2018/19 Kitchener Jr. Rangers Season Preview

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2017/18 Minor Midget Record: 9-19-5 (10th Place)

2017/18 Minor Midget Result: Did not qualify for playdowns

2017/18 Major Bantam Record: 23-7-2 (2nd Place)

2017/18 Major Bantam Result: Lost in semi-finals to Windsor Jr. Spitfires in 5 games

After a rare down year for the Jr. Rangers last season, the 03 group looks like a team that could inflict some serious damage on the Alliance this year.

It was a tough season for Dean DeSilva and the 2002 born players last season. While nobody was projecting them to be a top-tier team, I personally thought they would easily slide into the 6-8 range of the Alliance. That wasn’t the case as injuries to key guys along with a lack of scoring hurt the team down the stretch as they fell down to 10th place once the season was complete.
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2018/19 Huron-Perth Lakers Season Preview

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2017/18 Minor Midget Record: 12-14-7 (7th Place)

2017/18 Minor Midget Result: Lost in 1/4 finals to London Jr. Knights in 4 games

2017/18 Major Bantam Record: 16-12-4 (6th Place)

2017/18 Major Bantam Result: Lost in 1/4 finals to Kitchener Jr. Rangers in 3 games

Following year that saw the Lakers franchise surprise many with their play, a similar fate could be in store for the 2003 born group.

At minor midget last season, Huron-Perth was one of the biggest surprises on the loop. The Lakers had a mix of size and speed but wasn’t chalked full of high-end talent. Their work ethic though was second to none and under the tutelage of Mike Carter, the Lakers were one of the top teams in the Alliance in the first half. A slow second half and postseason hurt the Lakers, but it was a good showing otherwise.
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2018/19 Hamilton Huskies Season Preview

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2017/18 Minor Midget Record: 5-23-5 (12th Place)

2017/18 Minor Midget Result: Did not qualify for playdowns

2017/18 Major Bantam Record: 4-26-2 (12th Place)

2017/18 Major Bantam Result: Lost in 1st round to Huron-Perth Lakers in 3 games

A last place finish in 2017/18, the Hamilton Huskies will try to secure yet another year over year improvement to stay out of the basement of the league once again.

Nobody can deny it was a tough year for the 2002 born Hamilton Huskies last season. A team that saw plenty of change from the year before, the Huskies were shocking lots of people at the September Showcase as they undefeated over the weekend including a win over the London Jr. Knights. That success was short lived and the team finished in last place with 15 points.
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2018/19 Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Season Preview

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2017/18 Minor Midget Record: 15-13-5 (6th Place)

2017/18 Minor Midget Result: Lost in 1/4 finals to Sun County Panthers in 5 games

2017/18 Major Bantam Record: 9-16-7 (9th Place)

2017/18 Major Bantam Result: Lost in 1st round to Sun County Panthers in 4 games

Last season, the Minor Midget Chiefs were arguably the best team in the Alliance in the second half of the season. In this upcoming year, the chemistry of the team will be key to determine where they end up come playdown time.

The 2002 born group got off to a slower start to their season but as stated above, there wasn’t a hotter team down the stretch than Elgin. Elgin ended the year on an 8-2-3 run that catapulted them into the 6th spot, just a point out of 5th. A tough series against Sun County saw them fall in the opening round of the playdowns, but they would go on to win the consolation title over Waterloo. Rylan Bowers was the offensive leader for the Chiefs while first year player Michael McKnight shined. Mix in an underrated defense with Bryce Walcarius stealing the show in goal and the Chiefs were a team many overlooked in my opinion.
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2018/19 Chatham-Kent Cyclones Season Preview

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2017/18 Minor Midget Record: 12-16-5 (8th Place)

2017/18 Minor Midget Result: Lost in 1/4 finals to Cambridge Hawks in 5 games

2017/18 Major Bantam Record: 15-10-7 (5th Place)

2017/18 Major Bantam Result: Lost in 1/4 finals to Windsor Jr. Spitfires in 5 games

This past season, the 2002 born Cyclones proved themselves to be a tough opponent for any team in the Alliance. This year, the team looks to be on the same projectile.

Last season, Chatham-Kent came in as an underdog to many of the other teams in the Alliance. While they struggled to consistently put up offensive numbers, it was on the back end that the Cyclones shined. It all started in goal as Brett Brochu played his way into the conversation of the best goaltenders in the Alliance. In addition, both Craig Spence and Spencer Lecot played shutdown defense while also chipping in offensively from time to time.

