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 OHL Cup Ranking: February’s Top-10

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

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

Let that fact sink in for a moment.

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

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

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

Honourable Mentions:

  • Mississauga Reps

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

  • Waterloo Wolves

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

  • Whitby Wildcats

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

10. Hamilton Huskies:Hamilton Huskies Logo

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

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

9. York Simcoe ExpressYork-Simcoe-Express-Logo

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

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

8. Mississauga Senators:

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

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

7. Toronto Marlboros Toronto Marlboros Logo

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

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

6. Southern Tier Admirals Southern Tier Admirals Logo

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

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

5. Toronto Titans Toronto Titans Logo 2

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

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

4. Toronto Nationals TorontoYoungNationals-640x360

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

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

3. Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs:Elgin Middlesex Chiefs logo

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

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

2. Toronto Jr. CanadiensToronto Jr. Canadiens Logo

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

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

Quinte Red Devils Logo1. Quinte Red Devils

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

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

2020 OHL Cup Ranking: January’s Top-10

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

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

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

To view our full ranking, continue reading below!

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

Honourable Mentions:

  • Mississauga Senators

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

  • Waterloo Wolves

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

  • Whitby Wildcats

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

Mississauga Reps10. Mississauga Reps:

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

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

9. Hamilton Huskies:Hamilton Huskies Logo

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

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

8. York Simcoe ExpressYork-Simcoe-Express-Logo

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

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

7. Toronto Marlboros Toronto Marlboros Logo

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

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

6. Toronto Titans

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

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

5. Southern Tier Admirals Southern Tier Admirals Logo

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

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

4. Toronto Nationals TorontoYoungNationals-640x360

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

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

3. Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs:Elgin Middlesex Chiefs logo

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

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

2. Toronto Jr. CanadiensToronto Jr. Canadiens Logo

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

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

Quinte Red Devils Logo1. Quinte Red Devils

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

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

2020 OHL Cup Ranking: November’s Top-10

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

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

Related: All 2020 OHL Draft Rankings

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

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

Honourable Mentions

  • Elgin Middlesex Chiefs:

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

  • Mississauga Reps:

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

  • Vaughan Kings:

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

10. Waterloo Wolves

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

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

9. Southern Tier Admirals

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

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

8. Quinte Red Devils

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

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

7. Toronto Titans

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

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

6. York Simcoe ExpressYork-Simcoe-Express-Logo

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

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

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  • Months Ranked: 1
  • Wendy Dufton Memorial: Champion

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

4. Toronto Marlboros

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

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

3. Toronto Nationals

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

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

2. Detroit Honeybaked Honeybaked-weblogo_large

  • Months Ranked: 1

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

1. Toronto Jr. CanadiensToronto Jr. Canadiens Logo

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

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

2020 OHL Cup Ranking: October’s Top-10

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

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

Related: All 2020 OHL Draft Rankings

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

2020 OHL Cup October Top 10

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

Related: All 2020 OHL Draft Prospect Profiles

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

10. Elgin Middlesex ChiefsElgin Middlesex Chiefs logo

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

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

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

9. York Simcoe ExpressYork-Simcoe-Express-Logo

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

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

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

8. Waterloo WolvesWaterloo Wolves Logo

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

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

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

7. Mississauga Reps

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

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

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

6. Southern Tier Admirals

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

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

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

5. Toronto MarlborosToronto Marlboros Logo

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

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

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

4. Quinte Red DevilsQuinte Red Devils Logo

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

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

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

3. Toronto TitansToronto Titans Logo

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

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

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

2. Toronto Nationals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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