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OHL Cup Preview - Nash Division

OHL Cup NashThe OHL Cup is the most coveted showcase tournament of the season for AAA minor midget programs across Ontario. With twenty of the best teams converging on North Toronto for the week-long event, the OHL Cup provides a platform for aspiring OHL players to showcase their talents to scouts packing the ScotiaBank Pond facility.

Champions and runner ups from Ontario’s respective regions – OMHA, GTHL and ALLIANCE – are joined from all-star squads from Total Package Hockey (TPH Thunder), Elite Hockey Group (EHG), Team NOHA (Northern Ontario), Thunder Bay Kings (HNO representative) and Team HEO (represented by Eastern Ontario Wild ’01 Bantam squad). Additionally, ten top teams from across the remaining regions have solidified spots in the Wildcard play-in games Tuesday in hopes of advancing into the main tournament Tuesday through Monday.

Here at TheScout.ca we are taking a break from compiling our final 2017 OHL Draft Rankings (to be released to subscribers prior to the 2017 Priority Selection) to preview the teams and players to watch at the OHL Cup.

Part 1 – Nash Division Preview

Part 2 – Subban Division Preview

Part 3 – Shanahan Division Preview

Part 4 - Lindros Division Preview

 

Our focus for the first installment features the Nash Division.

Nash Division: 

Mississauga Rebels (GTHL Champ)
Quinte Red Devils (OMHA Bronze)
Cambridge Hawks (ALLIANCE 3rd)
Elite Hockey Group (USA Invite)

Wildcard 1 (Winner of Grey Bruce Highlanders vs. Toronto Young Nationals)

Mississauga Rebels

The Rebels ousted the mighty Toronto Marlboros in the GTHL Championship and will enter the OHL Cup as arguably the top team to watch. Headlined by a strong backend featuring tremendous depth and competitiveness, while being carried up-front by top talents Philip Tomasino and the dynamic twin duo of Ty and Dylan Jackson.

 Players to Watch:

#26 Philip Tomasino, C – There are few players who show up and dictate the pace of play every game as well as Tomasino. An intelligent pivot with outstanding playmaking sense, Tomasino has launched himself into the Top 10 and will likely be selected in the first half-dozen picks.

#14 Ty (C) & #15 Dylan Jackson (RW) – The two are covered as a pair simply because of their tremendous chemistry when on the ice together. While small in stature, the Jackson twins are big in offensive talent – exhibiting elite level game-reading ability and high end skill in executing. Committed to Northeastern University.  

#51 Michael Vukojevic, LD – In our opinion, the top defenseman in the 2001 age group, Vukojevic is a competitive, smooth skating two-way defender who leaves an impact in all three zones. Committed to the University of Michigan.

#8 Anthony Aguanno, LD – An ultra-competitive defender with a drive that’s unmatched on the blueline, Aguanno has excelled in his second season of minor midget after playing as an underage last season. He’s a creative puck mover, spirited defender and is always seeking ways to get involved.

#7 Duncan Penman, LD – Strong and fierce, Penman is an all-situations defenseman who is counted on for his efficiency and warrior-like approach. He can chip in offensively as a transition defender and he possesses a good shot from the back end.

#2 Evan Brand, LD – Rangy and very intelligent, Brand has been one of the most improved defenders in the GTHL region this season and is climbing up the rankings as a candidate for opening round selection. His smarts has really shone with his decision making, stepping up for big hits at optimum times and operating as a highly efficient puck mover exiting the defensive zone.

 

Quinte Red Devils

The Red Devils have been a force in the OMHA’s ETA loop and secured their OHL Cup spot with a Bronze medal finish at the OMHA Championships. Lead by excellent forward depth and a mobile blueline, Quinte has the ability to set a quick offensive pace while getting everyone involved in their attack. In the crease, Ethan Taylor and Brennan Bush have proven that they are one of the best tandems in the 2001 OMHA age group.

Players to Watch:

 

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