2020 OHL Priority Selection Results

Well the day has finally come. Although the world has been thrown into a whirlwind with Covid-19 changing how everyone goes about their day, it is nice to know that today can be a small escape from the news as we go through 15 rounds of the OHL Priority Selection.

As we get things started, we will have full coverage of all the Alliance players selected in the draft. For some players, today will be a high point through all the hard work and sacrifice they’ve put in over the years. For others, there will be disappointment and feelings of uncertainty. As I’ve always stated, just because you don’t hear your name or you hear your name late in the day, does not mean that the opportunity at the next level is gone.

Here is a look at just a few instances where a number was just that, a number.

2016 – Brantford 99ers goaltender Dan Murphy selected 301st overall, the final pick of the draft. Murphy has now appeared in 116 games for the Erie Otters.

2016 – Huron-Perth Lakers forward Kaleb Pearson goes undrafted in his Minor Midget year. Drafted in the 2nd round in the first U18 draft. Scored 28 goals in his second season with the Owen Sound Attack this year.

2017 – London Jr. Knights defenceman Mason Millman was a 7th round pick of the Saginaw Spirit. Millman played six games for the Spirit as a 16 year old and was a 4th round pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in 2019.

2018 – Cambridge Hawks forward Keegan McMullen is taken 300th overall, the final pick in the draft. After a year in the NOJHL, McMullen signed with the Petes and suited up for 44 games.

Now with all of that out of the way, let’s get ready for an exciting day of selections. We will have a full round up of every pick.

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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 AllianceHockeyScout.com for full coverage of the Alliance players who are selected throughout the day.

Alliance Scout Team Rankings – Final Edition

It is the final edition of the Alliance Scout team rankings. The next time we are due to put out some rankings, the regular season will be over and the postseason gearing up to begin. At that point, we will replace the team rankings with series previews going forward.

As we currently stand, the postseason picture is still very murky. There is the top tier of Elgin, Hamilton and Waterloo that are all battling for positioning. Then there is the middle of the standings where four points separates fourth from seventh. It will come down to the very last weekend before we can positively say who will match up with who in the opening round.

The following rankings include some season play but with the holiday break squeezed in there, some teams did not have a plethora of games. We also did see four Alliance teams make it out of round robin play at the Marlies Holiday tournament with the Huskies losing in overtime in the quarter-finals.
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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.

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Alliance Scout Team Rankings – 3rd Edition

After a couple week hiatus, the Alliance Scout team rankings are back for their third edition.

Lots has happened since we ran through each team in the loop. The Alliance All-Star Weekend Showcase went down in Woodstock with another successful weekend. Some Alliance teams then headed on down to Whitby for the Silver Stick tournament (still my favourite tournament of the year). And then this past weekend the Waterloo Wolves hosted the Gold Puck tournament which housed a good chunk of Alliance teams.

As we head into the holiday season, a fair number of teams will be heading down to Toronto for the Marlboros Classic tournament. Once the holiday break hits, most teams will only have a handful of games remaining in their regular season play. Looking at the standings, there is still lots to be decided in terms of seeding and who the eight teams advancing to playdowns will be.

Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty and see where each team sits with a month to go in the season.

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Alliance Scout Team Rankings – 2nd Edition

While teams are starting to take shape in terms of expectations and where they may finish at the end of the season, it’s a big weekend that could see some of the landscape shift one way or the other for teams.

It is the All-Star Showcase weekend in Woodstock for the third consecutive year. The weekend, which sees teams play three games on Friday and Saturday caps off with the Bantam, Minor Midget and Midget all-star games on Sunday. Personally, I think this format is fantastic and a big improvement from a few years back when All-Star weekend consisted of four teams and a mini-tournament amongst those four teams. I found that during those events, the final day seemed to drag, and the games weren’t as fluid as players were still trying to figure out playing with one another.

As promised, this is the second edition of the Alliance Scout Team Rankings. While the top four in the league seems to have separated themselves from the pack, there are five teams that seem to be competing for what should be four playdown spots. There are some matchups this weekend that could become even more relevant when late January arrives.

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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.

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Alliance Scout Team Rankings – 1st Edition

As the calendar turns to November, the standings in the Alliance are starting to shape up more and more. Trends are starting to emerge, and we are getting close to the point where playdown matchups are being discussed according to who is in what position.

While the Alliance has now been putting out their bi-weekly top five rankings for the teams over the past month, I will begin bi-weekly league wide rankings for those weeks where the league focuses on the bantams.

Here we go with the first edition of the Alliance Scout Team Rankings, which I hope to put out every two weeks.

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2019/20 Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Season Preview

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2018/19 Minor Midget Record: 13-14-6 (7th Overall)

2018/19 Minor Midget Result: Lost in quarter-finals to Waterloo

2018/19 Major Bantam Record: 20-8-4 (3rd Overall)

2018/19 Major Bantam Result: Won Alliance Championship over London (2-3-1 at OHF Championships)

Coming off an Alliance championship and an appearance at the OHF championships, the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs have loaded up for a run at a Minor Midget Alliance Championship and an OHL Cup appearance.

The 2003 born Chiefs had one of the best runs in the league last year. At the All-Star weekend showcase in Woodstock, the Chiefs went 0-2-1 and it seemed like they were destined to miss the playdowns. Fast forward to the end of January and the Chiefs went on a 6-2-1 run to surge their way into the 7th seed in the postseason. Led up front by sniper Ryan Burke and speedy Eric Bertelsen, the Chiefs pushed Waterloo to the brink before falling in the deciding sixth game.

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2019/20 Sun County Panthers Season Preview

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2018/19 Minor Midget Record: 7-21-5 (10th Overall)

2018/19 Minor Midget Result: Did not qualify for playdowns

2018/19 Major Bantam Record: 11-16-5 (9th Overall)

2018/19 Major Bantam Result: Lost in quarter-finals to Elgin-Middlesex

After a string of strong seasons was snapped last year, the Sun County Panthers hope momentum from the end of last season will carry forward to this year.

The minor midget season last year could have gone better for the Sun County Panthers. Lacking significant impact players up front, the Panthers tried to play tight games and win more with defense than offense. SCP scored the fewest goals in the league last season with just 61 tallies in 33 games. While there was some strong play to close out the regular season, Sun County wasn’t able to compete with those near the top of the standings.

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