Ethan Cardwell – Barrie Colts – Player Profile

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 180 Pounds

Date of birth: August 30, 2002

Hometown: Courtice, Ontario

Position: Center/Right Wing

Shoots: Right

OHL Draft: Round 2, 33rd overall, 2018 Priority Selection (Saginaw Spirit)

NHL Central Scouting Rankings

Pre-season

November Mid-term Final
C Prospect N.R. 104 N.A.

70 N.A.

Its quite possible that, according to NHL Central Scouting’s lists, there is no bigger enigma then Barrie Colts forward Ethan Cardwell. Coming into the season NHLCS had him as a C – Prospect, to unranked in November to 104 (among North Americans) on their mid-term to 70 (among North Americans) on their final rankings. That is about as close as you can get to the definition of all over the map.

Cardwell played Minor Midget AAA hockey during the 2017-2018 season with the Clarington Toros and in 35 games scored 30 goals and assisted on 24. He went on to play the final 2 regular season and playoffs with the Wellington Dukes of the Ontario Junior Hockey League where they captured the Buckland Cup. Cardwell also represent Team OMHA Black at the OHL Gold Cup, scoring twice in two games and capturing Bronze.

Cardwell’s grandfather Steve played junior hockey with the Oshawa Generals and spent 3 seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL and 2 in the WHA. His father Justin played NCAA hockey with Western Michigan before going on to have a lengthy career in the ECHL, AHL and IHL. His Uncle Matt also played hockey, most notably for York University and had a brief 9 game stint of professional hockey in the ECHL.

The 2018-2019 season was a whirlwind season for Cardwell that almost required a program to keep track of.

Ethan Cardwell of the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images
Ethan Cardwell of the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

 

Cardwell began the season with the Saginaw Spirit training camp and got into some exhibition games. But the Spirit sent him to the OJHL and the Trent Golden Hawks who had just acquired his rights in a trade. He got called up to the Spirit on December 8 and would score his first OHL goal in that contest. After a brief stint he was back in the OJHL, this time with the Pickering Panthers before coming back to Saginaw to finish out the year.

This season was a slow start for Cardwell, who posted 4 goals and 4 assists in his first 15 games. The numbers aren’t particularly bad, but considering 5 of those points came in just 2 games, one could suggest there was consistency issues in terms of providing offence. The next 22 games for Saginaw saw him score 8 goals and 5 assists.

But on January 10, 2019 in a blockbuster deal, the Barrie Colts acquire Cardwell, Connor Punnett and draft picks while sending Nick Suzuki to the Spirit. That’s when things took a turn offensively for Cardwell as he scored 11 goals along with 15 helpers in 26 games.

There were many questions about Cardwell that were unanswered until the trade to Barrie.

What is evident first and foremost is Cardwell’s extremely high hockey IQ. In the offensive zone, he alludes defenders and finds those soft spots almost unnoticed and when teammates find him, he releases an above average wrister with a superb release. He uses that same IQ defensively. As one of the youngest players available in the draft class, his defensive abilities and understanding is ahead of most of his peers. His positioning is superb, he gets into lanes with his body or stick and does extremely well at creating turnovers.

Cardwell is a good technical skater, good edges and control, strong on his blades and agile. However, he lacks speed in both his first strides and top end. If he can continue to work on his speed that would help him even more. What we do know is that Cardwell is an extremely hard worker so putting in the effort is something we expect from him.

Cardwell has shown he can play up and down the lineup and play an offensive role with talented players, or take on a checking role on a lower line. By all accounts, he is a coachable kid willing to do whatever is asked of him.

In Saginaw, Cardwell did very well on the faceoff dot at 58.5% but took a big dip in Barrie at 35.8%. But he spent most of his time in both cities on the wing. I would like to see him with more time in the middle to make a definitive decision on which position he is best suited for.

As of now, I believe Cardwell’s upside is of a defensively responsible third liner who could kill penalties and provide some offence at the next level with an ability to move up the lineup in a pinch. If he can add some speed, he could end up on a second line.

Evan Vierling – Barrie Colts – Player Profile

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 167 Pounds

Date of birth: June 20, 2002

Hometown: Aurora, Ontario

Position: Center/Left Winger

Shoots: Left

OHL Draft: Round 1, 2nd overall, 2018 Priority Selection (Flint Firebirds)

NHL Central Scouting Rankings

Pre-season

November Mid-term Final
C Prospect C Prospect LV

66 N.A.

It’s been a path worth watching as Barrie Colts pivot Evan Vierling has his sights set on the National Hockey League Draft (whenever that may come). Vierling, the second overall pick of the Flint Firebirds at the 2018 Ontario Hockey League Draft, played his Minor Midget AAA hockey with the York Simcoe Express during the 2017-2018 season (OMHA Minor Midget AAA Champions). In 33 games, he amassed 27 goals and 36 assists and added 4 goals and 6 assists in 6 playoff games.

