It’s hard to believe that we’ve burned through yet another month of the 2018-19 minor midget campaign, and what a month it proved to be.
As November progressed, the top teams continued to dominate their competition — solidifying their places in OHL Cup Rankings as an immediate result. However, perhaps the most notable play of all this past month arose at the 2018 International Silver Stick Tournament hosted by the Whitby Wildcats.
Annually one of the season’s most prestigious tournaments, this year’s Silver Stick proved to be not only highly entertaining but extremely valuable for scouts and fans alike — affording everyone the opportunity to compare and contrast the top prospects eligible for the 2019 OHL Draft.
Come the end of the tournament, the matchup many were hoping for occurred: the undefeated Don Mills Flyers did battle against Detroit Compuware. Featuring arguably a dozen of this season’s top players, the championship game was wildly entertaining and offered a tremendous opportunity to view a number of this season’s elite prospects.
That’s all she wrote, folks.
— Prospect Pipeline (@NHLProspectLine) November 25, 2018
Following a late goal from Brennan Othmann to tie the game late in regulation, it was Noah Laba who delivered the championship-winning tally for Compuware — a stunning yet well-earned decision which handed Don Mills their first defeat of the current campaign.
So, with a month of tremendous play behind us and December eager to afford each and every minor midget team a handful of new challenges, let’s meet three prospects who are red-hot of late before diving into December’s 2019 OHL Draft Ranking.
Three Red-Hot Prospects
The month of November offered a wealth of opportunities for prospects to place their names on the radar ahead of the 2019 OHL Draft. Whether it was the Battle of the Border, the Alliance Showcase, ETA Showcase, or the Silver Stick Tournament — November afforded each and every prospect with ample time to shine.
With this being said, here are three youngsters whose play has stood out of late.
2018-19 Team: Detroit Compuware 16U (HPHL)
Sasha Pastujov of Detroit Compuware arrived at the Whitby Silver Stick Tournament with one goal on his mind: domination. En route to his team’s championship, Pastujov not only led the tournament in goal-scoring with nine tallies but he stood atop the event with 16 points in his nine games played — a stellar offensive output which earned Pastujov MVP-honours.
Aided by incredible team play, Pastujov has continued to display the high-end puck-skill and skating abilities which have cemented him as one of the 2019 OHL Draft’s top prospects. Of solid size and seemingly endless confidence, Pastujov is not afraid to drive the puck hard to the net or do battle within the dirty areas in order to command puck possession.
Once in control, Pastujov is endlessly creative as well as consistent in his ability to generate offence.
2018-19 Team: Kanata Lasers (HEO)
One of the 2019 OHL Draft’s most notable and devastating power-forwards, the game of Stuart Rolofs has continued to progress dramatically. An absolute force for the Kanata Lasers this season given his 6-foot-2 and 190-pound frame, Rolofs pairs his immense size with a strong stride and the ability to dominate puck possession — especially so below the goal line.
However, Rolofs has proven time and time again to be much more than a big body, as the youngster is a natural goal-scorer who can pot the puck with incredible consistency. In fact, in the month of November alone, Rolofs blasted home 11 goals and 19 points across a mere eight games played. Boasting a wicked wrist-shot and the willingness to gobble up rebounds, Rolofs could prove to be one of the steals of the Draft this coming April.
2018-19 Team: Peterborough Petes (ETA)
With 21 goals and 38 points in-hand across his 22 games played to round out the month, Jon-Randall Avon’s impressive rate of production has thrust him into an elite company within the ETA. However, it is the manner in which Avon has staked his claim atop the ETA which is most impressive of all — the youngster’s whopping total stood 20 points greater than any of his fellow teammates, a glaring indication of Avon’s persistent lethality.
Jon-Randall Avon of the Peterborough Petes Minor Midget team is a dynamic offensive threat who can not only create but also finish tantalizing scoring plays from his centre-ice position. – Prospect Pipeline
As a tremendous skater who tracks the puck exceptionally well, Avon positions himself in ideal areas in order to generate offence and has a knack for reading and reacting to the play before it develops. In short, keep an eye on Avon and his progression in the coming months — he could prove to be one of this year’s most under-appreciated prospects.
December’s Top-100 Prospects
Somewhat unbelievably, we are now just four short months away from the 2019 OHL Draft.
This year’s OHL class is quickly proving to be exceptionally deep, as plenty of promising prospects could very well fall into the fourth or even fifth rounds of the 2019 event. And, now more than ever before, a major trend which has continued and will surely impact the Draft is the number of NCAA commitments among this season’s group of top prospects.
