PICKS 1 TO 60 ARE NOW IN! The Scouting News begins its top player prospect rankings countdown for the 2017 OHL draft officially today. In the last two week's we’ve cross-referenced and tabulated the opinions of coaches, agents, scouts and managers to come up with a consensus best of the best list. Notable names to watch BTW are (in no special order) Hughes, Turcotte, McCarthy, Vukojevic, Porco, Beecher, Bertuzzi, Warren, Clarke and Tomasino (amongst many others) … TWITTER: Priority Selection OHL Top 300 ranking list now released (2001’s).
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4000 word report: Complete Review of the Manitoba U16 POE camp is now posted in our members area (top 40 rankings for the province will be posted Sunday). Players featured include Muir, Svenson, Fedyck, McCarthy, Moffatt Gottfried, Lambos, McCartney, Fawkes, Liwiski, Shindle, Hooker, Ladyman, Belluk, Bettens, Greyeyes, Szun, Clark, Vitelli, Cattani, Johnson, Robins, Nychuk, Kochen, Jaquet, Thompson, Cockburn, McGowan, Cobb, Crudely, Mistelbacher, Smith, Lawson, Sartor, Masse, Calder, Halliday, Friesen, Tetreault and Wilton.
Number one ranked 2016 WHL draft candidate Peyton Krebs (5'11, 165, Rockey Mountain Raiders, 2002) exclusive interview is now online at The Scouting News. Discussion points included: (1) his injury rehab from a broken wrist, (2) how Steve Hanson, Dakota - Drew Krebs, Robin Bowers, Mike Evans and Mikey Kluner made him the player he is today, (3) thoughts on the Western Canadian Championships, (4) his best assets as a player (strengths and weaknesses), (5) summer off-ice program, (6) how he managed to cope with all the extra attention in his draft year, (7) what he learned from the adversity of his older brothers career and (8) his thoughts on elite 2001's in the Western Canada region like Byram @BowenByram, Gauthier, Van Impe @Van_Impe21, Mutala sashamutala, Rizzo and Williams @willie142001
We’re spending a tremendous amount of time and resources developing a North American top prospect list for the 2003 age group, and we’ve literally been amazed at how much top 25 support @CarsonLadi91 Carson Latimer (2003, Semiahmoo Ravens, B.C Lightning, 5’4", 110 pounds) has been receiving from experts in the age group, who are all telling us he’s a player who has the potential to be a Canadian Hockey League "lottery draft selection" if he continues his current upwards trend!
Miner @trent_miner (2001, Brandon Bantam AAA Wheat Kings, 6'1", 172 pounds) is a pressure goalie who delivers when it matters the most (in the crunch when his team needs a big save), and we think the WHL team that selects Trent will be getting themselves a potential franchise puck stopper … (this insiders report on Trent Miner is 1037 words … to continue reading please purchase a subscription to The Scouting News directly below).
Top end 2002 prospect Antonio Stranges (2002, Little Caesars 01 AAA, 5'8", 140) attacks like a cobra in the offensive zone and he's not afraid to take on the biggest and the strongest of defenders in one on one situations and scenarios (this kid will be a HIGH OHL draft pick in 2018, and get SERIOUS attention from the USA NTDP team).
(625 words) - If the WHL draft was held today Ethan Bowen would be a top ten pick in the estimation of our British Columbia eye in the sky, who states what scouts like the most about Bowen' style this season is he drives the offensive momentum pretty much without fail every game, and is as consistent as they come!
EXCLUSIVE ONE ON ONE INTERVIEW: One of our Illinois-based scouts has provided us with fifteen reasons why he believes Pivonka (2000, 6'0, 185, Mission U16, @jake_pivonka20) will be one day a first round NHL draft selection (plus, an exclusive one on one interview with one of the games biggest rising stars).
One of our top scouts in the New England area says Boston College recruit Knight (2001, MidFairfield Rangers, 6’5”, 180) is as athletic and talented as they come (and has surprisingly good natural movement and speed), so we asked this insider whether or not he’d select Spencer as an underage player for 2016 NTDP U17 program a year early given the advanced nature of his game!
Sasha Mutala (2001 BWC Bruins bantam AAA, 6’0”, 175 pounds) will hold the puck until the seam has opened up to his liking on the first wave, and like all great players he has that unique ability to hold his position if he doesn’t like his play options, buy time, find the second wave or smartly improvise when the play is closing in all around him! And, that in our opinion of our Vancouver based scout is what separates Sasha from the pack (and makes him into a top five WHL draft candidate, and future NHL draft selection)!
Emberson (2000, Team Wisconsin U16, Eau Claire Memorial High School, 6'0”, 190 pounds) has always been a top defenseman in the USA hockey system, however, this summer Ty literally exploded off the charts and put himself on the top of every college’s recruitment list on the country, and onto the first round draft projection charts of top end OHL teams!