Here is a preseason look at the top prospects eligible for the 2022 OHL Draft. The list is in alphabetical order.
Ben Cormier, C/LW, Navan Grads – Great motor and incredible acceleration/get up with his first couple strides. Cormier can rip powerful shots in stride off a quick firecracker release. Body position and puck protection skills are strong. Skilled player with plenty of moves, but his power game is his go to. Excellent puck possession player.
Ben Danford, RD, Quinte Red Devils – Mobile defender with speed and great hands/highly skilled. Fast with quick feet, which are nimble and quiet. Has good moves when working into the o-zone. Can handle super hot passes no problem with good cradling/puck control. Tall defenceman that loves to attack and join the rush. Good skater with excellent escape-ability due his mobility and edges. Utilizes edges/turns effectively to be more himself more elusive on the attack or to get out of tricky situations.
Jack Dean, F, Markham Majors – Insanely quick release on his shot; gets it off in a hurray and finishes accurately. Sharpshooter that has plenty of versatility to his game and effective in all situations. Strong two-way player, but the offensive end is where he shines the most. Skates well and motor is good.
Sam Dickinson, LD, Toronto Marlboros – Knocks away passes by jumping up in the neutral zone and activates the offence constantly. Skates well and can rush the puck out of his zone effortlessly. Makes breakouts look easy because he can skate end to end or make excellent passes, even if a strong forechecker is pursuing. Strong in his own zone and shuts down opposing forwards with an active stick in passing lanes.
Luke Ellinas, F, North York Rangers – 200-foot forward with high level hockey IQ and compete level. Sees the ice well and has excellent vision/playmaking ability. Strong skater that’s very elusive and has a great work rate each shift. Consistent effort and tough to contain in the offensive zone. Won’t see him get outworked in a puck battle.
Tyron Fevry, F, Toronto Red Wings – Explosive player that gives great energy every shift. Pushes the pace and pressures on the forecheck with speed and power. Great shot and ability to overpower defenses and battle in front of the net is relentless. Born in Quebec but hearing he could be eligible for the OHL Draft.
Gabriel Frasca, F, Missisauga Senators – At approximately 13 or 14 years old, he was putting up points consistently in the Carnevale Junior Summer League. Has all the tools to be a big-time star at the next level. Highly skilled and offensive arsenal is deadly. Great lateral movement to lose oncoming checkers. Nice hands. Brothers with Jordan and Jacob Frasca, who are both currently in the OHL and were both recently at NHL rookie camps.
Tyler Graham, C, Cambridge Hawks – Power forward with strength and exceptional motor. Skates very well and has a powerful shot. Usually beats goalies by blowing it by them and relies more on his velocity of his shot. Fakes the shot and dishes effectively therefore playmaking skills are strong as he sees the ice well. Responsible in his own zone, doesn’t take a back check off, and wins most of his draws. Heavy lean and strong on his stick. Puck protection is extremely good.
Michael Hage, C, Toronto Jr. Canadiens – Might be the most skilled player in the draft. Pulled off the Michigan/Lacrosse/Svech move at the Draftday tournament at speed. Extremely fast and super powerful motor. Balance and stability on his feet are the best I’ve seen in the age group. Pure goal scorer with a tremendous shot. Unreal control over his body and can handle a hot pass no problem. Puck control is next level and very balanced on his skates.
Kevin He, C, North York Rangers –Speedy centre with skill and puts up points non-stop. Firecracker release on the snapshot. Hits one-timers hard. Finishing touch and playmaking around the net and in tight spaces is stellar. Unreal passer and playmaker with eyes in the back of his head. Tremendous speed and wicked jump/acceleration bursts.
Lucas Karmiris, F, Brantford 99ers – 2006+ forward playing up with the 05s before Covid era and he was doing very well. Had a strong showing at an Alliance All-Star game and was the only ‘06 in the ‘05 all-star game. Super skilled speedster with elusive dangles and moves. Lucas has a cousin on his team named Tommy Karmiris, who is also a very high caliber forward prospect in this upcoming 2022 OHL Draft class. The Karmiris cousins are going to be fun to watch in Brantford with Braydon McCallum as well.
