Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings

CHL Top 10

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week seventeen edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2019-20 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 17

Rank: Team: Last Week Ranked: Total Weeks Ranked:
1 Ottawa 67’s (31-7-0-0) 1 15
2 Sherbrooke Phoenix (32-6-3-1) 2 17
3 Portland Winterhawks (30-6-2-3) 3 7
4 Chicoutimi Sagueneens (30-7-4-0) 4 17
5 Edmonton Oil Kings (29-7-5-3) 5 14
6 Moncton Wildcats (28-12-0-0) 6 11
7 Kamloops Blazers (27-11-2-1) 2
8 Everett Silvertips (26-11-2-1) 7 11
9 Windsor Spitfires (25-9-5-0) 8 7
10 Peterborough Petes (26-13-2-1) 10 9
Honourable Mention:
Kitchener Rangers (24-11-4-2) 0
Saginaw Spirit (25-12-2-2) 2
Medicine Hat Tigers (28-12-1-1) 5

Vaughn CHL Team of the Week

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the 16th edition of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for the 2019-20 season based on individual performances from Jan. 6-12.

Leading the forward ranks is Oshawa Generals centre and Nashville Predators first-round pick Philip Tomasino who tallied 10 points counting six goals and four assists over three contests. Tomasino made the most of his debut with the Generals, putting up two goals and three assists for five points in Thursday’s 6-3 road victory over the Windsor Spitfires that saw him recognized as the game’s first star. For his effort, Tomasino was honoured as the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week.

Also up front is Portland Winterhawks centre and 2020 NHL Draft hopeful Seth Jarvis who tallied 10 points counting two goals and eight assists across three appearances. Against the Victoria Royals on Saturday, Jarvis impressed with a career-best five-point performance that saw him notch one goal with four assists en route to 6-5 overtime victory. The successful showing helped Jarvis earn recognition as the WHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week.

Rounding out the forward ranks is Saginaw Spirit right-wing and New York Islanders draft pick Cole Coskey who shined with six goals and one assist for seven points over a trio of contests. Currently riding a five-game point streak, that stretch included his second career hat-trick in a 6-5 win versus the London Knights in which he claimed first-star recognition.

On the blue line, London Knights rearguard and San Jose Sharks first rounder Ryan Merkley led the way with six points counting three goals and three assists over a trio of games. Against the Barrie Colts on Friday, Merkley matched a season high with three points as he put up a pair of goals plus one assist en route to a 5-2 victory that earned him first-star honours.

Also on the back end is Spokane Chiefs defenceman and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Filip Kral who wrapped up the week with five points counting one goal and four assists over three contests. Registering at least one point in each of his last four showings, that stretch included a one-goal, one-assist performance versus the Vancouver Giants on Saturday to help guide his squad to a 6-3 road win.

Between the pipes, Gatineau Olympiques netminder and 2020 NHL Draft prospect Remi Poirier was unbeatable across two showings as he combined for 70 saves and back-to-back shutouts versus the Victoriaville Tigres and Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. Poirier’s top performance came in his most recent contest as he turned aside 37 shots Sunday versus the Armada en route to a 4-0 victory and first-star honours. For his efforts, Poirier was recognized as the Ultramar QMJHL Player of the Week.

Brandon Coe – North Bay Battalion – Player Profile

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 190 Pounds

Date of birth: December 1st, 2001

Hometown: Ajax, Ontario

Position: Right Wing

Shoots: Right

OHL Draft: Round 1, 3rd overall, 2017 Priority Selection

NHL Central Scouting Rankings

Pre-season November Mid-term Final
B B 47th North America N/A

 

North Bay Battalion winger Brandon Coe played his Minor Midget AAA hockey with the Toronto Nationals during the 2016-2017 season. In 31 games, he tallied 17 goals and 16 assists. He would also appear in 8 games for the Nationals at the OHL Cup amassing 3 goals and 3 helpers.

