2017 OHL Priority Selection Draft Results

It is finally that time of the year. The OHL Priority Selection draft is upon us and as always it is a very exciting day.

This draft will be different than in past years because of the fact that we now do have the Midget draft in play. Not to say that changes a whole lot but we still do not know what teams strategies will be, especially when it comes to goaltenders.

Looking back at 2016, the Alliance had 36 players taken in the priority selection draft. Of those 36, 22 were forwards, 11 defenseman and 3 goaltenders. Those 36 players represented all 12 teams in the Alliance. When we look at the draft this season, I would expect to see the number of players remain around the 35-40 mark with the possibility of surpassing 40.

Stay tuned at AllianceHockeyScout.com for all the up to date picks involving Alliance players. It’s going to be quite the day so come along for the ride beginning at 9am EST.

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Alliance OHL Cup Preview

The latest hockey season has come to an end for some of the teams in the Alliance but there is still hockey being played which includes four Alliance teams trying their hand at the illustrious OHL Cup championship title. The London Jr. Knights, Waterloo Wolves and Cambridge Hawks have all punched their ticket to the dance with the Kitchener Jr. Rangers just one win away from joining them. Last year was a disappointing tournament for the Alliance with no teams from the association making it past the round robin portion of the tournament. This season, the Alliance enters the tournament with London being ranked at the top and legitimate contenders to take the crown.

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Series Preview: (1) London Jr. Knights vs. (4) Cambridge Hawks

The London Jr. Knights cruised into the semi-finals by further cementing their offensive prowess against the leagues best goaltender. Cambridge also swept their way into the final four in a physical affair that featured a home away from home game. The obvious question heading into this 8 point series is whether the Hawks defense and stellar goaltending can last a full 50 minutes against London’s powerhouse forwards.

London, who still own top spot in the OHL Cup rankings, made a definite statement in their first round series with the Sun County Panthers, outscoring them 17-3 through the three game series. The Jr. Knights were lead by a few familiar faces as Ryan Suzuki (4G, 5A), Aidan Preuter (2G, 6A) and Brett Budgell (2G, 5A) led the way offensively. The offense was spread out though with London having the top five scorers during the postseason thus far.

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Series Preview: (4) Cambridge Hawks vs. (5) Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs

In sports history, the playoff battle between the fourth and fifth seeds has always been a tight one. When it comes to the Alliance this season, I full expect that trend to continue.

The Cambridge Hawks and Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs are two fairly similar clubs. They have forwards who can light up the scoresheet on occasion, a defense that is led by an offensively minded player and solid goaltending on the back end. The Chiefs and Hawks played three games this season, but two of those were within the first month of the season. In those two games, each team came away with a victory. In their latest meeting, the Hawks sprung out to a quick lead but Elgin battled back and the two ended with a tie in a very physical contest.
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2016/17 Minor Midget Rankings (Week 7)

Although the last couple of weeks have been slow when it comes to the Alliance regular season, the next week will be super busy as the league winds down for the holiday season.

Even though season play does wrap up for the holidays, that doesn’t mean these teams and players will get some time for rest and relaxation. The majority of the Alliance teams will be heading down for the Toronto Marlies Holiday Classic, one of the top tournaments of the season.

While the tournament won’t have any impact on the rankings, the slow period does give some time for other project. Most importantly, look out for the Alliance Scout Top 25 player rankings to be released in the final week of December. The initial list will then be updated in February and a final ranking released just prior to the OHL Draft in April.

Housekeeping out of the way, here are the latest and greatest team rankings.
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Alliance All-Star Rosters Released

Coming up this weekend, Waterloo will host yet another Alliance All-Star weekend. The event, which showcases players from Bantam to Midget, is also the beginning of the selection process for the Alliance OHL Gold Cup team as well as the first viewing for some looking to represent Team Canada next year at the U16 tournament.

68 Minor Midget players were selected as part of the four team mini tournament that occurs throughout the weekend. 36 forwards, 24 defenseman and 8 goalies in total will make the trek.

Here are the full team rosters.

Team Blue:

G – Corson Marit (Kitchener)

G – Lewis Boulton (London)

D – Stefan Dobrich (Sun County)

D – Mason Howard (London)

D – Stefan Panzalovic (Sun County)

D – Dylan Schives (Chatham-Kent)

D – Michael Van Loon (Elgin-Middlesex)

D – Gavin Wood (Waterloo)

F – David Anderson (Cambridge)

F – Cal Christner (Waterloo)

F – Stephane Crevier (Sun County)

F – Nolan Degurse (Lambton)

F – Luke Drewitt (London)

F – Tyson Hillier (Waterloo)

F – T.J. Hughes (Hamilton)

F – Jakob Marche (Elgin-Middlesex)

F – Keean Washkurak (Waterloo)
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Whitby Silver Stick Day Two Recap

It was an early Friday morning for Day Two of the Whitby Silver Stick tournament. The Alliance teams got into action at around 8am and there was lots to take in. By the end of the 2nd day of action, three out of the five Alliance teams were still alive for a spot in the quarter-finals. Not only that, but two teams still have a shot at winning their divisions with one being a bit of a surprise based on how the season had played out to this point.

