2020 OHL Cup Ranking: January’s Top-10

With the turn of the calendar and the beginning of 2020, we’re now a mere four months away from the annual OHL Priority Selection as well as the OHL Cup. With that being said, the 2019-20 Minor Midget season continues to fly by at a rapid pace — a number of the campaign’s major tournament have already been played, leaving league play and playoff action as the main sources of contention to be settled.

However, once fact which has been made abundantly clear of late is that although the United States’ group of 2004-born prospects is incredibly strong, Ontario is no slouch either. Despite American teams claiming the majority of the season’s major tournaments, a slew of Ontario teams have come on strong of late and continue to impress. Of note are those ranked below — teams such as the Southern Tier Admirals, Elgin Middlesex Chiefs, and Quinte Red Devils continue to improve and stand more than capable of competing with the United States’ best.

To view our full ranking, continue reading below!

Also, be sure to check out our three honourable mentions for this month — all three teams are red-hot of late and could push into the top-ten overall before the season comes to a close.

Honourable Mentions:

  • Mississauga Senators

Despite the incredibly competitive nature of the GTHL this season, the Mississauga Senators continue to improve with each and every game they play. Despite their foe, the Senators come take to the ice with incredible energy and are never truly out of a game owing to their determination and dogged pursuit of the puck. In fact, in their final ten games of 2019, the Senators pieced together a sparkling 8-1-1 record, a streak which included victories over the Toronto Nationals and Vaughan Kings.

  • Waterloo Wolves

The Waterloo Wolves are a truly dynamic team, and one which continues to ascend within the Alliance standings. Paced by a lethal offensive attack and steadied by one of the strongest defences in the league, the Wolves stand as a potent yet responsible force capable of competing against and overcoming a number of the top Minor Midget teams in Ontario. The trademark of the Wolves, and arguably the main reason behind their winning ways, is the team’s general defensive play — Waterloo had allowed just 42 goals in their 26 games played heading into 2020, the least in Alliance.

  • Whitby Wildcats

As a quarterfinalist at the recent Toronto Marlboros Holiday Classic, the Whitby Wildcats are a team knocking on the door to become a top-ten club eligible for the 2020 OHL Cup. Playing with grit, sandpaper, and a ton of the skill, the Wildcats feature a deep and balanced attack capable of bulging the twine in a variety of different ways. Moreover, Whitby boasts two consistent netminders in Nolan Dunn and Andrew Ballantyne who each feature the ability to steal wins for their team.

Mississauga Reps10. Mississauga Reps:

  • Months Ranked: 2
  • 2019-20 League Record: 13-8-4
  • Toronto Titans TournamentSemi-Finalist
  • Wendy Dufton Memorial: Sweet-16
  • Whitby Silver Stick: 2-2-0

Despite staring down remarkable tough competition at the recent Toronto Marlboros Holiday Classic, the Reps skated to an impressive 2-1-1 record. Although their five points were not enough to advance into the elimination round, the Reps once again proved themselves as potent squad anchored by their responsible and tactile blue line. If not for a tie against the Elgin Middlesex Chiefs and a loss to the Buffalo Jr. Sabres — two of the top teams in the event — the Reps likely would have done significant damage.

9. Hamilton Huskies:Hamilton Huskies Logo

  • Months Ranked: 1
  • 2019-20 League Record: 21-4-2
  • Toronto Titans Tournament2-2-0
  • Whitby Silver Stick: 2-2-0
  • Holiday Classic: Quarter-Finalist

The Hamilton Huskies are on absolute fire of late, and have used their mid-season surge to propel themselves into our OHL Cup Ranking for the first time this season. In league play the Huskies have been deadly, posting a 9-0-1 record in their past ten contests while, in the process, jumping into second overall in the Alliance Minor Midget standings. Even more recent was Hamilton’s impressive play in the Holiday Classic, where the Huskies posted a 4-0 record in round robin play before falling to Detroit Compuware in the quarter-finals.

8. York Simcoe ExpressYork-Simcoe-Express-Logo

  • Months Ranked: 3
  • 2019-20 League Record: 19-5-4
  • Toronto Titans Tournament2-2-0
  • Wendy Dufton Memorial: 1-2-1

To no one’s surprise, the York Simcoe Express are a powerhouse team within the ETA once again this season. However, following a red-hot start, the Express have stumbled slightly of late — posting a 5-4-1 record across their final ten games of 2019. This past stretch, which included multiple losses to the Whitby Wildcats and a hard-fought defeat against the Oshawa Generals, saw the Express fall six points back of the Quinte Red Devils for first place in the ETA. However, given York Simcoe’s terrific attack and steady defending, don’t expect their slump to last long.

7. Toronto Marlboros Toronto Marlboros Logo

  • Months Ranked: 3
  • 2019-20 League Record: 14-4-7
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Quarter-Finalist
  • Whitby Silver Stick: Quarter-Finalist

The 2019-20 season hasn’t produced the dominance which the Toronto Marlboros are known for — well, not yet at least. As we head into the New Year, the Marlboros hold down the third-overall spot within the GTHL standings owing to their 14-4-7 record — a track record which has been stymied of late given the Marlboros’ 4-2-4 record across their past ten games played. Further, for those of you wondering why the Marlboros have slipped so significantly this month, the team also failed to advance past the round-robin of their annual Holiday Classic Tournament — putting forth a 1-1-2 record. Despite their recent struggles however, the fact remains that the Marlboros are a dominant team in the Minor Midget circuit — they’ll just need to be more consistent in their second half.

