The 2016 OHL Priority Selection takes place online Saturday April 9th beginning at 9AM with the first three rounds shown live as part of a Draft Show webcast hosted at ontariohockeyleague.com.
The future of the Ontario Hockey League begins with the Priority Selection. Here is a sample of some of the top minor midget prospects who will hear their names called by OHL clubs on Saturday.
Barrett Hayton (LC) – Toronto Red Wings (GTHL) – 59 GP, 36 G, 37 A, 73 PTS
OHL Central Scouting says: Barrett was one of the top players in the GTHL this season. His hockey sense and skill are by far his best two attributes, he always seems to be in the right spot at the right time and the puck seems to follow him around the ice because of where he is positioned. He has exceptional hands and skill and has scored some highlight reel goals this season. Barrett shoots the puck like a pro already. He was a leader on the Red Wings and when he wasn’t scoring or creating the rest of the team seemed to struggle offensively. He understands that there are two sides of the puck as well and plays solid defensively. Overall Barrett has all the abilities to be a star at the next level.
OHL Comparable: Taylor Raddysh (Erie Otters)
Allan McShane (LC) – Toronto Marlboros (GTHL) – 55 GP, 30 G, 28 A, 58 PTS
OHL Central Scouting says: Allan has picked up right where he left off last season when he played as an underager with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens. He plays in every situation but is at his best when he has the puck on his stick and is creating offence for himself and his teammates. He has good separation speed, is a great one-on-one player that has ability to beat players on his own and has a high hockey sense that always seems to lead him to the right place. He had a strong tournament for Canada at the Youth Olympic Winter Games in Norway.
OHL Comparable: Adam Mascherin (Kitchener Rangers)
Aidan Dudas (RC) – North Central Predators (OMHA) – 31 GP, 25 G, 26 A, 51 PTS
OHL Central Scouting says: Aidan is consistently his team’s best player and usually the best player on the ice. Although he is only 5’7″ he is not afraid to go into any area of the ice with or without the puck. He has a very low centre of gravity which makes it very hard to knock him off of puck. He is a very good skater and has the ability to change gears in mid-stride and beat a defender wide or use his elite skill and turn a player inside out which has happened numerous times this season. Aidan has a very good snapshot with a great release that he can shoot in stride or off stride. He also sees the ice very well and distributes the puck at the right times to find open ice. Aidan is a fun player to watch and will be entertaining OHL fans in the near future.
OHL Comparable: Travis Konecny (Sarnia Sting)
Dennis Busby (RD) – Barrie Jr. Colts (OMHA) – 23 GP, 6 G, 17 A, 23 PTS
OHL Central Scouting says: Dennis is a complete defender that can play and excel in every situation. He is a very good skater with excellent mobility in all three zones, strong on the offensive blueline and makes good shot/pass decisions, moving well laterally to find lanes to get the puck on net. His defensive play is often overlooked because of how good he is with the puck on his stick. He takes away time and space very efficiently and creates turnovers. Dennis is not overly physical, but competes hard and is usually on the right side of the puck in his own zone. He was a member of team Canada at the Youth Olympic Winter Games in Norway.
OHL Comparable: Travis Dermott (Erie Otters)
Carter Robertson (LD) – York Simcoe Express (OMHA) – 31 GP, 10 G, 26 A, 36 PTS
OHL Central Scouting says: Carter is a smooth-skating defencemen that has been steadily improving over the course of the season. He plays in every situation and logs a lot of big minutes for his team. He is a good skater with excellent mobility. Carter is very composed with the puck and doesn’t usually just throw it away. He makes good outlet passes and is effective on the offensive blueline. Carter is not overly physical, but takes the body when needed and has a very good stick in the defensive zone. He is a very smart player that keeps the game simple. Carter is definitely trending the right way and played a huge part in his team’s OHL Cup title.
OHL Comparable: Kyle Capobianco (Sudbury Wolves)
This is the first “Five to Watch” article in a series previewing top OHL Priority Selection prospects prior to Saturday’s draft. Check back at ontariohockeyleague.com for more Players to Watch.