OHL Prospect Profile: Matthew Poitras

Matthew Poitras of the Whitby Wildcats is a tireless skater and lethal offensive player. Defined as nothing other than a workhorse, Poitras has the skill-set necessary to be chosen in the first-round of the 2020 OHL Draft.

– Matthew Poitras –

Whitby Wildcats (ETA) | Centre | 2020 OHL Draft Eligible

Ontario, Canada | 5’10”, 165-pounds | March 9th, 2004

It was yet another successful season for the Whitby Wildcats in the ETA, as the squad skated to the second-best record in their league while establishing themselves as a threat for the 2020 OHL Cup in the process. Defined by their potent offensive attack and diligent defending, the Wildcats stand as an incredibly deep team and one which should not be taken for granted each time they take to the ice. Re-enforcing this mindset all season long was Matthew Poitras, a stellar young player whose tremendous work ethic and tireless internal engine set the pace for Whitby throughout each game they competed within. Further, as one of the ETA’s top-scoring players this past season, it is incredibly easy to understand why Poitras is regarded as a top prospect eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft.

Strengths:

  • Work Ethic and Determination
  • Skating Speed and Strength
  • Playmaking Abilities
  • Shot Power and Release
  • On-Ice Intelligence and Vision

Poitras is regularly one of the hardest working players on the ice, of this there is not doubt. Regardless of the situation or the score, Poitras approaches each and every one of his shifts with the same mentality — out-work your opponents. And outworking opponents is exactly what Poitras has done in order to stand as one of the top prospects eligible for the 2020 OHL Draft, as the youngster is endlessly determined each and every time he takes to the ice. This drive — alongside ample skating speed and strength — allows Poitras to terrorize his opponents, as he is nothing other than a puck-hound who will work incredibly hard in order to sustain his team’s puck possession game.

Once in control of the puck, however, is when Poitras is the most dangerous. Owing to his impressive vision, Poitras can devise and implement plays in the attacking zone in the blink of an eye as well as fire the puck on goal when opposing defenders afford him with far too much time and space. Although a pass-first player, Poitras’ shot continues to improve and he loves to lean into his shots and fire accurate attempts on-goal. This combined ability to create plays and score goals allows Poitras to stand as an unpredictable yet deadly force on the ice, as his versatility alongside his work ethic makes him a complete package downright impossible to stop on a nightly basis.

Areas for Improvement:

  • Shot Accuracy
  • Physicality

As mentioned above, Poitras’ shot continues to improve — and one particular aspect which Poitras would do well to refine is his accuracy. If able to pick and choose his spots with greater consistency, Poitras will be able to bulge the twine far more often while also creating rebounds for his fellow teammates in the chance that his attempt is turned aside. Further, owing to his solid frame, we’d like to see Poitras maximize his physical play — doing so will allow Poitras to knock opposing players off the the puck, shield possession with greater ease, and stand as an overwhelming force on the fore-check.

Future Potential:

Ultimately, Poitras boasts the skill set of a game-breaking player at the OHL-level. As one of the hardest working players on the ice on a nightly basis, Poitras’ raw determination to ensure success for his team will carry significant weight come the 2020 OHL Draft. Once he boasts a refined skill set and experience in the major-junior ranks, expect the Wildcats’ captain to become a premier offensive player for whichever OHL franchise is fortunate enough to land the promising youngster.

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OHL Prospect Profile: Brenden Sirizzotti

Brenden Sirizzotti has effectively improved his draft stock as a result of his consistently dominant game. A highly skilled winger with impressive speed and elite hands and vision, Sirizzotti is a dynamic offensive force who is pushing his way towards the first round of the 2019 OHL Draft.

– Brenden Sirizzotti –

Whitby Wildcats (ETA) | Right Wing | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible

5-foot-11, 170-pounds | April 14th, 2003

Brenden Sirizzotti is one of, if not, the most dynamic prospect in the ETA this year. With the drive and determination to take ahold of a game, he is constantly hounding the puck and making those around him better with an excellent all-around offensive game.

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

Displaying tremendous instincts, Sirizzotti is the offensive catalyst for the ETA-best Whitby Wildcats. Leading the league in both goals and points, he can capitalize on miraculous end-to-end rushes, slipping the puck past defenders and hanging goalies out to dry. With his play proving to be consistent, Sirizzotti is making himself a true option in the first round of the 2019 OHL Draft.

Strengths:

  • Agility & Shiftiness
  • Puck Skills
  • Vision & Sense

A highly-skilled winger, Sirizzotti plays a high tempo game backed by a desire for puck possession. He is willing to battle hard along the wall to force turnovers and transition the play up ice. With that said, Sirizzotti is undoubtedly at his best when he’s on the attack. A shifty skater, he has good foot speed and can cut inside or outside with authority. A natural goal-scorer, he showcases an above-average shot with great accuracy.

