Alliance Scout Player Rankings – December Edition

We only have one month to go in the regular season and it should be a busy one. Not only are 10 of the 12 Alliance teams making the trip for the Toronto Marlboros Holiday tournament beginning today, but the standings in the Alliance are super tight.

Heading into 2020, there is a three point separation between Elgin, Hamilton and Waterloo for the top three spots in the league. Following those teams, only four points separates 4th from 8th place with the Cambridge Hawks and Kitchener Jr. Rangers still clinging to life for that final playdown spot.

As we are looking at player rankings this time around, below is the December edition of the rankings as I once again have players slotted in A, B and C categories.

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
Tyson Wassink Hamilton Huskies Defense
C Prospects
Player Team Position
Maddox Amaral Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Forward
Kyle Caron Cambridge Hawks Forward
Ethan Everaert Lambton Jr. Sting Goalie
Owen Findlay Windsor Jr. Spitfires Defense
Riley George Hamilton Huskies Goalie
Brendan Gouin Windsor Jr. Spitfires Forward
Kian Harron Kitchener Jr. Rangers Defense
Landen Hookey Lambton Jr. Sting Forward
Cory Jewitt Huron-Perth Lakers Forward
Jacob Julien Chatham-Kent Cyclones Forward
Austin Keleher Cambridge Hawks Forward
Owen Kindree London Jr. Knights Defense
Owen MacDonald Lambton Jr. Sting Defense
Ben Oliver Kitchener Jr. Rangers Forward
Zach Vaillancourt Windsor Jr. Spitfires Forward
Zander Veccia Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Forward
Rennick Villaflor Hamilton Huskies Defense

As we close things out in 2019, Bryce McConnell-Barker remains at the top of my list for Alliance prospects. Every shift he is on the ice, it feels like something big is going to happen and a scoring chance is close. Not only is her thriving offensively, but he has started to show a very physical side to his game as of late.

One player who I think will make many junior teams happy next season is Justin Dezoete. He makes everything look effortless and his shot is among the best in the league. Hamilton has been the hottest team in the league over the last little while and Dezoete is a main reason behind that.

Brady Stonehouse is another player who had a very good last month. Not only has he continued to contribute to the Chiefs offensively as they are still undefeated, but he opened lots of eyes at the Silver Stick with four goals and seven points in just four games.

A few players have made their way onto the list for the first time. Zander Veccia has really emerged as a force for the Chiefs and thus should be listed this time around. A few defenders have made impressions over the past month. Both Owen Kindree of London and Kian Harron of Kitchener play similar games. Physical forces on the back end who also contribute offensively.

Rennick Villaflor recently returned to the Alliance after beginning the season with the JRC. While I’ve only had the chance to see him a few times in a Huskies uniform, based on what I’ve seen throughout the season I felt he was deserving of being on the list, but don’t be surprised to see him move up in future editions.

Look for the January edition of the player rankings to be released at the end of January as we close out the regular season and begin the postseason in Alliance play.

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