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Friday, November 30, 2018

2019 OHL Priority Selection: Top 20 Prospects (and many honourable mentions) #2019OHLDraft


Shane Wright, Don Mills Flyers. Photo Credit: Paul Kidd (@expatPK)


** NCAA commitment could mean he will be drafted much lower than where he is ranked

1. Shane Wright, C, Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)

Statistics:
Toronto Titans Prospect Tournament (Toronto, ON) – 8G & 9A for 17 points in 8 games
Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament (London, ON) – 6G & 8A for 14 points in 6 games
International Silver Stick Tournament (Whitby, ON) – 7G, 5A for 12 points in 6 games

Comments:
Shane Wright is a 2004 born player dominating the 2003 born circuit. Exceptional status must be on lock down for Wright, because another year of minor midget AAA would make no sense. He is the real deal and whatever team is lucky enough to draft him will likely get three years of his services (expect him to go to the NHL after his draft year). All the physical tools are there and his hockey IQ is next level. The way he sees the ice, distributes the puck, and attacks open gaps is impeccable. Watch out for the quick wrister mid-level and under the glove. That’s his go to move, but Wright has several tricks up his sleeve. I’ve seen him put the puck in the net almost any way imaginable.


Paul Kidd correctly guessed who I had at #1...



2. Sasha Pastujov, F, Compuware 16U (USA – HPHL TIER 1)**

Statistics:
HPHL – 3G & 2A for 5 points in 5 games
USA Hockey Select 15 Development Camp: 2G & 3A for 5 points in 4 games
Border Battle (Windsor, ON) – 3G & 7A for 10 points in 3 games
International Silver Stick Tournament (Whitby, ON) – 9G & 7A for 16 points in 7 games

Comments:
Sasha Pastujov had himself a tournament at the Silver Stick last weekend in Whitby. Him and Dylan Duke (see #5 on this list) had an incredible weekend and wowed those in attendance. The finals with the Don Mills Flyers (5-4 OT win) was an absolute classic. Pastujov displayed a nice wrist shot that found the net frequently. He can change up his speed at the drop of a hat and stop on a dime. This kid can really play and his puck skills are special. Check out a goal by Pastujov (wearing #12) from the Silver Stick Tournament (assisted by #25 Dylan Duke) below.





3. Brandt Clarke, D, Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)

Statistics:
Toronto Titans Prospect Tournament (Toronto, ON) – 3G & 5A for 8 points in 8 games
Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament (London, ON) – 2G & 7A for 9 points in 6 games
International Silver Stick Tournament (Whitby, ON) – 4G, 3A for 7 points in 7 games

Comments:
Brandt Clarke is going to make an OHL fan base very, very happy. The offensively gifted defenceman is oozing with skill and is very creative in the offensive zone. He can make all the fancy plays and it’s easy to see the similarities between him and his brother Graeme (forward for the Ottawa 67s). His stick handling and deceptive dekes are unmatched in this draft class. Clarke has incredible puck skills – he can make it disappear like he’s doing a magic trick when the opponent tries to take it off him. Clarke shows off his ability to dangle with a successful "Michigan Move" executed below.


Here's another pretty nasty goal...



4. Roman Schmidt, D, Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)**

Statistics:
Toronto Titans Prospect Tournament (Toronto, ON) – 6G & 4A for 10 points in 8 games
USA Hockey Select 15 Development Camp: 0G & 3A for 3 points in 4 games
International Silver Stick Tournament (Whitby, ON) – 1G, 6A for 7 points in 7 games

Comments:
Schmidt is absolutely massive. The tale of the tape has to be in the 6-5 or 6-6 range and well over 200 pounds. For such a big guy, he is quite nimble on his skates and has pretty quiet feet. Overall power and strength are his main strengths. His shot is an absolute cannon and he makes the puck very heavy. I’m surprised when his shot hits the glass or the boards that it doesn’t go right through.




5. Dylan Duke, C, Compuware 16U (USA – HPHL TIER 1)**

Statistics:
HPHL – 3G & 2A for 5 points in 5 games
USA Hockey Select 15 Development Camp: 4G & 2A for 6 points in 4 games
Border Battle (Windsor, ON) – 4G & 5A for 9 points in 3 games
International Silver Stick Tournament (Whitby, ON) – 6G & 8A for 14 points in 7 games

Comments:
Duke can really motor and has excellent overall skating skills. He is undersized, but he has the speed and skill to be a big time star in the OHL. Duke and Sasha Pastujov (see #2 on this list) worked really well together at the Silver Stick. Duke is a fantastic playmaker, but he can also finish off plays as he regularly displays a nice scoring touch.