Brandon Coe of the North Bay Battalion. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Brandon Coe of the North Bay Battalion. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

With a late 2001 birthdate, Coe finds himself in his third Ontario Hockey League Season before being eligible for the National Hockey League Draft, so he comes with plenty of experience. NHL Central Scouting had him ranked as a B Prospect (2nd or 3rd round) on both their preseason and November players to watch list and 47th among North American Skaters on their mid-term rankings. Here at OHL Writers, we had him ranked as a B Prospect on our preseason list.

During his OHL Draft year, this was OHL Central Scouting’s scouting report:

Brandon is a big power forward with very high-end skill. When he is playing a physical style, there is no one in the age group that compares. He has a nice long powerful stride that allows him to reach top speed quickly. Brandon is more of a pass-first type of player and has the ability to make passes that you don’t expect him to make. He possesses a good, heavy shot that he gets off extremely fast. Brandon has a high hockey I.Q. and always seems to be in the right spot at the right time.

Coe broke onto the OHL scene as a 15-year-old during the 2017-2018 season. While appearing in all but 5 games for the Battalion, Coe scored 10 goals and 13 assists, and added another marker in 3 playoff games. He saw his production increase during his sophomore season to 17 goals and 20 assists in 65 contests. And he’s taken his offence to another level this season scoring 15 goals and 21 helpers through 38 games, while leading his squad in assists and points.

At 6’4” Coe has very good size and is not slight at 190 pounds. He will add more meat to those bones. He’s an excellent skater with very good speed and uses that skating ability and size to drive directly to the opposition net with or without the puck. Coe has definitely put in the work to be the best skater he can possibly be and in speaking with those around him, it is something he continually works at.

Even though skating and size may just be Coe’s greatest assets, the toolbox is full of other tools. He gets in on the forecheck quickly, and with his size he wins more battles then not. He has the strength, skating and the long reach to be a puck possession beast. He can score the dirty, greasy goals by gaining position in front of the goal and planting himself, or he can beat defenders wide and drive to the net to score the pretty goals. He finds open areas of the ice and has pretty good vision and playmaking abilities.

It is also evident that Coe has put in the work defensively. His awareness and recognizing his responsibilities appear to have improved over a year ago. He is also aware that it is an area he has to continue to work on and improve.

Coe has also shown some excellent leadership qualities, and playing on such a young team that frankly is not going anywhere this season, it is excellent to see. He keeps his body language and frustrations in check.

If there is an area that has shown me some concern about Coe it’s that he had trouble finding consistency. Even his old coach Stan Butler saw it as an issue saying “The biggest issue is not his abilities; it’s bringing a more consistent game to the rink on a nightly basis.”

But something happened on December 10, 2019 that seems to have changed things. Out was Butler as coach in a “re-structuring” and in was Ryan Oulahen. Since then, Coe has 7 goals and 9 assists in 12 games, or 1.3 points per game. That’s a major improvement over his .84 points per game prior to the change.

If Coe can continue to maintain that consistency, there’s no where else to go but up.

OHL CUP POWERED BY UNDER ARMOUR MINOR MIDGET TOP-10 RANKINGS

OHL Cup

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the seventh edition of the weekly minor midget rankings for the 2020 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament powered by Under Armour and hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

The 2020 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour and hosted by the GTHL is scheduled for March 17-23 and will feature 20 teams from across Ontario and the United States showcasing many of the top players eligible for the 2020 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 23.

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 2020 OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour – Week 7

RANK TEAM LEAGUE LAST WEEK WEEKS RANKED
1 Quinte Red Devils OMHA 1 7
2 Toronto Jr. Canadiens GTHL 2 7
3 Toronto Titans GTHL 3 7
4 Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs ALLIANCE 4 7
5 Toronto Nationals GTHL 5 7
6 Southern Tier Admirals OMHA 7 7
7 Hamilton Huskies ALLIANCE 6 5
8 Mississauga Senators GTHL 8 4
9 Vaughan Kings GTHL 10 3
10 Toronto Marlboros GTHL 9 7
Honourable Mention:
Waterloo Wolves ALLIANCE 4
London Jr. Knights ALLIANCE 1
Whitby Wildcats OMHA

The Quinte Red Devils are on top of the rankings for a sixth consecutive week while the Toronto Jr. Canadiens, Toronto Titans, Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs and Toronto Nationals continue to trail in spots two through five. The Southern Tier Admirals are up one slot to sixth  while the Vaughan Kings continue to trend in the right direction, rising to ninth ahead of the Toronto Marlboros who round out the Top 10.

