OHL Prospect Profile: Hunter Haight

Hunter Haight of Alliance Hockey’s Elgin Middlesex Chiefs is a dynamic skater and one of the most lethal goal-scorers eligible of for the 2020 OHL Draft. After recording 32 goals in 33 games played, take a moment to learn why Haight is regarded as one of this season’s top goal scorers.

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– Hunter Haight –

Elgin Middlesex Chiefs (Alliance) | Centre | 2020 OHL Draft Eligible

Strathroy, Ontario | 5’11”, 165-pounds | April 4th, 2004

The Elgin Middlesex Chiefs were a juggernaut in Alliance hockey throughout the 2019-20 campaign, as the team skated to a sparkling 25-0-8 record — a mark good for 58 points and the top spot in Alliance’s regular season standings. Propelling the Chiefs forward was and continues to be the team’s deadly offensive attack in combination with their steady and consistent defending, as the Chiefs potted a league-high 147 goals for and a league-low 55 goals against. Contributing greatly to the success of the Chiefs throughout their most recent campaign was Hunter Haight, a dynamic young centre whose refined skill-set moulded Elgin Middlesex to one of the top teams competing for the OHL Cup.

And, in doing so, Haight has established himself as a top prospect eligible for the upcoming 2020 OHL Draft. Although his game contains room for improvement, Haight stands as a lethal offensive player whose style of play should translate to the OHL-level with little issue. With this being said, let’s talk about the specifics of Haight’s game.

Strengths:

  • Skating Speed and Agility
  • Explosive Acceleration
  • Shot Release and Accuracy
  • Offensive Dynamism and Creativity
  • Two Way Play and Responsibility

The foundation of Haight’s game is nothing other than his skating abilities, as the youngster can navigate the ice with ease and a purpose. Capable of reaching his top speed in a matter of short strides, Haight can push opposing defenders onto their heels in the blink of an eye and owns the ability to beat his opposition wide if they fail to respect his speed and ability to maintain his pace while shifting direction. This ability to create time and space for himself — or seize opportunities as they arise — fuels Haight’s abilities and production in the offensive zone, as he is nothing other than lethal when the puck is on his stick.

First and foremost, there is Haight’s ability to control the puck. Widely known for his soft hands, Haight exudes confidence while in possession and rarely commits turnovers. Instead, Haight loves to blast the puck on goal — in fact, his lightning-quick release and ability to place the puck accurately and with velocity allowed him to lead Alliance in goal-scoring this season with 32 tallies in his 33 regular season games played. Moreover, there is Haight’s raw dynamism in the offensive zone, as the youngster features the creativity and confidence necessary to devise high-percentage scoring opportunities if opposing defenders fail to respect his ability to create plays. In short, Haight is nothing other than a well-rounded and dynamic player, and one capable of driving his team’s offence on a nightly basis with relative ease.

Areas for Improvement:

  • Personal Strength

As mentioned above, Haight is an incredibly well-rounded player who features far more strengths within his game than he does weaknesses. With this being said, the one major area in which Haight would do well to improve is his personal strength. Now, while this will obviously come easier with age, greater all-around strength would allow Haight to protect the puck from opposing defenders with greater ease while also adding additional mustard to his already impressive shot and greater explosiveness to his strides.

Future Potential:

Ultimately, Haight holds the potential to develop into a well-rounded and lethal player at the OHL-level and beyond. Projected to be chosen in the second-round of the 2020 OHL Draft, Haight could very well suit up for an OHL franchise come to the start of the 2020-21 campaign, he is simply that talented and capable. Further, as a terrific skater with refined skill, Haight’s transition to the major-junior ranks could prove to be relatively easy when compared to those yet to be attempted by his peers. In a few years’ time, we could very well be discussing Haight’s name as a top prospect eligible for the 2022 NHL Draft.

OHL Prospect Profile: Bryce McConnell-Barker

Bryce McConnell-Barker of Alliance Hockey’s London Jr. Knights is a deadly offensive player who uses his size and speed to score goals with authority. All in all, he’s one of the top prospects eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft for a reason.

– Bryce McConnell-Barker –

London Jr. Knights (Alliance) | Centre | 2020 OHL Draft Eligible

London, Ontario | 6’1″, 161-pounds | June 4th, 2004

Although the London Jr. Knights haven’t been the most lethal team in Alliance Hockey this season, star forward Bryce McConnell-Barker has been nothing short of devastating — leading his team’s offence on a nightly basis while affording his club with a chance to win each and every time they take to the ice. The name of the game for McConnell-Barker is goal scoring, as the youngster loves to bulge the twine and has done so a multitude of times thus far this season. As a tremendous skater of impressive size, McConnell-Barker is next to impossible to stop once he gains momentum — a reason why he’s widely considered as a top prospect eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft.

