Created: Sunday, 28 April 2019 14:00
April 2019 update of the Top 10 Saginaw Spirit Prospects heading into the 2019-2020 season.
The Spirit prospect pool is loaded on ‘what-ifs,’ and several big time players who would have been considered gambles on draft day are featured in this Top 10, and several more are on the outside.
Leading the group is 2019 third-round pick Dylan Duke who was our eighth ranked player in the entire 2003 age group. Committed to the University of Michigan as well as having an offer from the U.S. National Team Program, Duke’s third-round selection hints that those options may not be that strong. An outstanding 200 ft. center, the Compuware product is a complete hockey player with advanced intelligence in all areas and situations with the skill and efficiency to match.
Others in the Top 10 with ties elsewhere include 2017 pick Nicholas Zabaneh, 2018 pick Mitchell Smith, and an intriguing one in Eamon Powell. Powell's 2019 draft selection should pique curiosity since he is a very talented player who went undrafted in his initial year because of a commitment to Boston College and his electing to play for the U.S. National Program.
The club’s top two picks in the 2019 draft, defenseman Connor Punnett and winger Josh Bloom follow Duke and will be good bets to be signed shortly and begin their OHL careers as 16-year-olds in 2019-2020. Fellow 2003 birth-years Davis Codd, Roberto Mancini and Griffin Jurecki add to what was a strong draft by GM Dave Drinkill and his staff.
It will be interesting to see if Sebastian Bulovs can come in and earn a spot at the team’s training camp. Bulovs is a very talented forward with dynamic and lethal offensive attributes who could be a dangerous scoring threat if he puts it all together.
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Created: Saturday, 27 April 2019 20:27
April 2019 update of the Top 10 Peterborough Petes Prospects heading into the 2019-2020 season.
Headlining the group without question is 2019 fifth-overall pick Mason McTavish. McTavish was an utterly dominant player this past season with the Pembroke Lumberkings in the HEO Midget AAA league with his tremendously impressive combination of strength and quick-footedness added to gifted stickhandling and supreme finishing abilities. Much like the Petes first-round selection a year go Will Cuylle, McTavish’s interest in the team is in question and fans will be nervous about the prospects of him donning a Petes sweater.
2018 third-round selection Jack Bar follows McTavish and is a question mark as well. A stellar two-way rearguard, Bar is committed to Harvard University and played this past season with St. Andrew’s College in Aurora. GM Mike Oke will have his work cut out for him to try and get Bar signed but it certainly can’t be ruled out at this point.
2019 draft selections center Jon-Randall Avon, defenseman Artem Guryev, and goaltender Michael Simpson are all players with nice potential moving forward. Fellow 2019 birth years Cole Patey and Tucker Robertson were excellent value picks who should develop quickly into solid contributors.
Forwards Matthew Perciballi and Jackson Kirk are yet to be signed by the club, but they both figure to be ready for OHL duty.
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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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