History:
Last season the Don Mills Flyers overcame a 4-1 deficit to defeat the Toronto Red Wings 6-5 as Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs) set up Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds) for the overtime winning goal. The Flyers added both OHL Cup and GTHL Championships to their incredible season that saw them lose just once. An exceptional status player who was selected by the Kingston Frontenacs with the first overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, Wright was named Tournament MVP with 18 points over seven contests, one shy of Connor McDavid’s 2012 event record.

The 2019 OHL Priority Selection featured 15 players chosen in the first round who competed for the OHL Cup including Shane Wright (Don Mills Flyers – 1st overall Kingston Frontenacs), Brennan Othmann (Don Mills Flyers – 2nd overall Flint Firebirds), Brandt Clarke (Don Mills Flyers – 4th overall Barrie Colts), Wyatt Johnston (Toronto Marlboros – 6th overall Windsor Spitfires), Benjamin Gaudreau (Team NOHA – 7th overall Sarnia Sting), Ryan Winterton (Whitby Wildcats – 8th overall Hamilton Bulldogs), Liam Arnsby (Don Mills Flyers – 9th overall North Bay Battalion), Ethan Del Mastro (Toronto Marlboros – 12th overall Mississauga Steelheads), Francesco Pinelli (Toronto Red Wings – 13th overall Kitchener Rangers), Danny Zhilkin (Toronto Marlboros -14th overall Guelph Storm), Landon McCallum (Brantford 99’ers – 15th overall Sudbury Wolves), Brett Harrison (London Jr. Knights – 16th overall Oshawa Generals), Jacob Holmes (York-Simcoe Express – 18th overall Soo Greyhounds), Connor Punnett (North Central Predators – 19th overall Saginaw Spirit) and Jack Matier (Team NOHA – 21st overall Ottawa 67’s).

Notable OHL Cup graduates currently playing in the NHL include Dylan Strome (Toronto Marlboros/Chicago Blackhawks), 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/Arizona Coyotes), Tyler Seguin (Toronto Nationals/Dallas Stars), John Tavares (Toronto Marlboros/Toronto Maple Leafs), P.K Subban (Markham Islanders/New Jersey Devils), and Steven Stamkos (Markham Waxers/Tampa Bay Lightning).

For more information, please visit ohlcup.ca.

57 OHL PLAYERS INCLUDED ON NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING’S MIDTERM DRAFT RANKINGS

Draft

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 57 OHL players have been included on NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Rankings for the 2020 NHL Draft that takes place June 26-27 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC.

The list includes 34 OHL forwards, 16 defencemen and seven goaltenders.

Four of the top five of the list’s North American skaters come out of the OHL including second and third ranked Canadian National Junior Team gold medalists Quinton Byfield (Sudbury W0lves) and Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters). Saginaw Spirit sophomore Cole Perfetti comes in as the fourth-ranked North American skater followed by Ottawa 67’s centreman Marco Rossi.

An additional seven OHL skaters are included inside the top 40 including Rossi’s Ottawa 67’s teammate Jack Quinn (9th), Sarnia Sting winger Jacob Perreault (17th), Windsor Spitfires teammates Jean-Luc Foudy (20th) and Will Cuylle (21st), Soo Greyhounds teammates Ryan O’Rourke (32nd) and Jaromir Pytlik (38th) as well as London Knights flank Antonio Stranges (39th).

Canadian World Junior gold medalist Nico Daws of the Guelph Storm is North America’s top-ranked goaltender, one of seven OHL netminders included on the list.

The rankings also include three recent OHL commits listed in the International section of the edition including ninth-ranked Hamilton Bulldogs forward Jan Mysak, 35th-ranked Kingston Frontenacs forward Martin Chromiak and fifth-ranked Soo Greyhounds netminder Nick Malik.

All 20 of the OHL’s member teams feature at least one player included on the list, with the Soo Greyhounds (7), Windsor Spitfires (6), Erie Otters (5) and Guelph Storm (5) leading the way.