Strengths:

  • Skating Strength and Speed
  • Shot Release, Velocity and Accuracy
  • Playmaking Abilities
  • On-Ice Instincts and Vision
  • Work Ethic

There are no true holes present within McConnell-Barker’s game, as the youngster is an incredibly well-rounded player who brings his best to the ice with each passing shift. As an incredibly hard worker defined by his relentless engine, McConnell-Barker tracks and pursues the puck incredibly well and often forces his opponents into turnovers as a direct result. Once in possession, McConnell-Barker protects the puck extremely well owing to his raw speed, agility and strength on his skates. Capable of protecting the puck extremely well, McConnell-Barker can navigate through traffic and blast his shot on goal in the blink of an eye — one which is consistently accurate and deceptive owing to his quick release.

While McConnell-Barker is a natural goal scorer, he is far more than a one trick pony. Since opposing defenders are forced to respect his shot as he flies into the attacking zone, McConnell-Barker is often afforded with ample time and space from which to distribute the puck to his teammates. Having blown past his opponents, McConnell-Barker can draw goaltenders towards him with remarkable consistency before passing the to puck to a nearby teammate in a high-percentage scoring situation. This ability has moulded McConnell-Barker into a versatile offensive player who can generate scoring opportunities owing to his innate on-ice instincts and impressive vision while in possession of the puck.

Areas for Improvement:

  • Skating Stability
  • Positional Awareness

Despite standing as one of the top prospects eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft, McConnell-Barker isn’t without room for improvement. However, when it comes to a player of McConnell-Barker’s age and skill-set, we’ll have to nitpick. So, if there were two areas of McConnell-Barker’s game which he would do well to improve, it would be his skating stability and positional awareness.

Related: OHL Draft Rankings

While he is a terrific skater, adding greater strength to his lower body would fuel McConnell-Barker’s ability to protect the puck to a greater degree than he already does — a skill which would serve him well as he translates to the next level. Secondly, there is McConnell-Barker’s positional awareness on the ice. At times — owing to his aggressive nature and oodles of talent — McConnell-Barker can take himself out of position in order to seize an offensive opportunity. Reading the play as it develops and picking the times in which he rushes opposing defenders will benefit his team’s play at both ends of the ice.

Future Potential:

Ultimately, there is no question that McConnell-Barker stands as a top prospect eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft. As an excellent skater who possesses a deadly shot and innate playmaking abilities, McConnell-Barker is a deadly offensive player who can raise his game to the next level when his team needs him the most. Further, gifted with impressive size and innate on-ice vision, McConnell-Barker has the ability to be a game-breaking player, and can do so on a shockingly consistent basis. All in all, McConnell-Barker has the skill-set necessary to be drafted in the first or second round of the upcoming Priority Selection — he is simply that good.

2020 OHL Draft: The Top-15 Goalies to Watch

With the 2020 OHL Draft three months away, meet fifteen of the top goaltenders eligible for the annual Priority Selection. Inside you’ll find in-depth profiles on a handful of goaltenders sure to be selected early during the upcoming OHL Draft.

We’ve released our fair share of rankings ahead of the 2020 OHL Draft this season, yet none of which have included goaltenders. This has been done intentionally, as it is quite difficult to compare goaltenders to forwards and defencemen while simultaneously assessing and comparing their respective values. When it comes to elite goaltenders and the annual OHL Draft, they are not only viewed as extremely valuable but incredibly difficult to attain.

Related: 2020 OHL Draft Rankings

If you stand as a top goaltender — or one of the top-15, perhaps — odds are that your name will be called relatively early in the Priority Selection. And, for the 15 goaltenders which we have highlighted below, such will more than likely be the case. All throughout the 2019-20 season to date, these young netminders have consistently proven themselves to be quality athletes as well as individuals off of the ice — routinely outworking their competition in pursuit of success at the OHL-level and beyond. So, although this article isn’t an official ranking, you’ll meet and learn about 15 of the top goaltenders eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft below.

15 Goaltenders to Watch

Alexander Chu

2019-20 Team: Mississauga Rebels (GTHL)

Playing alongside the equally talented Frankie Murphy for the Mississauga Rebels this season, Chu has been a spark-plug for his team when he takes to the goal. Although somewhat undersized, Chu is incredibly energetic and technical — regularly making stellar acrobatic saves with relative ease. While the 2019-20 season hasn’t gone in the direction which they Rebels had initially planned, Chu has been a bright-spot in the crease for Mississauga who comes to the rink each and every night and competes. Simply put.

