The first round of the 2012 OHL Priority Selection presented by State Farm had a total of 22 players selected including five from the GTHL Champion Toronto Marlboros.
The five players included three in the top five led by Connor McDavid chosen first overall by the Erie Otters, defenceman Roland McKeown chosen second overall by the Kingston Frontenacs, and Joshua Ho-Sang chosen fifth overall by the Windsor Spitfires. Other Marlies selected in the first round include Samuel Bennett chosen ninth overall by the Kingston Frontenacs, and Jeremiah Addison picked 12th by the Saginaw Spirit.
The 2012 Toronto Marlboros match the 2008 Toronto Jr. Canadiens as the last team to have five players selected in the first round. That year the Jr. Canadiens captured an OHL Cup Championship with first round picks John McFarland (1), Ryan O'Connor (6), Tyler Toffoli (7), Devante Smith-Pelly (8), and Cody McNaughton (12).
The 2012 OHL Cup Champion Mississauga Rebels were not far behind this season with four players chosen in the first round, while the OMHA's Southern Tier Admirals had two players picked along with Detroit Belle Tire.
2012 OHL Priority Selection presented by State Farm First Round Results:
1. Erie Otters - Connor McDavid (Toronto Marlboros) LC 5'10 155
2. Kingston Frontenacs - Roland McKeown (Toronto Marlboros) RD 6'1 180
3. Peterborough Petes - Eric Cornel (Upper Canada Cyclones) RC 6'2 165
4. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds - Jared McCann (London Jr. Knights Gold) LC 6'0 175
5. Windsor Spitfires - Joshua Ho-Sang (Toronto Marlboros) RC 5'11 160
6. Guelph Storm - Robert Fabbri (Mississauga Rebels) LC 5'10 150
7. Oshawa Generals - Michael Dal Colle (Vaughan Kings) LC 6'2 170
8. Owen Sound Attack - Jacob Middleton (Huron-Perth Lakers) LD 6'2.5 185
9. Kingston Frontenacs - Samuel Bennett (Toronto Marlboros) LW 5'11 160
10. Belleville Bulls - Niki Petti (Southern Tier Admirals) LC 5'11 175
11. Mississauga St. Michael's Majors - Damian Bourne (Mississauga Rebels) LW 6'4 195
12. Saginaw Spirit - Jeremiah Addison (Toronto Marlboros) LW 5'11 160
13. Sarnia Sting - Brett Hargrave (Mississauga Rebels) RW 6'4 195
14. Sudbury Wolves - Conor Cummins (Whitby Wildcats) RD 6'3 196
15. Brampton Battalion - Blake Clarke (St. Louis Midgets) LW 6'2 197
16. Barrie Colts - Brendan Perlini (Detroit Belle Tire) LW 6'0 165
17. Kitchener Rangers - Matt Schmalz (Southern Tier Admirals) RW 6'4 190
18. Ottawa 67's - Dante Salituro (Don Mills Flyers) RC 5'9 170
19. Plymouth Whalers - Zach Bratina (Central Ontario Wolves) LW 6'1 165
20. Niagara IceDogs - Aaron Haydon (Detroit Belle Tire) RD 6'3 190
21. Niagara IceDogs - Brook Hiddink (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs) RC 5'11 190
22. London Knights - Liam Herbst (Mississauga Rebels) G 6'3 180
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