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 Draft Profile: Sam Alfano

Sam Alfano of the SCTA’s Southern Tier Admirals is considered to be a top prospect for the 2020 OHL Draft. A big, strong center, Alfano has all the skill to light up the scoreboard.

– Sam Alfano –

Southern Tier Admirals (SCTA) | Right Wing | 2020 OHL Draft Eligible

Cayuga, Ontario | 6-foot-3, 181lbs | Jan. 18th, 2004

The SCTA’s unanimous top contender for the OHL Cup this year will be the Southern Tier Admirals, who are coming off of a Silver Medal performance at last year’s OMHA Bantam Championships. Leading the way for the Admirals, on and off the ice, is Sam Alfano, a highly-skilled point-producing forward.

Related: Don’t miss any of our 2020 OHL Draft Prospect Profiles.

With substantial size, listed at 6’3” and 181 pounds, Alfano has already developed intimidating speed and strength for opponents at this level to handle. He’s a dual-threat with the puck as well, as he’s proven to be a sharpshooter as well as a slick playmaker. Alfano is equally tough to cover, thanks in part to his elusiveness with the puck, changing speeds and directions in a flash.


  • Sense and Intelligence
  • Agility and Elusiveness
  • Two-Way Awareness

Alfano is a visibly intelligent player on the ice, playing the game one step ahead of his competition. He understands the dynamics of a developing play and can make smart decisions based on what he sees. This innate sense of the game makes Alfano a very dangerous player with the puck, as he can understand the benefits between a shooting or a passing play. Further, he’s a very elusive skater who can change up his speed and direction on a dime, making him extremely tough to defend. Alfano’s agility with the puck makes him equally lethal on the rush and on the cycle. On the power play, Alfano effectively moves the puck to keep opposing defenders out of position and is wise in his shot selections.

Meanwhile, Alfano boasts an intriguing shot as well. With a deceptive release and impressive accuracy, he can be a scoring threat from sharp angles or beat goaltenders on clean looks. However, there’s much more to Alfano’s game than his offensive potential. As a responsible two-way center, Alfano is regularly relied upon in key defensive situations. He remains strong on the puck with an active stick, eliminating passing lanes and deflecting shot attempts away from the net. Alfano is also a key cog to Southern Tier’s transition game, with breakouts repeatedly starting on his stick.

Area of Improvement:

  • Shot Power

In hopes of becoming one of the elite goal-scorers in this year’s OHL Draft class, Alfano could become a legitimate candidate by adding some velocity to his shot. He’s already got the size and the strength to do so, so it may just be a matter of leaning on his stick a bit more.

Alfano’s shot is deadly accurate, and so the addition of some extra power could lead to more goals on clean shots, as he would eliminate some possible reaction time from opposing goaltenders. As he continues to grow and strengthen, this is an attribute that may come naturally to Alfano, the thought of which should strike fear into future competition.

Future Potential:

Overall, Sam Alfano has demonstrated all of the attributes needed to become a devastating offensive producer at the OHL level. He’s got the size and strength to adapt to the next level seamlessly, and his smarts will carry over without flaw. Watch out for Alfano and his Southern Tier Admirals as they prepare for a run at the OMHA Championships and the 2020 OHL Cup, while Alfano will try to push for a first-round selection at the 2020 OHL Draft.

OHL Prospect Profile: Ethan Burroughs

The top goal scorer in the SCTA, Ethan Burroughs should be one of the first players selected from his league at the 2019 OHL Draft. A lethal offensive machine, Burroughs can turn a dull play into a legitimate scoring chance within seconds. He has showcases impressive agility and explosiveness over the course of the season and is a wizard with the puck.

– Ethan Burroughs –

Halton Hurricanes (SCTA) | Right Wing | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible

Georgetown, Ontario | 5-foot-10, 161-pounds | June 17th, 2003

Ethan Burroughs is arguably the most pure and natural goal scorer in the SCTA this year. As a member of the first seed Halton Hurricanes, Burroughs has consistently been the team’s offensive catalyst, providing scoring opportunities in more ways than one. His Minor Midget success has earned him invaluable experience in both Midget and Jr. A over the course of the 2018-19 season.

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

Burroughs displays impressive high-end speed with solid agility as well. He is able to control the puck with ease at top speeds on the rush and can often make defenders look silly with inside-out moves. However, it’s his shot and knack for the net which will make one lucky OHL team thankful for years to come.


