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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Created: Wednesday, 31 January 2018 16:42
The 2017-18 Alliance Minor Midget AAA season saw a changing of the guard in terms of the front-running teams. In recent years, the top two spots have been owned by the London Jr. Knights and Waterloo Wolves who have battled each other for league supremacy almost every year. This season offered a different look with the Cambridge Hawks taking the league by storm, dropping just two of their 33 games. London, while not the dominant team we’ve seen in the past, still battled their way to a second-place finish in the regular season. Waterloo meanwhile hovered around .500 all year and will be met with the task of winning as the lower seed in their quarterfinal series.
This rare shift of power results in this year’s playoff being wide open. Cambridge will certainly be the heavy favourite, but after that any of the other seven teams should have no reason to believe that they can’t go on a run.
Director of Scouting Andrew Sykes and Alliance area scout Mitch Avis combine to break down the 2018 Alliance Minor Midget AAA playoffs, which is truly a case of “Why Not Us” – and it should offer a ton of excitement for everyone involved.
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Created: Friday, 12 January 2018 20:23
In the second part of our two part series of Inside the Scouting Notebook, we talk to our regional scouts from the OMHA ETA, GTHL, HEO and Northern Ontario loop and ask for their selections for Top Performers, Players to Watch and Personal Favourite Players.
The TOP PERFORMER from your region who you consider to have been the top player in the league to this point of the season.
A PLAYER TO WATCH from your region who has continually impressed with each viewing and received consideration to be your top performer in his own right.
A PERSONAL FAVOURITE who has grabbed your attention despite not being someone who has received the attention that some of his peers have.
Participating in this poll were area scouts Trevor Revoy (ETA), Chris Bowen and Jason Gray (GTHL) Brent Craswell and Mat Milberry (HEO), and Brandon Wright (GNML)
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