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2018/19 Cambridge Hawks Season Preview

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2017/18 Minor Midget Record: 26-2-5 (1st Place)

2017/18 Minor Midget Result: Lost in semi-finals to Brantford 99ers in 5 games (2-2 at OHL Cup)

2017/18 Major Bantam Record: 6-22-4 (11th Place)

2017/18 Major Bantam Result: Lost in 1st round to Waterloo Wolves in 5 games

After consecutive appearances in the OHL Cup, the Cambridge Hawks come into the 2018/19 season needing some improvements to see the postseason for a third straight season.

At the Minor Midget level last season, the Hawks were the creme de la creme of the Alliance during the regular season. A balanced offense mixed with strong defense and a solid goaltending duo, Cambridge cruised throughout the year to claim top spot in the league. Led up front by Ben McFarlane and Joseph Serpa, Cambridge struggled in the postseason with head coach Scott Walker missing due to his Olympic commitment. A five game series win over Chatham was followed by a five game series loss to the eventual champion 99ers. A disappointing end to what was a promising season.
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2018/19 Brantford 99ers Season Preview

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2017/18 Minor Midget Record: 19-13-1 (4th Place)

2017/18 Minor Midget Result: Won Alliance Championship over London Jr. Knights in 5 games (1-3 at OHL Cup)

2017/18 Major Bantam Record: 25-2-5 (1st Place)

2017/18 Major Bantam Result: Lost in 1/4 finals to Waterloo Wolves in 4 games

Following a great postseason run that was capped off by an Alliance championship, the Brantford 99ers are poised for a possible repeat this year.

The 99ers went into the playdown season last year not playing their most consistent hockey. At no point after the Woodstock showcase did the 99ers reel off consecutive wins and they went into the postseason as a team I thought was capable of a first round loss. I can admit when I’m wrong and was I ever as the 99ers were as resilient as they come in the postseason, going 4-0 in elimination games to get past Waterloo, Cambridge and finally London and win the Alliance title. Led up front by Theo Hill and 03 Maddox Callens, the 99ers got timely scoring by their supporting players while Dylan Robinson and 03 Cole Hipkin led the way defensively.
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2018 OHL Priority Selection Draft Results

The time has finally come. All the work over the past six months has led us to this date. An exciting date for some players as they will hear their names called and find out where the next step in their hockey career.

As always, this is not he be all and end all of your hockey career should your name be passed over today. I’ll always point towards someone like Mike Hoffman, who didn’t hear his name called in a draft until the Ottawa Senators called upon him in 2009. Don’t take today as the end of a career but rather another step in the journey.

As for today, we will have you completely covered from top to bottom with all the Alliance players selected. In 2017, the Alliance had a record 46 players selected with 10 players going in the first three rounds. It will also be interesting to see how many players from the Alliance Scout Top 25 rankings are taken as 24/25 were selected in 2017.

Stay tuned here all day for continuously updated coverage. It all gets underway at 9:00am.

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Final 2017/18 Alliance Scout Top 25 Rankings

After a six month period that felt like it took no time at all, we have finally reached the unofficial end to the 2017/18 campaign on April 7th with the OHL Priority Selection Draft.

As always, AllianceHockeyScout.com will be there for the entirety of the draft, giving updates and keeping tabs on those Alliance players who find news home with OHL clubs. The Alliance is coming off one of their best showings at the draft last year and it will be hard to duplicate that success this year. In the 2017 Priority Selection Draft, the Alliance saw 46 players taken with all 12 teams being represented. While I can see all 12 teams having at least one player selected, it would be quite the surprise to see the 2002 born players reached the quantity of the 01’s.

With all of that said, here is the final set of rankings prior to the selection draft. There are definitely some changes from the midseason rankings with some new faces also making appearances.
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The ScoutCast – Episode One

The latest venture presented by AllianceHockeyScout.com. This podcast is something that I’ve thought of doing for a while now and the wheels are finally in motion.

In this debut episode, which I consider more of a rough trial run, looks back at the OHL Cup from an Alliance perspective. How some of the teams did and some of the players who stood out in my eyes.

Going forward, this is a project that I’m hoping to begin doing consistently once the 2018/19 season gets rolling. While there will be a lot of my voice, I’m also hopeful that I can get to talking with many involved in the Alliance community. Whether that be current players, past players and coaches, I’d like to bring those voices to the forefront.

As I said in the podcast, let me know what you think either in the comments below or on Twitter @Dave_Coulson. I’m free and open to suggestions on what you would like to hear or segments that may be of interest to you.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this and I hope you continue to join me down this road. Look for an ITunes and Stitcher link to come in the fall.