  • Speed & Agility
  • Shot
  • Puck Skills

Burroughs is as consistent a goal-scorer as they come. They may not always be highlight-reel goals, but he always finds a way to get the job done. Burroughs led the SCTA in goal scoring during the regular season, scoring 30 goals in 31 games. His shot is incredibly accurate, picking corners and holes with ease, while his release, quick and powerful, is equally impressive.

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Burroughs is also a speedy prospect, with impressive lateral agility, he is able to keep defenders on their heels and beat them while flat-footed. An efficient stride combined with quick and creative hands, Burroughs is able to beat opponents one-on-one, or slip through traffic like a hot knife through butter. He is also very effective on breakaways, utilizing either his lethal snap shot or his eye-catching hands to beat goaltenders.

Area of Improvement:

  • Aggression & Physicality

Burroughs is a relatively average-sized forward, but he seems to avoid the physical aspects of the game at times. With good lower-body strength, Burroughs would be able to hold his own in board battles for the puck, but often looks to dig the puck free instead of using his frame and strength to gain body position on his opponent.

A pure goal-scorer, Burroughs is definitely thinking about other aspects of the game over when to throw a check, but he would do well to be a little more aggressive on loose pucks in order to force more turnovers and maintain possession of the puck. This is just a small area of Burroughs’ game, and certainly not the most important one, but remains an aspect to think about for the future.

Future Potential:

A lethal offensive machine, Burroughs can turn a dull play into a legitimate scoring chance within seconds. He has showcases impressive agility and explosiveness over the course of the season and is a wizard with the puck. He can use his hands and creativity to make defenders look silly, and use his accurate shot to find the back of the net with ease.

The top goal scorer in the SCTA, Burroughs should be one of the first players selected from his league at the 2019 OHL Draft. A rare breed who consistently impacts the game in positive ways, Burroughs will get some serious consideration in the second round of the Priority Selection.

OHL Prospect Profile: Ethan Gore

Ethan Gore is one of the top prospects to represent the SCTA this year, with great instincts at both ends of the ice and an arsenal of options to generate offence, he projects to be a top-60 pick.

– Ethan Gore –

Guelph Jr. Gryphons (SCTA) | Center | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible

Ontario | June, 2, 2003 | 6-foot, 160-pounds

Ethan Gore is an uber-talented forward who thinks the game really well. On a strong Guelph team that is expected to be a leader in the SCTA in 2018-19, Gore leads the team’s offence on a regular basis. At the 2018 Toronto Titans Early Bird Tournament, Gore led the charge with four goals and six points as the Gryphons were ousted in the Sweet 16.

Related: Check out our 2019 OHL Draft Rankings: September Edition

Gore possesses natural instincts that allow him to show up in the right place at the right time. A tenacious player on the puck, he shows a high compete level at both ends of the ice and showcases high-end puck skills in tight spaces and under pressure.


  • Instincts
  • Puck Skills
  • Shot

Ethan Gore’s top asset is his ability to read a developing play and situate himself in a position to make a difference. He has excellent net-front abilities and can deflect pucks or hunt for rebounds in the danger areas. Building on that talent, Gore has impressive puck skills and can maneuver through traffic with poise and composure.

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

He also possesses a strong snap shot with a quick release. Gore has proven his ability to get shots off in tight spaces under pressure with strength, and forecasts as more of a shooter than a playmaker. A leader on and off the ice, Gore leads by example by competing hard in all three zones, whether by skating or engaging in the physical element of the game.

Area of Improvement:

  • Skating

Not necessarily a weakness as much as it is an area for potential improvement, Gore’s potential could receive a boost from greater skating abilities. With a good, long stride, Gore can certainly keep up with the pace of the play and even blow by defenders at times, but his top-end speed is not yet at a game-breaking level.

Further, Gore could utilize his edgework more often in order to improve his agility and shiftiness with the puck. He shows flashes of excellence in this aspect, but again, could become a more dynamic player by applying this skills more frequently. Overall, Gore is a good, promising skater but, we see further potential that hasn’t yet been realized.

Future Potential:

Ethan Gore is a top-end forward prospect for the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, and potentially one of the top draft picks out of the SCTA. A highly skilled center, Gore can score in a multitude of ways, including deflections, net-front scrums, or with a wrist shot on the rush. With good instincts and responsible two-way play, Gore projects to be a potential top-60 pick at the 2019 OHL Draft.