Dominic DiVincentiis

2019-20 Team: Vaughan Kings (GTHL)

Much like the Mississauga Rebels, the Vaughan Kings also feature a dynamic duo between the pipes. Alongside Mikael Kingo — who you’ll meet in a few moments — DiVincentiis has been rock solid for the Kings thus far this season, utilizing excellent edge-work and sound rebound control in order to stand as a calming presence for the Kings. Although arguably under-sized given his 5-foot-10 frame, DiVincentiis is no worse for wear — he can track the puck incredibly well and can turn aside the most dangerous players the GTHL has to offer given his competitive nature and explosive lateral movements.

Kyle Downey

2019-20 Team: Toronto Nationals (GTHL)

The Toronto Nationals stand as a powerhouse within the GTHL this season — a fact which would not have been made possible without the play of goaltender Kyle Downey. As one of the top netminders eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft, Downey is never out of a play and, as a result, his team is never fully out of a game. Just when opposing teams think they’ve beaten Downey, he features the innate ability to reach out with his glove or extend a pad to make a highlight-reel save. However, for the most part, Downey is extremely calm and sound in his crease, allowing the puck to travel and hit him rather than over-extending himself to make routine saves.

Brett Fullerton

2019-20 Team: Burlington Eagles (SCTA)

The 2019-20 campaign has been a mediocre one for the Burlington Eagles thus far, but the play of Brett Fullerton in goal has been nothing other than exemplary. Although the play of the Eagles as a whole has been somewhat inconsistent, Fullerton has been up to the task each and every time he’s asked to tend to his team’s crease. Of solid size given his 6-foot-1 frame, Fullerton is an intimidating sight in goal who affords opposing shooters with little opportunity given his sound positioning. What’s more is that Fullerton can find the puck through traffic with ease and features the lightning quick reflexes necessary to make difficult saves look easy.

Riley George

2019-20 Team: Hamilton Huskies (Alliance)

The Hamilton Huskies have taken Alliance Hockey and the world of Minor Midget hockey by storm this season, consistently playing inspired hockey which has led to a number of incredible results. Standing as the foundation of the Huskies’ play in 2019-20 has been goaltender Riley George, the team’s definitive starting goaltender whose play has been not only steady but borderline impenetrable. Like all elite goaltenders eligible for this year’s OHL Draft, George affords opposing shooters with virtually no opportunity to bulge the twine, as his explosive lateral movements and reflexes combine to make him a consistent force and one which Hamilton has come to rely upon greatly.

Mikael Kingo

2019-20 Team: Vaughan Kings (GTHL)

Despite being known widely throughout the hockey world for his humanitarian efforts and tireless work with The Angel Project, Mikael Kingo also happens to be one of the top goaltenders eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft. Boasting solid size and an unmatched work-ethic, Kingo has provided the Kings with consistent and productive goaltending each and every time he has been tasked with defending his team’s goal. What’s more is that Kingo has regularly displayed the innate ability to raise his game to the next level when the situation demands — the youngster has enjoyed stellar showings in a number of the 2019-20 season’s most significant Minor Midget tournaments.

Nolan Lalonde

2019-20 Team: Kingston Jr. Gaels (ETA)

The Kingston Jr. Gaels are in the thick of things in the ETA this season, and likely would not be as high in the standings as they currently are without the composed play of Nolan Lalonde in goal. For Lalonde, consistency and composure are key — the young netminder exudes an impressive level of calmness considering his age and has the ability to relax and focus the play of his team in the process. Highly technical, Lalonde can move throughout his crease with absolute ease and always stands in position to make crucial and timely saves. What’s more is that Lalonde can absorb and cast aside shots directed his way with impressive poise, as the youngster rarely hands fruitful rebounds to opposing teams.

Austin McNicholas

2019-20 Team: Buffalo Jr. Sabres

The Buffalo Jr. Sabres have been dominant this season, while their play in a number of this campaign’s significant tournaments has been nothing short of notable as well. Backstopping the Jr. Sabres for the majority of the season thus far has been Austin McNicholas — a netminder who features improving size and the ability to move throughout his crease with power and precision. What’s more is that McNicholas plays his angles incredibly well and doesn’t hesitate to challenge shooters who may happen to have time and space in the offensive zone. In short, McNicholas is a reliable netminder whose game only continues to improve.

Chazz Nixon

2019-20 Team: Oshawa Generals (ETA)

The Oshawa Generals stand as a legitimate contender within the ETA this season, and for good reason. In addition to their impressive offensive abilities, the Generals also feature a steady and composed starting goaltender in Chazz Nixon. Of solid size, Nixon is an excellent competitor who brings his a-game to the rink on a nightly basis. Never out of a play and not one to allow soft goals, Nixon affords his teammates with a sense of confidence when tending the pipes, as his consistency thus far this season alongside his innate abilities has held the Generals in each and every game they’ve played despite the strength of their opponents.

