From Yzerman to Mews, Barrhaven’s NHL Draft Picks Through The Years

After Barrhaven’s Henry Mews was drafted by the Calgary Flames, we decided to take a look at some other Barrhaven players who have been drafted by NHL teams. Please note that goalie Fred Brathwaite, a Barrhaven native who had a long career in the NHL, KHL and Germany, made the NHL as an undrafted rookie so he is not included below.

Brandt Clarke (2021, Los Angleles Kings, Round 1, 8th overall)

Brandt Clarke was one of the top-producing defencemen in OHL history. In his three years with the Barrie Colts, Clarke totalled 158 points in 143 games. When he joined the Colts in the 2022-23 season after helping Canada win gold at the World Junior Tournament, Clarke was on fire with 61 points in 31 games, with a points per game total similar to what Bobby Orr had as an Oshawa General in the mid-1960s. Clarke had two assists in nine games with the Kings in 2022-23, and then had two goals and four assists in nine games with the Kings in 2023-24. He spent most of the season with the Ontario (California) Reign of the AHL, and registered 10 goals and 36 assists for 46 points in 50 games. When he was called up to the NHL in 2023-24, his first game was the first career NHL game of his brother Graeme, who was playing for the New Jersey Devils.

Graeme Clarke (2019, New Jersey Devils, Round 3, 80th overall)

The older brother of Brandt Clarke, Graeme was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in 2019. He missed most of the next season with the Ottawa 67s after suffering a shoulder injury, but still put up 17 points in 16 games. In the COVID-shortened 2020-21 season, he played six games in Slovakia last year with his brother, and then joined the Binghamton Devils of the AHL as the Ontario Hockey League did not play that year. In his first year as an underage pro, he had eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points in 31 games. He has spent most of the last three years with the AHL Utica Comets and has 25 goals in each of the last two seasons. Clarke got called up to the Devils and played his first NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings and his younger brother, Brandt.

Brandt Clarke of Team Canada celebrates a goal at the 2023 WJC in Halifax. (Photo by Trevor MacMillan/Uncharted.Media)

Serron Noel (2018, Florida Panthers, Round 2, 34th overall)

The son of former CFL running back Dean Noel, Serron left Barrhaven to play junior hockey for the Oshawa Generals. As a 6’5”, 18-year-old winger, he had a career-high 34 goals and 47 assists for 81 points in 68 games with the Generals in the 2018-19 season. He was traded to Kitchener halfway through the 2019-20 season, scoring 18 goals and picking up 29 assists for 47 points in 48 games. In 2020-21, Noel played for the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL. He played eight games and had a goal and three assists for four points. He then played a full season with the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL. In 2022-23 he played seven games for the Florida Everblades (ECHL) and  last season he played 12 games for the Newfoundland Growlers of the ECHL. He is currently a free agent.

Zach Senyshyn (2015, Boston Bruins, Round 1, 15th overall)

One of only three Barrhaven players to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft, Senyshyn got his first taste of NHL hockey in 2018-19, plying two games and scoring his first NHL goal. The 6’1”, 207-pound right winger has spent most of the last three seasons with the Bruins’ AHL team in Providence, but he has earned a call-up to the NHL in each of those years. He got his first call-up to Boston at the end of the 2018-19 and scored a goal in his first NHL game. He played two games with Boston that year, then four the next. He played eight games with the Bruins in 2020-21. He was traded to Ottawa in 2021-22 and dressed for two games with the Sens. After dividing his time between Belleville, Utica and the Chicago Wolves in the AHL over two seasons, Senyshyn went to Europe for the 2023-24 season and had 13 goals and 18 assists for 31 points in 51 games with the Schwennigan Wild Wings of the German Elite League.

