Created: Wednesday, 17 April 2019 21:39
April 2019 update of the Top 10 Erie Otters Prospects heading into the 2019-2020 season.
Leading the way is 2019 1st round, 3rd overall pick Connor Lockhart. Lockhart is a dynamic skating center with elite playmaking skills. His ability to break down defenses with his speed and agility, and then beat goaltenders with precision shooting sets him up to be a top point-producer in the OHL.
Following Lockhart are two players who are signed and saw a few games with the Otters this past season; Elias Cohen and Noah Sedore. Both are speedy 2002 born players who are smaller in stature but big in their competitiveness, hockey IQ and versatility.
Ryan Alexander and Frankie Carogioiello are two more players from a strong 2018 draft by the Otters that management has surely been hard after. Alexander holds a commitment to Arizona St., while Carogioiello is committed to Miami-Ohio.
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Created: Wednesday, 17 April 2019 15:43
April 2019 update of the Top 10 Barrie Colts Prospects heading into the 2019-2020 season.
2019 1st round, 4th overall pick Brandt Clarke leads the way. An intelligent and competitive defenseman with dynamic offensive skills, he has the potential to become one of the top gamebreaking blueliners in the OHL.
After solid rookie seasons in the OJHL, left-winger Eric Russell and rearguard Austin D'Orazio should be expected to make the jump next year, while fellow 2018 draft selections Nathaniel Hanley and Matthew Coronato would be big gets should they choose to play for the Colts.
2019 second round pick Ryan Del Monte has a commitment to Harvard University but his secound round selection is encouraging.
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Created: Saturday, 30 March 2019 16:57
TheScout.ca presents our Final 2019 OHL Draft Ranking.
Leading the way is Exceptional Status 2004 birthdate Shane Wright, who despite being a year younger than his peers, has gone wire-to-wire as the top ranked player. Shane won’t have to look far for his teammates as fellow Don Mills Flyers stars hold the second, third and ninth spot in our rankings. The sharp-shooting and multi-faceted Brennan Othmann comes in at #2, the consensus pick as the top defenseman in the age group Brandt Clarke comes in at #3, and towering rearguard Roman Schmidt is our 9th ranked skater.
Mason McTavish and Connor Lockhart, two stars from the Ottawa area that we have gone back and forth on all year, hold down the 4th and 7th spots respectively.
The fifth and eighth spots sees another pair of teammates with Sasha Pastujov and Dylan Duke of the Compuware 16U team being our top two ranked American players in this year’s OHL Draft class.
Rounding out the top 10 is Jeremy Wilmer, an offensive dynamo from the North Jersey Avalanche.
In our Top 10 Goalie ranking, a difficult season-long process has culminated in North Bay Trappers netminder Ben Gaudreau taking the top spot as the best goalie prospect in the 2003 age group.
Area Scouts Ryan Stacey, Ryan Ferizovic, Brent Craswell, Jason Gray, Trevor Revoy, Enrico Caruso, and Spencer Elsby have joined Director of Scouting Andrew Sykes in contributing to this ranking.
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Created: Wednesday, 27 March 2019 19:45
We sent out a poll to our area scouts asking for their top 3 players in a number of categories. Players were assigned 3 points for a 1st place vote, 2 points for a 2nd place vote and 1 point for a 3rd place vote. The top three from each category are shown.
As should be expected, the poll is dominated by the Don Mills Flyers, particularly of course by the likes of Shane Wright, Brennan Othmann and Brandt Clarke. The three Don Mills Stars each were voted unanimous selections in certain categories while North Bay goalie Ben Gaudreau also received a unanimous vote.
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Created: Monday, 25 March 2019 19:05
TheScout.ca presents our 2019 OHL Cup Report. It includes comments on 120 players and our selections for the Top 20 Performers in the tournament.
Top 20 Performers
1. Shane Wright, C, Don Mills Flyers
What is there left to say about the underage phenom? He is the most complete player in the age group and does everything right. Offensively he did a great job setting up teammates and finding the back of the net. He carried the puck extremely well in all zones of the ice and remained at ease through traffic and pressure. Defensively he did a great job back–checking and tying up an opponent. He supported his defencemen well down low and ensured the puck was secured for his team as they commenced the breakout. He would get the overtime game–winning assist on Othmann’s goal.
2. Brennan Othmann, LW, Don Mills Flyers
Othmann once again displayed how formidable of an offensive player he is in this tournament. His dynamic shooting keeps literally everyone on the ice wondering what he’s going to do, and it makes his fantastic vision and passing ability that much more effective. Regardless of the shot type, strength, and position, he finds the back of the net the majority of the time. He would go on to register the overtime game–winning goal in the championship game.
3. Francesco Pinelli, C, Toronto Red Wings
Pinelli showed why he deserves to be a top ten pick in this year’s OHL draft. He has a great wrist shot and snap shot that he uses regularly to tally goals for his team. He is an excellent skater with great top speed, unbelievable acceleration, and elite edgework. He is very disciplined and never gets caught missing an assignment. Pinelli is everything you want in a front-line center.
4. Wyatt Johnston, C, Toronto Marlboros
Johnston is a skilled offensive dynamo who can beat you in a number of ways. A strong skater who understands the use of various routes, he elects to emphasize efficiency and applies himself accordingly. With a quick step and unlimited skill, he can make defenders look incapable and it allowed him to score a number of goals, a few of which generated some conversation amongst viewers.
5. Brandt Clarke, D, Don Mills Flyers
The most ‘200–foot’ defenceman in the age group, Brandt Clarke once again impressed everyone with his assertiveness in the defensive zone and his offensive prowess. He carries the puck well and tight to his body before making a hard pass or take a booming shot on goal. His physical play is excellent and keeps opponents looking over their shoulders. He plays tough in all zones of the ice and does whatever it takes to win.
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