OHL Forwards – 2017

Watch List for the OHL season.  There is no current rankings just notes.

Gabriel Vilardi (C)    Windsor Spitfires   – DOB: 1999-08-16 – H: 6’2

  • As of Sept 14th he was ranked 3rd by Hockey Prospect, Future Considerations & Craig Button
  • Last Word on Sports:  He uses his size to shield the puck and maintain possession in the cycle game, and uses his powerful stride to fight through checks and drive the net. Vilardi has a very long reach and excellent puck handling ability. He uses these assets to extend plays and wait for teammates to get open, before hitting them with a pass. Vilardi is constantly moving and getting involved in the play. He is extremely gritty and involved in battles along the boards, and in front of the net. The power forward prospect also has a very good wrist shot.

Owen Tippett (RW)    Mississauga Steelheads  – DOB: 1999-02-16 – H: 6’1

  • Tippett is goal-scorer with good size and patterns his game after Stamkos.
  • Dobber Prospects: Tippett is a speedster with an explosive first step and a high-end top gear that allows him to fly up the ice. His shot is equally quick in both his release and its velocity.

Matthew Strome (LW)    Hamilton Bulldogs    – DOB: 1999-01-06 – H: 6’3

  • The Hockey Writers:  He uses his size, strength, and speed to drive the net and create scoring chances. He is also active in board battles, playing a more physical game. The elite hockey IQ of his brothers is also in his game, playing a smart, 200-foot game.

Nicholas Suzuki (C)    Owen Sound Attack   – DOB: 1999-08-10 – H: 5’10

  • McKeen’s Brandon Ross:  Nice to see this highly intelligent center have an outstanding final tournament …. lifted them to victory showing elite defensive skills to force a turnover and elite offensive skills to capitalize the other way.

Austen Keating (C)    Ottawa 67’s    DOB: 1999-03-07 – H: 5’11

  • “He sees the ice really well and has a great shot, He’s definitely ready for the next level and has what it takes,” Guelph Gryphons Minor Midget AAA coach Ryan Black

Ivan Lodnia (RW)    Erie Otters  – DOB: 1999-08-31 – H: 5’10

  • US Hockey Report – A highly-talented two-way forward who has great speed, hands, and creativity.

Alexander Chmelevski (C)    Sarnia Sting    – DOB: 1999-06-09 – H: 5’11

  • OHL Prospect: Chmelevski is a dynamic offensive player who has blazing speed and dazzling puck skill. He put that well on display at the Hlinka, where he led the US to silver, capturing the tournament’s leading scorer award.

Isaac Ratcliffe (LW)    Guelph Storm    OHL – DOB: 1999-02-15 – H: 6’4

  •  “Ratcliffe is an exciting player. He’s almost six-five but skates like someone five-five. He’s got a beautiful stride on him,” Storm head scout Chris McCleary said.

Robert Thomas (C)    London Knights – DOB:  1999-07-02 H: 5’10

  • Played a regular shift on a deep Knights team last year.  Per London Free Press:  Hunter likes Thomas’ vision, speed, hockey sense and ability to pass the puck. Thomas also fulfills a real need the Knights have had since Bo Horvat graduated to the Vancouver Canucks.

Ben Jones (C) Niagra Ice Dogs – DOB: 1999-02-26 H: 6′

  • OntarioHockeyLeague – Ben is a big centreman who can score goals. He’s a good skater that handles the puck well. He has good vision and uses his teammates well. Ben has a good hard shot that he can get off quickly and accurately. He becomes a very dangerous player when he’s within 15 feet of the net. He’s not an overly physical player but will go into the dirty areas to get the puck. He will also take out his man and work hard for pucks in the corners. Ben uses his points well when he has the puck in the corner.

Greg Meireles (C) – Kitchener Rangers – DOB: 1999-01-01 H: 5’10

  • Penaltyboxradio.com – An elite skater that can set the pace with just one stride, Meireles has fantastic vision that allows him to make a play way before any opposing defensemen have a chance to counteract his actions. His release from his wrist shot is absolutely mesmerizing, and in no matter what capacity he attempts, he always seems to find a way to get the puck into the back of the net.

MacAuley Carson (LW) – Sudbury Wolves – DOB: 1999-03-12 H: 6’1

  •  Sudbury Star: “I think Macauley Carson plays a pro-style game, a physical, boisterous game, hard on the forecheck,” Mark Seidel, (North American Central Scouting) said. “There’s a bit of an issue with his skating, but I think with the way he plays and how much energy he shows I think there’s a spot for him and I think by the end of the year, he will be an NHL draft pick.

MacKenzie Entwistle (C/RW) DOB: 1999-07-14 – H: 6’3

  • Rick Zamperin:  Mackenzie is a big forward who contributes at both ends of the rink. He competes hard every shift and uses his size to his advantage to play a physical game. He has all the tools to become a strong player in the OHL. He’s a good skater for his size that gets up to speed quickly. He is aggressive on the puck and is a good forechecker. He has good hands and can find the back of the net. He can score goals with a good, hard shot or by banging around in the dirty areas.

Jack Studnicka (C)    Oshawa Generals   – DOB: 1999-02-18 – H: 6′

  • McKeens:  Jack is a power pivot who displays a methodical stick handling attack, using subtle puck placement over dangling options…very good at exiting traffic and unleashing a quick accurate shot…strong two-way player with good possession tools…

Brady Gilmour (C)    Saginaw Spirit    OHL – DOB: 1999-04-18 – H: 5’10

  • Hockey Now: He’s a complete player. He’s a two-way guy that works hard in both ends and is a true leader, the guy just has leadership qualities well beyond his years –

On The Radar

  • Morgan Frost (C)    Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds   DOB – 1999-05-14 H: 5’11: Smart two-way player that despite size isn’t afraid to play a physical game.
  • Jason Robertson (LW)    Kingston Frontenacs    DOB: 1999-07-22 – H: 6’1:  Good size, speed, skill combination.

Stock is Falling
Jonah Gadjovich (LW)    Owen Sound Attack  – DOB: 1998-10-12 – H: 6’2 – Big Power Forward with a late birthday, so he’ll be older than most first year draft eligible players this season.
Kirill Maximov (LW)    Saginaw Spirit – DOB: 1999-06-01 – H: 6’1 – Smooth stick-handling Russian with good size.
Liam Hawel (C)    Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds – DOB:  1999-04-18 H: 6’4 – A big, smart right-hand shot center will need to bring more offense and get a little stronger.

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