Alliance Scout Player Rankings – Final Edition

After another incredible year of Alliance minor midget hockey came to an abrupt end this year. While the decision to cancel hockey during an incredibly difficult time in society, you have to feel for those players who had worked all year to get to the OHL Cup, only to have that opportunity taken from them so quickly.

With that said, the 2004 born class in the Alliance has represented themselves quite nicely amongst the teams in Ontario. In the final OHL Cup rankings that were released, Alliance champions the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs found themselves sitting in 3rd while finalist Hamilton Huskies were in the top 10 and the OHL Cup bound Waterloo Wolves were tagged as an honourable mention.

Looking ahead to the OHL Priority Selection, the 04 group is poised to replicate the results seen last season by the 03 class. On average, about 40 players are selected from the Alliance in the priority selection. Sometimes those numbers are a bit skewed based on when players are taken but from a total stand point, I’d expect to be around that point again this year.

In total, I have 41 players listed in the rankings below. It should be noted, I’d  be absolutely shocked if 41 players from the Alliance were selected and it was the exact players from this list. I fully expect that there will be some players taken who I did not have listed, much like there will be players that I felt should hear their name called that won’t. That is the beauty of the scouting process.

Here is the list that I have compiled following the Alliance season. Below are some further analysis and details.

A Rating
Player Team Position
Gavin Bryant Brantford 99ers Forward
Justin Dezoete Hamilton Huskies Forward
Liam Eveleigh Waterloo Wolves Defense
Hunter Haight Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Forward
Bryce McConnell-Barker London Jr. Knights Forward
Brady Stonehouse Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Forward
B Rating
Player Team Position
Wyatt Adkins Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Defense
Carter Coombs Huron-Perth Lakers Forward
Jacob Couchie London Jr. Knights Forward
Riley George Hamilton Huskies Goalie
Gavin Grundner Windsor Jr. Spitfires Forward
Austin Harper Lambton Jr. Sting Forward
Josh Hoover Lambton Jr. Sting Defense
Beau Jelsma Brantford 99ers Forward
Cory Jewitt Huron-Perth Lakers Forward
Evan Klein Waterloo Wolves Forward
Noah Morneau Windsor Jr. Spitfires Forward
Cedricson Okitundu Waterloo Wolves Defense
Boe Piroski Sun County Panthers Goalie
Andy Reist Waterloo Wolves Forward
Dylan Roobroeck London Jr. Knights Forward
Cole Sheffield London Jr. Knights Goalie
Koen Taves Sun County Panthers Defense
Patrick Thomas Hamilton Huskies Forward
Owen Van Steensel Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Forward
Zander Veccia Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Forward
Tyson Wassink Hamilton Huskies Defense
C Rating
Player Team Position
Maddox Amaral Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Forward
Kyle Caron Cambridge Hawks Forward
Luke Fritz Huron-Perth Lakers Forward
Ryan Gagner Chatham-Kent Cyclones Forward
Kian Harron Kitchener Jr. Rangers Defense
Ty Higgins Waterloo Wolves Defense
Landen Hookey Lambton Jr. Sting Forward
Jacob Julien Chatham-Kent Cyclones Forward
Collin Mackenzie Waterloo Wolves Goalie
Matthew Mayich Hamilton Huskies Defense
Ben Oliver Kitchener Jr. Rangers Forward
Antonino Pugliese Hamilton Huskies Forward
Danny Scott Huron-Perth Lakers Defense
Cristobal Tola Hamilton Huskies Forward

When it comes to the top spot in the Alliance this year, I think that title belongs to Bryce McConnell-Barker. His combination of size, speed and skill has made him a force to be reckoned with this year. While the offensive capabilities have always been there, you saw a steep progression in his physical game as the year went on. As he found the ability to use his size better, his play progressed even further.

While McConnell-Barker should be the first Alliance name called in my mind, he may not be the only Alliance skater taken in the opening round. Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs forward Hunter Haight has all the tools to make that step to the next level. Haight’s creativity made him a nightmare for defenders to go one-on-one against and he always found himself in open areas for his teammates to find him.

Another player you will want to keep an eye out for early is Brady Stonehouse. A tireless worker on both sides of the ice, Stonehouse is a player that you love to have on your team, but hate to play against. His battles in front of the net were a spectacle this season and even after getting hacked, chopped and dropped, he still got up with a smile on his face. Stonehouse shouldn’t take long to become a fan favourite wherever he lands at the next level.

The OHL Priority Selection is still scheduled for April 4th with everything getting underway at 9am. Check back with for full coverage of the Alliance players who are selected throughout the day.

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