Created: Wednesday, 07 March 2018 16:01
With a month to go until the 2018 OHL Priority Selection, what better time than now for us here at TheScout.ca to take a crack at a Mock Draft. Having covered the 2002 Minor Midget AAA age group for the past six months, we feel that we have a good enough handle on who the potential top picks in this year’s draft will be.
This will be the first of two mock drafts we will release, with the second coming following the OHL Cup as a part of our OHL Draft Guide.
About the Mock Draft:
The selections were made by nine of our scouts who alternated with his each pick and acted as the GM/management of the OHL team they were picking for. Taking part are: Director of Scouting Andrew Sykes along with area scouts Matt Stewart (SCTA, Matt Grainda (USA), Brent Craswell (HEO), Mitch Avis (Alliance), Chris Bowen (GTHL), Jason Gray (GTHL), Trevor Revoy (ETA), and Ryan Stacey (SCTA)
Selections were based primarily off who we felt the respective team SHOULD take, meaning, we did not factor in situational aspects such as trying to decipher who would and wouldn’t report to a team. **Some discretion however was used on players who have NCAA commitments which could affect their status with OHL teams.**
Please keep in mind that this is more of an opinion of who we think the certain team SHOULD take, as opposed to a prediction. We can not pretend to know what the teams are thinking or who they might be leaning towards. Also, unlike professional sports, there are so many different factors at play with the OHL Draft, and we can’t pretend to have a crystal ball that would get us even close to accurately predicting what is going on behind the scenes. Thus, we feel it is best to simply make these mock selections of who WE would take, rather than predict who THEY will take.
- Danill Chayka (Toronto Jr. Canadiens) and Andrei Bakanov (Oakland Grizzlies 16U) are two Russian players who would be highly considered for the 1st-round, but have not yet been granted eligiblity
- Draft order as of Sunday, March 4
Without further ado, TheScout.ca is glad to offer this initial look at the first-round of 2018 OHL Priority Selection
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Created: Tuesday, 06 March 2018 16:29
The finalists from the SCTA, the Oakville Rangers and Guelph Gryphons, ETA finalists York-Simcoe Express and Barrie Jr. Colts, along with a wild-card in the Quinte Red Devils gathered in Aurora at the St. Andrew’s College Arena for the OMHA Minor Midget AAA Championships on March 2-4.
Led by likely first-overall pick Quinton Byfield, the York-Simcoe Express proved to be the class of the field, going 3-1 in the round-robin portion and then defeating the Guelph Gryphons 3-1 in the Gold Medal game.
With the top four teams automatically advancing to the 2018 OHL Cup, the Express will be joined by the Gryphons, Barrie Colts and Oakville Rangers, while the Quinte Red Devils will have a chance to book their spot in a wild-card game.
GTHL area scout Jason Gray was close by and dipped into the OMHA to file the following report of the weekend action.
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Created: Friday, 02 February 2018 18:24
The ten teams from the OMHA-SCTA division gathered in St. Catherines January 27-28 for the league’s Showcase Weekend. Scheduled much later than the other league’s showcases, each team played twice to allow players to show how they have progressed over the course of the season.
SCTA area scout Ryan Stacey was on hand and filed the following report which includes comments on 40 players.
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Created: Friday, 02 February 2018 16:10
The top four seeds all won their quarterfinal series which sets up for what will be a remarkable semifinal as usual in the GTHL Minor Midget AAA division. The four remaining teams, the Toronto Marlboros, Vaughan Kings, Mississauga Reps and Toronto. Jr. Canadiens make up four of the top 5 spots in the current OHL Cup rankings with each of the four teams being more than capable of winning the GTHL and OHL Cup championships. The amount of talent between these four teams is absurd and playoff series will be some of the most entertaining hockey you will see in Ontario at any level.
Director of Scouting Andrew Sykes provides the folowing breakdown of the GTHL semifinal matchups.
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Created: Thursday, 01 February 2018 18:10
The OHMA-ETA league was a top-heavy one this season with considerable dominance from three teams, the York-Simcoe Express, Barrie Colts and Peterborough Petes. All three have league championship aspirations as well as the potential to make a run at the OHL Cup. Neither figure to be overly-challenged in their quarterfinal series but as they move towards the semifinals and finals, you can expect to see some of the most competitive and entertaining hockey you will see all year with a ton of top talent.
Director of Scouting Andrew Sykes provides a breakdown of the ETA quarterfinal matchups.
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