Hope reigns supreme with the '02 crop

September 21, 2017

TORONTO, ONT. -- It's no secret that Ontario hasn't exactly produced some banner draft crops over the past few years. The '96 age group produced no fewer than eight first-round NHL Draft picks, with the 97's following that up with six names that included one named Connor McDavid.

 

Since then? It's been a bit bleak by the lofty standards that have been associated with the province's ability to develop not only high-end OHL players, but those capable to excel in the professional ranks beyond.

 

That being said, there is hope for a reversal to that trend. Hope that comes in the form of the '02 age group. For the first time in several years, it's fairly evident that Ontario has the edge on American-born players in terms of talent, although it's fair to say that the combination of players from both sides of the border will make the 2018 OHL Priority Selection one that is much anticipated.

 

With two weeks of the season under our belts, let's take a look at some of the big early-season storylines that are emerging from a hectic season of hockey thus far.

 

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