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.
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.
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.
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.