2020 OHL Cup Ranking: February’s Top-10

The 2020 OHL Cup is less than two months away, so we’ve assembled our second-last OHL Cup Ranking of the 2019-20 season. In this edition, we present our top-10 teams to watch as well as three honourable mentions who could surprise.

The 2020 OHL Cup is a little under two months away.

Let that fact sink in for a moment.

It’s truly difficult to believe that the 2019-20 hockey season has begun to wind down, as the majority of Minor Midget teams now find themselves embattled within fiery postseason play. Yet, with this being said, the months leading up to the OHL Cup will be nothing other than crucial — every team vying to compete in the annual spectacle has mere weeks to perfect their play and polish their respective crafts in order to put forth the most complete and concentrated effort as possible.

And, as we head down the final stretch of the campaign, there are 10 teams whose play has stood tall above the rest. As you’ll see below, we’ve ranked and profiled the 10 teams we feel are the strongest contenders to take home this year’s OHL Cup. In addition, we’ve also listed three honourable mentions who, despite failing to crack the top-10, each hold the talent and work ethic necessary to make a significant push towards this year’s ultimate prize.

So, with this being said, let’s jump into this month’s OHL Cup Ranking. Let’s begin by assessing our three honourable mentions:

Honourable Mentions:

  • Mississauga Reps

It’s been an up and down season for the Mississauga Reps, as despite standing as a team founded upon speed, skill and tenacity, the Reps have battled to maintain their consistency. Holding down the sixth-spot in the GTHL standings at the time of publication, the Reps slumped somewhat to end the month of January — however, they did defeat the highly touted Toronto Jr. Canadiens for the second time this season in the process. If the Reps can take to the ice with stability and consistency come playoff time, they could be a team to watch if able to reach the OHL Cup.

  • Waterloo Wolves

The Waterloo Wolves enjoyed a tremendous 2019-20 season, as the club claimed the second-overall spot in the Alliance regular season standings. However, in doing so, the Wolves drew a Playdown matchup against the incredibly stingy London Jr. Knights — a team who despite their stance in the regular season standings is as tough as any on a nightly basis. If able to topple the Jr. Knights, the Wolves will have proven themselves as a legitimately dangerous team vying for the OHL Cup.

  • Whitby Wildcats

For the second month in a row, the Whitby Wildcats are an honourable mention within our 2020 OHL Cup ranking — and for good reason. Owing to their strong play in the ETA’s regular season, the Wildcats earned themselves a buy in the first round of their league’s playoffs. And, as long as a short break doesn’t hamper the Wildcats’ momentum, expect Whitby to challenge a number of teams for a berth in the upcoming 2020 OHL Cup. As a team defined by its skill and ability to score goals, Whitby stands as a legitimate threat worth watching closely.

10. Hamilton Huskies:Hamilton Huskies Logo

  • Months Ranked: 2
  • 2019-20 League Record: 22-7-4
  • Toronto Titans Tournament2-2-0
  • Whitby Silver Stick: 2-2-0
  • Holiday Classic: Quarter-Finalist

The Hamilton Huskies concluded their 2019-20 regular season as the third-best team in Alliance hockey, a standing which forced them into a first round playoff matchup against the Brantford 99ers. Although the Huskies stand as a stellar team founded upon elite offensive play and stable defending, the 99ers will surely prove to be no push over — Brantford is a feisty team with the ability to surprise their unsuspecting opponents on a nightly basis. However, is Hamilton’s best players continue to be their best players, the Huskies should be able to advance through what will surely be a hard-fought series.

9. York Simcoe ExpressYork-Simcoe-Express-Logo

  • Months Ranked: 4
  • 2019-20 League Record: 22-8-6
  • Toronto Titans Tournament2-2-0
  • Wendy Dufton Memorial: 1-2-1

As one of the top-three teams in the ETA this season, the York Simcoe Express earned themselves a first-round bye in the OMHA Playoffs. However, doing so proved to be somewhat of a challenge for the Express as their season wound to an end, as the club skated to a 3-4-3 record in the final ten games of their season — a track record which included losses to the Barrie Jr. Colts and Oshawa Generals, yet a victory over the Quinte Red Devils. If the Express gain re-gain the consistency which they exuded earlier on this season, they’ll prove to be a significant foe in the OMHA Playoffs and beyond.

8. Mississauga Senators:

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  • Months Ranked: 1
  • 2019-20 League Record: 16-10-4
  • Toronto Titans Tournament2-1-1

The Mississauga Senators have cracked our top-ten for the first time this season and, based upon their play over the past few months, the Senators are here to stay. Each and every night, the Senators take to the ice with energy and ferocity, regularly finishing their checks while pestering their opponents owing to their relentless work ethic. Led by their offensive star in Yoan Loshing and steadied in goal by standout Charles-Edward Gravel, the Senators have skated to a sparkling 8-2-0 record in their past ten games and will surely record another trio of wins in their final three games of the season. In short, the Senators blistering hot and could do significant damage if able to reach the 2020 OHL Cup.

7. Toronto Marlboros Toronto Marlboros Logo

  • Months Ranked: 4
  • 2019-20 League Record: 16-7-7
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Quarter-Finalist
  • Whitby Silver Stick: Quarter-Finalist

Despite boating a number of top prospects eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft, the Toronto Marlboros have struggled to achieve an identity this season. While it goes without saying that the Marlboros are one of the top teams in the Minor Midget circuit this season, the club has yet to live up to its incredibly high standards this campaign. In fact, inconsistency has been the name of the game for the Marlboros, as the high-powered team pieced together a 2-4-4 record in their past ten contests to round out the month of January. Although a berth in the OHL Cup is almost guaranteed for the Marlboros given their fourth-overall standing in the GTHL, they could be caught by the Senators if their play continues to slip.

6. Southern Tier Admirals Southern Tier Admirals Logo

  • Months Ranked: 4
  • 2019-20 League Record: 24-3-5
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Quarter-Finalist
  • Wendy Dufton Memorial: Quarter-Finalist
  • Whitby Silver Stick: 2-2-0

A sparkling 24-3-5 record to conclude their 2019-20 SCTA campaign placed the Southern Tier Admirals into Group A of their league’s playoffs — an ideal group which features a trio of bottom-tier teams as well as the incredibly stingy Niagara North Stars. Fortunately for the Admirals, they boast a terrifying offensive attack and a wealth of capable defenders and goaltending — a reality which should allow Southern Tier to make a strong push for a berth in the 2020 OHL Cup. If the trio of Andrew Leblanc, Sam Alfano, and Trent Swick — the SCTA’s three highest scoring players this campaign — can continue to roll, the Admirals should be able to cast aside any foe in their path.

5. Toronto Titans Toronto Titans Logo 2

  • Months Ranked: 4
  • 2019-20 League Record: 18-7-5
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Semi-Finalist
  • Whitby Silver Stick: Quarter-Finalist

The Toronto Titans have been fairly consistent throughout the 2019-20 season, and will look to carry their energetic and skillful play with them into the GTHL playoffs. Although their opponent has yet to be officially determined, it goes without saying the the Titans will be a handful regardless of which team they clash with. All season long the Titans have stood as a dynamic force — they feature speed, skill, and size alongside stability in between the pipes. If the Titans’ best players can continue to be their best players throughout the playoffs, the club could be full of surprises come the 2020 OHL Cup.

4. Toronto Nationals TorontoYoungNationals-640x360

  • Months Ranked: 4
  • 2019-20 League Record: 21-5-4
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Champion*
  • Wendy Dufton Memorial: Quarter-Finalist
  • Whitby Silver Stick: 1-3-0

Aside from a brief three-game losing streak to end the month of November, the Toronto Nationals have been remarkably consistent throughout the 2019-20 GTHL season. As a result, they stand as one of the most formidable teams poised to compete for the 2020 OHL Cup. Not only do the Nationals feature one of the top goaltenders eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft in Kyle Downey, but the club also features one of this campaign’s top goal-scorers in Zakary Lavoie. Defined by their work ethic and excellent team-oriented approach, the Nationals boast the potential to deal significant damage to any unsuspecting opponent.

3. Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs:Elgin Middlesex Chiefs logo

  • Months Ranked: 3
  • 2019-20 League Record: 25-0-8
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: 2-2-0
  • Whitby Silver Stick: 3-1-0
  • Holiday Classic: Round-of-16

The Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs were the only team in Ontario to brandish an undefeated record in regular season play this season, a fact which typifies the team’s skill and depth in all three zones of the ice. Although paced offensively by Brady Stonehouse, Owen Van Steensel and Hunter Haight, the Chiefs feature a unique strength in that they boast a slew of equally talented players capable of supplementing the team’s offence and defence on a nightly basis. In short, although the Chiefs’ best players are regularly their best players, the team features the depth necessary to keep the team and its well-being headed in the right direction when they aren’t. This reality is not only incredibly valuable, but will surely prove to be invaluable as the team progresses in post-season play.

2. Toronto Jr. CanadiensToronto Jr. Canadiens Logo

  • Months Ranked: 4
  • 2019-20 League Record: 24-3-2
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Finalist
  • Whitby Silver Stick: 3-1-0

The Toronto Jr. Canadiens are unquestionably one of the top teams in the Minor Midget circuit this season, as their depth and arsenal of skill is unmatched. With a slew of highly touted prospects eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft competing for the Jr. Canadiens, Toronto is an unwavering force every time they take to the ice. However, despite brandishing a sparkling 24-3-2 record in GTHL play this campaign, the Jr. Canadiens have not been able to overtake the Quinte Red Devils for the top spot within our monthly OHL Cup Ranking — yet. If able to put forth consecutive dominant performances in the upcoming GTHL postseason, the Jr. Canadiens may be able to cast aside the Red Devils and re-claim their standing as the top team poised to do battle in the OHL Cup.

Quinte Red Devils Logo1. Quinte Red Devils

  • Months Ranked: 4
  • 2019-20 League Record: 28-5-3
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Sweet-16 Finish
  • Whitby Silver Stick: Semi-Finalist
  • Holiday Classic: Semi-Finalist

The Quinte Red Devils hold down the top spot in our OHL Cup Ranking for the second consecutive month, and for good reason. To conclude the month of January, the Red Devils reached the end of their regular season in the ETA — a campaign which saw Quinte flaunt a terrific 28-5-3 record alongside a jaw-dropping 5.4 goals for per game played. All the while, the Red Devils allowed a mere 1.75 goals against per game — a mark which served as a glaring indication of the team’s offensive lethality in contrast with their willingness to defend and place an emphasis on their own zone. Moreover, with a trio of impressive results in a number of this season’s major tournaments, the Red Devils have proven themselves to be a dynamic group which brings it best to the ice on a nightly basis regardless of their opponent.

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.

2020 OHL Cup Ranking: January’s Top-10

With the 2020 OHL Cup inching closer, we’ve released our first OHL Cup Ranking of the New Year. In this month’s edition, a new team has claimed the number one spot, while we’ve mixed in three honourable mentions worth watching as well.

With the turn of the calendar and the beginning of 2020, we’re now a mere four months away from the annual OHL Priority Selection as well as the OHL Cup. With that being said, the 2019-20 Minor Midget season continues to fly by at a rapid pace — a number of the campaign’s major tournament have already been played, leaving league play and playoff action as the main sources of contention to be settled.

However, once fact which has been made abundantly clear of late is that although the United States’ group of 2004-born prospects is incredibly strong, Ontario is no slouch either. Despite American teams claiming the majority of the season’s major tournaments, a slew of Ontario teams have come on strong of late and continue to impress. Of note are those ranked below — teams such as the Southern Tier Admirals, Elgin Middlesex Chiefs, and Quinte Red Devils continue to improve and stand more than capable of competing with the United States’ best.

To view our full ranking, continue reading below!

Also, be sure to check out our three honourable mentions for this month — all three teams are red-hot of late and could push into the top-ten overall before the season comes to a close.

Honourable Mentions:

  • Mississauga Senators

Despite the incredibly competitive nature of the GTHL this season, the Mississauga Senators continue to improve with each and every game they play. Despite their foe, the Senators come take to the ice with incredible energy and are never truly out of a game owing to their determination and dogged pursuit of the puck. In fact, in their final ten games of 2019, the Senators pieced together a sparkling 8-1-1 record, a streak which included victories over the Toronto Nationals and Vaughan Kings.

  • Waterloo Wolves

The Waterloo Wolves are a truly dynamic team, and one which continues to ascend within the Alliance standings. Paced by a lethal offensive attack and steadied by one of the strongest defences in the league, the Wolves stand as a potent yet responsible force capable of competing against and overcoming a number of the top Minor Midget teams in Ontario. The trademark of the Wolves, and arguably the main reason behind their winning ways, is the team’s general defensive play — Waterloo had allowed just 42 goals in their 26 games played heading into 2020, the least in Alliance.

  • Whitby Wildcats

As a quarterfinalist at the recent Toronto Marlboros Holiday Classic, the Whitby Wildcats are a team knocking on the door to become a top-ten club eligible for the 2020 OHL Cup. Playing with grit, sandpaper, and a ton of the skill, the Wildcats feature a deep and balanced attack capable of bulging the twine in a variety of different ways. Moreover, Whitby boasts two consistent netminders in Nolan Dunn and Andrew Ballantyne who each feature the ability to steal wins for their team.

Mississauga Reps10. Mississauga Reps:

  • Months Ranked: 2
  • 2019-20 League Record: 13-8-4
  • Toronto Titans TournamentSemi-Finalist
  • Wendy Dufton Memorial: Sweet-16
  • Whitby Silver Stick: 2-2-0

Despite staring down remarkable tough competition at the recent Toronto Marlboros Holiday Classic, the Reps skated to an impressive 2-1-1 record. Although their five points were not enough to advance into the elimination round, the Reps once again proved themselves as potent squad anchored by their responsible and tactile blue line. If not for a tie against the Elgin Middlesex Chiefs and a loss to the Buffalo Jr. Sabres — two of the top teams in the event — the Reps likely would have done significant damage.