Jackson Parsons

2019-20 Team: Cornwall Colts (HEO)

Although the Cornwall Colts have played to a losing record thus far this season, it hasn’t stopped goaltender Jackson Parsons from routinely displayed his abilities and proving himself as one of the top goaltenders eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft. While his team had allowed 2.9 goals against per game at the time of publication, Parsons held down a sparkling 2.00 goals against average alongside a jaw-dropping .934% save percentage. One force behind Parsons’ stellar play this season is that fact that the youngster is a natural athlete — standing 6-feet tall and weighing in at 185-pounds, Parsons is an explosive goaltender who can cover his crease with ease and make lightning quick movements from post to post.

Cole Sheffield

2019-20 Team: London Jr. Knights (Alliance)

It’s been an up and down season for the London Jr. Knights in league play this season, but the team has faired well in tournament action. While this success on the big stage certainly comes as the result of dedicated team play, it is hard to ignore the contributions put forth by Cole Sheffield in goal. While some scouts may argue that Sheffield is under-sized, this debatable deficiency hasn’t stopped Sheffield from bringing consistency and flair to the ice with each passing game. In fact, not only does Sheffield feature strong rebound control and poise in his crease, but he also boasts the ability to make game-changing saves owing to his quick reflexes and ability to read the play as it develops.

Richard Szajek

2019-20 Team: Guelph Jr. Gryphons (SCTA)

Richard Szajek is an athletic, hard-working, and incredibly technical goaltender — all reasons why his play for the Guelph Jr. Gryphons of the SCTA has been so dominant this season. Boasting great size, Szajek is an intimidating sight yet one who does not rely solely on his figure in order to make saves. Capable of tracking the puck through traffic with apparent ease, Szajek lets the puck travel to him and will not move himself out of position in order to make an initial save. Further, having made the first save, Szajek regularly directs puck into the corners or is quick to cover the puck — a reality which minimizes scoring opportunities for opposing players.

Liam Sztuska

2019-20 Team: Toronto Titans (GTHL)

Since being named as the top goaltender in the 2019 OHF Bantam AAA Championship, scouts have been flocking to the rink to catch Liam Sztuska in action. Now a member of the Toronto Titans, Sztuska’s consistent play has helped to propel his new team to a position of prominence within the GTHL standings. Perhaps the most notable facet of Sztuska’s game is his unwavering energy level and competitiveness — the youngster takes to the ice with a purpose and competes game in and game out. Well known for his explosive lateral movements and refined technical abilities, Sztuska boasts the ability to steal wins for his team regardless of their opponent on any given night.

Corbin Votary

2019-20 Team: Quinte Red Devils (ETA)

The Quinte Red Devils captured the OMHA Bantam AAA Championship during the 2018-19 season, an outcome which was reflective of the team’s depth and unmatched level of skill. However, the Red Devils certainly wouldn’t have been able to do so — nor enjoy the amount of success which they have this season — without the impressive play of goaltender Corbin Votary. Standing 6-foot-3 and weighing in at 180-pounds, Votary is an intimidating sight in-goal who combines his size and fluid movements in order to deny opposing shooters with startling regularity.

Samuel White

2019-20 Team: York Simcoe Express (ETA)

The York Simcoe Express are a handful in the ETA each and every year, and in 2019-20 the case is no different. Helping to pace the play of the Express this campaign has been goaltender Samuel White — a natural athlete who competes tirelessly and strives to ensure his team collects two points each time he takes to the ice. Standing 5-foot-10 tall and weighing in at 190-pounds, White is an explosive goaltender who boasts quick reflexes and the ability to make highlight-reel saves with ease. Owing to his strong lower-body, White moves throughout his crease with a purpose and can track the puck in his defensive zone without issue. All in all, White is a composed and tactile netminder who affords his opposition with few opportunities to bulge the twine.

The French-Canadian Connection

Although eligible for the QMHL Entry Draft rather than the OHL Priority Selection, one goaltender whose play must be discussed is Charles-Edward Gravel of the GTHL’s Mississauga Senators.

Charles-Edward Gravel

2019-20 Team: Mississauga Senators (GTHL)

A native of Lévis, Quebec, Charles-Edward Gravel is unquestionably one of the top goaltenders competing in Ontario this season. Skating for the red-hot Mississauga Senators, Gravel is a technically refined netminder who can read and anticipate the play exceptionally well as it develops and unfolds in front of him. Incredibly composed and poised in goal, Gravel turns away deadly shots with ease and is always sure to control or direct the rebound away from his opposition. What’s more is that Gravel is a stellar puck-handler, often acting as a third defenceman who can move the puck to his forwards when the situation demands. The cousin of Alexis Gravel — a sixth-round selection of the Chicago Blackhawks in 2018 — Gravel has all the makings of a star goaltender at the next level, so be sure to catch him in action before he suits up in the QMJHL next season.

