Our search for the 2018 HockeyNow Minor Hockey Players of the Year kicked off with the start of the season and we’re watching closely to see which players will rise above the pack. Our preliminary lists are released each month and reflect some of the top minor hockey players (in their CHL draft year) from B.C., Alberta and Ontario. These lists, compiled by our Player of the Year committee, are used to eventually determine our winners, announced in July each year.
Our winners are chosen first and foremost on their hockey ability, but our selection committee also looks at each potential nominee’s record for leadership, sportsmanship, community involvement and participation in their school.
The committee is chaired by ISS Hockey founder and head scout Dennis MacInnis, who has been involved with the award for many years and helped choose last year’s winners, Justin Sourdif in B.C., Kaiden Guhle in Alberta and Jack Hughes in Ontario.
The stakes are high and this year’s players are already proving themselves early in the season. Here are the preliminary lists for November.
Preliminary list BC 2003s, November 2017
Solid puck moving d man, has good hockey sense and likes to control the tempo of the game.
Two way forward, leader, character player, plays top line and distributes the puck and finds the open holes.
Has speed likes to attack wide & protect the puck down low, quite player that can score & has hockey sense.
Power forward , left handed shot , plays top line, takes key face offs, net front presence.
Hard nosed up and down winger, tries to do a lot, plays with a lot of jump and energy.
Big forward, hard to play against, tough to handle down low, plays top line and in every key situation.
Smart puck moving d man, controls the puck on the PP, joins the rush and makes smart decisions with the puck.
Big, strong and can get up the ice, good shut down D man in the WHL, tough to play against & controls his space.
Power skilled forward that does it all and plays a mean game, plays on the edge and has lots of skill.
Quick, fast, good hands in tight, plays with energy, has speed to burn, one of the best skaters in the draft.
Preliminary list AB 2003s, November 2017
Two-way dman Plays PP PK and shots the puck hard, very good skill set & competes hard along the boards.
Big kid, leader, captain, tough to play against,good shot, plays a mature game, good speed once he gets going.
PF with high end skill, does it all with speed & skill, can score in any situation & dangerous all over the ice.
Talented offensive player good shot, quick release, plays top line, likes to dangle and can do it at full speed.
Big defender that plays a 2-way game but really excelled in a shut down role not flashy offensively but will chip in.
Another big forward on a strong team that can really skate, uses size down low and hard to knock off the puck.
Very good skater, good on edges and transition, controls the game, likes to hit and be aggressive.
Goal scorer and shooter mentality, very skilled expect the unexpected, shoot from everywhere has bright future.
Good offensive player. Has all the raw abilities to take game to next level. Big kid with soft hands & a good shot.
Fast, smart, captain does it all, no glaring weakness, moves the puck and jumps to holes and can finish.
Preliminary list ON 2002s, November 2017
Smooth skating defenseman, good size with lean build but strong on his feet. Wears 'A'. Top pair OHL potential.
Has game-altering ability, Captain of his team. High end size with good footwork, explosive skater with good top speed.
Slick two way defender can skate his way out of any scenario. Continues to show impressive vision/decision making.
Big, strong goal scorer with excellent release - big body with good net presence. Good patience with the puck.
Intelligent two-way defender, great agility on the ice, and reads the landscape at a high level - dangerous on PP/PK units.
Skates well in all directions. Nice release and heavy shot. Not afraid to join rush and make plays. Huge upside.
Playmaking winger with elite level upside. Consistently makes the smart play, projects as a top-line player.
Fluid skater that generates a lot of power, has tools to be a dynamic offensive forward when he wants to be.
Dynamic skating and agility continues to show a level of calmness, patience, and confidence in his own zone with the puck.
Two-way defenceman makes smart reads in all three zones. Can hide release point on his shot on the rush.
1) Prospect Profiles: Alexander Alexeyev, Hunter Holmes & Xavier Bouchard
2) Ask a Coach: University of Vermont Associate Coach Kyle Wallach: Academics, Recruiting & Preparation
3) 2018 HockeyNow Minor Hockey Player of the Year: November Shortlists
4) Cornered Coach: The Peanut Gallery
5) The Search Begins for the 2018 HockeyNow Minor Hockey Players of the Year