Sun County Comes Up Big In Tournament Opener

In their first game of the tournament, Sun County came out blazing against a tough Soutern Tier team. The Panthers started out the game more shorthanded then they were expecting. With Josh DiCarlo out for the tournament, Sun County began the game without leading scorer Stephane Crevier as he appeared to have an equipment issue.

Without Crevier, the Panthers were still able to strike first thanks to Hunter Hutchins banging home the loose puck in front of the net. Crevier returned to work a Panther powerplay when the Admirals turned it around a scored a shorthanded goal on a nice breakaway, sliding it underneath and outstretch Aidan Pitre.

Prior to the flood, 02 born Zane Dalpe capitalized on another scramble in front of the Admirals net to give Sun County another lead, this time 2-1 this lead would hold until the flood.

Starting the third period off strong, Marcus Joughin, probably the Panthers strongest player in this game, put Sun County up 3-1 and they never looked back. An empty netter gave Sun County a 4-1 win and their first win of the tournament. Joughin was big in this game along with Everett Parent. Aidan Pitre, would is getting his work in this weekend, had another great game for the Panthers.
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Whitby Silver Stick Day One Recap

After cruising through Thursday afternoon traffic on the 401 and spending a ridiculous amount of time trying to find a parking spot, finally I was ready to take in my favourite tournament of the year, the Whitby Silver Stick.

This is the 2nd year that I have attended this tournament and after one day the Alliance has already surpassed what they did in last year’s tournament. I remember last year, there were a lot of high hopes for teams such as London, Waterloo and Windsor. Needless to say, the Alliance teams all laid an egg and none of the six teams that entered the tournament advanced to the quarter-final round.

Before I even got to the arena, the Alliance was 0-1 after the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs, in the first Minor Midget game of the tournament, fell to the Southern Tier Admirals. It was a tough start for the Chiefs, especially considering that Friday morning they will have to try and contain Jack Hughes and Graeme Clarke as they take on the Toronto Marlboros.

The first full game that I was able to take in was the Waterloo Wolves and the always tough Mississauga Rebels. Let’s just say, the day didn’t start off on quite the greatest foot.

Waterloo Wolves downed 8-2 by Mississauga Rebels in flat tournament opener

The game actually started in favour of the Wolves. The forecheck was putting lots of pressure on the Rebels defense and they were using some speed to stretch the offense. The Wolves opened up the scoring when Nathan Allensen took and pass and ripped it top corner from the faceoff dot and it appeared that the Wolves were in business.
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Game Report: London Jr. Knights at Cambridge Hawks (Sept.15, 2016)

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The game started off exactly how the Cambridge Hawks had hoped, jumping out in front with two early goals. However, London chipped away at that lead and ended up scoring six unanswered, taking the Alliance season opener 6-2.

While London got some really good early pressure in the first period, it was the Hawks who scored on their very first shot on net of the season. Ryan Campbell, whom some believe is the top forward in the Alliance this season, was the man behind the first goal as he banged the puck in from in front of the net. Later on in the first, the Jr. Knights got into some penalty trouble and it was David Anderson who picked a top corner from the circle to put Cambridge up 2-0. The offensive potential of Anderson was very apparent in the opening game.
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2016 Toronto Titans Tournament Preview

The new season of Minor Midget hockey officially, to an extent, gets started later today with the beginning of the Toronto Titans Early Bird tournament. The tournament, which features 52 teams from across Ontario and the US, is a great first look at some of the top teams and players at the age group. It should be noted that the results from this tournament don’t always signify how the season will play out. One only has to go back to see that Windsor went 1-3 last year at this tournament and then went on to advance and compete at the OHL Cup.

For the Alliance this year, 11 of the 12 teams in the league will be competing at the tournament. The lone team not attending are the Kitchener Jr. Rangers. With 11 teams and just 10 divisions in the tournament, Chatham-Kent and Elgin-Middlesex end up in the same division but the rest of the Alliance is separated and will only meet in elimination play. There are some teams that are contenders to win this tournament while other teams have some difficult matchups coming up. Here’s a look at each team and where they stack up against the competition.

Sun County Panthers:

The Panthers roll into the tournament following a disappointing 0-3 weekend in Waterloo during the exhibition tournament. The Panthers played strong defensively, but were unable to break out on the offensive side of things. The offense will need to show up this week as the Panthers are in tough in their division. Matchups against Oakville and Clarington are tough, but having both the Don Mills Flyers and the Mississauga Rebels in your division is cause for concern. Look for Aidan Pitre to steal the show and open some eyes this week.

London Jr. Knights:

Many are touting the Jr. Knights as possibly being one of the top teams in the province this season. The Titans tournament will be the first chance London has to showcase their talent. The Jr. Knights, as per usual, did not compete in any exhibition games and this will be the first chance fans have to see London in game action. It won’t be easy as London is in a tough division. The Kingston Jr. Frontenacs, Toronto Red Wings and Chicago Mission are all solid clubs that will test London. With the news that London has added two new forwards in Levi Siau and Brett Budgell, they will be two names to keep an eye on especially Budgell. It will be a huge statement for London should they go deep in the tournament.
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