9. Hamilton Huskies:Hamilton Huskies Logo

  • Months Ranked: 1
  • 2019-20 League Record: 21-4-2
  • Toronto Titans Tournament2-2-0
  • Whitby Silver Stick: 2-2-0
  • Holiday Classic: Quarter-Finalist

The Hamilton Huskies are on absolute fire of late, and have used their mid-season surge to propel themselves into our OHL Cup Ranking for the first time this season. In league play the Huskies have been deadly, posting a 9-0-1 record in their past ten contests while, in the process, jumping into second overall in the Alliance Minor Midget standings. Even more recent was Hamilton’s impressive play in the Holiday Classic, where the Huskies posted a 4-0 record in round robin play before falling to Detroit Compuware in the quarter-finals.

8. York Simcoe ExpressYork-Simcoe-Express-Logo

  • Months Ranked: 3
  • 2019-20 League Record: 19-5-4
  • Toronto Titans Tournament2-2-0
  • Wendy Dufton Memorial: 1-2-1

To no one’s surprise, the York Simcoe Express are a powerhouse team within the ETA once again this season. However, following a red-hot start, the Express have stumbled slightly of late — posting a 5-4-1 record across their final ten games of 2019. This past stretch, which included multiple losses to the Whitby Wildcats and a hard-fought defeat against the Oshawa Generals, saw the Express fall six points back of the Quinte Red Devils for first place in the ETA. However, given York Simcoe’s terrific attack and steady defending, don’t expect their slump to last long.

7. Toronto Marlboros Toronto Marlboros Logo

  • Months Ranked: 3
  • 2019-20 League Record: 14-4-7
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Quarter-Finalist
  • Whitby Silver Stick: Quarter-Finalist

The 2019-20 season hasn’t produced the dominance which the Toronto Marlboros are known for — well, not yet at least. As we head into the New Year, the Marlboros hold down the third-overall spot within the GTHL standings owing to their 14-4-7 record — a track record which has been stymied of late given the Marlboros’ 4-2-4 record across their past ten games played. Further, for those of you wondering why the Marlboros have slipped so significantly this month, the team also failed to advance past the round-robin of their annual Holiday Classic Tournament — putting forth a 1-1-2 record. Despite their recent struggles however, the fact remains that the Marlboros are a dominant team in the Minor Midget circuit — they’ll just need to be more consistent in their second half.

6. Toronto Titans

  • Months Ranked: 3
  • 2019-20 League Record: 14-6-5
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Semi-Finalist
  • Whitby Silver Stick: Quarter-Finalist

Despite the loss of Jonathan Melee earlier this season, the Toronto Titans continue to roll on as one of the best Minor Midget teams eligible for the 2020 OHL Cup. Although their pace has slowed somewhat of late, the Titans continue to stand as a team laden with talent in all three zones of the ice. Backstopped by Liam Sztuska and powered by Kocha Delic, the Titans have continued to play consistent hockey within the GTHL and in tournaments as well — playing to impressive results within the events which they have competed in thus far this season.

5. Southern Tier Admirals Southern Tier Admirals Logo

  • Months Ranked: 3
  • 2019-20 League Record: 20-2-3
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Quarter-Finalist
  • Wendy Dufton Memorial: Quarter-Finalist
  • Whitby Silver Stick: 2-2-0

Not only are they one of the top Minor Midget teams in Ontario, but the Southern Tier Admirals are running away with their SCTA. Owing to their sensational 20-2-3 record to begin the New Year, the Admirals held a decisive eight-point advantage over the second place Niagara North Stars with two games in hand to boot. Although they were cast aside by Detroit Compuware in the round-of-16 at the Holiday Classic, the Admirals’ play in the round robin further established them as a legitimate threat to capture the OHL Cup and, potentially, the OMHA as well.

4. Toronto Nationals TorontoYoungNationals-640x360

  • Months Ranked: 3
  • 2019-20 League Record: 18-5-3
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Champion*
  • Wendy Dufton Memorial: Quarter-Finalist
  • Whitby Silver Stick: 1-3-0

A 3-1 record in round robin play of the Toronto Marlboros Holiday Classic may have provided the Nationals with the motivation they need to find their footing in the second half of the 2019-20 season. Despite holding down second place in the GTHL, the Nationals have not been themselves of late — posting a 6-4 record to round out 2019. Moreover, Toronto’s play in tournaments prior to the Holiday Classic echoed their struggles, as the Nationals failed to piece together successful runs when clashing with the very best which the Minor Midget circuit has to offer. Yet with this being said make no mistake, the Nationals are an excellent young team with plenty to prove before the current campaign comes to an end.

3. Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs:Elgin Middlesex Chiefs logo

  • Months Ranked: 2
  • 2019-20 League Record: 19-0-8
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: 2-2-0
  • Whitby Silver Stick: 3-1-0
  • Holiday Classic: Round-of-16

There’s only one undefeated team present within this month’s edition of our OHL Cup Ranking, and they are none other than the Elgin Middlesex Chiefs. Despite holding a whack of ties, the Chiefs hold down first place in Alliance Hockey and have shown no signs of slowing down. One of the main factors behind the Chiefs’ success is their blistering offence, as Elgin Middlesex boasts four of Alliance’s top-ten scorers within their roster — the most deadly of which being Owen Van Steensel. Despite losing in the round-of-16 at the Holiday Classic to the eventual tournament champion in Detroit Honeybaked, the Chiefs once again proved themselves as one of Ontario’s top Minor Midget teams.

2. Toronto Jr. CanadiensToronto Jr. Canadiens Logo

  • Months Ranked: 3
  • 2019-20 League Record: 21-1-2
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Finalist
  • Whitby Silver Stick: 3-1-0

The Toronto Jr. Canadiens will undoubtedly go wire-to-wire as one of the best Minor Midget teams competing in 2019-20, as their depth and abundance of skill are simply too strong and dominant to ignore. Heading into 2020, the Jr. Canadiens stand in a position of comfort atop the GTHL standings — leading the Nationals by five points with two games in hand. What’s more is that the Jr. Canadiens have been on a serious tear of late, as the club hasn’t lost a league game since the 22nd of September — playing to a 18-0-2 record in that span of time. Although they don’t hold down the top spot in this month’s OHL Cup Ranking, don’t expect the Jr. Canadiens to drop off anytime soon.

Quinte Red Devils Logo1. Quinte Red Devils

  • Months Ranked: 3
  • 2019-20 League Record: 23-3-2
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Sweet-16 Finish
  • Whitby Silver Stick: Semi-Finalist
  • Holiday Classic: Semi-Finalist

The Quinte Red Devils are nothing other than a powerhouse in the Minor Midget circuit — a fact that can no longer be ignored of overlooked. Standing atop the ETA standings with comfort, the Red Devils have scored 5.85 goals per game played in league action thus far this season. In addition to their 164 goals for as of January 1st, the Red Devils had also allowed the fewest goals against in the ETA — their 46 against, or 1.6 per game, were 19 fewer than their next closest foe. What’s more is that the Red Devils have been consistently dominant in tournament play this season, regularly battling with the very best which the United States has to offer. Although they’ve come up short against their American counterparts, Quinte has battled tirelessly and proven to be a fierce test capable of handling any challenge directed their way. While this is Quinte’s first month atop our OHL Cup Ranking, don’t expect it to be their last.

2020 OHL Draft Ranking: December’s Top-100

Heading into the final month of 2019, it’s clear that American eligible prospects are dominating the class. Check out our 2020 OHL Draft Ranking: December’s Top-100.

Now into the final month of 2019, Ontario’s Minor Midget leagues are crossing the halfway point of their respective regular seasons, and have now competed in five of the season’s major tournaments.

The month of November offered two more major showcases to take in, and offered yet another look into the depth and talent of this year’s OHL Priority Selection. A trend with this year’s OHL Draft class has been the emergence of an impressively strong American group, who have been giving Ontario teams a run for their money at each of the major tournaments thus far.

November Recap

  • 2019 OHL Battle of the Border

In a battle between some of USA’s and Ontario’s top Minor Midget teams, Detroit Honeybaked and the Chicago Mission were the lone undefeated teams through a series of games without the usual tournament playoff breakdown. In the end, it was the United States who came away victorious over Ontario by a combined points score of 34-17.

The top scorers included Max Namestnikov (5-3–8) and Frank Nazar (3-5–8), each of Detroit Honeybaked, followed behind by teammate Cole Spicer (5-1-6) and the Chicago Mission’s Carson Walters (3-3-6).

  • 2019 Whitby Silver Stick

In one of the season’s premier tournament’s, it was much of the same story, with teams from the USA having a run of success once again. Through the round robin, only Detroit Honeybaked, Detroit Compuware, and the Buffalo Jr. Sabres came away with perfect 4-0-0 records. Those same three teams remained present in the semi-finals, joined by the Quinte Red Devils.

In the final, Honeybaked had their way once again, rolling over Compuware to a 7-0 victory. In all, Honeybaked rolled to a combined 7-0-0 record with 43 goals for and just 8 goal against.

The top three offensive leaders were once again from Honeybaked, with Nazar (8-7-15), Namestnikov (6-7-13) and Van Sickle (6-6-12) leading the charge. All top-10 scorers were from American teams, while Sam Alfano (5-4-9) of the Southern Tier Admirals was the leading Canadian scorer.

  • League Action

In the GTHL, the Jr. Canadiens (15-1-1) have slightly widened the gap between themselves and the competition. The Nationals (14-3-3) and Marlboros (13-3-3) remain in a tight battle for the second seed, with the Titans (11-5-3) and Reps (11-6-2) not far behind.

The ETA continues to be paced by the front-running Quinte Red Devils (17-2-2) and York Simcoe Express (17-3-3), but a couple dark horses in the Whitby Wildcats (11-4-3) and Richmond Hill Coyotes (10-4-6) are holding their own as well.

In the SCTA, the Southern Tier Admirals (16-1-1) continue to hold the reigns, but two red-hot teams in the Niagara North Stars (11-2-5) and Oakville Rangers (10-6-3) remain serious contenders as well, while the Burlington Eagles (12-9-2) hit a rough patch in November.

The battle at the top of the Alliance remains as tight as ever, with both the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs (15-0-6) and Waterloo Wolves (17-2-3) remaining as promising as ever. With that said, the Hamilton Huskies (16-4-2) were the league’s hottest team in November and are proving that they won’t go down without a fight.

3 Players to Watch

By now, Ty Nelson’s immense skill and on-ice presence are recognized all across the province. Wearing an “A” for Ontario’s top-ranked Minor Midget team, the Toronto Jr. Canadiens, Nelson is a natural leader in and off the ice, and consistently has a tremendous influence on the outcome of JRC games.

Patrolling the blue line with poise and confidence, Nelson is a constant difference-maker at both ends of the ice. A fluid skater, he isn’t afraid to rush the puck through the neutral zone himself, and has the speed necessary to get back into position on the defensive side of the play.

Maintaining a low center of gravity allows Nelson to play a much stronger game than one would expect given his physical size. He’s very hard to knock off of the puck, and is equally effective when erasing opponents into the boards. Further, Nelson has shown the ability to be a quick and creative playmaker in the offensive zone too, establishing an elite two-way game.

Despite not suiting up for one of Ontario’s top teams, Bryce McConnell-Barker hasn’t let that slow down his chase to be a first round pick at the 2020 OHL Draft. Pacing the London Jr. Knights offence, McConnell-Barker has scored nearly triple the goals of any of his teammates, with an astounding 26 goals in just 24 games.

Leading the Alliance in both goals and points, McConnell-Barker has proven to be a dynamic offensive force in all situations, and has continued to build on his arsenal of tools. Boasting impressive sense of the ice and a wicked shot, McConnell-Barker can burn opponents with his combination of shifty skating, creative hands, and nose for the net.

Using a strong stride and a balanced lower-body, McConnell-Barker protects the puck with ease by using his frame to shield opponents from the puck and utilizes a long reach to keep the puck out away from opponent’s stick reach. He displays a solid net drive and isn’t afraid to go into the tough areas in order to score the dirty goals.

  • Carson Christy

Carson Christy has quickly emerged as one of the premier prospects from the ETA, currently leading the league in both goals and points, including an eye-popping 26 goals in just 21 games. Although the Oshawa Jr. Generals have been unable to translate their dynamic offence into wins, sitting comfortably in the fifth seed, Christy has been a bright spot each and every night.

Featuring an electric release and pin-point accuracy, Christy is able to turn the momentum of a game with one flick of the wrist. Although not the smoothest skater out there, Christy can utilize his size and strength to lug the puck through the neutral zone and also showcases quick and creative hands which allow him to maneuver through traffic.

Christy also displays good instincts of the ice and is able to read the play one step ahead of his competition. One of the province’s elite goal scorers, it will be incredibly hard for OHL teams to pass up on Christy in the mid-late first round of the 2020 OHL Draft.

December’s Top-100

Without further ado, here are the top-100 prospects for the 2020 OHL Draft as of December. One trend that has developed so far this year is the emergence of a strong draft class from the U.S., with several first-round talents available. Whether they choose to play in the OHL or not will have huge impacts on how the draft unfolds come April. As the 2019-20 season progresses, we’ll continue to hyperlink personal player profiles to our monthly rankings, so be sure to follow along as the campaign unwinds.