Related: Take a look at the Top 20 Performers from the 2018 Silver Stick Tournament.

Sirizzotti displays multiple gears of speed, which he combines with his agility to catch defenders flat-footed. With the puck on his stick, Sirizzotti is very tough to defend. Along with his ability to change speeds, he is an extremely creative puck-handler on the rush, as well as a gifted playmaker. He sees the ice and processes the play at an instantaneous rate, allowing him to consistently make productive decisions with the puck.

Area of Improvement:

  • Shot Strength

While Sirizzotti has certainly proven to be a very dangerous shooter, shown by his eight goals in six games at the Silver Stick Tournament, he could cement his status as an elite sniper by adding some extra power to his snap shot. Showing excellent accuracy and a quick release under pressure, Sirizzotti would be strongly considered amongst the top-tier of scorers if his shot were slightly heavier.

Related: Don’t miss out on any of our 2019 OHL Prospect Profiles.

Often scoring off of eye-popping dangles or shots from off of the half wall, Sirizzotti would also become more of a threat on the powerplay with a booming shot. Certainly, as he continues to grow and mature, the shot strength will come with it, making this area of improvement more of a nod to his future potential within the next year or two.

Future Potential:

Brenden Sirizzotti has effectively improved his draft stock as a result of his consistently dominant game. Getting off to a hot start right off the bat at the Titans Early Bird Tournament, Sirizzotti has yet to slow up, and has proven to be a potentially dynamic offensive force at the OHL level. With point totals that rival the likes of Quinton Byfield from his time with the York-Simcoe Express, it’s time to take notice of Sirizzotti’s excellence.

As the offensive catalyst for one of Ontario’s top Minor Midget teams, Sirizzotti is putting OHL scouts on notice, and currently projects as a fringe first round pick for the 2019 OHL Draft, which could fluctuate greatly with the number of NCAA committed prospects this year.

OHL Prospect Profile: Ryan Winterton

Ryan Winterton is 200-foot centre who is trusted to play a key role in all situations. He shows incredible instincts in all three zones and plays with both a sniper and a playmaker mentality. Winterton projects to be a late first round pick at the 2019 OHL Draft.

– Ryan Winterton –

Whitby Wildcats (ETA) | Centre | 2019 OHL Draft Eligible

Brooklin, Ontario | 6-foot-0, 160-pounds | September 4th, 2003

Ryan Winterton has quickly become an on-ice leader for the Whitby Wildcats in all three zones of the ice. A reliable two-way centre, Winterton is a consistent offensive catalyst for the ETA-leading Wildcats, through high-end offensive instincts and natural vision of the ice.

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

A trusted component of the WIldcats’ game plan, Winterton is often relied upon as a defensive forward as well, playing an imperative part of the team’s penalty kill and taking numerous defensive zone faceoffs each night. Winterton reads the ice very well and showcases an intelligent game as both a sniper and playmaker.

Strengths:

  • Offensive Instincts
  • Skating
  • Two-Way Responsibility

Winterton naturally reads and adapts to the circumstances on the ice, positioning himself in a beneficial area and finding gaps and opportunities for odd-man rushes with regularity. He is dangerous off the rush, utilizing his ability to fire an accurate wrist shot on net or to slip a tape-to-tape pass to a teammate. Winterton is a strong skater with good puck protection ability and above-average agility and top speed, as well as impressive poise with the puck.

Related: Take a look at our 2019 OHL Cup Ranking: October Edition

Ryan clearly understands that potential scoring chances must first come from strong defensive play. He backchecks deep into his own end to support his defenceman and is consistently the first man back to cover for a pinching defender. Winterton is a hound on the puck and strong on his stick to create turnovers before quickly transitioning the play with a smart breakout.

Area of Improvement:

  • Snap Shot Release

If there’s one area in which Winterton could improve to become a more dynamic force, it may be in his release. With a strong and accurate wrist shot, there’s no denying that Winterton can beat goaltenders with a clean shot. With that said, he could benefit from a more electric release on a snap shot under pressure.

If Winterton were able to get the same power behind his snap shot that he displays on his wrister, he could battle with the top tier of natural scorers in the 2019 OHL Draft class. Undoubtedly, Winterton is a leader in offensive production among this year’s ETA prospects and is a vital part of Whitby’s early season success.

Future Potential:

All in all, Ryan Winterton is an extremely productive centre who can break open a game with his combination of speed, skill, and natural instincts. He displays impressive awareness in all three zones and is consistently trusted to play a key role in all situations for his team.

As a leader for one of the top teams in Ontario this year, Winterton has shown intriguing abilities at both ends of the ice and is currently projected as a late first round pick for the 2019 OHL Draft.