Created: Saturday, 30 March 2019 16:57
TheScout.ca presents our Final 2019 OHL Draft Ranking.
Leading the way is Exceptional Status 2004 birthdate Shane Wright, who despite being a year younger than his peers, has gone wire-to-wire as the top ranked player. Shane won’t have to look far for his teammates as fellow Don Mills Flyers stars hold the second, third and ninth spot in our rankings. The sharp-shooting and multi-faceted Brennan Othmann comes in at #2, the consensus pick as the top defenseman in the age group Brandt Clarke comes in at #3, and towering rearguard Roman Schmidt is our 9th ranked skater.
Mason McTavish and Connor Lockhart, two stars from the Ottawa area that we have gone back and forth on all year, hold down the 4th and 7th spots respectively.
The fifth and eighth spots sees another pair of teammates with Sasha Pastujov and Dylan Duke of the Compuware 16U team being our top two ranked American players in this year’s OHL Draft class.
Rounding out the top 10 is Jeremy Wilmer, an offensive dynamo from the North Jersey Avalanche.
In our Top 10 Goalie ranking, a difficult season-long process has culminated in North Bay Trappers netminder Ben Gaudreau taking the top spot as the best goalie prospect in the 2003 age group.
Area Scouts Ryan Stacey, Ryan Ferizovic, Brent Craswell, Jason Gray, Trevor Revoy, Enrico Caruso, and Spencer Elsby have joined Director of Scouting Andrew Sykes in contributing to this ranking.
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Created: Wednesday, 27 March 2019 19:45
We sent out a poll to our area scouts asking for their top 3 players in a number of categories. Players were assigned 3 points for a 1st place vote, 2 points for a 2nd place vote and 1 point for a 3rd place vote. The top three from each category are shown.
As should be expected, the poll is dominated by the Don Mills Flyers, particularly of course by the likes of Shane Wright, Brennan Othmann and Brandt Clarke. The three Don Mills Stars each were voted unanimous selections in certain categories while North Bay goalie Ben Gaudreau also received a unanimous vote.
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Created: Monday, 25 March 2019 19:05
TheScout.ca presents our 2019 OHL Cup Report. It includes comments on 120 players and our selections for the Top 20 Performers in the tournament.
Top 20 Performers
1. Shane Wright, C, Don Mills Flyers
What is there left to say about the underage phenom? He is the most complete player in the age group and does everything right. Offensively he did a great job setting up teammates and finding the back of the net. He carried the puck extremely well in all zones of the ice and remained at ease through traffic and pressure. Defensively he did a great job back–checking and tying up an opponent. He supported his defencemen well down low and ensured the puck was secured for his team as they commenced the breakout. He would get the overtime game–winning assist on Othmann’s goal.
2. Brennan Othmann, LW, Don Mills Flyers
Othmann once again displayed how formidable of an offensive player he is in this tournament. His dynamic shooting keeps literally everyone on the ice wondering what he’s going to do, and it makes his fantastic vision and passing ability that much more effective. Regardless of the shot type, strength, and position, he finds the back of the net the majority of the time. He would go on to register the overtime game–winning goal in the championship game.
3. Francesco Pinelli, C, Toronto Red Wings
Pinelli showed why he deserves to be a top ten pick in this year’s OHL draft. He has a great wrist shot and snap shot that he uses regularly to tally goals for his team. He is an excellent skater with great top speed, unbelievable acceleration, and elite edgework. He is very disciplined and never gets caught missing an assignment. Pinelli is everything you want in a front-line center.
4. Wyatt Johnston, C, Toronto Marlboros
Johnston is a skilled offensive dynamo who can beat you in a number of ways. A strong skater who understands the use of various routes, he elects to emphasize efficiency and applies himself accordingly. With a quick step and unlimited skill, he can make defenders look incapable and it allowed him to score a number of goals, a few of which generated some conversation amongst viewers.
5. Brandt Clarke, D, Don Mills Flyers
The most ‘200–foot’ defenceman in the age group, Brandt Clarke once again impressed everyone with his assertiveness in the defensive zone and his offensive prowess. He carries the puck well and tight to his body before making a hard pass or take a booming shot on goal. His physical play is excellent and keeps opponents looking over their shoulders. He plays tough in all zones of the ice and does whatever it takes to win.
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Created: Thursday, 21 March 2019 18:39
Ryan Del Monte
Toronto Nationals #34
January 1, 2003
5’11”, 154 lbs
Mississauga, ON, CAN
“Silky smooth” is the term that comes to mind when describing Harvard–commit Ryan Del Monte. Throughout the season he has wowed the minor midget hockey community with elite puck–handling ability, evasiveness, and the propensity to finish. Despite a late season absence, he has displayed an elite skill-set that will make him a great contributor at the next level[...]
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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