2022 NHL Draft Ranking: November’s Top-32

Our first 2022 NHL Draft Ranking of the 2021-22 season is now live! In our initial ranking of the campaign, we’ve listed our top-32 prospects as well as eight honourable mentions.

Well folks, hockey is back.

Unlike in 2020-21, every developmental hockey league has returned to action this season, and with it a number of the game’s most talented young prospects. In Canada, top prospects such as Shane Wright and Ty Nelson once again have a league to call home, while on the east and west coasts the WHL and QMJHL have returned to a full schedule — a reality which led to Matt Savoie’s return to the Winnipeg Ice.

Meanwhile, south of the border in the United States, the U.S. National Team Development Program stands poised to produce yet another wave of incredibly skilled young players. Leading the pack is Logan Cooley, a determined centreman who plays with both poise and purpose. Rounding out the latest wave of high-end American prospects are names such as Rutger McGroarty, Isaac Howard and Ryan Chesley — a trio of excellent young players destined for futures in the NHL.

David Goyette of the Sudbury Wolves will be an intriguing prospect to follow in the OHL this season. (Robert Lefebvre /OHL Images)

Across the pond, Finland, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Russia are once again producing high-end NHL prospects. From Finland, the most notable of which is Brad Lambert — a lethal forward with Canadian roots who has to be considered a top-five prospect within this draft class. From Sweden and the Czech Republic are youngsters by the names of Jonathan Lekkermaki and David Jiricek — two prospects playing in their respective countries top leagues and already finding considerable success. Ivam Mrioshnichenko is Russia’s latest gem — a hard-hitting forward with elite skating abilities and one of the classes best releases.

The Top-32 Prospects

Here are our top-32 prospects as we enter into the month of November. Keep in mind that this list is a very early projection, however, expect to see many of the players listed below to be chosen in the first round of the 2022 NHL Draft next June. Feel free to comment on our first ranking of the season below!

Beneath this ranking you’ll also find our list of honourable mentions. This month’s edition features eight highly skilled prospects who fell just short of our top-32 overall.

RankPlayerPosition2021-22 TeamHeightWeight
1Shane WrightCKingston Frontenacs (OHL)6’1”190lbs
2Brad LambertC/WJYP (Liiga)6’180lbs
3Matthew SavoieCWinnipeg Ice (WHL)5’9”180lbs
4Logan CooleyCUSNTDP (USDP/USHL)5’10”175lbs
5Ivan MiroshnichenkoLWOmskie Krylia (VHL)6’1”185lbs
6Joakim KemellRWJYP (Liiga)5’11”180lbs
7Conor GeekieCWinnipeg Ice (WHL)6’4”205lbs
8Simon NemecDHK Nitra (Slovakia) 6’1”190lbs
9Juraj SlafkovskyLWTPS (Liiga)6’4”225lbs
10David JiricekDHC Plzen (Czech)6’3”190lbs
11Danila YurovRWMetallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL)6’1”180lbs
12Ty NelsonDNorth Bay Battalion (OHL)5’10”195lbs
13Jonathan LekkerimakiCDjurgardens IF (SHL)5’11”175lbs
14Matthew PoitrasCGuelph Storm (OHL)5’11”175lbs
15Rutger McGroarty CUSNTDP (USDP/USHL)6’205lbs
16Ryan ChesleyDUSNTDP (USDP/USHL)6’195lbs
17Nathan GaucherCQuebec Remparts (QMJHL)6’3”205lbs
18Isaac HowardLWUSNTDP (USDP/USHL)5’10”185lbs
19Tristan LuneauDGatineau Olympiques (QMJHL)6’2”175lbs
20Kevin KorchinskiDSeattle Thunderbirds (WHL)6’2”185lbs
21Elias SalomonssonDSkelleftea AIK (J20 Nationell)6’1”175lbs
22Frank Nazar RWUSNTDP (USDP/USHL)5’10”175lbs
23Filip MesarC/WHK Poprad (Slovakia)5’10”175lbs
24David GoyetteCSudbury Wolves (OHL)5’11”175lbs
25Denton MateychukDMoose Jaw Warriors (WHL)5’11”185lbs
26Jordan GustafsonCSeattle Thunderbirds (WHL)5’11”180lbs
27Liam Arnsby CNorth Bay Battalion (OHL)5’11”185lbs
28Paul LudwinskiCKingston Frontenacs (OHL)5’11”175lbs
29Marco KasperCRogle BK (SHL)6’1”185lbs
30Jordan DumaisRWHalifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)5’9”165lbs
31Bryce McConnell-BarkerCSault Ste Marie Greyhounds (OHL)6’1”190lbs
32Cutter GauthierLWUSNTDP (USDP/USHL)6’2”190lbs

