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- Created: Saturday, 04 November 2017 14:43
Now two months into the 2017-18 minor-midget season, we have learned that the 2002 age group is one with great high-end talent and the depth to match. TheScout.ca team has worked feverously in the early stages of the year to get comfortable with each region in order to begin sorting out rankings. The process is a challenge and near impossible to get right this early, but that is the beauty of it. Things are certain to change considerably as we move past big events such as the Border Battle and Silver Stick in November, league playoffs, and culminating with the OHL Cup.
2017-18 Minor Midget Season Outlook
One factor that has thrown more of a wrench into the mix this year than others is how so many of the top American players committed to NCAA schools very early, leaving their status in terms of the OHL in question. Our top ranked skater playing south of the border is Antonio Stranges of the Little Caesars U16 club. Stranges is a University of Michigan commit, and while his hold on being the top U.S. player is firm, he will be challenged by the likes of New Jersey native Jason Siedem, Honeybaked teammates Sahil Panwar and Tanner Latsch, Wyatt Shingoethe from the Chicago Mission, and Jacob Truscott who suits up for Little Caesars U15 team.
In Ontario, what was thought to be a two-horse race for the top spot coming in has been quickly put to rest because of the incredible play of Quinton Byfield. A special player on a dominant York-Simcoe team, Byfield has been the story of the season thus far with many believing that he is the best minor midget AAA prospect since Connor McDavid. Thought to be his challenger, Dylan Peterson has gotten off to a slow start with CIHA in Ottawa and starts as our #3 ranked player. Our top-ranked defenseman, Jamie Drysdale grabs the #2 spot thanks to his flawless skating and ability to control and dictate a game in any way he wants.
Another storyline that needs mention is the dominance of a group of teams in Ontario that many of the players at the top of this year’s draft will come from. The Toronto Marlboros, York-Simcoe Express, Vaughan Kings, Mississauga Reps and Oakville Rangers are all stacked squads and a massive chunk of the first two rounds should come from these teams.
For our subscribers, stay tuned for our coverage of the Battle of the Border HPHL Showcase event and Whitby Silver Stick Tournament. Upon the completion of the Silver Stick tournament, our scouts will collaborate and introduce a NEW Ranking in early December with expanded names. There is sure to be plenty of movement.
With that, TheScout.ca is proud to announce our Initial 2018 OHL Draft Ranking, featuring a Top 50 skater ranking and some honourable mentions that have proven to be worthy talents as top players to watch and will surely challenge this Top 50 group as the year develops. Also included is a Top 10 goalie ranking which will be expanded to Top 20 in the next ranking.
Stay tuned for a lot more content as we cotinue to add Player Profiles, Game Reports, and more!!