OHL: 12 Signings Round Out The Week

The end of this week brought a slew of OHL signings. Below are all the players who signed OHL deals and a brief scouting report from our scouts, who have all seen these players live.

PosPlayerTeamScouting Report
DTommy BudnickKingstonThomas is a big, strong kid who plays a smart game and has a strong skating stride. He reads the ice very well and it starts in his own end and leads into the offensive zone. He has quick hands for a kid his age with a hard shot from the point.
FNathan PooleKingstonPoole is a prototypical power forward that plays with a chip on his shoulder and can fill the net if given time and space. He welcomes all challengers when it comes to corner battles and thinks a play ahead in terms of his battle exit and subsequent puck possession and movement.
FPaul LudwinskiKingstonLudwinski has blazing speed and is not afraid to be the first to the puck or go through tight areas along the boards. His hand speed matches his foot speed which makes him a real threat on the rush, and he is slick with the puck, making little turns that make his impossible to hit and contain. His hockey IQ is off the charts and he has the confidence to take the puck back on the PK to kill valuable time.
FHunter HaightBarrieAn impressive 200 foot center, Haight continues to be one of our favourite skilled centers outside of the major centers. Haight is outstanding through the neutral zone with a full head of steam and generates space for himself and his linemates. He is also difficult to contain off the cycle with his quick first step and sturdy skating stride.
DJackson EdwardLondon
FZakary LavoieMississaugaLavoie has consistently been one of the top scorers in Ontario all season. He works well on the cycle with a give and go style and is skilled around the net with the ability to catch and shoot from slot. He has zip on his passes and presents himself well after he transitions pucks up the ice. Lavoie plays the point on the power play and activates from the offensive blue line.
FMax NamestnikovSarinaMax is very skilled player with very good edge work and the ability to stick handle in tight spaces. He carries a long stick which helps him dangle the opposition along with his quick feet. He is very effective on the faceoff as he creates scoring opportunities. He has great vision as he will set up his teammates and also has quick, hard shot. He is not afraid to shoot from bad angles. He scored a nice goal off of the cycle and he also set up his teammates for goals. He controls the puck on the power play as he moves his feet quickly and will find the open player.
FJonathan MeleeHamiltonHe can dangle or dish at full speed and maintains his stride to the net. His coaches trust him to play the point on the first power play unit. He has had a couple of highlight reel goals this season and is just as impressive on the defensive side of the puck too. He does not hesitate to engage, physically, and protects his own end down as far as below the goal line if need be. 
DTnias MathurinNorth BayMathurin was a workhouse on the back end and never seemed to leave the ice. His long stride allows him to attack the net from the outside on the rush after his fast feet take open ice. He is not afraid physically, either taking a hit to make a play or standing up a player on a shot attempt.
FLucas RossErieRoss, who was committed to Ohio State, is a speedster who is in constant motion and creates speed through the neutral zone that will back defenders deep into their own zone. He maintains possession on the peripheral and tries to penetrate to the house and needs to get his shot off sooner or look for an available pass back door. 
FJake KarabelaGuelphJake continues to show high end speed and skill. He is able to scoop up loose puck in own zone and transition into attack. Improved puck skills as the season progresses. He has developed slick hands with the puck; can deke and drag around defenders. His speed makes him hard to hit and he is elusive and able to get into good areas for quality chances.
FBen BujoldLondonHe shields the puck well along the boards and below the dots and was able to lean on defenders, use his reach and hands to create space for himself to open up shooting lanes. He’s also a proven passer who can go wide on defenders on zone entries, pull up and hit the late trailer or feed the slot with tape to tape passes. He can snap passes off quickly or carry it wide through the neutral zone powering through checks and traffic to gain the zone with speed. He has deceptive speed as he isn’t graceful but covers a lot of ice with hustle and motor but as he gains strength his stride will improve.