Rank Player Position Team
1 Adam Fantilli C
Kimball Union Academy (Prep)
2 Rutger McGroarty* C
Oakland Jr. Grizzlies (HPHL)
3 Ty Nelson D
Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)
4 David Goyette C
Selects Hockey Academy 15U (Prep)
5 Lane Hutson* D
North Jersey Avalanche U16 (T1EHL)
6 Kocha Delic C
Toronto Titans (GTHL)
7 Pano Fimis C
Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)
8 Seamus Casey* D
Florida Alliance U16 (NAPHL)
9 Devin Kaplan* C
North Jersey Avalanche U16 (T1EHL)
10 Paul Ludwinski C
Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)
11 Hunter Brzustewicz* D
Oakland Jr. Grizzlies (HPHL)
12 Dalyn Wakely C
Quinte Red Devils (ETA)
13 Tyler Duke* D
Detroit Compuware U16 (T1EHL)
14 Isaiah George D
Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)
15 Cutter Gauthier C
Detroit Compuware U16 (T1EHL)
16 Frank Nazar* C
Honeybaked U15 (HPHL)
17 Cedrick Guindon C
Rockland Nationals (HEO)
18 Bryce McConnell-Barker C
London Jr. Knights (Alliance)
19 Max Namestnikov LW
Honeybaked U15 (HPHL)
20 Carson Christy C
Oshawa Jr. Generals (ETA)
21 Isaac Howard* C
Shattuck St. Mary’s U16
22 Sam Alfano RW
Southern Tier Admirals (SCTA)
23 Evan Konyen C
Pittsburgh Penguins Elite (T1EHL)
24 Aidan Castle RW
Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)
25 Donovan McCoy D
Quinte Red Devils (ETA)
26 Andrew LeBlanc C
Southern Tier Admirals (SCTA)
27 Zak Lavoie C
Toronto Young Nationals (GTHL)
28 Devin Mauro C
Soo Greyhounds (GNML)
29 Vinny Borgesi D
Selects Hockey Academy 15U (Prep)
30 Alec Leonard D
Mississauga Reps (GTHL)
31 Gavin Brindley LW
Florida Alliance U16 (NAPHL)
32 Hunter Haight C
Elgin Middlesex Chiefs (Alliance)
33 Matthew Poitras LW
Whitby Wildcats (ETA)
34 Thomas Sirman D
Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)
35 Owen Van Steensel LW
Elgin Middlesex Chiefs (Alliance)
36 Tai York C
Niagara North Stars (SCTA)
37 Nicholas Moldenhauer RW
Toronto Titans (GTHL)
38 Benjamin Bujold C
Kanata Lasers (HEO)
39 Cameron Van Sickle LW
Honeybaked U15 (HPHL)
40 Noah Van Vliet D
Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)
41 Jonathan Melee C/LW
Rockland Nationals (HEO)
42 Nathan Poole C
Oshawa Jr. Generals (ETA)
43 Michael Buchinger D
Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)
44 Mick Thompson C
North Jersey Avalanche U16 (T1EHL)
45 Jackson Edward D
York Simcoe Express (ETA)
46 Lorenzo Bonaiuto LW
Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)
47 Zach Filak* C
Detroit Compuware U16 (T1EHL)
48 Shawn Ramsey D
Toronto Young Nationals (GTHL)
49 Joshua Hoover D
Lambton Jr. Sting (Alliance)
50 Kyan Haldenby LW
Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)
51 Matthew Johanovic D
Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)
52 Brody Crane* C
Buffalo Jr. Sabres 16U
53 George Fegaras D
Richmond Hill Coyotes (ETA)
54 Jack Piper RW
York Simcoe Express (ETA)
55 Ryan McGuire LW
Burlington Eagles (SCTA)
56 Hayden Simpson C
Toronto Titans (GTHL)
57 Aidan Puley LW
Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)
58 Chase Pietila D
Honeybaked U15 (HPHL)
59 Aaron Brown D
Quinte Red Devils (ETA)
60 Evan Klein C
Waterloo Wolves (Alliance)
61 Justin Varner RW
Honeybaked U15 (HPHL)
62 Nicholas De Angelis D
Mississauga Senators (GTHL)
63 Matthew DiMarsico RW
Pittsburgh Penguins Elite (T1EHL)
64 Chase Lefebvre D
North Bay Trappers (GNML)
65 Cole Spicer RW
Honeybaked U15 (HPHL)
66 Aaron Andrade RW
Toronto Titans (GTHL)
67 Trent Swick RW
Southern Tier Admirals (SCTA)
68 Jacob Lesser LW
Smiths Falls Bears (HEO)
69 Chris Able D
Chicago Mission U15 (HPHL)
70 Eli Sebastian RW
Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)
71 Lleyton McLean C
Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)
72 Liam Eveleigh D
Waterloo Wolves (Alliance)
73 Harrison Ballard C
York Simcoe Express (ETA)
74 Max Seguin LW
Toronto Young Nationals (GTHL)
75 Justin DeZoete C
Hamilton Huskies (Alliance)
76 Jordan Karafile C
Toronto Young Nationals (GTHL)
77 Ethan Best D
Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)
78 Jake Manfre C
Long Island Gulls U15 (AYHL)
79 Jake Sederoff LW
Toronto Titans (GTHL)
80 Michael Podolioukh RW
Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)
81 Cooper Matthews LW
York Simcoe Express (ETA)
82 Madden Steen D
Guelph Jr. Gryphons (SCTA)
83 Nathan Lewis RW
Oakland Jr. Grizzlies (HPHL)
84 Anthony Piccininno C
Toronto Titans (GTHL)
85 Cole Bianchin LW
Pittsburgh Penguins Elite (T1EHL)
86 Wilson Farrow D
Toronto Young Nationals (GTHL)
87 Lane Hinkley D
Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)
88 Brady Stonehouse LW
Elgin Middlesex Chiefs (Alliance)
89 Owen Mehlenbacher C
Buffalo Jr. Sabres U15
90 Kalen Peterson RW
Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)
91 Noah Richard LW
Quinte Red Devils (ETA)
92 Patrick Thomas C
Hamilton Huskies (Alliance)
93 Sett Ursomarzo RW
Toronto Young Nationals (GTHL)
94 Joshua Vogelsburg C
Mississauga Reps (GTHL)
95 Zander Veccia RW
Elgin Middlesex Chiefs (Alliance)
96 Owen Beck RW
Quinte Red Devils (ETA)
97 Jorian Donovan D
Kanata Lasers (HEO)
98 Jake Karabela C
Guelph Jr. Gryphons (SCTA)
99 Nolan Collins D
Whitby Wildcats (ETA)
100 Cédricson Okitundu D
Waterloo Wolves (Alliance)

2020 OHL Cup Ranking: November’s Top-10

Now mid-way through the month of November, the time has come to release our latest 2020 OHL Cup Ranking of the 2019-20 season. In this edition, two new teams have cracked the top-10 and appear to be here to stay.

We’re midway through the month of November, which means that the time has come to unveil our latest 2020 OHL Cup Ranking of the 2019-20 campaign. Since we last met, each and every team competing within the Minor Midget hockey circuit this season has fought hard to improve upon their places within their respective league standings. For a number of clubs this hard work has paid off dramatically, as league standings have shifted greatly while our OHL Cup Ranking also underwent a great deal of change in just over a month’s time.

Related: All 2020 OHL Draft Rankings

Perhaps the most notable development within our 2020 OHL Cup Ranking for the month of November is the addition of two new teams to our top-10 — these clubs, which you’ll meet below, have long impressed and have burst into our ranking owing to their dominating play of late. Moreover, we’ve chosen to add an honourable mentions section to this month’s ranking as well — with such a great number of lethal teams competing this campaign, it simply wouldn’t be right to compile a ranking without discussing their exploits as well.

So, with this being said, let’s kick off this month’s ranking by delving into a trio of honourable mentions. Once you’ve familiarized yourself with these three teams, dive into the full top-ten ranking below.

Honourable Mentions

  • Elgin Middlesex Chiefs:

The Elgin Middlesex Chiefs continue to stand as one of the most dominant teams in the minor midget hockey circuit, as the club carried a pristine 12-0-4 record at the time of our November Ranking. So, why have the Chiefs slipped out of the top-ten overall and into an honourable mention, you ask? Well, with two new teams cracking the top-ten this month, the Chiefs essentially fell victim to the numbers game. Yet, with this being said, be sure to keep an eye of the Chiefs in the weeks and months ahead.

  • Mississauga Reps:

There is a great deal of parity present within the GTHL this season, yet the Mississauga Reps stand in contention to be a major player come playoff time. Defined by their defensive approach, the Reps feature a formidable defence and — at the time of this ranking — owned the lowest goals against per game of any GTHL club. If the Reps can generate greater offence in the months ahead on a consistent basis, they’ll be a serious threat in the New Year.

  • Vaughan Kings:

The Vaughan Kings continue to battle hard with the GTHL, as the club’s play has failed to waiver since the 2019-20 campaign began. Backstopped by two solid netminders and a solid defence core, the Kings attack from the blue line forward and have the ability to overwhelm their opponents owing to their speed and tenacity. Like a handful of other teams in the GTHL, a boost of offence would surely propel Vaughan higher in their league standings.

10. Waterloo Wolves

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  • Months Ranked: 2
  • 2019-20 League Record: 14-1-2
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Sweet-16 Finish
  • Wendy Dufton Memorial: Quarter-Finalist

The Waterloo Wolves have been on a tear since reaching the quarter-finals of the Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament, turning in a stellar 7-0-1 record across their past eight league games played. Throughout these games the Wolves have played strong defensive hockey — a reality which has allowed the team’s forwards to excel on a regular basis. Of note have been the Wolves’ big three in Lucas Carson, Evan Klein and Andy Reist — a trio of forwards who have been down-right deadly of late.

9. Southern Tier Admirals

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  • Months Ranked: 2
  • 2019-20 League Record: 12-1-1
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Quarter-Finalist
  • Wendy Dufton Memorial: Quarter-Finalist

The Southern Tier Admirals have been red-hot since the Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament, shooting to the top of the SCTA standings owing to an outstanding seven-game winning streak to round out their month of October. Although some of these games were tightly contested matches, the Admirals also defeated a number of their opponents in a decisive fashion as a result of their potent offence and responsible defensive play. If the trio of Andrew Leblanc, Sam Alfano, and Trent Swick can continue their torrent play while receiving contributions from throughout their lineup, Southern Tier could come to stand as one of Minor Midget hockey’s offensive juggernauts.

8. Quinte Red Devils

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  • Months Ranked: 2
  • 2019-20 League Record: 14-2-0
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Sweet-16 Finish

As one of the most dynamic and explosive teams in the Minor Midget circuit this season, it should come as no surprise to see the Quinte Red Devils within our top-ten for the second consecutive month. Although they currently hold down second place within the ETA standings, the Red Devils are a legitimate threat who should clash intensely and challenge the York Simcoe Express as the current campaign continues. Defined by their lethal offence and the ability to defend with remarkable consistency, Quinte will undoubtedly stand as a significant challenger into the new year and beyond.

7. Toronto Titans

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  • Months Ranked: 2
  • 2019-20 League Record: 9-4-2
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Semi-Finalist

After erupting out of the gate to begin their 2019-20 campaign, the Toronto Titans have slowed slightly of late. Over the past month or so, the Titans have battled with consistency issues — playing to a handful of ties and losses in their games played within the GTHL. Despite these tough results, the Titans still stand as a top-five team within their league standings — a reality which will surely persist as the team is simply too skilled and deep to disappoint. While losing Jonathan Melee hurt, the Titans hold a slew of talented players at each position on the ice who bring compete and drive to the ice on a nightly basis. So, despite a slight slip, the Titans still remain as a team to watch closely.

6. York Simcoe ExpressYork-Simcoe-Express-Logo

  • Months Ranked: 2
  • 2019-20 League Record: 15-1-3
  • Toronto Titans Tournament2-2
  • Wendy Dufton Memorial: 1-2-1

The York Simcoe Express are blistering hot of late, as the club has used a nine-game unbeaten streak following the Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament to climb atop the ETA standings. What’s more is that the Express have shown no signs of slowing down, as the team topped the high-powered Quinte Red Devils and the incredibly competitive Kingston Jr. Frontenacs in doing so. Sure, Quinte will challenge York Simcoe for distinction as the top team in the ETA as the 2019-20 season develops, however, the fact remains that the Express are a team on the rise who seem to improve with each passing game.

5. Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 8448456_38863246825e4ce3814c88e167711261

  • Months Ranked: 1
  • Wendy Dufton Memorial: Champion

Making their first appearance in our monthly 2020 OHL Cup Ranking are the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies — a team bursting at the seams with high-end skill which has been extremely competitive all year long. Whether it be league action of tournament competition, the Jr. Grizzlies have come to play and have displayed the ability to consistently challenge and overcome a number of the Minor Midget circuit’s top teams. In fact, at the recent Battle of the Border showcase the Jr. Grizzlies topped the Toronto Marlboros and Toronto Jr. Canadiens before falling to the Toronto Titans in their final game — three outcomes which accurately reflect Oakland and their lethal abilities as a team.

4. Toronto Marlboros

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  • Months Ranked: 2
  • 2019-20 League Record: 9-2-3
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Quarter-Finalist

Consistency has been the name of the game for the Toronto Marlboros so far this season, as the club has managed to put forth a solid effort in virtually every game in which they’ve played. In fact, aside from a 3-0 loss to the Vaughan Kings to end the month of October the Marlboros have been downright unstoppable — posting a 7-2-1 record in their past ten GTHL contests at the time of publication. And, although the Marlboros posted a 1-1-1 record during the 2019 Battle of the Border, the team proved that they can compete with and defeat the strongest competition home to the Minor Midget hockey circuit.

3. Toronto Nationals

  • Months Ranked: 2
  • 2019-20 League Record: 11-1-3
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Champion*
  • Wendy Dufton Memorial: Quarter-Finalist

The Toronto Nationals boast the best record in the GTHL, and for good reason. In their past ten GTHL games played dating back to the 7th of October, the Nationals boast a stellar 7-1-2 record and have only fallen to the Toronto Jr. Canadiens — the team which holds down the first overall spot within this month’s OHL Cup Ranking. However, if the Nationals wish to maintain their standing atop the GTHL, they’ll need to prove that they can defeat their strongest foes in decisive fashion. In the upcoming month, the Nationals will face all of the Toronto Titans, Marlboros, and Jr. Canadiens — three of the top teams in the GTHL. If they can knock off these foes, the Nationals will have further secured their place within our ranking.

2. Detroit Honeybaked Honeybaked-weblogo_large

  • Months Ranked: 1

Bursting onto the scene in this month’s 2020 OHL Cup Ranking is Detroit Honeybaked — a club which has dominated its league play as well as it opponents on the international stage. In fact, in the recent 2019 Battle of the Border Showcase, Detroit Honeybaked displayed exactly what they are capable of as a team — dismantling the highly ranked Toronto Marlboros and Toronto Titans with relative ease. In their victory over the Marlboros, Detroit Honeybaked netted six goals in the first period alone en route to a 10-1 win. Then, against the Titans, Detroit once again scored 10 goals in an eventual 10-5 win — a victory which was overshadowed by the Titans’ ability to field a goaltender. However, the fact remains that if Honeybaked can wreck havoc in tournaments to come, they must be considered as a legitimate threat come the 2020 OHL Cup.