Honourable Mentions

  • Seamus Casey (USNTDP)

The US National Under-18 Team is loaded with elite talent this season, as evidenced by the six players who cracked the top-32 overall in this month’s ranking. Just missing our top-32 for November was Seamus Casey — an excellent puck-moving defenceman widely known for his elite offensive skill-set. Although many pundits view Casey as under-sized, his stellar edge-work and high-end on-ice instincts allow him to play a key role at both ends of the ice. Expect this University of Michigan commit to soar up draft rankings this season.

  • Pano Fimis (Niagara IceDogs)

The second-overall selection in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection, Pano Fimis is a talented offensive player who can do it all on the ice. Whether he be skating on the power-play, helping to kill a penalty, winning a key face-off or delivering a timely hit, Fimis can be counted upon by his coaches and teammates to bring his best on a nightly basis.

  • Jack Hughes (Northeastern University)

A late 2003-born prospect, Jack Hughes has taken his talents to Northeastern University this season following two terrific years of development with the USNTDP. Known for his playmaking abilities, Hughes is a pass-first player who makes his line-mates better on a nightly basis. Although he would do well to add strength to his frame, Hughes’ innate skill-set on the ice will make him an intriguing prospect for many NHL teams.

  • Lane Hutson (USNTDP)

Yet another standout USNTDP prospect, Lane Hutson is a fleet-footed offensive defenceman who can leave opposing players disoriented and guessing. In addition to his ability to quarter-back a powerplay, Hutson fires crisp breakout passes to his forwards and helps to facilitate a smooth transition game between his defensive and offensive zones when on the ice. At 5’8″ and 150lbs, Hutson’s size is the biggest obstacle in the path of his development.

  • Maveric Lamoureux (Drummondville Voltigeurs)

A first-round pick of the Drummondville Voltigeurs in the 2020 QMJHL Draft, Lamoureux is a towering defender who plays a detailed defensive game with growing offensive upside. The 6’7″, 200-pound defender recorded seven points in his 24 games as a rookie a season ago, and will surely log more significant minutes with the Voltigeurs ahead of his selection in the 2022 NHL Draft.

  • Liam Ohgren (Djurgardens IF)

After shredding the Swedish Under-20 league last season as a 16-year-old, Liam Ohgren has made the impressive jump to the SHL this campaign as a member of Djurgardens IF — a reality which speaks to his maturity and lethal skill-set on the ice. Boasting great strength for his age and a lightning quick-release, Ohgren is a natural goal-scorer of significant intrigue.

  • Antonin Verreault (Gatineau Olympiques)

The second-overall selection in the 2020 QMJHL Draft, Antonin Verreault is a formidable offensive player who can score goals as well as create them. Owing to his ability to bulge the twine as well as make plays, Verreault is a truly unpredictable player whose speed and creativity forces his opponents onto their heels with great regularity.

  • Danny Zhilkin (Guelph Storm)

Drafted in the first-round of the 2020 OHL Priority Selection by the Guelph Storm, Dany Zhilkin is a wildly talented offensive player whose game is fuelled by his skating. Capable of blowing past opposing defenders and driving hard to the net, Zhilkin is a determined player who also boasts high-end puck-handling and shooting skills. If able to produce offence at a consistent pace this season, Zhilkin should be able to push himself up draft boards.


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.


  • 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.

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

OHL Prospect Profile: Rutger McGroarty

Although committed to the University of Notre Dame, Rutger McGroarty is one of the top prospects eligible for the 2020 OHL Priority Selection. Of great size and skill, there’s a reason why he’s drawn comparisons to Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves.

