Jet Greaves – Barrie Colts – Player Profile

Height: 6’

Weight: 161 pounds

Date of birth: March 30, 2001

Hometown: Cambridge, Ontario

Position: Goaltender

Catches: Right

OHL Draft: Round 3, 56th overall, 2017 Priority Selection

NHL Central Scouting Rankings: Not Ranked

The first question that might pop into people’s minds reading this is “why would we be discussing a goaltender not ranked by NHL Central Scouting?” Well, two reasons. There is a perceived opinion out there that NHL Central Scouting and NHL teams prefer bigger netminders. But there are a half-dozen netminders on Central’s list that stand as “small” as Barrie Colts’ netminder Jet Greaves. Secondly, we believe Greaves deserves some consideration when everything about this season is put into context.

Greaves played his Minor Midget AAA hockey for the Cambridge Hawks during the 2016-2017 season and in 17 games posted a 2.41 goals-against-average and .916 save-percentage. The Colts would use the 56th overall pick at the 2017 Priority Selection to draft Greaves.

Greaves spent last season with the Guelph Hurricanes of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. He appeared in 35 games and posted a 3.46 goals-against-average and .899 save-percentage.

Jet Greaves of the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Jet Greaves of the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Now, lets put this, his OHL rookie and NHL Draft season into context.

Greaves had spent the season sharing the crease with two other netminders in Barrie, Kai Edmonds and Maksim Zhukov until the latter jumped ship to the United States Hockey League in mid-January. The Colts currently sit third from the bottom in the standings. They have also scored the second fewest goals in the league, so there isn’t much run support for any of the netminders.

The Colts have allowed the sixth fewest goals in the entire league while allowing 35 shots against per game for a team save-percentage of .903 and a team goals-against-average of 3.31. Greaves’ goals-against-average (2.97) is better then both Edmonds (3.13) and Zhukov’s (3.43) as well as the team average. So too is his save-percentage (.919) versus Edmonds (.902) and Zhukov (.900).

Greaves has been so impressive that the coaching staff rewarded him by starting 4 consecutive games in February. He faced back-to-back 50-plus shots in his first two games stopping 100 of 103 shots directed on his net and earning himself the OHL and CHL Goaltender of the Week honors.  To put that into perspective, 6’5” Guelph Storm goaltender Nicholas Daws has faced 50 shots to date in the month of February and is ranked 19th among North American goaltenders.

Greaves is second among rookie netminders in goals-against-average and tops in save-percentage. In fact, Greaves is second overall in save-percentage among all netminders.  Among this years’ draft crop, Greaves is second to Ethan Taylor (2.95) in goals-against-average and tops in save-percentage. But he sits 7th in minutes played. However, since Zhukov joined Green Bay in the USHL, Greaves minutes have increased and that trend should continue.  

So, what does Greaves – who’s full name is Calvin Jet Greaves (his father is a Jet Li fan) Bring to the table?

Greaves is a superbly athletic netminder who moves in any direction quickly. He’s just as quick in getting into the butterfly and back on his skates to prepare for second chance opportunities. He is technically sound, keeping himself square at the shooter. He plays his angles well and moves to the top of the paint and back with ease.

Greaves is a right hand catching netminder and we all know that can sometimes fool shooters who aren’t accustomed to the trapper being on the other side. But he does require some work with the glove. At times, the puck does go through the webbing, but I feel it is an area that can be worked on.

The area that can not be worked on is Greaves size. He tracks the puck well, and in close he’s good at taking away the bottom of the net and making himself as tall as he can be. But with the puck at a distance and traffic in front of his goal, he’ll need to work on seeing past that traffic.

I’ve been pretty impressed with his play for the better part of the season. Has he done enough to hear his name called in Vancouver? One never knows, but I think he has to date, earned mention and should at least get an invite to an NHL Development Camp should he not be drafted in June.

