Team Canada Announces Roster for Hlinka/Gretzky

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CALGARY, Alta. – Twenty-two of the nation’s top young players have earned the opportunity to represent their country as part of Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup in Breclav, Czech Republic and Piestany, Slovakia, Aug. 5-10.

Hockey Canada finalized its roster Tuesday following a five-day selection camp that saw 44 players participate in on- and off-ice sessions, including three intrasquad games, at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

The roster consists of two goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards, including two players who were a part of Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team that competed at the 2019 IIHF U18 World Championship in Sweden last April (Drysdale, Hunt). Twenty-one of the 22 players participated in the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Saint John and Quispamsis, N.B. The lone exception was Hendrix Lapierre (Gatineau, Que./Chicoutimi, QMJHL), who was unable to participate due to injury.

“We were pleased with the level of competition at selection camp, and our staff is confident in the 22 players that have earned their spot on Team Canada for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup,” said Brad McEwen (Whitewood, Sask.), head scout for the Program of Excellence. “The skill and intensity showed by all 44 players at camp made our decisions difficult, but we know our players and staff will embrace the opportunity to wear the Maple Leaf as we look to bring home a gold medal.”

The selections were made by McEwen, Alan Millar (Tottenham, Ont./Moose Jaw, WHL), the U18 lead for the Program of Excellence management group, and Ben Shutron (Orleans, Ont.), manager of men’s national teams for Hockey Canada. Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team coaching staff, including head coach Michael Dyck (Lethbridge, Alta./Vancouver, WHL) and assistant coaches Mario Duhamel (Saint-Bruno, Que./Ottawa, OHL) and Dennis Williams (Stratford, Ont./Everett, WHL), provided input into the final player selections.

Canada will face off against Slovakia in pre-tournament action on Saturday, Aug. 3 in Piestany before moving on to Breclav, where it opens the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup against Finland on Monday, Aug. 5 at 9:30 a.m. ET/6:30 a.m. PT. All Team Canada tournament games will be broadcast by TSN and RDS; please check local listings for details.

In 2018, the tournament was rebranded as the Hlinka Gretzky Cup and co-hosted by Edmonton and Red Deer, Alta. Canada captured gold on home ice, defeating Sweden 6-2 in the gold medal game.

Canada has won gold 22 times in 28 years of summer under-18 competition, along with two silver medals and one bronze.

22 CHL players on Team Canada for 2019 Gretzky Hlinka Cup:

Dylan Garand (Kamloops Blazers)
Tristan Lennox (Saginaw Spirit)

Lukas Cormier (Charlottetown Islanders)
Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters)
Kaiden Guhle (Prince Albert Raiders)
Daemon Hunt (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Ryan O’Rourke (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jeremie Poirier (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Donovan Sebrango (Kitchener Rangers)

Mavrik Bourque (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves)
Will Cuylle (Windsor Spitfires)
Jean-Luc Foudy (Windsor Spitfires)
Ridly Greig (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Seth Jarvis (Portland Winterhawks)
Hendrix Lapierre (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
Connor McClennon (Winnipeg ICE)
Jake Neighbours (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit)
Theo Rochette (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
Justin Sourdif (Vancouver Giants)
Ozzy Wiesblatt (Prince Albert Raiders)

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Sweden Announces Roster for Hlinka – Gretzky Cup

Calle Clang 2002 6’2″ 176 L SHL
Jesper Wallstedt 2002 6’3″ 205 L SuperElit
Emil Andrae 2002 5’9″ 183 L J18 Elit
Helge Grans 2002 6’3″ 192 R SuperElit
Axel Kumlin 2002 6’0″ 174 R SuperElit
Leo Lööf 2002 6’0″ 168 L J18 Elit
Theo Nordlund 2002 6’0″ 161 L SuperElit
Hugo Styf 2002 6’1″ 176 L SuperElit
William Wallinder 2002 6’4″ 185 L J18 Elit
William Eklund 2002 5’8″ 154 L SuperElit
Elliot Ekmark 2002 5’9″ 150 L SuperElit
Samuel Eriksson 2002 5’11” 163 L J18 Elit
Isak Garfvé 2002 6’3″ 185 R J18 Elit
William Hallén 2002 6’1″ 176 L SuperElit
Erik Hedlund 2002 5’9″ 157 R J18 Elit
Daniel Ljungman 2002 6’0″ 161 L SuperElit
Linus Lööf 2002 6’0″ 161 L J18 Elit
Oskar Magnusson 2002 5’10” 165 L SuperElit
Zion Nybeck 2002 5’8″ 176 L SuperElit
Oskar Olausson 2002 6’0″ 165 L SuperElit
Elias Stenman 2002 5’10” 165 L SuperElit
Daniel Torgersson 2002 6’3″ 205 L J18 Elit

