The U16 Border Battle in Sarnia, ONT was filled with a lot of ‘A’ prospects. There was some excellent talent that should go high in the USHL and OHL Drafts next spring. Ontario brought some highly ranked U15 teams to the tournament to compete against some very strong U.S. U16 teams. There was no shortage of scouts at this event, as it was a rare chance to see some of the best Canadian teams match up against the Americans.
Players listed below are the ones Neutral Zone evaluated the highest. Grades are for this event only and in relation to others on this report.
Jack Hughes (L, 5-9/151, Toronto Marlboros, ‘01-Forward) – Is about dynamic as they come in his age group. Has big time skill and can control the game with the puck on his stick. Found the open man and set his line mates up. He has great hockey sense and is shifty. He understands the game well and has great poise with the puck. Younger brother of Quinn Hughes of the U18 USNTDP. In contention for the #1 pick in the OHL Draft, but is also a duel citizen and can chose the USNTDP/College route. No matter where he decides to play next year, he will be very successful. Grade: A+
Antonio Stranges (L, 5-9/150, Little Caesars, ‘02-Forward) – Getting better as the year goes along and he plays against older players. Great feet and ability to skate. Has the skill and playmaking ability to go along with it. (MICHIGAN) Grade: A
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