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Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings

Top 10

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week twenty-two edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2018-19 season.  The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 22:

Rank: Team: Last Week Rank: Number of Weeks Ranked:
1 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (49-7-0-1) 1 19
2 Prince Albert Raiders (47-8-1-2) 2 20
3 Ottawa 67’s (44-9-3-2) 3 19
4 Drummondville Voltigeurs (44-10-2-0) 4 17
5 London Knights (39-10-6-1) 5 18
6 Halifax Mooseheads (42-12-2-1) 6 22
7 Everett Silvertips (41-14-1-2) 7 13
8 Baie-Comeau Drakkar (40-13-2-1) 8 20
9 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (37-12-6-1) 7
10 Saskatoon Blades (37-13-8-0) 2
Honourable Mention:
Vancouver Giants (39-14-2-1) 10 14
Portland Winterhawks (36-16-3-3) 1
Oshawa Generals (37-18-3-0) 0

Kia CHL Top 10

OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Minor Midget Top-10 Rankings

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the fourteenth edition of the weekly minor midget rankings for the 2019 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament powered by Under Armour and hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

The 2019 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour and hosted by the GTHL is scheduled for March 12-18 and will feature 20 teams from across Ontario and the United States showcasing many of the top players eligible for the 2019 OHL Priority Selection.  All games will be played at Scotiabank Pond in Toronto until the Championship Final moves to the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Monday March 18 where it will be broadcasted nationally on Sportsnet.

The weekly rankings are determined by a panel of OHL Central Scouting staff and represent the top teams that are competing to play in the annual year-end championship tournament.

Minor Midget Rankings for the 2018 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour – Week 14

RANK TEAM LEAGUE LAST WEEK WEEKS RANKED
1 Don Mills Flyers* GTHL 1 14
2 Toronto Young Nationals* GTHL 2 14
3 Toronto Marlboros* GTHL 3 14
4 Whitby Wildcats OMHA 4 14
5 Sudbury Minor Midget Wolves NOHA 5 14
6 Toronto Red Wings* GTHL 6 14
7 Kitchener Jr. Rangers ALLIANCE 7 11
8 York-Simcoe Express OMHA 8 10
9 North Central Predators OMHA 9 14
10 Mississauga Rebels GTHL 10 12
Honourable Mention
Guelph Gryphons OMHA
Brantford 99ers ALLIANCE 7
Halton Hurricanes OMHA
Quinte Red Devils OMHA

*officially qualified for 2019 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament powered by Under Armour

The OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Top 10 Rankings remain the same in Week 14 as GTHL and ETA Playoffs are on hiatus as a result of the ongoing Canada Winter Games. The ALLIANCE and SCTA Playoffs continued this past weekend, with the Kitchener Jr. Rangers, Halton Hurricanes and Guelph Gryphons staking out series leads while the Windsor Jr. Spitfires drew even with the Brantford 99ers.

Tournament Structure:
15 of the 20 spots in the 2019 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour are guaranteed through league competition.  The 15 guaranteed spots continue to include all four GTHL Semi-Finalists, and the top four teams that place at the OMHA Championship.  Three teams from the ALLIANCE will still be guaranteed a spot in the tournament including the Champion and Finalist, along with the winner of a best-of-three Semi-Final Wild Card Series to be played between the losers of the two league Semi-Finals.  Also as in past years, two tournament entries are reserved for United States competition, while both an HNO and NOHA representative will also compete.  This season there will not be a representative from HEO.

Wild Card Games:

The final five entries at the 2019 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour will be Wild Cards determined among 10 teams that will play a one game ‘win and in’ scenario.  The 10 competing teams aiming for the final five tournament spots will continue to include the fifth place team at the OMHA Championship, and the loser of the ALLIANCE Semi-Final Wild Card Series.  As introduced in 2016, two spots in Wild Card games will be reserved for GTHL teams.  The two competing GTHL teams will be determined through a pair of Wild Card Play-In Series matchups involving the four GTHL teams who qualified for the playoffs but lost in the first round.  As introduced in 2017, one spot in a Wild Card will also be reserved for the winner of an OMHA SCTA Consolation Game that features both teams who lost in the SCTA Tournament Semi-Final.  The OMHA teams eligible for this matchup will be determined annually based on the league not hosting the OMHA Championship.  Finally, the five remaining teams who will compete in the Wild Card matchups will be named by the Tournament Selection Committee.  The Committee will evaluate and review a team’s post-season success as the first criteria for selection, with additional criteria to include regular season play and tournament play.  All five Wild Card games will take place on Tuesday March 12 with specific matchups and times of play to be determined by random draw among the eight competing teams in advance of the event.