1. Toronto Jr. CanadiensToronto Jr. Canadiens Logo

  • Months Ranked: 2
  • 2019-20 League Record: 11-1-1
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Finalist

The Toronto Jr. Canadiens haven’t lost a game in GTHL play since the 22nd of September — one of many reasons why the club continues to hold down the top spot in our OHL Cup Ranking for the month of November. As it stands, no team is more complete or deep at each position on the ice than the Jr. Canadiens — Toronto features a devastating offence, a steady blue line, and reliable goaltending in between the pipes. Although they fell in both of their games during the 2019 Battle of the Border Showcase, the Jr. Canadiens are a resilient group who are simply too strong and skilled to be held down for long periods of time. Boasting a stellar 9-0-1 record in their past 10 GTHL games, ‘JRC’ remains as the team to beat… for the time being.

2020 OHL Draft Ranking: November’s Top-60

2020 OHL Draft Ranking: November’s Top-60 – The month of October offered a fantastic glimpse into the top prospects from both Ontario and the Unites States, allowing us to expand our ranking to the Top-60 prospects.

One month further into the 2019-20 Minor Midget campaign, and we find ourselves gaining a much better hold of this year’s top prospects for the 2020 OHL Draft.

The month of October gave us two more major showcases to witness, and offered yet another look into the depth and talent of this year’s Priority Selection. The prospects at the top of the rankings thus far have been playing consistently dominant hockey to hold their positions, while several prospects who are off to blazing hot starts have quickly shot up the rankings as well.

October Recap

  • Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament

The London Jr. Knights hosted the annual Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament, and rode their momentum all the way to the Final, where they eventually fell to the star-studded Oakland Jr. Grizzles.

Led by the likes of Rutger McGroarty and Hunter Brzustewicz, the Grizzlies rolled to a 7-0-1 record, defeating some major OHL Cup contenders along the way. Other notable performances came from David Goyette and the South Kent Academy and Nolan Burnside of the host Knights.

  • Beast Battle Showcase

The following weekend, the Beast Border Showcase took place, featuring some of the top teams from Canada and the United States. Although not your typical tournament format, the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite were undoubtedly the most dominant team,  finishing with a 4-0-0 record, led by Matthew DiMarsico and Evan Konyen.

Meanwhile, McGroarty took home his second straight scoring title, adding a combined 18 goals and 21 points in 12 games over the two weekends. The Toronto Jr. Canadiens were the top Canadian team, finishing 3-1-0, led by Pano Fimis and Ty Nelson, who led all defencemen in tournament scoring.

  • League Action

In the GTHL, the playoff teams are beginning to take hold of their positions. At the top, the Jr. Canadiens (11-1-1) remain the team to beat despite to absence of Adam Fantilli, as Fimis has taken over the captain’s role with authority. Down the line, the Toronto Nationals (9-1-3), Toronto Marlboros (8-2-3), and Toronto Titans (8-4-2) all remain high-end contenders as well.

In the ETA, the Quinte Red Devils (12-1-0) continue to be the favourites, although the York Simcoe Express (14-1-3) are proving to be much closer in competition than expected, and handed them their only loss this year, by a score of 4-3. Further, the Oshawa Jr. Generals (8-4-3) and Whitby Wildcats (6-3-1) also remain strong squads.

The SCTA is being paced by the Southern Tier Admirals (12-1-1) as expected, but the Burlington Eagles (9-3-2) have remained hot on their tails thanks to a hot offence. The Guelph Gryphons (8-2-2) handed the Admirals their only loss and could be a potential dark horse as well.

The Alliance remains in a tight race at the top of the standings between the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs (11-0-4) and the Waterloo Wolves (13-1-2), who have yet to give up any ground. The Huron-Perth Lakers (9-5-1) and Hamilton Huskies (9-4-1) also remain within striking distance.

Three Players to Watch

If you hadn’t heard of Rutger McGroarty before October, you certainly have now. Regarded as one of the top prospects for not only the 2020 OHL Draft, but for the 2022 NHL Draft as well, McGroarty took Ontario by storm this past month.

With his Oakland Jr. Grizzlies participating in two tournaments which involved Ontario teams, McGroarty put his uncanny scoring touch on display. Pitching in 18 goals in just 12 games, McGroarty led both the Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament and the Beast Border Showcase in scoring.

Playing against some of Ontario’s top Minor Midget teams, McGroarty showcased his elite hands, IQ, and wicked release. A University of Notre Dame commit, it’s uncertain whether he will ever play in the OHL. Regardless, McGroarty remains one of the most talented 2004-born prospects in North America.

A superstar with the Eastern Ontario Wild in 2018-19, Goyette has made a seamless transition into South Kent Selects Academy this year. A wizard with the puck, Goyette can torment teams with his ability to play both a sniper and a playmaker role.

Much like McGroarty, Goyette made his first Ontario appearances in October. Night in, night out, Goyette was the driving force behind South Kent’s unforgiving offence, racking up a combined 7 goals and 12 assists for 19 points in just 9 games of tournament action.

Goyette is a notoriously smart player with unbridled skill and elite skating strength. With speed to burn and edge work that keeps defenders on their toes, Goyette is the type of player that you lean on to produce in key situations, one of many reasons that makes Goyette a can’t-miss prospect for the 2020 OHL Draft.

  • Pano Fimis

Heading into the 2019-20 campaign, Pano Fimis wasn’t necessarily considered as a top prospect to watch on the high-flying Toronto Jr. Canadiens. Flash forward two months, and Fimis is one of the main reasons why scouts flock to JRC games.

After the departure of Adam Fantilli, Fimis promptly took over the captaincy and hasn’t looked back. Now one of the team’s most consistent and lethal forwards, Fimis has moved up into a first line center position and provides a constant level of effort and leadership.

Playing a responsible 200-foot game, Fimis has a positive impact on all zones of the game. He showcases quick hands and can turn defenders inside out on a regular basis. With an accurate snap shot and strong vision of the ice, Fimis has become a go-to player for the Jr. Canadiens in all situations.

November’s Top-60

Without further ado, here are the top-60 prospects for the 2020 OHL Draft as of November. One trend that has developed so far this year is the emergence of a strong draft class from the U.S., with several first-round talents available. Whether they choose to play in the OHL or not will have huge impacts on how the draft unfolds come April. As the 2019-20 season progresses, we’ll continue to hyperlink personal player profiles to our monthly rankings, so be sure to follow along as the campaign unwinds.

Rank Player Position Team
1 Adam Fantilli C Kimball Union Academy (Prep)
2 Rutger McGroarty* C Oakland Jr. Grizzlies (HPHL)
3 Ty Nelson D Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)
4 Lane Hutson* D North Jersey Avalanche U16 (AYHL)
5 David Goyette C Selects Hockey Academy 15U (Prep)
6 Kocha Delic C Toronto Titans (GTHL)
7 Devin Kaplan* C North Jersey Avalanche U16 (T1EHL)
8 Cedrick Guindon C Rockland Nationals (HEO)
9 Paul Ludwinski C Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)
10 Tyler Duke* D Detroit Compuware U16 (T1EHL)
11 Dalyn Wakely C Quinte Red Devils (ETA)
12 Pano Fimis C Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)
13 Seamus Casey* D Florida Alliance U16 (NAPHL)
14 Isaiah George D Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)
15 Carson Christy C Oshawa Jr. Generals (ETA)
16 Cutter Gauthier C Detroit Compuware U16 (T1EHL)
17 Sam Alfano RW Southern Tier Admirals (SCTA)
18 Evan Konyen C Pittsburgh Penguins Elite (T1EHL)
19 Zak Lavoie C Toronto Young Nationals (GTHL)
20 Aidan Castle RW Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)
21 Jonathan Melee C/LW Rockland Nationals (HEO)
22 Hunter Brzustewicz* D Oakland Jr. Grizzlies (HPHL)
23 Nicholas Moldenhauer RW Toronto Titans (GTHL)
24 Devin Mauro C Soo Greyhounds (GNML)
25 Thomas Sirman D Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)
26 Donovan McCoy D Quinte Red Devils (ETA)
27 Andrew LeBlanc C Southern Tier Admirals (SCTA)
28 Bryce McConnell-Barker C London Jr. Knights (Alliance)
29 Alec Leonard D Mississauga Reps (GTHL)
30 Zach Filak* C Detroit Compuware U16 (T1EHL)
31 Nathan Poole C Oshawa Jr. Generals (ETA)
32 Michael Buchinger D Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)
33 Isaac Howard* C Shattuck St. Mary’s U16 (Prep)
34 Jackson Edward D York Simcoe Express (ETA)
35 Owen Van Steensel LW Elgin Middlesex Chiefs (Alliance)
36 Ryan McGuire LW Burlington Eagles (SCTA)
37 Hayden Simpson C Toronto Titans (GTHL)
38 Frank Nazar* C Honeybaked U15 (HPHL)
39 Noah Van Vliet D Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)
40 Hunter Haight C Elgin Middlesex Chiefs (Alliance)
41 Harrison Ballard C York Simcoe Express (ETA)
42 Aidan Puley LW Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)
43 Lorenzo Bonaiuto LW Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)
44 Cole Bianchin LW Pittsburgh Penguins Elite (T1EHL)
45 Kyan Haldenby LW Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)
46 Shawn Ramsey D Toronto Young Nationals (GTHL)
47 Michael Podolioukh LW Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)
48 Cooper Matthews RW Quinte Red Devils (ETA)
49 Brody Crane* C Buffalo Jr. Sabres 16U
50 Jake Karabela F Guelph Jr. Gryphons (SCTA)
51 Lane Hinkley D Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)
52 Aaron Andrade RW Toronto Titans (GTHL)
53 Aaron Brown D Quinte Red Devils (ETA)
54 Zion Green LW Oakland Jr. Grizzlies (HPHL)
55 George Fegaras D Richmond Hill Coyotes (ETA)
56 Jake Sederoff LW Toronto Titans (GTHL)
57 Owen Mehlenbacher C Buffalo Jr. Sabres U15 (T1EHL)
58 Gavin Brindley LW Florida Alliance U16 (NAPHL)
59 Madden Steen D Guelph Jr. Gryphons (SCTA)
60 Evan Klein C Waterloo Wolves (Alliance)

*- Indicates that the player is currently committed to an NCAA program.

2020 OHL Cup Ranking: October’s Top-10

With the 2019-20 Minor Minor season officially underway, Prospect Pipeline has released its first OHL Cup Ranking. This October ranking highlights the top-ten teams in Minor Midget hockey while discussing top prospects eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft.

The 2019-20 Minor Midget season is officially underway, which means that the time has come to unveil our initial OHL Cup Ranking of the campaign. At first glance, this hockey season will be as exciting and entertaining as all of those that have come before — if not more so. As opposed to previous seasons, there appears to be a great deal of parity present within the world of Minor Midget hockey in 2019-20, as there is no single team that should be favoured to win the majority of tournaments this campaign en route to the OHL Cup.

Related: All 2020 OHL Draft Rankings

However, there are a few teams which stand out when compared to the rest. The Toronto Jr. Canadiens are one of which, as their high-powered offence and deep defence-core should allow them to contend with the toughest of competition. On the heels of the Jr. Canadiens are the likes of the Toronto Nationals, Titans, Marlboros, and Quinte Red Devils — four clubs who boast the team depth necessary to legitimately do battle with and succeed against the Jr. Canadiens. And then there are the dark horse contenders — the Mississauga Reps are one of which, as their team-oriented approach should command a great deal of success this season in the GTHL and beyond.

2020 OHL Cup October Top 10

One reality which must be kept in mind is that we are merely a few seasons into the 2019-20 campaign, meaning that this ranking and the play of each and every Minor Midget team in Ontario is anything but set in stone. In the months ahead, expect this ranking to be altered somewhat dramatically as each and every team attempts to attain stable ground throughout the hockey season. In short, if your favourite team isn’t listed below don’t be alarmed, as plenty of time remains for dozens of clubs to alter their perceptions in the eyes of scouts and management alike.

Related: All 2020 OHL Draft Prospect Profiles

With this being said, let’s dive into our first OHL Cup Ranking of the 2019-20 season! In this edition two teams from Alliance, two teams from the ETA, five teams from the GTHL, and one team from the SCTA have cracked the top-ten overall. 

10. Elgin Middlesex ChiefsElgin Middlesex Chiefs logo

  • Months Ranked: 1
  • 2019-20 League Record: 10-0-3
  • Tournament Record: 2-2
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: 2-2

The Elgin Middlesex Chiefs exploded out of the gate to begin their 2019-20 Alliance season, skating to a dominant 6-0 record alongside 20 goals for and a mere seven against. The major driving factors behind this significant goal differential to begin their campaign was the Chiefs’ well-rounded attack, depth on the blue line, and consistent efforts in between the pipes. From the get go, each and every player on the team’s roster displayed the ability to influence the outcome of any given game — a reality which will bode well for Elgin Middlesex throughout their 2019-20 season.

Particularly impressive early on has been the play of forwards Hunter Haight, Owen Van Steensel, and Zander Veccia — three forwards who each bring a different yet equally significant set of skills to the rink on a consistent basis. Moreover, there have been the contributions put forth by Cole Jenken and Wyatt Adkins on the Chiefs’ blue line — two defenders who can contribute offensively in addition to their efforts within their own zone. If able to receive consistent contributions from these five players alongside steady goaltending from Owen Willmore and Marcus Vandenberg, the Chiefs could stand as a legitimate force this season.

9. York Simcoe ExpressYork-Simcoe-Express-Logo

  • Months Ranked: 1
  • 2019-20 League Record: 7-1-2
  • Tournament Record: 3-4-1
  • Toronto Titans Tournament2-2
  • Wendy Dufton Memorial: 1-2-1

After failing to advance past the round robin of the Titans Early Bird Tournament, the York Simcoe Express returned to league action with a chip on their shoulder. Exploding out of the gate to a 6-0-0 record, the Express remain one of the clear top contenders out of the ETA over a quarter of the way through the regular season. York Simcoe boasts a deep and potent offence, with a number of defenders who can chip in as well. Midway through October, the Express are averaging over four goals per game while allowing just over two. Expect York Simcoe to be the greatest challenger to the powerhouse Quinte Red Devils all year long.

