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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Created: Saturday, 04 November 2017 14:43
Now two months into the 2017-18 minor-midget season, we have learned that the 2002 age group is one with great high-end talent and the depth to match. TheScout.ca team has worked feverously in the early stages of the year to get comfortable with each region in order to begin sorting out rankings. The process is a challenge and near impossible to get right this early, but that is the beauty of it. Things are certain to change considerably as we move past big events such as the Border Battle and Silver Stick in November, league playoffs, and culminating with the OHL Cup.
2017-18 Minor Midget Season Outlook
One factor that has thrown more of a wrench into the mix this year than others is how so many of the top American players committed to NCAA schools very early, leaving their status in terms of the OHL in question. Our top ranked skater playing south of the border is Antonio Stranges of the Little Caesars U16 club. Stranges is a University of Michigan commit, and while his hold on being the top U.S. player is firm, he will be challenged by the likes of New Jersey native Jason Siedem, Honeybaked teammates Sahil Panwar and Tanner Latsch, Wyatt Shingoethe from the Chicago Mission, and Jacob Truscott who suits up for Little Caesars U15 team.
In Ontario, what was thought to be a two-horse race for the top spot coming in has been quickly put to rest because of the incredible play of Quinton Byfield. A special player on a dominant York-Simcoe team, Byfield has been the story of the season thus far with many believing that he is the best minor midget AAA prospect since Connor McDavid. Thought to be his challenger, Dylan Peterson has gotten off to a slow start with CIHA in Ottawa and starts as our #3 ranked player. Our top-ranked defenseman, Jamie Drysdale grabs the #2 spot thanks to his flawless skating and ability to control and dictate a game in any way he wants.
Another storyline that needs mention is the dominance of a group of teams in Ontario that many of the players at the top of this year’s draft will come from. The Toronto Marlboros, York-Simcoe Express, Vaughan Kings, Mississauga Reps and Oakville Rangers are all stacked squads and a massive chunk of the first two rounds should come from these teams.
For our subscribers, stay tuned for our coverage of the Battle of the Border HPHL Showcase event and Whitby Silver Stick Tournament. Upon the completion of the Silver Stick tournament, our scouts will collaborate and introduce a NEW Ranking in early December with expanded names. There is sure to be plenty of movement.
With that, TheScout.ca is proud to announce our Initial 2018 OHL Draft Ranking, featuring a Top 50 skater ranking and some honourable mentions that have proven to be worthy talents as top players to watch and will surely challenge this Top 50 group as the year develops. Also included is a Top 10 goalie ranking which will be expanded to Top 20 in the next ranking.
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Stay tuned for a lot more content as we cotinue to add Player Profiles, Game Reports, and more!!
Created: Tuesday, 24 October 2017 13:59
Toronto Titans 4 vs. Toronto Jr. Canadiens 2Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017Report filed by: Chris BowenChristian Trianni – G (Toronto Titans)
The main reason why the Titans were able to pul out the win. Made a number of high quality saves and had great rebound control all game. Made a big desperation save where he stacked the pads to rob a Jr. Canadiens forward during the second period to preserve a one goal lead. First star of the night.
Read more: GTHL Game Report: Toronto Titans vs. Toronto Jr. Canadiens, Oct. 21, 2017
Created: Saturday, 14 October 2017 14:50
It was a great gathering of talent in London over the Thanksgving weekend as minor midget AAA teams competed in the Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament.
Always one of the top tournaments of the scouting season, the 2017 edition may have been one of the best in recent years with a loaded field of top teams and high-end talent.Everyone in attendance saw the York-Simcoe Express, an absolute locomotive of a team, blitz through everyone on route to the championship. They were led by the jaw-dropping Quinton Byfield who put on a show unlike any we’ve seen in minor midget in several years.
The tournament featured some shocking upsets which saw the likes of the high-powered Toronto Marlboros and Vaughan Kings bow out much earlier than expected. Even more surprising however was the run that the North York Rangers went on, defying all expectations and predictions by defeating top teams and embarking on the unlikeliest of runs all the way to the final game on Sunday.
TheScout.ca team was proud to have the tournament covered from start to finish with Director of Scouting Andrew Sykes and area scouts Mitch Avis, Matt Stewart, Jason Gray, Joe Highgate and Branden Scott all taking in the action and contributing to the following report.
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Created: Tuesday, 03 October 2017 13:09
Toronto Marlboros vs. Toronto Nationals
Date: September 29, 2017
Report filed by: Jason Gray
Jamie Drysdale, D, Toronto Marlboros
An absolute treat to watch skate the way he can evade defenders with ease. He lures you in on the attack and then escapes pressure with what looks like little effort. He always squares his shoulders north while skating to ensure a smooth and proper pass to his teammates. His persistence with or without the puck is a thing of beauty and rarely do you ever seem him stand still or get caught flat footed. He closes gaps and maintains offensive pressure with his elite skating and ability to anticipate the play. Rarely is a pass or shot blocked or picked off as he can change the angle so quickly that defenders are unable to react. A gifted player who projects to be a top pair defender at the next level.
Riley Piercey, F, Toronto Marlboros
An excellent penalty killer who forces turnovers, and as a result of those turnovers, generated a short handed goal in this affair. A big, tall rangy power-forward who will only get better as he adds strength to a fairly slight frame. Strong, smooth skater who finds openings and lanes to result in scoring chances. Was prevented from a multi-goal game from two great saves by the Nats goalie.
Read more: Game of the Week: Toronto Marlboros vs. Toronto Nationals