OHL Prospect Profile: Marko Sikic

Marko Sikic of Alliance’s Kitchener Jr. Rangers is one of the top centres eligible for the 2019 OHL Draft. Of stellar size, soft hands, and natural playmaking abilities, Sikic’s two-way game makes him one of the most well-rounded prospects eligible for the Priority Selection.

– Marko Sikic –

Kitchener Jr. Rangers (Alliance) | Centre | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible

Ontario, Canada | 6-foot-2, 175-pounds | 2003-born

The Kitchener Jr. Rangers were a dominant and persistent force in Alliance Hockey during the 2018-19 campaign, skating to 45 points on the season — a total which tied the club for second best in the league.

A high scoring team which received stable defending and quality goaltending throughout the season, the Jr. Rangers brought a consistent effort on a nightly basis and earned a wealth of team success as a direct result. Throughout their 33 regular season games and into the playoffs, one driving force for the Jr. Rangers continued to be centre Marko Sikic — a sizeable pivot who size, skill, and ability to process the game come naturally.

Widely regarded as a top centre eligible for the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, Sikic could very well be made an early round selection owing to his strong all-around style of play.

Strengths:

  • Vision and Playmaking
  • Shot Accuracy
  • Two-Way Capabilities
  • Size and Physicality
  • Discipline

Over the course of the 2018-19 Alliance season, Sikic blasted home 19 goals and 30 assists for a total of 49 points — a sum which ranked as the fifth-best offensive mark in the league. Driving Sikic’s offensive productivity for the Jr. Rangers this past campaign was his stellar on-ice vision, hockey sense, and natural playmaking abilities.

Related: 2019 OHL Draft Rankings

A pass-first player who fuels his team’s offensive game, Sikic can move the puck with absolute authority and is composed and accurate in his ability to do so. Further, since he possesses a hard and accurate shot, Sikic commands greater time and space from his opponents while in possession of the puck owing to his presence as a versatile offensive threat.

What’s more is that in addition to Sikic’s lethal offensive game, the young centre has quickly become a standout player at both ends of the ice. Committed to defending his own zone, Sikic back-checks with a sense of purpose and can dismantle plays devised by his opposition single-handedly owing to his stable skating, active stick and physical approach to defending.

Related: 2019 OHL Draft Prospect Profiles

Rounding out Sikic’s growing game is the youngster’s discipline on the ice. Although he features stellar size and the willingness to use his body in order to disrupt plays and force turnovers, Sikic is incredibly composed and rarely takes penalties in doing so. In fact, Sikic recorded a mere eight minutes in penalties through his 33 regular season games played this season — a total which was one of the lowest in all of the Alliance.

Area of Improvement:

  • First-Step Acceleration
  • Lateral Mobility

Sikic is an incredibly strong two-way centre who can take control of the game at both ends of the ice owing to his size, intelligence, and poise with the puck. However, in order for both Sikic and his particular qualities to excel at the OHL-level, the young pivot must work hard in the off-season to improve his acceleration and lateral mobility.

Related: 2019 OHL Draft — Alliance Prospect Profiles

Although already a strong and sturdy skater, Sikic would do well to strengthen the explosiveness of his first step — doing so would allow Sikic and his towering 6-foot-2 frame to reach top speed in a shorter amount of strides and time. Standing hand-in-hand with Sikic’s acceleration is his lateral mobility, as the youngster would be well-served to improve his agility in order to make a seamless transition to the OHL-level where speed and dexterity are absolutely crucial.

Future Potential:

Boasting stellar size, soft hands, a stable stride and natural offensive instincts, Sikic has all the makings of a top-six forward at the OHL-level. Although his agility could use strengthening in the months ahead, Sikic’s all-around game and two-way play will be far too valuable to pass up come the 2019 OHL Draft.

As one of the most consistent and lethal offensive players throughout the 2018-19 Alliance campaign, don’t be surprised to see Sikic selected inside of the second round come Apr. 6th, 2019.

OHL Prospect Profile: Camden Daigle

Camden Daigle presents a bevy of admirable assets as a high-octane, skilled winger. With high-end puck skills and an elite-level release, he has all the makings of a future producer at the OHL level. Daigle currently projects as a 2nd round pick for the 2019 OHL Draft.

