It’s been a busy summer for some of the Canadian Hockey League’s rising stars with 21 of the league’s top 2020 NHL Draft prospects getting a head start on the season ahead by representing Canada and earning silver at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup.
Here’s a look at two of the top Ontario Hockey League names that competed in the Summer Under-18 tournament and are poised for big things in the season ahead.
Cole Perfetti introduced himself to the hockey world in style on international ice in August scoring seven goals in five games to lead the Hlinka Gretzky Cup. Among his highlights, the forward from Whitby, Ont., had a two-goal performance during regulation of the Semi-Final before scoring on three of his four attempts in the shootout to lead Canada to the gold medal matchup. This performance should come as no surprise since the Saginaw Spirit standout led the OHL in rookie scoring with 74 points in 63 games including 37 goals which led all first year CHL skaters.
Sticking in the OHL, defenceman Ryan O’Rourke of the Soo Greyhounds contributed a goal while representing the red, white, and black this summer after a rookie campaign where he produced 22 points in 62 games. Perhaps the most impressive part of O’Rourke’s season was his performance at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in November where the Pickering, Ont., native shared the lead in scoring among defencemen and was named a Tournament All-Star representing Team Canada Black.
For a look at other top 2020 NHL Draft prospects from the WHL and QMJHL, visit CHL.ca.