OHL Prospect Profile: Nicholas Moldenhauer

Nicholas Moldenhauer of the GTHL’s Toronto Titans is a well-rounded player who can be counted upon to produce at both ends of the ice. As an incredibly hard-working player, Moldenhauer will be highly sought after as a prospect eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft.

– Nicholas Moldenhauer –

Toronto Titans (GTHL) | Right-Wing | 2020 OHL Draft Eligible

Mississauga, Ontario | 5’10”, 160-pounds | May 25th, 2004

The Toronto Titans were an offensive juggernaut in the GTHL during the 2019-20 season, averaging a whopping 4.12 goals for per game across their 33 regular season contests. One player in particular who helped to drive the Titans’ offensive attack on a nightly basis was Nicholas Moldenhauer — a strong skating right-winger defined by his tireless work ethic and innate instincts on the ice. Alongside a stellar supporting cast, Moldenhauer helped push his team to third-place finish in the GTHL and a berth in the annual OHL Cup.

Strengths:

  • Skating Speed and Acceleration
  • Innate Offensive Instincts
  • Vision and Playmaking Abilities
  • Strong, Deceptive Shot
  • Work Ethic

The foundation of Moldenhauer’s game is, unquestionably, his ability to traverse the ice. Defined by his powerful stride, Moldenhauer can accelerate to top speed in a short few strides and boasts the speed necessary to force opposing defenders onto their heels. What’s more is that Moldenhauer has the speed and stability needed to drive the puck wide and around defenders en route to the net — this bulldog mentality allows Moldenhauer to create a wealth of offence for his squad. Moreover, Moldenhauer is a versatile threat, as he stands capable of firing the puck on goal or devising a high-percentage scoring play when afforded with excessive time and space owing to his vision.

Moldenhauer’s ability to stand as a capable and persistent threat derives from his tireless work ethic on the ice. Whether he finds himself in the midst of a puck battle in the attacking zone or a back-check at the tail-end of his shift, Moldenhauer can find the will necessary to execute plays which benefit his team with a startling level of consistency. A team-first player who doesn’t hesitate to step into shooting lanes to block shots or work tirelessly on the penalty kill, Moldenhauer is a well-rounded player who can be relied upon in numerous situations to secure results which directly benefit his team. In short, Moldenhauer is a strong, well-rounded player who can be counted upon to lead his team regardless of the score or situation.

Areas for Improvement:

  • Skating Stride Efficiency
  • Shot Release Fluidity

Given the well-rounded nature of Moldenhauer’s game, his skill-set isn’t in need of major improvements. If we were to nitpick, however, we’d identify Moldenhauer’s skating stride and shot release as two areas in which he would do well to improve. As mentioned above, Moldenhauer is a strong and speedy skater who can traverse the ice with ease — however, refining the fluidity and efficiency of his stride would allow Moldenhauer to reach top speed at a faster rate while reducing his energy output in the process. Secondly there is the release of Moldenhauer’s shot — although quick and accurate, Moldenhauer would do well to refine his release into one fluid motion.

Future Potential:

At the end of the day, Moldenhauer stands as an excellent young prospect and one who could very well enjoy considerable success at the OHL-level and beyond. As he continues to mature physically, Moldenhauer will become far more difficult to play against owing to his work ethic and innate offensive abilities on the ice. If able to further refine his skating stride alongside the release of his shot, Moldenhauer will quickly develop into a versatile threat at both ends of the ice.

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2020 OHL Cup: 25 Players to Watch

Although the 2020 OHL Cup was cancelled, be sure to meet 25 top prospects who would have competed in the prestigious annual event.

The 2020 OHL Cup promised to be nothing other than a spectacle of high-end skill and ability, all of which put forth by a number of the best 2004-born hockey prospects in the world. Unfortunately, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, these players had the opportunity to play in the biggest tournament of their young careers dashed when the OHL and GTHL announced their decision to cancel this year’s OHL Cup on March 12th, 2020.

The decision to do so, which was ultimately made to protect the well-being of players, their families and their team’s fans, was the right one despite the weight and disappointment associated with it. Yet, with this being said, there’s no reason why we can’t highlight a number of the top prospects who would have competed within the 2020 OHL Cup — all of which stand as elite young players eligible for the upcoming 2020 OHL Draft.

So, without further ado and in the midst of this odd situation, let’s take a moment to highlight 25 excellent young prospects who would have competed in the 2020 OHL Cup. Since all 20 of the teams who would have competed within the tournament had not been officially named at the time of cancelation, this list will focus on players whose teams had clinched official berths in the OHL Cup as of March 12th, 2020. As a result, players from GTHL, ETA, SCTA, and Alliance teams only are included below.

25 Top Prospects to Watch

Sam Alfano

2019-20 Team: Souther Tier Admirals (SCTA)

Big-bodied power-forwards are always highly valued, and such is exactly the case when it comes to Sam Alfano of the Southern Tier Admirals. Regarded as one of the Admirals’ best players all season long, Alfano features terrific size and the ability to skate exceptionally well to boot. Mix in a soft pair of hands and a tireless work ethic and it becomes rather easy to understand how Alfano was able to pot 36 goals in his 32 regular season SCTA games played with Southern Tier.

Carson Christy

2019-20 Team: Oshawa Generals (ETA)

One of the top goal-scorers eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft, Carson Christy features a booming shot and an electrifying release. Capable of wiring the puck on goal with velocity and accuracy, Christy loves to pick apart opposing goaltenders and can do so with ease. However, Christy is far more than a goal-scorer, as his impressive skating abilities and elite on-ice vision allow him to devise high-percentage scoring opportunities which his teammates regularly capitalize upon.

Brice Cooke

2019-20 Team: Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)

Skating for one of the top teams in Minor Midget hockey in the Toronto Jr. Canadiens, Brice Cooke has proven time and time again to be far more than simply a complimentary player. A strong skater who boasts the ability to maintain his speed as he changes direction, Cooke is a capable playmaker who loves to score goals too. He owns a deceptive shot and the innate instincts necessary to drive his team’s offensive game.

Justin Dezoete

2019-20 Team: Hamilton Huskies (SCTA)

Alongside Patrick Thomas, Justin Dezoete plays a crucial role within the Hamilton Huskies’ offensive attack. As a sturdy skater of growing strength, Dezoete is an incredibly capable and consistent goal-scorer. Moreover, Dozoete features the on-ice instincts and intelligence necessary to create and implement scoring chances for his fellow teammates. In addition to his impressive work-ethic, Dezoete plays a responsible game on the ice — rarely taking penalties despite his intense demeanour.