History:

Last season the Toronto Jr. Canadiens were crowned OHL Cup Champions, capturing the annual Minor Midget showcase for the first time since 2008 with a 5-1 victory over the Vaughan Kings. Current Oshawa Generals forward Dylan Robinson finished second in event scoring with 11 points (6-5–11) over seven games, earning the Tim Adams Memorial Trophy as tournament MVP.

The 2018 OHL Priority Selection featured 17 players chosen in the first round who competed for the OHL Cup including Quinton Byfield (York-Simcoe Express – 1st overall Sudbury Wolves), Evan Vierling (York-Simcoe Express – 2nd overall Flint Firebirds), Will Cuylle (Toronto Marlboros – 3rd overall Peterborough Petes), Jamie Drysdale (Toronto Marlboros – 4th overall Erie Otters), Cole Perfetti (Vaughan Kings – 5th overall Saginaw Spirit), Cameron Tolnai (Oakville Rangers – 6th overall Ottawa 67’s), Daniil Chayka (Toronto Jr. Canadiens – 7th overall Guelph Storm), James Hardie (Barrie Colts – 8th overall Mississauga Steelheads), Pacey Schlueting (Team NOHA – 9th overall North Bay Battalion), Ty Tullio (Vaughan Kings – 11th overall Oshawa Generals), Lleyton Moore (Toronto Marlboros – 12th overall Niagara IceDogs), Jake Murray (Oakville Rangers – 13th overall Kingston Frontenacs), Luke Evangelista (Oakville Rangers – 14th overall London Knights), Riley Piercey (Toronto Marlboros – 16th overall Barrie Colts), Reid Valade (Toronto Marlboros – 17th overall Kitchener Rangers), Logan Morrison (Guelph Gryphons – 18th overall Hamilton Bulldogs), Ryan O’Rourke (Vaughan Kings – 20th overall Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds).

Notable OHL Cup graduates currently playing in the NHL include Robby Fabbri (Mississauga Rebels/St. Louis Blues), Travis Konecny (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs/Philadelphia Flyers), Mitch Marner (Vaughan Kings/Toronto Maple Leafs), Connor McDavid (Toronto Marlboros/Edmonton Oilers), Max Domi (Don Mills Flyers/Montreal Canadiens), Sean Monahan (Mississauga Rebels/Calgary Flames), Taylor Hall (Greater Kingston Frontenacs/New Jersey Devils), Tyler Seguin (Toronto Nationals/Dallas Stars), John Tavares (Toronto Marlboros/Toronto Maple Leafs), P.K Subban (Markham Islanders/Nashville Predators), and Steven Stamkos (Markham Waxers/Tampa Bay Lightning).

2019 marks the third season of a three-year partnership between the OHL and GTHL with Under Armour that includes title sponsorship of the OHL Cup Showcase Tournament.  The OHL and GTHL are also in the third season of a five-year partnership extension announced in 2017 that ensures the event will continue to be hosted by the GTHL through 2021.

For more information, please visit ohlcup.ca.

CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Voltigeurs’ Maxime Comtois named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Anaheim Ducks prospect Maxime Comtois of the Drummondville Voltigeurs is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending February 17 with 16 points in four games including nine goals and seven assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-13.

Comtois recorded consecutive multi-point efforts in four-straight games last week to help push the Voltigeurs’ win streak to eight games and improve to a 44-10-2-0 record for top spot in the QMJHL’s Central Division. His week began Wednesday with a hat-trick plus one assist and first star honours in an 8-1 defeat of the Sherbrooke Phoenix. The National Junior Team captain then followed up that performance two nights later with three points, including two goals and one assist, in a 4-1 win against the Victoriaville Tigers en route to another first star recognition. On Saturday, Comtois then notched his second hat-trick of the week and added two assists to match a season-high five-point night in a 7-2 victory over the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Comtois then wrapped the weekend with a goal and three assists in Sunday’s 6-4 defeat of the Shawinigan Cataractes.

