Created: Tuesday, 06 December 2016 03:36
The Whitby Silver Stick Tournament always provides a good measuring stick for scouts on players eligible for the OHL Priority Selection. With almost three months under their belts, players are able to showcase themselves in mid-season form with all of the rust knocked off of the game. The tournament field is stacked with highly talented teams from across the province and Michigan and the opportunity to display their talents against top competition provides a level playing field scouts to confidently assess their individual traits. It was a successful weekend filled with some extremely exciting matchups but eventually it was the deep talented Mississauga Rebels squad that would capture the 2015 Silver Stick championship edging out the Toronto Marlboros on Sunday afternoon.
It was a busy week for our scouting team with Brendan Ross (Director of Scouting), Andrew Sykes (Alliance), Matt Grainda (USA), Brett Dowell (GTHL), Matt Barbara (ETA), Brent Craswell (Ottawa) and Matt Stewart (SCTA) all taking in the action.
Our team of scouts have submitted their candid thoughts on player performances from the tournament and concluded our 6000+ word report with a Top 50 performers list.
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Created: Wednesday, 30 November 2016 00:40
Submitted by Brett Dowell, GTHL Scout for TheScout.ca
A task that is one of the most difficult jobs in minor hockey – having to pick who is most deserving for the GTHL Top Prospects Game Powered by Under Armour. With so many talented players at the 2001 level this year, this is no easy task. In selecting the top 40, the following assumptions were made:
- All players are eligible – there is no maximum or minimum for each team,
- Teams were not grouped (so the top players could be chosen).
- Evaluation has been done up until November 27th
- Injured players will not be excluded.
- 24 forwards, 12 defensemen, and 4 goaltenders are selected for this list.
While the coaching staff and selection committee have their own criteria, my top 40 prospects listed below are who I think deserve to be there at Scotiabank Pond on December 13th.
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Created: Wednesday, 16 November 2016 06:08
Sarnia played host to the 2016 Battle of the Border, an OHL showcase event that pitted six of the top 16U programs from the HPHL against six of Ontario’s minor midget programs. As teams took the ice at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena and scouts flocked to the stands to take in the top players, it was evident that the weekend would be jammed packed with entertaining hockey. The event was highlighted by seminars and information sessions on what to expect if the Ontario Hockey League becomes their hockey path of choice and teams were invited to take in the Sarnia Sting and Kingston Frontenacs game on Saturday evening.
Our team had eyes on the action as Brendan Ross (Director of Scouting), Matt Grainda (USA Regional Scout) and Andrew Sykes (Alliance Regional Scout) filed views of the action.
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Created: Thursday, 10 November 2016 05:17
One of the marquee events circled on scout’s schedules each season has been the Battle of the Border Showcase hosted by the Ontario Hockey League and HPHL leagues. It’s a prime opportunity for teams to get local looks at top talent from some of the region’s top squads. Sarnia will welcome the following American teams including Chicago Mission, Detroit Honeybaked, Chicago Young Americans, Little Caesars , Compuware and Team Illinois – each of which possess some of the country’s top 2001 talents. Similarly, Ontario is well represented with its top squads from each of the regions across the province. The GTHL will send the Toronto Marlboros, Toronto Young Nationals and Vaughan Kings while the Whitby Wildcats (OMHA-ETA), Brampton 45’s (OMHA – SCTA) and London Jr. Knights (ALLIANCE) will showcase their talents as well. It will be a competitive weekend played throughout Friday, November 11 until Sunday, November 13th at Sarnia’s Progressive Auto Sales Arena.
Our team of scouts including Brendan Ross (Director of Scouting), Matt Grainda (USA), Nick Tomczyk (USA) and Andrew Sykes (Alliance) will be in attendance to take in the action.
The following are players to watch from each of the entries. It’s important to note that the 16U teams will have several 2000-born skaters who, for the purposes of brevity, will be left out of these previews.
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Created: Tuesday, 18 October 2016 16:27
In a game that had two of the top prospects in the ETA going at it (Connor McMichael and Mitchell Russell), there was no shortage of intensity and penalties. It almost seemed as if none of the game was spent at even strength with players going in and out of the penalty box like it was a candy store. Ajax Pickering was able to get on the board first with a 5 on 3 blast from the point off Alexei Bulanov's stick that beat the Barrie goalie high glove. With great scoring opportunities at both ends of the ice the Raiders carried the lead into the 3rd on the back of a solid performance by their goalie Damon Beaver. Barrie had ample amount of Power play opportunities in the 3rd and just couldn't find a way to get the puck past Beaver, which allowed the Raiders to pot 3 rebound goals and walkway with a hard earned 4-0 victory.
Game Report Filed By: Matthew Barbara (ETA Scout)