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2010 Entry Draft: Ontario Hockey League Leads The Way

BRANDON, CANADA - MAY 23: CHL Commisioner David Branch awards the Memorial Cup to Harry Young #55 of the Windsor Spitfires after the Windsor Spitfires defeated the Brandon Wheat Kings in the Final of the 2010 Mastercard Memorial Cup Tournament at the Keystone Centre on May 1, 2010 in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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Mike MacDonaldCorrespondent IJune 1, 2010

Major junior hockey in Canada is comprised of three separate leagues that form what is called the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). Those three leagues are the Western Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Ontario Hockey League.

Each league champion plays in a round robin tournament along with a host club from one of the league, which rotates every season to compete for the Memorial Cup Championship.

Overall the CHL has over 60 hockey clubs all developing talent for the NHL. That's a pretty good amount of players playing every season working towards the goal of developing into tomorrow's stars.

The Ontario Hockey League was created in 1974 under the direction of the Ontario Hockey Association. In 1980, the League became a separate entity.

David Branch is the only commissioner the OHL has had. Mr. Branch also runs the CHL. Under his guidance the League has developed 1000's of players playing worldwide.

This season, according to Central Scouting, there are over 50 players ranked as potential players to be selected by NHL teams. The Ontario League leads the way with 9 skaters ranked in the top 30, as well as having 4 of the top 5 players including Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall—two players who have become household names over the last few months.

Over the last 10 years the OHL has averaged at least 6 first round selections and provided 11 first round picks during the 2008 Entry Draft.

The Ontario Hockey League is one of the foremost developing grounds for hockey talent, like I mentioned earlier there are graduates of the OHL playing hockey not only in the NHL but worldwide.

Not only players from Canada play in the OHL, there are many American, Czech, Russia and other European nations represented in the OHL.

Hopefully Tyler Seguin or Taylor Hall follow the footsteps of Steven Stamkos and John Tavares as the top selection in the NHL Entry Draft to hail from the Ontario Hockey League.

Other notable players are Erik Gudbranson of the Kingston Frontenacs, Cam Fowler of the Windsor Spitfires, Alexander Burmistrov of the Barrie Colts, Austin Watson of the Peterbourough Petes, John McFarland of the Sudbury Wolves, and Tyler Toffoli and Ryan Martindale of the Ottawa 67's as OHL players ranked in the first round by Central Scouting.

Good Luck to all draft eligible players.

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