A 20-year-old from Longueuil, Que., Comtois is starring in his fourth season in the QMJHL, and first year with the Voltigeurs after spending the previous three campaigns with the Tigres. Comtois began the season with the Ducks then captained Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship before returning to the Voltigeurs’ lineup full time. In 16 games with Drummondville this season, Comtois has tallied 18 goals and 14 assists for 32 points. He finished last season with 85 points in 54 appearances.

Also considered for the award this week was Carolina Hurricanes prospect Stelio Mattheos of the Brandon Wheat Kings with nine points in three games, including four goals and five assists, and Oshawa Generals forward Nando Eggenberger, who picked up four goals and two assists for six points in three games.

2018-19 CHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Maxime Comtois (Drummondville Voltigeurs)

Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Alexis Lafreniere (Rimouski Oceanic)

Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Samuel Asselin (Halifax Mooseheads)

Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Ethan Crossman (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)

Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants)

Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)

Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)

Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)

Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)

Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Gregor MacLeod (Drummondville Voltigeurs)

Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders)

Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Peter Abbandonato (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)

Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)

Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joachim Blichfeld (Portland Winterhawks)

Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)

Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)

Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)

Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Dawson Davidson (Saskatoon Blades)

Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luka Burzan (Brandon Wheat Kings)

Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)

Winterhawks’ Joel Hofer named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that St. Louis Blues prospect Joel Hofer of the Portland Winterhawks is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending February 17 with a 2-0-0-0 record including one shutout victory with a goals-against average of 1.00 and save percentage of .967.

Hofer claims the honour for the first time this season after turning aside 59 shots in two games last week to help the Winterhawks improve to 36-16-3-3 on the season clinching a berth in the WHL’s Western Conference playoffs. Against the Red Deer Rebels on Saturday, Hofer stopped 25 shots in an eventual 2-0 victory en route to first star honours and his third shutout of the season. The following night, he came up with a 34-save performance against the Seattle Thunderbirds in a 5-2 win as he improved to 13-25-2-1 on the season.

The 18-year-old Winnipeg, Man., native is competing in his second season in the Western Hockey League. Acquired from the Swift Current Broncos in a January trade, Hofer has notched a .920 save percentage and 2.76 goals-against average in 11 games since the deal.

Also considered for the award this week was Jonathan Lemieux of the Val-d’Or Foreurs who posted a 2-0-0-0 record in two appearances making 60 saves overall for a goals-against average of 1.00 and save percentage of .969. In the OHL, Kai Edmonds of the Barrie Colts went 2-0-0-0, stopping 51 shots for a goals-against average of 1.50 and save percentage of .944.

2018-19 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:

Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Joel Hofer (Portland Winterhawks)

Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Mads Sogaard (Medicine Hat Tigers)

Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Jet Greaves (Barrie Colts)

Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Dustin Wolf (Everett Silvertips)

Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Olivier Rodrigue (Drummondville Voltigeurs)

Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Kevin Mandolese (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)

Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Ivan Prosvetov (Saginaw Spirit)

Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Cedrick Andree (Ottawa 67’s)

Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Mads Sogaard (Medicine Hat Tigers)

Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Dustin Wolf (Everett Silvertips)

Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)

Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Kyle Jessiman (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)

Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders)

Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)

Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joseph Raaymakers (London Knights)

Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)

Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Emile Samson (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)

Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Alexis Gravel (Halifax Mooseheads)

Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Trent Miner (Vancouver Giants)

Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luke Richardson (Kitchener Rangers)

Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)

Nick Robertson – Peterborough Petes – Player Profile

Height: 5’9”

Weight: 160 pounds

Date of birth: September 11, 2001

Hometown: Arcadia, California

Position: Left Wing

Shoots: Left

OHL Draft: Round 1, 16th overall, 2017 Priority Selection

NHL Central Scouting Rankings: pre-season, November: B Prospect. Mid-term: 30th North America

Born in Arcadia California and now calls Northville Michigan home, Peterborough Petes’ little engine that could Nick Robertson is the younger brother of OHL sniper Jason Robertson of the Niagara IceDogs. The younger Robertson is one of the youngest players available for the 2019 National Hockey League Draft, making the September 15, 2001 cut off date by just 4 days.

