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Ottawa locals available in the 2021 NHL Draft

by Matt Tidcombe @matttidcombe

While the Ottawa Senators get set to make their choices in the 2021 NHL Draft, some Ottawa and Gatineau natives are hoping to hear their name called this weekend.

With the first round taking place Friday, followed by rounds 2-7 on Saturday, six Ottawa locals (including one from Gatineau) seem poised to be selected at some point with all of them ranked inside the Top 160 North American skaters. 

Here's a quick rundown:

Brandt Clarke - Defenceman (Barrie/OHL)

Central Scouting ranking: No. 7 North American skater

The most familiar name on this list, Clarke is a likely Top 10 pick Friday night. With the 2020-21 OHL season cancelled, Clarke headed overseas to Slovakia, lining up in 26 games with HC Nove Zamky where he had five goals and 15 points. He also claimed a gold medal at the U18 World Championships and was named to the tournament's All-Star Team after playing at a point-per-game pace in seven contests. In 2019-20 with the Colts, Clarke had 38 points (six goals) in 52 contests and was named to the OHL's First All-Rookie Team.

Tyson Hinds - Defenceman (Rimouski/QMJHL)

Central Scouting ranking: No. 73 North American skater

The lone representative from Gatineau on this list, Hinds started his season with Shawinigan, playing 10 games, before being flipped to Rimouski. With the Oceanic, he scored six goals and 15 points in 23 games before suiting up six more times in the playoffs as Rimouski were eliminated in the second round.

Connor Lockhart - Right wing (Erie/OHL)

Central Scouting ranking: No. 104 North American skater

Lockhart didn't play in 2020-21 with the OHL season getting cancelled but in 2019-20, his first year in the OHL, he tallied nine goals and 27 points with the Otters to lead his side in rookie scoring while placing 16th in the OHL in the same category. Additionally, he represented Canada Red at the U17 World Championships.

Isaac Enright - Defenceman (Niagara/OHL)

Central Scouting ranking: No. 131 North American skater

Like Lockhart, Enright had a lost season in 2020-21. However, in 59 games the year prior, the d-man scored his first OHL goal and added eight assists with the IceDogs and was third in rookie scoring on the team. He also played at the U17 World Championships, playing for Canada White.

Pasquale Zito - Left wing (Windsor/OHL)

Central Scouting ranking: No. 135 North American skater

In his rookie OHL season in 2019-20, Zito buried three goals and added 10 assists while playing in 46 games and had the fourth most points among Spitfire rookies.

Kyle Jackson - Left wing (North Bay/OHL)

Central Scouting ranking: No. 158 North American skater

In 62 games in 2019-20, Jackson led the Battalion in rookie scoring with 22 points (eight goals). The year prior, he got into 12 games with North Bay but also played 51 times with the Ottawa Jr. Senators, notching 24 goals and 54 points. A hugely successful season was capped by being named the CCHL Rookie of the Year as well being selected to the CCHL All-Rookie Team while also winning the Fred Page Cup as a CCHL champion.

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