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- Created: Friday, 26 April 2019 14:59
April 2019 update of the Top 10 Oshawa Generals Prospects heading into the 2019-2020 season.
Leading the way are 2019 first and second round picks Brett Harrison and Daniel Michaud. The Generals struck gold landing the duo who we felt were both first-round calibre players in the draft. Harrison is a rangy skating center with tremendous north-south speed and a natural goal-scoring touch, while Michaud is a powerful center with great puck-carrying ability and strength on the puck.
Likewise, Ryan Gagnier and Dawson McKinney were two pivots picked in the 2018 draft one round apart. Both enjoyed success at the Junior B level this past season and both made their OHL debuts with the Generals. Gagnier was voted as the Rookie of the Year in the GOJHL’s Western Conference.
Three goaltenders can be found in the Top 10. Recently signed Zacary Paputsakis, Patrick Leaver, and Matthew Sbrocca wait in the wings for current goalies Kyle Keyser and Aidan Hughes who are both set to be overagers. An eighth-round pick from the 2019 Priority Selection, Leaver is one who we thought would go much earlier considering he was one of the two goalies for Team Ontario at the Canada Winter Games, on top of being our third ranked goalie in the 2003 age group.
Smooth-skating defenseman David Gucciardi, a third-round pick in 2018, has a commitment to Michigan St. and played this past season with the Toronto Patriots in the OJHL, but there should still be plenty of hope to see him in an Oshawa sweater.
Matthew DeBoer, the son of San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer, and Owen Brady can also be found in the Top 10. Brady, a 6’4” blueliner and captain of the Whitby Wildcats Minor Midget AAA team would have potentially been a top 40 pick in the recent April draft if not for the much bigger battle he is in with cancer.
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