Team USA Announces Roster for Hlinka/Gretzky

Player Pos Birthdate Hometown NCAA Commitment (League)
Carson Bantle F 01/22/2002 Onalaski, Wis. Michigan Tech (WCHA)
Ryan Beck F 08/25/2002 Linden, Mich. University of Denver (NCHC)
Blake Biondi F 04/24/2002 Hermantown, Minn. University of Minnesota Duluth (NCHC)
Evan Bushy D 03/26/2002 Thief River Falls, Minn. St. Cloud State University (NCHC)
Noah Ellis D 02/01/2002 Urbandale, Iowa Uncommitted
Mark Estapa F 01/13/2002 St. Clair, Mich. Western Michigan University (NCHC)
Alex Gaffney F 06/25/2002 West Orange, N.J. Harvard University (ECAC Hockey)
Alex Gagne D 08/12/2002 Bedford, N.H. University of New Hampshire (HEA)
Cross Hanas F 01/05/2002 Highland Village, Texas
Avery Hayes F 10/10/2002 Westland, Mich. Hamilton Bulldogs
Louden Hogg G 10/18/2002 Cheyenne, Wyoming Uncommitted
Wyatt Kaiser D 07/31/2002 Ham Lake, Minn. University of Minnesota Duluth (NCHC)
Tanner Kelly F 05/11/2002 San Diego, Calif. Michigan State University (Big Ten)
Donald Kempf D 04/15/2002 Chicago, Ill. Cornell University (ECAC Hockey)
Ryan Kirwan F 02/27/2002 DeWitt, N.Y. Penn State University (Big Ten)
David Ma D 06/22/2002 Yonkers, N.Y. Princeton University (ECAC Hockey)
Colin Purcell G 06/23/2002 Shaker Heights, Ohio Uncommitted
Jacob Ratzlaff D 06/23/2002 Rosemount, Minn. University of Minnesota (Big Ten)
Mackie Samoskevich F 11/15/2002 Newtown, Conn. University of Michigan (Big Ten)
Ben Schoen F 05/18/2002 Maumee, Ohio Miami University (NCHC)
Artem Shlaine F 03/07/2002 Boca Raton, Fla. Boston University (HEA)
Jack Williams F 03/02/2002 Biddeford, Maine Northeastern University (HEA)

46 OHL Prospects Invited to Canada’s National Under-17 Camp

Hockey season may be over for fans, but for the players, the quest for their dreams continues through the summer months and that goes for 46 Ontario Hockey League players who get the opportunity to strut their stuff at Canada’s National Under-17 Development Camp.

The list of OHL prospects invited include 5 goaltenders, 12 defencemen and 29 forwards. They will participate in the event along with along with 66 other prospects beginning July 19 and ending July 26 at the Markin MacPhail Centre in Calgary Alberta.

Here are the OHL prospects invited to participate:

