Created: Thursday, 01 October 2015 23:24
Heading into the final weekend of September before the hockey revs up into full mode, a dozen teams from the Alliance minor midget age group headed to St. Mary’s to compete in the annual Faceoff Showcase. In what turned out to be a competitive affair, our team of scout’s walked away impressed with the depth of talent that will be coming out of the league.
Andrew Sykes and Nathan Didone were in attendance and filed the following observations on some players who performed well. To conclude the report, a Top 10 Performance ranking was constructed based solely on the tournament showings.
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Created: Wednesday, 23 September 2015 18:26
The High Performance Hockey League (HPHL) kicked off their 2015-16 season as Little Caesars welcomed Honeybaked to Farmington Hills Ice Arena. Scattered with high level talent across both teams, it was a prime opportunity to get initial viewings of some potential OHL draftees including players like Max Ellis, Jacob Semik and Jonathan Gruden on Honeybaked and Xan Gurney, Blake Pietila and Chase McLane with Little Caesars. With the rust still falling off both teams, Little Caesars was victorious on this day but more importantly, many players impressed with their play on the first day of the season with some players jumping onto our watch list.
Games Top 5 Performances:
1. Jacob Semik, D, Honeybaked
2. Blake Pietila, G, Little Caesars
3. Max Ellis, C, Honeybaked
4. William MacKinnon, D, Honeybaked
5. Christian Krygier, D, Little Caesars
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Created: Tuesday, 22 September 2015 01:00
With the final long weekend of the 2015 summer, TheScout.ca’s Head Scout Brendan Ross jaunted north to Kanata to take in the CCHL/HEO Midget Labour Day Showcase. In the off-season, the Ottawa region did away with it’s minor midget loop and created an Under 18 league. With the changes, OHL draft eligible players (2000 born) will now compete against players upwards of three years older of them in the HEO Midget U18 league. As a result of this collaborated league, 2000-born Ottawa region players are not expected to play in the many showcase minor midget tournaments that have become popular for OHL scouts viewing. Simply put, the HEO Midget Labour Day Showcase was the first possible viewing for scouts to get their first looks at 2000-aged players playing in the Ottawa loop and the following is a report filed by Brendan Ross on his viewings over the two days he was in attendance (Sunday, September 6 and Monday, September 7).
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Created: Wednesday, 16 September 2015 16:12
TORONTO TITANS TOURNAMENT REPORT
Mississauga Rebels rise to expectations to win Titans Tournament
With countless scouts in attendance, the Ontario hockey scene got its first look at the 2000 age group this past weekend in Toronto at the 8th Annual Toronto Titans International Minor Midget Prospect Tournament. Players from Ottawa, Guelph, Mississauga, Windsor and many points in between converged in Toronto, giving OHL, NCAA and others a look at the best that the age has to offer.
After winning the GTHL Bantam Championship, the Mississauga Rebels went wire to wire winning every game along the game to capture the season’s first major tournament. Despite strong showings from the Clarington Toros (OMHA-ETA), York Simcoe Express (OMHA-ETA), Buffalo Jr. Sabres (Elite). Southern Tier Admirals (OMHA-SCTA), Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs (Alliance) and London Jr. Knights (Alliance), who all reached quarter final action, the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL) was once again well represented with five of eight teams in the semi-finals.
The Mississauga Rebels, a program well decorated at the 2000 level, took home the title thanks to an extremely deep team featured around a suffocating and mobile defence core, talented and skilled forward group and timely goaltending.
Entering the draft season, it appeared that there was a well-defined top group of prospects but our viewings from the tournament certainly gave hopes that many other talented Bantams have progressed significantly over the summer and are ready to establish themselves as top names too. In a tournament loaded with exciting 2000-age prospects, we were also exposed to elite talent from the 2001 class including Rebels teammates Jack Hughes (C) and Anthony Aguanno (D) as well as Tag Bertuzzi (C) of the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies.
Eager to get initial viewings, TheScout.ca team had area scouts Nathan Didone, Matt Stewart and Jeff Fletcher in attendance as well as Director of Scouting, Brendan Ross.
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Created: Friday, 04 September 2015 15:48
By Peter Kneulman
That time of year is upon us once again as the Toronto Titans Tournament officially opens the 2015-16 OHL scouting season. Last year the GTHL used the Titans Tournament to tell the rest of the province that last season was theirs by dominating the round robin tournament with a 30-11-5 record vs non-GTHL teams. Of course, they further cemented their dominance by claiming all four semi final spots and carrying that momentum through the rest of the season.
The only other leagues with winning records in round robin play were the OEMHL (9-4-3) and SCTA (20-16-4). What is interesting about this is that with a shift in thinking in the Ottawa region there is no more minor midget hockey in Ottawa so it will be interesting to see which league seizes this opportunity to be the number one challenger to the GTHL.
A larger than normal contingent from south of the border is coming to the 2015 Titans Tournament including five teams (Compuware, Little Caesars, Honeybaked, Oakland Jr. Grizzles and Buffalo Jr. Sabres) who competed in the Tier 1 14U Nationals last season. While most of the top talents from those teams are playing 16U this year there is still a large and talented group that will be participating in the Titans Tournament.
The Buffalo Jr. Sabres team should be of interest to Ontario hockey fans as the program feeds into the Jr. A Sabres program that play in the OJHL. With two division winners in the last three years, the Jr. Sabres program has been producing quite a bit of talent that has not only gone on to obtain D1 NCAA scholarships but also some promising OHL draft picks.
Without further ado, a quick preview of all nine groups with both games and players to watch…
Read more: 2015 Toronto Titans Tournament Preview