Nick Baptiste (2013, Buffalo Sabres, Round 3, 69th overall)

Baptiste was a linemate of Connor McDavid in his final season in the OHL with the Erie Otters. In 2015-16 and 2016-17, he had seven goals in 47 games with the Buffalo Sabres in call-ups from the AHL Rochester Americans. He is still working on getting back to the NHL. He was traded to Nashville before the 2017-18 season, and was assigned to Milwaukee (AHL). He was then dealt to Toronto and spent the rest of the season with the Marlies. The next year, he played for the Belleville Senators before joining the Stars organization. Baptiste has spent the last three seasons in Europe. He spent a year in Finland with Ilves Tampere and then a year with the Cologne Sharks of the German Elite League. He returned to the SM-liiga in Finland for the 2023-24 season, scoring 14 goals and 13 assists for 27 points in 50 games with Tappara Tampere.

Mac Weegar (2013, Florida Panthers, Round 7, 206th overall)

The 30-year-old defenceman played junior hockey for the Nepean Raiders and Halifax Mooseheads and was a late round pick of the Panthers. After playing for four minor league clubs, the 6’, 209-pound blueliner just completed his eighth full season in the NHL. After six seasons with the Florida Panthers, Weegar headed to Calgary to play for the Flames. He had a breakthrough offensive season in 2023-24, scoring 20 goals and adding 32 assists for 52 points.

Barrhaven’s MacKenzie Weegar spent six seasons with the Florida Panthers before joining the Calgary Flames. The former Nepean Raiders defenceman had a breakout year with 20 goals and 52 points in 2023-24.
Photo by Eliot J Schechter/Florida Panthers

Julien Demers (2008, San Jose Sharks, Round 5, 146th overall)

The 6’, 215-pound defenceman spent four years with the Ottawa 67s after starting his junior career with the Nepean Raiders. After finishing his last season with the 67s, Demers played one season with the UOttawa Gee Gees but never played professional hockey.

Chris Carrozzi (2008, Atlanta Thrashers, Round 6, 154th overall)

Local goalie Chris Carrozzi had a great OHL career with the St. Michael’s Majors and played in the minors for four years with the Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL), Chicago Wolves (AHL), Colorado Eagles (ECHL), Ontario Reign (ECHL), St. John’s Ice Caps (AHL) and the Idaho Steeheads (ECHL). Corrozzi played for the University of New Brunswick in 2014-15 before heading to Europe the following year to play for Asiago of the Italian league. He was the starting goalie for the Guildford Flames of the English Elite Ice Hockey League in 2017-18 and 2018-19.

Tyler Moss (1993, Tampa Bay Lightning, Round 2, 29th overall)

After playing junior hockey for the Kingston Frontenacs, Tyler Moss had a 17-year professional career. He played in 30 NHL games with the Flames, Hurricanes and Canucks, and he spent four years in Russia with Moscow Spartak and Khabarovsk Amur. Before heading to Russia, his minor league stops included the Atlanta Knights, Muskegon Fury, Grand Rapids Griffins, Adirondack Red Wings, St. John Flames, Orlando Solar Bears, Wilkes Barre-Scranton Penguins, Kansas City Blades, Cincinnati Cyclones, Lowell Lock Monsters, Manitoba Moose, Toronto Roadrunners and Edmonton Roadrunners. Moss left the KHL in 2010 to join the Hannover Scorpions of the German Elite League, and a year later he played his last season of pro hockey with the Nuermberg Ice Tigers, also in Germany.

Steve Yzerman (1983, Detroit Red Wings, Round 1, 4th overall)

Yzerman was the first player from Barrhaven drafted into the NHL, and he will always be the player that young prospects are compared to. He spent 22 seasons with the Red Wings and was a cornerstone of their Stanley Cup dynasty. In 1,514 games, he had 692 goals and 1,063 assists for 1,755 points. He also won the Lester B. Pearson Trophy, Conn Smythe Trophy, Frank J. Selke Trophy and Bill Masterton Trophy during his career. He was named captain of the Red Wings at 21 and is the longest serving captain in North American sports history. He became the General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2010. In 2019, he was named Executive Vice President and GM of the Detroit Red Wings.