Name S/C Ht. Wt. Hometown 2018-19 Team OHL Team
Matteo Drobac L 6’0″ 179 Oakville, Ont. Halton (OMHA-SCTA) Hamilton
Carter Garvie L 6’2″ 150 Owen Sound, Ont. Grey-Bruce (OMHA-SCTA) Saginaw
Benjamin Gaudreau L 6’1″ 160 Corbeil, Ont. North Bay (GNML) Sarnia
Patrick Leaver L 5’11” 159 Perth, Ont. Smiths Falls (HEOMAAA) Oshawa
Josh Rosenzweig R 6’0″ 158 Toronto, Ont. Toronto Red Wings (GTHL) Niagara
Paul Christopolous R 5’11” 181 Richmond Hill, Ont. Don Mills (GTHL) North Bay
Brandt Clarke R 6’2″ 185 Ottawa, Ont. Don Mills (GTHL) Barrie
Ethan Del Mastro L 6’3″ 180 Freelton, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (GTHL) Mississauga
Isaac Enright R 6’0″ 170 Cobden, Ont. Pembroke (HEO) Niagara
Connor Federkow L 5’9″ 148 St. Catharines, Ont. Niagara North (OMHA-SCTA) London
Braden Hache L 6’2″ 185 Newmarket, Ont. York-Simcoe (OMHA-ETA) Kingston
Jacob Holmes L 6’1″ 176 Alliston, Ont. York Simcoe (OMHA-ETA) Sault Ste Marie
Logan Mailloux R 6’3″ 214 Belle River, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (GTHL) London
Jack Matier R 6’2″ 174 Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Soo (NOHA) Ottawa
Connor Punnett L 6’1″ 177 Powassan, Ont. North Central (OMHA-ETA) Saginaw
Ranvir Gill R 6’3″ 190 Ottawa, Ont. Ottawa (HEO) Ottawa
Ty Hollett R 6’2″ 196 Orleans, Ont. Navan (HEO) North Bay
Liam Arnsby R 5’10” 175 Ajax, Ont. Don Mills (GTHL) North Bay
Jon-Randall Avon L 5’10” 172 Selwyn, Ont. Peterborough (OMHA-ETA) Peterborough
Jack Beck L 5’11” 152 Richmond Hill, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (GTHL) Ottawa
Josh Bloom L 6’1″ 165 Oakville, Ont. Toronto Young Nationals (GTHL) Saginaw
Ethan Burroughs R 5’10” 165 Georgetown, Ont. Halton (OMHA-SCTA) Owen Sound
Ryan Del Monte R 5’11” 161 Mississauga, Ont. Toronto Young Nationals (GTHL) Barrie
Deni Goure R 5’10” 159 Grande Pointe, Ont. Chatham-Kent (MHAO) Owen Sound
Brett Harrison L 6’1″ 157 London, Ont. London (MHAO) Oshawa
Thomas Johnston L 5’8″ 154 Oshawa, Ont. Whitby (OMHA-ETA) Ottawa
Wyatt Johnston R 5’11” 152 Toronto, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (GTHL) Windsor
Braeden Kressler R 5’9″ 154 Kitchener, Ont. Mississauga Senators (GTHL) Flint
Ethan Larmand L 5’11” 160 Midland, Ont. North Central (OMHA-ETA) Sudbury
Kaleb Lawrence L 6’5″ 205 Orleans, Ont. Ontario Hockey Academy (HEO) Owen Sound
Connor Lockhart R 5’9″ 162 Kanata, Ont. Kanata (HEO) Erie
Jacob Maillet R 6’0″ 172 Dundas, Ont. Hamilton (OMHA-SCTA) Guelph
Landon McCallum R 5’10” 154 Simcoe, Ont. Brantford (MHAO) Sudbury
Max McCue L 6’0″ 154 Sudbury, Ont. Sudbury (NOHA) London
Mason McTavish L 6’1″ 195 Pembroke, Ont. Pembroke (HEO) Peterborough
Daniel Michaud L 6’2″ 176 Belleville, Que. Quinte (OMHA-ETA) Oshawa
Justin O’Donnell R 6’1″ 170 Oakville, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (GTHL) Sarnia
Brennan Othmann L 6’0″ 168 Pickering, Ont. Don Mills (GTHL) Flint
Francesco Pinelli L 6’0″ 177 Stoney Creek, Ont. Toronto Red Wings (GTHL) Kitchener
Stuart Rolofs L 6’2″ 187 Carp, Ont. Kanata (HEO) London
Lawson Sherk L 6’1″ 181 Georgetown, Ont. Halton (OMHA-SCTA) Hamilton
Brendan Sirizzotti R 5’11” 170 Whitby, Ont. Whitby (OMHA-ETA) Ottawa
Chase Stillman R 5’10” 160 Peterborough, Ont. Sudbury (NOHA) Sudbury
Ryan Winterton R 6’0″ 161 Whitby, Ont. Whitby (OMHA-ETA) Hamilton
Shane Wright R 6’0″ 180 Burlington, Ont. Don Mills (GTHL) Kingston
Danny Zhilkin L 6’1″ 185 Mississauga, Ont. Toronto Marlboros (GTHL) Guelph

Vancouver 2019 Was Not Kind to the OHL

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The word was out before National Hockey League teams descended on Vancouver for the 2019 Draft that the Ontario Hockey League class was, for a lack of a better term, a weak class.

