2016 OHL Priority Selection Draft Results

The day that so many players and families have been waiting for has finally arrived. The OHL Draft has arrived and with plenty of anticipation.

For the live blog today, we will go through with you every single round and discuss every Alliance player selected in the draft. Historically, the Alliance has produced approximately 42 players into the OHL Draft on a yearly basis. Not a lot considering that there are over 200 players combined in the league.

Just remember, if your name gets called to savour the moment. Do not dwell if it is lower than you were expecting as your draft position is just a number and your future play will determine everything. Those players who will not be as fortunate to hear their name, hard work can still present that opportunity to you. Mike Hoffman of the Ottawa Senators knows that first hand and he is a story that should give motivation for any undrafted players still looking to make that jump to major junior hockey.

With everything said, sit back and relax if that’s possible. The draft begins at 9am and we will be here with you for its entirety.

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Final Alliance Scout Top 25 Player Rankings

Just a couple days out from the OHL Priority Selection Draft and so much is still happening. The excitement for players, parents and coaches starts to hit its peak as the anticipation grows.

Plenty is still happening on the team front as it was announced today that the #3 overall pick was going to be forfeited by the Flint Firebirds due to the abomination that was their ownerships first season. With that news, there is even more talk about plenty of possibilities on who could fall where.

A lot of the talk includes Alliance Player of the Year Owen Lalonde. The Windsor defenseman seems to be a lock to be selected in the top 10 with some mock drafts placing him top five or in a couple cases top three. High praise for the young man, but that leads us into the final player rankings.

The top 25 saw some changes from its predecessor as playoff performances had some players jump while other players took a step back. Although a player does not make the top 25, that most certainly won’t exclude them from possibly hearing their name on Saturday. On average, the Alliance produces upwards of 45 picks every year. Look for a more in depth look at those stats before Saturday.

With that said, let’s begin the countdown and there is only one place to begin.

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Alliance Championship Preview: London Jr. Knights vs. Waterloo Wolves

Season Series:

London and Waterloo tie 22 (Sept. 25)

London over Waterloo 6-3 (Jan. 11)

Waterloo over London 4-2 (Jan. 23)

For the second straight season, the London Jr. Knights and the Waterloo Wolves will do battle with the title of Alliance Champion at stake. London will look to end the dreams of the Wolves as Waterloo is trying for their third consecutive championship. It is already difficult enough to win three championships in a row, but in order for Waterloo to achieve that goal, they will need to shut down a London offense that has been rolling all season long.

The beginning of the playdown session went about as perfect as it could for the Jr. Knights. They went in guns blazing and swept the Chatham-Kent Cyclones and then won the opening three games against a tough Windsor squad. But after going up 6-0 in points, it then took London four games to get the remaining two points to punch their ticket to the final. They were unable to stop Kory Silverio and Jacob Rosa and goalies Keaghan Brett and Jukka Schotter were not as strong as they had been the entire season. While they did eventually find their way into the final, London wasn’t able to bring plenty of momentum with them.

Waterloo played a tough seven game series against Kitchener, winning three of the final four games in the series. The Wolves relied heavily on defense and their goaltending to bring victories their way as the offense wasn’t able to click and beat the strong Kitchener defense. Both Nathan Torchia and Alex Metzger saw time in net for the Wolves and while he did get pulled in Game 2, Torchia played maybe his best three game stretch of the season to clinch the win. Forward Alex Gritz continued to pile on the points and still leads the league in playoff scoring, averaging two points per game.

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Series Preview: (1) London Jr. Knights vs. (8) Chatham-Kent Cyclones

Season Series:

London over Chatham-Kent 5-0 (Oct. 5)

London over Chatham-Kent 5-3 (Nov. 30)

London over Chatham-Kent 4-3 (Dec. 20)

It’s very hard to say that a team with the record London had would have preferred to not play the Chatham-Kent Cyclones, but it would be hard to say the Knights didn’t have their fair share of troubles with the Cyclones despite sweeping the season series.

Their first meeting is exactly as shown in the score with London getting ahead early and really shutting down the Cyclones offense. But their second and third meetings actually had Chatham-Kent leading in both those contests. Back in November, Chatham-Kent took a 3-0 lead into the 3rd period and had still had that same lead midway through before the floodgates opened and London scored five unanswered, led by a natural hat trick by Joel Mazzilli.

