What 2000 DOB American will be sending shockwaves through the WHL as 16 years old rookie shortly? At this point, we see no better candidate for the honor than Ryan O'Reilly (2000, Dallas Stars Elite Hockey Club, 5'10", 170 pounds), a kid who's consistently been stunning scouts this year with his quality showings against older, bigger, more mature competition. In our opinion Ryan will follow in his brother Brendan's footsteps to the NHL promised land one day as a high draft pick!
If we were Peterborough Petes' talent scouts we would be moderately excited about the way Nicholas Favaro (1998, Toronto Junior Canadiens, 5'11", 180 pounds), their list prospect, is adding a new physical dimension to his game this year, which, in our opinion, makes him a much more viable OHL contributor of the future!
Spending a draft pick on a top end USA prospect is always a gamble for OHL team become of the likely USHL, collegiate connection, however, in case of the very special Erik Urbank (1999, Buffalo Saints 18U, Nichols School Prep A, 6'0", 160 pounds) we think the game is very much worth the candle for the CHL!
The Scouting News is pleased to release our top 400 prospect list for the 2014 WHL Bantam draft! In 2014, 224 players were selected and 45 prospects were added to protected lists (in total 269 players). So, we will work towards keeping a 400 players deep list this season to cover the players who'll be drafted - listed and protected (270 to 300), and to prioritize late bloomers who are worthy of consideration as late additions. This year's draft features blue-chippers like (in no special order) like Addison, Focht, Nelson, Smith, O'Reilly, Addison, Stotts, Savage and many more!
Our October 2014 version of the OHL Priority Selection (2015) process top 300 list is now online for members at The Scouting News. Special mention at this time should go out to David Levin, Markus Phillips, CJ Clarke, Owen Tippett, Zack Gallant, Ben Garagan, Isaac Ratcliffe, Matthew Struthers, Nick Suzuki and Aidan Hughes, ten prospects who've been above and beyond this season and significantly increased their prospect net worth!
The Scouting News has compiled a ranking list of the top 100 player prospects in all of Canada for the 2000 age group. This group features the best of the best from all regions of Canada. Get the low down on where high end prospects like Gravel, Busby, Damiani, Lavallee, Merkley, McIssac, Smith and Veleno (and many others fit into the national scouting scene) …
The 2000 age group eligible for the OHL Draft in 2016 looks like it's going to be a dandy in terms of high end defenders. Our October top list has no been released at it is currently at 261 prospects deep. Close to 100 upgrades, modifications and deletions this month. All the best of the best listed including bluechip studs of note like Vucko, Stratis, Busby, Lavallee, Damiani, Bangs, Merkley, Roberts, McShane, Thomas, Nizhnikov and many more. Subscribe to the member’s area to get access to these lists as they are updated …
The WHL landscape for the 1999 age group has certainly changed a lot over the course of the past five months since the excitement filled 2014 Draft Day spectacle. It's been a long summer, and WHL teams have made countless additions and modification to their protected lists. So, with that said The Scouting News will fill you in on who is still protected, and what players have been picked up by teams over the last one hundred and fifty days after impressing at fall camps!
14 years old Jared McIsaac (2000, 6'0", 175 pounds, D, Cole Harbour Wolfpack) already shows traits that very few young dmen in his area possess, and this alone, in our opinion, places him on our HIGH FOLLOW NHL - QMJHL draft radar already!
There's ZERO doubt in our mind that Dante Fabbro (1998, 6'1, 185 pounds, RD, Penticton Vees) is going to be a high NHL draft pick down the line. In fact, we think he's a can't miss prospect because of his intelligent playmaking decisions from the back end! The Seattle Thunderbirds' recruiting think tank obviously shares our sentiments, and we think they'll do everything in their power to get this franchise defender into their system sooner than later!