But, did anyone expect this?

Since the NHL adopted the seven round draft back at the 2005 Draft, no draft has produced as few OHL’ers as has 2019. Just 25 players were selected from the O this year. The 2006 draft was a close (?) second worse class with 29. That 2006 class produced six first rounders as opposed to four this year.

What’s worse is only one draft since 2005, the 2007, Is the only draft that produced fewer first round picks with three. That class still produced 25 players drafted from the OHL.

Twenty-five is just above half of what the best drafts from the OHL have produced – forty-eight in both 2012 and 2016.

The Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers and New Jersey Devils went OHL heavy with three selections each from the O.

2020 looks to be a lesser class overall then 2019 was, but there is some quality coming from the OHL, so we at least have that to look for.

Here’s a look at the drafts from 2005 to 2019 and the number of OHL players selected in each round.

Year/ 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th Total
2005 9 3 9 4 7 6 5 43
2006 6 4 8 7 2 1 1 29
2007 3 11 6 2 4 8 1 35
2008 11 5 7 6 4 10 3 46
2009 7 6 4 8 8 9 3 45
2010 9 8 3 9 6 5 0 40
2011 11 8 11 3 5 4 4 46
2012 11 5 10 7 6 6 3 48
2013 8 5 8 6 1 5 4 37
2014 10 9 6 4 0 8 4 41
2015 7 7 5 2 1 4 5 31
2016 9 8 6 7 7 5 6 48
2017 5 8 7 7 6 5 4 42
2018 7 6 4 6 8 2 2 35
2019 4 6 3 2 5 3 2 25

OHL Writers Final Draft Rankings

Over 100 preseason, regular season and playoff games in arenas, countless others on video, and the 2019 National Hockey League Draft begins this Friday in Vancouver British Columbia.

We’ve compiled the top 40 players and top 6 goaltenders from the Ontario Hockey League and Ontario Junior Hockey League that we believe could hear their names called – although we don’t believe all of them will.

Three players (*) are re-entering the draft and three players (**) are re-entering the draft for the second time. Not included on our list are players that were not signed by their drafting club from the 2017 draft that may have been eligible to re-enter.

Players are ranked in the order that we believe they should be drafted. You will also see where NHL Central Scouting ranked the Ontario players. That ranking doesn’t show overall rankings but among Ontario players only.

Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
1 Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton 1
2 Ryan Suzuki Barrie 5
3 Philip Tomasino Niagara 3
4 Thomas Harley Mississauga 2
5 Jamieson Rees Sarnia 7
6 Connor McMichael London 6
7 Nicholas Robertson Peterborough 4
8 Vladislav Kolyachonok Flint 8
9 Graeme Clarke Ottawa 9
10 Nikita Okhotyuk Ottawa 11
11 Mike Vukojevic Kitchener 10
12 Matvey Guskov London 13
13 Billy Constantinou Kingston 12
14 Ethan Keppen Flint 14
15 Blake Murray Sudbury 21
16 Jacob LeGuerrier Sault Ste Marie 15
17 Cole MacKay Sault Ste Marie 18
18 Eric Ciccolini Toronto JC 22
19 Joe Carroll Sault Ste Marie 19
20 Keegan Stevenson Guelph 16
21 Cole Schwindt Mississauga 17
22 Nicholas Porco Saginaw 20
23 Mason Primeau North Bay 23
24 Mason Millman Saginaw 24
25 Zachary Uens Wellington 25
26 Eric Uba Flint 29
27 Liam Ross Sudbury 30
28 Keean Washkurak Mississauga 31
29 Petr Cajka Erie 32
30 **Joseph Garreffa re-enters 27
31 *Pavel Gogolev re-enters 28
32 Daniel D’Amico Windsor 45
33 *Merrick Rippon re-enters 33
34 Tyler Angle Windsor 36
35 Navrin Mutter Hamilton 40
36 Nathan Staios Windsor 38
37 Louka Henault Windsor 44
38 **Hugo Leufvenius re-enters 34
39 **Rickard Hugg re-enters 35
40 *Nando Eggenberger re-enters 26
1 Hunter Jones Peterborough 1
2 Jet Greaves Barrie 5
3 Luke Cavallin Flint 3
4 Nicolas Daws Guelph 2
5 Mack Guzda Owen Sound 4
6 Kari Piiroinen Windsor 6
7 Andrew McLean Owen Sound 7
* Draft re-entry
**2nd time re-entry

