Erie Otters select 15-year-old McDavid as No. 1 pick in OHL draft

The Canadian Press

Erie Otters general manager Sherwood Bassin, left, introduces Connor McDavid as the No. 1 pick in the OHL Priority Selection during an OHL hockey draft party in Erie, Pa., Friday, April 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Erie Times-News, Janet B. Kummerer) (Janet B. Kummerer/AP)

The Erie Otters have made it official, selecting 15-year-old Connor McDavid first overall in the Ontario Hockey League draft.

The centre with the AAA minor midget Toronto Marlboros was granted exceptional player status by Hockey Canada last month.

The Newmarket, Ont., native became just the third player to be given the draft exemption behind New York Islanders forward John Tavares and current Barrie Colts defenceman Aaron Ekblad.

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The Kingston Frontenacs selected Marlboros defenceman Roland McKeown with the second pick.

The Peterborough Petes picked Eric Cornel, a centre with Upper Canada Cyclones, No. 3 overall.

Jared McCann, a centre with London Knights-Gold, went fourth to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

Joshua Ho Sang, a centre with the Marlboros, was selected by the Windsor Spitfires to round out the top five.

The Marlboros had five of their players drafted within the first round.

Kingston kept it within the family in the later rounds, as general manager Doug Gilmour drafted his son Jake in the eighth round and Owen Gill, the son of head coach Todd Gill, was taken in the seventh.

“The Fronts proudly select Jake Gilmour of the Jr. Canadiens with our 8th round pick! #ProudDad,” tweeted Doug Gilmour.

Jake Gilmour was with the Jr. Canadiens and Owen Gill was with the Upper Canada Cyclones.

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