6. Toronto Titans

  • Months Ranked: 3
  • 2019-20 League Record: 14-6-5
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Semi-Finalist
  • Whitby Silver Stick: Quarter-Finalist

Despite the loss of Jonathan Melee earlier this season, the Toronto Titans continue to roll on as one of the best Minor Midget teams eligible for the 2020 OHL Cup. Although their pace has slowed somewhat of late, the Titans continue to stand as a team laden with talent in all three zones of the ice. Backstopped by Liam Sztuska and powered by Kocha Delic, the Titans have continued to play consistent hockey within the GTHL and in tournaments as well — playing to impressive results within the events which they have competed in thus far this season.

5. Southern Tier Admirals Southern Tier Admirals Logo

  • Months Ranked: 3
  • 2019-20 League Record: 20-2-3
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Quarter-Finalist
  • Wendy Dufton Memorial: Quarter-Finalist
  • Whitby Silver Stick: 2-2-0

Not only are they one of the top Minor Midget teams in Ontario, but the Southern Tier Admirals are running away with their SCTA. Owing to their sensational 20-2-3 record to begin the New Year, the Admirals held a decisive eight-point advantage over the second place Niagara North Stars with two games in hand to boot. Although they were cast aside by Detroit Compuware in the round-of-16 at the Holiday Classic, the Admirals’ play in the round robin further established them as a legitimate threat to capture the OHL Cup and, potentially, the OMHA as well.

4. Toronto Nationals TorontoYoungNationals-640x360

  • Months Ranked: 3
  • 2019-20 League Record: 18-5-3
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Champion*
  • Wendy Dufton Memorial: Quarter-Finalist
  • Whitby Silver Stick: 1-3-0

A 3-1 record in round robin play of the Toronto Marlboros Holiday Classic may have provided the Nationals with the motivation they need to find their footing in the second half of the 2019-20 season. Despite holding down second place in the GTHL, the Nationals have not been themselves of late — posting a 6-4 record to round out 2019. Moreover, Toronto’s play in tournaments prior to the Holiday Classic echoed their struggles, as the Nationals failed to piece together successful runs when clashing with the very best which the Minor Midget circuit has to offer. Yet with this being said make no mistake, the Nationals are an excellent young team with plenty to prove before the current campaign comes to an end.

3. Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs:Elgin Middlesex Chiefs logo

  • Months Ranked: 2
  • 2019-20 League Record: 19-0-8
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: 2-2-0
  • Whitby Silver Stick: 3-1-0
  • Holiday Classic: Round-of-16

There’s only one undefeated team present within this month’s edition of our OHL Cup Ranking, and they are none other than the Elgin Middlesex Chiefs. Despite holding a whack of ties, the Chiefs hold down first place in Alliance Hockey and have shown no signs of slowing down. One of the main factors behind the Chiefs’ success is their blistering offence, as Elgin Middlesex boasts four of Alliance’s top-ten scorers within their roster — the most deadly of which being Owen Van Steensel. Despite losing in the round-of-16 at the Holiday Classic to the eventual tournament champion in Detroit Honeybaked, the Chiefs once again proved themselves as one of Ontario’s top Minor Midget teams.

2. Toronto Jr. CanadiensToronto Jr. Canadiens Logo

  • Months Ranked: 3
  • 2019-20 League Record: 21-1-2
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Finalist
  • Whitby Silver Stick: 3-1-0

The Toronto Jr. Canadiens will undoubtedly go wire-to-wire as one of the best Minor Midget teams competing in 2019-20, as their depth and abundance of skill are simply too strong and dominant to ignore. Heading into 2020, the Jr. Canadiens stand in a position of comfort atop the GTHL standings — leading the Nationals by five points with two games in hand. What’s more is that the Jr. Canadiens have been on a serious tear of late, as the club hasn’t lost a league game since the 22nd of September — playing to a 18-0-2 record in that span of time. Although they don’t hold down the top spot in this month’s OHL Cup Ranking, don’t expect the Jr. Canadiens to drop off anytime soon.

Quinte Red Devils Logo1. Quinte Red Devils

  • Months Ranked: 3
  • 2019-20 League Record: 23-3-2
  • Toronto Titans Tournament: Sweet-16 Finish
  • Whitby Silver Stick: Semi-Finalist
  • Holiday Classic: Semi-Finalist

The Quinte Red Devils are nothing other than a powerhouse in the Minor Midget circuit — a fact that can no longer be ignored of overlooked. Standing atop the ETA standings with comfort, the Red Devils have scored 5.85 goals per game played in league action thus far this season. In addition to their 164 goals for as of January 1st, the Red Devils had also allowed the fewest goals against in the ETA — their 46 against, or 1.6 per game, were 19 fewer than their next closest foe. What’s more is that the Red Devils have been consistently dominant in tournament play this season, regularly battling with the very best which the United States has to offer. Although they’ve come up short against their American counterparts, Quinte has battled tirelessly and proven to be a fierce test capable of handling any challenge directed their way. While this is Quinte’s first month atop our OHL Cup Ranking, don’t expect it to be their last.

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