Mason Primeau – North Bay Battalion – Player Profile

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 205 pounds

Date of birth: July 28, 2001

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Position: Center

Shoots: Left

OHL Draft: Round 2, 22nd overall, 2017 Priority Selection (Guelph Storm)

NHL Central Scouting Rankings

Pre-season November Mid-term Final
C Prospect C Prospect 142 113


Mason Primeau certainly comes with some bloodlines. He’s the son of former NHL’er Wayne Primeau and the nephew of Keith Primeau. And his sister, Madison, played in the PWHL this season. His cousins Cayden will be playing in the American Hockey League next season while Chayse just finished his first season playing in the NCAA. To say hockey runs in the family is an understatement.

Primeau played his minor midget AAA hockey with the Toronto Nationals during the 2016-2017 season where he compiled 13 goals and 16 assists in 33 contests. The Guelph Storm selected Primeau with the 22nd overall pick at the 2017 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.

Here’s what OHL Central Scouting had to say about Primeau:

Mason comes from a very good hockey family and he looks to be following in his dad’s footsteps. He is a big two-way centre who has a very good understanding for the game. He is a good skater and has good top-end speed. Mason scored some really nice goals and shows flashes of having top-end skills. He is very reliable in all three zones and is very strong on face-offs. He competes each and every shift. Every coach is looking for a big two-way centre that is reliable and will chip in offensively.

Last season, Primeau made the Storm roster out of camp and appeared in 60 games, scoring 7 goals and assisting on 6 others.

Mason Primeau of the North Bay Battalion. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Mason Primeau of the North Bay Battalion. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

There are two stories to tell this season. Primeau began the year with the Storm. In 20 games, he scored 3 goals and added 4 assists and the writing was virtually on the wall: There wasn’t going to be much ice time for Primeau on a club with Championship aspirations, one that the Storm would eventually achieve.

On November 15, 2018, the Battalion sent two second round picks (2020 and 2022) to the Storm for Primeau. Interestingly enough, Battalion Coach Stan Butler coached Wayne Primeau with the Oshawa Generals during the 1995-1996 season.

Once with the Battalion, Primeau’s ice time and opportunities increased, as did his intensity and his competitiveness. He would finish the season with 49 games in a Battalion uniform, scoring 10 goals and 16 assists. He would add a goal and 2 helpers in 5 playoff games.

Primeau comes with tremendous size at 6’5” and despite weighing in at 205 pounds, could stand to use a bit more muscle. Although OHL Central Scouting liked his skating, I think it’s just average. He lacks a good first few strides that prevents him from getting to top speed, which is okay for his size, at the pace that would be required.

I also don’t agree with Central Scouting’s assessment of “showing flashes of top-end skills.” That may have been the case in Minor Midget, but those skills weren’t visible in the OHL. Primeau’s offense is going to have to come from hard work, winning puck battles and getting to the front of the net, something he is capable of and will only get better at when he adds strength.

In the end, I don’t think Primeau’s vision, hockey IQ and skill set, which are all average in my opinion, are going to make him an offensive threat at the next level. Instead, he could carve out a career as a solid defensive center who is good on the draw, provide energy and physicality and eventually kill penalties, if he can improve on his footwork.

The question now is: where do you draft that type of player?

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Nicholas Porco – Saginaw Spirit – Player Profile

Height: 6’

Weight: 175 pounds

Date of birth: March 12, 2001

Hometown: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Position: Left Wing

Shoots: Left

OHL Draft: round 1, 4th overall, 2017 Priority Selection

NHL Central Scouting Rankings: Pre-season, November: C Prospect. Mid-term: 101, NA Skaters

Saginaw Spirits’ winger Nicholas Porco played his Minor Midget AAA with the Vaughan Kings during the 2016-2017 season. The Kings Alternate Captain appeared in 33 games scoring 22 goals and assisting on 19 others. He would also appear in a combined 11 games at the OHL Cup and OHL Gold Cup scoring 5 goals and adding 5 assists.