Domenic DiVincentiis

2019-20 Team: Vaughan Kings (GTHL)

The Vaughan Kings refused to back down during their regular season or in the 2020 GTHL Playoffs, and would not have reached the championship round without the play of goaltender Domenic DiVincentiis. Alongside Mikael Kingo, DiVincentiis helped propel the Kings forward owing to his tremendously consistent and athletic style of play. Calm within his crease and able to maintain his view of the puck through traffic, DiVincentiis stands as a stabilizing presence in goal for Vaughan who brings his best to the ice on a nightly basis.

Kyle Downey

2019-20 Team: Toronto Nationals (GTHL)

Widely regarded as one of the top goaltending prospects eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft, Kyle Downey is an intimidating sight in goal who affords opposing shooters with little opportunity to bulge the twine. Laser-quick in his lateral movements and square in his positioning, Downey tracks the puck with ease owing to his height and is endlessly competitive when he takes to the crease. In short, the Nationals would not have been the second-best team in the GTHL this season without the play of Downey in their crease.

Nolan Dunn

2019-20 Team: Whitby Wildcats (ETA)

Yet another terrific goaltender eligible for selection in the 2020 OHL Draft, Nolan Dunn was a stalwart for the Whitby Wildcats in goal throughout their 2019-20 campaign. Consistent in his approach and his results, Dunn is incredibly focused when in goal and follows the puck incredibly well. His reflexes are quick and precise and his rebound-control is calm and composed — Dunn rarely affords his opposition with second-chance opportunities.

Liam Eveleigh

2019-20 Team: Waterloo Wolves (Alliance)

Liam Eveleigh is a calm and composed defender for the Waterloo Wolves who brings strength and stability to his team’s blue line. Owing to his impressive size, Eveleigh is nearly impossible to knock off of the puck. In turn, Eveleigh uses his size quite well in his defensive zone — regularly knocking opposing players off of the puck before transitioning possession to his teammates as they break out of their zone. Moreover, Eveleigh likes to join the rush and can produce a fair deal of offence from his blue line as well.

Pano Fimis

2019-20 Team: Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)

As one of the top prospects eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft, it should come as no surprise to learn that Pano Fimis is a complete package on the ice. Incredibly competitive as well as consistent, Fimis brings his best to the ice with each passing game and can be counted upon to lead his team at both ends of the ice. Offensively, Fimis is a gifted playmaker who can decipher the play in front of him as it develops as well as score his fair share of goals. Moreover, Fimis is responsible in his own end and strong in the face off circle as well — his willingness to deliver massive body-checks makes him a tough opponent to play against.

Isaiah George

2019-20 Team: Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)

Although the Toronto Marlboros didn’t pack the most significant punch in the GTHL this season, defenceman Isaiah George stood as a player to watch each time the club took to the ice. A smooth-skating and poised defender, George’s game is defined by his refined skill, as the youngster make complex plays look easy with startling consistency. Solid at both ends of the ice owing to his strength, skating abilities and puck handling skills, George is a competent two-way defender who can dictate the pace of play.

Riley George

2019-20 Team: Hamilton Huskies (SCTA)

The Hamilton Huskies were a dominant club at the Bantam-level last season, so their continued dominance within Alliance Hockey in 2019-20 came as no surprise. One player who has come to play a key role for the Huskies is goaltender Riley George — a sizeable yet athletic goaltender who stands as a confident presence within Hamilton’s crease. Known for his explosive movements and quick reflexes, George has the ability to make highlight-reel saves with ease and is as competitive as they come.

Hunter Haight

2019-20 Team: Elgin Middlesex Chiefs (Alliance)

The Elgin Middlesex Chiefs were the most dominant team in Alliance Hockey this season, and were propelled forward by a dynamic offensive attack. A crucial component of their offence was Hunter Haight — an explosive and creative centre who is incredibly dangerous when the puck is on his stick. Well-known for his blistering shot, Haight can rip the puck on goal or dish possession to a nearby teammate if opposing defenders afford him with too much time and space in the offensive zone. Further, Haight is a tremendous skater who features excellent speed and agility.

Matthew Jovanovic

2019-20 Team: Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)

A staple on the Toronto Marlboros’ blue line, Matthew Jovanovic is a smooth-skating and poised defender ready to ascend to the OHL-level. Jovanovic regularly makes excellent decisions with the puck and isn’t prove to turnovers or giveaways — a reality which allows him to fuel his team’s offensive attack. Further, owing to his skating abilities, Jovanovic can walk the opposing blue line with ease and implement high-percentage scoring opportunities in the process. Capable of playing and succeeding in all situations, Jovanovic is a highly versatile defender who can be relied upon to log major minutes.

Mikael Kingo

2019-20 Team: Vaughan Kings (GTHL)

Widely-known for his tireless efforts within his community, goaltender Mikael Kingo of the Vaughan Kings has long been garnering considerable attention on the ice too — and for good reason. An integral cog within the Kings’ run to the GTHL Final, Kingo plays a precise yet calm game within his crease — allowing the puck to travel to him before turning attempts aside with an impressive level of consistency. Boasting refined rebound control and deliberate lateral movements, Kingo has the tools necessary to develop into a reliable goaltender at the OHL-level and beyond.

Evan Klein

2019-20 Team: Waterloo Wolves (Alliance)

Size and skill is the name of the game for Evan Klein of the Waterloo Wolves, as the native of Waterloo is a lethal offensive player who can make an impact each time he hops over the boards. Given his size and strength, Klein commands possession of the puck and is extremely difficult to dis-possess — he can protect possession with ease and create scoring opportunities in the process. What’s more is that Klein features a blistering shot — one which he loves to rip on goal whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Zakary Lavoie

2019-20 Team: Toronto Nationals (GTHL)

If you’re looking for a game-breaking player to follow, look no further than Zak Lavoie of the GTHL’s Toronto Nationals. As a terrific skater with explosive acceleration, Lavoie can track down loose pucks or break-away from opposing defenders with absolute ease. Once in possession, Lavoie has the option to shoot or pass the puck, as his soft hands allow him to move the puck with precision while his electric release allows him to blast the puck on goal with power and accuracy. In short, not many players eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft can move as quickly or as purposefully as Lavoie.

Andrew Leblanc

2019-20 Team: Souther Tier Admirals (SCTA)

The Southern Tier Admirals dominated the SCTA in 2019-20 and were led offensively by a trio of dynamic young prospects. Of the lot, none were more impressive than Andrew Leblanc — a crafty and purposeful centre-man who thrives in all three zones of the ice. In addition to playing a responsible defensive game, Leblanc is downright deadly in the attacking zone — he features tremendous vision as well as the confidence and work ethic necessary to fuel his team’s offensive attack. In fact, after averaging more than 2.19 points per game played in the regular season, Leblanc cranked up his production in the postseason — averaging a whopping 2.62 points per game played.