Jett Luchanko, C/RW, London Jr. Knights – Acceleration and jump are unreal. Attempts to split the D with confidence and attacks the middle well. Crazy first few strides and speed burst kick is awesome. Hits open gaps and creates space to get stretch passes, getting open with ease. Quick twitch muscles and athletic. Intense speed bursts and top speed he is flat out flying. Great hands and ability to finish and make plays.
Frankie Marrelli, LD, Markham Waxers – Firm defender and plays the body hard. Excellent skater and unreal edges/cuts. Mobility is special and could be the top D in the OMHA. Such a powerful motor and great stride power and acceleration. Backwards skating is so good, it’s nearly impossible for anyone in this age group to beat him off the rush. Active stick defensively and reads the play well.
Brodie McConnell-Barker, C, London Jr. Knights – Brother of Bryce McConnell-Barker who was a revelation 2004-born player that went 3rd overall to the Soo at the 2020 OHL Draft. Crazy speed and explosive bursts of power generated from his lower body. Very fast and quick and excellent hands to match. Skilled player with very nimble/quiet feet.
Hunter McKenzie, C, Halton Hurricanes – used to play for Grey Bruce Highlanders. 6’2” beast centre that scores plenty of goals. Offensive talent is through the roof and tough to contain in the o-zone. Great edges and ability to maneuver/cut into prime scoring areas.
Hunter McKnight, F, Brockville Braves – Power forward with good speed and acceleration. Foot speed is good for a guy with a bigger frame. Drives the net effectively and protects the puck well on those powerful pushes towards to net. Powerful shot. Strength is a major asset for McKnight and how he plays the game.
Henry Mews, F/D versatile, Toronto Jr. Canadiens – Nepean Raiders seventh overall pick in CCHL Draft rumored to have transferred to the JRC. Mobile/skilled versatile forward/defender. Insane vision and ability to make passes because everything is so smooth and quick. Absolute beast stats wise and offensive firepower is intense. Great skater and skill level is off the charts. Gap control is great and can make up ground if he gets caught.
Sam O’Reilly, RW, Vaughan Kings – At least 6’2″ or 6’3”+ and can fly down the wing. Unreal shot off the rush that finds the net often. Dangerous on the forecheck, causing turnovers constantly. Tremendous stride power and good stride length too. Powerful motor and utilizes speed and puck protection skills when rushing the puck down the wing. Formidable and mean player that likes to dominate physically and trash talks/chirps a lot.
Zayne Parekh, D, Toronto Jr. Canadiens – Played up last year for the wagon ’05 JRC team. Smooth dman that skates well and has a complete all-round game. Slippery and elusive like he is invincible out there maneuvering through gaps. Pinches effectively and makes sure those attempts don’t end up backfiring and going the other way.
Riley Patterson, C, Mississauga Senators – Centre with insane motor and an eye for the back of the net. Dominant force and takes over games. Elusive and quick and attacks the middle extremely well. Finishing touch is top notch. Scores goals in bunches and is an absolute game breaker. Recent transfer to the juggernaut Sens.
Braedyn Rogers, RD, Quinte Red Devils – Skates extremely well and very smooth. Excellent lateral movement and mobility that makes the game look easy. Great passer and puck distributor and makes good decisions with the puck. Great edges and escape ability. Strong shot from the point and can hammer his slap shot with good power, especially off the one timer.
Aidan Russell, LW, Toronto Jr. Canadiens – Big, super strong power player. Good speed and formidable power forward that can lay the boom physically. Doesn’t shy away and embraces the rough stuff. Massive firecracker shot too and great finisher around the net. Strong power forward prospect with sky high potential. Excellent range of motion in upper body and good length on the reach. Uses stick effectively.
Malcolm Spence, C/LW, Mississauga Senators – Extremely athletic. Super quick and unreal talent level. Highly skilled with tremendous hands and excellent skater with elusiveness and speed. Shot accuracy is tremendous, with an excellent trigger on his release too. Has moves and dangles to make your head spin. Great hands and ability to win puck battles with his superior strength/hand eye co-ordination.
Bode Stewart, F, Mississauga Senators – Racks up points with the Missy Sens group and is solid on the attack for them. Great playmaker with ability to make reads in real-time and process the play well. Great finisher around the net.