– Camden Daigle –

Huron Perth Lakers (Alliance) | Left Wing | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible

Stratford, Ontario | 5-foot-8, 152-pounds | January 16th, 2003

Camden Daigle has made tremendous strides towards becoming a top-tier prospect amongst the 2019 OHL Draft class. Despite his smaller stature, Daigle displays high-end instincts and vision of the ice, processing the game at a very high rate and adapting to changing circumstances on the fly. His offensive instincts, along with his release, have made him one of the Alliance’s top scorers.

Related: Check out Prospect Pipeline’s 2019 OHL Draft Rankings.

Filling the back of the net at the same rate as projected first rounder, Maddox Callens, Daigle has often slipped behind the shadows as a result of playing for a middle-of-the-pack team. However, the Lakers have had noticeable spurts of success this season, most of which were on the back of Daigle’s elite offensive talents.

Strengths:

  • Release & Puck Skills
  • Skating
  • Vision & Instincts

Simply put, Camden Daigle is a natural goal scorer. Not only is he able to slip into the soft spots around the net, but he can beat goaltenders with clean snap shots. His release is quick and accurate, and he’s shown the ability to get it off under heavy pressure. Further, Daigle boasts impressive one-on-one puck skills, allowing him to dance past defenders on the rush and leave opposing goaltenders guessing.

A shifty skater, Daigle is able to change gears on the rush and cut in and out of the center lane to keep defenders on their heels. With solid acceleration and top-speed, Daigle displays a multitude of assets with which to create offence. He also sees the ice incredibly well, knowing where available teammates will be and slipping away from defencemen at the side of the net to make himself a dangerous passing option.

Area of Improvement:

  • Strength on Puck

A given with his 5-foot-8 frame, Daigle is sometimes knocked off of the puck by larger and stronger opponents. However, he remains tough to catch when in possession of the puck, utilizing his speed and skill to avoid contact. In any case, his size will always be a talking point heading into the OHL. However, Daigle has dealt with, and thrived, with his size his entire life.

Related: Don’t miss out on any of our 2019 OHL Prospect Profiles.

In fact, it hinders him so little that he was trusted to make his GOJHL debut in December of 2018. There’s still a chance for a growth spurt in Daigle’s future, but if that doesn’t come to fruition, he will need to focus on bulking and adding strength over the offseason in preparation for the riggers of the OHL, as most 15 and 16-year-olds do.

Future Potential:

Camden Daigle presents a bevy of admirable assets as a high-octane, skilled winger. With excellent skating abilities and a tremendous sense of the ice, he is often able to outsmart his opponents. Factor in some high-end puck skills and an elite-level release, and you have all the makings of a future producer at the OHL level, regardless of size.

In all, Daigle has continued to grow and improve over the course of the 2018-19 campaign, ultimately boosting his draft stock significantly. At this time, Daigle projects as a top-40 prospect for the 2019 OHL Draft, with room to rise.

OHL Prospect Profile: Brett Harrison

Brett Harrison is one of the best offensive producers in Alliance this year, showcasing an uncanny ability to lug the puck into danger zones and consistently beat goaltenders with a lethal wrist shot. He projects as a late first or early second round pick for the 2019 OHL Draft.

– Brett Harrison –

London Jr. Knights (Alliance) | Center | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible

London, Ontario | 6-foot-1, 160-pounds | July 6th, 2003

Brett Harrison is a shifty skater with a good motor and potentially dynamic scoring abilities. Working well off the rush, as well as below the dots on the cycle, he can generate scoring chances through a powerful and quick wrist shot or via a cross-ice pass. Thus far, Harrison has accumulated five goals and 11 points in nine regular season games.

Related: Check out our Prospect Pipeline’s 2019 OHL Draft Rankings.

Harrison is surprisingly strong on his feet and can protect the puck as well as anyone. Whether it’s on the rush or along the wall, Harrison utilizes intelligent stick and feet positioning to fend off opponents with relative ease. In a deep and talented Alliance year, Harrison regularly stands out as one of the best of the class.

Strengths:

  • Shot
  • Puck Skills
  • Lower-Body Strength

With an electric and booming release, Harrison has shown flashes of a capability to become one of the elite shooters in this year’s draft class. His shot is extremely deceptive as he is able to release it in tight quarters and change shooting angles on the fly. Harrison has an innate ability to back defenders off by changing gears with his edges and hands.

Related: Check out our 2019 OHL Cup – October Ranking

Harrison has creative moves and good agility with the puck, allowing him to navigate trough the middle of the ice comfortably. He’s very strong on his feet, thanks to impressive lower-body strength. Harrison is nearly impossible to knock off of the puck, and uses his body wisely to keep the puck out of his opponent’s reach. In all, Harrison can be relied upon in any offensive situation, as a sniper or a playmaker, thanks to his tremendous talents.