A total of 17 OHL players included in the rankings will compete in Thursday’s 2020 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Hamilton, Ont, a game that can be seen coast-to-coast on Sportsnet and NHL Network.

2020 NHL Central Scouting Midterm Draft Rankings

^- indicates player that will compete in 2020 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game
^^-indicates injured player unable to compete in 2020 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game
*- indicates player recently committed to OHL included on NHL’s International Rankings

SKATERS:

RANK PLAYER TEAM POSITION
2 Quinton Byfield^ Sudbury Wolves C
3 Jamie Drysdale^ Erie Otters D
4 Cole Perfetti^ Saginaw Spirit C
5 Marco Rossi^ Ottawa 67’s C
9 Jack Quinn^ Ottawa 67’s RW
17 Jacob Perreault^ Sarnia Sting RW
20 Jean-Luc Foudy^ Windsor Spitfires C
21 Will Cuylle^ Windsor Spitfires LW
32 Ryan O’Rourke^ Soo Greyhounds D
38 Jaromir Pytlik^ Soo Greyhounds C
39 Antonio Stranges^ London Knights LW
41 Tyson Foerster^ Barrie Colts RW
45 Oliver Suni^^ Oshawa Generals RW
47 Brandon Coe^ North Bay Battalion RW
54 Tyler Tullio Oshawa Generals RW
55 Tanner Dickinson Soo Greyhounds C
58 Luke Evangelista^ London Knights RW
59 Donovan Sebrango^ Kitchener Rangers D
66 Hayden Fowler Erie Otters LW
67 Jack Thompson^ Sudbury Wolves D
69 Kirill Steklov London Knights D
71 Ville Ottavainen Kitchener Rangers D
72 Ruben Rafkin Windsor Spitfires D
74 Rory Kerins Soo Greyhounds C
76 Isaak Phillips Sudbury Wolves D
79 Evgeniy Oksentyuk Flint Firebirds LW
90 Zayde Wisdom Kingston Frontenacs RW
100 Cameron Butler Niagara IceDogs RW
104 Ethan Cardwell Barrie Colts RW
105 Pavel Gogolev Guelph Storm LW
119 Ilya Solovyov Saginaw Spirit D
123 Reid Valade Kitchener Rangers RW
137 Robert Calisti Soo Greyhounds D
138 Dylan Robinson Windsor Spitfires D
140 Ole Bjorgvik-Holm Mississauga Steelheads D
155 Jake Murray Kingston Frontenacs D
156 Igor Chibrikov Owen Sound Attack D
173 Tye Kartye Soo Greyhounds LW
184 Logan Morrison Hamilton Bulldogs C
185 Luka Profaca Guelph Storm D
199 Anthony Tabak Barrie Colts C
200 Austen Swankler Erie Otters C
201 Louka Henault Windsor Spitfires D
202 Jake Uberti Niagara IceDogs C
203 Andrei Bakanov Guelph Storm LW
213 James Hardie Mississauga Steelheads LW
216 Kyle McDonald Windsor Spitfires RW
217 Brendan Hoffmann Erie Otters RW
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9 Jan Mysak* Hamilton Bulldogs C
35 Martin Chromiak* Kingston Frontenacs RW

 

GOALTENDERS:

RANK PLAYER TEAM POSITION
1 Nico Daws^ Guelph Storm G
13 Owen Bennett Guelph Storm G
16 Will Cranley Ottawa 67’s G
21 Tye Austin Peterborough Petes G
28 Aidan Campbell Erie Otters G
30 Zachary Paputsakis Oshawa Generals G
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5 Nick Malik* Soo Greyhounds G

 

For the complete list, visit nhl.com.

GENERALS’ PHILIP TOMASINO NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Tomasino

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Nashville Predators prospect Philip Tomasino of the Oshawa Generals is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week with a league-leading 10 points including six goals and four assists over three games.