– Rutger McGroarty –

Oakland Jr. Grizzlies U15 (HPHL) | Centre | 2020 OHL Draft Eligible

Lincoln, Nebraska | 6’1”, 175-pounds | March 30th, 2004

Rutger McGroarty is one of the top 2004-born prospects eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft, however, his current commitment to the NCAA and the University of Notre Dame could very well mean that McGroarty will never play a major-junior game. If he does opt for the OHL, however, it goes without saying that McGroarty would be one of the most valuable and highly sought after prospects come the annual Priority Selection.

Related: 2020 OHL Draft Rankings

Boasting terrific speed, intimidating size, a polished skill set and the ability to alter the course of any game he competes within, McGroarty has decisively established himself not only as a top prospect eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft but a game-changing talent poised for selection in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft as well. If he continues to add strength to his frame while standing as a consistent offensive threat on a nightly basis, McGroarty could battle for selection in the top-five overall of the NHL Draft — he is simply that good.


  • Skating Speed, Acceleration, and Strength
  • Puck Handling Abilities
  • Innate Playmaking Prowess
  • Elite Goal-Scoring Ability
  • Two-Way Play

As mentioned above, McGroarty’s skill set and capabilities on the ice are seemingly endless. For McGroarty, his game revolves around his ability to traverse the ice surface. Although of substantial size given his 6-foot-1, 175-pound frame, McGroarty is a smooth and polished skater who can blow past his opponents owing to his speed or fight them off below the goal line given his impressive agility and raw physicality. As a player who drives puck possession for his team, McGroarty can elude opposing players owing to his slick puck-handling abilities — he is decisive as his effective when the puck is on his stick.

These strong foundational skills feed into McGroarty’s lethality on the ice, as the youngster’s ability to create time and space for himself allows him to devise plays and score goals with incredible frequency — he tallied 11 goals in eight games played during the Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament. Due to the strength and accuracy of his shot, opposing defenders often afford McGroarty far too much time and space with the puck — opportunity which allows McGroarty to view the ice and fire crisp passes to his fellow teammates too. This ability to score goals as well as create them makes McGroarty an unpredictable and persistently potent threat each and every time he takes to the ice — oh, and he plays a complete 200-foot game to boot.

Areas of Improvement:

  • First Step Acceleration
  • Game to Game Consistency

Well, it’s time to nitpick — a to-do that will be extremely hard to accomplish given McGroarty’s on-ice exploits. Of the few areas in need of improvement within McGroarty’s game, first step acceleration and his game to game consistency are the most notable. Although he is a terrific skater, McGroarty would to well to improve his first step acceleration, as the youngster can be caught by his opponents in the short amount of time it takes him to reach full speed — once he’s flying, however, he’s downright unstoppable.

Related: 2020 OHL Draft – Player Profiles

Secondly, there is McGroarty’s game to game consistency. Now, although McGroarty is one of the most devastating 2004-born players on the planet, he can — like any player — have his off days. Fortunately for McGroarty, he has proven his capability to bounce back from difficult games time and time again — usually marked by a multiple point performance. If he can come to make an impact in each and every game which he competes within — offensively or not — McGroarty will quickly establish himself as one of the top young prospects in the hockey world.

Future Projection:

The future is blindingly bright for McGroarty, as he holds the skill-set necessary to develop into a premier offensive player for years to come. Having drawn comparisons to Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves, McGroarty’s raw strength and polished puck-skills will allow him to dominate each and every level of hockey which he competes within. Further, as he continues to mature physically, McGroarty’s existing skill-set will only become more powerful and more potent — a reality which will instil fear in his opponents regardless of the developmental path which he pursues.

2019 Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament: The Top-10 Performers

With the 2019-20 Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament officially complete, we’ve taken the time to identify the top-10 performers eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft from the annual Minor Midget tournament.

The second major tournament of the 2019-20 Minor Midget hockey season has officially come and gone, as the Oakland Grizzlies defeated the London Jr. Knights to claim the annual Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament. The championship game, which was decided by a score of 4-2, featured a pair of high-powered prospects in Rutger McGroarty and Nolan Burnside — two players who will be highly sought after come the 2020 OHL Draft this coming April.

