Created: Tuesday, 23 April 2019 20:08
April 2019 update of the Top 10 Kitchener Rangers Prospects heading into the 2019-2020 season.
Francesco Pinelli was TheScout.ca’s 6th ranked player overall in the 2003 age group and surprisingly fell to the Rangers at 13th overall in the draft. The Toronto Red Wings product is a high-end 200 ft. center with elite skating and playmaking attributes. Pinelli leads the way as the Rangers top prospect, and while he just fell short of the top 10, his brother Anthony will also be in the mix to crack the roster next season.
2019 second-round pick Roman Schmidt is one of the most curious cases of all OHL eligible prospects. A towering 6’5” defenseman with outstanding puck-moving and two-way ability, Schmidt is a dual-citizen who holds a commitment to Boston University and also has a spot on the U.S. National U17 team should he choose that route. His second-round selection however gives confidence to Rangers fans that they will see him in a uniform.
Recent signing Simon Motew was an excellent pick in the fourth-round this year and projects to be a swift-skating, puck-moving rearguard in his career.The Rangers also have an older group of prospects who are narrowing in on roster spots with the likes of 2018 draft selections Joseph Serpa and Kyle Van Compernolle having put themselves in good position with strong follow up seasons.
Kitchener hasn’t been afraid to draft players with NCAA commitments the last couple of years and the likes of Caden Brown, Declan McDonnell, Simon Mack and Carter Schade would all be in this top 10 if they were indeed OHL bound. Brown, the son of Jeff Brown and brother of Logan, is the highest ranked of that group given his OHL bloodline ties.
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Created: Tuesday, 23 April 2019 13:25
April 2019 update of the Top 10 Kingston Frontenacs Prospects heading into the 2019-2020 season.
Shane Wright, arguably the best 15-year-old hockey player in the world, leads the way of course after being selected by the Frontenacs first-overall in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection as an exceptional status underage player. Wright is gifted in every aspect of the game and has the intelligence and driven nature that puts him on the short list of the most impressive individuals the sport has seen at his age.
2019 second round pick Francesco Arcuri follows his Don Mills Flyers teammate and adds to a strong draft class that includes the likes of Maddox Callens, Braden Hache, Owen Watson, Max Smolinski and Jake Coleman who all made the list. Smolinski is one who would cetainly be higher if his OHL intentions were more clear.
You don’t always see 16-year-old goalies starting for a team at any junior level, so what Matt Onuska has done in backstopping his Waterloo Siskins to the GOJHL Sutherland cup Finals has been nothing short of spectacular. Onuska was our 11th ranked goalie for the 2018 draft and has certainly taken the opportunity he was given and ran with it, to become one of the top goaltending prospects who played outside of the OHL this season.
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Created: Friday, 19 April 2019 19:07
April 2019 update of the Top 10 Hamilton Bulldogs Prospects heading into the 2019-2020 season.
2019 first-round pick Ryan Winterton narrowly takes the top spot over Marco Costantini. Winterton is a very well-rounded player who is pretty complete as an offensive player, while Costantini was our third ranked goalie from the 2002 age group and is coming off a strong first junior season with the Hamilton Kilty B’s in the GOHJL.
2019 SCTA Minor Midget AAA Player of the Year Lawson Sherk is not far off either having really asserted himself as a top flight player in the second half of his season with the Halton Hurricanes.
George Diaco signed with the Bulldogs late in the season and is still in the midst of an excellent rookie year with the London Nationals who are closing in on a Sutherland Cup GOJHL Championship. Cole O’Hara and Kaleb Nelson are fellow diminutive yet highly-skilled and creative players who add to the Bulldogs offensive flare, although O’Hara holds a commitment to UMass-Amherst.
Also cracking the top 10 are two defenseman from the OHL Cup runners-up Toronto Red Wings, Chandler Romeo and Owen Simpson.
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Created: Thursday, 18 April 2019 21:45
April 2019 update of the Top 10 Guelph Storm Prospects heading into the 2019-2020 season.
2019 first-round pick Danny Zhilkin headlines a strong prospect pool for the Storm. Zhilkin’s speed, skill, playmaking, and scoring ability give him the chance to have a productive rookie season in the OHL
The likes of Matthew Papais, Ben McFarlane and Luca Profaca all saw some time with the Storm this season and will be excited for full time duty in the 2019-2020 season.
Forward Jack Devine and defenseman Dylan Gratton were two gambles in this year’s draft and Gratton in particular is one to keep an eye on. Most would have expected him to go later in the Draft given his options south of the border, so his fourth-round selection is interesting. The fact that he was not selected to the U.S. National U17 team also adds to the intrigue.For a 15th round pick with no NCAA commitment to be in this Top 10 speaks volumes to what we think of Joseph Teasdale.
There are some big time players with Guelph ties but the likes of Sasha Pastujov, Spencer Smith, Eric Ciccolini, and Dylan and Ty Jackson seem unlikely to don Storm sweaters any time soon and are subsequently left out of the Top 10.
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Created: Thursday, 18 April 2019 13:32
April 2019 update of the Top 10 Flint Firebirds Prospects heading into the 2019-2020 season.
Brennan Othmann, the team’s first-round, second overall pick in the recent OhL Priority Selection leads the way. Othmann was TheScout.ca’s second ranked prospect for the draft which made him our top ranked 2003-born player since first-overall pick Shane Wright was born in 2004. The Don Mills Flyers product is as complete of a hockey player as you can be, featuring a superior intellect for the game and exceptional shooting attributes.
After Othmann is Owen Power, who is one of the most coveted OHL eligible players playing outside of the league. A top 10 talent in the 2002 draft class, the Firebirds took him in the second round which is where he fell because of a commitment to the University of Michigan. Power stayed on the path to that commitment and played this past season with the Chicago Steel in the USHL, but Flint will be hoping that their improved environment and impending success can lure him into a Firebirds sweater.
Another draft day gamble, Ty Gallagher (Miami-Ohio and U.S. National Team option) ranks high on the list, but as a Michigan native there is plenty of opportunity for communication.
The top 10 also includes two goaltenders in Christian Linton and Chase Clark, while another goaltending prospect James Gray just missed out.
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