Created: Saturday, 23 December 2017 15:42
As is always the case, things have changed considerably since our Initial OHL Draft Ranking in early November. Some of the biggest events of the season such as The Battle of the Border and the Whitby Silver Stick Tournament, along with tournament stops in Brantford and Waterloo, and some league showcase weekends result in anyone who follows closely gaining a better feel for the overall talent pool.
Our Top 10 remains mostly the same with Quinton Byfield (York-Simcoe Express), Jamie Drysdale (Toronto Marlboros), Antonio Stranges (Little Caesars 16U), Dylan Peterson (CIHA), Cole Perfetti (Vaughan Kings), Cameron Tolnai (Oakville Rangers), and Lleyton Moore (Toronto Marlboros) all within the top seven spots again. They are joined by three newcomers in Cameron Peters (Toronto Marlboros), Stephen Halliday (Toronto Marlboros), and Owen Power (Mississauga Reps) who round out the Top 10.
You'll notice that four members of the Toronto Marlboros are in the Top 10 with a few others just on the outside looking in, evidence of how truly impressive of a squad they are. The Marlboros and players from other GTHL teams dominate the Top 40 and we expect that to be the case through the first two rounds on draft day.
In the next week, you can expect our first edition of “Inside the Scouting Notebook.” This feature piece polls our area scouts as they list top players from their regions who they feel deserve special recognition. We will also have coverage of the Toronto Marlboros Holiday Classic and a tournament report to follow.
Without further ado, TheScout.ca is proud to offer our 2018 OHL Draft Mid-Season Rankings- Top 100:
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Created: Friday, 08 December 2017 18:15
For the first time, the Alliance decided to have two separate Minor Midget AAA showcase weekends. The first one was held early in the season in Windsor, while this one was held in Woodstock to also tie in with the Alliance Minor Midget AAA All-Star game.
The two showcases have provided a good barometer from the beginning of the season to this point, showing who has continued to play well and who has elevated their play over that time fame. Area scout Mitch Avis was on hand to once again check out the best that the Alliance has to offer among the 2002 age group and filed the following report:
His top performer over the weekend was Cambridge centre Joe Serpa who has impressed all season long with his nifty playmaking ability, staking his claim as the top prospect out of the Alliance this season in the process.
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Created: Saturday, 02 December 2017 16:30
Arguably the most exciting tournament of the Minor Midget AAA scouting season, The Whitby Silver Stick Tournament always provides a good measuring stick for scouts on players eligible for the OHL Priority Selection. There is a different feel in most every Silver Stick game as the intensity and calibre of play reaches a higher level than at any other time up to this point in the season. With almost three months under their belts, players are in mid-season form with all of the rust knocked off of their game. The tournament field is loaded with highly talented teams from across the province and Michigan, and there is a heightened familiarity with their own team as well as their opponents.
The Toronto Marlboros, who are one of the most impressive teams we have seen at the minor midget level steamrolled their way through the competition and took the title with a victory over the Oakville Rangers in the final.
TheScout.ca was in Whitby from start to finish with Director of Scouting Andrew Sykes being joined by area scouts Matt Stewart, Ryan Stacey, Chris Bowen, Mitch Avis, Jason Gray and Matt Grainda who combined to put together the following report.
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Created: Sunday, 19 November 2017 14:58
In what was a busy scouting weekend, the 2017 Dale Parker Memorial Tournament in Brantford provided a much different take than it’s counterpart of the weekend, the Battle of the Border in Windsor. While the latter was known to have marquee teams with some of the elite prospects in the 2002 age group, the former provided a great chance for different teams and players who may have been a little off the radar up to this point of the season.
The 13-team field offered a chance for squads who hadn’t yet enjoyed much in the way of tournament success to do just that, while at the same time allowing for more exposure for talented players to shine through. In the end, the Whitby Wildcats claimed the tournament championship with a 5-1 over the host Brantford 99ers. Led by the likes of Christian Stevens and Ben VanWaterschoot, the soon-to-be Silver Stick host were too much for the 99ers who continued to receive major contributions from two underage players, forward Maddox Callens and defenseman Cole Hipkin.
Area scouts Matt Stewart (SCTA) and Mitch Avis (Alliance) took in the action and contributed to the following report, including combining their selections for the Top 10 Performers of the event.
Created: Friday, 17 November 2017 14:48
From November 10-12, Windsor played host to the 2017 Battle of the Border, an OHL showcase event that pitted six of the top 16U programs from the HPHL against six of Ontario’s top minor midget teams. Team managements from across North America packed the WFCU Centre for a look at elite talent from both sides of the border and were treated with some very entertaining hockey. The event was also highlighted by seminars and information sessions on what to expect if the Ontario Hockey League becomes their hockey path.
TheScout.ca had eyes on this marquee event with Director of Scouting Andrew Sykes covering it from start to finish. U.S. scout Matt Grainda also took in some of the action and they contributed to the following report.
The Battle of the Border, along with the upcoming Silver Stick tournament in Whitby, will factor largely in our Mid-Season Rankings which will be released in December.
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