WNY Hockey Prospects

OHL Draft Review

Jacob Tortora (Dan Hickling / Hickling Images)

The 2015 OHL Priority Selection took place Saturday and as was expected, there were a few local players drafted by Ontario Hockey League franchises. Here is a review of those selections

Round 1 – 19th Overall – Barrie Colts

Jacob Tortora – Victor, NY
Left Wing – 5’06” 140 lbs
Don Mills Flyers – GTHL

The Don Mills Flyers lost to The Toronto Marlies in the OHL Cup but the disappointing loss was only a small blemish on what was an excellent season for Jacob Tortora. After an early season commitment to play NCAA Division I Hockey at Boston College, the small but incredibly edgy forward talled 31 goals and 27 assists for 68 points in 52 games with Don Mills and eventually added an Game MVP award for the GTHL Top Prospects Game to his resume. There is still talk that Tortora might move to the USNTDP next season and keep his commitment to Boston College but being such a high pick, it is likely Tortora will get a ton of pressure to make the move to the OHL next season.

 

 

Round 6 – 114th Overall – Guelph Storm

David Farrance – Victor, NY
Right Defence – 5’10” 184 lbs
Syracuse Stars U16 – USPHL

Following up a 2013-2014 season that saw Farrance lead the Syracuse Stars U16 in scoring, along with Defensive Player of the Year honors, there was a lot of pressure on Farrance and a lot to live up to. Before the season began David Farrance was rated as a Top 3 OHL pick by almost every OHL scouting service, a position he held for the entire 2014-2015. After an early season commitment to play NCAA Division I Hockey at Boston University, Farrance play during the 2014-2015 USPHL proved that the high ranking was no fluke. Farrance earned Defensive Player of the Year honors as well as the league’s Most Value Player award after scoring 27 goals and 25 assists for 52 points in 29 games. Farrance also helped lead Victor HS to a Section V Championship and a berth in the New York State Tournament after scoring 24 goals and 15 assists for 39 points in just 14 games. Farrance added a New York State Player of the Year award to his resume and was invited to the USNTDP Evaluation Camp in March. Following camp Farrance was offered, and accepted, a spot on the USNTDP U17 team, the reason behind his fall to the 6th Round.

 

 

Round 8 – 149th Overall – Sarnia Sting

Colton McKenna – Williamsville, NY
Left Wing – 6’2″ 181 lbs
Buffalo Regals U16

 

 

Round 15 – 291st Overall – Kitchener Rangers

Dylan Seitz – Eden, NY
Center – 6’0″ 167 lbs
Nichols School Prep – CISAA

 

 

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