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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Created: Thursday, 25 April 2019 19:56
April 2019 update of the Top 10 North Bay Battalion Prospects heading into the 2019-2020 season.
Leading the way is Joe Vrbetic who was our second ranked goalie in the 2002 age group and the club’s second-round pick in 2018. A 6’5’ goalie who imposes with size and tracks the puck very well, Vrbetic played this past season with the Powassan VooDoos in the NOJHL and was called up for one game with the Battalion.
Trailing Vrbetic is another 2018 pick, Kyle Jackson. Jackson starred as a 16-year-old for the Ottawa Jr. Senators, scoring 12 goals and totalling 54 popints in 51 games played, numbers that resulted in him being named the CCHL Rookie of the Year. He saw 12 games for the Battalion and should be poised for a productive rookie season in the OHL.
North Bay’s first three selections in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection all came from the juggernaut Don Mills Flyers Minor Midget AAA team and they are reflected here in the Top 10. First-round pick Liam Arnsby is followed by twin brothers Paul and Alex Christopoulos, and the trio will bring a winning pedigree and outstanding leadership to the organization for the next few years.
Local boy David Campbell, who both played for the 2002 North Bay Trappers Minor Midget AAA team, will be a likely bet to crack the roster.
2019 draft picks Steven LaForme and Devon Savignac are two players who should not be slept on. We had both pegged a little higher than where they ended up getting picked and they are capable of proving that they indeed should have gone sooner.
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Created: Thursday, 25 April 2019 14:25
April 2019 update of the Top 10 Niagara IceDogs Prospects heading into the 2019-2020 season.
The IceDogs top spot sees our first non-2019 pick lead the way as top prospect. Niagara’s 3rd-round selection in 2018, Stephen Halliday fell there because of a commitment to the University of North Dakota which is still holding up after he played this past season in the USHL. Halliday features imposing power forward stature but comes with high-end skill and playmaking capabilities as well.
2019 first-round pick Isaac Enright waits on deck should it continue to look like Halliday won’t play in Niagara. Enright is a smart and industrious blueliner who can make the game look easy at times through his poise, awareness, and elusive agility that sees him never look panicked with the puck.
2002 birth-year forwards Cameron Snow and Ethan Sims are diminutive but skilled and dynamic players who are waiting in the wings. Sims saw four regular-season games with the IceDogs and figures to see full-time action next year, while it is interesting that the dynamo Snow remains unsigned and also without an NCAA commitment.
Niagara’s Top 10 features three goaltenders who will be battling to replace Stephen Dillon who incredibly played over 50 games in each of the past three seasons in the IceDogs net. Having been the backup this season, Christian Sbaraglia will have the inside track to be the new #1 guy, but will get a push from 2018 draft selection Joseph Tynan, and then down the road 2019 pick Josh Rosenzweig will challenge as well.
Landon Cato is another player the team was happy to sign quickly. The Toronto Nationals AAA product held a commitment to UMass-Amherst but quickly signed with the Dogs upon his third-round selection in this year’s draft. He is a defenseman with all the high-end athletic tools you can ask for and should be a mainstay on the team’s blueline for the years to come.
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Created: Wednesday, 24 April 2019 19:59
April 2019 update of the Top 10 Mississauga Steelheads Prospects heading into the 2019-2020 season.
2019 first-round pick Ethan Del Mastro headlines the Steelheads prospect pool. A Toronto Marlboros product, Del Mastro is a well-sized, agile defenseman who can make an imapact at both ends of the ice. He is a suffocating and physical defender who also adds an offensive threat with sharp instincts and a great shot.
Devlin O’Brien, an extremely intelligent and competitive forward, was one of our favourite picks from 2018 Priority Selection. He has an NCAA commitment to Merrimack College but we still have high hopes of seeing him in the OHL.
We are still trying to figure out why Drew Jeffers and Riley Rosenthal went where they did in the 2019 draft as we had them pegged much higher in our rankings. Both are big defensemen with great range and length in their game, both have serious potential and upside to be top 6 OHL defensemen, and neither have an NCAA commitment at this point.
Recent signings Luca Del Bel Belluz, Craig Spence and Max Dodig can be found in the Top 10, while a host of 2002 birth years drew consideration. Rylan Bowers and Myles Perry narrowly beat out the likes of Anthony Lamanna, Nathan Naves, Carson Whitson, and Brett Robertson, but the gap between those players is very minimal.
Another tough call was between 2019 selections Adam O’Marra and Josh Reid. As a third-round pick Reid will have the edge going into camp, but we favour O’Marra slightly at this point.
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Created: Wednesday, 24 April 2019 14:06
April 2019 update of the Top 10 London Knights Prospects heading into the 2019-2020 season.
Stuart Rolofs, the club’s first-round pick in 2019 leads a deep prospect pool that is heavy on players who have already seen significant success at the junior level. A big winger with a combination of power and finesse, Rolofs was able to showcase himself as much more than just a side-kick to linemate Connor Lockhart who was the third overall pick to the Erie Otters.
The 2018-19 season saw numerous Knights prospects thrive at the junior level. Sean McGurn, Ben Roger, Liam Whittaker, Brett Brochu, and Brayden Krieger all excelled and proved to be right on the cusp of the OHL. 2018 draft selections such as Brendan Mairs, Dario Beljo, Chase Strychaluk and Vincent Labelle fell short of this Top 10 but all showed considerable promise as well.
Avery Winslow is a player the Knights will certainly hope commits to playing in the league. The Florida native is an elite skating defenseman who would immediately jump into a top 6 role with the team.
2019 second-round picks Logan Mailloux and Max McCue will be given long looks at training camp, while fourth-round selection Liam Gilmartin would be higher on the list if not for his U.S. National U-17 commitment.
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