Dylan Wells – Player Profile – Peterborough Petes

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 182 pounds

Date of birth: January 3, 1998. Oakville, Ontario

Position: Goaltender

Catches: Left

OHL Draft: Round 2, 21st overall, 2014 Priority Selection

Wells is currently in his second Ontario Hockey League season. Last season, he appeared in 27 games finishing with a 7-15-1 record and a .893 save percentage. His record and stats however, should not speak to his abilities. The Petes were a team rebuilding and provided very little goal support for Wells.

Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Wells was highly touted and showed his abilities early on earning the call from Hockey Canada and being named to Team Ontario at the World Hockey Challenge U-17. He would get three starts for Ontario and posted 3.78 goals against average with a .838 save percentage.

Wells got the call again from Hockey Canada to represent his country once again, this time at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial. He sparkled in the tournament with a 0.48 goals against average and .971 save percentage. He was in goal for Canada in the final and helped them win their 8th consecutive gold medal.

Wells plays a calm and relaxed game and rarely seems to get rattled. He has good size with excellent athleticism to go along with it. He possesses excellent reflexes with above average rebound control. His ability to move side to side is also excellent but at times has shown to over commit. He reads plays very well and remains square to shooters. He challenges those shooter without hesitation. Wells also handles the puck very well.

When you talk to Wells, you find out just how mature he is. He also knows what he has to do to be successful, is focused and works hard to achieve success.

Wells doesn’t come from a sports or hockey family. His father Rob is a drummer for Canadian country music band Tim Hicks.

Wells was on both NHL Central Scouting’s Preliminary List and updated November list of players to watch as a B prospect (second or third round pick). He is currently the top ranked OHL goaltender for the draft and could push to be the top ranked North American goaltender come June 2016.

OHL Announces 2015 CHL Canada Russia Series Rosters

The Ontario Hockey League in association with the Canadian Hockey League, the Owen Sound Attack, and the Windsor Spitfires hockey clubs today announced the Team OHL rosters for the 2015 CHL Canada Russia Series.

 Team OHL will compete against the Russian National Junior Team in Game 3 of the series in Owen Sound on Thursday November 12, with Game 4 to be played in Windsor on Monday November 16.  The series also includes two games in the Western Hockey League prior to both OHL games, and ends with two games hosted by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Super Series36 players will represent the OHL in the 2015 CHL Canada Russia Series including 13 players who received invites to Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Showcase.  Headlining that group is Florida Panthers prospect Lawson Crouse of the Kingston Frontenacs who won gold as a member of Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.  Summer Showcase invites on Team OHL also include goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood of the Barrie Colts, defencemen Travis Dermott of the Erie Otters, Vince Dunn of the Niagara IceDogs, Roland McKeown of the Frontenacs, and Mitchell Vande Sompel of the Oshawa Generals.  The forward group includes New York Islanders 2014 first round pick Michael Dal Colle of the Generals, Philadelphia Flyers first round pick Travis Konecny of the Ottawa 67’s, Toronto Maple Leafs first round pick Mitch Marner of the London Knights, Arizona Coyotes first round prospects Brendan Perlini of the IceDogs and Dylan Strome of the Otters, Dylan Sadowy of the Saginaw Spirit, and the Frontenacs’ Spencer Watson.

 Both 2015 CHL Canada Russia Series hosts will be represented by a pair of hometown players.  In Owen Sound, Montreal Canadiens prospect Michael McNiven and Florida Panthers prospect Thomas Schemitsch of the Attack will dress for Team OHL on November 12, while the Spitfires’ Logan Brown and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Cristiano DiGiacinto will play before the Windsor crowd onNovember 16.

 Behind the bench for Team OHL in Owen Sound will be Attack head coach and 2014 Canadian National Junior Team assistant Ryan McGill along with Attack assistant coach Derek King, while Spitfires head coach Rocky Thompson and assistant coach Jerrod Smith will work the game in Windsor.  Serving behind the bench in both games is Spitfires associate coach Trevor Letowski who was recently added as an assistant coach for Canada’s 2016 National Junior Team.  Letowski previously served as an assistant coach for Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Under-18 Championship winning a bronze medal.

 The Team OHL rosters were assembled by a Selection Committee that includes Attack General Manager and member of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence Management Group Dale DeGray, and Storm General Manager Mike Kelly.  Both DeGray and Kelly worked in consultation with Hockey Canada Director of Player Personnel Ryan Jankowski.

 In 12 years of competition against the Russian National Junior Team, the OHL has a record of 20-3-1 in this series following a 4-0 loss in Peterborough and a 5-1 victory in Kingston last season.

  Team OHL Roster – Owen Sound – November 12

 *players competing in both games

 Goaltenders (2):

Mackenzie Blackwood (Barrie Colts)

Michael McNiven (Owen Sound Attack)*

 Defencemen (6):

Travis Dermott (Erie Otters)

Vince Dunn (Niagara IceDogs)

Garrett McFadden (Guelph Storm)

Roland McKeown (Kingston Frontenacs)*

Thomas Schemitsch (Owen Sound Attack)

Matthew Spencer (Peterborough Petes)

 Forwards‎ (12):

Nathan Bastian (Mississauga Steelheads)

Zach Bratina (North Bay Battalion)

Lawson Crouse (Kingston Frontenacs)*

Travis Konecny (Ottawa 67’s)

Andrew Mangiapane (Barrie Colts)

Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)

Dylan Sadowy (Saginaw Spirit)

Dante Salituro (Ottawa 67’s)

Zachary Senyshyn (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Blake Speers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Dylan Strome (Erie Otters)

Spencer Watson (Kingston Frontenacs)*

 Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw Spirit) – Originally selected but unable to participate due to injury.

