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 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 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 OHL Priority Selection Wrap-Up

The 2019 OHL Priority Selection has come and gone and although we still do have the U18 draft to look forward to tomorrow evening, it’s time to put a nice tidy little bow on the events from this past Saturday.

In total, 40 players from the Alliance were selected on Saturday morning/afternoon. That included 25 forwards, 12 defense and 3 goaltenders. The 40 player mark is right around the average of where the Alliance normally is in terms of players selected. Since the 2015 OHL Priority Selection, the average number of players is 40.4.

In terms of Alliance teams, it was the London Jr. Knights who led the way with eight players selected. The Jr. Knights continue their trend of having the most players selected from their teams of all Alliance centres.

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2019 OHL Priority Selection Results

The day has finally come that so many minor midget hockey players have been looking forwar to. OHL teams will run down their lists and select 303 players to join their clubs with a chance at realizing that OHL dream.

Below you can catch up to the minute updates on all the Alliance players selected in today’s draft. After 37 players were taken from the Alliance last season, I would expect this year to be similar to the 2001 born draft. That selection saw 46 players taken with 10 players going in the first three rounds.

While we may not hit that mark, I do expect a big contingent of Alliance players to go in the first few rounds.

Join us for all the action as we track how the Alliance fares in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection.

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Series Preview: (4) London Jr. Knights vs. (5) Windsor Jr. Spitfires

Season Series:

December 7 – 5-4 Windsor

December 9 – 5-4 London

January 5 – 4-2 London

Playdown Schedule:

January 31 – 8:15pm – Western Fair

February 2 – 4:00pm – Central Park

February 3 – 5:00pm – Nichols

February 8 – 8:30pm – Central Park*

February 10 – 5:00pm – Western Fair*

February 11 – 7:00pm – Central Park*

(* if necessary)

Leading Scorers:

London

Brett Harrison 42-21-63

Riley Wood 21-28-49

Tyler Hotson 12-36-48

Windsor

Ray Hamlin 15-22-37

Cayden Faust 17-18-35

Nicholas Beneteau 18-14-32

In what is probably my favourite series of the opening round, London and Windsor will battle it out and one of the stronger teams in the Alliance will be knocked out in the first round and have a long road ahead of them should they wish to compete in the OHL Cup this season.

London powered through the regular season thanks to an offense that was hard to contain. While at times they seemed to be following an inconsistent path, the Jr. Knights never saw a league losing streak last longer than two games.

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2018/19 Alliance Player Rankings 16-25 + Honourable Mentions

The 2003 born age group has definitely given the public a great opportunity to see some incredible talent in the Alliance this season. After last year saw a bit of a down year for the association, this year has some top flight talent, some of which could make the jump directly from minor hockey to the OHL.

I started off by having more than 40 names on a list of potential candidates that needed to be dwindled down to 25. Once down to the magic number, there were still some players who I felt deserved mention that for the first time in four season, I will be including a number of players who make the “honourable mention” list.

As for the top 15, players ranked from 6-15 will be released on Thursday while the top five should be out on Friday, just in time for some 2nd period flood reading at the Marlies Holiday tournament.

Let’s get this thing started.

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Alliance Team Rankings – 3rd Edition

We have finally made it to the holiday break, which actually isn’t much of a break for many teams. 10 of the 12 Alliance squads will be participating in the Toronto Marlboros Holiday Classic, with just the Chatham-Kent Cyclones and the Lambton Jr. Sting skipping out on the tournament.

The new year will bring plenty of battles and lots of exciting play in the Alliance loop. While the eight teams that will be advancing to the playdowns seems to get clearer and clearer every day, it is the battle for positioning that should take us down to the wire. Add in the new postseasons twist of the “consolation” playoff winner having a shot at an OHL Cup Wildcard spot and there is lots of meaningful hockey ahead.

With only a month left to play, here is what I think the opening round of the playdowns will look like.

Brantford vs Huron-Perth

London vs Chatham-Kent

Windsor vs Cambridge

Kitchener vs Waterloo

Now here is the final team rankings for the year of 2018.

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