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OHL Gold Cup: Team-By-Team Preview

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From May 3-6, OHL teams will get a look at their recent draft picks for the first time since they selected them at the 2018 OHL Priority Selection. Six minor hockey leagues across Ontario will send their all-star teams to compete in a eight-team tournament which acts as a showcase for OHL teams and their newest prospects.

The following is a team-by-team preview of the players that each OHL team has competing this week in Kitchener. Five team previews will be added each day leading up to the opening day of the tournament on Thursday.

Kingston Frontenacs (6)Murray

Alliance – Bryce Ryan, F – 5th round, 93rd overall
Alliance – Mathias Onuska, G – 7th round, 133rd overall
GTHL Blue – Thomas Haynes, D – 8th round, 151st overall
GTHL Blue – Liam Babcock, F – 10th round, 193rd overall
HEO – Alex Caulfied, D – 13th round, 253rd overall
OMHA Black – Jake Murray, D – 1st round, 13th overall

**1st round pick Jake Murray (pictured) is the lone OMHA representative among the Fronts prospects at the Gold Cup. The Oakville Rangers product should make a big impact from the blueline for what should be a strong OMHA Black squad**___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

ValadeKitchener Rangers (5)

Alliance – Joseph Serpa, F – 4th round, 77th overall
GTHL Blue – Reid Valade, F – 1st round, 17th overall
HEO – Donovan Sebrango, D – 2nd round, 40th overall
OMHA White – Isaac Langdon, F – 2nd round, 32nd overall
OMHA White – Dalton McBride, G – 5th round, 97th overall

**The Rangers will be featuring prospects that their fans should be really excited about, and ones who could all make an impact for their respective teams in this tournament. 1st round pick Reid Valade (pictured) and 2nd-rounders Donovan Sebrango and Isaac Langdon should be key contributors, and as one of the best playmakers out of the Alliance this year, Joseph Serpa is no slouch either.
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London Knights (6)
Evangelista

Alliance – Brendan Mairs, F – 7th round, 134th overall
HEO – Sean McGurn, F – 3rd round, 53rd overall
HEO – Vincent Labelle, F – 15th round, 294th overall
HNO – Sahil Panwar, F – 2nd round, 23rd overall
OMHA White – Luke Evangelista, F – 1st round, 14th overall
OMHA White – Ben Roger, D – 4th round, 74th overall

**The Knights brass will have their eyes on Luke Evangelista (pictured), Sahil Panwar and Sean McGurn who should be three of the better players in this tournament. Fans shouldn’t sleep on defenseman Ben Roger either – he is sneaky good.**
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OBrienMississauga Steelheads (6)

Alliance – Rylan Bowers, F – 12th round, 238th overall
GTHL Blue – Devlin O’Brien, F – 5th round, 88th overall
GTHL Red – William Portokalis, F – 2nd round, 39th overall
HEO – Joe Ranger, G – 4th round, 63rd overall
HEO - Mason Carter, D - 11th round, 208th overall
HNO – Michael Stubbs, F – 13th round, 248th overall
OMHA Black – James Hardie, F – 1st round, 8th overall

**We said it all year that Devlin O’Brien (pictured) would be one of the steals of the draft, and his fifth-round selection made him exactly that in our opinion. The left-winger is the type of player who just has an innate ability to impact every hockey game he plays through his tremendous hockey IQ, quickness, and competitiveness. Don’t be surprised if his road to cracking the Steelheads lineup as a 16-year-old begins right here in Kitchener with a strong performance.**
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Niagara IceDogs (5)Moore

GTHL Blue – Lleyton Moore, D – 1st round, 12th overall
GTHL Blue – Stephan Halliday, F – 3rd round, 41st overall
GTHL Blue – Jake Uberti, F – 4th round, 72nd overall
OMHA Black – Jacob Vreugdenhill, F – 8th round, 152nd overall
OMHA White - Ethan Sims, F - 5th round, 92nd overall
OMHA White – Cameron Snow, F – 7th round, 132nd overall

**Niagara staff and fans will pay close attention to GTHL Blue as they feature three of their five players in the tournament. And they are three good ones too. Dynamo defenseman Lleyton Moore (pictured) and skilled power winger Stephan Halliday will hope to continue their strong seasons as they look towards their first OHL seasons. It is still a mystery to us how Halliday fell to the third round. Cameron Snow will be one of the smallest players in the tournament and one of the most exciting to watch.**

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