Paul Ludwinski

2019-20 Team: Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)

If you’re looking to watch a highly skilled workhorse take to the ice, look no further than Paul Ludwinski of the Toronto Marlboros. Defined by his tireless engine and unwavering work-ethic, Ludwinski creates time and space with ease owing to his effort and speed. Once in open ice, Ludwinski stands as a skilled playmaker capable of crafting high-percentage scoring opportunities for his team. Moreover, Ludwinski features a crisp and accurate shot — one which he loves to rip on goal if afforded with too much time and space by his opposition.

Donovan McCoy

2019-20 Team: Quinte Red Devils (ETA)

Donovan McCoy of the Quinte Red Devils is your prototypical new-age defenceman — he is a smooth skater who can retrieve the puck in his own zone with ease and execute crisp breakout passes. All the while, McCoy remains incredibly calm and composed — the native of Belleville, Ontario very rarely makes mistakes and is keen to play an impactful role in al three zones of the ice. In addition to his sound defensive play McCoy is a wizard on his opponent’s blue line, as the youngster can anchor a power play and distribute the puck without issue despite the pressure placed upon him.

Ty Nelson

2019-20 Team: Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)

Ty Nelson is one of the top defencemen eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft, of this there is no question. The foundation of Nelson’s game is his ability to skate, as the youngster features tremendous speed and agility, and can change directions while maintaining his momentum with little issue. Moreover, Nelson is impactful in all three zones of the ice regardless of the situation — in addition to killing penalties and anchoring his team’s blue line on the power play, Nelson can create offence with his speed, skill and vision.

Matthew Poitras

2019-20 Team: Whitby Wildcats (ETA)

When you lead your team in scoring and place second in the ETA in total points, odds are you are a stellar young prospect. Exactly such is the case for Matthew Poitras of the Whitby Wildcats, as the youngster’s high level of work ethic in combination with his raw skill set makes him one of the top prospects eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft. Across his 36 regular season contests for the Wildcats in 2019-20, Poitras netted a whopping 68 points — an output which reflected his ability to bulge the twine as well as create plays for his team.

Nathan Poole

2019-20 Team: Oshawa Generals (ETA)

A hard and heavy game is what defines the play of Nathan Poole — a standout for the Oshawa Generals of the ETA. Well-known for his tireless work ethic, Poole loves to push the pace of play and forechecks with a passion. No stranger to dishing out devastating body checks, Poole will use his size and strength to create turnovers before devising lethal scoring opportunities for his team. Although a pass-first player, Poole will score his fair share of goals and isn’t afraid to go to the difficult areas of the ice in order to do so.

Brady Stonehouse

2019-20 Team: Elgin Middlesex Chiefs (Alliance)

The Elgin Middlesex Chiefs are a well-oiled machine, and Brady Stonehouse is yet another integral component. A smooth and powerful skater with great size, Stonehouse is a natural goal-scorer who loves to bulge the twine. The youngster features a crisp and accurate shot and the strength necessary to whip the puck on net in the blink of an eye. In the postseason, Stonehouse potted 15 goals in his 16 games played — a glaring indication of his offensive lethality and raw athleticism.

Owen Van Steensel

2019-20 Team: Elgin Middlesex Chiefs (Alliance)

Sure to be perceived as undersized in the eyes of many, Owen Van Steensel compensates for this apparent deficiency through hard work and a relentless work ethic. A smooth and purposeful skater, Van Steensel can create offensive opportunities with absolute ease and isn’t afraid to single-handedly drive his team’s attack. Shifty when in possession of the puck and incredibly intelligent, Van Steensel sees the ice remarkably well and loves to execute high-danger passes to his fellow teammates. And, although widely regarded as a pass-first player, Van Steensel boasts a deceptive shot capable of besting opposing goaltenders who see the puck cleanly off of his stick. In short, a dynamite all-around player.

Dalyn Wakely

2019-20 Team: Quinte Red Devils (ETA)

The Quinte Red Devils were incredibly dynamic throughout their 2019-20 season, and no one prospect played a more impactful role for the club than Dalyn Wakely. A heavy and rugged player oozing with skill, Wakely has the elite-level of talent necessary to lead his team’s offence — blasting his wicked wrist-shot on goal while standing as a capable playmaker as well. What’s more is that Wakely plays a physical role too, as the youngster loves to throw his weight around and intimidate opposing defenders in the process. With the 2020 OHL Draft looming, Wakely unquestionably stands as one of the event’s top prospects — his all-around game will simply prove too valuable to pass upon.

2020 NHL Draft Ranking: March’s Top-62

With the 2019-20 regular season coming to an end and playoff hockey glistening on horizon, we’ve released our latest 2020 NHL Draft ranking — March’s edition features an updated ranking of our top 62 prospects.

With regular season action coming to a close and the postseason glistening on the horizon, the time has come to unveil our latest NHL Draft ranking of the 2019-20 season. Although the 2020 NHL Draft remains more than three months away, each and every prospect eligible for selection has continued to work tirelessly in order to bolster their respective stocks. And, while some players have stumbled of late, others have risen dramatically owing to their productive and — most importantly — consistent play throughout one of the most exhausting stretches of the season.

With this being said, there is a great deal of change within our 2020 NHL Draft ranking for the month of March. Three players — all of which competing within the OHL — have been ranked for the first time this season in this issue, while a handful of others saw their standings shift as a direct result of their high-end play throughout the past two months. Of note were European imports Jan Mysak and Martin Chromiak — two players who arrived in North America mid-way through the current campaign and have made an immediate impact at the OHL-level. Further, there has been the stellar play of Kaiden Guhle — a strong and steady defender who has continued to make waves for the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL.

Now, let’s dive into our 2020 NHL Draft ranking for the month of March. As mentioned earlier, there has been a great deal of change within our standings since we last convened in January, so be sure to pull up our New Year’s ranking in order to determine which players have progressed and which have stumbled.

