Serron Noel has climbed to spot #21 on the latest ISS Top 31 Prospects list, since breaking the list at 31 in December. The Ottawa native has worked his way onto the A list in his sophomore year with the Oshawa Generals after helping Canada win gold at Ivan Hlinka. He’s sitting on 53 points in 62 regular season games, with several multi-point performances under his belt.
Is this the year we see another OHL team break through that proverbial glass ceiling? The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds certainly hope so. Last year, it was the Erie Otters who won the OHL title and made it to the Memorial Cup final after they went through three years of having some powerful teams that fell just short in the playoffs.
The CHL experience couldn’t have gone any better for guys like Greg Gardner and Daniel Broussard. They never reached the NHL, but like many players right now, they were fortunate to play long enough to get their education paid for once they moved on from major junior.
You can’t discount anyone in the OHL, as the North Bay Battalion are showing us posttrade deadline. When they traded arguably their two best players, Cam Dineen and Brett McKenzie, many figured they weren’t expecting to do much in the playoffs if they even qualified.
ISS Hockey releases their February Top 31 Rankings for the 2018 NHL Draft, with forward Barrett Hayton climbing up as he has steadily all season to land at 13.
Ty Dellandrea needed only 20 seconds to seal his place in the record books at the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Thursday night in Guelph. The Flint Firebirds forward scored two goals 20 seconds apart to set the event’s record for fastest two goals scored by one player as part of Team Cherry’s 7-4 win over Team Orr.
Smooth skating London Knights D Evan Bouchard isn’t a flashy player but he gets the job done. Well. The Oakville, Ont. native is sliding into sixth in ISS Hockey’s latest Top 31 Rankings for the 2018 NHL Draft, moving up from his 13th spot in December.
The OHL’s playoff push is now underway. While teams spent the first half of the year assessing what kind of club they have and what kind of moves they could make to improve it – whether that’s immediate or for the future – the second part of the year will be dedicated to making a long run through the playoffs for some teams with new star talent in the fold.
Even before the closing stretch before the OHL’s Jan. 10 trade deadline, the action has been fast and furious when it comes to contending teams picking up blockbuster talent.
A late addition from the NHL could pay dividends for Canada’s World Junior team. Victor Mete, a London Knights product who earned a spot with the Montreal Canadiens as a 19-year-old, has been loaned to Team Canada in the hopes of pushing them to gold.
The days where Canada can run away with the tournament are over. Most of us are old enough to remember Canada winning five straight golds on two separate occasions (1993-97 and 2005-09), but hockey is a much different game now and it’s clear that there are plenty of powerhouse nations who will put Canada to work. Here’s a look at this year’s competition.
Team Canada is finalized and ready to play for World Junior gold. Hockey Canada released the final five players Friday night after the team completed its four-day selection camp with a 5-2 win over Team Denmark in St. Catharines.
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