The 2020 OHL Priority Selection presented by Real Canadian Superstore 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 on the OHL’s YouTube channel. Follow along pick-by-pick at ontariohockeyleague.com.
Here’s a look at five top prospects including three defencemen and two forwards eligible for this year’s OHL Priority Selection.
Aaron Brown (LD) – Quinte Red Devils (OMHA)
– 2020 OMHA champion
2019-20 Statistics: 36 GP, 8 G, 16 A, 24 PTS.
OHL Central Scouting says: Aaron is one of the smoothest skating defencemen in this age group. He uses his mobility well in all three zones to defend and to create offense. He has good skills, makes good first passes and plays a simple yet effective game from the back end. He will join the rush when the chance is there, but he doesn’t look to go there every time. He has a good shot from the point that he gets through regularly. Defensively he isn’t overly physical, but relies on his skating and body positioning. He has good hockey sense and logs a lot of minutes for one of the top teams in Ontario.
OHL Comparable: Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads)
Carson Christy (RW) – Oshawa Generals (OMHA)
2019-20 Statistics: 36 GP, 41 G, 21 A, 62 PTS.
OHL Central Scouting says: Carson is one of the top offensive players out of the ETA this season. He is extremely creative with the puck on his stick. He can beat you off the rush, is extremely hard to handle below the tops of the circles because of his vision, and he gets the opposition fishing for the puck. He has a very good, accurate shot and he doesn’t need a lot of room or time to get it off. He makes unselfish plays all the time and is more than just a goal scorer, as he understands how to get open and he can create space for his teammates as well. His hockey sense and understanding of the game are elite, which is one of the reasons he averaged close to two points a game and well over a goal a game in the ETA this past season.
OHL Comparable: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Andrew LeBlanc (LC) – Southern Tier Admirals (OMHA)
2019-20 Statistics: 31 GP, 25 G, 43 A, 68 PTS.
OHL Central Scouting says: Andrew is a skilled centre that drove his team all season. He led the OMHA SCTA in points and was a threat each and every time he was on the ice. He continued to demonstrate elite offensive skills and instincts, and has a great understanding of how to create time and space for himself and his teammates. He is a very good skater with good separation speed and balance. He is very good on the power play and especially good on the half wall at distributing the puck.
OHL Comparable: Akil Thomas (Peterborough Petes)
Spencer Sova (LD) – Detroit Honeybaked U15 (HPHL)
2019-20 Statistics: 14 GP, 2 G, 5 A, 7 PTS.
OHL Central Scouting says: Spencer has all the tools to be an elite defenceman at the next level. He has the ability to dominate the play and take over a game when he wants to. He is a powerful and strong skater that gets up to top speed quickly with great edge work and mobility. He has a hammer from the offensive blue line and moves his feet well to create lanes for himself. His coaches did a great job with his team, and he was a product of that. He will have no problem stepping up to the next level.
OHL Comparable: Noel Hoefenmayer (Ottawa 67’s)
Noah Van Vliet (LD) – Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)
– 2020 GTHL champion
2019-20 Statistics: 32 GP, 4 G, 9 A, 13 PTS.
OHL Central Scouting says: Noah is a defenceman that just goes about his business, leaving viewers and scouts with an appreciation for all the little things he does. For someone of his stature, he skates very well and has good mobility. He makes a good first pass and usually keeps it very simple. He is very solid defensively and he uses his reach well to his advantage. He has a good understanding of the type of player he is and plays to his strengths. He has a lot of potential moving forward and will be a player coaches love to have on their team.
OHL Comparable: Kevin Bahl (Ottawa 67’s)