What better way to kick off 2018 than to look at the minor hockey players making waves and getting noticed by our scouts for this year’s Minor Hockey Player of the Year Award?
Our monthly regional lists are put together by our Player of the Year selection committee, chaired by ISS Hockey founder and head scout Dennis MacInnis. The committee is tasked first and foremost with finding the players who are at the top of their game, and who also exemplify strong leadership, sportsmanship, and school and community involvement.
The award is in its 18th year and has crowned some of the best players in the country, including Gabe Vilardi, Mat Barzal, Dante Fabbro, Griffin Reinhart, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Curtis Lazar and Morgan Rielly, just to name a few.
Our lists for January are once again full of stellar players in their CHL draft year from each B.C., Alberta and Ontario. Our winners will be announced in July and we’ll be keeping a close eye on all our preliminary finalists until then.
Here are this month’s shortlisted players:
Bentham, Nolan (RD) Yale Bntm Prep
Solid puck moving d man, has good hockey sense and likes to control the tempo of the game.
Chiasson, Jake (RW) Yale Bntm Prep
Two way forward, leader, character player, plays top line and distributes the puck and finds the open holes.
Funk, Zackary (C) Yale Bntm Prep
Power forward , left handed shot , plays top line, takes key face offs, net front presence.
Latimer, Carson (RW) Delta BPrep Green
Always seems to be around the puck and reads the play well - has a good skill set that allows him to create offense.
Quiring, Steel (C) OHA Bntm Prep
Big forward, hard to play against, tough to handle down low, plays top line and in every key situation.
Samson, Ethan (D) Delta BPrep Green
Smart puck moving d man, controls the puck on the PP, joins the rush and makes smart decisions with the puck.
Stankoven, Logan (F) Yale Bntm Prep
Goal scorer and shooter mentality, very skilled expect the unexpected, shoot from everywhere has bright future.
Sward, Graham (D) Yale Bntm Prep
Big, strong and can get up the ice, good shut down D man in the WHL, tough to play against & controls his space.
Verbicky, Kobe (LW) Yale Bntm Prep
Power skilled forward that does it all and plays a mean game, plays on the edge and has lots of skill.
Wong, Trevor (F) St. Georges 1
Quick, fast, good hands in tight, plays with energy, has speed to burn, one of the best skaters in the draft.
Ceulemans, Corson (D) OHA Edm Bntm Prep
Big, mobile defender that likes to have the puck on his stick. Skates well, head up, controls the play, can be aggressive when needs to be, has a good shot from the point, will join the rush and makes good passes.
Grubbe, Jayden (C) Cal. Bisons
Big kid, leader, captain, tough to play against,good shot, plays a mature game, good speed once he gets going.
Guenther, Dylan (C) N. Alb XTrm Bntm Prep
PF with high end skill, does it all with speed & skill, can score in any situation & dangerous all over the ice.
Hyland, Brett (C) Cal. Bisons
Talented offensive player good shot, quick release, plays top line, likes to dangle and can do it at full speed.
Lajoie, Marc (D) N. Alb XTrm Bntm Prep
Big defender that plays a 2-way game but really excelled in a shut down role not flashy offensively but will chip in.
Ostapchuk, Zack (F) N. Alb XTrm Bntm Prep
Another big forward on a strong team that can really skate, uses size down low and hard to knock off the puck.
Romanchuk, Jacob (D) N. Alb XTrm Bntm Prep
Smart two way defender makes a good first pass out of his zone. Makes good decisions. Uses his partner well.
Smith, Matt (LD) Delta BPrep Green
Very good skater, good on edges and transition, controls the game, likes to hit and be aggressive.
Stringer, Zack (C) Lethbridge
Good offensive player. Has all the raw abilities to take game to next level. Big kid with soft hands & a good shot.
Tschigerl, Sean (F) OHA Edm Bntm Prep
Fast, smart, captain does it all, no glaring weakness, moves the puck and jumps to holes and can finish.
Byfield, Quinton (C) York Simcoe
Has game-altering ability, Captain of his team. High end size with good footwork, explosive skater with good top speed.
Drysdale, Jamie (D) Tor Marlboro
Slick two way defender can skate his way out of any scenario. Continues to show impressive vision/decision making.
Halliday, Stephen (LW) Tor Marlboro
Big, strong goal scorer with excellent release - big body with good net presence. Good patience with the puck.
Moore, Lleyton (D) Tor Marlboro
Intelligent two-way defender, great agility on the ice, and reads the landscape at a high level - dangerous on PP/PK units.
O'Rourke, Ryan (D) Vaughan
Skates well in all directions. Nice release and heavy shot. Not afraid to join rush and make plays. Huge upside.
Perfetti, Cole (RW) Vaughan
Playmaking winger with elite level upside. Consistently makes the smart play, projects as a top-line player.
Peterson, Dylan (RW) CIH White
Fluid skater that generates a lot of power, has tools to be a dynamic offensive forward when he wants to be.
Portokalis, William (C) Don Mills
One of the most well rounded players in his age group. Talented in many aspects of the game.
Power, Owen (D) Miss. Reps
Dynamic skating and agility continues to show a level of calmness, patience, and confidence in his own zone with the puck.
Sebrango, Donovan (D) CIH White
Two-way defenceman makes smart reads in all three zones. Can hide release point on his shot on the rush.
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