 Staff:

Head Coach – Ryan McGill (Owen Sound Attack)

Assistant Coach – Trevor Letowski (Windsor Spitfires)

Assistant Coach – Derek King (Owen Sound Attack)

Athletic Therapist – Andy Brown (Owen Sound Attack)

 Team OHL Roster – Windsor – November 16

 *players competing in both games

 Goaltenders (2):

Michael McNiven (Owen Sound Attack)*

Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)

 Defencemen (6):

Kyle Capobianco (Sudbury Wolves)

Jakob Chychrun (Sarnia Sting)

Victor Mete (London Knights)

Roland McKeown (Kingston Frontenacs)*

Alex Peters (Flint Firebirds)

Mitchell Vande Sompel (Oshawa Generals)

 Forwards (12):

Mike Amadio (North Bay Battalion)

Will Bitten (Flint Firebirds)

Logan Brown (Windsor Spitfires)

Anthony Cirelli (Oshawa Generals)

Eric Cornel (Peterborough Petes)

Lawson Crouse (Kingston Frontenacs)*

Cristiano DiGiacinto (Windsor Spitfires)

Michael Dal Colle (Oshawa Generals)

Graham Knott (Niagara IceDogs)

Mitchell Marner (London Knights)

Brendan Perlini (Niagara IceDogs)

Spencer Watson (Kingston Frontenacs)*

 Staff:

Head Coach – Rocky Thompson (Windsor Spitfires)

Assistant Coach – Trevor Letowski (Windsor Spitfires)

Assistant Coach – Jerrod Smith (Windsor Spitfires)

Athletic Therapist – Joey Garland (Windsor Spitfires)

Equipment Manager – J.R Grant (Windsor Spitfires)

The 2015 Canada Russia series is supported by CHL associate sponsors, BMO Bank of Montreal, Cooper Tire, autoTRADER.ca and Sherwin-Williams.  All games will be nationally broadcasted live on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

The schedule for the 2015 Canada Russia Series is as follows:

Game 1 – Monday, November 9 at Kelowna, BC
Game 2 – Tuesday, November 10 at Kamloops, BC
Game 3 – Thursday, November 12 at Owen Sound, ON

Game 4 – Monday, November 16 at Windsor, ON

Game 5 – Tuesday, November 17 at Rouyn-Noranda, QC

Game 6 – Thursday, November 19 at Halifax, NS

 For more information including how to purchase tickets please visit canadarussia.chl.ca.

OHL General Manager’s Poll

A survey I have done in past seasons is to poll the General Managers of the Ontario Hockey League teams with this: List your top 3 goaltenders, defencemen and forwards and the order they would be selected in the 2016 National Hockey League Draft.

This season I have expanded the survey to include head coaches, goaltending coaches, and directors of scouting as well as assistant general managers.

Players were given 7 points for a first place ranking, 4 points for second place and 1 point for third place. Based on the number of responses received, the maximum points a player could receive are 357 points.

Jakob Chychrun - courtesy Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Jakob Chychrun – courtesy Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Only one player received unanimous first place votes from all respondents: Sarnia Sting defenceman Jakob Chychrun. Of those 51 respondents, the vast majority, 40, had London Knights defenceman Olli Juolevi as their second choice.

The battle for top goaltender was for all intents and purposes a tie. Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes and Evan Cormier of the Saginaw Spirit ended with 24 first place votes apiece. The difference being Cormier received one fewer second place vote and an extra third place vote.

Among the forwards, the London Knights Matthew Tkachuk was the overwhelming favorite receiving 50 of a possible 51 first place votes. Tkachuk didn’t receive a second or third place vote. Now some of you may think that’s a General Manager trying to get a better result for his own player, but consider this: The one vote that went against him went to his London teammate Max Jones.

Compared to polls from previous seasons, the battle for goaltender has never been so tight – there was always a clear cut favorite: MacKenzie Blackwood, Alex Nedeljkovic, Spencer Martin and Malcolm Subban to name a few.

On defence, the only time we’ve had clear choices were Aaron Ekblad and Darnell Nurse. Up front, of course there was Connor McDavid a year ago, but you have to go back to Gabriel Landeskog at the beginning of the 2010-11 season to find an overwhelming favorite.

Here are the results:

Goaltenders 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Dylan Wells Peterborough Petes 24 18 1 241
Evan Cormier Saginaw Spirit 24 17 2 238
Tyler Parsons London Knights 22 27 115
Honorable Mentions
Troy Timpano Sudbury Wolves
Joseph Raaymakers Soo Greyhounds
Defencemen 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Jakob Chychrun Sarnia Sting 51 357
Olli Juolevi London Knights 40 4 192
Michail Sergachev Windsor Spitfires 3 3 18
Honorable Mentions
Noah Carroll Guelph Storm
Markus Niemelainen Saginaw Spirit
Nicolas Mattinen London Knights
Forwards 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Matthew Tkachuk London Knights 50 350
Max Jones London Knights 1 41 4 192
Alexander Nylander Mississauga Steeheads 4 44 60
Honorable Mentions
Michael McLeod Mississauga Steeheads
Logan Brown Windsor Spitfires