Area of Improvement:

  • Top-End Speed

If there’s one area where Harrison could take his game to the next level, it may be with his top speed. While he skates well enough in all aspects, he isn’t overly threatening with separation speed down the wing. Playing more of a power forward style, Harrison’s game would benefit drastically from adding another tool to his arsenal of offence generating abilities.

With an already strong lower-half, Harrison could be an unstoppable force on the rush with a few more miles per hour behind his stride. Add that capability to an already agile prospect and you could see Harrison playing the dynamic style that this year’s top prospects are able to showcase.

Future Potential:

Brett Harrison is one of the best offensive producers in Alliance this year, showcasing an uncanny ability to lug the puck into danger zones and consistently beat goaltenders with a lethal wrist shot. Stronger than he appears, Harrison regularly carries the Jr. Knights offence on his back, thanks to elite level instincts and the capability to process the game at high speeds. Harrison projects as a late first or early second round pick for the 2019 OHL Draft.

OHL Prospect Profile: Cole Hipkin

Cole Hipkin is an impressive defenceman who should be considered amongst the top tier of Ontario’s ’03 blueliners. He is an intelligent and instinctive prospect with intriguing two-way upside. In all, Hipkin projects as a mid to late first round pick for the 2019 OHL Draft, and likely slots into the 3-5 range of available defencemen.

– Cole Hipkin –

Brantford 99ers (Alliance) | Right Defence | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible

Brantford, Ontario | 5-foot-11, 179-pounds | July 26th, 2003

Cole Hipkin is a dynamic offensive defenceman who plays a sound 200-foot game and can be trusted to play a key role in all situations. A terrific skater with a calm demeanour to his game, Hipkin was able to play up a year in 2017-18 with the 99ers ’02 team, which went on the capture the Alliance Championship.

Related: Check out Prospect Pipeline’s 2019 OHL Draft Rankings

While playing with players a year older, Hipkin hardly ever looked out of place and was rarely outmuscled. By the end of the year, he added five goals and 24 points over 31 games, which ranked third among all Alliance defenders. Overall, Hipkin is a sound defenceman who excels at breaking out and transitioning the puck, and showcases some potentially elite offensive upside.

Strengths:

  • Hockey Sense
  • Skating
  • Two-Way Play

Hipkin is an extremely smart prospect who can analyze and adapt to developing plays by the second. He hones impressive instincts at both ends of the ice, especially in calculating a profitable time to join an offensive rush. Hipkin also excels in holding opponents to tight gaps, consistently forcing forwards to the outside and into corners.

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A smooth skater with an efficient stride, Hipkin is agile and strong on his feet. He showcases great lower-body strength as well along the boards and in protecting the puck on a breakout. Perhaps his greatest asset is the ceiling for his two-way play, where he shows intriguing offensive upside through his puck distribution and shot from the point, as well as his tendency to create odd-man rushes by joining the rush.

Area of Improvement:

  • Physicality

Hipkin is not a small defenceman, nor is he a weak player by any means. However, he isn’t the guy to go out of his way to engage in the physical aspect of the game, utilizing his smarts and skating instead. This shouldn’t be considered a negative to his game, but rather an area where he could potentially have a greater impact.

Able to take a check and rub an opponent out along the wall, Hipkin does possess some physicality in him, but would be able to add another tool to his repertoire as a defenceman if he were able to throw more booming hits to separate his opponents from the puck. With that said, Hipkin checks all of the boxes as a modern-era defenceman, with tremendous skating ability and two-way upside that is backed by his hockey sense.

Future Potential:

Cole Hipkin is a very impressive defenceman who should be considered amongst the top tier of Ontario’s ’03 blueliners. He has proven offensive upside and shows tremendous instincts in all three zones. A smooth skater, Hipkin shows virtually no holes to his game and has a ceiling that should excite OHL scouts.

In all, Hipkin projects as a mid to late first round pick for the 2019 OHL Draft, and likely slots into the 3-5 range of available defencemen.

OHL Prospect Profile: Deni Goure

Deni Goure is an elite shooter available for the 2019 OHL Draft, combining excellent speed and agility with a pro-level shot and an electric release. The unheralded leader of the Chatham-Kent Cyclones, Goure is projected to be a mid to late first round pick.

– Deni Goure –

Chatham-Kent Cyclones (Alliance) | Center | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible

Grande Pointe, Ontario | 5-foot-10, 157-pounds | July 15th, 2003

Deni Goure is a natural goal scorer with a shot that many are already labelling as pro-level. Projected as one of the Alliance’s top prospects entering the ’17-18 season, Goure has put up 5 goals and 12 points in eight games to start the regular season, as well as 5 goals and 11 points in eight tournament games.

