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.
Owen Lalonde (RD) – Windsor Jr. Spitfires (ALLIANCE) – 33 GP, 13 G, 24 A, 37 PTS.
OHL Central Scouting says: Owen is one of the top defencemen in this year’s draft. He logs a lot of minutes for his team and is relied on in every situation. He is a smooth-skating and very mobile defender that has an effortless stride. He has extremely good vision and composure from the back end and rarely panics or turns the puck over. He is not afraid to join the rush and try to create offence for his team, but won’t just go for the sake of going, he picks his spots very well. Owen has very good skills and can run an efficient power play. He has played up at the Jr. B level this year and logged meaningful minutes there.
OHL Comparable: Cam Dineen (North Bay Battalion)
Declan Chisholm (LD) – Don Mills Flyers (GTHL) – 33 GP, 6 GP, 13 A, 19 PTS.
OHL Central Scouting says: Declan is one of the top defenders in this age group, he does everything very well. He is a slick-skating defencemen that has excellent mobility and very good top-end speed. He logs a ton of minutes and because of his skating ability he looks like he could play all day long. He is a very good passer of the puck, sees the ice well and makes excellent simple outlet feeds. He uses his mobility on the offensive blueline to his advantage, gets pucks on net well and makes good shot/pass decisions. Declan typically doesn’t look for the big hit, but will take the body whenever he needs too. He’s been used in every situation, logs a ton of minutes and loves to have the puck on his stick.
OHL Comparable: Garrett McFadden (Guelph Storm)
Jacob Ingham (G) – Barrie Jr. Colts (OMHA) – 15 GP, 9-3-3, 3 SO
OHL Central Scouting says: Jacob has had a very good season and is one of the big reasons for his team’s success. He is a very good technical goaltender, gets out to the top of his crease and challenges shooters. He is very athletic, moves very well in his crease and has the ability to make the big desperation save when he has to. Jacob is mentally strong as he doesn’t let goals against get to him. He battles and competes to see pucks and finds them in scrambles and always seems to come up with the big save when his team needs it. Jacob will be a goalie to watch moving forward in the OHL.
OHL Comparable: Mackenzie Blackwood (Barrie Colts)
Danil Antropov (LW) – Toronto Marlboros (GTHL) – 56 GP, 36 G, 36 A, 72 PTS.
OHL Central Scouting says: Danil finished the season very strong and was a major factor in his team making it to the OHL Cup Finals. He started to show his potential on a more consistent basis as the year wore on, performing as the physical power forward that many think he can be. He finished the year playing with a lot more confidence and is skating better as well, getting his nose dirty and paying the price for the puck. He developed great chemistry with Thomas Tinmouth and Akil Thomas, forming the Marlboros most productive line throughout the second half of the season.
OHL Comparable: Matt Mistele (Sarnia Sting)
Liam Foudy (LC) – Markham Majors (GTHL) – 32 GP, 19 G, 19 A, 38 PTS.
OHL Central Scouting says: Liam is a player that many underestimated at the beginning of the season. He was the engine that made his team go and if he wasn’t contributing offensively the Majors had a tough time scoring. Liam does a very good job of anticipating the play and jumping into holes at the right time, which is one of the reasons why he gets so many breakaways. He has deceiving quickness and changes gears well off the rush to beat defenders. He has a very high skill set and is dangerous one-on-one. Liam has good hands in and around the net, he capitalizes on the majority of his chances. Over the season he gradually developed into a top GTHL prospect.
OHL Comparable: Andrew Mangiapane (Barrie Colts)
This is the third “Five to Watch” article in a series previewing top OHL Priority Selection prospects.
READ STORY #1: Five to Watch – Hayton, McShane, Dudas, Busby, Robertson
READ STORY #2: Five to Watch – Roberts, Tinmouth, Hillis, Merkley, Stratis