OHL Gold Cup: Top 30

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OHL Gold Cup Top Players Top 30 Information is based on the OHL Gold Cup tournament played in Kitchener from May 4-7, 2017.  The tournament is an 8 team all-star team tournament made up of 2001 born players. 2 teams represented the GTHL, 2 teams represented the OMHA, 1 team from the Alliance, 1 team …


OHL Draft Top 150 American Rankings

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Last week Neutral Zone’s Ontario staff produced its OHL Draft Top 300 Ontario Rankings. Our Atlantic, Central and Eastern regional scouts have come together to produce the OHL Draft Top 150 American List which is listed below. # 1 Tag Bertuzzi (LC, Oakland Jr. Grizzlies U16, ’01)  Rating: 4.75   A versatile, instinctual center with a …


NTDP Evaluation Camp Rankings

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Neutral Zone scouts were in attendance for the entire NTDP Evaluation Camp. While we would have had some different players invited, overall it was a good crop of talent headlined by Jack Hughes, this years soon to be OHL first overall pick. He was a full cut above the rest and cemented his place as …


OHL Draft Top 300 Ontario Rankings

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After the OHL Cup in March, our Ontario staff met in Toronto to produce our Top 300 OHL Draft Eligible Ontario Rankings. These rankings only include players who are currently playing in Ontario and are eligible for the OHL Draft. #1 Jack Hughes (LC, Toronto Marlies, ’01) Rating 5.0  Hughes is the only 5.0 star prospect …


2001 SCTA Minor Midget Playoff Weekend

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Halton Hurricanes vs. Southern Tier Admirals February 11, 2017: Final score – Halton 1 Southern Tier 1 Halton Mitchell Brewer (#9, 5’11” 195 lbs, LD, Halton Hurricanes, 2001) – good game for Mitchell….you always seem to get a very consistent effort and game from him. Hardly ever loses position or puck battles, gaps up well …


Mississauga Reps vs. Toronto Titans – 2002 GTHL SCTA Bantam Playoff

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Mississauga Reps vs. Toronto Titans – 2002 GTHL SCTA Bantam Playoff February 13, 2017: Final score – Mississauga 5 Toronto 0 Notable players (potential top 5 round 2018 OHL draft players) Mississauga Reps (top 5 Ontario team) Owen Power (#22, LD, 2002) – big, long, skates well and seems fairly coordinated given his size. Captain …


Major Bantam (2002)-Toronto Marlboros

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Major Bantam (2002) game February 13, 2017. Don Mills Flyers at Toronto Marlboros Final score was Marlies 3 and Don Mills 2. It was game 4 of the 1st round of the play offs. Marlies won the series 4-0. Following is a summary of the players that had strong showings and are likely to be …


2002 SCTA Bantam: Southern Tier Admirals

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Southern Tier Admirals vs. Halton Hurricanes – 2002 SCTA Bantams Final score – Halton 1 Southern Tier 0. All players are new additions to our profiles. Southern Tier Chase Grsic (#30 Goalie, 6’2” 170 lbs, Southern Tier Admirals, ’02) – big athletic looking left hand catching goalie who moves well and plays with confidence. Rebound …


Minor Midget AAA Alliance East-January 2017

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Minor Midget AAA Alliance East-January 2017 Games reported: Monday, Jan 2 Cambridge @ Windsor Saturday, Jan 6 Cambridge @ Kitchener Tuesday, Jan 10 Kitchener @ Cambridge Thursday, Jan 12 Huron Perth @ Cambridge Friday, Jan 13 Cambridge @ Brantford Sunday, Jan 15 Elgin Middlesex @ Cambridge Thursday, Jan 19 London @ Cambridge Friday, Jan 20 …


CJHL Prospects Game: Scouting Report

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Last night Neutral Zone scouts were in attendance for the CJHL Prospects game in Cornwall, ON. The two teams are separated by eastern and western CJHL leagues and picked by NHL Central Scouting.

Below is a breakdown of each player in the game; their NHL upside; their NCAA or CHL commitment and most importantly how they played here. Overall, we were impressed with the event. It was well run and the players showed they deserved to be there. The West won the game. However, the East held its own which is impressive considering their two best leagues are now “pay to play” leagues; while Western Canada has the two top leagues in the country in the AJHL & BCHL which are both free tuition leagues.

In attendance were over a hundred NCAA, CHL and NHL scouts. Like Tyson Jost and Dante Fabbro did last year, Cale Makar, Ian Mitchell and Cameron Crotty made this a worth while event for NHL brass as they are all serious draft picks, especially Makar who is a likely first rounder.

As is customary at Neutral Zone, we did analytics on what leagues the players came from, their ages and their NCAA/CHL status.

League Breakdown:

BCHL: 11







Birth Years:

1999: 26

1998: 13

1997: 1


NCAA Committed: 20

CHL Committed: 1

Uncommitted: 19


5’10” or Under: 8

5’11” – 6’0”: 10

6’1”-6’2”: 13

Over 6’2”: 9


Left: 16

Right: 20

#8 Cale Makar (R, 5-11.25/180, Brooks (AJHL), Late ’98)

Makar is currently Neutral Zone’s highest rated NCAA prospect for the 2017 recruiting class and the only 5 star ’98 left on the board. He’s a highly skilled offensive defenseman with elite skating and puck handling ability. He doesn’t have ideal size for a first round NHL pick defenseman, but that goes out the window when you see what he can do with the puck. He has an explosive first step, is able to shake off forecheckers in a few strides and has a quick, elusive stick to navigate through traffic. He probably led all skaters in the game in puck possession time and led several rushes, sprung teammates for breakaways with crafty passes and showed ability to take over in the offensive zone. He has a booming slap shot which he only got off two times (by our count) but it is a rapid release and very powerful for someone of his size and stature. On the defensive front, he doesn’t get the credit he deserves because he’s small and not overly physical. However, he is tough, he steps up and takes the body and he’s tricky in his own end. He picks off passes constantly because he has great vision and anticipation ability, he has a strong and quick stick check which he used several time here to win the puck battles. At this level he always wins the race to the puck and is quick and shifty enough to make a quick play before the opponent can get to him. As a result, the amount of time he plays defending is much less than the time he is on the offensive. Here he rushed the puck at will, he made people miss skating through the neutral zone and found seams in defense that he could exploit with precision passing. What is most impressive is how he thinks the game and processes the play at full speed; he never has to slow down to make a decision. He does everything at top speed. Makar leads all AJHL defenseman in scoring with 52 points in 38 games and sits at 10th in NHL Central Scouting’s Mid-Term Rankings. There was rumor that he’s being heavily pursued by the WHL, but he has a signed letter of intent to UMass Amherst, so unless something changes that is where he’ll be next fall.   Grade: A+     College: UMass Amherst