Created: Saturday, 27 April 2019 15:09
April 2019 update of the Top 10 Owen Sound Attack Prospects heading into the 2019-2020 season.
General Manager Dale DeGray and his staff will be continuing to work on the club’s second-round pick in 2018 Josh Barnes who headlines our Top 10 Attack prospects. Barnes was a top 15 talent in that draft but a commitment to Penn St. University kept him on the board longer. The Cornwall native is a gifted offensive player with high-level skill and goal-scoring ability.
2019 first-round selection Deni Goure, while not quite at the level of Barnes offensively, is similar with his quick stickhandling ability and great shot. Add in good size, strength on the puck, and a terrific work-ethic, and you have someone who should be able to find his way to a productive rookie season in the OHL.
Goure is a part of a strong 2019 draft that featured several players whom we were high on. The likes of Ethan Burroughs, San Sedley, Gibson Homer and Jack Guvenal were players we considered to be underrated commodities this year, and all of them make their way into the top 10. Third-round selection Kaleb Lawrence is one we aren’t yet sure about and were surprised with his high selection. He falls just short of the list but is certainly one to watch and capable of proving us wrong.
Likewise, Nathan Small, Brody Waters and Ryan Stansel were players from the 2018 draft that we liked considerably as well. All three enjoyed quality seasons and will push for roster spots. Waters in particular was off to a great start averaging over a point per game in his first Junior B season before an injury cut his season short to just 21 regular season games.
The aforementioned Homer is the lone goalie on the list, while Nic Chenard was another consideration. Both are 6’5” goalies who will push Andrew MacLean for the backup position behind Mack Guzda.
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Created: Friday, 26 April 2019 19:52
April 2019 update of the Top 10 Ottawa 67’s Prospects heading into the 2019-2020 season.
The 67’s would be our pick as having the best draft in 2019 and the club’s first-round selection Jack Matier leads the way in our Top 10 Ottawa 67’s Prospects. Matier is a tall, smooth-skating blueliner who plays with great composure in all areas of the ice and in all facets of the game, and should be an effective all-situations anchor in the years to come.
The 67’s nailed their next few picks after Matier as well with the likes of Jack Beck, Brenden Sirizzotti, Thomas Johnston, Teddy Sawyer and Ranvir Gil. Beck, Sirizzotti, and Sawyer join Matier as players from the 2019 draft that the team has already signed.
Goaltender Will Cranley, a second-round pick in 2018, appeared in 11 games this season with the 67’s and is surely destined to begin next year as the back up to Cedrick Andree. Yanic Crete also saw 14 games of action this year and will be ready for a full-time spot and a productive rookie season in 2019-20
There are a host of big name players playing south of the border that are sure to have noticed the success in the nation’s capital this season. The likes of 2018 draft picks Colby Ambrosio, Dylan Peterson and Chase Bradley, along with 2019 picks Jeremy Wilmer, Davis Burnside and Tyler Boucher would all immediately be on this list and higher if they were to announce commitment to the club.
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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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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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