Created: Wednesday, 18 January 2017 22:15
As released by the OHL
Wednesday January 18, 2017
Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the introduction of an annual Under-18 Priority Selection for Midget AAA hockey players in Ontario.
The inaugural OHL Under-18 Priority Selection will take place on Wednesday April 12, 2017, beginning at 7:00 pm with picks submitted online by OHL member clubs and displayed in real-time at ontariohockeyleague.com.
Read more: OHL Introduces Under-18 Priority Selection
Created: Friday, 06 January 2017 17:47
By: Brendan Ross (@RossyYoungblood)
The 2017 World Junior Championship has freshly come to a close with the United States taking home the gold medal against a tough Canadian team, in a game that could have went any which way. It was a tournament stacked full of players selected in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and while it’s probably too early to visit a topic, attempting a 2015 NHL Re-Draft is a fun exercise.
Before diving into the rankings, it’s best to remind the readers that there are countless variables that play into deciding between Player A and Player B. Several of the following players are already competing and leaving their impact on NHL teams. Many others were selected by their teams, knowing that these players may take five years to really come into their own. So, let’s reiterate that this process is meant to be for fun and that in two or three years, could look entirely different as players undergo and fulfill their development game plans. Recency bias could certainly play an effect to some extent (see Kaprizov, Terry, and company), especially coming off the World Juniors, but given the amount of skill displayed, we will trust the eye-test and get a little excited about what these exciting prospects showed.
Read more: 2015 NHL Re-Draft
Created: Wednesday, 04 January 2017 17:33
It was a deep and talented field for the 2016 edition of the Toronto Marlboros Holiday Classic Tournament, an event that brings a lot of the top teams in Ontario to the Greater Toronto Area. Spending time over the Holiday season packed in cold areas with limited parking on site doesn’t sound like that ideal situation but for teenagers chasing their dreams of being drafted into the Ontario Hockey League, it’s a prime opportunity to showcase their gifts on a world-class stage.
In a tournament that started with 51 teams, there were a lot of contenders who could’ve took the prize. Cambridge, Guelph, Halton and Brampton were teams who found their top games after an up-and-down season in their league play to advance to the round of 16. Eventually, it was the consistent top teams such as the Whitby Wildcats, Toronto Marlboros, Mississauga Reps, Ajax-Pickering Raiders, Mississauga Rebels, Toronto Jr. Canadiens, Toronto Nationals and London Jr. Knights who would advance to the quarter-finals. After some heartbreaking games between some of the province’s top teams, London Jr. Knights would capture a 3-2 victory over the Mississauga Rebels to take home their first tournament championship of the season.
Congratulations to the London Jr. Knights!
Read more: SUBSCRIBERS - 2016 Marlboros Holiday Classic Report (Top 40 Performers)
Created: Saturday, 31 December 2016 01:36
Originally Published by Brock Otten at OHL Prospects Blog
The start of the 2017 calendar year is nearly upon us and that means it is time for me to re-evaluate my rankings for the 2017 Draft. The OHL season is nearly at the half way mark (for most teams) which gives us a great indication of how certain players have developed in their draft season. Many players have stepped up to assume large roles on their club, while others have disappointed and find themselves on the outside looking in.
I think we're really starting to get a good grasp on the type of crop the OHL has to offer this year. It's certainly not high on first round talent. We may only see around 6 OHL players go in the first round, which would be the lowest total since 2007 (when the league only had 3 NHL first rounders). But, I really like the depth and potential outside of that. Quite a few guys who could make excellent 2nd round picks. I could actually see the OHL occupying a third of all picks by the end of the 2nd round. Certainly not unrealistic.
For those unfamiliar with my lists, I only include first time eligible players. So a guy like Stephen Dhillon isn't listed despite the fact that I'd expect him to receive draft consideration. I do a list of "re-entries" or second/third year eligible players prior to the draft.
Read more: OHL Prospects - Midseason Top 50 for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft
Created: Thursday, 22 December 2016 04:51
Filed by: Brendan Ross (Head Scout)
With the recent news of an upcoming Midget Draft occurring (details to come), our team will take every opportunity to assess the loop in hopes of identifying potential candidates in the two round draft.
Brendan Ross (@RossyYoungblood) was in attendance Wednesday to take in the visiting Windsor Jr. Spitfires Midgets against the London Jr. Knights Midgets.
Brief Game Summary:
It was a game that was mostly dominated by the Spitfires as they depth and ability to maintain possession put the hosts on the defence for most of the game. It was a goaltending show as both netminders showed up for their teams which kept it a close game from start to finish. In the end, an empty netter in the final minutes allowed the London Jr. Knights to sneak out a 3-1 win.
Read more: Alliance Midget Game Report – Jr Spitfires vs Jr Knights (Dec 21, 2016)