Created: Monday, 11 March 2019 18:00
TheScout.ca breaks down the 2019 OHL Cup with players to watch and a tournament outlook for each team
*With uncertainty surrounding theTPH rosters, their preview will be added later*
Wild Card Teams:
North Central Predators
Top Prospects To Watch: Connor Punnett, Cole Patey, Ethan Larmand, Nicholas Dowling
Don’t Sleep On: Jacob Ventrella, Meguire Naughton, Chas Sharpe, Aaron Zurawski, Riley Pitt, Cole Quevillon, Wade Monague
Outlook: The Preds should be considered favourites in their wild-card match-up with the Mississauga Sens. A win puts them into the Nash division which is probably the toughest group in the tournament. Depth is the name of the game for this team but they will need to come up with timely goals if they hope to be playing on Saturday.
Top Prospects To Watch: Braeden Kressler, Jacob Frasca, Ethan Esposito, Eric Bonisteel
Don’t Sleep On: Everett Shimwell, Chris Bertucci, James Norton, Jake Hugessen
Outlook: The Sens are the opposite of their wild-card opponents North Central as overall depth is a weakness for them. They do however have difference-makers in the likes of Braeden Kressler, Jacob Frasca and Ethan Esposito along with a solid goaltending duo. If they are able to beat the Preds, expect those three aforementioned players to have a big hand in it.
North York Rangers
Top Prospects To Watch: Vlad Dvurechenskii, Patrick Saini, Christian Campanelli, Bryce Richardson, Luca Rea, Brandon Kremer
Don’t Sleep On: Logan Dittenhafer, Kevin Liu, Isa Parekh, Braedon Donnelly, Ryan Medelssohn, Tony Theodropoulos
Outlook: A win over Niagara in an evenly-matched contest would put the Rangers into the Subban division which should be a fairly wide open group. North York has had some good tournament showings this season and with low expectations and an underdog mentality they could surprise some opponents.
Niagara North Stars
Top Prospects To Watch: Parker Hendsbee, Matteo Giampa, Connor Federkow
Don’t Sleep On: Liam Shewdyk, Nathan Zadorozny, Jacob Cielen-Gough, MacGregor Armstrong, Owen Faris
Outlook: An interesting team who has been tough to figure out this season, the North Stars will hope to play their best hockey when it matters most. A hard-working team with a sense of feistiness to them, they could make things interesting in group play should they win their wild-card game with North York.
Guelph Jr. Gryphons
Top Prospects To Watch: Ty Anselmini, Dylan Richardson, Mark McIntosh, Ryan Cook,
Don’t Sleep On: Ethan Broderick, Jackson Phillips, Dylan Hudon, Henry Turner
Outlook: Guelph will take on the London Jr. Knights and a win over the Knights puts them into the Shanahandivision along with the Toronto Marlboros and Detroit Compuware. With questions surrounding Compuware’s roster however, a spot in the quarterfinals is not out of the question. Ty Anselmini has been the Gryphons’s leader all season and we expect him to play that role again here.
Read more: 2019 OHL Cup Preview
Created: Friday, 08 March 2019 15:49
The Whitby Wildcats claimed the 2019 OMHA Minor Midget Championship on home ice to wrap up the ETA and SCTA seasons.
After going 30-1-5 in the regular season, Whitby was upset in the ETA semi-finals by the York-Simcoe Express, but their status as hosts got them into the OMHA Championship field nonetheless. Led by their dominant top line of Brenden Sirizzotti, Thomas Johnston, and Ryan Winterton, the Wildcats went a perfect 5-0 over the weekend, outscoring their opponents 22-4 in four round-robin games and then shutting out Halton 5-0 in the championship game.
In the bronze medal game, York-Simcoe knocked off Quinte to earn a well deserved medal considering they were the team who eliminated Whitby in the playoffs.
TheScout.ca was in attendance with SCTA scout Ryan Stacey covering the event from start to finish and compiling the following report which includes selections for the Top 10 Performers, comments on 36 total players, and more honourable mentions.
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Created: Friday, 08 March 2019 15:03
*from the Ontario Hockey League
Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the final schedule for the 2019 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament powered by Under Armour and hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League.
The action takes place March 12-18 beginning at Toronto’s Scotiabank Pond with four Wild Card Play-In Games on Tuesday, followed by 40 Round-Robin Tournament Games through Friday. Quarter-Finals are set for Saturday morning with Semi-Finals being played on Saturday evening. The Championship Final is set for Monday March 18 and will be played at Mattamy Athletic Centre at 7:00 pm.
2019 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Wild Card Play-In Schedule:
Tuesday March 12, 2019:
WC1 – 10:00 am – North Central Predators vs Mississauga Senators
WC2 – 12:00 pm – North York Rangers vs Niagara North Stars
WC3 – 2:00 pm – Loser of London Jr. Knights / Waterloo Wolves vs. Guelph Gryphons
WC4 – 4:00 pm – Winner of London Jr. Knights / Waterloo Wolves vs. Mississauga Rebels
2019 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament Powered by Under Armour Alignment:
Don Mills Flyers (GTHL Finalist)
York Simcoe Express (OMHA Bronze)
Windsor Jr. Spitfires (ALLIANCE 3)
Detroit Little Caesars (USA Invite)
ALLIANCE (1) (Winner of Brantford 99’ers vs. Kitchener Jr. Rangers)
Halton Hurricanes (OMHA Silver)
Toronto Nationals (GTHL Semi-Finalist)
TPH (USA Invite)
Toronto Marlboros (GTHL Finalist)
Quinte Red Devils (OMHA Semi-Finalist)
Thunder Bay Kings (HNO Rep)
Detroit Compuware (USA Invite)
Whitby Wildcats (OMHA Gold)
ALLIANCE (2) (Loser of Brantford 99’ers vs. Kitchener Jr. Rangers)
Toronto Red Wings (GTHL Semi-Finalist)
Team NOHA (NOHA Rep)
Read more: 2019 OHL Cup Schedule