OHL Prospect Profile: Ethan Larmand

Ethan Larmand is a prospect who can do it all and who will be a coach’s dream wherever he plays. He has an incredible worth ethic and never takes a shift off, leading by example and often driving his team’s offence. Larmand’s consistency has slowly driven himself into the ETA’s elite tier of offensive producers.

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– Ethan Larmand –

North Central Predators (ETA) | Centre | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible

Midland, Ontario | 5-foot-10, 160-pounds | November 12th, 2003

Ethan Larmand is one of the main engines behind the North Central Predators drive for success. He leads by example on the ice, displaying a work ethic and compete level second-to-none. Larmand plays a high-energy game with a motor that doesn’t stop, playing each shift as if it’s his last.

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

Larmand showcases tremendous offensive talent, backed by impressive puck skills and a heavy and accurate wrist shot. He visibly reads the game well and is able to process developing plays and adapt to changing circumstances on the fly. Larmand was recently selected to represent Ontario at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

Strengths:

  • Aggressiveness
  • Puck Skills & Shot
  • Sense & Instincts

Larmand plays a high-paced game, consistently jockeying for position and battling until the end for loose pucks. He isn’t afraid to go to the dirty areas and often comes away with possession of the puck. He displays impressive instincts at both ends of the ice, reading developing plays and player positions to take smart routes to the puck. These instincts are further demonstrated on the rush, where Larmand is able to easily fake out his opponents and utilize their momentum to go against the grain of the play.

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A potent offensive producer, Larmand is a gifted and natural goal-scorer with a tremendous sense for the ice around the net. He displays great puck skills under pressure and on the rush, controlling the puck and distributing it effectively at top speeds. His shot is lethal; quick and deceptive, his release seems to fool opposing goaltenders as he changes shooting angles and looks off passing options. Each night, Larmand is one of the hardest workers on the ice, never taking a shift off.

Area of Improvement:

  • Top-End Speed

If there was one aspect in which Larmand could improve in order to become a top-tier prospect for the 2019 OHL Draft, it would be in his top-end speed. While his skating his solid, showing good agility and acceleration, he doesn’t necessarily display separation speed that would allow him to blow by defenders along the wing.

Namely when breaking out from his own zone and skating the puck through the neutral zone, this aspect would make Larmand all the more difficult to defend. As well, a more explosive first three steps would make Larmand tougher more dangerous on turnovers and on recovered loose pucks.

Future Potential:

In all, Ethan Larmand is a prospect who can do it all and who will be a coach’s dream wherever he plays. He has an incredible worth ethic and never takes a shift off, leading by example and often driving his team’s offence. Larmand’s consistency has slowly driven himself into the ETA’s elite tier of offensive producers.

A prospect who continues to impress and who displays a five-tool game, Larmand’s stock will only continue to rise for the 2019 OHL Draft. At this time, he projects as a fringe second-round pick, with definite room to rise before the big day.

OHL Prospect Profile: Wil Murphy

Wil Murphy has shown exciting potential over the course of the 2018-19 season, displaying high-end intelligence at both ends of the ice, as well as elite offensive upside. Murphy projects as a fringe second round pick for the 2019 OHL Draft.

– Wil Murphy –

Kingston Jr. Frontenacs (ETA) | Left Defence | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible

Kingston, Ontario | 6-foot, 185-pounds | March 3rd, 2003

Wil Murphy is an elite puck-moving defenceman who excels in the transition game and displays a high ceiling of offensive potential as well. In a strong frame, Murphy showcases his intelligence at both ends of the ice, especially in his decisions with the puck. A smooth skater, he holds tight gaps against opposing forwards and consistently forcing the play towards the wall.

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

Murphy has quickly established himself as one of the premier defencemen in the ETA this season, playing at nearly a point-per-game rate, while controlling Kingston’s blue line in all situations. At last year’s World Selects Invitational, Murphy’s rate of production was amongst the top tier of defenders, further establishing his abilities against top competition.

Strengths:

  • Offensive Instincts
  • Awareness & Decision Making
  • Skating

An elite two-way defenceman, Murphy has somewhat flown under the radar this year while playing for a middle of the pack team. However, there’s no arguing that he possesses dynamic talent and superior intelligence of the game. He consistently displays outstanding positional awareness at both ends of the rink, and very rarely makes a poor decision with the puck, recognizing the ideal times to chip a puck deep, make a slick pass, rush the puck himself, or get the puck on net.

