saginaw Spirit in 2021-2022 after playing on the Chicago Steel with Luca Fantilli in 2020-2021.



  19. London Knights: Ben Bujold, C, (2022) B Grade

    The 6-0 165 lb Ben Bujold is the fifth best center that you can sign right away if you exclude other centers that have a deal with the USNTDP team who will go to the USHL before taking the NCAA route. Ben Bujold had 18 goals, 37 assists, and 55 points.




  20. Ottawa 67's: Nicholas Moldenhauer, RW, (2022) B Grade

    Ottawa should have drafted Sam Alfano here since he was the top right winger on the board. Nicholas Moldenhauer had a higher grade than Ben Bujold, but his 23 goals, 16 assists, and 39 points could be better from a production standpoint.













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