Leading the way offensively are the likes of Jack Piper, William Haines, and Harrison Ballard. With eight forwards averaging over 0.6 points-per-game, it’s clear that depth is a great strength of the Express. Along the blue line, Jackson Edward is the name to watch. A tremendous skater with great sense of the ice and a high offensive ceiling, Edward is a top prospect for the 2020 OHL Draft. Don’t sleep on fellow defender, Bensen Moore, as well, as he’s shown flashes of driving the play while also shutting down opponents top lines. York Simcoe’s balanced attack will undoubtedly be the greatest asset all year long, and it gives them a chance to stand up against their best opponents on any night.

8. Waterloo WolvesWaterloo Wolves Logo

  • Months Ranked: 1
  • 2019-20 League Record: 7-1-1
  • Tournament Record: 6-1-2
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Sweet-16 Finish
  • Wendy Dufton Memorial: Quarter-Finalist

If the 2019-20 Alliance Hockey season boils down to a battle of two teams, don’t be surprised if the Chiefs and the Waterloo Wolves are the final clubs left standing. As we’ve seen, the Chiefs are a legitimate team to be reckoned with — yet so too are the Waterloo Wolves. Fresh off of a sweet-16 finish in the Toronto Titans Tournament, the Wolves — like the Chiefs — also began their 2019-20 campaign with an impressive 6-0 record. In those games played, the Wolves blasted home 28 goals and allowed a mere eight against — a glaring indication of their explosive offensive and sound defensive abilities.

Leading the charge offensively this season for Waterloo will likely be Evan Klein and Lucas Carson, although others such as Andy Reist and Cole Pelley will surely play significant roles as well. One major strength which they Wolves boast, however, is incredible potency on their blue line — both Cedricson Okitundu and Ty Higgins are offensive wizards who defend their own zone as well as fuel their team’s offence with relative ease. If the Wolves can receive consistent contributions from their forwards alongside production from their blue line, Waterloo will stand as a multi-faceted team capable of winning games in a variety of fashions.

7. Mississauga Reps

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  • Months Ranked: 1
  • 2019-20 League Record: 5-2-0
  • Tournament Record: 8-2-1
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Semi-Finalist
  • Wendy Dufton Memorial: Sweet-16 Finish

The Mississauga Reps are a team defined by their depth. In fact, during the Toronto Titans Tournament seven Reps players scored two goals or more through their seven games played — an output which illustrated that virtually any player within their lineup could play a significant role in the team’s success. This team-oriented style of play paid immediate dividends for the Reps as they embarked upon their GTHL regular season campaign, as Mississauga was able to knock off the high-powered Jr. Canadiens in just their third contest of the season.

As mentioned above, the Reps’ success is derived from their impressive team depth — the club boasts upwards of six forwards capable of creating deadly offensive opportunities on a nightly basis. Further, the Reps’ defence is as sound and deep as they come — the likes of Rosario Colosimo, Zach Perruzza, and Alec Leonard will all stand as major pillars on the team’s blue line for the duration of the 2019-20 campaign. And, it wouldn’t be right to overlook the team’s two netminders in Tyler Beazley and Adam Ricci. In Beazley, the Reps feature a highly athletic and technical goaltender, while Ricci is an intimidating sight who provides very little opportunity for opposing shooters to take advantage of.

6. Southern Tier Admirals

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  • Months Ranked: 1
  • 2019-20 League Record: 5-0-1
  • Tournament Record: 7-3
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Quarter-Finalist
  • Wendy Dufton Memorial: Quarter-Finalist

The Southern Tier Admirals are off to a hot start to begin their 2019-20 campaign and have shown no signs of slowing down thus far. In both tournament and league play, the Admirals have been dominant and could very well feature one of the most explosive offences in the Minor Midget circuit this season. During the Toronto Titans Tournament, Southern Tier skated to a 4-2 overall record and outscored their opposition 18 goals to 13 en route to a quarter-final berth. And, in the opening two games of their SCTA season, the Admirals picked up two victories on the heels of 15 goals for and just two against.

These explosive offensive outbursts have allowed a number of Southern Tier’s top players to showcase their elite talent levels ahead of the 2020 OHL Draft. Of note to date have been the contributions of forwards Sam Alfano, Andrew Leblanc, and Trent Swick — three players who have fuelled the Admirals’ offence with both poise and consistency. Supplementing Southern Tier’s attack from the blue line is Matthew Donnison, a sure-footed defender who can push the pace of play at both ends of the ice. If the players listed above — in addition to a number who weren’t listed who are equally effective — can bring the same effort level to the ice with each passing game, the Admirals should stand as a force within the SCTA this season.

5. Toronto MarlborosToronto Marlboros Logo

  • Months Ranked: 1
  • 2019-20 League Record: 5-1-3
  • Tournament Record: 4-2
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Quarter-Finalist

Team depth is the name of the game this season for the Toronto Marlboros, although they do boast plenty of high-end talent eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft. As it stands, the Marlboros boast nine — if not more — forwards who can devise and implement high-percentage scoring plays. While most of which won’t garner immense point totals throughout the 2019-20 season, each will play an important role in once again pushing the Marlboros to the top of the GTHL standings and beyond. And, as of late, the Marlboros have continued where the 2003-born team left off last season — clinching an impressive quarter-final berth in the annual Toronto Titans Tournament.

Leading the charge for the Marlboros throughout the tournament and early into the GTHL campaign have been Vincenzo Baiocchi, Lorenzo Bonaiuto, and Kalen Peterson — three forwards who can skate like the wind and operate with the puck at full speed. Bonaiuto, who played in Minor Midget games last season as a Bantam-aged player, has arguably been the most dynamic — his ability to skate with the puck as well as pass and shoot it have made him a truly dynamic offensive threat. Oh, and don’t forget about Isaiah George on the blue line, he’s an intimidating force who can fuel his team’s transition game while contributing offensively as well.

4. Quinte Red DevilsQuinte Red Devils Logo

  • Months Ranked: 1
  • 2019-20 League Record: 7-0
  • Tournament Record: 4-1
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Sweet-16 Finish

The Quinte Red Devils have cracked the top-five in our OHL Cup Ranking for the month of October owing to their strong showing at the Toronto Titans Tournament, solid play in the ETA, and the impressive depth present throughout their lineup. Despite being eliminated in the round of 16, the Red Devils impressed throughout to Titans Tournament — skating to a 4-0 record in round robin play before falling to the Mississauga Reps by a score of 7-6. Further, since embarking upon their ETA regular season play, the Red Devils have bested two quality opponents in nothing other than decisive fashion.

As far as the Red Devils’ roster itself, team depth at every position on the ice appears to be the trait which will propel Quinte to long-term success over the course of this season. Thus far, the Red Devils’ forward group has displayed a knack for scoring important goals when they matter the most — an ability which will serve Quinte well as they face an increasingly difficult level of competition this season. Moreover, there is the Red Devils’ blue line — a defence-core which features three prospects in Aaron Brown, Parker Stewart, and Donovan Mccoy who can play a sound defensive style in their own end before joining the rush. If the goaltending tandem of Corbin Votary and Andrew Munro can continue to play exceptional hockey, don’t expect the Red Devils to fall out of our top-ten anytime soon.

3. Toronto TitansToronto Titans Logo

  • Months Ranked: 1
  • 2019-20 League Record: 6-3-1
  • Tournament Record: 6-1
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Semi-Finalist

It is abundantly clear that the GTHL will once again be loaded with a number of elite and highly competitive teams. Fortunately for the Titans they are one of those clubs, as Toronto appears destined for a long and wildly successful season of play throughout the 2019-20 campaign. One major reason behind the Titans’ impending success is the lethality of their forward group, as the team features a number of high-level prospects who will draw considerable attention leading up to the 2020 OHL Draft. These budding stars helped propel the Titans to the semi-final appearance at their annual tournament, although Toronto would eventually fall to the Toronto Jr. Canadiens.

So, who are these elite-level players in the making, you ask? Well, arguably the most prolific of all is Nicholas Moldenhauer, a fleet-footed playmaker who loves to score his fair share of goals as well. Up next is Kocha Delic, a young centre who enjoyed a substantial amount of success in the Titans Tournament who will likely come to be considered as one of the top centres eligible for the upcoming Priority Selection. Following in the footsteps of Moldenhauer and Delic are the likes of Jake Sederoff and Hayden Simpson — two dynamic players in their own right who boast the ability to intimidate and dominate opposing defenders with relative ease. And, in addition to a rock-solid core of defenders, the Titans also feature one of the GTHL’s top goaltenders in Liam Sztuska — a netminder whose innate athletic abilities allow stymie opposing shooters on a nightly basis.

2. Toronto Nationals

  • Months Ranked: 1
  • 2019-20 League Record: 6-0-2
  • Tournament Record: 10-1-1
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Champion*
  • Wendy Dufton Memorial: Quarter-Finalist

The Toronto Nationals couldn’t have asked for a better start to their 2019-20 campaign, as the team shocked the high-flying and heavily favoured Toronto Jr. Canadiens by a score of 5-2 to claim the Toronto Titans Tournament. This success appears to have fuelled the team to begin their GTHL regular season play, as the Nationals claimed a victory in each of their first four games played while outscoring their opposition by a 13-4 differential. Fortunately for the Nationals, maintaining this pace of play should relatively simple so to speak, as the team features outstanding team depth and as well as a handful of top prospects eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft.

Leading the charge for the Nationals are Zak Lavoie and Max Seguin, two forwards of solid size and strength who have the ability to score goals as well as create them. This versatility — alongside the play of other standout forwards such as Jordan Karafile, Sett Ursomarzo, and Tobias Iantorno — will afford the Nationals with a deep and potent offensive attack capable of dominating the most intimidating of defences with impressive regularity. Moreover, with a slew of talented young defenders in hand as well as two impressive young netminders in between the pipes, the Nationals will surely clash with the Jr. Canadiens atop the GTHL standings all season long.

1. Toronto Jr. CanadiensToronto Jr. Canadiens Logo

  • Months Ranked: 1
  • 2019-20 League Record: 8-1-1
  • Tournament Record: 7-1
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Finalist

The Toronto Jr. Canadiens began the 2019-20 season as the favourite to not only claim the GTHL championship but to take home the majority of the hardware dished out at high-level tournaments along the way as well. And, while the Jr. Canadiens hold down the top spot within our OHL Cup Ranking for the month of October, their status as the team to beat took two significant hits early in the season which has slightly altered their perception. Firstly, the Jr. Canadiens fell to the Nationals in the championship game of the Toronto Titans Tournament by a score of 5-2. Then, mere days later, the Jr. Canadiens dropped a hard-fought 3-2 decision to the upstart Mississauga Reps — a game which many believed that Toronto should have won.

However, it is extremely important to remember that each hockey season is a long one — ups and downs along the way are incredibly natural and should be expected.

Ultimately, the Jr. Canadiens are still the deadliest team in Ontario’s Minor Midget circuit. For Toronto, it all begins with their offence — the Jr. Canadiens feature a core of forwards with virtually zero weaknesses who can pile on goals with absolute ease. If you aren’t convinced, consider the fact that not one of the Jr. Canadiens’ forwards scored less than two goals during the Titans Tournament, and that six of which scored at a point-per-game pace or greater over their eight contests played. Then, there is Toronto’s defence — an area of the team’s roster which is just as strong as its core of forwards. On the blue line, Ty Nelson and Noah Van Vliet lead the way, while Thomas Sirman and Ethan Best are absolutely stellar young prospects too. So, although they lost a few games to begin their 2019-20 season as well as Adam Fantilli, the Jr. Canadiens are a powerhouse who have yet to be overthrown.

* All team records accurate as of October 16th, 2019 *

2020 OHL Draft Ranking: October’s Top 20

The 2020 OHL Draft is officially on the radar, with Ontario’s Minor Midget AAA season underway. Check out October’s Top-20 Prospects.

We’re now one month into Ontario’s 2019-20 Minor Midget season, which means that it’s time for the very first 2020 OHL Draft Ranking.

We will incorporate a monthly ranking of the top OHL Draft prospects, beginning with October’s Top-20. Each month, the ranking will grow by approximately 40 to 50 players, until we reach the penultimate ranking in April; the Top-300.

For a look back to the 2019 OHL Draft Rankings, click here, and see how the rankings grew and developed over the course of the season.

The 2019-20 Season, So Far:

As for this year, October has blessed us with one of the year’s major tournaments, the Titans Early Bird, as well as a handful of league action for each team, which hasn’t disappointed.

Related: Toronto Titans Early Bird Tournament: Top-10 Performers

To officially kick off the 2019-20 season, the 12th Annual Titans Early Bird Tournament gave a sneak peak into the top contenders for the 2020 OHL Cup, as well as some of the top names to watch for the upcoming 2020 OHL Draft.

In the end, it was the upstart Toronto Nationals who battled and clawed their way to victory, capping off the tournament with a shocking, come from behind victory over the heavily favoured Toronto Jr. Canadiens.

The Nats rolled to a combined 8-0-0 tournament record, scoring a total of 30 goals while allowing just 8. Led by the dynamic goal-scorer and former Jr. Canadien, Zak Lavoie paced the tournament with 10 goals, while the Nationals combination of defence and goaltending stifled their opponents.

In league action, several teams have gotten off to an all-important hot start, paving the way for future success. In the GTHL, the Nationals have continued their dominance, leading the pack with a 4-0-1 record. Meanwhile, a large pack of teams remain hot on their tails, led by the Toronto Jr. Canadiens (4-1-0), Toronto Titans (4-1-0), and the Mississauga Reps (4-1-0).

In the ETA, the high-flying Quinte Red Devils have started off on the right foot, along with the offensively gifted York Simcoe Express and Whitby Wildcats. The Alliance has been led by two front-runners, the Waterloo Wolves and Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs, who are each undefeated still. Meanwhile in the SCTA, it’s been business as usual for the Southern Tier Admirals, who continue to pound opponents with their electric offence.

Three Players to Watch

Although the year has just begun, a few select players have really stood out and made their name known on a nightly basis.

  • Cedrick Guindon

The unanimous top prospect from the HEO this year is Cedrick Guindon, a smooth skating and highly intelligent forward who has taken the league by storm to start the season. Through one month of league action, Guindon is pacing the league offensively, posting 12 goals and 23 points through just 11 games. For reference, Mason McTavish, the 5th overall pick in the 2019 OHL Draft, had 16 points through his first 10 games last year.