The Spirit would use the 4th overall pick at the 2017 Ontario Hockey League Priority selection to select Porco. This is what OHL Central Scouting had to say:

Nicholas is a one of the best wingers in this age group. He is explosive off the mark and has top-end speed that many have trouble keeping up with. He uses his edges very well and is hard to contain in the corners. Nicholas has a very good skill set that allows him to create numerous chances each game. He is not an overly physical player, but he won’t shy away from a battle in the corner or in front of the net. Nicholas has all the tools to be an impact player in the OHL.

Porco broke onto the OHL scene a season ago and in his rookie campaign scored 5 goals and 9 assists in 57 games. He would also represent Canada at the World Hockey Challenge Under-17, scoring once in 6 contests.

Nicholas Porco of the Saginaw Spirit. Photo by Natalie Shaver/OHL Images
Nicholas Porco of the Saginaw Spirit. Photo by Natalie Shaver / OHL Images

Porco had a breakout season this year. He scored 20 goals and 16 assists while playing in all but one of the Spirits regular season games. He would add 3 goals and 4 assists in 16 playoff games as the Spirit suffered a disappointing loss in the Conference Finals in what could have been an excellent run to an OHL Championship battle.

Porco is truly a gifted skater with excellent first strides and top end speed and has a separation gear. And he has some offensive talent. Just how much is the question since he was buried on a Spirit team that had an abundance of top end talent up front.

There are some flaws in his game, but nothing that can’t be rectified. First off, he plays one-dimensional in that he consistently tries to beat defenders using his speed. He’s a straight-line player who, if he would use the ice better i.e. east-west, he could become a dangerous player on offense.

Secondly, he really needs to add some strength. Actually, I’m not sure if it’s for lack of effort or not having the necessary strength, but getting knocked off the puck relatively easily at times is a concern. It would benefit his puck possession game and because he can make plays with the puck on his stick, that too can make him more dangerous in the O-zone. I actually think his playmaking abilities are underrated.

Porco’s speed allows him to get on the forecheck with ease. But he’s not overly physical. As Central Scouting’s report suggests, he doesn’t go out looking for physicality. Does he shy away from it? All too often I see him attacking from the periphery. I would like to see him attack the net more, with and without the puck.

There are definitely some intriguing offensive skills in Porco. He will need to fine tune his game to be effective at the next level. An NHL team with some depth and the ability to wait it out as he develops could have quite the find with Porco.


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Keegan Stevenson – Guelph Storm – Player Profile

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 172 pounds

Date of birth: December 31, 2000

Hometown: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

Position: Right Wing

Shoots: Left

OHL Draft: Round 6, 102 overall 2016 Priority Selection

NHL Central Scouting Rankings: Pre-season, November: C Prospect. Mid-term: 148 NA Skaters.

Guelph Storm winger Keegan Stevenson played his Midget hockey with the Soo Thunderbirds during the 2015-2016 and scored 17 goals while assisting on a dozen others in 21 games. He would add 3 goals in 2 playoff games and appear in both the OHL Cup and OHL Gold Cup.

The Storm would use the 102nd overall pick to select Stevenson at the 2016 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.

The following season, Stevenson would play Junior A hockey with the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League. Stevenson would notch 12 goals and 23 assists for the Thunderbirds during a 54-game campaign. He would add a goal and 3 helpers in 4 playoff games.

Last season Stevenson broke onto the Storm roster and would play in 61 games scoring 5 goals and assisting on 5. He would add a goal and two helpers in 6 playoff games.

Keegan Stevenson of the Guelph Storm. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Keegan Stevenson of the Guelph Storm. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

This season, on a deep and extremely talented Guelph squad that won an OHL Championship and a Memorial Cup run that fell short, Stevenson notched 19 goals and 15 assists in 55 games, while adding 3 goals and 2 assists on the Storms playoff run.

At 6’1”, Stevenson has some good size, but it is a frame that needs to add a lot of bulk. He doesn’t shy away from physicality, going in on the forecheck to battle for pucks, or from going to other dirty areas of the ice. And he wins more then his fair share of battles. Adding that necessary bulk makes him that much more attractive.

Despite playing on that deep Storm roster, Guelph’s coaching staff did not hesitate in sending Stevenson over the boards in any situation, be it to kill a penalty or draw the tough defensive assignments. Stevenson is actually an excellent penalty killer and his defensive awareness in all areas of the ice is at a pretty high level.