The biggest difference between the brothers that stands out most to hockey watchers is the size difference. While Nick stands at just 5’9”, Jason comes in at 6’2”. There is also an older brother, Michael, who when he played, stood at 6’. So, you’d think there is some room for physical growth, right?

Robertson played his Minor Midget AAA hockey with the Toronto Red Wings during the 2016-2017 season amassing 18 goals and 18 assists in 32 games as an Alternate Captain. At the end of his Minor Midget season, Robertson appeared in 4 games with the North York Rangers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League, notching 3 assists in 4 contests.

Last season, Robertson broke onto the OHL scene with the Petes, appearing in 62 games and scoring 15 goals and 18 assists.

NIck Robertson of the Peterborough Petes. Photo by Terry Wilson - OHL Images.
Nick Robertson of the Peterborough Petes. Photo by Terry Wilson – OHL Images.

Robertson’s draft year began by representing Team USA at the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup and in 5 games with the Americans, Robertson scored 4 goals while adding an assist. He started off the preseason well but then just two games into the season, he suffered a wrist injury that caused him to miss the next month. He would re-injure the wrist in early November missing another 4 games.

Since Robertson’s return in November, he’s been nothing short of a consistent offensive producer, notching points in 20 of his 32 contests, going pointless in back-to-back games just once. He now has 44 points in 42 games and only Ryan Merkley, who the Petes acquired in a trade, has more points on the Petes.

Robertson is an extremely hard worker who plays with a “do anything to win” mentality. Maybe it’s because he was born 8 weeks premature and almost didn’t survive and came to the conclusion that he had to do his best to be the best he can be. I strongly recommend this article from the Peterborough Examiner.

Robertson is a very good skater with very good speed. He has excellent edgework and despite the size disadvantage is very strong on his skates. He has the ability to slow the game down or pick up the pace quickly because of a very quick first step. He’s able to slip into seams almost unnoticed. He skates with a wide stance which makes him stronger on his feet.

Robertson also possesses excellent vision. He can draw in defenders with his patience and sees opportunities and seams open up with good anticipation. But when he doesn’t see those seams, he will take the lane directly to the net.  

It can be argued that Robertson has the best puck skills in his draft class. He handles the puck extremely well at top speed and can dish it at top speed. He can also fire it while at top speed and off his wrong foot. His shot is deceptive and is as NHL ready as any shooter in the draft class.  His shot is right there with Arthur Kaliyev and his puck skills with Ryan Suzuki.

Defensively, the game is a work in progress for Robertson. He certainly has the skating ability to put himself in the right position. And he has the work ethic and the smarts. But he’s young, determined and has the coaching he needs. I don’t think it will be an issue going forward.

Stat page from Elite Prospects

Generals’ Nando Eggenberger named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Oshawa Generals forward Nando Eggenberger is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending February 17 with six points in three games including four goals and two assists and a plus-minus rating of plus-4.

Eggenberger scored in three straight games last week helping the Generals extend their winning-streak to six.  His week began with first star honours on Wednesday picking up a goal and an assist as part of a 6-3 victory over division rivals the Peterborough Petes.  The club then embarked on a two-game road trip through Michigan where Eggenberger scored a goal in Friday’s 5-4 win against the Flint Firebirds, then tallied twice including the game-winner plus an assist as first star of Saturday’s 5-1 triumph over the Saginaw Spirit for the team’s league-best 20th road victory.  The Generals enter Family Day action holding down third place in the Eastern Conference standings on the verge of securing a berth in the 2019 OHL Playoffs with a 36-18-3-0 record ahead of a home date with the second place Sudbury Wolves.

A 19-year-old from Chur, Switzerland, Eggenberger is playing in his first OHL season with the Generals who chose him 33rd overall in the 2018 CHL Import Draft.  So far this season the left winger’s scored 21 goals and 21 assists for 42 points in 48 games including 11 multi-point performances.  Eggenberger captained Switzerland at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship leading the club to an impressive fourth place finish.

Watch video highlights of Eggenberger and the Generals against the Petes, Firebirds, and Spirit.