Tomasino earns the award for the second time this season after making his mark in his first weekend as a General. He put up three consecutive two-goal performances in wins over Windsor, Sarnia and Peterborough. The third-year centreman earned first star honours in his Generals debut on Thursday in Windsor, helping Oshawa defeat the CHL’s eighth-ranked Spitfires 6-3 with two goals, three assists and five points. He picked up where he left off on Friday in Sarnia, scoring twice to earn first star honours as the Generals defeated the Sting 4-3. Tomasino and the Generals returned home on Sunday night to wrap-up a perfect weekend as he scored twice and added an assist in a 6-4 win over the rival Peterborough Petes, claiming second star recognition. Tomasino extended his current point streak to 10 games as the Generals defeated the Petes for the first time this season.

An 18-year-old native of Mississauga, Ont., Tomasino is Oshawa’s leading scorer with 67 points (28-39–67) over 39 games this season. The 6-foot, 180Ib. pivot has amassed 163 points (67-96–163) over 167 career regular season games after being selected by the Niagara IceDogs with the fifth overall pick of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection. Tomasino, who has represented Canada internationally at both the IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship as well as the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, was the first OHL forward selected at the 2019 NHL Draft, going 24th overall to the Nashville Predators.

Also considered for the award this week were New York Islanders prospect Cole Coskey of the Saginaw Spirit who had six goals and seven points over three contests as well as Washington Capitals first round pick Connor McMichael of the London Knights who scored five times and had seven points over three games.

HIGHLIGHTS: Tomasino’s five-point night in Windsor
HIGHLIGHTS: Tomasino scores twice in win over Sarnia
HIGHLIGHTS: Tomasino pots a pair in win over Peterborough

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2019-20 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Jan. 8 – Jan. 12: Philip Tomasino (Oshawa Generals)
Dec. 30 – Jan. 5: Jacob Ingham (Kitchener Rangers)
Dec. 18 – Dec. 29: Joseph Garreffa (Ottawa 67’s)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 15: Jacob Ingham (Kitchener Rangers)
Dec. 4 – Dec. 8: Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
Nov. 27 – Dec. 1: Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 24: Riley McCourt (Flint Firebirds)
Nov. 13 – Nov. 17: Jan Jenik (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 10: Cam Hillis (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 30 – Nov. 3: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Oct. 23 – Oct. 27: Nico Daws (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 14 – Oct. 20: Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 9 – Oct. 13: Mack Guzda (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 6: Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs)
Sept. 26 – Sept. 29: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (Peterborough Petes)

Ryan O’Rourke – Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds – Player Profile

Height: 6’1

Weight: 169 Pounds

Date of birth: May 16, 2002

Hometown: Pickering, Ontario

Position: Defence

Shoots: Left

OHL Draft: Round 1, 20th overall, 2018 Priority Selection

NHL Central Scouting Rankings

Pre-season November Mid-term Final
B B 32nd North America N/A

 

It’s no secret that Jamie Drysdale of the Erie Otters sits alone at the top of the blueliners class and not only will he be the top defender from the Ontario Hockey League selected at the 2020 National Hockey League Entry Draft, but likely the top defender selected overall.

But what about the next class? We start here with Soo Greyhounds defenceman Ryan O’Rourke.

Prior to the 2018 OHL Priority Selection, this is what OHL Central Scouting had to say about O’Rourke:

Ryan is a tough to play against two-way defenceman. He has good mobility and is a powerful skater which allows him to close gaps and take away time and space. He has a good skill set that allows him to move the puck out of his zone. He can rush the puck when the opportunity is there and he is good on the offensive blue line at getting pucks on net or distributing it. Ryan is hard to beat defensively. He takes the body well and he has a good understanding of his position and what he has to do.

O’Rourke was coming off a 2017-2018 season playing Minor Midget AAA hockey with the Vaughan Kings in which he tallied 12 goals and 32 helpers in 55 games. He would add a goal and an assist in 7 games for Vaughn at the OHL Cup. He would also appear in 4 games for Team Red at the OHL Gold Cup scoring once and adding a helper and capturing a silver medal.

Last season O’Rourke broke onto the Greyhounds roster and played in 62 games. He scored 8 goals and 14 assists and finished with a plus-8 while piling up 64 minutes in penalties. He would add 2 helpers in 11 playoff contests. He was named to the OHL’s Second All-Rookie squad at the end of the regular season.