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

Murphy is also a smooth and efficient skater who utilizes his size and strength to his advantage when battling for a loose puck or protecting it on a rush. He uses good edgework to be strong on his feet and tough to push away from the play. Murphy regularly holds good gap distance against opposing forwards, and combines effective stick positioning with his physicality to force opponents into the corners.

Area of Improvement:

  • Agility

It’s not easy to find a negative trait within Murphy’s game. He presents a solid, all-around style of play with what appears to be high-end potential within his strengths. As such, this area of improvement is more of an aspect which could help to launch his game into the premier tier of 2003-born defencemen.

Improving his agility would allow Murphy to be more dynamic along the blue line, letting him create time and space, as well as to create new passing and shooting lanes. In his own zone, some added agility would also make Murphy tougher to beat, as he could better track opponents and become tougher to beat on the outside. All in all, there are no true flaws to Murphy’s game, he is a superb two-way defenceman who gives his team a chance to win each night.

Future Potential:

Wil Murphy has shown exciting potential over the course of the 2018-19 season, displaying high-end intelligence at both ends of the ice, as well as elite offensive upside. He is the type of defenceman who can be relied upon in all situations, and who has the ability to really take control of a game from the blue line.

As Murphy’s stock continues to climb, he will inch closer to receiving the recognition he deserves as a future OHL defender. In any case, Murphy projects as a fringe second round pick for the 2019 OHL Draft.

OHL Prospect Profile: Kaleb Nelson

In all, Kaleb Nelson is an intelligent centre who plays a very impressive, 200-foot game. Showcasing above-average skating and puck skills, he demonstrates all the traits of a natural goal scorer. Nelson projects as one of the ETA’s top prospects and as a potential second round pick at the 2019 OHL Draft.

– Kaleb Nelson –

York Simcoe Express (ETA) | Centre | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible

5-foot-10, 153-pounds | April 13th, 2003

Kaleb Nelson is one of the ETA’s premier goal scorers, battling alongside the league’s elite prospects for the scoring title. Amongst the Express, Nelson is a leader by both example and by voice. Not only has he been the team’s most consistent and dynamic offensive force in the ETA, but Nelson has also led the Express in scoring at each of the team’s major tournaments thus far.

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

On the smaller end of the size spectrum, Nelson makes up for it with high-end hockey sense, reading and adapting to developing plays on the fly and positioning himself in quiet and advantageous spots. A quick skater with impressive puck skills at top speed, Nelson can pick goaltenders apart with his lightning-quick release or his upper-tier playmaking.

Strengths:

  • Agility & Acceleration
  • Shot
  • Hockey Sense

While Nelson’s goal totals may suggest that he plays with a sniper’s mentality, he also possesses tremendous smarts that he uses to make decisions of the fly as to whether to shoot, or slip a pass to a teammate. With noteworthy skating abilities, Nelson can fly down the wing or dipsy-doodle through the middle of the ice with relative ease.

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

Boasting incredible poise with the puck, Nelson can effectively cut in and out of traffic in order to gain the offensive zone. However, it’s his shot that really gives him an edge. With a quick and powerful release, Nelson can pick corners on the rush as well as hammer home one-timers. He often slips into a soft spot as well that allow him to deposit the puck into the back of the net off of a feed from a teammate.

Area of Improvement:

  • Size & Strength

With modest height and weight, Nelson has had to overcome the challenges of being a player of smaller stature all his life. As he looks forward to his future in the OHL, those challenges will only grow and force him to adapt more than ever. With that said, there’s no reason to doubt his ability to compete and thrive alongside larger competition.

Perhaps most significantly, Nelson exhibits promising skating and intelligence; two imperative assets in the modern era of hockey. In any case, this will remain an area of focus as Nelson continues to grow and mature. Being able to hit the gym and bring his weight and strength up for training camp will go a long way to dictating where Nelson ends up for the 2019-20 season.

Future Potential:

In all, Kaleb Nelson is an intelligent centre who plays a very impressive, 200-foot game. Showcasing above-average skating and puck skills, Nelson demonstrates all the traits of a natural goal scorer. He has consistently led his team as an offensive catalyst in both regular season and tournament action this season.

Nelson has been able to adjust and improve his effectiveness throughout this year, becoming one of this year’s rising prospects. For the time being, he projects as one of the ETA’s top prospects and as a potential second round pick at the 2019 OHL Draft.