– Related: Wendy Dufton Tournament – Player Statistics 

However, this year’s edition of the Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament featured far more talent than McGroarty and Burnside alone, as a slew of other notable players played with poise and passion on the big stage. Of which, perhaps no one was more tantalizing than David Goyette of the South Kent Academy. Goyette, an incredibly shifty and agile forward of impeccable two-way abilities, netted a jaw-dropping four goals and nine assists in his five games played during the tournament — a 2.60 point-per-game average which led the event by a wide margin.

As such, it goes without saying that Goyette — in addition to McGroarty and Burnside — was amongst the top performers during the 2019-20 Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament. However, which other players impressed throughout the tournament and improved their respective draft stocks in the process? Well, let’s take a moment to analyze the play of ten prospects whose efforts drew the attention of fans and scouts alike over the Thanksgiving weekend.

The Top-10 Performers

Here are our top-ten performers from this year’s edition of the Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament.

Of the ten prospects listed below, seven are forwards, three are defencemen, and one is a goaltender. If each of the players profiled below can continue to play and produce at a high-level, they will undoubtedly garner a great deal of attention come the 2020 OHL Priority Selection.

Tyler Bouck – G

2019-20 Team: Brantford 99ers (Alliance)

Tournament Statistics: 2GP: 2W, 2SO

The lone goaltender within our list of the tournament’s top-ten performers, Tyler Bouck helped propel the Brantford 99ers to a berth in the round-of-16 owing to his performances in the round-robin. In his two games played ahead of the elimination round, Bouck posted back-to-back shutouts — an outcome which helped lead to his team to four consecutive shutouts despite facing fierce competition. However, it was the manner in which Bouck earned his shutouts that impressed the most, as the youngster used his towering 6-foot-3 frame to his advantage in order to regularly eliminate shooting angles while standing as an intimidating presence in goal.

Hunter Brzustewicz – D

2019-20 Team: Oakland Grizzlies (HPHL)

Tournament Statistics: 8GP: 4G, 5A – 9PTS

Hunter Brzustewicz is rising dramatically within our 2020 OHL Draft rankings, and for good reason. Despite manning the Grizzlies’ blue-line, Brzustewicz is a crafty offensive player who can play and dominate both ends of the ice with relative ease. As a tremendous skater, Brzustewicz can smother opposing forwards in his defending zone before securing the puck and charging up ice. Once in the offensive zone, Brzustewicz is incredibly poised and features impressive vision — a reality which allows him to see the ice well and operate within it with little issue. These traits led directly to Brzustewicz’s stellar performance during the Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament, as the youngster tallied four goals and nine points — an offensive output which led all defenders.

Nolan Burnside – RW

2019-20 Team: London Jr. Knights (Alliance)

Tournament Statistics: 8GP: 5G, 6A – 11PTS

The host London Jr. Knights fought and clawed their way to the championship game of the Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament — a result which would have surely been difficult to come by without the contributions put forth by Nolan Burnside. Although the Jr. Knights ultimately fell to the Grizzlies in the championship game, a number of the team’s players placed their electrifying skill sets on display with regularity — none more so than Burnside. All throughout the event, Burnside propelled the Jr. Knights forward owing to his speed, tenacity, and unwavering work-ethic. Come the end of the tournament, Burnside had netted five goals and 11 points — an output which paced his team.

Alex Campbell – F

2019-20 Team: Mississauga Rebels (GTHL)

Tournament Statistics: 7GP: 3G, 7A – 10PTS

Despite a slow start to their 2019-20 GTHL campaign, the Mississauga Rebels enjoyed a tremendous showing at the Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament — a showing which could very well kick-start success within their regular season league play. After breezing through the round-robin on the heels of a 4-0 record, the Rebels clashed with the Grizzlies in the semi-finals — a contest which the Rebels would lose by a score of 5-2. Yet, despite the loss, Alex Campbell stood as a bright spot for Mississauga within an already impressive tournament showing. In all, Campbell recorded ten points in his seven games played — a level of production which placed him in a tie for the fifth-most point in the event. However, it was Campbell’s responsibility in his defensive zone in addition to his offensive exploits which drew the greatest attention.

