Created: Sunday, 07 January 2018 16:15
It was once again a deep and talented field for the 2017 edition of the Toronto Marlboros Holiday Classic Tournament, one of the top tournaments of the year and certainly one of the busiest. Spending time over the Holiday season packed in cold arenas and moving around from one location to the next isn’t exactly ideal, but for teenagers chasing their dreams of being drafted into the Ontario Hockey League, it’s a prime opportunity to showcase themselves as the season moves towards the stretch drive.
A massive 56-team field resulted in many of the usual suspects advancing to the playoff round, but that is where things got very interesting. Having rolled through everyone like a locomotive, the Toronto Marlboros were upset by the Vaughan Kings in the quarterfinals just when it looked like they would dominate their way to their third tournament win of the year. Vaughan, who would have then been considered the tournament favourite, fell to the Toronto. Jr. Canadiens in the semis. After an all GTHL semifinal, the championship game between the Jr. Canadiens and Don Mills Flyers went to overtime and finished with a dazzling individual effort from JRC’s Dylan Robinson which will go down as one of the most memorable moments of the year. Even more memorable than the goal however is the fact that the Jr. Canadiens won all eight of their games with six of them incredibly coming via a shutout of their opponent.
It was a highly entertaining event that TheScout.ca was proud to cover and produce the following report on. Director of Scouting Andrew Sykes and area scouts Mitch Avis and Jason Gray took in the exciting week of hockey and put down their thoughts to comment on a total of 153 players and combined their top performers to create our selections for the Top 20 performers of the tournament.
Please note and understand that due to such a big tournament spread out over several different locations and rinks, not all teams could be viewed equally.
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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.