Previous 2020 NHL Draft Rankings:

The First Round:

Rank Player Position 2019-20 Team Height Weight
1 Alexis Lafreniere LW Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL) 6’1” 192lbs
2 Quinton Byfield C Sudbury Wolves (OHL) 6’4” 215lbs
3 Alexander Holtz RW/LW Djurgardens IF J20 (SuperElit) 6’0” 183lbs
4 Tim Stutzle C Adler Mannheim (DEL) 5’11” 165lbs
5 Jamie Drysdale D Erie Otters (OHL) 5’11” 165lbs
6 Anton Lundell C/LW HIFK (Liiga) 6’1” 183lbs
7 Cole Perfetti C Saginaw Spirit (OHL) 5’10” 185lbs
8 Marco Rossi C Ottawa 67’s (OHL) 5’9” 179lbs
9 Lucas Raymond RW Frolunda HC J20 (SuperElit) 5’10” 165lbs
10 Yaroslav Askarov G SKA-1946 St. Petersburg (MHL) 6’3” 163lbs
11 Justin Barron Halifax Mooseheads 6’2” 187lbs
12 Noel Gunler RW/LW Lulea HF (SHL) 6’1”  176lbs
13 Dawson Mercer RW Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL) 6’0” 172lbs
14 Kaiden Guhle D Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) 6’3” 187lbs
15 Emil Andrae D HV71 J20 (SuperElit) 5’9” 183lbs
16 Zion Nybeck RW HV71 J20 (SuperElit) 5’8” 176lbs
17 Mavrik Bourque C Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) 5’10” 165lbs
18 Helge Grans D Malmo Redhawks J20 (SuperElit) 6’3” 192lbs
19 Connor Zary C Kamloops Blazers (WHL) 6’0” 174lbs
20 Jeremie Poirier D Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) 6’0” 195lbs
21 Ryan O’Rourke D Sault Ste.Marie Greyhounds (OHL) 6’2” 180lbs
22 Jan Mysak LW Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL) 6’0” 176lbs
23 Jack Quinn  RW Ottawa 67’s (OHL) 5’11” 176lbs
24 Martin Chromiak LW Kingston Frontenacs (OHL) 6’0” 179lbs
25 Dylan Holloway C University of Wisconsin (NCAA) 6’0” 192lbs
26 John-Jason Peterka RW EHC Munchen (DEL) 5’11” 192lbs
27 Seth Jarvis RW Portland Winterhawks (WHL) 5’10” 172lbs
28 Roni Hirvoven C Assat (Liiga) 5’9” 165lbs
29 Tyson Foerster  C Barrie Colts (OHL) 5’11” 175lbs
30 Hendrix Lapierre C Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL) 5’11” 175lbs
31 Jake Sanderson D U.S. U18 Team (US NTDP) 6’1” 170lbs

The Second Round:

Rank Player Position 2019-20 Team Height Weight
32 Jacob Perreault C Sarnia Sting (OHL) 5’11” 198lbs
33 Jake Neighbours LW Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) 5’11” 201lbs
34 Lukas Cormier D Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL) 5’8” 170lbs
35 Kasper Simontaival RW Tappara (Liiga) 5’9” 172lbs
36 Ozzy Wiesblatt  RW Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) 5’10” 195lbs
37 Justin Sourdif C Vancouver Giants (WHL) 5’11 165lbs
38 Lukas Reichel F Eisbaren Berlin (DEL) 6’0” 170lbs
39 Alexander Pashin  F Tolpar Ufa (MHL) 5’7” 155lbs
40 Yevgeni Oksentyuk LW Flint Firebirds (OHL) 5’7” 180lbs
41 Braden Schneider D Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) 6’2” 210lbs
42 Tyler Tullio  C Oshawa Generals (OHL) 5’9” 165lbs
43 Theo Rochette C Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL) 5’10” 160lbs
44 Rodion Amirov LW Tolpar Ufa (MHL) 6’0” 170lbs
45 Veeti Miettinen RW Kiekko-Espoo U20 (Jr. A SM-Liiga) 5’9” 160lbs
46 Logan Morrison  C Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL) 5’11” 170lbs
47 Daniil Gushchin RW Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) 5’8” 161lbs
48 Jean-Luc Foudy C Windsor Spitfires (OHL) 5’11” 170lbs
49 Carter Savoie LW Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) 5’9” 170lbs
50 Ty Smilanic LW U.S U18 Team (US NTDP) 6’1” 178lbs
51 Michael Benning D Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) 5’9” 170lbs
52 Luke Evangelista RW London Knights (OHL) 5’11” 165lbs
53 Jaromir Pytlik C Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds (OHL) 6’3” 196lbs
54 Will Cuylle LW Windsor Spitfires (OHL) 6’2” 201lbs
55 Luke Tuch  LW U.S.U18 Team (US NTDP) 6’2” 205lbs
56 Daniel Ljungman  C Linkoping JC H20 (SuperElit) 6’0” 161lbs
57 Topi Niemela D Karpat (Liiga) 6’0” 165lbs
58 Dylan Peterson C U.S. U18 Team (US NTDP) 6’4” 185lbs
59 Tyler Kleven  D U.S. U18 Team (US NTDP) 6’4” 201lbs
60 Hayden Fowler C Erie Otters (OHL) 5’10” 180lbs
61 Antonio Stranges  C/LW London Knights (OHL) 5’10” 170lbs
62 James Hardie  LW Mississauga Steelheads (OHL) 5’11” 165lbs

OHL Prospect Profile: Matthew Jovanovic

Matthew Jovanovic of the GTHL’s Toronto Marlboros is one of the top defence prospects eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft. With excellent skating abilities and superb vision, Jovanovic stands poised to thrive at the OHL-level and beyond.

– Matthew Jovanovic –

Toronto Marlboros (GTHL) | Defence | 2020 OHL Draft Eligible

Toronto, Ontario | 6’1″, 185-pounds | September 22nd, 2004

The 2019-20 season has been a tumultuous one for the Toronto Marlboros, as the team has battled to attain consistency in their game. One player, however, who has been nothing short of solid on a nightly basis is defenceman Matthew Jovanovic — a mobile and intelligent prospect who can drive his game’s transition game with relative ease. Moreover, given his calculated play and intimidating size, Jovanovic was selected to represent Team Canada at the 2020 Youth Olympic Games — a glaring indication of Jovanovic’s future potential in the game.

With this being said, let’s discuss Jovanovic’s game in greater detail.

Strengths:

  • Skating Speed, Mobility and Agility
  • Puck Handling and Composure
  • On-Ice Vision and Intelligence
  • 200-Foot Play and Defensive Responsibility
  • Playmaking and Offensive Ability

Regardless of the Marlies’ opponent on any given night, it is downright impossible to ignore the play of Jovanovic on Toronto’s back end. The first glaring aspect of Jovanovic’s game is his ability to skate, as the youngster features a smooth and effortless stride which he uses to navigate the ice with absolute ease. Able to reach his top speed in a few short strides and able to change directions while maintaining his velocity, Jovanovic can smother attacking forwards in his defensive zone without issue or lead an offensive rush up ice owing to his shifty nature on his skates. Once he gets moving, Jovanovic is incredibly difficult to stop and especially so when in control of the puck — he stands calm and composed while in possession and rarely commits turnovers owing to his ability to read and react to the play in front of him.