6. Connor Lockhart, F, Kanata Lasers (HEO Midget AAA)

Statistics:
HEO Midget AAA Hockey – 21G & 23A for 44 points in 27 games

Comments:
Lockhart is a super skilled center from the Ottawa area. This kid has uber quick feet and a crazy good first step. He is the full offensive package with excellent moves, natural scoring talent, and excellent playmaking ability.


7. Francesco Pinelli, F, Toronto Red Wings (GTHL)

Statistics:
Toronto Titans Prospect Tournament (Toronto, ON) – 1G & 1A for 2 points in 4 games
Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament (London, ON) – 3G & 4A for 7 points in 5 games
International Silver Stick Tournament (Whitby, ON) – 2G & 3A for 5 points in 4 games

Comments:
Speed kills and Pinelli has it in spades. His hands keep up with his feet and he has made some moves that make my head spin. He will be a superstar in the OHL. Take a look at a fine example of his handy work below.



8. Danil Zhilkin, F, Toronto Marlies (GTHL)**

Statistics:
Toronto Titans Prospect Tournament (Toronto, ON) – 9G & 3A for 12 points in 6 games
Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament (London, ON) – 2G & 4A for 6 points in 6 games
International Silver Stick Tournament (Whitby, ON) – 2G & 0A for 2 points in 6 games

Comments:
Zhilkin was my favourite player in the bantam age group when he played with the Toronto Nationals. He made the move to the Marlies for his OHL Draft year and looks fantastic in the blue and white. He is really, really fast and tracks well at his top speed. Lots of talent here and he's the best player on the Marlies, who always have a juggernaut minor midget squad.





9. Maddox Callens, F, Brantford 99ers (Alliance)

Statistics:

Alliance – 19G & 16A for 35 points in 18 games
Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament (London, ON) – 4G & 1A for 5 points in 6 games
Dale Parker Memorial Tournament (Brantford, ON) – 11G & 5A for 16 points in 6 games
International Silver Stick Tournament (Whitby, ON) – 2G & 1A for 3 points in 4 games

Comments:
Callens is another guy who is crazy fast. He absolutely flies out there and can skate circles around most of the competition.  He got a really nice tip in goal at the Silver Stick that I’m not sure he got credit for and regularly displays excellent hand eye coordination. His shot is pretty lethal and the release on it is nasty. Below is a goal from his Bantam year - appears that it was a pretty big one...


10. Liam Arnsby, F, Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)

Statistics:
Toronto Titans Prospect Tournament (Toronto, ON) – 2G & 4A for 6 points in 6 games
Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament (London, ON) – DNP (Injured)
International Silver Stick Tournament (Whitby, ON) – 4G & 7A for 11 points in 7 games

Comments:
Do you want the puck? Well, Liam Arnsby will go get it for you. I’ve seen Don Mills play a ton of games and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen him lose a 50/50 puck battle. He also throws vicious hits and has absolutely leveled and intimidated his opponents regularly. Not a fun guy to play against. He is very, very strong on the puck and leans real hard on his stick. There is a ton of offensive talent, but he plays in both zones really well. These types of pivots are special and he is about as complete as they come in this draft.




11. Brennan Othmann, F, Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)

Statistics:
Toronto Titans Prospect Tournament (Toronto, ON) – 4G & 4A for 8 points in 8 games
Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament (London, ON) – 13G & 7A for 20 points in 6 games
International Silver Stick Tournament (Whitby, ON) – 5G & 5A for 10 points in 7 games

Comments:
Othmann is Shane Wright’s partner in crime. He is the perfect complement to Wright and they play extremely well together. Othmann is super sturdy and can bury the puck. His finishing touch is really high-end.







12. Mason McTavish, F, Pembroke Lumber Kings (HEO Midget AAA)

Statistics:
HEO Midget AAA Hockey – 18G & 16A for 34 points in 24 games


13. Luke Hughes, D, Detroit Little Caesars 15U (USA)**

Statistics:
USA Hockey Select 15 Development Camp: 0G & 3A for 3 points in 4 games
Toronto Titans Prospect Tournament (Toronto, ON) – 0G & 4A for 4 points in 5 games
International Silver Stick Tournament (Whitby, ON) – 2G & 3A for 5 points in 4 games

Comments:
Luke Hughes comes from royalty hockey prospect bloodlines. He is the brother of Quinn and Jack Hughes. He can really skate and Hughes is extremely smooth on the ice. His vision is really nice too and he has good playmaking skills.

