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2017 Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament Report

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It was a great gathering of talent in London over the Thanksgving weekend as minor midget AAA teams competed in the Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament.

Always one of the top tournaments of the scouting season, the 2017 edition may have been one of the best in recent years with a loaded field of top teams and high-end talent.Everyone in attendance saw the York-Simcoe Express, an absolute locomotive of a team, blitz through everyone on route to the championship. They were led by the jaw-dropping Quinton Byfield who put on a show unlike any we’ve seen in minor midget in several years.

The tournament featured some shocking upsets which saw the likes of the high-powered Toronto Marlboros and Vaughan Kings bow out much earlier than expected. Even more surprising however was the run that the North York Rangers went on, defying all expectations and predictions by defeating top teams and embarking on the unlikeliest of runs all the way to the final game on Sunday.

TheScout.ca team was proud to have the tournament covered from start to finish with Director of Scouting Andrew Sykes and area scouts Mitch Avis, Matt Stewart, Jason Gray, Joe Highgate and Branden Scott all taking in the action and contributing to the following report.

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INITIAL 2018 OHL DRAFT RANKING

Initial 2018 OHL DRAFT RANKING

1.  Quinton Byfield, York-Simcoe Express
 
2.  Jamie Drysdale, Toronto Marlboros
 
3.  Dylan Peterson, CIHA 
 
4.  Antonio Stranges, Little Caesars 16U 
 
5.  Cameron Tolnai, Oakville Rangers 
 
6.  Cole Perfetti, Vaughan Kings
7.  Lleyton Moore, Toronto Marlboros 
 
8.  Reid Valade, Toronto Marlboros 
 
9.  Jean-Luc Foudy, Toronto Titans
 
10.  Ryan O'Rourke, Vaughan Kings 
 

Next up is our Mid-Season Draft Ranking in December

NEW PROFILES ADDED

OHL Draft Prospect Interviews (2002)

Clink the links to view Branden Scott's rapid fire interviews with some of the top 2018 OHL Draft prospects. Enjoy!

Quinton Byfield, #55 York-Simcoe Express
Evan Vierling, #41 York-Simcoe Express
Cameron Butler, #21 York-Simcoe Express
Jack Bar, #4 York-Simcoe Express

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