Created: Wednesday, 14 November 2018 16:50
With September, October, and half of November in the rear view, the 2019 OHL Priority Selection has come well into focus. TheScout.ca has worked hard to gather views of the 2003 age group, beginning back in July with the USA Select 15 Development Camp. From there, major events such as the Toronto Titans Prospect Tournament, the Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament, the Dale Parker Memorial Tournament, and the Battle of the Border Showcase, along with regular-season league play, has given our staff plenty of views to where we can confidently present these Initial 2019 Draft Rankings.
The Don Mills Flyers have been the story of the season thus far as they amazingly remain unbeaten through two major tournaments and their regular-season games. And when you are that dominant of a team there is a reason for it. Their incredible talent reflects in our rankings with the top four players all coming from the Flyers with exceptional status candidate Shane Wright leading the way. He is followed by his sniping linemate Brennan Othmann and two of their defensive teammates in Brandt Clarke and Roman Schmidt.
One aspect that is sure to be noticed is how many Americans are in our Top 50 and honourable mentions. A lack of overall depth in Ontario has opened the door a large group of high-end American players to jump in. Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 16U dynamo Colby Saganiuk is our top ranked player skating south of the border and he is joined in the top 10 by Dylan Duke and Sasha Pastujov who are both members of the Compuware 16U team. That Compuware squad features mostly 2003-born players and is an absolute juggernaut. Should they combine their 15U squad, they would be the biggest threat to Don Mills at the upcoming Whitby Silver Stick.
Over in Ottawa, two high-end pivots, Connor Lockhart and Mason McTavish go back-to-back at #7 and #8 respectively. Maddox Callens, who is playing his second minor midget season with the Brantford 99ers rounds out the top 10.
The goaltending side of things as been a difficult one to judge this season. We liked what we saw most out of Thomas Heaney of the New Jersey Rockets 16U squad and he takes our top spot. After that it is wide open with a number of goalies still too close to truly be ranked with confidence. It becomes a battle of who impressed and caught our attention the most in our viewings and the likes of Ben Bonisteel (Southern Tier), Josh Rosenzweig (Toronto Red Wings) and Kyle Metson (Sun County) have done just that.
With that, TheScout.ca is proud to announce our Initial 2019 OHL Draft Ranking, featuring a Top 50 skater ranking with over 100 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 with 50+ more honourable mentions listed.
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Created: Tuesday, 06 November 2018 17:12
Brantford 99ers #4
February 7, 2003
6’0”, 180 lbs
Hagersville, ON, CAN
A well-sized and strong center, LaForme has showcased a complete game and great intelligence in all facets, making him one of the top prospects out of the Alliance this season. A combination of strength, finesse and hockey IQ that few others in this draft class possess [...]
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Created: Monday, 05 November 2018 18:38
GTHL Game Report: Don Mills Flyers (7) vs. Toronto Red Wings (3)
Date: October 30th, 2018
Report Filed by: Ryan Ferizovic (GTHL Scout)
#51 Shane Wright, C, Don Mills Flyers
Wright is both a gifted playmaker and complete forward. He is an elite skater with great acceleration and evasive skating technique where he doesn’t lose any momentum. Due to his low stride and solid balance, he is very hard to knock off the puck[...]
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Created: Friday, 02 November 2018 12:45
London Jr. Knights #14
June 7, 2003
6’1”, 157 lbs
London, ON, CAN
Harrison is a fleet-footed center and overall talented player who can be counted on to drive the pace of play for his team’s offense, while also offering astute defensive awareness and penalty-killing qualities[...]
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Created: Monday, 22 October 2018 16:38
GTHL Game Report:
Don Mills Flyers 7 vs. Toronto Marlboros 4
Date: October 19th, 2018
Report Filed by: Ryan Ferizovic
#51 Shane Wright, C, Don Mills Flyers
The world-class under ager continues to show why he is the best player in this age group. Wright came out of the gate flying and would get a hat-trick in this contest. His powerful release ensured pucks got to the net even through traffic. Wright demonstrates elite skating ability in all facets (solid edge work, long-low stride, great acceleration, and evasive skating) to get a considerable competitive edge on opponents. He is relentless on the forecheck which lead to ample offensive opportunities for his team. Won nearly every faceoff he took and found his teammates well with the puck even through traffic.
#17 Cole Eichler, W, Don Mills Flyers
Eichler is the definition of a grinder. He battles constantly to get to the dirty areas to win the puck and picks up any rebounds and scored two goals in this fashion. A quality skater with good speed that becomes an asset when there is a lot of traffic to break through. His physical attributes allow him to take some punishment as he retrieves the puck and still be able to move it to his linemates.
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