Guelph Storm head coach George Burnett will lead Team White at the 2020 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, a group headlined by Rimouski Oceanic forward Alexis Lafreniere. Here is a closer look at the full lineup:
(D) RYAN O’ROURKE – Soo Greyhounds (OHL) – #21
32nd ranked North American skater on NHL CSB’s Midterm Rankings
NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING SAYS: Captain of the Soo Greyhounds – Logs plenty of minutes in all situations – Strong skater with good mobility all ways – Good escapes and quick moves under pressure and then advances puck – Crisp passer that surveys and makes the right play up ice – Good activation to get up ice and join the rush – Can drive the play up ice and gain zones or join at the right times – Great mobility along the line and can get a heavy well timed shot through to the net – Good gap and holds the line and reads the play to step up and pick off passes – Hard on pucks in zone and stays with his man – Excellent compete level and is hard to play against – Two-way defender with offensive upside and strong defending – Member of Team Canada at the 2019 Hlinka/Gretzky U-18 tournament.
DESCRIBES HIMSELF AS: Intense, Aggressive, Competitive, Leader, Intelligent
(D) JACK THOMPSON – Sudbury Wolves (OHL) – #23
67th ranked North American skater on NHL CSB’s Midterm Rankings
NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING SAYS: Very good skater that is hard and direct on plays – Quick feet and very good mobility and is quick to join the play up ice – Moves the puck well and finds the right support to advance play from his own zone – Heads up game with the puck and can execute passes in all zones – Works the offensive zone blueline well and gets off a quick release shot from the point – Good choices when to pinch and is effective keeping plays alive and maintaining zone time – Activates in the o-zone at the right times with a purpose and has goal scoring ability in tight – Good positional defender that doesn’t make a lot of mistakes – Good recovery gear to get back quickly on plays – Plays a calm and steady positional game – Quick to retrieve pucks – Strong compete level – Steady two-way defenceman.
DESCRIBES HIMSELF AS: Competitive, Smart, Leader, Resilient, Dedicated
(F) BRANDON COE – North Bay Battalion (OHL) – #20
47th ranked North American skater on NHL CSB’s Midterm Rankings
NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING SAYS: Powerful wide stride skater that can pick up a head of steam and fly – Heads up game advancing the puck, always moving the play up ice – Passes like a pro with crisp on the tape or confident saucer passes – Good playmaking ability and vision to find open men for scoring chances and processes plays quick – Good puck control on the fly and showed he can gain zones with ease and make plays at top speed – Has a hard shot and is a scoring threat – Great net front presence – Pro style power forward type potential.
DESCRIBES HIMSELF AS: Big, Strong, Fast, Vision, Playmaker
(F) WILL CUYLLE – Windsor Spitfires (OHL) – #13
21st ranked North American skater on NHL CSB’s Midterm Rankings
NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING SAYS: Powerful smooth skater with good speed – Scoring threat with a heavy shot and quick release – Has very good hands and can toe drag the puck around opposition and get shots off or create space for himself – Heavy on the body and pursuit on pucks with the ability to win puck battles – Very strong puck protection and wall play allow him to make quick power moves down low attacking the net – Excellent net front presence and has the ability to get his stick on almost any shot from the point towards the net – Good vision and playmaking ability – Aware in the D-zone and as a winger he is comfortable as first man back playing down low – Pro style power forward type potential – Member of Team Canada at the Hlinka/Gretzky U-18 tournament.
DESCRIBES HIMSELF AS: Physical, Power Forward, Elite Shot
(F) TYSON FOERSTER – Barrie Colts (OHL) – #71
41st ranked North American skater on NHL CSB’s Midterm Rankings
NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING SAYS: Gifted offensive player who displays excellent vision delivering pucks to teammates in good scoring positions with crisp, accurate and often high difficulty passes. Displays a high hockey IQ by consistently putting himself in the right areas of the ice to get scoring chances. Has an excellent shot with a quick release with and the ability to score from multiple angles in the offensive zone. Soft set of hands and he confidently controls the puck moving with speed or stickhandling and making plays through traffic. A dangerous player with and without the puck who also excels on the power play.
DESCRIBES HIMSELF AS: Hardworking, Happy, Intense, Good Vision, Gamer
(F) COLE PERFETTI – Saginaw Spirit (OHL) – #91
4th ranked North American skater on NHL CSB’s Midterm Rankings
NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING SAYS: Excellent puck handler – Puck skills, vision and execution are on another level – Excellent puck control and elusiveness – Can turn on a dime eluding checks giving himself time and space to utilize his offensive arsenal – Has incredible hockey IQ and feel for the game – Confident with the puck attacking offensively with head fakes and stick fakes walking through players at will – Can slow the play down to his pace drawing the attention of every defender and finds a pass no one else in the arena sees coming – Offensive dynamo who works smart and hard with and without the puck – A major threat every time he is on the ice and is just as dangerous as a scoring or playmaking threat – Member of Team Canada at the Hlinka/Gretzky U-18 tournament.
DESCRIBES HIMSELF AS: Smart, Hardworking, Dedicated, Respectful, Leader
(F) JAROMIR PYTLIK – Soo Greyhounds (OHL) – #26
38th ranked North American skater on NHL CSB’s Midterm Rankings
NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING SAYS: Versatile forward that can play wing or centre – Very good skater with a strong powerful stride – Plays a relentless game and feet are always moving – Hard working and responsible at both ends of the ice – Very good hockey sense and habits – Strong puck distribution and very good playmaking ability – Very good smarts and awareness without the puck and has a good feel for the play – Very hard on the backcheck and breaks up a lot of plays off the rush – Good compete level and is involved in the play on every shift – Extremely polished two-way forward with excellent upside and pro potential – Member of Team Czech Republic World Junior U-20 Team.