2018 OHL Priority Selection: Five to Watch
The 2018 OHL Priority Selection is fast approaching with the big day slated for this coming Saturday. Fans can follow the Priority Selection beginning at 9:00am with the first three rounds streaming live online at ontariohockeyleague.com. Follow along pick-by-pick with the OHL Priority Selection live results page.
Here’s a look at five top prospects including four forwards, and a goaltender eligible for this year’s OHL Priority Selection.
Evan Vierling (C) – York-Simcoe Express (OMHA)
– 2018 OMHA Champion
– 2018 OHL Cup Semi-Finalist
2017-18 Statistics: 33 GP, 27 G, 36 A, 53 PTS.
2018 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Statistics: 6 GP, 5 G, 5 A, 10 PTS., +6
OHL Central Scouting says: Evan is a smooth-skating center that has very good offensive instincts. He is one of the nicest skaters in the draft, plays a good 10-foot game, has a long, powerful stride and is very agile on his skates. He has a great skill set and can make plays at full speed. He is a smart player that understands the situations of a game and makes very few mistakes. He plays a simple but effective game. Evan was a big part of the success his team had in the second half.
OHL Comparable: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Logan Morrison (C) – Guelph Gryphons (OMHA)
– 2018 OMHA Silver Medalist
2017-18 Statistics: 36 GP, 38 G, 48 A, 86 PTS.
2018 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Statistics: 4 GP, 4 G, 2 A, 6 PTS, -2
OHL Central Scouting says: Logan is one of the smartest offensive players in this year’s Priority Selection. He has a great understanding of the game and each situation. He is creative offensively but also makes the simple safe play which is usually the right one. He is a good skater that is deceivingly quick. He has great vision with the puck and scored numerous big goals for his team this season. Logan is one of those guys that makes players around him better and he should continue to do this in the OHL.
OHL Comparable: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Josh Barnes (C) – Cornwall Colts (HEO/CCHL)
– 2018 HEO Minor Midget Player of the Year
2017-18 Statistics: 36 GP, 23 G, 23 A, 46 PTS.
OHL Central Scouting says: Josh is a pure goal-scorer and has all the attributes to put up big numbers in the OHL. His greatest asset is his shot. It has velocity, accuracy and he has a lightning fast release. He isn’t afraid to shoot the puck from anywhere on the ice at any time. He is a very good skater with excellent quickness, jumps in and out of holes well and has a great understanding of how to find open ice in the offensive zone. Josh is one of the best goal-scorers in this age group and he should continue to score in the OHL.
OHL Comparable: Adam Mascherin (Kitchener Rangers)
Michael Bianconi (D) – Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)
– 2018 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Champion
– 2018 OHL Cup Gatorade All-Star Team
– 2018 GTHL Semi-Finalist
2017-18 Statistics: 57 GP, 5 G, 26 A, 31 PTS.
2018 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Statistics: 7 GP, 3 G, 4 A, 7 PTS., +15
OHL Central Scouting says: Michael is a reliable two-way defender who plays the game with speed and agility. He is a smart player in transition and is able to find open ice with his blend of skating ability and vision. He was a big part of the Jr. Canadiens’ blue line throughout the season and raised his game at the 2018 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour. He is able to find shooting lanes and plays a responsible game at both ends of the ice.
OHL Comparable: Matt Brassard (Oshawa Generals)
Joe Vrbetic (G) – Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)
2018 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Statistics: 2 GP, 0-2-0-0, 4.45 GAA, .862 SV%
OHL Central Scouting says: Joe is a big goalie that plays with a ton of confidence. He is a typical butterfly goalie that is down on many shots but he is always on the top of his crease and at his size there is very little net to see for shooters. He is athletic and does a good job of controlling rebounds. He rarely allows weak goals and is mentally prepared to play, ready to give his team a chance to win. Joe is one of the top goalies this year and was a big part of the Flyers’ success.
OHL Comparable: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)