This impressive level of vision and intelligence at both ends of the ice fuels Jovanovic’s all-around play, as the youngster is equally capable in his defensive and attacking zones. Defensively, Jovanovic utilizes an active stick and his quick feet in order to smother opposing players before dislodging the puck — he uses his 6’1″, 185-pound frame incredibly well to separate the puck from his attackers before transitioning the puck to his forwards. Having done so, however, Jovanovic won’t watch from afar as the play develops in front of him — he plays an eager role on the offensive side of the puck to and loves to contribute to his team’s offence. Given his fleet-footed nature, Jovanovic is a natural on the blue and can command possession of the puck for his team as an anchor on its blue line.

Areas for Improvement:

  • Shot Penetration
  • Shooting Frequency

Since Jovanovic stands as one of the top defencemen eligible for the upcoming 2020 OHL Draft, there aren’t dramatic areas in need of improvement within his game. Of note, however, could be the youngster’s shooting frequency and his ability to push the puck through traffic. As he continues to rise to higher levels of hockey, Jovanovic would do well to focus on his ability to pound the puck on goal from the point — he features the mobility necessary to create shooting lanes and the strength required to fire the puck on net and create rebounds. If able to do this with a greater frequency, Jovanovic will create greater offensive opportunities for his team and inflate his personal statistics as a result.

Future Potential:

Ultimately, Jovanovic boasts the skill set necessary to thrive at the OHL-level and beyond. As it stands, Jovanovic is ready to suit up at the major-junior level — the youngster’s skating ability, intelligence, vision, and strength already stand leaps and bounds above his fellow teammates and opposition in the minor-midget circuit. Come the 2020 OHL Draft, expect Jovanovic to be selected late in the opening round or mid-way through the second round — the Toronto native’s game is simply that good.

OHL Prospect Profile: Hunter Haight

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

– Hunter Haight –

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

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

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

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

Strengths:

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

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

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

Areas for Improvement:

  • Personal Strength

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

Future Potential:

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

OHL Prospect Profile: Donovan McCoy

The Quinte Red Devils are a powerhouse in the ETA this season, and stand as dominantly as they do owing to the presence of Donovan McCoy — an energetic and poised two-way defenceman eligible for the upcoming 2020 OHL Draft.

– Donovan McCoy –

Quinte Red Devils (ETA) | Defence | 2020 OHL Draft Eligible

Belleville, Ontario | 6’0″, 175-pounds | 2004-born

The Quinte Red Devils not only stood as the top team in the ETA during the 2019-20 season, but as one of the most dominant clubs in all of Minor Midget hockey as well. Paced by a dynamic offensive attack, the Red Devils routinely outscored their opposition while putting forth stable and consistent defensive play within their own zone to boot — a reality which allowed Quinte to dismantle their opponents with relative ease on a nightly basis. And, although Dalyn Wakely received a great deal of attention throughout the Red Devils’ regular season campaign — and deservedly so — the play of Donovan McCoy on Quinte’s blue line was equally impactful.

In fact, McCoy’s efforts were so consistent and effective that he now stands as one of the top defence prospects eligible for the upcoming 2020 OHL Draft.

Strengths:

  • Skating Strength and Mobility
  • Composure, Vision, and Breakout Abilities
  • Innate Two-Way Ability
  • Shot Strength and Penetration
  • On-Ice Versatility

The foundation of McCoy’s game is his ability to skate with strength, purpose, and mobility. Within his own zone, McCoy boasts the speed necessary to claim loose pucks from his opponents and regularly wins puck and board battles owing to his impressive lower body strength and raw determination. Once in possession of the puck, McCoy is as calm and composed as any defenceman eligible of the 2020 OHL Draft — he uses his vision to assess the position of players in his field of view before unleashing a crisp breakout pass or leading a rush up the ice owing to his ample acceleration and confidence on the ice.

This innate two-way ability allows McCoy to dismantle plays devised by his opposition before embarking upon lethal counter-attacks. Having distributed the puck to a teammate or carried it up the ice himself, McCoy doesn’t hesitate to play a significant role in the attacking zone. Although not afraid to drive the puck hard to the net when the situation allows, McCoy routinely stands as a dynamic threat on the opposing blue line. Owing to mobility, McCoy can walk the blue line with absolute ease and is never pressured into making mistakes. From his perch, McCoy can distribute the puck to a nearby teammate or shift his position in order to find an open shooting lane.

In short, McCoy stands as one of the top defencemen eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft as a result of his dynamic two-way play. Not only can he maintain excellent gap control and force turnovers in his own zone, but the youngster can fuel his team’s lethal offensive attack in the process.

Areas for Improvement:

  • Defensive Zone Physicality

As mentioned above, McCoy stands as one of the very best defenceman eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft — a reality which means that his game contains more room to grow than it does to improve. However, if we were to nitpick, we’d say that McCoy would do well to assert himself and his impressive physicality on a more frequent basis in his defensive zone. Boasting great size, McCoy features the ability to knock opposing forwards off of the puck and would stand as an even more intimidating presence if he elected to do so on a more frequent basis.

Future Potential:

At the end of the day, McCoy features the skill set necessary to develop into a top-pairing defenceman at the OHL-level and beyond. As a terrific skater and intelligent young player who processes the game at an elite-level, McCoy’s ability to fuel his team’s play at both ends of the ice should result in his selection in the first round of the upcoming 2020 OHL Draft. While McCoy still features room to improve — like all players of his age — the native of Belleville, Ontario stands as a polished prospect who should have little issue adjusting the to major-junior level next season should he choose to do so.

2020 OHL Draft Ranking: February’s Top-150

With just two months before the 2020 OHL Draft commences, take a look at the top-150 eligible prospects. The top-end of this year’s ranking continues to be dominated by American-born players.

Just like that, Ontario’s top U16 minor hockey leagues are jumping into playoff action. After 30+ regular season games and numerous contests in tournament action, it’s time for the drive to the 2020 OHL Cup.

Heading into postseason action, it’s the perfect time to shout out this year’s top seed from each league. In the GTHL, the Toronto Jr. Canadiens captured the #1 seed with an impressive 28-3-2 record. In the ETA, it was the Quinte Red Devils who came out on top, riding a 28-5-3 record to the #1 seed. In the SCTA, the Southern Tier Admirals were at the top of the standings from start to finish, ending up with a 24-3-5 record to capture the #1 seed. Finally, the Elgin Middlesex Chiefs made history in the Alliance with an undefeated regular season, going 25-0-8 to grab the #1 seed.