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Guindon is a wizard with the puck and can utilize his skating abilities to make defenders look clueless with tricky edge work at top speeds. With quick and creative hands, Guindon excels at creating time and space, but can also drive right to the next himself. A gifted goal-scorer, Cedrick Guindon is a name you’ll hear a lot of heading towards the 2020 OHL Draft.

The leader of the reigning OMHA Champion, Quinte Red Devils, Dalyn Wakely is a dynamic forward who can make a significant difference at both ends of the ice. Oozing with skill and strength, he can create problems for his opposition in plenty of ways, whether by enforcing the physical aspect of the game, or by creating dangerous scoring chances. A dominant force all over the ice, Wakely is an impact player who can single-handedly shift the course of a game.

A swift skater with a goal-scorers touch, Wakely can work his way to the danger areas with ease using his combination of speed and creativity. A handful on the perimeter, he can be just as dangerous through the middle of the ice once he picks up speed, using his vision and quick hands to find open spaces in small areas. With intimidating strength to boot, Wakely can effectively separate opponents from the puck with booming open ice hits, as well as plow through the neutral zone like a bowling ball knocking down pins. With Jr. A experience on his resumé already, it’s clear that Wakely is cut out for a promising OHL career in the near future.

An electric offensive threat, Kocha Delic was an invaluable piece of the Toronto Titans run to the 2019 OHF All-Ontario Bantam Championships. A wizard with the puck, Delic has displayed top notch skating abilities, featuring quick acceleration and hit agility. He can handle the puck extremely well at top speeds, and always has his head up to survey his surroundings. A playmaker by nature, Delic excels at creating time and space for his teammates by drawing defenders towards himself.

An extremely skilled and flashy forward, Delic can take the puck end-to-end with relative ease, utilizing his speed on the outside and his hands to drive the center of the ice. However, there’s more to his game than just offence, as Delic consistently supports his defencemen in the defensive zone. He’s willing to cover a defender who pinches, and will always be available deep in his own end to take a first pass and start the breakout. Delic is the type of player who will catch your eye, night in and night out.

October’s Top-20

Without further ado, here are the top-20 prospects for the 2020 OHL Draft as of October. There remains a ton of time for things to shift and for others to make their mark as first-rounders, but consistency will be key. As the 2019-20 season progresses, we’ll continue to hyperlink personal player profiles to our monthly rankings, so be sure to follow along as the campaign unwinds.

Rank Player Position Team
1 Adam Fantilli C Kimball Union Academy (Prep)
2 Rutger McGroarty* C Oakland Jr. Grizzlies (HPHL)
3 Ty Nelson D Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)
4 Lane Hutson* D North Jersey Avalanche U16 (T1EHL)
5 David Goyette C Selects Hockey Academy 15U (Prep)
6 Cedrick Guindon C Rockland Nationals (HEO)
7 Cutter Gauthier C Detroit Compuware U16 (T1EHL)
8 Isaiah George D Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)
9 Dalyn Wakely C Quinte Red Devils (ETA)
10 Devin Kaplan* C North Jersey Avalanche U16 (T1EHL)
11 Aidan Castle RW Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)
12 Paul Ludwinski C Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)
13 Tyler Duke* D Detroit Compuware U16 (HPHL)
14 Kocha Delic C Toronto Titans (GTHL)
15 Donovan McCoy D Quinte Red Devils (ETA)
16 Jonathan Melee C/LW Toronto Titans (GTHL)
17 Seamus Casey* D Florida Alliance U16 (NAPHL)
18 Nicholas Moldenhauer RW Toronto Titans (GTHL)
19 Zak Lavoie C Toronto Young Nationals (GTHL)
20 Sam Alfano C Southern Tier Admirals (SCTA)

* Indicates that the player is currently committed to an NCAA program.

2020 OHL Draft Preview: 25 Top Prospects

Although the 2020 OHL Draft is 11 months away, we’ve taken a moment to highlight 25 of the top 2004-born prospects set to compete in the 2019-20 season. While this is not a ranking, consider this piece as an informative resource to hold close in the current offseason and months ahead.

With the 2019 OHL Draft complete, the time has come to turn our attention to the class of 2020.

Although the 2020 OHL Priority Selection remains nearly a year away, there is no time like the present to become acquainted with the next crop of incredibly talented major-junior prospects. And, at first glance, the upcoming class of 2004-born OHL prospects appears to be as deep and highly skilled as those who graced minor midget ice during the 2018-19 season.

However, unlike the 2003-born draft class and the exceptional Shane Wright, the 2004-born class does not feature a clear-cut top prospect. It is this fact which will surely make the 2019-20 season a wildly entertaining one, as it appears — at the moment — as though up to ten players could vie for the first overall selection come April of 2020.

Related: OHL Draft Prospect Profiles

With this being said, we’ve taken the time to profile 25 of the top 2020-OHL Draft eligible prospects set to compete throughout North America during the 2019-20 season. Now, this is by no means a ranking, but rather an informative resource to help guide your focus throughout the current offseason and into the upcoming minor midget campaign.

25 Top Prospects to Watch

Here are the top-25 prospects to watch ahead of the 2019-20 season and the 2020 OHL Draft, listed in alphabetical order.

Of the 25 prospects you will meet below, 14 of which are forwards, nine are defenders, and the remaining two are goaltenders. However, regardless of their position on the ice, all 25 of the prospects listed below have the skill and potential necessary to one day develop into elite players at the OHL-level.

Owen Beck – F

2018-19 Team: Quinte Red Devils (ETA)

Instant Analysis: A native of Port Hope, Ontario, Owen Beck stands as one of the premier goal-scorers eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft. Well-known for his lethal shot and its devastating release, Beck can pound the puck on-goal in the blink of an eye and is a consistent offensive producer. Fresh off of an eight-goal performance in the Bantam OHF Championship with Quinte, Beck could very well be chosen within the top-10 overall come April of 2020.

Lorenzo Bonaiuto – F

2018-19 Team: Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)

Instant Analysis: Lorenzo Bonaiuto’s game is defined by his stellar skating abilities and speed in all three zones of the ice. Afforded with a few games of Minor Midget experience in his Bantam season, Bonaiuto features solid size and the work-ethic necessary to single-handedly drive his team’s offensive attack. As a creative playmaker who features an improving shot, Bonaiuto’s unrelenting drive makes him a handful for opposing defenders to contain on a nightly basis.

Michael Buchinger – D

2018-19 Team: Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)

Instant Analysis: One of the top defencemen eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft, Michael Buchinger plays a composed two-way game and has the abilities necessary to influence the game at both ends of the ice. Although he checked in at 5-foot-9 this past season, Buchinger’s skating abilities and on-ice intelligence allow him to thrive both with and without the puck. Wildly creative and poised while in possession, Buchinger regularly devises deadly scoring opportunities for his team while prioritizing the well-being of his own zone.

Brody Crane – F

2018-19 Team: Buffalo Jr. Sabres (T1EHL)

Instant Analysis: Although he isn’t an intimidating physical force on the ice, Brody Crane instills fear in his opponents owing to his deadly his shifty skating abilities and ridiculously nasty set of mitts.

A terrific playmaker who keeps his opponents guessing given his raw creativity, Crane can draw defenders close before turning on his jets and driving wide to the goal. A capable puck-protector despite his stature, Crane has the skill-set necessary to develop into a deadly OHL player should he forgo his commitment to Penn State University.

Kocha Delic – F

2018-19 Team: Toronto Titans (GTHL)

Instant Analysis: A lethal offensive player first and foremost, Kocha Delic’s willingness to play and gritty and in-your-face style of game makes him an intriguing 2020 OHL Draft eligible prospect. In fact, alongside his four goals and 11 points in the recent OHL Bantam Championship, Delic also recorded 24 penalty minutes — a stat line which indicated his competitiveness and willingness to play a broad team role. However, Delic is most valuable when he has the puck on his stick, as the youngster boasts terrific handles and the speed necessary to keep opposing defenders off balance.

Nick De Angelis – D

2018-19 Team: Mississauga Senators (GTHL)

Instant Analysis: Defence is the name of the game for Nick De Angelis — a strong and stable two-way defender who skated for the Mississauga Senators’ Bantam squad in 2018-19. Already of impressive size, De Angelis is a smooth skater who makes crisp and confident passes to his forwards alongside his willingness to join the offensive rush. While his productivity will surely continue to improve in the years ahead, De Angelis’ mature game is something to behold given his young age.

Dominic DiVincentiis – G

2018-19 Team: Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)

Instant Analysis: Arguably one of the top goaltenders eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft, Dominic DiVincentiis is an athletic and tactile netminder who patrols his crease with poise. Of improving size, DiVincentiis features impressive lateral mobility and the ability to make highlight-reel saves with remarkable consistency. Perhaps the most impressive feature of DiVincentiis’ game is his puck-tracking, as the youngster can fight through traffic and track shots extremely well — a reality which allows him to stand one step ahead of his opposition.

Tyler Duke – D

2018-19 Team: Detroit Compuware 16U (HPHL)

Instant Analysis: The younger brother of Dylan Duke — a top prospect selected by the Saginaw Spirit in the 2019 OHL Draft — Tyler Duke is a dynamic two-way defender who played alongside Dylan as a member of the Detroit Compuware U16 team in 2018-19. Despite playing against opponents much older than himself, the youngest Duke held his own with apparent ease and displayed remarkable poise and creativity for a 2004-born defender. Committed to the University of Notre Dame, Duke will certainly stand as a first-round OHL Draft talent if he spurns the NCAA for a major-junior career.

Jackson Edward – D

2018-19 Team: Richmond Hill Coyotes (ETA)

Instant Analysis: After appearing in a handful of games for the Richmond Hill Coyotes at the Minor Midget level this past season, expectations surrounding Jackson Edward are at an all-time high. Heading into his first year of OHL Draft eligibility, scouts will be watching Edward closely as he takes to the ice on a nightly basis. A strong and sturdy skater of ample confidence, Edward is regularly amongst the most intelligent players on the ice and rarely makes mistakes as a direct result.

Adam Fantilli – F

2018-19 Team: Toronto Red Wings (GTHL)

Instant Analysis: Adam Fantilli made major waves as a member of the Toronto Red Wings at the Minor Midget level this past season, playing a crucial role in his team’s run to the 2019 OHL Cup Final. In his first OHL Cup appearance, Fantilli notched five goals and seven points in his six games played and was nothing short of dominant despite his extremely young age given his December 10th, 2004 birth date.

As a powerful skater who features impressive size and agility, Fantilli can power through opposing defences with absolute ease and can control the pace of play at both ends of the ice. A tremendous back-checker and sound 200-foot player, Fantilli could very well be the top prospect eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft if he chooses to forgo the many NCAA options which will undoubtedly be sent in his direction.

Isaiah George – D

2018-19 Team: Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)

Instant Analysis: A strong, powerful defenceman who can be a difference maker at both ends of the ice, Isaiah George was a constant leader for the Toronto Marlboros all year long. Named Top Defenceman at the 2019 OHF Bantam Championships, George maintains effective gap control against the opposition’s rush and is a force along the wall below the dots. With a strong stride, he can lug the puck up ice himself with authority and is dynamic along the blue line, displaying smart shot selection and an ability to get the puck through traffic.

David Goyette – F

2018-19 Team: Eastern Ontario Wild / Hawkesbury Hawks (OEBHL / HEO)

Instant Analysis: The Eastern Ontario Wild were an absolute force in the OEBHL this past campaign, playing to a perfect 30-0 record alongside a jaw-dropping +189 goal differential. One key member of the Wild’s roster was David Goyette — a shifty forward who paced his team’s offensive attack with remarkable consistency. In fact, through his 30 regular season contests in 2018-19, Goyette fired home 43 goals and collected a whopping 94 points — an indication of his lethality and consistency on the ice. As a natural playmaker and potent goal-scorer to boot, Goyette stands as one of the most talented players eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft.

Cedric Guindon – F

2018-19 Team: Eastern Ontario Wild / Rockland Nationals (OEBHL / HEO)

Instant Analysis: The only player to outscore the aforementioned David Goyette in the OEBHL this past season was teammate Cedric Guindon — a pure goal-scorer who can also devise exceptional scoring plays with apparent ease. In Guidon’s regular season play with the Wild in 2018-19, the youngster blasted home 48 goals and 48 assists for a total of 98 points — a pace which afforded him with a point-per-game mark of 3.38.

The most interesting aspect of Guindon’s stat line was his penalty minutes total. Through his 29 regular season games, Guindon took just one minor penalty — a sum which speaks to his maturity and poise on the ice regardless of the situation. With this being said, expect Guindon to dominate the HEO this coming season.

Lane Hinkley – D

2018-19 Team: Vaughan Kings (GTHL)

Instant Analysis: Despite his 2004 birth year, Lane Hinkley competed in the GTHL at the Minor Midget level in 2018-19 and did not look out of place whatsoever. Of great size and strength for a youngster, Hinkley brought a stable and composed game to the ice for the Kings on a consistent basis. Although the offensive side of his game remains a work in progress, Hinkley routinely displayed his abilities as a sound defender and proved crucial to the well-being of his team’s transition game throughout the campaign. No, Vaughan didn’t enjoy a stellar season, but Hinkley stood as a glowing bright spot within an otherwise mediocre season for the Kings. Once his offensive game begins to shine, Hinkley should develop into a sturdy two-way defender at the OHL-level for years to come.

Devin Kaplan – F

2018-19 Team: North Jersey Avalanche 16U (T1EHL)

Instant Analysis: He may be just 15-years old, but Devin Kaplan is quickly rounding into a premier power-forward. Already boasting great size at 6-foot-2 and 185-pounds, Kaplan is a dynamic offensive player who knows how to use his size to his advantage. Whether he be protecting the puck or surging up ice, Kaplan uses his frame to shield possession and overpower his opponents. What’s more is that in addition to his lethal offensive abilities — Kaplan recored 68 points in 44 games in 2018-19 — the youngster also brings a unique level of intensity to the ice. In fact, Kaplan racked up 99 PIM last season.

Zakary Lavoie – F

2018-19 Team: Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)

Instant Analysis: Born and raised in Ottawa, Zakary Lavoie enjoyed a very successful first season in the GTHL with the Jr. Canadiens. A rangy forward, Lavoie is a shifty skater with elite puck skills and impressive hockey sense. As a natural goal-scorer who can devise plays as well, Lavoie stands as a dynamic and versatile offensive player capable of influencing the outcome of any given game. While his size will undoubtedly increase with time, Lavoie already loves to play an intense game and is willing to mix things up physically with his opposition when the situation demands.