George Fegaras – D

2019-20 Team: Richmond Hill Coyotes (ETA)

Tournament Statistics: 4GP: 1G, 5A – 6PTS

Although the Richmond Hill Coyotes failed to advance past the round-robin in the Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament, defenceman George Fegaras turned heads owing to his responsible yet explosive style of play. A physical force within his own zone who loves to play a rough brand of hockey, Fegaras is an intimidating defender who won’t hesitate to dish out thundering body-checks whenever the opportunity presents. However, Fegaras is far more than just a quality stay-at-home defender, as the youngster frequently displays the ability to join the rush and pose a threat while straddling the opposing blue line. This aggressive mind-set allowed Fegaras to collect six points in his four games played during the Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament — an output which highlighted his ability to play a sound game at both ends of the ice.

David Goyette – C/LW

2019-20 Team: South Kent Academy (USHS-Prep)

Tournament Statistics: 5GP: 4G, 9A – 13PTS

South Kent Academy fell to the Oakland Grizzlies in the round-of-16 of the Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament — a hard-fought 4-3 decision which limited David Goyette to just five games played. However, in those five tournament games played, Goyette proved why he is widely considered as one of the most talented players eligible for the upcoming 2020 OHL Draft. Despite limited exposure, Goyette wowed each and every fan and scout alike in attendance at South Kent Academy’s games — blasting home four goals and 13 points in a mere five contests. An incredibly shifty and unpredictable skater, Goyette regularly kept his opponents on their heels and was quick to pounce time and time again when afforded with far too much time and space to operate.

Zak Lavoie – C/RW

2019-20 Team: Toronto Nationals (GTHL)

Tournament Statistics: 6GP: 6G, 1A – 7PTS

Zak Lavoie scored ten goals in his seven games played during the Toronto Titans Tournament in September — an output which quickly solidified his status as one of the top goal-scorers eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft. However, as if his initial showing was not strong enough, Lavoie felt the need to blast home six goals in his six games played during the Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament — a level of lethality which has further cemented the youngster as one of the top prospects competing within the Minor Midget circuit this season. A strong and sturdy skater with the innate ability to bulge the twine in the toughest of situations, Lavoie proved himself as a dangerous threat yet again — a reality which we should all get used to.

Andrew Leblanc – F

2019-20 Team: Southern Tier Admirals (SCTA)

Tournament Statistics: 6GP: 5G, 5A – 10PTS

While the Southern Tier Admirals made quite the impression on the ice as a team by advancing to the quarter-finals of the Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament, so too did one of their top forwards. All throughout the tournament Andrew Leblanc was an unstoppable force, as he played a consistently physical role for his team while also contributing a great deal on the scoreboard. In addition to the 14 PIM he incurred across his six tournament games played, Leblanc totalled five goals and ten points, too — a total which placed him into a tie with Sam Alfano for the most on his team.

Rutger McGroarty – C

2019-20 Team: Oakland Grizzlies (HPHL)

Tournament Statistics: 8GP: 11G, 2A – 13PTS

After a somewhat slow start offensively to his Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament, Rutger McGroarty shifted to a higher gear and wound up leading the event in goal-scoring with 11 tallies across his eight games played. In fact, his competition weren’t close in the goal-scoring department, as Goyette was the next most lethal sniper with a mere six goals. As far as his personal skill-set is concerned, McGroarty displayed it all throughout the Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament — he boasts great size, incredible skill, and the innate ability to take control of each and every game in which he competes. Once his first-step acceleration improves, it was abundantly clear that McGroarty will be an unstoppable force for years to come.

Shawn Ramsey – D

2019-20 Team: Toronto Nationals (GHTL)

Tournament Statistics: 6GP: 2G, 5A – 7PTS

The Toronto Nationals have proven that they’ll be a team to contend with all throughout the 2019-20 season — a reality which would be difficult to maintain if not for the presence of Shawn Ramsey on the team’s blue line. Throughout the Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament, Ramsey stood as a calm and cool pillar on the Nationals’ backend — regularly stripping opponents of the puck before distributing crisp breakout passes to his forwards. What’s more is that Ramsey also displayed the ability and willingness to join the rush, a commitment to two-way play which allowed Ramsey to collect a staggering seven points across his team’s six games played during the event.