Luca Testa, C, Niagara North Stars – Powerful motor and good size. Formidable force on the ice. Strong on the puck and relentless forechecker. Great motor and strong skating stride due to excellent leg strength. Massive open ice hits and isn’t fun at all to play against for his opponents. Makes life very difficult for them out there. 200-foot centreman that is an intriguing prospect in this draft with his ability to dominate physically.
Jacob Therrien, C, Clarington Toros – Shorter forward but has a Ty Nelson type stature with tree trunk legs and strength is good overall. Can snipe with his unreal shot which has tremendous accuracy and power. Hand eye coordination is high-end. Excellent separation speed that loses forecheckers when he cranks it into top gear. He has high-end speed and balance on his skates. Upper body flexibility and wide range of motion to his dangles and ability to stick handle or pass around defencemen.
Ethan Toms, C, Quinte Red Devils – Excellent body control and balance. Pure scorer but also excellent at setting up his teammates in front and from behind the net by finding them and getting the puck flat/on their tape in a hurry. Special player with high-end finishing abilities. Crazy good hands and wicked dangles. Cuts to the middle aggressively and not afraid to do so against top D. Had some nice back checks where he made up lots of ground and thwarted scoring attempts. Plays a 200-foot game and skill is off the charts good.
Rowan Topp, RD, North York Rangers – Mobile defender with good edges, east-west movement, and excellent overall skater. Super sure of himself on first passes and uses good feet to create room and bide himself time. Strong skater and its natural to him. Balance is excellent in transitions, and very quick feet. Good movement and edges. Excellent skater and checks with good force and power.
Jack Van Volsen, C, Toronto Jr. Canadiens – Tall centre with good speed that can fly at top speed. Smooth and shifty with excellent hands/dangles. Very well positioned and always in the right spot due to excellent skating and speed. Stick handles well and knows where he is on the ice. Hockey IQ is high and he stretches the ice well.
Daniel Vasic, C, York Simcoe Express – Slippery forward that has an elusive game. 200-foot centre that controls the game when he is out there and dictates play. Tough to contain offensively and always moving in the o-zone. Buzzing offensively creating scoring opportunities consistently.
Nathan Villeneuve, C/LW, Navan Grads – Sixth overall pick in the CCHL Bantam Draft. Power forward and beast of an on-ice presence, especially when carrying the puck with speed. Scored off firecracker release at top speed off the rush at Draftday tourney. Goal blew me away. Formidable on-ice presence that dominates play with physical presence. Powerful stride and stride power. Generates oodles of speed no problem with a very strong get up.
Matthew Virgilio, RD, St. Andrews College Varsity – Stud D with good size. Unbelievable skater and is complete overall defenceman every OHL team needs. He is the real deal. Loves to rush the puck and contribute offensively with great gap control. 200-foot dman due to his skating ability that covers all zones effectively. Powerful motor and extremely athletic. Possible top defender in the draft.
Kieron Walton, C, North York Rangers – 6’5” and 203 lbs. Incredible speed/hands combo for a power forward. Good long stride, plus he can skate well/fluidly and get up to full speed quickly. Tremendous motor and cuts to the slot area effectively. Crazy puck skills and dangles. Great shot off the rush and changing his angle last second before his quick release. Good velocity on his shot and difficult to contain in the offensive zone with great puck protection and hands. He has a twin brother (defenceman named Conor Walton) on the same team as him.
Top 07s Playing Up and Potential Exceptional Status Watch (alphabetical order):
Brady Martin, F, Waterloo Wolves – Real deal elite scoring machine. 9 points in 4 preseason games playing up with the ’06 Wolves.
Michael Misa, F, Mississauga Senators – Plays up with the 2006-born Missy Sens juggernaut. Brother of Luke Misa (former Oakville Rangers U16 forward and 9th overall pick in 2021 to Mississauga). Michael is highly skilled and fun to watch.
William Moore, F, Mississauga Senators – Another stud ’07 on the Missy Sens with a good size and skill combo. Offensive firepower is high-end.
Ryan Roobroek, F, London Jr. Knights – Powerful motor and pure gamebreaker. Will be fun to watch on a tough London Jr. Knights squad.