Ryan O'Rourke of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Ryan O’Rourke of the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson/OHL Images

During the 2018-2019 season, O’Rourke would also represent Canada at the World Hockey Challenge Under-17 scoring 3 goals and adding 3 assists for Team Black. He was named to the tournaments All-Star team and led all defencemen in scoring.

During the offseason, O’Rourke would represent Canada at the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup scoring a goal in 5 games and helping Canada capture silver.

O’Rourke has been off to a very good start this season for a Soo team that has at times this season, a difficult time trying to maintain some consistency. Through the end of December, as you will see on our prospect watch, O’Rourke was tied with Jack Thompson of the Sudbury Wolves and Alec Belanger of the Ottawa 67’s among draft eligible defenceman with 20 points (while playing in fewer games), trailing only Drysdale (31).

O’Rourke will take part in the 2020 CHL/NHL Top Prospects game with Team White on January 16 in Hamilton, Ontario.

One of the more interesting qualities in O’Rourke is his leadership. He’s just 17 years of age and one of the younger defenders in this draft class, but the Greyhounds saw enough of his leadership qualities to name him Captain of the team. That’s something rarely seen in the OHL.

At 6’1”, O’Rourke has some good size but will really need to add some bulk to his 169-pound frame. But that doesn’t prevent him from the physical part of the game. He can be described as an “old school” defender who plays the man at every opportunity. He’s hard to beat because he’s always in the oppositions face. And he possesses incredible strength that is difficult to beat on the walls or the battle area in front of his goaltender.

O’Rourke’s skating has appeared to improve from a season ago. He has very good mobility with a decent amount of speed. He trusts himself to carry the puck more and that may also be in part due to experience. He has a booming shot from the point that he gets through to the target. Yet he still has the vision to make a good pass in the offensive zone to find teammates. His hockey IQ is extremely high, rarely making a wrong decision.

While O’Rourke has some interesting offensive upside, it’s hard to tell just how high that upside is. Coming into the season, the Greyhounds were going to need plenty of offence from their top blueline. But the early season acquisitions by the Greyhounds of Billy Constantinou from the Kingston Frontenacs has lessoned the burden on O’Rourke.

O’Rourke doesn’t possess some of the elite skills that Drysdale does. But the overall package is intriguing. The Top Prospects game could catapult him into the first round of the draft where some of the independent scouting services already have him ranked.

Tyson Foerster – Barrie Colts – Player Profile

Height: 6’1

Weight: 193 pounds

Date of birth: January 18, 2002

Hometown: Alliston, Ontario

Position: Center

Shoots: Right

OHL Draft: Round 3, 55th overall, 2018 Priority Selection

NHL Central Scouting Rankings

Pre-season November Mid-term Final
C Prospect B Prospect 41st North America N/A

Tyson Foerster played his Minor Midget AAA hockey during the 2017-2018 season with the Barrie Colts where in 34 games he compiled 20 goals and 41 assists. He would add 5 more tallies to go along with 9 helpers in 8 playoff games and 5 goals and 4 assists in 5 OHL Cup contests, solidifying himself as a point producer.

Foerster made his Ontario Hockey League debut with the Colts a season ago and appeared in 64 games scoring 10 goals while assisting on 13. He’s taken his offence to another level this season. Through 32 games Foerster has 19 goals and 23 assists and leading his team in goals, assists, points, powerplay goals and is second in powerplay assists.

Tyson Foerster of the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Tyson Foerster of the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson/OHL Images

Clearly, there were questions about Foerster coming into the season. NHL Central Scouting had him pegged as a C prospect (4th, 5th or 6th rounder) while we had him pegged as a 4th or 5th rounder. But by the time November lists had been released, Foerster found himself as a B Prospect (2nd or 3rd round).

The only real question coming into his draft year was whether Foerster would be able to take the next step offensively and he has answered that and then some. Now the question surrounding him is whether he can maintain the consistency from start to finish.