In fact, 11 of our top-40 prospects — at the moment — are currently committed to an NCAA program, a reality which poses a great deal of unpredictability ahead of the big day.
Further, as we drive deeper into the 2018-19 regular season, consistency will begin to play a major role in separating the top-tier of prospects from the remainder of the pack. And, while there remains plenty of time for movement within the top rounds, some players are beginning to find their likely place within the rankings — with hot and cold months having less of an impact throughout the remainder of the season.
Now, without further ado, here are December’s Top-100 prospects eligible for the 2019 OHL Draft. Also featured within this month’s ranking are 20 honourable mentions who have continued to impress and hold roles of significance within their respective organization’s — listed alphabetically.
Note: This list features the Top-100 skaters available for the 2019 OHL Draft, and does not include goaltenders. Also, it is not a mock draft.
|1||Shane Wright**||Don Mills Flyers||C|
|2||Brandt Clarke||Don Mills Flyers||RD|
|3||Connor Lockhart||Kanata Lasers||C|
|4||Roman Schmidt*||Don Mills Flyers||LD|
|5||Sasha Pastujov*||Detroit Compuware||RW|
|6||Dylan Duke*||Detroit Compuware||C|
|7||Francesco Pinelli||Toronto Red Wings||C|
|8||Brennan Othmann||Don Mills Flyers||LW|
|9||Cole Hipkin||Brantford 99ers||RD|
|10||Mason McTavish||Pembroke Lumber Kings||C|
|11||Maddox Callens||Brantford 99ers||C|
|12||Danil Zhilkin*||Toronto Marlboros||C/LW|
|13||Francesco Arcuri||Don Mills Flyers||C|
|14||Brett Harrison||London Jr. Knights||C|
|15||Luke Hughes*||Detroit Little Caesars||LD|
|16||Liam Arnsby||Don Mills Flyers||C/LW|
|17||Braeden Kressler||Mississauga Senators||C|
|18||Brenden Sirizzotti||Whitby Wildcats||RW|
|19||Colby Saganiuk||Pittsburgh Penguins Elite||C|
|20||Deni Goure||Chatham-Kent Cyclones||C|
|21||Dylan Gratton*||North Jersey Avalanche||LD|
|22||Artem Guryev||Toronto Marlboros||LD|
|23||Jeremy Wilmer*||North Jersey Avalanche||C|
|24||Wyatt Johnston||Toronto Marlboros||C|
|25||Stuart Rolofs||Kanata Lasers||LW|
|26||Marc Boudreau||Toronto Marlboros||LW|
|27||Kaleb Lawrence||OHA Maroon||C|
|28||Ryan Winterton||Whitby Wildcats||C|
|29||Ryan Del Monte*||Toronto Young Nationals||C|
|30||Ethan Del Mastro||Toronto Marlboros||LD|
|31||Jack Devine*||Chicago Mission||C|
|32||Cole Eichler||Don Mills Flyers||C/RW|
|33||Redmond Savage*||Detroit Compuware||LW|
|34||Paul Christopoulos||Don Mills Flyers||RD|
|35||Kaleb Nelson||York-Simcoe Express||C|
|36||Ranvir Gill||Ottawa Jr. Senators||RD|
|37||Pasquale Zito||Mississauga Rebels||C|
|38||Wil Murphy||Kingston Jr. Frontenacs||LD|
|39||Camden Daigle||Huron Perth Lakers||LW|
|40||Davis Burnside*||Chicago Mission||LW|
|41||Jon-Randall Avon||Peterborough Petes||C|
|42||Jack Beck||Toronto Marlboros||LW|
|43||Daniel Michaud||Quinte Red Devils||C|
|44||Jesse Fishman||Mississauga Rebels||C/RW|
|45||Chase Stillman*||Sudbury Wolves||C|
|46||Devan Nagra||Toronto Young Nationals||LD|
|47||Logan Mailloux||Toronto Marlboros||RD|
|48||Ethan Larmand||North Central Predators||RW|
|49||Ryan Burke||Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs||C|
|50||Ty Gallagher*||Detroit Compuware||RD|