OHL Prospect Profile: Brenden Sirizzotti

Brenden Sirizzotti has effectively improved his draft stock as a result of his consistently dominant game. A highly skilled winger with impressive speed and elite hands and vision, Sirizzotti is a dynamic offensive force who is pushing his way towards the first round of the 2019 OHL Draft.

– Brenden Sirizzotti –

Whitby Wildcats (ETA) | Right Wing | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible

5-foot-11, 170-pounds | April 14th, 2003

Brenden Sirizzotti is one of, if not, the most dynamic prospect in the ETA this year. With the drive and determination to take ahold of a game, he is constantly hounding the puck and making those around him better with an excellent all-around offensive game.

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

Displaying tremendous instincts, Sirizzotti is the offensive catalyst for the ETA-best Whitby Wildcats. Leading the league in both goals and points, he can capitalize on miraculous end-to-end rushes, slipping the puck past defenders and hanging goalies out to dry. With his play proving to be consistent, Sirizzotti is making himself a true option in the first round of the 2019 OHL Draft.

Strengths:

  • Agility & Shiftiness
  • Puck Skills
  • Vision & Sense

A highly-skilled winger, Sirizzotti plays a high tempo game backed by a desire for puck possession. He is willing to battle hard along the wall to force turnovers and transition the play up ice. With that said, Sirizzotti is undoubtedly at his best when he’s on the attack. A shifty skater, he has good foot speed and can cut inside or outside with authority. A natural goal-scorer, he showcases an above-average shot with great accuracy.

Related: Take a look at the Top 20 Performers from the 2018 Silver Stick Tournament.

Sirizzotti displays multiple gears of speed, which he combines with his agility to catch defenders flat-footed. With the puck on his stick, Sirizzotti is very tough to defend. Along with his ability to change speeds, he is an extremely creative puck-handler on the rush, as well as a gifted playmaker. He sees the ice and processes the play at an instantaneous rate, allowing him to consistently make productive decisions with the puck.

Area of Improvement:

  • Shot Strength

While Sirizzotti has certainly proven to be a very dangerous shooter, shown by his eight goals in six games at the Silver Stick Tournament, he could cement his status as an elite sniper by adding some extra power to his snap shot. Showing excellent accuracy and a quick release under pressure, Sirizzotti would be strongly considered amongst the top-tier of scorers if his shot were slightly heavier.

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Often scoring off of eye-popping dangles or shots from off of the half wall, Sirizzotti would also become more of a threat on the powerplay with a booming shot. Certainly, as he continues to grow and mature, the shot strength will come with it, making this area of improvement more of a nod to his future potential within the next year or two.

Future Potential:

Brenden Sirizzotti has effectively improved his draft stock as a result of his consistently dominant game. Getting off to a hot start right off the bat at the Titans Early Bird Tournament, Sirizzotti has yet to slow up, and has proven to be a potentially dynamic offensive force at the OHL level. With point totals that rival the likes of Quinton Byfield from his time with the York-Simcoe Express, it’s time to take notice of Sirizzotti’s excellence.

As the offensive catalyst for one of Ontario’s top Minor Midget teams, Sirizzotti is putting OHL scouts on notice, and currently projects as a fringe first round pick for the 2019 OHL Draft, which could fluctuate greatly with the number of NCAA committed prospects this year.

OHL Prospect Profile: Ryan Winterton

Ryan Winterton is 200-foot centre who is trusted to play a key role in all situations. He shows incredible instincts in all three zones and plays with both a sniper and a playmaker mentality. Winterton projects to be a late first round pick at the 2019 OHL Draft.

– Ryan Winterton –

Whitby Wildcats (ETA) | Centre | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible

Brooklin, Ontario | 6-foot-0, 160-pounds | September 4th, 2003

Ryan Winterton has quickly become an on-ice leader for the Whitby Wildcats in all three zones of the ice. A reliable two-way centre, Winterton is a consistent offensive catalyst for the ETA-leading Wildcats, through high-end offensive instincts and natural vision of the ice.

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

A trusted component of the WIldcats’ game plan, Winterton is often relied upon as a defensive forward as well, playing an imperative part of the team’s penalty kill and taking numerous defensive zone faceoffs each night. Winterton reads the ice very well and showcases an intelligent game as both a sniper and playmaker.