February’s Top-150

With that said, here are the top-150 prospects, along with 10 honourable mentions, eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft as of February. A continuing trend within the 2019-20 U16 season has been the dominance of the American prospects and teams. This is showcased by the fact that 10 of the top-20 prospects are American-born, with a total of 12 of the top-20 playing hockey in the US this year. Due to that fact, this year’s draft day will be as wild and uncertain as ever. 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 drive to the 2020 OHL Cup unwinds.

Rank Player Position Team
1 Adam Fantilli C Kimball Union Academy
2 Rutger McGroarty* C Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 15U
3 Ty Nelson D Toronto Jr. Canadiens
4 Seamus Casey* D Florida Alliance 16U
5 Lane Hutson* D North Jersey Avalanche 16U
6 Pano Fimis C Toronto Jr. Canadiens
7 Dalyn Wakely C Quinte Red Devils
8 David Goyette C South Kent Academy
9 Paul Ludwinski C Toronto Marlboros
10 Tyler Duke* D Compuware 16U
11 Kocha Delic C Toronto Titans
12 Frank Nazar* C Honeybaked 15U
13 Cutter Gauthier C Compuware 16U
14 Isaac Howard* C Shattuck St. Mary’s 16U
15 Hunter Brzustewicz* D Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 15U
16 Cedrick Guindon C Rockland Nationals
17 Donovan McCoy D Quinte Red Devils
18 Devin Kaplan* C North Jersey Avalanche 16U
19 Bryce McConnell-Barker C London Jr. Knights
20 Gavin Brindley LW Florida Alliance 16U
21 Zak Lavoie C Toronto Nationals
22 Isaiah George D Toronto Marlboros
23 Sam Alfano RW Southern Tier Admirals
24 Zach Filak* C Compuware 16U
25 Carson Christy C Oshawa Jr. Generals
26 Max Namestnikov* LW Honeybaked 15U
27 Hunter Haight C Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs
28 Alec Leonard D Mississauga Reps
29 Nicholas Moldenhauer RW Toronto Titans
30 Devin Mauro C Soo Greyhounds
31 Brody Crane* C Buffalo Jr. Sabres 16U
32 Aidan Castle RW Toronto Jr. Canadiens
33 Ryan McGuire LW Burlington Eagles
34 Jonathan Melee LW Rockland Nationals
35 Matthew DiMarsico RW Pittsburgh Penguins Elite
36 Matthew Poitras LW Whitby Wildcats
37 Matthew Jovanovic D Toronto Marlboros
38 Vinny Borgesi* D South Kent Academy
39 Thomas Sirman D Toronto Jr. Canadiens
40 Andrew LeBlanc C Southern Tier Admirals
41 Spencer Sova D Honeybaked 15U
42 Aaron Andrade RW Toronto Titans
43 Gavin Hayes RW Compuware 15U
44 George Fegaras D Richmond Hill Coyotes
45 Ben Bujold C Kanata Lasers
46 Logan Cooley* C Pittsburgh Penguins Elite
47 Shawn Ramsay D Toronto Nationals
48 Zion Green LW Compuware 15U
49 Jack Piper RW York Simcoe Express
50 Noah Van Vliet D Toronto Jr. Canadiens
51 Evan Konyen C Pittsburgh Penguins Elite
52 Cooper Matthews LW Quinte Red Devils
53 Hayden Simpson C Toronto Titans
54 Owen Van Steensel LW Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs
55 Michael Buchinger D Toronto Jr. Canadiens
56 Jackson Edward D York Simcoe Express
57 Dylan Gordon D Honeybaked 15U
58 Connor Toms D Soo Greyhounds
59 Justin DeZoete C Hamilton Huskies
60 Lorenzo Bonaiuto LW Toronto Marlboros
61 Ryan Abraham C Compuware 15U
62 Nolan Collins D Whitby Wildcats
63 Kyan Haldenby LW Toronto Jr. Canadiens
64 Wilson Farrow D Toronto Nationals
65 Tucker Shedd D Compuware 15U
66 Rodion Tatarenko C Toronto Red Wings
67 Joshua Hoover D Lambton Jr. Sting
68 Owen Mehlenbacher C Buffalo Jr. Sabres 15U
69 Sett Ursomarzo RW Toronto Nationals
70 Nicholas De Angelis D Mississauga Sens
71 Mick Thompson C North Jersey Avalanche 16U
72 Aaron Brown D Quinte Red Devils
73 Patrick Thomas LW Hamilton Huskies
74 Jake Manfre C Long Island Gulls 16U
75 Liam Eveleigh D Waterloo Wolves
76 Justin Varner RW Honeybaked 15U
77 Madden Steen D Guelph Gryphons
78 Brice Cooke RW Toronto Jr. Canadiens
79 Owen Baker RW Honeybaked 15U
80 Jake Sederoff LW Toronto Titans
81 Jake Karabela C Guelph Gryphons
82 Trent Swick RW Southern Tier Admirals
83 Matthew Mayich D Hamilton Huskies
84 Cole Spicer* LW Honeybaked 15U
85 Julian Facchinelli C Markham Majors
86 Nathan Poole C Oshawa Jr. Generals
87 Aidan Puley LW Toronto Jr. Canadiens
88 Patrick Geary D Buffalo Jr. Sabres 15U
89 Tommy Budnick D Honeybaked 15U
90 Julian Fantino RW Richmond Hill Coyotes
91 Jacob LeBlanc D Southern Tier Admirals
92 Will Gerrior LW Ottawa Jr. Senators
93 Ethan Best D Toronto Jr. Canadiens
94 Matthew Morden D Toronto Titans
95 Nathan Lewis RW Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 15U
96 Carson Walters LW Chicago Mission 15U
97 Chase Pietila D Honeybaked 15U
98 Brady Stonehouse LW Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs
99 Owen Beck RW Quinte Red Devils
100 Harrison Ballard C York Simcoe Express
101 Christian Kocsis LW Honeybaked 15U
102 Max Seguin LW Toronto Nationals
103 Wyatt Adkins D Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs
104 Luca D’Amato D Vaughan Kings
105 Cole Bianchin LW Pittsburgh Penguins Elite
106 Jordan Karafile C Toronto Nationals
107 Joshua Vogelsburg LW Mississauga Reps
108 Koen Taves D Sun County Panthers
109 Brock Jones C Buffalo Regals
110 Michael Mesic LW Compuware 15U
111 Luke Gualtieri D Southern Tier Admirals
112 Dylan Roobroeck C London Jr. Knights
113 Jorian Donovan D Kanata Lasers
114 Kalen Peterson C Toronto Marlboros
115 Michael Podolioukh LW Toronto Jr. Canadiens
116 Steve Leskovar D Cambridge Hawks
117 Cédricson Okitundu D Waterloo Wolves
118 Anthony Piccininno C Toronto Titans
119 Colton Smith RW Kanata Lasers
120 Jonah Aegeerter RW Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 15U
121 Chris Able D Chicago Mission 15U
122 Evan Klein C Waterloo Wolves
123 Noah Richard LW Quinte Red Devils
124 Kai Dunits C Kemptville 73’s
125 Tai York C Niagara North Stars
126 Zennon Edwards RW Whitby Wildcats
127 Emerson Miller D Toronto Titans
128 Landon Fleming D Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 15U
129 Micah Berger LW Florida Alliance 16U
130 Dawson Hettiarachchi C Whitby Wildcats
131 Zander Veccia RW Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs
132 Nicola LaForge C North Bay Trappers
133 Jacob Lesser C Smiths Falls Bears
134 Nicholas Messina C Vaughan Kings
135 Gavin Bryant LW Brantford 99ers
136 Caeden Carlisle D Mississauga Sens
137 Joseph Muldowney C Buffalo Regals
138 Carter Coombs C Huron Perth Lakers
139 Jackson Ebbott C Don Mills Flyers
140 Joshua Beiles LW Mississauga Reps
141 Andrew Chang LW Mississauga Sens
142 Brandon Balazs RW Brantford 99ers
143 Ryder McIntyre C Ajax Pickering Raiders
144 Brayden Bowen C Cornwall Colts
145 Ryan Cartwright D Toronto Nationals
146 Andy Reist C Waterloo Wolves
147 Jackson Stewart LW Quinte Red Devils
148 Austin Harper C Lambton Jr. Sting
149 Cory Jewitt LW Huron Perth Lakers
150 Nicholas Colangelo C Ajax Pickering Raiders
HM Jax Bellwood LW Barrie Jr. Colts
HM Alex Campbell RW Mississauga Rebels
HM Mitchell Davies LW Clarington Toros
HM Luke Devlin LW Toronto Marlboros
HM Alexander Dubajic RW Toronto Titans
HM Tobias Iantorno LW Toronto Nationals
HM Beau Jelsma C Brantford 99ers
HM Lleyton McLean LW Toronto Jr. Canadiens
HM Ryan Struthers C Oakville Rangers
HM Ethan Whitcomb RW Niagara North Stars

