2016/17 Alliance Scout Player Rankings 1-5

After four months of hockey and a whirlwind of games, we have finally reached, in my opinion, the top five players in the Alliance association. The top five is mainly dominated by incredibly skilled forwards and a player who I’ve heard some comparisons to a top end defenseman from last season.

One thing should be noted about this list. These are the top players in the Alliance in my opinion, regardless of eligibility for certain drafts. That may be a giveaway as to who could possibly be involved in the top five, but just wanted to make that clear ahead of time to avoid any confusion. Click here for full article

From the Alliance to the OHL (November Edition)

Better late than never as they say. November was another good month for Alliance alumni when it came to Junior Hockey. While some players were sent back to Jr. B teams as players were returned to the OHL from their NHL clubs, many Alliance players were thriving at the Jr. B level while the ones left at the OHL level were still making their mark on games.

In addition to the 2000 born players getting their feet wet, you have the 1999 born players gaining traction as the 2017 NHL Draft is quickly approaching and players are either rising or falling down the mock draft lists.

Now that we have somewhat solidified where these guys will be playing for the remainder of the season, these won’t just include those that are in the OHL, but those were are making their impacts in others leagues across Southwestern Ontario.

Brady Hinz – Sarnia Sting (Huron-Perth Lakers)

Hinz continued to impress and even surprise some scouts as he has been steady in his production level for the Sting. Hinz put in three goals and six points over 11 games in the month of November and was solid on the defensive side of the puck as well, contributing a +1 rating.

Hinz will continue to gain more experience as the season progresses and could see a few extra minutes with Adam Ruzicka away at the World Juniors. With the role he currently sees on the team, Hinz is well on his way to becoming a key piece for the 2017/18 Sting team. Click here for full article

From the Alliance to the OHL (October Edition)

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While the current season of Minor Midget hockey continues to roll on with games getting more intense, it’s always interesting to take a look back at some of the players who were playing in the same rinks one year ago and where they are now.

When it comes to the 2000 born players from the Alliance, there are a good crop of players who are succeeding in their next level of hockey. Some are making an impact at the Jr. B and Jr. C level while others are continuing to play minor hockey at the Major Midget level.

For a select few players though, they were able to jump directly from Minor Midget into the lineups of some OHL clubs. Some have thrived while others are taking their time to adjust to a faster paced game. The players who have made that jump are now one step closer to achieving their dream.

So let’s take a look at some of the former Alliance standouts who now showcase their talents in the OHL.
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2015/16 London Jr. Knights Preview

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2014/15 Minor Midget Record – 26-3-4 (1st overall)

Final Result – Lost in 5 to Waterloo in Finals (OHL Cup Semi-Finalist)

2014/15 Major Bantam Record – 20-9-3 (4th overall)

Final Result – Lost in 3 to Windsor in Quarter-Finals

After one of the best seasons and best teams the Alliance has seen in some time, the London Jr. Knights are poised with somehow trying duplicate or even exceed that success. It won’t be easy, but London has some dynamic players that will be ready for the task at hand.

Following a season where London made the semi-finals of the OHL Cup and had the likes of Nick Suzuki, Issac Ratcliffe, Max Vinogradov and Aidan Hughes, it’s hard to say that the Jr. Knights would have a player even more highly touted then those. But that is exactly what they have on their hands. Eric Guest, who played his Bantam hockey with the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs, is the offensive threat the rest of the Alliance will be tasked with trying to shut down. Guest is currently ranked #10 on The Scout when it comes to the top prospects for the 2016 OHL Priority Selection Draft. Guest shined last season with the Chiefs during the OHL Cup, collecting three points in four games. While Guest is the most touted newcomer for London, he’s joined by others who will also make a big impact.

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