Also considered for the award this week was Alan Lyszczarczyk of the Mississauga Steelheads scoring five goals and one assist for six points in three games, and Calgary Flames prospect Adam Ruzicka of the Sudbury Wolves with four goals and two assists for six points in three games.  In goal, Kai Edmonds of the Barrie Colts posted a 2-0-0-0 record with 51 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .944.

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Nando Eggenberger (Oshawa Generals)
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads)
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Riley Damiani (Kitchener Rangers)
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Andrew MacLean (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Brett Neumann (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)

Blake Murray – Sudbury Wolves – Player Profile

Height: 6’3

Weight: 185 pounds

Date of birth: July 5, 2001

Hometown: Uxbridge, Ontario

Position: Center

Shoots: Left

OHL Draft: Round 1, 7th overall, 2017 Priority Selection

NHL Central Scouting Rankings: pre-season, November: B Prospect. Mid-term: 111th North America

A native of Uxbridge, Ontario, Sudbury Wolves’ pivot Blake Murray played his Minor Midget AAA with the Whitby Wildcats during the 2016-2017 season compiling 29 goals and 26 assists in a 35-game campaign. He would follow that up with 3 goals and 7 assists in 6 playoff games with the Wildcats.

At the OHL Cup, Murray would score 1 goal and a helper in 5 games for the Wildcats and a goal to go along with 3 helpers at the OHL Gold Cup with Team OMHA Black. The Wolves would use their 7th overall pick at the 2017 Ontario Hockey League’s Priority Selection to nab the offensive Murray.

At the time of his OHL Draft, Central Scouting had this to say:

Blake is a big centre that has the ability to take the game over when he wants to. He is a powerful skater that is explosive off the mark. He has the ability to beat defenders wide with speed and takes the puck to the net with authority. Blake makes the players around him better and is a constant threat on the ice. He shoots the puck extremely well and isn’t afraid to use it. Blake is a big centre that all teams love to have and if he continues to develop he will be a dominate player at the next level.

Last season, Murray broke onto the OHL scene and the Wolves immediately put him in the position to be their go-to guy, leading the team in goals (21) and points (44). The Wolves’ reliance on Murray was evident as he was the only rookie to lead his team in offence. Only Andrei Svechnikov (40) and Arthur Kaliyev (31) finished with more goals.

Murray. Blake
Blake Murray, Sudbury Wolves. Photo by OHL Images

Murray did not have the best start to this season and was even in a funk coming out of the Christmas break. But since mid January he’s been on an excellent pace scoring 12 goals and 7 assists in 15 games. More importantly, he’s found a consistency only going back-to-back once in that span without producing a point.

The knock on Murray throughout the season has been that he lacks consistency from game to game and sometimes shift to shift. He certainly has the skill set to be a difference maker and maintaining the level of consistency he’s found now offensively could play a huge role on how high he gets drafted come June.

Standing 6’3”, Murray is a big body. But at just 185 pounds, he is going to have to add some much-needed bulk. He’s a very good skater and as long as adding the necessary bulk doesn’t affect his stride we aren’t going to worry about his feet. He’s good on the forecheck and goes into battle along the walls, but again, adding muscle will be key for him going forward.

Murray isn’t afraid to take the puck to the net himself. He’s surprisingly strong on his skates and uses body position extremely well to protect the puck, and he can do that at top speed. Despite being a shooter first, Murray does have soft hands and very good vision and the ability to become an effective playmaker.

On the dot, the Wolves’ coaching staff does not shy away from allowing Murray to take key draws. He’s won 54% of his faceoffs – good for second among draft eligible players.

On the defensive side of the puck, Murray shows an understanding of three-zone play. He knows where to be on the ice and most of the time he puts in a concerted effort. Finding that consistency mentioned earlier is important going forward.

There is enough time remaining in the season and playoffs to prove he is worthy of a higher selection then where Central Scouting has him ranked. One independent scouting service had him ranked second from the OHL behind only Kaliyev coming into this season. The skill set is certainly there.

Now is the time to prove it.

Stat page from Elite Prospects

 

OHL Announces Sanctions Against the Niagara IceDogs Hockey Club

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League, (OHL), has levied fines totalling $250,000.00 against the Niagara IceDogs Hockey Club and taken away 1st round draft selections in the 2019 and 2021 OHL Priority Selection process.