Going into December, Foerster sat fourth in points among draft eligible players and second in goals, averaging 1.52 points per game and .70 goals per game. But heading into the New Year’s Eve matchup at home to the Guelph Storm, Foerster’s production has taken a dip in the month of December with .77 points per game and .33 goals per game, both more then being a considerable drop off from what he showed the first two months. If Foerster wants to keep drawing attention from NHL Scouts, then he needs to be close to the production he displayed earlier in the year. Once the calendar flipped to January, so far, he is at a better pace then the first two months.

Foerster’s hockey IQ is solid. He has a good understanding of positioning both offensively and defensively. He eludes traffic and gets into the open areas offensively to release a very good shot and defensively as an option to transition. He’s a good skater with good straight away speed and has shown an ability to separate himself from opponents trying to defend.

Foerster can also play the wing or down the middle, which is becoming more and more of an asset at the next level. However, I think his game is best suited on the wing. With his ability to find space, willingness to drive the net and a shot with deadly accuracy, wing may be the spot he finds the most success at the next level.

Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings

CHL Top 10

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week sixteen edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2019-20 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 16

Rank: Team: Last Week Ranked: Total Weeks Ranked:
1 Ottawa 67’s (29-6-0-0) 2 14
2 Sherbrooke Phoenix (29-6-3-1) 1 16
3 Portland Winterhawks (28-6-1-3) 3 6
4 Chicoutimi Sagueneens (27-7-4-0) 5 16
5 Edmonton Oil Kings (27-7-5-2) 8 13
6 Moncton Wildcats (27-11-0-0) 6 10
7 Everett Silvertips (26-9-2-1) 4 10
8 Windsor Spitfires (24-8-4-0) 6
9 Guelph Storm (22-10-1-4) 9 5
10 Peterborough Petes (25-11-2-1) 7 8
Honourable Mention:
Kitchener Rangers (22-11-3-2) 0
Kamloops Blazers (24-11-2-1) 1
Saginaw Spirit (23-11-2-2) 2

Vaughn CHL Team of the Week

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the 15th edition of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for the 2019-20 season based on individual performances from Dec. 30 – Jan. 5.

Headlining the forward ranks is Winnipeg ICE right-wing and 2020 NHL Draft hopeful Connor McClennon who collected 11 points counting four goals and seven assists through four appearances. McClennon’s most impressive showing came in a season-high four-point night versus the Saskatoon Blades on Wednesday in which he finished with one goal and three assists in the 6-1 road victory that saw him recognized as the game’s second star. For his efforts, McClennon was honoured as the WHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week.

Also up front is Minnesota Wild prospect Ivan Lodnia of the Niagara IceDogs who put up three goals and eight assists for 11 points in four contests. Against the North Bay Battalion on Thursday, Lodnia had a career-best showing as he registered two goals and four assists for six points including the primary helper on the game winner in the 9-8 overtime decision, helping him earn first-star recognition.

Rounding out the forward ranks is Lodnia’s IceDogs teammate in Nashville Predators first round pick Philip Tomasino who matched his efforts with three goals and eight assists for 11 points in four games. Like Lodnia, Tomasino dominated versus the Battalion as he wrapped up the Thursday contest with a five-point effort counting one goal and four assists en route to third-star honours.

On the back end, leading the pack is newly acquired Blainville-Boisbriand Armada blue-liner Yann-Felix Lapointe who totaled six points counting two goals and four assists across a trio of appearances. Against the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Tuesday, Lapointe impressed with a season-high four-point performance as he finished with one goal and three assists in the 8-1 victory that earned him third-star honours.

Also on the blue line is Calgary Hitmen rearguard and Vancouver Canucks prospect Jett Woo who registered one goal and five assists for six points through five games. That stretch included a one-goal, one-assist showing versus the rival Edmonton Oil Kings on Monday in which Woo drew a helper on the eventual game-winning goal in the 5-3 victory.

Backstopping the group is Brandon Wheat Kings netminder and Vegas Golden Knights prospect Jiri Patera who was nearly perfect across three showings in which he finished with a trio of victories alongside a 0.33 goals-against average and .989 save percentage. The stretch saw Patera record a pair of shutouts while turning aside a combined 94 of 95 shots, with his top performance coming in a 31-save shutout versus the Regina Pats on Sunday. For his efforts, Patera was recognized as the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week.