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Windsor Spitfires Ready for 2020 NHL Draft

October 6, 2020 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Windsor Spitfires News Release

Five Windsor Spitfires are listed in NHL Central Scouting's 'Final Rankings' for the 2020 NHL Draft, presented by EA SPORTS NHL 21. This year's draft will be held virtually over two days, with Round 1 set for 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 6 (NBCSN, SN, TVAS) and Rounds 2-7 scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 7 (NHLN, SN, SN1).

Sportsnet's Sam Cosentino believes the OHL will be well-represented in the first round. A total of nine OHL players are included in his top-31, with Sudbury Wolves centerman Quinton Byfield leading the way at number three. Ottawa's Marco Rossi, Erie's Jamie Drysdale, Saginaw's Cole Perfetti and Ottawa's Jack Quinn are also included inside the top-10.

For the past five seasons, the OHL has sent more players to the NHL than any other league in the world. The OHL is first in the world in total players selected in the NHL Draft (197), first and second round selections combined (76), defenseman (80) and forwards (122). On NHL opening day rosters in October, one-in-four players (26.4%) competing in the NHL were alums of the OHL, which is also the highest percentage in the world.

National television coverage for the first round begins Tuesday at 7 p.m. (ET) on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) in the United States, Sportsnet in Canada, and in French on TVA Sports in Canada. International radio coverage begins at 7 p.m. (ET) on SiriusXM NHL Network, Channel 91. Coverage of rounds 2-7 begins Wednesday morning at 11:30 a.m. (ET) on the NHL Network in the United States and on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada.

With 31 teams selecting in the NHL Draft this season, Spitfire's Louka Henault could hear his name called a year after his initial draft year and is projected to be selected between the fourth and seventh rounds. Both Jean-Luc Foudy and Will Cuylle are first time eligible players and are projected to be selected between the first and second round. Additionally, Dylan Robinson and Kyle Mcdonald are first time eligible players for the NHL Draft. Also, former Windsor Spitfire Ruben Rafkin is projected to be selected third and fourth round.

Prior to this season, Foudy recorded 49 points (8G, 41A) in 63 games in his rookie campaign. The Scarborough, Ont. native finished his NHL Draft season with 43 points (15G, 28A) in 59 games this campaign.

Forward Will Cuylle was acquired in a trade with the Peterborough Petes on Aug. 31, 2018. Since becoming a Spitfire, in Will's rookie season he tallied 41 points (26G, 15A) in 63 games. The Toronto, Ont. native finished his NHL Draft season with 42 points (22G, 20A) in 62 games.

Defenseman Louka Henault was a fifth round OHL pick for the Spitfires back in 2017. in Henault's rookie season he appeared in 42 games and collected two assists. In his 2018-19 season and Draft year he scored his first OHL goal and followed dup with a second goal during the season, he also added 2o assists for a total of 22 points. This past season Henault scored one goal and followed that up with 38 assists for 39 points and a +11 plus/minus on the season earning him a spot on the Central Scouting this year.

Dylan Robinson who is in his first year of eligibility for the NHL Draft was a third round OHL pick for the Spitfires in the 2018 Priority Selection. In his rookie campaign Robinson played 8 games with the Spitfires before playing with the Junior B affiliate Lasalle Vipers. The Simcoe, Not. native finished his NHL Draft season with 18 points (2G, 16A) and a plus 13 p/m.

Forward Kyle Mcdonald was a second round OHL pick of the Spitfires back in 2018. In his rookie season he tallied 5 points (4G, 11A). The Ottawa, Ont. native finished his NHL Draft year with 19 points (13G, 6A) in 52 games.

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