These fines follow a League-requested third-party investigation by the law firm of Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP. This investigation found that the Club violated certain League player recruitment policies.

“The League takes our commitment to our players and their player experience very seriously, which includes ensuring a fair and competitive on-ice experience among all teams. In order to maintain the integrity of this player experience and competitiveness within the league, it is critical that all clubs operate within the league recruitment guidelines. When a club ignores these guidelines, significant sanctions are required,” said David Branch, OHL Commissioner.

Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week twenty-one edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2018-19 season.  The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 21:

Rank: Team: Last Week Rank: Number of Weeks Ranked:
1 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (47-7-0-1) 1 18
2 Prince Albert Raiders (45-7-0-2) 2 19
3 Ottawa 67’s (40-9-3-2) 4 18
4 Drummondville Voltigeurs (40-10-2-0) 5 16
5 London Knights (37-9-5-1) 3 17
6 Halifax Mooseheads (39-12-2-1) 8 21
7 Everett Silvertips (38-13-1-1) 7 12
8 Baie-Comeau Drakkar (38-12-2-1) 6 19
9 Rimouski Oceanic (36-14-3-0) 9 5
10 Vancouver Giants (37-13-2-1) 14
Honourable Mention:
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (35-12-5-1) 6
Saskatoon Blades (34-13-8-0) 1
Sudbury Wolves (33-16-2-1) 1

Kia CHL Top 10

OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Minor Midget Top-10 Rankings

Toronto Red Wings become fourth team to officially qualify
OHL Cup

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the thirteenth edition of the weekly minor midget rankings for the 2019 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament powered by Under Armour and hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

The 2019 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour and hosted by the GTHL is scheduled for March 12-18 and will feature 20 teams from across Ontario and the United States showcasing many of the top players eligible for the 2019 OHL Priority Selection.  All games will be played at Scotiabank Pond in Toronto until the Championship Final moves to the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Monday March 18 where it will be broadcasted nationally on Sportsnet.

The weekly rankings are determined by a panel of OHL Central Scouting staff and represent the top teams that are competing to play in the annual year-end championship tournament.

Minor Midget Rankings for the 2018 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour – Week 13

RANK TEAM LEAGUE LAST WEEK WEEKS RANKED
1 Don Mills Flyers* GTHL 1 13
2 Toronto Young Nationals* GTHL 2 13
3 Toronto Marlboros* GTHL 3 13
4 Whitby Wildcats OMHA 4 13
5 Sudbury Minor Midget Wolves NOHA 5 13
6 Toronto Red Wings* GTHL 6 13
7 Kitchener Jr. Rangers ALLIANCE 7 10
8 York-Simcoe Express OMHA 9 9
9 North Central Predators OMHA 10 13
10 Mississauga Rebels GTHL 8 11
Honourable Mention
Guelph Gryphons OMHA
Brantford 99ers ALLIANCE 7
Halton Hurricanes OMHA
Quinte Red Devils OMHA

*officially qualified for 2019 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament powered by Under Armour

The Toronto Red Wings defeated the Mississauga Rebels 4-3 in Game 7 of their GTHL Quarter-Final Series to claim the fourth spot in the 2019 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour. The Don Mills Flyers lead the rankings for a 13th straight week while the OMHA’s York-Simcoe Express and North Central Predators both rise one spot on this week’s list after winning their first round playoff series. The Quinte Red Devils also pushed through to the second round of the ETA Playoffs and have turned heads, earning an honourable mention after taking a 4-2 second round series lead in points over North Central.

Tournament Structure:
15 of the 20 spots in the 2019 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour are guaranteed through league competition.  The 15 guaranteed spots continue to include all four GTHL Semi-Finalists, and the top four teams that place at the OMHA Championship.  Three teams from the ALLIANCE will still be guaranteed a spot in the tournament including the Champion and Finalist, along with the winner of a best-of-three Semi-Final Wild Card Series to be played between the losers of the two league Semi-Finals.  Also as in past years, two tournament entries are reserved for United States competition, while both an HNO and NOHA representative will also compete.  This season there will not be a representative from HEO.

