“We’re thrilled to announce that Matthew and his family have committed to the Bulldogs organization and the city of Hamilton. Matthew will compliment our young core of returning forwards and we expect him to play a prominent role with our hockey club for many years.” – Hamilton Bulldogs GM/Coach George Burnett
The Hamilton Bulldogs participated in their first draft in the OHL in April. No doubt it was one of the most exciting day in the young careers of the 18 young men who were drafted to the new team. I spent the day following the draft and compiling all the scouting reports and images that Google could find for me.
2015 OHL Draft posts:
- Bulldogs at 8: Matthew Strome – Bulldogs draft the youngest of son of the Strome family, who aims to follow in his older brother’s footprints.
- Bulldogs at 33: Reilly Webb – The first local player to hear his name called to join the hometown team.
- Bulldogs at 40: Mackenzie Entwistle – Strome’s teammate for seven seasons, had a strong year winning the OHL Cup with the Toronto Marlboros.
- Bulldogs at 59: Fedor Gordeev – Bulldogs selected a very tall defender with a mean streak with their third round pick.
- Bulldogs at 68: Noah Lugli – Another physical defender, Bulldogs retooled their defense with their early picks.
- Bulldogs at 76: Zachary Jackson – Bulldogs select a tall playmaking forward.
- Bulldogs at 96: Nick Donofrio – Hamilton selects their first goalie in the fifth round of the draft.
- Bulldogs at 119: Kristopher Lalonde – Potential power forward with an impressive digital footprint.
- Bulldogs at 125: Jesse Burger – Mississauga rep forward to play Junior B, will need to increase his strength.
- Bulldogs at 128: Jake Durham – Played for a weak team, scouts had very positive things to say about a later pick. Darkhorse pick to play in 2016.
- Bulldogs at 148: Maddux Rychel – Son of former NHL player and current Windsor Spitfires GM.
- Bulldogs at 168: Brandon Scanlin – Hamilton Huskies player, first line defender with plenty of upside.
- Bulldogs at 188: Jack Ricketts – Captain of the Oakville Rangers, son of a former Belleville Bull.
- Bulldogs at 208: Issac Nurse – The Nurse family is famous across Canada, Issac is the first cousin of Darnell & Kia.
- Bulldogs at 228: Skyler Brind’Amour – Likely to chase the NCAA path, son of NHL All-Star Rod Brind’Amour may end up reporting if the Bulldogs have a shot at the Memorial Cup down the line.
- Bulldogs at 248: Matthew Wilkins – Teammate of earlier picks Strome and Entwistle.
- Bulldogs at 268: Lucas Vanroboys – Diminutive, highly skilled forward.
- Bulldogs at 288: Brett Willits – Another smaller player, who is well spoken of by scouts.