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Toronto Marlboros vs. Toronto Nationals
Date: September 29, 2017
Report filed by: Jason Gray

Jamie Drysdale, D, Toronto Marlboros

An absolute treat to watch skate the way he can evade defenders with ease. He lures you in on the attack and then escapes pressure with what looks like little effort. He always squares his shoulders north while skating to ensure a smooth and proper pass to his teammates. His persistence with or without the puck is a thing of beauty and rarely do you ever seem him stand still or get caught flat footed. He closes gaps and maintains offensive pressure with his elite skating and ability to anticipate the play. Rarely is a pass or shot blocked or picked off as he can change the angle so quickly that defenders are unable to react. A gifted player who projects to be a top pair defender at the next level.

Riley Piercey, F, Toronto Marlboros

An excellent penalty killer who forces turnovers, and as a result of those turnovers, generated a short handed goal in this affair. A big, tall rangy power-forward who will only get better as he adds strength to a fairly slight frame. Strong, smooth skater who finds openings and lanes to result in scoring chances. Was prevented from a multi-goal game from two great saves by the Nats goalie.

Stephen Halliday, F, Toronto Marlboros

Has the look of an OHL power-forward already. Strong on the puck and rarely loses a puck-battle in the corners. A hard OHL calibre shot that keeps goalies alert, and the ability to mix it up with a wrister or a heavy slap-shot. Also has a tremendous passing ability as he sees the ice well and puts hard tape-to-tape passes onto his teammates' sticks in high-percentage scoring areas. He skates extremely well for a big player and can dominate the cycle with his combination of strength and agility. 

Reid Valade, F, Toronto Marlboros

Uber-skilled player who can hold onto the puck for what seems like an entire shift, and while that displays his talented upside, it also exposes a penchant for holding on too long at times. Seemed frusturated at the lack of results and began to force plays that weren't there. There is however no doubt in his offensive ability as he is a beautiful mover on the ice and can change direction laterally without pause; a characteristic often reserved for a player of a smaller player stature. He not afraid of the physical game and is difficult to hit because of his agility. Not his best night but every bit of an elite player is visible.

Chase Clark, G, Toronto Nationals

Had it not been for Clark the game could have easily gotten out of hand. He is a big butterfly goalie who takes away the lower half of the net very well. Not really fluid but battles hard and fights traffic and bodies to get in front of pucks.  A great glove-hand and an ability to get square to the shooter helps him be very effective. Competes hard after letting out rebounds, but can get a bit scrambly if he doesn't control first saves. 

Joseph Martino, F, Toronto Nationals

A bright spot on a team that struggled to generate much offence in this one. Martino is always around the puck and on every shift he gets a stick in the lane or wins a battle in the corner to try and make a play for his team. Not the most attractive skater but is efficient and positionally solid so he makes up for any shortcomings. A high-percentage face-off man with a very high compete-level that any coach would appreciate. 

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