14. Cole Hipkin, D, Brantford 99ers (Alliance)

Statistics:
Alliance – 5G & 13A for 18 points in 18 games
Dale Parker Memorial Tournament (Brantford, ON) – 2G & 6A for 8 points in 6 games
International Silver Stick Tournament (Whitby, ON) – 0G & 5A for 5 points in 4 games

Comments:
Right shot D with great playmaking skills.


15. Colby Saganiuk, F, Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 16U (USA)**

Statistics:
USA Hockey Select 15 Development Camp: 3G & 2A for 5 points in 4 games
Tier 1 USHL – 5G & 22A for 27 points in 25 games

16. Artem Guryev, D, Toronto Marlies (GTHL)

Statistics:
Toronto Titans Prospect Tournament (Toronto, ON) – 1G & 5A for 6 points in 6 games
International Silver Stick Tournament (Whitby, ON) – 1G & 3A for 4 points in 6 games

Comments:
Remember those hockey players in high school who used to get followed around by the football coach (who incessantly tried to get them to join the football team). Well, that’s Artem Guryev to a tee. This kid is a flat out missile who throws extremely booming body checks. However, the best thing about his game is his positioning. He is always in the right spot and covers well. There’s a really nice wrister/snap shot there too.


17. Brett Harrison, F, London Jr. Knights (Alliance)

Statistics:
Alliance – 28G & 15A for 43 points in 20 games
Toronto Titans Prospect Tournament (Toronto, ON) – 2G & 1A for 3 points in 4 games
Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament (London, ON) – 3G & 2A for 5 points in 5 games
International Silver Stick Tournament (Whitby, ON) – 4G & 0A for 4 points in 4 games


18. Brenden Sirizzotti, F, Whitby Wildcats (OMHA ETA)

Statistics:
OMHA – 20G & 34A for 54 points in 19 games
Toronto Titans Prospect Tournament (Toronto, ON) – 1G & 8A for 9 points in 5 games
Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament (London, ON) – 3G & 4A for 7 points in 5 games
International Silver Stick Tournament (Whitby, ON) – 8G & 2A for 10 points in 6 games

Comments:
Sirizzotti can flat out score. The numbers he is putting up this season are insane. I’m at a loss for words at why I can’t rank him higher.

19. Ethan Del Mastro, D, Toronto Marlies (GTHL)

Statistics:
Toronto Titans Prospect Tournament (Toronto, ON) – 1G & 3A for 4 points in 6 games
International Silver Stick Tournament (Whitby, ON) – 0G & 2A for 2 points in 6 games

Comments:
Shut down D. The stats aren’t overly impressive, but they are decent. He plays a complete game and I’ve been very impressed by his style for a while now. He played up with the minor midget Marlies last season when they were short a defenceman.

20. Francesco Arcuri, F, Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)

Statistics:
Toronto Titans Prospect Tournament (Toronto, ON) – 2G & 4A for 6 points in 7 games
Wendy Dufton Memorial Tournament (London, ON) – 4G & 5A for 9 points in 6 games
International Silver Stick Tournament (Whitby, ON) – 1G & 3A for 4 points in 7 games



Honourable Mentions (in alphabetical order):
*indicates closest honourable mentions to the top 20

Anthony Agostinelli, F, Buffalo Jr. Sabres 16U (USA)
Andre Anania, D, Toronto Red Wings (GTHL)
Forbes Anderson, G, Toronto Nationals (GTHL)
Ty Anselmini, F, Guelph Gryphons (OMHA SCTA)
Jon-Randall Avon, F, Peterborough Petes (OMHA ETA)
Jack Beck, F, Toronto Marlies (GTHL)
Sean Behrens, D, Chicago Mission 16U (USA)
Josh Bloom, F, Toronto Nationals (GTHL)
Eric Bonsteel, D, Mississauga Senators (GTHL)
Ben Bonisteel, G, Southern Tier Admirals (Alliance)
Marc Boudreau, F, Toronto Marlies (GTHL)
Zach Brooks, D, Quinte Red Devils (OMHA ETA)
Davis Burnside, F, Chicago Mission (USA)
Landon Cato, D, Toronto Nationals (GTHL)
Alex Christopoulos, F, Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)
Paul Christopoulos, D, Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)
Ryan Cutler, F, York Simcoe Express (OMHA ETA)
Nolan Dann, F, Toronto Red Wings (GTHL)
Camden Daigle, F, Huron Perth (Alliance)
Luca Del Bel Belluz, F, Toronto Red Wings (GTHL)
Ryan Del Monte, F, Toronto Nationals (GTHL)*