Devin Mauro – F

2018-19 Team: Soo Greyhounds Bantam / Soo Thunderbirds (NOBHL / GNML)

Instant Analysis: If you’re looking for a natural and consistent goal-scorer, then Devin Mauro is your prospect. A shifty and dynamic skater with a nose for the net, Mauro features a deceptive shot release and the ability to blast pucks on-goal through traffic.

In his 24 games played with the Soo Greyhounds last season, Mauro cranked home 30 goals and 43 points before adding an additional four in the postseason. After gaining a few games of experience with the Soo Thunderbirds at the Minor Midget level, Mauro should be able to transition to the GNML with ease this coming season.

Donovan McCoy – D

2018-19 Team: Quinte Red Devils (ETA)

Instant Analysis: A strong and stable defender, Donovan McCoy stands poised for a major season in the 2019-20 campaign. Calm and composed in his own zone as well as on the offensive blue line, McCoy regularly makes intelligent decisions with the puck and is by no means prone to turnovers. What’s more is that McCoy owns a heavy shot from the point and the ability to punch the puck through traffic and onto the goal. Owing to the power of his shot, McCoy can force opposing goaltenders to create rebounds which his teammates are quick to pounce upon. While his lateral mobility could use work in the months ahead, McCoy’s strong stride and two-way skill-set combine to make him a pillar on the blue line.

Jonathan Melee – F

2018-19 Team: Eastern Ontario Wild / Rockland Nationals (OEBHL / HEO)

Instant Analysis: Jonathan Melee skated alongside both Goyette and Guindon for the Eastern Ontario Wild this past campaign, and was equally impressive as a dynamic offensive threat. In his 27 regular season games played for the Wild, Melee potted 25 goals and 60 points before tallying an additional three with the Midget Rockland Nationals. Like his teammates mentioned above, Melee is a threat to shoot the puck as well as pass it and can keep his opponents on their heels owing to his versatility. A shifty skater to boot with speed to burn, Melee’s unpredictable nature will surely make him a handful this coming season when he ascends to the next level in his development.

Ty Nelson – D

2018-19 Team: Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)

Instant Analysis: Although the Toronto Jr. Canadiens didn’t enjoy a particularly successful campaign in 2018-19, Ty Nelson established himself as one of the game’s top young defenders in the process. A smooth skater who oozes confidence, Nelson can take control of the game at both ends of the ice and isn’t afraid to push the pace offensively. However, when Nelson does join or lead the rush, he is sure to back-check tirelessly in order to prioritize and secure his defensive zone. With one season of GTHL hockey at the Minor Midget level under his belt already, Nelson should return to the ice with authority in 2019-20 and play a starring role in each and every situation imaginable.

Nathan Poole – F

2018-19 Team: Oshawa Minor Generals / Oshawa Generals MM (ETA)

Instant Analysis: The Oshawa Generals Minor Midget team is shaping up to be one of the strongest in Ontario this coming season, and will be led up front by a big and strong centre by the name of Nathan Poole. A strong and stable skater who is virtually impossible to knock off of the puck, Poole has the skill-set and drive necessary to fuel his team’s offensive attack and is consistent in his ability to do so. What’s more is that Poole is a force in his own zone, frequently utilizing his strength and innate instincts in order to diffuse plays devised by his opposition before leading his team’s transition game. As a natural goal-scorer who can play-make as well, Poole’s value lays in his on-ice versatility.

Thomas Sirman – D

2018-19 Team: York Simcoe Express (ETA)

Instant Analysis: Thomas Sirman skated for the York Simcoe Express at the Minor Midget level as a 14-year-old this past season, and was simply incredible throughout. A smooth skating defenceman, Sirman collected 27 points in his 34 regular season games played before adding an additional seven points in the postseason.

Moreover, Sirman added 50 PIM — a total which indicated his extremely competitive nature and willingness to battle against older and more physically mature competition. A threat to influence the outcome of any given game at both ends of the ice, Sirman’s confidence and creative nature will allow him to develop into a premier defender in the 2019-20 season and in the years to come.

Liam Sztuska – G

2018-19 Team: Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)

Instant Analysis: Named as the OHF Bantam AAA Championship’s Top Goaltender in 2019, Liam Sztuska stands as one of the most dynamic and electrifying netminders eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft. A star for the Toronto Marlboros this past season, Sztuska is an incredibly athletic goaltender who has a knack for making timely saves when counted upon most. Quiet in his goal and sound in his positioning, Sztuska can read the play extremely well as it develops and has no issue tracking the puck as it whizzes around his zone of the ice. Further, with stellar rebound control and impressive lateral mobility, Sztuska has the skill-set necessary to shine at the Minor Midget level in 2019-20 and beyond.

Mick Thompson – F

2018-19 Team: Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)

Instant Analysis: One of the hardest-working players eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft, Mick Thompson is a tireless skater who strives to create offensive opportunities for his team with each and every passing shift. A naturally smooth skater who can navigate the ice with ease, Thompson boasts a strong and accurate wrist shot which has can fire on-goal in the blink-of-an-eye. In addition to his shot are Thompson’s innate instincts on the ice — the youngster pays close attention to his defensive zone and will use his tenacity to his advantage in order to secure possession at both ends of the ice. While greater size and strength will surely come to Thompson in the years ahead, the native of Toronto, Ontario already stands as a force to be reckoned with throughout each passing shift.

Dalyn Wakely – F

2018-19 Team: Quinte Red Devils (ETA)

Instant Analysis: Dalyn Wakely can do it all on the ice, as the youngster is a tenacious and persistent force who strives to make an impact with each passing shift. Whether he is throwing his weight around or lightning the lamp, Wakely consistently finds a way to influence the game and is widely regarded as an excellent teammate as a direct result. As a strong and sturdy skater, Wakley has the ability to protect the puck with relative ease and isn’t afraid to drop his shoulder in order to drive hard to the goal. Once established in the offensive zone, Wakely can best his opponents in a number of different manners — whether he be shooting the puck or devising high-danger scoring opportunities, Wakely’s versatility makes him an unpredictable yet endlessly potent threat to produce offensively. In short, Wakely will undoubtedly stand as one of the ETA’s top prospects throughout the 2019-20 campaign.

2019 OHL Priority Selection: First-Round Mock Draft

With the 2019 OHL Priority Selection upon us, we’ve taken the time to write a top-21 mock draft for the event. Although Shane Wright will fall first overall, the remaining order is anything but certain.

With the 2019 OHL Priority Selection officially on the horizon, we’ve taken the time to put together a first-round mock draft.

In our top-21 mock draft, we’ve taken into account team needs and trends in order to arrive at the most accurate selection possible. However, despite this being said, prospects committed to various NCAA programs always find a way to throw a kink in OHL mock drafts, so be sure to keep wildcards such as Danil Zhilkin, Sasha Pastujov, and Dylan Duke in mind as the big day approaches.

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Whether or not Sasha Pastujov — a highly touted 2019 OHL Draft eligible forward — will opt for the major-junior route remains unknown. (Photo Credit: Tim Cornett/CHL Images)

Outside of these committed prospects, the field which comprises our first-round mock draft will be extremely familiar to most. To no ones surprise, we’re expecting Shane Wright to fall at first overall to the Kingston Frontenacs — a selection which should kickstart a substantial resurgence in the “Limestone City”.

Related: 2019 OHL Draft Rankings

However, following the selection of Wright, nothing is set in stone. Although there seems to be a consensus with respect to the top-five prospects in the 2019 OHL Draft, the choices made outside of fifth-overall are incredibly difficult to predict and will undoubtedly boil down to the strengths and weaknesses of each specific team as they are placed on the clock.

Related: 2019 OHL Draft Profiles

So, taking into account the information and perspectives unveiled above, here is our first-round mock draft ahead of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. While we’re not expecting this to be 100% accurate, we’d be surprised if a number of our selections below aren’t solidified come draft day.

First-Round Mock Draft

Here it is, our top-21 mock draft with respect to the 2019 OHL Draft.

One reality to keep in mind is that fact that the Peterborough Petes hold two first-round choices this year — a result of the trade which saw Will Cuylle traded to the Windsor Spitfires this past offseason. Hence, there are 21 picks in the first-round as opposed to the usual 20.

Lastly, be sure to read our Final OHL Draft Ranking of the 2018-19 season, as it highlights the top-300 prospects available and will afford you with an idea of which players your favourite team could be pondering.

1st Overall: Kingston Frontenacs

Prospect Selected: Shane Wright – C

2018-19 Team: Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)

Shane Wright of the Don Mills Flyers is an exceptional talent, and a virtual lock to be selected first overall by the Kingston Frontenacs in the 2019 OHL Draft. Earning the right to select Wright was a painful ordeal for the Frontenacs, as the team struggled mightily in the second half of their season and concluded the 2018-19 OHL campaign with a league-worst 30 points and 14-52-2 record. 

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Wright was our top-ranked prospect all season long, and will be the driving force behind Kingston’s resurgence. (Photo Credit: Max Lewis)

Kingston’s pain will likely be worth it, however, as Wright stands as the NHL’s next elite prospect and boasts the skill-set and drive necessary to lead his team at both ends of the ice regardless of the level. As mature as they come both on and off of the ice, Wright will stand as a pillar within the Frontenacs’ lineup and undoubtedly lead the team to substantial success in the years to come.

2nd Overall: Flint Firebirds

Prospect Selected: Brennan Othmann – RW

2018-19 Team: Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)

Commitment issues have seemingly plagued the Flint Firebirds in the past, however, it appears as though sniper Brennan Othmann is ready to take his talents to Michigan. A stellar two-way player who is a capable playmaker as well as goal-scorer, Othmann boasts solid size and the skating abilities necessary to make the jump to the OHL-level in 2019-20.

Nabbing Othmann would be a significant addition for the Firebirds, as the team scored the second-fewest goals in the OHL this past season and could see its top player in Ty Dellandrea turn pro with the Dallas Stars next season. Alongside the likes of Evan Vierling, Ethan Keppan, and Cody Morgan, Othmann could be able to transition the Firebirds from a fringe contender into a legitimate competitor.

3rd Overall: Erie Otters

Prospect Selected: Brandt Clarke – D

2018-19 Team: Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)

Unquestionably the best defenceman eligible for the 2019 OHL Draft, the Erie Otters will not hesitate to select Brandt Clarke. A smooth skating defender who is as capable in his defensive zone as he is lethal in the attacking zone, Clarke is a dynamic presence who can be utilized and thrive in virtually any situation on the ice. Further, given his impressive size and strength, Clarke is difficult to knock off of the puck and is not intimidated by his competition by any means.

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Alongside Jamie Drysdale, Clarke and the Otters will have a devastating one-two punch on their blue line. (Photo Credit: Max Lewis)

Selecting Clarke would be a massive addition for the Otters, who would boast both Jamie Drysdale and the aforementioned Clarke on their blue line for years to come. Both dynamic two-way defenders, the duo of Drysdale and Clarke would afford Erie with two pillars of power on their back-end capable of influencing and driving the team’s offence with relative ease as well as consistency.

4th Overall: Barrie Colts

Prospect Selected: Connor Lockhart – C

2018-19 Team: Kanata Lasers (HEO)

While the Barrie Colts would do well to add an elite young defenceman to their roster, the skill-set which Connor Lockhart possesses is far too valuable to pass up. A purposeful and electrifying skater, Lockhart has the ability to drive his team’s attacking game and is remarkably consistent in his ability to do so. Blessed with soft hands, an accurate shot and a high-level hockey IQ, Lockhart features a professional approach to the game and plays a mature yet productive style on a nightly basis.

With all of Ryan Suzuki, Riley Piercey, and Nathan Allensen set to lead the Colts into the future, nabbing Lockhart would add an extra dimension of depth to a young yet steadily developing Barrie roster. Sure, Lockhart would do well to add greater strength to his frame ahead of the 2019-20 season, however, the youngster’s raw skill set should allow him to overcome any physical adversity he faces as a rookie.

5th Overall: Peterborough Petes

Prospect Selected: Mason McTavish – C

2018-19 Team: Pembroke Lumber Kings (HEO)

The Peterborough Petes finished in the bottom-10 in goal scoring during the 2018-19 OHL season, an outcome which arose primarily due to the team’s lack of depth. However, with Nick Robertson and Cameron Butler poised to explode next season, adding Mason McTavish to the cause certainly won’t hurt one bit. A 47-goal scorer for the Pembroke Lumber Kings of the HEO this past campaign, McTavish is a natural sniper who also features impressive size and strength to boot.

The money maker for McTavish is his lethal shot. Whether he is staring down a tough angle, standing outside of the dots, or is battling for a loose rebound in front of the net, McTavish has the innate ability to bulge the twine and is extremely consistent in his ability to light the lamp. Sure, McTavish’s all-round game and play in his defensive end could use improvement before logging major minutes at the OHL-level, however, the youngster’s goal-scoring abilities will be too valuable for the Petes to pass upon at fifth-overall.

6th Overall: Windsor Spitfires

Prospect Selected: Francesco Pinelli – C

2018-19 Team: Toronto Red Wings (GTHL)

The Windsor Spitfires are one of the youngest — yet most promising — teams competing within the OHL. No, the Spitfires didn’t enjoy a spectacular season in 2018-19, however, the franchise has put itself in a position to add a dynamic young player by the name of Francesco Pinelli. A leader both on and off of the ice who plays a sound two-way game, Pinelli approaches the game with a mature attitude and is always willing to learn in order to improve his game.

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Pinelli is a lethal offensive player and natural leader who will fit nicely with the Spitfires’ current core of young stars. (Photo Credit: Dan Hickling/OHL Images)

As a sturdy skater who can traverse the ice with ease, Pinelli will assess all of his options when in possession of the puck and regularly executes plays which result in high-danger scoring chances for his team. Remarkably consistent and tireless in his work ethic, Pinelli has all the makings of a minute-munching player at the OHL-level, and one who can contribute more than his fair share of offence too.