OHL Prospect Profile: David Goyette

David Goyette of the South Kent Selects Hockey Academy is one of the most potent forwards eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft. Defined by his blazing speed and decisive hands, Goyette is a consistent threat who will draw plenty of attention ahead of the upcoming Priority Selection.

– David Goyette –

Selects Hockey Academy (USHS-Prep) | LW/C | 2020 OHL Draft Eligible

Saint-Jerome, Quebec | 5-foot-10, 155lbs | Mar. 27th, 2004

David Goyette’s past three seasons of hockey have been incredibly varied but equally successful — a major reason why he has come to be considered as one of the top prospects eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft. After shredding the Minor Bantam circuit in 2017-18 alongside Cedrick Guindon as a member of the Eastern Ontario Wild, Goyette went on to dismantle his opposition at the Bantam level the following season — posting a whopping 43 goals and 91 points in just 30 games played.

This overwhelming rate of offensive production on behalf of Goyette saw him promoted to the Hawkesbury Hawks’ Midget team to conclude the 2018-19 campaign. Despite standing nearly two years younger than his competition, Goyette collected nine points in his 10 games played with the club — an output which solidified his status as an elite young player. Now, in his season of play preceding the 2020 OHL Draft, Goyette has chosen to head south of the border to compete for the Selects Hockey Academy — a team which competes within the United States High School Preparatory League.


  • Skating Speed and Agility
  • On-Ice Vision and Intelligence
  • Shot Release and Accuracy
  • Offensive Versatility

Goyette is a lethal offensive threat capable of devising deadly scoring opportunities each and every time he takes to the ice. The main driving force behind Goyette’s ability to do so is his skating, as the youngster can reach top speed in a short few strides and features the unique capability to change direction while maintaining his pace on the ice. These abilities allow Goyette to create a wealth of time and space for himself on the ice, as Goyette stands as an unpredictable threat given his willingness to drive the puck wide or slow the pace of the game to his liking.

It is this ability to slow down the pace of play which allows Goyette to survey the ice and operate within it with relative ease. Given his ability to both shoot and pass the puck, defenders are never quite sure of how to defend Goyette — a reality which allows the youngster to pick apart opposing defences with startling regularity and potency. However, Goyette doesn’t need to slow down the pace of play in order to generate scoring opportunities, as he is more than capable of executing high-percentage plays at a high rate of speed.

In addition to his dynamic skating skills and ability to control the pace of play, Goyette boasts a tremendous shot which can beat opposing netminders cleanly owing to its deceptive release and impressive accuracy. Whether he be staring down a tough angle or a crowd in front of the net, Goyette has the ability to fire pucks through tight shooting lanes or pick corners with apparent ease. Goyette’s ability to shoot the puck as well as pass it affords him with tremendous offensive versatility — a reality which keeps opposing defenders and goaltenders guessing at all times.


  • Shot Power
  • Puck Protection

When it comes to the weaknesses present within Goyette’s game, there aren’t many. Of note, however, are Goyette’s shot power as well as his ability to protect the puck. Now, while Goyette’s shot isn’t weak by any means, a slightly greater level of velocity would surely allow Goyette to bulge the twine from a greater distance and with increased frequency. Secondly, there is Goyette’s ability to protect the puck. Like Goyette’s shot strength, this area of weakness isn’t significant, however, he would do well to add greater strength to his lower body in the coming years in order to fend off opposing defenders while simultaneously utilizing a wide stance.

Once able to strengthen these two particular aspects of his game, Goyette will surely stand as an unstoppable offensive force capable of leading his team at both ends of the ice with poise and consistency.

Future Potential:

If able to shine offensively while continuing to develop his overall game, Goyette will unquestionably stand as one of the top prospects eligible for the 2020 OHL Priority Selection. Of great speed, a stellar shot and innate on-ice abilities, Goyette is a game-breaking player in the making who owns the ability to alter the course of any game which he competes within.

Will Goyette opt for the major-junior route? Well, this remains to be seen, as numerous NCAA programs will surely come calling throughout the 2019-20 campaign.

2020 OHL Draft Ranking: October’s Top 20

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

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

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

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

The 2019-20 Season, So Far:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Three Players to Watch

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

  • Cedrick Guindon

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


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

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

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

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

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

October’s Top-20

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

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

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