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.

OHL Prospect Profile: Carson Christy

Carson Christy of the ETA’s Oshawa Generals is one of the top goal-scorers eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft. Learn more about the young sniper by reading his full prospect profile now!

– Carson Christy –

Oshawa Generals (ETA) | Centre | 2020 OHL Draft Eligible

Oshawa, Ontario | 5’11”, 155-pounds | October 15th, 2004

The Oshawa Generals stand as one of the top teams in the ETA this season, and for good reason. Not only do they feature consistent goaltending and a crew of capable defenders, but the Generals are paced offensively by a trio of dynamic offensive players. In addition to the exploits of Nathan Poole and Luke Torrance, the Generals feature the high-flying Carson Christy — a dynamic forward who is quickly developing into one of the most lethal goal-scorers eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft. Having led the ETA in goal-scoring by a wide margin for the majority of the 2019-20 season, Christy has and continues to establish himself as a top prospect poised for selection in the upcoming OHL Draft.

With this being said, let’s dive deeper into Christy’s game.

Strengths:

  • On-Ice Intelligence and Instincts
  • Puck Handling Abilities
  • Innate Playmaking Ability
  • Shot Release and Accuracy
  • Skating Speed and Agility
  • Work Ethic

When it comes to Christy’s strengths, there are many. First and foremost, there are Christy’s intelligence on the ice and his natural offensive instincts. Unlike many players, Christy knows where to be on the ice and when, and regularly positions himself in locations from which he can do significant damage in a quiet and deceptive manner. Once the puck finds Christy, he truly is a shifty force who is incredibly difficult to predict and defend. Owing to his lightning-quick and decisive hands with the puck on his stick, Christy can keep opposing defenders off balance given the fact that he is a threat to pass the puck as well as shoot it. Moreover, as an agile and purposeful skater, Christy can use his feet in combination with his hands to weave through opposing defenders before firing an accurate shot on net or dishing the puck off to one of his fellow teammates.

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More often than not, however, Christy will elect to whip the puck on goal, and for good reason — at the time of publication, Christy led the ETA in goal-scoring with 39 tallies in 34 games played. What makes Christy such a threat to score is not simply his shot alone, but also is overwhelming work ethic. Sure, Christy features an accurate shot defined by its quick and accurate release, but the youngster can bulge the twine in more ways than one. Despite possessing the ability to beat goaltenders cleanly, Christy is not afraid to drive hard to the net in search of rebounds of loose pucks and will willingly go to the more difficult areas of the ice in order to claim the puck and generate offence for his team.

Areas for Improvement:

  • First Step Acceleration
  • Puck Protection

Although he stands as a top prospect eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft, Christy isn’t without room for improvement within in his game. Despite standing as a wildly talented young player, Christy would do well to improve his first step acceleration — doing so will allow him to reach top speed in the blink of an eye while also creating greater separation between himself and his opponents. Secondly, there is Christy’s ability to protect the puck — as he grows older and stronger, his balance on his skates and ability to fend off opponents will undoubtedly improve. Once he further develops these two abilities Christy will stand as a well-rounded offensive player, and one who will command success at the next-level.

Future Potential:

At the end of the day, Christy stands as a premier goal-scoring prospect eligible for the upcoming 2020 OHL Draft. Owing to his ability to bulge the twine and generate offence on a consistent basis, Christy should and could be chosen anywhere from the late first round to the second round of the Priority Selection. Does he have room to improve before ascending to the OHL-level? Absolutely, but so do all players of his age. In short, we could be talking about a future 40-goal scorer at the Major Junior level — Christy’s work ethic and productivity are simply that potent.

2020 NHL Draft Ranking: January’s Top-62

With the 2020 NHL Draft now less than six months away, we’ve released our first NHL Draft ranking of the New Year. Inside, we’ve ranked our top-62 prospects and included prospect profiles as well.