7th Overall: Sarnia Sting

Prospect Selected: Francesco Arcuri – LW

2018-19 Team: Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)

Although a team who could stand to add either a forward or defenceman with their first round pick in the 2019 OHL Draft, expect the Sarnia Sting to target Francesco Arcuri of the Don Mills Flyers. While overshadowed at times throughout the 2018-19 GTHL campaign, Arcuri exploded in the second-half of the season and became a go-to player for the Flyers.

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Expect Arcuri to provide Sarnia with offensive firepower as soon as the 2019-20 season, he is simply that good. (Photo Credit: Dan Hickling/OHL Images)

A dynamic and shifty skater who navigates the ice with both speed and purpose, Arcuri can force opposing defenders onto their heels owing to his wheels and can create significant time and space as a direct result. Once established in his attacking zone, Arcuri stands as a threat to pass and can shoot the puck as well — a versatile skill-set which makes the youngster as unpredictable as he is deadly. In short, Arcuri will be a solid addition to a very young incredibly promising Sting roster.

8th Overall: Hamilton Bulldogs

Prospect Selected: Brenden Sirizzotti – RW

2018-19 Team: Whitby Wildcats (ETA)

During the 2017-18 season, Quinton Byfield recorded 92 points in 34 regular season ETA games played. In 2018-19, Whitby Wildcats forward Brenden Sirizzotti recorded 93 points in 36 regular season ETA contests — a major reason why the highly skilled and potent forward will catch the eye of the Hamilton Bulldogs with the eighth-overall selection.

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Sirizzotti is an explosive offensive player whose game should translate well to the OHL-level with the Bulldogs. (Tim Cornett/CHL Images)

As a tireless skater who can single-handedly drive the pace of play for his team, Sirizzotti stands as a shifty yet creative player who can produce offence in a variety of ways. Regarded as a pass-first player given his 61 assists this past season, Sirizzotti is also a threat to shoot the puck and will not hesitate to take advantage of any time and space provided by his opposition. Although poised to join a young Bulldogs roster, Sirizzotti’s competitiveness and skating abilities should allow him to transition seamlessly to the OHL-level in 2019-20.

9th Overall: North Bay Battalion

Prospect Selected: Liam Arnsby – C

2018-19 Team: Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)

At ninth-overall, the North Bay Battalion are quick to select the fifth Don Mills Flyers star of the 2019 OHL Draft thus far in Liam Arnsby. A hard-working forward who is unrelenting on the forecheck and not afraid to play a physical game, Arnsby will be able to step into North Bay’s lineup next season and showcase the style of play which the Battalion have become widely known for over the years.

Consistently one of the fiercest players on the ice, Arnsby is well-regarded for his exceptional two-way play and has the ability to secure his own zone before dashing up the ice to create dangerous scoring chances for his team. A solid passer who also features a heavy shot, Arnsby can create and finish scoring plays with relative ease and isn’t afraid to battle hard in front of the net for loose pucks or rebounds. As a youngster who plays with both maturity and professionalism, expect Arnsby to be a key component of the Battalion’s roster in the years ahead.

10th Overall: Owen Sound Attack

Prospect Selected: Brett Harrison – C

2018-19 Team: London Jr. Knights (Alliance)

The Owen Sound Attack finished 15th overall in OHL goal-scoring during the 2018-19 season, an underwhelming total which should lead them to select one of the 2019 OHL Draft’s top snipers. Standing well over 6-feet tall and an intimidating sight on the ice, Brett Harrison is a natural goal-scorer who presence in Owen Sound would bode well for the Attack in the years ahead.

Blessed with a fantastic shot and quick yet decisive hands, Harrison can fire the puck on-goal in the blink-of-an-eye and is surprisingly accurate in doing so. In fact, Harrison netted 42 goals in his 33 regular season Alliance contests this past season — an output which led the league by a wide margin and established Harrison as one of the 2019 OHL Draft class’ most lethal shooters. Come the 2019-20 OHL season, Harrison should be able to translate to the OHL-level with relative ease given he is a smooth and agile skater of solid size and ever-increasing skill.

11th Overall: Peterborough Petes

Prospect Selected: Ethan Del Mastro – D

2018-19 Team: Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)

After allowing 3.76 goals against per game during the 2018-19 season, the time has come for the Peterborough Petes to add a wildly talented young defender to its roster. So, with the 11th overall selection, the Petes will add Toronto Marlboros star defender Ethan Del Mastro to the fold — a sizeable yet fluid skating defender who is consistently strong, stable, and composed at both ends of the ice.

Although his offensive game continues to grow, Del Mastro stands as a poised defenceman who consistently makes the right play in a safe and effective manner. Within his own zone, Del Mastro can smother attacking players owing to his quick feet and strength. Once in possession, Del Mastro has the ability to fire crisp breakout passes to his teammates or lead the rush himself as a result of his high-level of hockey intelligence.

12th Overall: Mississauga Steelheads

Prospect Selected: Logan Mailloux – D

2018-19 Team: Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)

The Mississauga Steelheads’ blue line continues to age, and with Thomas Harley’s time at the major-junior-level surely limited, the team would do well to nab a promising young defender capable of stepping into the lineup next season. In Logan Mailloux, the Steelheads will receive exactly that — a strong and sizeable defender who skates extremely well and brings an offensive edge to the ice.

Weighing in at 215-pounds and standing 6-foot-3 tall, Mailloux is an intimidating presence on the blue line given his young age who will only grow into his massive frame in the years ahead. However, Mailloux is far more than a big body, as the emerging defender features remarkable agility in all three zones of the ice and a heavy shot which can generate all sorts of rebounds for his teammates to take advantage of. Significantly improved since the beginning of the 2018-19 season, Mailloux could prove to be the steal of the first round considering his current trajectory.

13th Overall: Kitchener Rangers

Prospect Selected: Stuart Rolofs – LW

2018-19 Team: Kanata Lasers (HEO)

Boasting a roster flooded with highly skilled young players, adding Stuart Rolofs to the mix will afford the Kitchener Rangers with considerable scoring depth in the years ahead. Sure to skate with the likes of Reid Valade and Isaac Langdon, Rolofs brings size, strength, and innate offensive abilities each and every time he graces the ice. Widely known for his heavy shot, Rolofs can devise and execute scoring plays to boot and stands as a versatile yet lethal threat with each passing shift.

Further, given his 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame, Rolofs will have little trouble adjusting to the OHL-level in 2019-20, as the youngster skates remarkably well for his size and is incredibly difficult to knock off of the puck once in possession. A 33 goal-scorer for the Kanata Lasers of the HEO this past season, Rolofs will be able to jump into the Rangers’ lineup without issue and play a commanding and intimidating role for Kitchener in the years ahead.

14th Overall: Guelph Storm

Prospect Selected: Artem Guryev – D

2018-19 Team: Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)

The Guelph Storm enjoyed an incredibly successful draft last season, and will look to continue their winning ways through the selection of defenceman Artem Guryev. A highly energetic defender who thrives at both ends of the ice, Guryev is arguably the best open-ice hitter available in the 2019 OHL Draft and loves to make his presence felt physically regardless of the situation.

Joining the Storm should prove to be a seamless transition for the Russian native, as Guryev will join his fellow countrymen in Daniil Chayka and Dmitri Samorukov on Guelph’s blue line — a familiar and welcoming atmosphere which will bode well for the youngster in his rookie season. If able to play a more disciplined game and stay out of the penalty box, Guryev should be able to create positive influence for the Storm in all three zones of the ice.

15th Overall: Sudbury Wolves

Prospect Selected: Wyatt Johnston – C

2018-19 Team: Toronto Marlboros (GHTL)

The Sudbury Wolves iced just one 2002-born forward and one 2001-born forward during the 2018-19 OHL season, a reality which does not bode well for the future depth of the team. With this being said, adding a capable and competent 2003-born forward in the 2019 OHL Draft will be paramount to the Wolves’ future success. And, at this point in the first round, that player is Wyatt Johnston — a creative and shifty centre who is one of the most intelligent players eligible in this year’s Priority Selection.

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Johnston’s competitive and intelligent nature will make him a fixture within a dynamic Wolves roster. (Photo Credit: Dan Hickling/OHL Images)

A star for the Toronto Marlboros this past season, Johnston routinely centred his team’s top line and could be counted upon to be double-shifted when the situation required. A creative playmaker who rarely makes mistakes and has the ability to drive his team’s offence, Johnston can shoot the puck to boot and stands as a versatile threat in the attacking zone. However, Johnston is far more than simply a threat to score, as he prioritizes the well-being of his own zone before thinking about offence — a well-rounded approach which displays his on-ice maturity.

16th Overall: Oshawa Generals

Prospect Selected: Josh Bloom – LW

2018-19 Team: Toronto Nationals (GTHL)

Josh Bloom was crucial to the immense success enjoyed by the Toronto Nationals in the GTHL this season, and he will surely come to play a substantial role for the Oshawa Generals over time. Once selected, Bloom will be added to a promising young core of Oshawa players which is currently being led by the likes of Lleyton Moore and Ty Tullio, amongst others.

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Josh Bloom’s tireless skating and natural offensive instincts will serve Oshawa well in the years ahead. (Photo Credit: Dan Hickling/OHL Images)

Defined by his work-ethic and tireless skating on the ice, Bloom is a well-rounded two-way player who values the well-being of his own zone. However, once he and his team have broken out of their defensive zone, Bloom transitions into a lethal offensive threat owing to his ability to pass and shoot the puck with authority. As a puck-hound who isn’t afraid to go to the dirty areas in order to generate offence, Bloom should fit in nicely with the Generals’ current complement of players.

17th Overall: Niagara IceDogs

Prospect Selected: Paul Christopoulos – D

2018-19 Team: Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)

Having iced one of the most experienced — and oldest — blue lines in the OHL during the 2018-19 season, the time has come for the Niagara IceDogs to add an incredibly promising young defender to their current roster. And, perhaps no one fits this description better than Paul Christopoulos — a key member of the Don Mills Flyers’ success this past season whose play improved drastically over the course of the GTHL season.

Boasting size, smarts, and skill, Christopoulos is a tremendous two-way defenceman who can influence the outcome of any given game at both ends of the ice. Defensively, Christopoulos is sound and composed in his efforts and routinely diffuses high-percentage plays devised by his opposition. Once in control of the puck, Christopoulos can fire crisp outlet passes to his teammates and loves in on the attack from his perch on the blue line. Owing to his excellent vision, Christopoulos can play-make in the attacking zone with ease before firing his hard and heavy shot on-goal. In short, nabbing Christopoulos would insert a stellar minute-munching defender into the IceDogs’ lineup for years to come.

18th Overall: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

Prospect Selected: Braeden Kressler – C

2018-19 Team: Mississauga Senators (GTHL)

While there were mixed opinions regarding Braeden Kressler throughout the 2018-19 GTHL season, we view the youngster as an extremely capable and confident player who is only beginning to scratch the surface of his ultimate potential. With this being said, expect the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds to go somewhat off of the board and select Kressler with their first round pick in the 2019 OHL Draft.

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Kressler is one of the most undervalued prospects eligible for the 2019 OHL Draft, a reality which should make him a star for the Greyhounds. (Photo Credit: Dan Hickling/OHL Images)

A shifty and creative skater, Kressler is one of the hardest-working players eligible for selection and features the ability to create offence single-handedly. Although there will be some concerns regarding his size, Kressler has proven time and time again that his stature is of no concern — consistently producing offence owing to his crisp shot and high-level hockey IQ. Extremely well-rounded and a persistent two-way threat, Kressler could very well be the steal of the 2019 OHL Draft.

19th Overall: Saginaw Spirit

Prospect Selected: Colby Saganiuk – C

2018-19 Team: Pittsburgh Penguins Elite (T1EHL)

Colby Saganiuk was one of the top players competing in the T1EHL this past season, as the youngster led the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite U16 offensively on a nightly basis. However, as an American-born player, questions have continued to circle as to whether or not Saganiuk will opt for the CHL developmental route. With the 19th overall selection, the Saginaw Spirit are hoping that Saganiuk will commit himself to the OHL and one of its few U.S.A.- based franchises.

If Saganiuk does, in fact, choose to report to the Spirit, Saginaw will be receiving an incredibly dynamic offensive player with speed and agility to burn. Although he is somewhat under-sized given his short stature, Saganiuk is a bulldog on the ice who competes with a high-level of energy and pace with each passing shift. Well-known for his quick shot release and dynamic playmaking abilities, Saganiuk has all the makings of a star player at the OHL-level.

20th Overall: London Knights

Prospect Selected: Roman Schmidt – D

2018-19 Team: Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)

Although holding a commitment to Boston University, the London Knights don’t hesitate to select defenceman Roman Schmidt of the Don Mills Flyers. Immensely improved following his second season of GTHL play, the 6-foot-5 defender now features quick and agile feet and the ability to traverse both the blue line and his defensive zone with little issue. Moreover, Schmidt is stronger than ever — a reality which will allow the 210-pounder to transition to the OHL-level with greater ease than other defenders within this year’s class.

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Schmidt’s size, strength, and smarts will allow him to ascend to the OHL-level without issue next season. (Photo Credit: Max Lewis)

Ultimately, adding Schmidt to the fold will allow the Knights to address their aging and thinning blue line — a back-end which will likely be without both Evan Bouchard and Adam Boqvist come the 2019-20 OHL season. Fortunately, Schmidt’s heavy shot from the point and his ability to fire off crisp outlet passes will reduce the Knights’ pain of losing their two star blueliners.

21st Overall: Ottawa 67’s

Prospect Selected: Deni Goure – C

2018-19 Team: Chatham-Kent Cyclones (Alliance)

To cap off the first round of the 2019 OHL Draft, the Ottawa 67’s add to their promising young core of players through the addition of Deni Goure — the Alliance hockey player of the year this past season. A strong and sturdy skater who approaches each shift with a purpose, Goure is an endlessly determined and competitive player who strives to generate considerable offence for his team every game. Boasting a strong and accurate shot defined by its lightning-quick release, Goure can give his team an advantage on the scoreboard with remarkable consistency.

In fact, Goure fired home 22 goals alongside his 31 assists in Alliance during the 2018-19 season — a 53-point output which stood as the third-best total in the entire league. Sure, he — like most — would do well to add greater strength to his frame ahead of his inaugural OHL campaign, however, Goure’s raw skill-set and poise with the puck will allow him to enjoy immediate success upon his ascension to the major-junior level.