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Backed by an electric release, Goure is lethal on the rush, where he utilizes his high-end speeds and tremendous edgework to become a threat each time he collects the puck. He’s also a leader by example, showcasing a strong compete level at both ends of the ice regardless of the score.

Strengths:

  • Shot
  • Skating
  • Compete Level

Flashing a dynamic snap shot, Goure has placed himself in the top tier of snipers among the ’03-born draft class. With an exceptional ability to corral the puck on the rush and unleash a powerful shot, Goure also boasts impressive skating talent. He loves to wind up speed in the defensive zone before flying up the ice around defenders with relative ease.

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Goure also exhibits slick edgework and impressive agility on the fly, able to make adjustments and maneuver through traffic at top speeds. Further, Goure has a tireless engine, fighting for the puck just as hard in the defensive zone as in the offensive zone. He shows smart awareness all over the ice as well and is particularly reliable in his own end, eliminating passing options and working to turn the puck over.

Area of Improvement:

  • Strength & Physicality

Deni Goure shows off very strong lower-body strength when protecting the puck from opponents, but sometimes loses that instinct when engaging in board battles. Despite being a relatively average-sized skater, Goure tends to shy away from the physical aspects of the game unless absolutely necessary.

Strong on his feet, Goure shows flashes of good strength, but perhaps needs to apply this asset away from the puck as well. In any case, he plays a very impressive all-around game with tremendous offensive instincts. There should be no doubt that Goure’s game with translate well into the OHL level.

Future Potential:

Deni Goure is an elite shooter available for the 2019 OHL Draft, combining excellent speed and agility with a pro-level shot and an electric release. Goure is especially dangerous on the rush, where he is able to utilize all of his best assets at once to become a true force with the puck.

The unheralded leader of the Chatham-Kent Cyclones, Goure won’t go unnoticed at this year’s OHL Draft, where he is projected to be a sure-fire mid to late first round pick.

OHL Prospect Profile: Maddox Callens

Maddox Callens is one of the top 2003-born prospects playing in Alliance this year. After a successful year playing with the ’02 age group, Callens projects to be a top-10 pick at the 2019 OHL Draft.

– Maddox Callens –

Brantford 99ers (Alliance) | Center

Langton, ON | 2003 | 5-foot-11, 168-pounds

A highly-skilled and dynamic forward, Maddox Callens possesses all the tools to become one of the top players out of Alliance this year. Callens played up a year in 2017-18, playing a vital role in the 99ers Minor Midget season. Despite being a year younger than the competition, Callens thrived in the league, adding 15 goals and 33 points over 33 games, ranking second in both categories among his teammates.

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Callens is an offensive dynamo, generating offence each time he takes the ice. He is a multi-threat player who can burn opponents with his shot, or dish a saucer pass onto the tape. A strong skater Callens top-end speed will only continue to improve as he grows and matures.

Strengths:

  • Hockey Sense
  • Skating
  • Shot

Maddox’s game begins with a high level of hockey sense. He understands the game well and thrives on reading the game as it’s developing. His all-around vision of the ice allows him to get an advantageous first step. Callens is a terrific skater with a quick first three steps and a shiftiness that allows him to weave through traffic unfazed.

He boasts a strong wrist shot with excellent accuracy that can pick corners which don’t seem to be open. Further, Callens is a smart playmaker as well, utilizing his sense and vision to find open teammates with slick passes through skates and sticks, or passing to an open area of the ice just in time for his teammates arrival. All in all, Callens is a tremendous offensive force that should definitely be in the running for top scorer in Alliance this year on a strong Brantford squad.

Area of Improvement:

  • Discipline

If there’s a potential area of improvement within Callens’ complete game, it may be his discipline away from the puck. During the ’17-18 season, he often took unnecessary penalties in pursuit of the puck or a big hit. In all, Callens racked up 54 penalty minutes during his 33 games, which ranked second on the team and 13th in the league.

Many of those penalties come from a habit that can be easily adjusted with good coaching. Callens simply need to keep his feet moving and improve his stick positioning when he’s defending and pursuing the puck. It’s an underrates asset, but smart stick positioning can often be the first step to becoming a reliable defender.

Future Potential:

Heading into the 2018-19 campaign, Maddox Callens currently projects to be a top-10 pick at the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. Leading a Brantford 99ers team that looks poised to have a strong season as one of Alliance’s top teams, Callens should see plenty of ice time in all situations, and appears to be a front-runner for the scoring race in Alliance.

Looking ahead to the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, Callens is heading into the ’18-19 season projecting to be a top-10 pick, with great potential to move up into the top-5.