December saw the same story as the Cyclones held another 3-0 lead 30 seconds into the 2nd period before London scored four unanswered once again to claim victory. Some people would say this could be a case of London not taking Chatham-Kent seriously, but if that is the case then those feelings better be long gone before Game One Saturday.

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Final Alliance Scout Minor Midget AAA Rankings

198 regular season games have passed and we have finally made it to playdown season.

Lots has happened over the past four months from teams going on extended losing streaks to teams heating up to increase their positioning near the end of the season. We have seen upsets, blowouts and some increased testosterone and it all comes down to this.

Over the next six weeks or so, we will see who the premier team is in the Alliance and whether the Alliance can duplicate or even surpass their result last year of having a team make the semi-finals of the OHL Cup.

This will be the final rankings of the year and we have seen movements every which way. From now on, we will let the players on the ice determine who should be ranked #1.

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What’s At Stake In The Final Week

Sometimes it is actually quite rare to have so many teams playing for different things comes the final week of the season.

A lot of the time, almost everything has already been decided and teams are playing games to get some action in and just avoid injury before heading to the post season. This year in the Alliance, that would be a different story.

Not only are we still trying to pin down who the eight teams advancing will be, but nobody has technically clinched a specific seeding with just seven days remaining in the season. Sure, there are a few things that are all but decided, but plenty still to play for which makes this week as big as they come.

Let’s first look at the battle for the final spot in the Alliance play downs. Seven of the positions have already been clinched and those have been clinched by teams that have shown flash of brilliance throughout the season. The battle for eighth comes down to the Chatham-Kent Cyclones, winners of just one game last season and the Lambton Jr. Sting, a team that has come up just short on many occasions whether that be losing by a single goal or tying a game they could or should have won.

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Week 15 Alliance Scout Minor Midget Rankings

And we are finally into the stretch run.

It is the final week of the regular season and there are still plenty of things that need to be sorted out before we head to playdown action. We only know for certain seven of the eight teams that will be moving on while we are still attempting to figure out who will hold home ice advantage during the first round.

One thing that is for certain, a vast majority of the top players in the Alliance will be moving on which makes for some fantastic hockey coming up in the next couple of weeks.

Here we go with the second to last rankings of the 2015/16 season.

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Week 14 Alliance Scout Minor Midget Rankings

For the first time in a long time, we have a large shake up of the Alliance rankings.

In addition to that, this may be the first time in a long time that we have agreed with the official Alliance rankings in where the top six teams should be located. This past weekend saw a lot of action that included an upset or two and a couple of teams hurting their standing when it comes to playdown seeding.

While the rankings may look like this today, they could change even more next week. The big matchup on tap this week goes tonight when Waterloo travels to London to battle the Jr. Knights. Both teams have clearly established themselves as the top two in the league and both would like to make a claim for the top spot. These teams will meet once again on the 2nd last day of the season in Waterloo.

Here are the Week 14 Alliance Scout Minor Midget Rankings.

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Week 13 Alliance Scout Minor Midget Rankings

The first rankings of 2016 and it would only be fitting that I’m a bit late on things.

The first ranking of every year is sure to have a few changes mainly because the majority of the Alliance attended the Toronto Marlies Holiday Tournament, with teams achieving varying degrees of success. Not only did we have plenty to see at the Marlies, but in two days of regular season games there were plenty of outcomes that gave some teams a boost while others began skating on thinner ice.

There aren’t many weeks left in the rankings with just two and a half weeks remaining in the season. But let’s be serious, rankings get thrown out the window when playdowns begin and it’s been proven throughout the season that most teams have vulnerable games and can be beaten or given quite the scare any given night.

Here we go with the first rankings of 2016.

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Week 12 Alliance Scout Minor Midget Rankings

We’re getting down to the stretch run in the Alliance regular season.

With only three weeks left of regular season games once the season resumes on Saturday, it is crunch time for every team. Regardless if you are fighting for a spot in the playdowns, fighting for positioning or fighting to gain a more respectful record, all of these games count.

In terms of the rankings, there wasn’t a whole lot of action this past week. And with only a couple days of games this week, there may not be a tonne of movement for the Week 13 rankings. The one big factor is the Marlies Holiday Tournament which features 8 or the 12 Alliance teams. Any team that goes on a significant run could see their stock rise in the Alliance Scout rankings.

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