Created: Thursday, 26 November 2015 01:21
Wednesday November 25, 2015Toronto, ON
As released by the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League today announced the first edition of the weekly minor midget rankings for the 2016 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League.The weekly rankings are determined by a panel of OHL Central Scouting Staff and represent the top teams that are competing to play in the annual year-end championship tournament which takes place March 15-21, 2016. All games will be played at the Scotiabank Pond in Toronto until the Championship Final moves to the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Monday March 21.
Read more: OHL Announces Minor Midget Top-10 Rankings for 2016 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament
Created: Friday, 20 November 2015 21:01
Aside from regurgitating the same ‘ole high profiled names over and over, TheScout.ca staff was polled and asked the following questions about #OHLDraft prospects within their respective regions:
- Name a player from your region who has got off to a sizzling start to his draft season that you could place into the category of “TOP PERFORMER”.
- Name a player from your region who has continually impressed with each viewing that may not be getting the publicity that he deserves in his draft season who could fit into the “PLAYER TO WATCH” category.
- Lastly, name one player from your region who you have taken a personal liking to and wouldn’t mind attaching your name to as a “PERSONAL FAVOURITE” performer.
Participating in the poll were area scouts Kyle Johnston (GTHL), Chris Cameron (Ottawa/HEO), Jeff Fletcher (ETA), Matt Grainda (USA), Andrew Sykes (ALLIANCE) and Brendan Ross (ALLIANCE).
Our GTHL scout Kyle Johnston understands the GTA loop very well and he’s here to provide his opinion on the region’s players…
GTHL Region Top Performer
Ryan Merkley, RD, Toronto Jr. Canadiens
“Merkely, as expected, has picked up where he left off last year and is my top performer. Whether it he is navigating his way through traffic in the offensive zone to create a scoring chance or making a difficult breakout pass, he makes every play seem effortless. He is a unique talent that controls the pace of play as the puck is always on his stick. He will be one of the first players taken this year.”
GTHL Region Player to Watch
Peter Stratis, LD, Mississauga Rebels
“With a priority being put on efficient puck moving defenseman, Stratis is one of the best in the GTHL. He is solid at both ends of the ice, tough to play against in his own zone and is a threat in the offensive zone. He skates well with the puck, has a cannon of a shot and quarterbacks the PP. If he keeps his play up he should be one of the top defenseman on every team’s draft boards.”
GTHL Personal Favorites
Alex DiPaolo, LW, Toronto Jr. Canadiens
“I like his smarts in the offensive zone, he finds open space and has a knack for scoring goals. He's effective on the fore check, makes quick decisions with the puck down low and isn't afraid to drive the net. He's typically not the guy carrying the puck into the offensive zone so you might not notice him as much, but he consistently finds away to get on the score sheet.”
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Created: Friday, 20 November 2015 18:06
Approaching the midway point of the season, prospects eligible for the 2016 OHL Priority Selection have begun to separate themselves, giving management teams a better idea of this year's class. As the calendar flipped from October to November, our team of scouts have been flocking rinks across Ontario and the United States solidifying views on top talent eligible for the 2016 OHL Priority Selection Draft. With tournament views from the HEO AAA Midget Labour Day Showcase, Toronto Titans Tournament, Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament, Hamilton Huskies Tim Horton's Tournament, Bauer Chicago Invitational and Battle of the Border Showcase, our initial rankings have been adjusted accordingly with many new names added and more familiar names finding their spot among the ranks. The ranking process remains an extremely intense debate among our staff and the 2016 OHL draft class appears to be wide open. Ryan Merkley is off to a dominant start with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens rightfully earning his spot above previously ranked number one prospect Bode Wilde, who has experienced an up-and-down couple of months. Americans Mattias Samuelsson and Jake Pivonka have been joined by new Top 10 entries Ty Emberson, Blade Jenkins, Connor Roberts, Kirill Nizhnikov, Owen Lalonde and Declan Chisholm who have been endeared by our scouts. While Dennis Busby, Eric Guest, Akil Thomas and Hunter Holmes have all took steps back in our rankings, our team is very aware that their high end skill potential remains very rare and that they can easily improve their spots with strong performances in the coming weeks.
While there is still much to be sorted out, the annual International Silver Stick is perhaps the most important event of the Minor Midget AAA calendar as it is inclusive to the top teams in Ontario as well as several elite Michigan-based teams. TheScout.ca team has worked hard to gain more familiarity with the draft class and is confident in presenting this Top 40 ranking of the top skaters in the 2000 age group heading into next weekend's Silver Stick in Whitby. Keep in mind however that the tournament will undoubtedly improve some player's stocks, while others won't quite meet expectations, so a shake-up in our expanded post-Silver Stick rankings should be expected when our expanded Top 100+ December rankings are released.
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Created: Friday, 13 November 2015 15:06
Thursday November 12, 2015
Press Release from the Canadian Hockey League
Owen Sound, ON - Los Angeles Kings prospect Spencer Watson (Kingston Frontenacs) scored twice while Mackenzie Blackwood (Barrie Colts) made 25 saves to record the shutout as Team OHL effectively silenced Russia with a 3-0 victory in Game 3 of the CHL Canada Russia Series in Owen Sound on Thursday.
Blackwood becomes the first OHL goaltender since Trevor Cann in 2006 to record a shutout over 60 minutes in the event as the CHL takes a commanding 9-0 lead in points heading into Game 4 on Monday in Windsor.
Read more: Canada Russia Series: OHL blanks Russia 3-0 in Owen Sound
Created: Thursday, 12 November 2015 18:55
Our USA area scout Matt Grainda and Head Scout Brendan Ross took to the road last weekend travelling long distances to take in the always coveted Chicago Bauer Invitational tournament. It's a tournament chalked full of the best teams in the nation and a rare opportunity to view high end talent over one weekend. After the Colorado TBirds edged out Little Caesars in the Championship game of the Supreme U16 division, it was time to put together our top performance list based on the weekend viewings.
It is important to remember, below is a ranking of performances and not a projected OHL draft ranking.
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