NORTH YORK’S MAZIARZ NAMED OJHL DEFENCEMAN OF YEAR
Date: Mar 20, 2019
Dustyn McFaul (left) of the Pickering Panthers heads a group of four OJHL defencemen who are rated for June’s NHL Draft in Dallas. (Photo by Shawn Muir / OJHL Images)
Five Ontario Junior Hockey League players – including four defencemen – have made NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 22 and 23.
Central Scouting revealed its final list of the top North American skaters and goaltenders, and top international skaters and goaltenders on Monday.
Jack McBain of the Toronto Jr. Canadiens remains the top-rated OJHL player, as the 35th ranked North American skater.
Pickering Panther rookie Dustyn McFaul, 17, leads the pack of defencemen at No. 164 on the North American list.
A pair of 17-year-old Welllington Dukes blueliners – Mason Snell (173th) and Declan Carlisle (176th) – made the final rankings.
They fit in around Oakville Blade Matt Kellenberger (175th).
McBain, who will attend Boston College next year, is playing for Canada at the World U18 Championships in Russia this month.
McFaul, from Waterdown, is a Clarkson commit.
Snell committed to Penn State while playing for the Whitby Fury in 2016. He’s from Clarington.
Carlisle, a Michigan native, committed to Merrimack.
The Princeton-bound Kellenberger was honoured as the OJHL’s defenceman of the year during a ceremony before Game 1 of the league championship series in Georgetown Friday night. McBain was named Top Prospect in the OJHL.
Wellington won 4-3 in overtime.
The series continues tonight in Wellington.