Here is some great news on college D1 recruiting front that we are privy to at this time! Yesterday, when we interviewed Thomas (2000, Toronto Marlboros Bantam, 5'11", 155) for this feature he mentioned he has fast tracked his schooling and will graduate one year early! If the OHL draft was held today there's no doubt, in our opinion, that Akil would be in the mix for a top 10 overall selection (of course, if we was willing to report). With that said, its going to be an interesting recruiting ride for Thomas as he's a dual citizen who'll no doubt be a high radar player for the USA NTDP team, and is likely to receive offers from all the heavy hitters (big schools) in the College D1 ranks in the matter of the next twelve months.
Last season The Scouting News was the only scouting firm to list Levin as a top ten prospect for the OHL draft, and, in our opinion, David's old bantam team (the Don Mills Flyers) has another sleeper prospect of foreign intrigue in late developing Antropov (2000, Don Mills Flyers Bantam, 6'1, 165 pounds). We believe Danil is only just now beginning to scrape the surface of his potential (much like Levin last year), and project between now, and the end of next season this prospect will solidly himself as a top 10 player in his age group within the province of Ontario.
If the OHL draft was held today we'd really think long and hard about selecting Schotter (2000, Elgin Middlesex Chiefs, 6'0", 175) in the second round before the run on goalies started! In terms of long term upside Jukka, who is as big, strong and technically sound as you'll ever find at this age (14 and 15), may just have the best upside of anyone in this class, especially when you consider the fact he's so young (a December birth date), and probably not even scratching the surface of his true athletic potential yet!
When we did our November edition of the OHL class of 2016 prospect rankings we never realistically expected Pringle (March 2000, Toronto Red Wings, 5'11", 175) would catapult himself into the upper echelons of the first round. However, a lot has happened in the past four months on the developmental pathway, and Justin was certainly one of the season's biggest success stories. Pringle has taken his game to a whole new level this season, and it's becoming more and more evident by the day to the minor hockey community, he's one of the countries fastest rising stars with his ever improving skill set, speed and creativity in finding open ice.
Our Febuary version of the OHL Priority Selection 2015 top 309 prospect list is now online for members of The Scouting News. We've graded the best players in the province of Ontario after surveying scouts, coaches, agents, managers, advisers and our local consultants. First before we start congrulations to the second half's fastest rising player prospects of note, Owen Tippett, Brady Gilmour, Brett Neumann, Ian Blacker, Zack Gallant, Quinn Hanna, Liam Hawel, Quinton Hughes, Joseph Garreffa, Kirill Maksimov and Shane Bulitka!
QMJHL teams are keeping an eye out this year for a group of high end prospects who will all be contending for a high draft selection slot in a couple months. As per tradition, some blue chippers have plummeted this season. Others are rising meteorically. The Scouting News gives you an up to the minute exclusive lowdown on 25 prospects class of 2015 prospects, who have separated themselves from the pack as the early odds on favorites for success!
The 2016 QMJHL draft might still be a long time away, however, our province scouts already have a clear idea of how the 1st round will shake out based on the last 12 months of hockey action. The Scouting News gives you an inside peek into how the brightest hockey minds see the draft playing out and tabulates the top 18 prospects based on their up date season performance, intangible characteristics and long term career potential!
Our Febuary version of the OHL Priority Selection 2016 top 267 prospect list is now online for members of The Scouting News. We've graded the best players in the province of Ontario after surveying scouts, coaches, agents, managers, advisers and our local consultants. First before we start congrulations to the second half's fastest rising player prospects of note, Kirill Nizhnikov, Alex Jerome, Eric Guest, Brady Hinz, Chris Playfair, Justin Pringle and Danil Antropov.