The OHL Draft process for the class of 2016 has moved into full swing now with many elite tournaments in the book, and top prospects fielding offers from the top-end NHL agencies. The Scouting News breaks down the top 272 prospects for this exciting draft class! Players making major headway up the rankings list this month include the likes of Connor Roberts, Eric Guest, Akil Thomas, Ethan Manderville, D.J. King, Chris Playfair, Barrett Hayton, Hunter Holmes, Marino Moro, Nathan Dunkley, Aidan Dudas, Luke Moncada, Braydon Leeking, Jukka Schotter, Christian Clark, Chet Phillips and Mitchell Pellarin!
The Scouting News is pleased to release a copy of its 2015 OHL Draft Pre-Season top 300 prospect list. This list is a season long collaboration (which started back in August) of cross referencing seventy two (72) top experts (coaches, managers, scouts, agents and advisors) who have spent tens of thousands of hours in the rink's viewing games (and even more importantly) practice and training sessions over the course of many years with this age group. We'd like to thank our sources for going the extra mile, and assisting us in putting together a list of the best-qualified prospects. Risers in this months edition include Gabe Vilardi, Ryan McLeod, Brett Neumann, Quinn Hanna, Nick Suzuki, Evan Bouchard, Matthew Strome, Colton Incze, Shane Bulitka, Finn Evans, Jaden Peca and many more! The complete top 301 list is in our members area!
One scout made it perfectly clear today Connor Roberts (Grey Bruce Highlanders, Center, 2000) is the talk of the city with fellow recruiters in 2015 and gave us his unique insight on the following (a) Does he deserve to be ranked as a top six overall draft rated player for the 2016 OHL draft, (b) Is his 200 foot style game a perfect fit for the OHL, (c) Could he possibly be the drafts most complete forward, (d) How does his game stack up against players like Thomas and McShane on the offensive front?
One scouting source brought in his own unique perspective to The Scouting News ranking process today by giving us his two cents on Teth Burles (Missisauga Rebels, 2000, Forward) and, namely, his clarification on (a) Why have scouts been praising his play as of late, more and more, (b) Will his lack of size hurt his OHL draft day status next year, (c) Which two areas of his game will impress OHL scouts the most in a year, (d) How well does he do against bigger defenders?
We asked one scouting source whether or not he'd place Alexis Gravel (G Mississauga Senators 2000) within the top 20 picks for our upcoming 2015 OHL Draft list, and got a most definite answer, along with some keen insight (answers) on questions of high pertinence, such as, (a) Will he be eligible for the OHL Draft, (b) Where does he deserve to be ranked, (c) Is he going to project out to be a better goaltender than his father (a former NHL draft pick) long term, (d) What are his best assets as a goalie (five of them), and is he one of Canada's best?
We haven't made a great deal of changes to our OHL top 300 draft list since August of 2014 when we first put it out! Yes, it was that good, and it's stood the test of time really nicely. There are, though, seventeen minor adjustments we're considering making for Monday morning, so we've outlined them and created player notes on prospects Ian Blacker, Robbie Burt, Nick Suzuki, Isaac Ratcliffe, Zackary Jackson, Matthew Struthers, Austen Keating, Gianfranco Cassaro, Matthew Strome, Evan Bouchard, Jaden Peca, Eric Eschweiler, Daniel Berno, Colton Incze, Liam Stevens and Bryce Misley!
We will have a new draft list coming out on Monday for the 2016 OHL Draft. And, there are lots of changes with modifications being made to player prospects like Eric Guest, Brady Hinz, Ethan Manderville, Justin Pringle, Connor Roberts, Chris Playfair, Teth Burles, Adam McMaster, Mitchell Hoelscher, Joel Mazzili, Giovanni Vallati, Hunter Holmes, Marino Moro, Brendan Cederburg, Jake Murray, Billy Moskal, Michael Caruso, Brandon Holland, Wesley Weir, Lucas Pfeil, Mitchell Pellarin, Chet Phillips, Anthony Grigg, Christian Clark, Jacob Roach, Kevin Bahl, Daylon Groulx and Christian Taylor. We've got some commentary in our members area about how the process is coming along, and what changes may be in store with regards to these twenty eight player prospects come Monday morning!
WHL scouts are already following the class of 2016 WHL Draft and one of the better prospects at the top of the food chain is the talented Alberta born forward Payton Krebs (2001, Rocky Mountain Raiders, F)! Will he end up being a new, improved and next generation version of Riley Stotts for 2016? Is he talented enough to be a lottery pick one year down the line? We talked with one scout who offered his two cents on this player's long term upside (and BTW, this scout gushes about this players through the roof hockey IQ).