Vierling and the Express went on to the OHL Cup where Vierling scored 5 goals and 5 assists in 6 games. It was Vierling’s second appearance at the tournament with the Express, posting identical numbers during the 2016-2017 season.

Here is what OHL Central Scouting had to say about Vierling:

Evan is a smooth skating centre that has very good offensive instincts. He is one of the nicest skaters in the draft, plays a good 10-foot game, has a long, powerful stride and is very agile on his skates. He has a great skill set and can makes plays at full speed. He is a smart player that understands the situations of a game and makes very few mistakes. He plays a simple but effective game. Evan was a big part of the success his team had in the second half.

Evan Vierling of the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images
Evan Vierling of the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

Vierling appeared in 60 games during his rookie OHL season with the Firebirds. He scored 6 goals and assisted on 21 others. He would also represent Canada at the World Hockey Challenge Under-17 where he had a leadership role and in 6 games scored twice and assisted on another.

This season was somewhat of a challenge for Vierling. He began the year with the Firebirds scoring 2 goals and 8 helpers in the first 15 games. But Vierling wanted to be closer to home and went back home to Toronto while awaiting a trade.

On January 7, that trade finally came to fruition as the Colts send Tyler Tucker and Riley Piercey to the Firebirds for Vierling and a pair of draft picks. Vierling told CTV Barrie “This is the team I looked up to, so it’s cool to play here.”

The trade paid dividends to both Vierling and the Colts. Vierling appeared in 28 games following the trade scoring 12 goals and 22 assists. He went pointless in his last 5 games with the Firebirds, He was held off the scoresheet in his first game with the Colts (did he need to shake off some rust?) but then recorded points in 13 consecutive games. He was held off the score sheet just 5 times in 27 games and back-to-back just once. And despite playing just 28 games with the Colts, his 34 points ranked 6th in a Colts uniform.

A season ago, the knock on Vierling was a simple one: while he showed he had some skill, too often he stood still and lacked consistency from shift to shift. I think his brief time with the Colts can lay that to rest.

Vierling is a two-way pivot who is more of a playmaker then a goal scorer. While he did have a 12.2 shooting percentage overall (14.6% with the Colts), he did start shooting more with in Barrie (2.9 shots per game) then Flint (2.2 shots per game). He is however, more dangerous setting up teammates. He is a highly skilled passer who is dangerous from the hashmarks with an uncanny ability to find teammates on the back door.

Vierling is a very good technical skater with a smooth stride. He doesn’t have explosive speed and lacks a separation gear, but if he can continue to work on those traits, there is no telling how far he can go. Combined with his confidence and vision and ability to transition and maintain puck control, he can be even more dangerous.

Right now, Vierling projects as a third liner that won’t hurt you defensively and provide a bit of offence. His ceiling may be that of a second liner who can run your second powerplay unit from the half wall considering his playmaking abilities and how dangerous he is with space. I think his game is better suited down the middle rather then on the wing.

OHL ANNOUNCES ACADEMIC PLAYERS OF THE MONTH FOR FEBRUARY

academic players for February

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Lawson Sherk of the Hamilton Bulldogs, Ethan Cardwell of the Barrie Colts, Aidan Campbell of the Erie Otters and Braeden Kressler of the Flint Firebirds have been named OHL Academic Players of the Month for February.

East Division: Hamilton’s Lawson Sherk is February’s East Division Academic Player of the Month. Sherk achieved a 93.3% average over three first semester courses at Ancaster High School that included university level Physics and Chemistry.

His teachers praise him for his good attendance and his perseverance and his second semester teachers have already provided positive feedback.

The Bulldogs rookie has put up four goals and 10 assists for 14 points over his first 58 games. He was drafted by Hamilton 40th overall in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection following a 50-point season (15-35—50) with the OMHA’s Halton Hurricanes.

Central Division: Ethan Cardwell has been recognized as February’s Central Division Academic Player of the Month. The Barrie Colts winger received marks of over 90% in three of his four university level courses and over 80% in his fourth. His courses included English, Calculus, Leadership and Elite Athlete, and he’ll graduate from high school upon completing his current university courses in English, Business Management, and World Issues.

Cardwell was commended for his involvement both on the ice and in the community. His dedication, maturity, and commitment to balancing academics with athleticism were also applauded.

The 17-year-old sits second in scoring among his Barrie teammates with 44 points (21-23—44) over 57 games in his sophomore OHL season. The Courtice, Ont. native was originally a second round pick of the Saginaw Spirit in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection.

Midwest Division: Aidan Campbell of the Erie Otters is February’s Midwest Division Academic Player of the Month. The 17-year-old goaltender has been working toward six online courses as well as a major senior project at Fairview Senior High/Seneca Valley Senior High.

“He consistently works at the highest academic level and maintains a positive attitude despite his rigorous schedule,” wrote advisor Leigh Kostis.

