2016/17 Hamilton Huskies Season Preview

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2015/16 Minor Midget Record: 13-14-6 (7th Place)

2015/16 Final Result: Lost in 4 to Waterloo in Quarter-Finals

2015/16 Major Bantam Record: 8-14-8 (7th Place)

2015/16 Final Result: Lost in 3 to Chatham-Kent in Preliminary Round

A year after allowing the most goals in the Alliance at the Minor Midget level, the Huskies are hoping an influx of talent from across town will help them to contend this season.

The 2015/16 Minor Midget team in Hamilton boasted the best scorer and arguably the best power forward in the league in their lineup. Derek Seguin and Isaac Taylor were both weapons that both needed to be contained to stop the Huskies offense. Only problem was, Seguin and Taylor’s offense couldn’t overcome a defense that allowed an average of nearly 4 goals a game. There was plenty of potential for the team, but defensively there was plenty to desire.
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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 Quarter-Finals Roundup

It took a little over a week, but the quarter-finals have finally been settled and the final four teams have been decided. London, Waterloo, Kitchener and Windsor will battle it out for the chance to be crowned the Alliance champion. While no series went to a deciding 5th game, the series were close for the most part. The lone series that saw a large discrepancy was London’s win over Chatham, which was a #1 seed against a #8.

With the semi-finals now set, we will see top seeded London take on the lone upset winner of the first round Windsor. While Waterloo will battle with their highway 8 rivals the Kitchener Jr. Rangers. Each series brings different questions will some key factors that could determine who comes out on top. Previews for those series should be released this week.

London explodes offensively to take down Cyclones

The Jr. Knights were able to find the back of the net 18 times in three games as they completed the sweep of Chatham-Kent. The names you would expect to see on the game sheet were there, but there was one prominent name that was missing from this series.

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Series Preview: (2) Waterloo Wolves vs. (7) Hamilton Huskies

Season Series:

Waterloo over Hamilton 6-1 (Oct. 5)

Waterloo and Hamilton tie 2-2 (Dec. 17)

Waterloo over Hamilton 3-2 (Jan. 9)

When you look at the four playdown series, probably the series that featured the closest games throughout the regular season is the one between Waterloo and Hamilton. Despite the early 6-1 loss, all three of their regular season games featured fairly even play with just some swings in momentum playing the difference in Waterloo winning two of the three meetings.

Waterloo is heading into the playdowns with a lot of momentum and confidence after downing top seeded London in the final weekend of the season. While Hamilton fell to Kitchener in their final regular season game, the Huskies have played significantly better over the past few weeks than they did in December. The turning point for Hamilton could be the Marlies tournament, where they were able to secure a spot in the final 16.

The Wolves have gone through the season playing with a stellar combination of offense, defense and goaltending. Nathan Torchia, a consensus top five goalie in this years OHL Draft has been strong in net and Alex Metzger has statistically been a top goalie in the Alliance this year as well. Waterloo also plays with big defenseman and have more than a handful of options up front to put the puck in the net.

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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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Alliance Scout Player Rankings 6-15

We’re back once again to continue our trek towards the top of the Alliance talent pool. On this day, we are looking at the players ranked from 15 all the way up to six.

When we look at the players featured in this set of rankings, you will see a good variety of talent. There are a couple strong blue line forces, some power forwards, two gifted scorers and the top goaltender in the Alliance.

Many of the players listed here have incredible potential, including the opportunity to move even higher in the rankings and even possibly crack the top five.

If you missed the 16-25 rankings, they can be found here.

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Alliance All Star Day 2 Recap

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The final day of the Alliance All Star weekend went today with four games, but two of the same games. In the early action, Team Navy took on Team Grey in a game that saw Grey take the win 7-4 behind a three point game from Hamilton’s Derek Seguin who took home the player of the game honours for Grey.

In the 2nd game, Team White shutdown the high powered offense of Team Blue with a 5-0 victory behind the stellar play of London’s Keaghan Brett. As it so turns out, the way the standings ended up we go these exact two same matchups for the afternoon games.

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Alliance All Star Weekend Preview

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The Alliance will take a break this coming weekend to showcase all of the talent in the association with their All-Star Weekend festivities in Waterloo. The Minor Midgets take centre stage with a four team tournament while the Bantams and Midgets will send their best out there in a single exhibition game.

With the Minor Midgets bringing out four teams, there were plenty of players who were chosen to represent their teams. The Minor Midget Teams are as follows:

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Week 5 Alliance Scout Minor Midget Rankings

There was quite a shakeup when the Alliance released their latest Minor Midget Rankings. After a weekend that saw them grab just one out of a possible three points, the Huron-Perth Lakers have been dropped by the Alliance to 3rd place in the rankings with the London Jr. Knights taking over the top spot.

In a weekend that saw plenty of action, including lots of the top teams facing off against each other, the Alliance Scout rankings didn’t change drastically, but the teams are now much closer to either moving up, or tumbling down.

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