Strengths:

  • Offensive Instincts
  • Skating
  • Two-Way Responsibility

Winterton naturally reads and adapts to the circumstances on the ice, positioning himself in a beneficial area and finding gaps and opportunities for odd-man rushes with regularity. He is dangerous off the rush, utilizing his ability to fire an accurate wrist shot on net or to slip a tape-to-tape pass to a teammate. Winterton is a strong skater with good puck protection ability and above-average agility and top speed, as well as impressive poise with the puck.

Related: Take a look at our 2019 OHL Cup Ranking: October Edition

Ryan clearly understands that potential scoring chances must first come from strong defensive play. He backchecks deep into his own end to support his defenceman and is consistently the first man back to cover for a pinching defender. Winterton is a hound on the puck and strong on his stick to create turnovers before quickly transitioning the play with a smart breakout.

Area of Improvement:

  • Snap Shot Release

If there’s one area in which Winterton could improve to become a more dynamic force, it may be in his release. With a strong and accurate wrist shot, there’s no denying that Winterton can beat goaltenders with a clean shot. With that said, he could benefit from a more electric release on a snap shot under pressure.

If Winterton were able to get the same power behind his snap shot that he displays on his wrister, he could battle with the top tier of natural scorers in the 2019 OHL Draft class. Undoubtedly, Winterton is a leader in offensive production among this year’s ETA prospects and is a vital part of Whitby’s early season success.

Future Potential:

All in all, Ryan Winterton is an extremely productive centre who can break open a game with his combination of speed, skill, and natural instincts. He displays impressive awareness in all three zones and is consistently trusted to play a key role in all situations for his team.

As a leader for one of the top teams in Ontario this year, Winterton has shown intriguing abilities at both ends of the ice and is currently projected as a late first round pick for the 2019 OHL Draft.

OHL Prospect Profile: Daniel Michaud

Daniel Michaud is one of the top prospects coming out of the ETA for the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. An intelligent center, Michaud is a natural goal-scorer with gifted puck skills. He projects as a probable first round pick.

– Daniel Michaud –

Quinte Red Devils (ETA) | Center | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible

Belleville, Ontario | February 14, 2003

Daniel Michaud is a crafty forward with excellent puck skills and a knack for finding the right place at the right time. Considered to be one of the top 2003-born prospects coming out of the ETA this year, Michaud will likely challenge for the title of scoring champion this year with his combination of goal-scoring potential and playmaking prowess.

Related: Check out our 2019 OHL Draft Ranking: October Top-20

In his first taste of action for the 2018-19 campaign, Michaud displayed a strong north-south game and an ability to lead Quinte’s offence by generating scoring chances on a regular basis. After a slow start to the tournament, the Red Devils would finish 2-2-0 and miss the playoff round, while Michaud led his team with three goals and six points.

Strengths:

  • Hockey Sense
  • Skating
  • Shot

Daniel Michaud’s game revolves around his hockey IQ, in which he exhibits superior intelligence of developing situations and the positioning of everyone else on the ice. He displays excellent vision with slick passes through traffic, finding his teammates just as they arrive on the spot.

Related: Check out the Top 20 Performers of the Toronto Titans Early Bird Tournament

Michaud is a quick and shifty skater with above-average agility. He has promising top-end speed and is able to skate by defencemen on the outside. He also excels at cycling the puck in order to maintain puck possession and buy time for his teammates. Michaud has a strong shot with a quick release, as well as creative hands which can make defenders and goaltenders alike look silly.

Area of Improvement:

  • Lower-Body Strength

If there’s one area which could push Michaud to the next level, it would be his lower-body strength. He has room to improve in protecting the puck, as well as in board battles for the puck. If Michaud was slightly stronger on his feet with more leverage to brush off opponents, he would be that much more effective.

With an already smooth stride, this may come along naturally as Michaud continues to grow and mature, but it’s an area to focus on this year for sure. The benefits from being able to protect and battle for the puck are endless, just look at how often Connor McDavid uses it in his game in order to be truly dominant.

Future Potential:

Michaud currently appears to be one of the top players from the ETA region for the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, with dynamic offensive abilities and responsible defensive awareness to boot. Michaud should be a contender to lead his league in scoring and currently projects as a top-50 prospect for next year’s draft. He should be able to jump straight into the OHL for the 2019-20 season.