The native of Cranberry Township, Penn. has posted an .878 save percentage and 3.50 goals-against average over 25 appearances in his rookie season with the Otters. He was picked up in the 12th round of the 2018 OHL Priority Selection out of the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite U15 team and spent the 2018-19 season with the U16 elite squad where he posted eight shutouts and held a 0.69 goals-against average and .944 save percentage.

West Division: Braeden Kressler of the Flint Firebirds has been named the West Division’s Academic Player of the Month for February. He earned a 3.78 GPA in Physical Education, Modern Tech, Leadership, and Math at Grand Blanc High School, and has been praised for his work ethic both in the classroom and on the ice.

The rookie centreman has amassed seven goals and eight assists for 15 points through 41 games in his rookie season with the Firebirds. The Kitchener, Ont. native was drafted 28th overall by the ‘Birds in last year’s OHL Priority Selection after spending the 2018-19 season with the Mississauga Senators where he put up 30 points (18-12—30).

2019-20 OHL Academic Players of the Month:

East Division:
February – Lawson Sherk (Hamilton Bulldogs)
January – Tye Austin (Peterborough Petes)
December – Cameron Tolnai (Ottawa 67’s)
November – Lleyton Moore (Oshawa Generals)
October – Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs)

Central Division:
February – Ethan Cardwell (Barrie Colts)
January – Ethan Del Mastro (Mississauga Steelheads)
December – Giordano Biondi (Sudbury Wolves)
November – Jonah De Simone (Niagara IceDogs)
October – Pacey Schlueting (North Bay Battalion)

Midwest Division:
February – Aidan Campbell (Erie Otters)
January – Logan LaSage (Owen Sound Attack)
December – Stuart Rolofs (London Knights)
November – Michael Vukojevic (Kitchener Rangers)
October – Zack Terry (Guelph Storm)

West Division:
February – Braeden Kressler (Flint Firebirds)
January – Will Cuylle (Windsor Spitfires)
December – Jacob Holmes (Soo Greyhounds)
November – Ryan Mast (Sarnia Sting)
October – Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit)

Last season, the OHL Centrally Administered Scholarship Program facilitated scholarships for 340 OHL Alumni at 69 different academic institutions across North America with a total scholarship payment in excess of $3.2 million. Since the 2007-08 season, OHL Scholarship payments have totalled more than $25 million.

Click here for more information about ‘OHL Players First’ programs.

Vaughn CHL Team of the Week

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the 18th edition of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for the 2019-20 season based on individual performances from Jan. 20-26.

Leading the way is Flint Firebirds captain and Dallas Stars first-round pick Ty Dellandrea who wrapped up the week with 10 points counting six goals and four assists over three games. Dellandrea began the week on a high note putting up two goals and two assists for four points in Wednesday’s 7-4 road win over the Soo Greyhounds in which he also claimed second-star honours. For his efforts, Dellandrea was recognized as the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week.

Also up front is Portland Winterhawks centre and 2020 NHL Draft prospect Seth Jarvis who recorded four goals and five assists for nine points over a pair of appearances. Against the Tri-City Americans on Friday, Jarvis matched a season-high of five points as he finished with two goals and three assists to help his club to an 8-2 victory in which he was also recognized as the game’s first star. Given his successful showing, Jarvis was honoured as the WHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week.

Rounding out the forward ranks is Sherbrooke Phoenix captain and Pittsburgh Penguins first-round pick Samuel Poulin who registered eight points counting five goals and three assists over a pair of contests. Poulin’s best showing came against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Friday as he put up five points and tied a franchise-record with four goals while adding one assist to help claim a 10-1 victory and first-star honours. For his efforts, Poulin was recognized as the Ultramar QMJHL Player of the Week.

Leading the blue line is Lethbridge Hurricanes defenceman and Penguins prospect Calen Addison who impressed with nine assists over a trio of appearances. Addison’s top showing came against the Regina Pats on Friday as he finished with a season-high of five points – all coming as helpers – en route to a 7-2 road victory and first-star recognition.

Partnering on the back end is Addison’s teammate in Hurricanes blue liner Alex Cotton who wrapped up the week with two goals and five assists for seven points over three games. The stretch included back-to-back three-point efforts versus the Moose Jaw Warriors and Regina Pats with the former counting a trio of assists in a 7-1 road victory in which Cotton was recognized as the game’s third star.

Between the pipes, Barrie Colts netminder and Vancouver Canucks draft pick Arturs Silovs shined over a pair of appearances and 123 minutes of ice time in which he came away with a pair of victories. Against the Oshawa Generals on Thursday, Silovs turned aside 19 shots en route to a 5-0 victory and his first career shutout to earn second-star honours. In all, Silovs wrapped up the week with a miniscule 0.98 goals-against average coupled with an outstanding .964 save percentage.

 

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 41 N.A. 21 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.