A number today’s top young superstars in the National Hockey League were developed in the Ontario Hockey League. The OHL continues to churn out talent at an incredible rate. The quantity and quality of OHL grads in the NHL today is proof that the OHL remains the top developmental hockey league in the world.
What follows is a list of ten of the brightest young stars in the NHL that just happen to be graduates of the Ontario Hockey League.
Steven Stamkos played two seasons in the OHL with the Sarnia Sting in 2006-07 and 2007-08. Stamkos was a first overall pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2008 NHL draft and only in his third season in the NHL has become one of the top goal scorers in the game.
Corey Perry played four seasons in the OHL from 2001-02 to 2004-05, all with the London Knights. Perry was a first round pick of the Anaheim Ducks in the 2003 NHL draft. Now in his sixth season with Anaheim, Corey is a steady point per game player.
Eric Staal played three seasons with the Peterborough Petes from 2000-01 to 2002-03. He was the second overall pick in the 2003 NHL draft, going to the Carolina Hurricanes. Now in his seventh season with Carolina, Staal has served as assistant captain for the past three seasons and is the team captain this season.
Mike Richards played four seasons with the Kitchener Rangers from 2001-02 to 2004-05. Richards was a first round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2003 NHL draft and is now in his sixth season with the club. Mike is in his third year as team captain of the Flyers.
Patrick Kane played just one season in the OHL, 2006-07, with the London Knights. Kane was the first overall pick at the 2007 NHL draft, going to the Chicago Blackhawks. Patrick is in his fourth season with Chicago and was an integral part of the team’s Stanley Cup victory last season.
Derek Roy played four seasons with the Kitchener Rangers from 1999-00 to 2002-03. Roy was a second round pick of the Buffalo Sabres at the 2001 NHL draft and is in his seventh season with the club. He has worn an ‘A’ on his jersey for the past two seasons.
Matt Duchene played two seasons in the OHL with the Brampton Battalion, 2007-08 and 2008-09. Duchene went third overall in the 2009 draft to the Colorado Avalanche. Matt is in his sophomore season with the Avalanche and was chosen to the NHL’s all-rookie team last season.
Bobby Ryan played four seasons with the Owen Sound Attack from 2003-04 to 2006-07. Bobby was the second overall pick at the 2005 NHL draft, going to the Anaheim Ducks. Ryan is currently in his fourth season with the Ducks.
Jeff Carter played four seasons with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds from 2001-02 to 2004-05. Carter was a first round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers at the 2003 NHL draft. Jeff is in his sixth season with the Flyers and is in his second season as the team’s assistant captain.
Nathan Horton played two seasons with the Oshawa Generals, 2001-02 and 2002-03. Horton was the third overall pick at the 2003 NHL draft, going to the Florida Panthers. Nathan spent six seasons with the Panthers before being picked up by the Boston Bruins over this past off-season.