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 – 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 – 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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2019/20 Lambton Jr. Sting Season Preview

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2018/19 Minor Midget Record: 5-25-3 (11th Overall)

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

2018/19 Major Bantam Record: 14-15-3 (6th Overall)

2019/19 Major Bantam Result: Lost in preliminary round to Chatham-Kent

Ever since I started this website, the Lambton Jr. Sting are the only team that has not played a playdown game. If I’m correct in my thinking, that streak should end in the upcoming season.

Last year was a tough year for the minor midgets. The struggles were there on both sides of the ice was the Jr. Sting were second to last in the loop in both goals for and goals against. There were some bright spots to the season. Carson Peer emerged early on as a player who could be relied on offensively while Ethan Mathews was a steady defender on a very physical blue line. At the end of things, Lambton missed out on the playdowns for the 4th consecutive year.

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2019/20 Cambridge Hawks Season Preview

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2018/19 Minor Midget Record: 16-13-4 (6th Overall)

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

2018/19 Major Bantam Record: 14-15-3 (7th Overall)

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

After a third consecutive year in the postseason, the Cambridge Hawks will need their defensive play to increase that streak to four year running.

There were some significant improvements for the 03 born team from bantam to minor midget. The team went from six wins the previous year to 16 at minor midget, which was good for sixth spot in the league. While not chalked full of offensive firepower, Mateo Amaral and Matthew Dimaline came up with timely goals while Kai Greaves improved leaps and bounds on defense. Ben Bates also emerged as one of the best goaltenders in the league. Injuries hurt the Hawks come playdown season, but it’s hard to not classify the year as a success.

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2019/20 Windsor Jr. Spitfires Season Preview

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2018/19 Minor Midget Record: 19-10-4 (5th Overall)

2018/19 Minor Midget Result: Lost in semi-finals to Brantford (2-2 OHL Cup Record)

2018/19 Major Bantam Record: 12-16-4 (8th Overall)

2018/19 Major Bantam Result: Lost in preliminary round to Sun County

Last year I called Windsor to break a dark horse team in the Alliance. This year could be the same if a couple of pieces fall into place.

Heading into last year, I didn’t feel the Jr. Spitfires were getting the credit they deserved. The 03’s were a finalist at bantam and with players like Ray Hamlin and Cayden Faust up front and Max Donoso in net, there was little doubt that would be a contender. Windsor ended up losing in double overtime to Brantford in the semi-finals of the Alliance Playdowns. Windsor also had the best showing of any Alliance team at the OHL Cup, going 2-2 with their losses coming to a strong Little Caesars team and the eventual champions the Don Mills Flyers.

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2019/20 Kitchener Jr. Rangers Season Preview

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2018/19 Minor Midget Record: 18-6-9 (3rd Overall)

2018/19 Minor Midget Result: List in Alliance Championship to Brantford (0-4 at OHL Cup)

2018/19 Major Bantam Record: 5-21-6 (12th Overall)

2018/19 Major Bantam Result: Lost in preliminary round to Waterloo

Following a season that saw the Kitchener Jr. Rangers Minor Midgets comes within a single win of an Alliance Championship, lots has changed for the team on numerous fronts.

Last year’s team was a product of a very strong age group for KMHA. Long a contender at the AAA loop, the 03’s in Kitchener were now going to play under Dean DeSilva. Led by the likes of Marko Sikic, Braeden Bowman and Luc Brzustowski, the Kitchener Jr. Rangers didn’t really hit their stride until later in the first half of the season. Once they did hit that stride, they were nearly unbeatable. Kitchener ended the year unbeaten in their final 13 regular season contests. Their hot streak continued with sound victories over Cambridge and Waterloo in the postseason before coming just short against the 99ers. It was quite the team for DeSilva’s swan song with the association.

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2019/20 Chatham-Kent Cyclones Season Preview

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2018/19 Minor Midget Record: 14-15-4 (8th Overall)

2018/19 Minor Midget Result: Lost in 1/4 finals to Brantford

2018/19 Major Bantam Record: 7-21-4 (10th Overall)

2018/19 Major Bantam Result: Lost in 1/4 finals to London

Followin a bantam season that saw the Cyclones surpass expectations and make an unexpected postseason run, Chatham is once again hoping to surprise some and secure a postseason spot.

At the beginning of last season, I was one person who was very high on the 03 Cyclones. Led by dynamic forward Deni Goure, I felt like Chatham could be a dark horse team that could even challenge for home ice in the opening round of playdowns. A very slow start by the team seemingly dashed that thought, but a resurrgence in November and December and the Cyclones were making moves. A sweep at the hands of eventual champions Brantford was nothing to scoff at, but injuries to both goalies Ethan Labbe and Ty Cirillo didn’t allow for the Cyclones to truly show what they may have been capable of.

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