|51||Josh Bloom||Toronto Young Nationals||LW|
|52||Kai Alexander Greaves||Cambridge Hawks||LD|
|53||Jack Silich*||Chicago Mission||RW|
|54||Max Smolinski||Detroit Little Caesars||RD|
|55||Vitaly Levyy||Long Island Gulls||RW|
|56||Zacharie Giroux||Sudbury Wolves||RW|
|57||Landon Cato*||Toronto Young Nationals||RD|
|58||Steven Laforme||Brantford 99ers||RW|
|59||Christian Catalano||Mississauga Rebels||RW|
|60||Marko Sikic||Kitchener Jr. Rangers||C|
|61||Owen Watson||Smiths Falls Bears||LW|
|62||Therien Thiesing||Chicago Mission||LD|
|63||Tucker Robertson||Toronto Marlboros||LW|
|64||Jordan Adams||Halton Hurricanes||LW/C|
|65||Kyle Maloney||Waterloo Wolves||C|
|66||Josh Kavanagh||Sudbury Wolves||RD|
|67||Alex Christopoulos||Don Mills Flyers||RW|
|68||James Jodoin||Oakville Rangers||RD|
|69||Mark McIntosh||Guelph Jr. Gryphons||RW|
|70||Payton Robinson||Don Mills Flyers||RD|
|71||Cooper Way||Waterloo Wolves||C/LW|
|72||Jack Matier||Soo Thunderbirds||RD|
|73||Josh Ziliotto||Burlington Eagles||C|
|74||Braden Haché||York-Simcoe Express||LD|
|75||Justin O’Donnell||Toronto Marlboros||RW|
|76||Sam Sedley||Huron Perth Lakers||RD|
|77||Nicholas Sewecke||Pittsburgh Penguins Elite||C|
|78||Ty Anselmini||Guelph Jr. Gryphons||C|
|79||William Gourgouvelis||Whitby Wildcats||LD|
|80||Landon McCallum||Brantford 99ers||RW|
|81||Kobe Tallman||Toronto Young Nationals||LW|
|82||Adam O’Marra||Oakville Rangers||C|
|83||Owen Forester||Toronto Young Nationals||RD|
|84||Calum Chau||Halton Hurricanes||LD|
|85||Ryan Gillespie||Toronto Red Wings||C|
|86||Jordan D’Intino||London Jr. Knights||C/RW|
|87||Jacob Dupuis||Clarington Toros||RD|
|88||Thomas Johnston||Whitby Wildcats||LW|
|89||Judd Katz||Mississauga Rebels||LD|
|90||Sean Clarke||Vaughan Kings||C|
|91||Cole Patey||North Central Predators||LW|
|92||Andre Anania||Toronto Red Wings||LD|
|93||Ben Felicetti||Burlington Eagles||RW|
|94||Jordan Fuller||York Simcoe Express||LW|
|95||Liam Shewdyk||Niagara North Stars||C/RW|
|96||Christian Campanelli||North York Rangers||C|
|97||Callum Chisholm||Richmond Hill Coyotes||RW|
|98||Jacob Maillet||Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs||C|
|99||Ryan Cutler||York Simcoe Express||RW|
|100||Nathan Oickle||Peterborough Petes||RD|
|HM||Mateo Amaral||Cambridge Hawks||LW|
|HM||Eric Bonsteel||Mississauga Senators||RD|
|HM||Lucas Brzustowski||Kitchener Jr. Rangers||LD|
|HM||Ethan Burroughs||Halton Hurricanes||RW|
|HM||Douglas Carr||Whitby Wildcats||RD|
|HM||Nolan Forster||Toronto Marlboros||LW|
|HM||Jacob Holmes||York Simcoe Express||LD|
|HM||Ethan Lindsay||Barrie Jr. Colts||C|
|HM||Cole Melady||Huron Perth Lakers||C|
|HM||Edward Moskowitz||Don Mills Flyers||LW|
|HM||Simon Motew||Chicago Mission||RD|
|HM||Tarabh Nolan||Toronto Young Nationals||RW|
|HM||Luca Pasciuta||Windsor Jr. Spitfires||LD|
|HM||Declan Ride*||Toronto Young Nationals||RD|
|HM||Chandler Romeo||Toronto Red Wings||LD|
|HM||Tyler Savard||Peterborough Petes||LW|
|HM||Devon Savignac||Sudbury Wolves||LW|
|HM||Aidan Shepard||Toronto Marlboros||LD|
|HM||Sam Volturo||Detroit Little Caesars||RD|
|HM||Riley Wood||London Jr. Knights||RW|
* – Indicates a prospect currently committed to an NCAA program.
** – Indicates a prospect who required Exceptional Status to earn eligibility for the 2019 OHL Draft.