Updates on OHL prospects

Updated: November 8, 2011, 11:42 AM ET
By Doug McIntyre

It's a never-ending debate among hockey fans north of the border: Which of Canada's three major junior leagues is the best when it comes to producing pros?

While the stance one takes usually depends on their location on the map, if you go strictly by the number of players selected in recent NHL drafts, it's clear that Ontario's circuit has had a decisive edge over its counterparts in Quebec and out west.

Five of the last 10 No. 1 picks have come out of the OHL, and it will almost certainly become six of 11 in June, with Sarina Sting winger Nail Yakupov topping everyone's 2012 mock draft list.

Last year in L.A., four of the top nine picks were from the O, and seven more players were taken before the first round was over, more than any other league.

With that in mind, we're going to look past projected lottery picks like Yakupov, Alex Galchenyuk and Nick Ebert and check in on five lesser-known OHLers who could go in the top 30 next year in Pittsburgh.