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Colts to pick late in opening round following draft lottery

With 2020-21 season cancelled due to COVID-19, OHL holds inaugural draft lottery to determine order of the 2021 Priority Selection
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The first Ontario Hockey League draft lottery is in the books and the Sudbury Wolves are now on the clock.

The Wolves were the big winner Wednesday night, landing the top pick in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection.

Locally, the Barrie Colts’ hopes of picking early were dashed quickly as the club’s card was the first one flipped, meaning the team will pick 19th in the opening round.

With the draft order reversing for Round 2, the Colts will pick relatively early in the second round, even without its own pick in the round.

Thanks to trades, the Colts own the second-round picks of the Niagara IceDogs and Saginaw Spirit and will pick at 24th and 25th overall.

The full first round order is:

  1. Sudbury Wolves
  2. Oshawa Generals
  3. Guelph Storm
  4. Windsor Spitfires
  5. Kingston Frontenacs
  6. Peterborough Petes
  7. Flint Firebirds
  8. Owen Sound Attack
  9. Mississauga Steelheads
  10. Erie Otters
  11. North Bay Battalion
  12. Ottawa 67’s
  13. Sarnia Sting
  14. Hamilton Bulldogs
  15. Saginaw Spirit
  16. London Knights
  17. Kitchener Rangers
  18. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
  19. Barrie Colts

The Niagara IceDogs are the lone team without a pick in the first round, having lost a pair of first round picks due to player recruitment violations.

The IceDogs were included in the lottery process and were designated with the 15th pick in the opening round.

The draft, which will be split into two days for the first time since going to an online format, begins on June 4 with the opening three rounds, beginning at 7 p.m.

Rounds four through 15 will be held on June 5, beginning at 9 a.m.

The OHL’s annual under-18 draft is scheduled for the Wednesday following the main draft, which is June 9.


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