Wild Card Games:

The final five entries at the 2019 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour will be Wild Cards determined among 10 teams that will play a one game ‘win and in’ scenario.  The 10 competing teams aiming for the final five tournament spots will continue to include the fifth place team at the OMHA Championship, and the loser of the ALLIANCE Semi-Final Wild Card Series.  As introduced in 2016, two spots in Wild Card games will be reserved for GTHL teams.  The two competing GTHL teams will be determined through a pair of Wild Card Play-In Series matchups involving the four GTHL teams who qualified for the playoffs but lost in the first round.  As introduced in 2017, one spot in a Wild Card will also be reserved for the winner of an OMHA SCTA Consolation Game that features both teams who lost in the SCTA Tournament Semi-Final.  The OMHA teams eligible for this matchup will be determined annually based on the league not hosting the OMHA Championship.  Finally, the five remaining teams who will compete in the Wild Card matchups will be named by the Tournament Selection Committee.  The Committee will evaluate and review a team’s post-season success as the first criteria for selection, with additional criteria to include regular season play and tournament play.  All five Wild Card games will take place on Tuesday March 12 with specific matchups and times of play to be determined by random draw among the eight competing teams in advance of the event.

History:

Last season the Toronto Jr. Canadiens were crowned OHL Cup Champions, capturing the annual Minor Midget showcase for the first time since 2008 with a 5-1 victory over the Vaughan Kings. Current Oshawa Generals forward Dylan Robinson finished second in event scoring with 11 points (6-5–11) over seven games, earning the Tim Adams Memorial Trophy as tournament MVP.

The 2018 OHL Priority Selection featured 17 players chosen in the first round who competed for the OHL Cup including Quinton Byfield (York-Simcoe Express – 1st overall Sudbury Wolves), Evan Vierling (York-Simcoe Express – 2nd overall Flint Firebirds), Will Cuylle (Toronto Marlboros – 3rd overall Peterborough Petes), Jamie Drysdale (Toronto Marlboros – 4th overall Erie Otters), Cole Perfetti (Vaughan Kings – 5th overall Saginaw Spirit), Cameron Tolnai (Oakville Rangers – 6th overall Ottawa 67’s), Daniil Chayka (Toronto Jr. Canadiens – 7th overall Guelph Storm), James Hardie (Barrie Colts – 8th overall Mississauga Steelheads), Pacey Schlueting (Team NOHA – 9th overall North Bay Battalion), Ty Tullio (Vaughan Kings – 11th overall Oshawa Generals), Lleyton Moore (Toronto Marlboros – 12th overall Niagara IceDogs), Jake Murray (Oakville Rangers – 13th overall Kingston Frontenacs), Luke Evangelista (Oakville Rangers – 14th overall London Knights), Riley Piercey (Toronto Marlboros – 16th overall Barrie Colts), Reid Valade (Toronto Marlboros – 17th overall Kitchener Rangers), Logan Morrison (Guelph Gryphons – 18th overall Hamilton Bulldogs), Ryan O’Rourke (Vaughan Kings – 20th overall Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds).

Notable OHL Cup graduates currently playing in the NHL include Robby Fabbri (Mississauga Rebels/St. Louis Blues), Travis Konecny (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs/Philadelphia Flyers), Mitch Marner (Vaughan Kings/Toronto Maple Leafs), Connor McDavid (Toronto Marlboros/Edmonton Oilers), Max Domi (Don Mills Flyers/Montreal Canadiens), Sean Monahan (Mississauga Rebels/Calgary Flames), Taylor Hall (Greater Kingston Frontenacs/New Jersey Devils), Tyler Seguin (Toronto Nationals/Dallas Stars), John Tavares (Toronto Marlboros/Toronto Maple Leafs), P.K Subban (Markham Islanders/Nashville Predators), and Steven Stamkos (Markham Waxers/Tampa Bay Lightning).

2019 marks the third season of a three-year partnership between the OHL and GTHL with Under Armour that includes title sponsorship of the OHL Cup Showcase Tournament.  The OHL and GTHL are also in the third season of a five-year partnership extension announced in 2017 that ensures the event will continue to be hosted by the GTHL through 2021.

For more information, please visit ohlcup.ca.