Jack Devine, F, Chicago Mission (USA)*
Vlad Dvurechenskii, F, North York Rangers (GTHL)
Cole Eichler, F, Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)
Nolan Forster, F, Toronto Marlies (GTHL)
Ty Gallagher, D, Compuware 16U (USA)
Ranvir Gill, D, Ottawa Jr Senators (HEO)
Zacharie Giroux, F, Sudbury Jr Wolves (NOHA)
Deni Goure, F, Chatham-Kent Cyclones (Alliance)*
William Gourgouvelis, D, Whitby Wildcats (OMHA ETA)
Dylan Gratton, D, North Jersey Avalanche (USA)*
Kai Greaves, D, Cambridge Hawks (Alliance)
Jake Guvenal, D, Mississauga Rebels (GTHL)
Tyler Haskins, F, Chicago Mission 16U (USA)
Thomas Heaney, G, New Jersey Rockets 16U (USA)
Jacob Holmes, D, York Simcoe Express (OMHA)
Chris Innes, D, Sudbury Wolves (NOHA)
Thomas Johnston, F, Whitby Wildcats (OMHA ETA)
Wyatt Johnston, F, Toronto Marlies (GTHL)
Judd Katz, D, Mississauga Rebels (GTHL)
Braydon Kressler, F, Mississauga Senators (GTHL)
Steven Laforme, F, Brantford 99ers (Alliance)
Ethan Larmand, F, North Central Predators (OMHA ETA)
Caleb Lawrence, F, OHA Mavericks (Prep)
Ethan Lindsay, F, Barrie Jr Colts (OMHA ETA)
Jacob Maillet, F, Hamilton Jr Bulldogs (OMHA SCTA)
Mitchel Martin, F, Sudbury Wolves (NOHA)
Jack Matier, D, Soo Thunderbirds (NOHA)
Logan Mailloux, D, Toronto Marlies (GTHL)
Landon McCallum, F, Brantford 99ers (Alliance)
Daniel Michaud, F, Quinte Red Devils (OMHA ETA)*
Samuel Moncada, G, Toronto Nationals (GTHL)
Wil Murphy, D, Kingston Jr Fronts (OMHA ETA)
Deven Nagra, D, Toronto Nationals (GTHL)
Kaleb Nelson, F, York Simcoe Express (OMHA ETA)
Justin O’Donnell, F, Toronto Marlies (GTHL)
Adam O'Marra, F, Oakville Rangers (OMHA SCTA)
Cole Patey, F, North Central Predators (OMHA ETA)
Tyler Procious, D, Buffalo Jr. Sabres 16U (USA)
Luca Rea, F, North York Rangers (GTHL)
Tucker Robertson, F, Toronto Marlies (GTHL)
Stuart Rolofs, F, Kanata Lasers (HEO Midget AAA)*
Chandler Romeo, D, Toronto Red Wings (GTHL)
Josh Rosenzweig, G, Toronto Red Wings (GTHL)
Patrick Saini, F, North York Rangers (GTHL)
Vincent Salice, F, Oakland Jr Grizzlies 16U (USA)
Redmond Savage, F, Compuware 16U (USA)
Nicholas Sewecke, F, Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 15U (USA)
Marko Sikic, F, Kitchener Jr Rangers (Alliance)
Max Smolinski, D, Detroit Little Caesars (USA)
Jack Stolicker, F, Compuware 16U (USA)
Ethan Straky, F, Oakland Jr Grizzlies (USA)
Chase Stillman, F, Sudbury Wolves (NOHA)
Nolan Tarabh, F, Toronto Nationals (GTHL)
Evan Vanden Heuvel, D, Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 15U (USA)
Ty Voit, F, Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 15U (USA)
Sam Volturo, F, Detroit Little Caesars (USA)
Cameron Walker, F, Sudbury Wolves (NOHA)
Owen Watson, F, Smith Falls Bears (HEO Midget AAA)
Cooper Way, F, Waterloo Wolves (Alliance)
Jeremy Wilmer, F, Portledge School (USHS Prep)
Ryan Winterton, F, Whitby Wildcats (OMHA ETA)*
Pasquale Zito, F, Mississauga Rebels (GTHL)







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