Created: Tuesday, 11 December 2018 14:07
Don Mills Flyers #55
February 9, 2003
6’1”, 175 lbs
Nepean, ON, CAN
Brandt Clarke is a 200-foot defenceman who ranks atop the Minor Midget age group at the position. From the very start of this season, he has demonstrated a strong defensive skill-set, a high propensity for offense, and an elite hockey IQ [...]
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Created: Monday, 03 December 2018 17:07
Every year, the Gloria Rints International Silver Stick is the most exciting tournament of the Minor Midget AAA scouting season, and the 2018 edition was certainly no different. 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 U.S., and there is a heightened familiarity with their own team as well as their opponents.
Going in, the top storyline was the potential of a match-up between the Don Mills Flyers and Detroit Compuware and as fortune would have it, those wishes were granted with the two teams meeting in the final. The game between by far the two most talented teams in the OHL eligible region was one for the ages. A back and forth affair culminated with Don Mills saving their incredible undefeated season by tying the game in the dying seconds, only to finally suffer their first taste of defeat when Noah Laba scored in overtime to give Compuware the win and the Silver Stick championship. The game and the entire run to the finals for both teams is something that spectators will soon not forget.
TheScout.ca was in Whitby from start to finish with Director of Scouting Andrew Sykes being joined by area scouts Ryan Stacey, Jason Gray and Ryan Ferizovic covering the tournament and combining their thoughts for the following report.
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Created: Wednesday, 21 November 2018 19:13
In what was a busy scouting weekend, the 2018 Dale Parker Memorial Tournament in Brantford featured an 11-team field and offered a great 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 host Brantford 99ers claimed the championship by defeating the North York Rangers in the Final. The 99ers were led by the likes of potential first-round pick Maddox Callens, two Top 50 players from our Initial Rankings in Steven LaForme and Landon McCallum, and defenseman Cole Hipkin who could also work his way into our Top 50 before it is all said and done.
SCTA scouts Ryan Stacey and Matt Stewart were on hand to take in the action with Stacey providing his thoughts for the following report which includes selection for Top 10 Performers, comments on 50 total players, and more honourable mentions.
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Created: Monday, 19 November 2018 18:02
From November 9-11, Windsor once again played host to the Battle of the Border, an OHL showcase event that pits six of the top 16U programs from the HPHL against six Ontario minor midget AAA 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 the players can expect if the Ontario Hockey League becomes their chosen path.
As otherwise was expected, the Compuware 16U team was the story of the event. Assembling several of the most impressive 2003 players in the U.S., they steamrolled their competition and left everyone drooling at the thought of a potential match-up with the Don Mills Flyers at the upcoming International Silver Stick (would need to combine rosters with their 15U team).
TheScout.ca had eyes on this marquee event from start to finish and we compiled the following report which includes selection for the Top 10 performers, comments on 48 total players, and more honourable mentions.
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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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