Alliance Scout Player Rankings – November Edition

A new year leads us to a new format for the Alliance Scout player rankings. In previous years, the site would release a top 25 player list during the Toronto Marlboros tournament and then a final list prior to the OHL Priority Selection.

This year, we are changing things up. Rather than just having two rankings, we will be releasing a new ranking every month. And rather than just doing the top 25, we will be modeling the list after how OHL and NHL Central Scouting does their lists. Doing these lists monthly will allow for a more accurate representation and also can allow for players who have been having strong months to make their way onto the lists.

Prospects have been split into three different categories. Those in the “A Prospect” pool are players who I see as the cream of the crop and those who could be hearing their name called in the opening four rounds of the OHL Draft. A player under the “B Prospect” heading I believe could be going in rounds 5-10 while players in the C category could be going in rounds 11-15. Players names are all listed alphabetically and not in any ranking order.

So without any further delay, here is our initial list.

A Prospects
Player Team Position
Gavin Bryant Brantford 99ers Forward
Carter Coombs Huron-Perth Lakers Forward
Justin Dezoete Hamilton Huskies Forward
Liam Eveleigh Waterloo Wolves Defense
Hunter Haight Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Forward
Bryce McConnell-Barker London Jr. Knights Forward
Dylan Roobrocek London Jr. Knights Forward
Brady Stonehouse Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Forward
Owen Van Steensel Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Forward
B Prospects
Player Team Position
Wyatt Adkins Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Defense
Nolan Burnside London Jr. Knights Forward
Lucas Carson Waterloo Wolves Forward
Nate Dowling Windsor Jr. Spitfires Forward
Gavin Grundner Windsor Jr. Spitfires Forward
Austin Harper Lambton Jr. Sting Forward
Josh Hoover Lambton Jr. Sting Defense
Evan Klein Waterloo Wolves Forward
Connor Koropatnicki Hamilton Huskies Forward
Noah Morneau Windsor Jr. Spitfires Forward
Cedricson Okitundu Waterloo Wolves Defense
Andy Reist Waterloo Wolves Forward
Danny Scott Huron-Perth Lakers Defense
Koen Taves Sun County Panthers Defense
Patrick Thomas Hamilton Huskies Forward
Zander Veccia Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Forward
Tyson Wassink Hamilton Huskies Defense
C Prospects
Player Team Position
Maddox Amaral Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Forward
Brandon Balazs Brantford 99ers Forward
Kyle Caron Cambridge Hawks Forward
Ethan Everaert Lambton Jr. Sting Goalie
Riley George Hamilton Huskies Goalie
Brendan Gouin Windsor Jr. Spitfires Forward
Nicholas Graneiro Windsor Jr. Spitfires Forward
Landon Hookey Lambton Jr. Sting Forward
Cory Jewitt Huron-Perth Lakers Forward
Jacob Julien Chatham-Kent Cyclones Forward
Austin Keleher Cambridge Hawks Forward
Owen MacDonald Lambton Jr. Sting Defense
Ben Oliver Kitchener Jr. Rangers Forward
Josh Sordo Brantford 99ers Defense
Zach Vaillancourt Windsor Jr. Spitfires Forward

When it comes to the top prospect in the Alliance, I think it is clear cut that Bryce McConnell-Barker currently holds that title. Nipping at his heels is Hunter Haight who plays a completely different style but has been so good this year while Gavin Bryant is a personal favourite who continues to impress.

Lucas Carson has arguably been one of most consistent players on the Waterloo Wolves this year and has really impressed in many games. One player who could soar up the rankings is Tyson Wassink. After a slow start for the Huskies defense, he is a player that has the potential to work his way into the top grouping.

For the first time in a bit, the Alliance doesn’t have one goaltender who is far and away the top netminder without debate. While that is the case, both Ethan Everaert and Riley George make the list as both have had very different seasons but both have shown some great abilities that keep their teams in any games they play.

There is plenty of hockey between now and December that should see these rankings change a bit. The biggest being All-Star weekend in Woodstock as the weekend will once again see a three game weekend for each club.

As this list is now official, it signifies that the season is in full swing now.

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