There was a noticeable improvement in Stevenson’s skating from a year ago and he will need to continue to work on that aspect of his game. While he’s not slow, if he can continue to work on his speed it will be another asset to his arsenal he can utilize. Adding an east-west component to his skating would also be beneficial.

Stevenson is also a very smart and heads-up player. I happen to think he sees the ice extremely well, makes excellent reads and is a very good playmaker. The question one must ask is: just how much offensive upside is there with Stevenson? The opportunities in Guelph just weren’t there to fully see with all the guys in front of him. But 5 on 5, he out produced some of the players in front of him in this draft class.

I’m not sure what Stevenson will end up being at the next level, but am confident that he can carve himself a career as a third line winger who can kill penalties, provide some energy and chip in some offense while he’s at it.

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2018-19 OHL All-Star Teams

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the First, Second, and Third Team All-Star selections for the 2018-19 campaign.

The OHL All-Star Teams were selected by the OHL’s General Managers upon completion of the regular season schedule.

Headlining the First Team is Red Tilson Trophy winner and Goaltender of the Year Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, a Buffalo Sabres prospect, who was a unanimous choice between-the-pipes after his record season with the Sudbury Wolves.  Philadelphia Flyers prospect Morgan Frost of the Soo Greyhounds was voted a First Team centre for the second straight year after eclipsing the century mark for points once again.  Dallas Stars prospect Jason Robertson of the Niagara IceDogs, who led the league in scoring with 117 points, finished first among left wingers, while Justin Brazeau of the North Bay Battalion, who led the league with 61 goals, was the top voted right winger.  Edmonton Oilers prospect Evan Bouchard of the London Knights, who also won the Max Kaminsky Trophy for OHL Defenceman of the Year, was named a First Team All-Star for a second straight season.  Joining him on the blue line is Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mac Hollowell of the Greyhounds who led all defenders with 77 points.  Behind the bench on the First Team is Coach of the Year Andre Tourigny who led the Ottawa 67’s to a franchise record 106 points.

A total of 11 teams were represented among the All-Star selections led by the OHL champion Guelph Storm and the Midwest Division winning London Knights each with four.  All four of the Storm selections were on the Third Team including the entire forward trio of Nick Suzuki at centre, Isaac Ratcliffe at left wing, and Nate Schnarr at right wing, along with Dmitri Samorukov on defence.  Joining Bouchard from the Knights are Second Team picks Kevin Hancock at centre and Adam Boqvist on defence, with coach Dale Hunter voted to the Third Team.  The Greyhounds were the only club with multiple reps on the First Team, while the Wolves, 67’s, and Saginaw Spirit also had two representatives overall.

Voting was conducted in two stages with an initial ballot by Conference, followed by a final ballot that integrated the top selections from both the Eastern Conference and Western Conference results.  Players were voted on by position and received five points for a first place vote, three for a second place vote, and one for a third place vote.  In the case of defencemen, the top two selections received five points, the third and fourth selections received three points, and the fifth and sixth selections each received a single point.

2018-19 OHL All-Star Teams (voting points listed following team):

First Team All-Stars:

C – Morgan Frost (Soo Greyhounds) 77 – voted 1st team in 2017-18
LW – Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs) 84 – voted 3rd team in 2017-18
RW – Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion) 79
D – Evan Bouchard (London Knights) 73 – voted 1st team in 2017-18
D – Mac Hollowell (Soo Greyhounds) 68
G – Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves) 95
Coach – Andre Tourigny (Ottawa 67’s) 71

Second Team All-Stars:

C – Kevin Hancock (London Knights) 44 – voted 3rd team LW in 2016-17
LW – Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs) 40
RW – Tye Felhaber (Ottawa 67’s) 51
D – Bode Wilde (Saginaw Spirit) 59
D – Adam Boqvist (London Knights) 46
G – Kyle Keyser (Oshawa Generals) 44
Coach – Cory Stillman (Sudbury Wolves) 26

Third Team All-Stars:
C – Nick Suzuki (Guelph Storm) 38
LW – Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm) 25
RW – Nate Schnarr (Guelph Storm) 18
D – Dmitri Samorukov (Guelph Storm) 32
D – Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads) 25
G – Ivan Prosvetov (Saginaw Spirit) 19
Coach – Dale Hunter (London Knights) 24 – voted 1st team in 2019-10, 2nd team in 2005-06, 1st team in 2004-05, 1st team in 2003-04