It’s 2020 — a fact which means that the upcoming NHL Entry Draft is now less than six months away. Truthfully, it’s hard to believe that we’re more than half way through the 2019-20 season, as a number of the campaign’s major international tournaments and prospect games have been completed. With this being said, however, we’ve begun to reach the point where prospects and their respective stocks are becoming increasingly set in stone. Sure, plenty of time remains for each and every young player eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft to influence the perception of scouts and management alike, yet, many of which have already developed a strong sense of the players which these prospects may one day become at the NHL-level.

With this in mind, we’ve assembled our latest ranking ahead of the 2020 NHL Draft. In this month’s edition, there was a great deal of change throughout our top-62 board, as a number of players have continued to impress while others seem to have become stagnant within what is an incredibly stressful season of hockey. Of note within this month’s ranking is the ascension of Germany’s trio of elite young prospects — Tim Stutzle has climbed to fourth-overall, while John-Jason Paterka and Lukas Reichel have both risen dramatically owing to their impressive play of late. And, speaking of high-flying international prospects, Jan Mysak has burst into the late first-round of our January NHL Draft Ranking — his play at the recent 2020 World Junior Championship and impending move to the OHL will have scouts drooling.

Now, without further ado, let’s dive into January’s 2020 NHL Draft ranking. As always, be sure to follow the links below if you’d like to view our past NHL Draft rankings!

Round One

Rank Player Position  Team Height Weight
1 Alexis Lafreniere LW Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL) 6’1” 192lbs
2 Alexander Holtz RW/LW Djurgardens IF J20 (SuperElit) 6’0” 183lbs
3 Quinton Byfield C Sudbury Wolves (OHL) 6’4” 215lbs
4 Tim Stutzle C Adler Mannheim (DEL) 5’11” 165lbs
5 Jamie Drysdale D Erie Otters (OHL) 5’11” 165lbs
6 Anton Lundell C/LW HIFK (Liiga) 6’1” 183lbs
7 Marco Rossi C Ottawa 67’s (OHL) 5’9” 179lbs
8 Lucas Raymond RW Frolunda HC J20 (SuperElit) 5’10” 165lbs
9 Cole Perfetti C Saginaw Spirit (OHL) 5’10” 185lbs
10 Justin Barron Halifax Mooseheads 6’2” 187lbs
11 Yaroslav Askarov G SKA-1946 St. Petersburg (MHL) 6’3” 163lbs
12 Noel Gunler RW/LW Lulea HF (SHL) 6’1”  176lbs
13 Dawson Mercer RW Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL) 6’0” 172lbs
14 Emil Andrae D HV71 J20 (SuperElit) 5’9” 183lbs
15 Zion Nybeck RW HV71 J20 (SuperElit) 5’8” 176lbs
16 Kaiden Guhle D Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) 6’3” 187lbs
17 Justin Sourdif C Vancouver Giants (WHL) 5’11 165lbs
18 Helge Grans D Malmo Redhawks J20 (SuperElit) 6’3” 192lbs
19 Ryan O’Rourke D Sault Ste.Marie Greyhounds (OHL) 6’2” 180lbs
20 Mavrik Bourque C Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL) 5’10” 165lbs
21 Dylan Holloway C University of Wisconsin (NCAA) 6’0” 192lbs
22 Jeremie Poirier D Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL) 6’0” 195lbs
23 Kasper Simontaival RW Tappara (Liiga) 5’9” 172lbs
24 Jan Mysak LW HC Litvinov (Tipsport Extraliga) 6’0” 176lbs
25 Jack Quinn  RW Ottawa 67’s (OHL) 5’11” 176lbs
26 Connor Zary C Kamloops Blazers (WHL) 6’0” 174lbs
27 Roni Hirvoven C Assat (Liiga) 5’9” 165lbs
28 Hendrix Lapierre C Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL) 5’11” 175lbs
29 Jake Sanderson D U.S. U18 Team (US NTDP) 6’1” 170lbs
30 John-Jason Peterka RW EHC Munchen (DEL) 5’11” 192lbs
31 Martin Chromiak LW HK Dunkla Trencin (Tipsport Liga) 6’0” 179lbs

Round Two

 

Rank Player Position Team Height Weight
32 Tyson Foerster  C Barrie Colts (OHL) 5’11” 175lbs
33 Jacob Perreault C Sarnia Sting (OHL) 5’11” 198lbs
34 Seth Jarvis RW Portland Winterhawks (WHL) 5’9” 165lbs
35 Jake Neighbours LW Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) 5’11” 201lbs
36 Ty Smilanic LW U.S U18 Team (US NTDP) 6’1” 178lbs
37 Lukas Cormier D Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL) 5’8” 170lbs
38 Antonio Stranges C/LW London Knights (OHL) 5’10” 170lbs
39 Ozzy Wiesblatt  RW Prince Albert Raiders (WHL) 5’10” 195lbs
40 Dylan Peterson C U.S. U18 Team (US NTDP) 6’4” 185lbs
41 Lukas Reichel F Eisbaren Berlin (DEL) 6’0” 170lbs
42 Alexander Pashin  F Tolpar Ufa (MHL) 5’7” 155lbs
43 Tyler Tullio  C Oshawa Generals (OHL) 5’9” 165lbs
44 Jean-Luc Foudy C Windsor Spitfires (OHL) 5’11” 170lbs
45 Theo Rochette C Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL) 5’10” 160lbs
46 Rodion Amirov LW Tolpar Ufa (MHL) 6’0” 170lbs
47 Luke Evangelista RW London Knights (OHL) 5’11” 165lbs
48 Jaromir Pytlik C Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds (OHL) 6’3” 196lbs
49 Will Cuylle LW Windsor Spitfires (OHL) 6’2” 201lbs
50 Veeti Miettinen RW Kiekko-Espoo U20 (Jr. A SM-Liiga) 5’9” 160lbs
51 Luke Tuch  LW U.S.U18 Team (US NTDP) 6’2” 205lbs
52 Logan Morrison  C Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL) 5’11” 170lbs
53 Daniil Gushchin RW Muskegon Lumberjacks (USHL) 5’8” 161lbs
54 Carter Savoie LW Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) 5’9” 170lbs
55 Michael Benning D Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL) 5’9” 170lbs
56 Braden Schneider D Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) 6’2” 210lbs
57 Daniel Ljungman  C Linkoping JC H20 (SuperElit) 6’0” 161lbs
58 Topi Niemela D Karpat (Liiga) 6’0” 165lbs
59 Tyler Kleven  D U.S. U18 Team (US NTDP) 6’4” 201lbs
60 Vasili Ponomaryov  C Shawinigan Catarctes (QMJHL) 6’0” 176lbs
61 Rory Kerins C Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) 5’11” 172lbs
62 Ryan Francis RW Cape Breton Eagles (QMJHL) 5’9” 170lbs