The 2009 OHL Priority Selection will be conducted online on Saturday May 2. For 15 straight days, GuelphStorm.com will look back at the first 15 OHL Priority Selections in team history. Today, we review the 2000 draft.
After a string of three straight priority selections where the Storm dealt their top two picks before the end of their OHL careers, the Storm would arguably have the best one-two picks in team history. After selecting future first round NHL pick Daniel Paille (pictured) with the club’s first round pick, Millar went ‘off the board’ taking Dustin Brown from Syracuse Bantam in round two. Brown was considered by many to be a risky pick with NCAA powerhouse Cornell in his backyard and many scouts questioned his level of opposition. All Brown did to prove his detractors wrong was score 98 goals in three OHL seasons on his way to being selected in the first round by the LA Kings.
While Paille and Brown were the two best known players to come out of the 2000 draft for the Storm, several others became solid OHL players. Aside from the top two choices, only 17th round pick George Bradley would spend his entire career with the Storm, but seven different players would play three or more seasons in the league. ‘
1999 Bantam Draft pick Marty St. Pierre would be the Storm’s Rookie of the Year in 2000, but Brown and Paille both had terrific freshman campaigns with 45 and 53 points respectively.
Goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu, who was dealt early in his first season with the Storm to Oshawa played 115 games in the OHL and joins Brown and Paille as players from the 2000 draft class to play in the NHL.
Below are the Guelph Storm’s 1998 OHL Priority Selections picks. The combined Guelph Storm and CHL totals for the 19 players selected that day are at the bottom of the table.
|4||Michael Krelove||58||2||8||10||12||Also played for SSM|
|4||Evan Kotsopoulos||23||0||1||1||16||Also played for Kingston & Oshawa|
|6||Frank Burgio||103||3||8||11||99||Also played for Kingston, Saginaw|
|CHL TOTALS||184||5||15||20||158||and Brampton|
|14||Marty Guerin||Played NCAA hockey|
|20||Nick Pomponio||Played NCAA hockey|
|Guelph Storm Totals||965||269||335||604||957|