2012 London Green & Gold Tournament

Included in this tournament report are reports on over 50 players who participated in the 2012 London Jr. Knights Grren & Gold Tournament.

 

October 12, 2012, London Jr. Knights Green v. York-Simcoe Express
London Green/Gold Tournament – Minor Midget Division

YSE #3 D Appleby, Jake -Appleby is a good skater who is shifty and not afraid to rush the puck occasionally. He battles hard in the offensive zone to keep the puck going for his team. He is one of those players who is capable of focusing on where the puck is going. Showed off some quick hands. [sociallocker]

YSE #10 D DeDonato, Christian -Christian moves very well up ice. He’s willing to rush the puck but was also good at passing the puck up ice. Moves very well around the offensive zone contributing to his team. He also won a lot of battles defensively and really did it all for York-Simcoe today.

YSE #61 F Boston, Tyler -Tyler has good hands and he moves very well. He forechecks hard consistently and won battles. He has a good shot and was constantly involved in the play on a regular basis. One of York-Simcoe’s best players in this game.

YSE #84 F Knott, Graham -Graham has great size and handles the puck with above average ability. He made several great passes in the offensive zone to create scoring chances. Played fairly physical delivering multiple good hits and protecting the puck well. One of York-Simcoe’s best players.

YSE #91 F Harding, Sam -Harding forced a lot of turnovers in the game. He made some good moves in and around the slot area but wasn’t able to finish.

Scouts Notes: London Green didn’t stand much of a chance against the York-Simcoe Express. While YSE didn’t post a blowout, they played a very controlled game, and capitalized on their chances. A few notable York-Simcoe performances in addition to those already listed includes Ian Reid who landed a massive hit along the blue line to an oncoming forward. And Jesse Weimer who showed off a good shot to score the fourth goal of the game. York-Simcoe wins 4-0.

October 13, 2012, London Jr. Knights Gold v. Brampton 45’s
London Green/Gold Tournament – Minor Midget Division

LON #4 F Sloot, Austin -Austin possesses a good size/skating combination. He makes quick decisions and works hard down low. He is tenacious on the forecheck and constantly forces turnovers with his work ethic. Never stops moving.

LON #6 D White, Colton -White always seemed to put together the solid first pass up ice. He is elusive in his own zone with the puck and can skate out of trouble. He moves the puck very well in the offensive zone and possesses a good hard shot that reaches the net regularly.

LON #9 F Szypula, Ethan -Ethan seemed to get better and better every shift. He makes quick decisions with the puck. He’s very elusive despite his good size and tough to contain. Great shooting/passing selection while showing good hands.

LON #13 F Vande Sompel, Mitchell -Mitchell is very skilled and a threat to score every single shift. He is a smooth skater who accelerates well right on his first step. Vande Sompel knows when to shoot and when to pass which makes him equally dangerous in the offensive zone. He rushes the puck up ice on the power play well and usually makes the right choice, but forced one bad pass through the middle resulting in a short handed chance against.

BRM #10 F Smith, Jason -Smith was very effective short handed killing time, and adding an offensive chance due to his good hands.

BRM #88 F Giansante, Robbie -Robbie showed off a great shot and effective skating ability. He got injured and left the game due to a headshot. Close to the gate where he came out, a parent communicated with him but he looked very disoriented and wasn’t able to respond.

BRM #30 G Blacker, Benjamin -Certainly not Benjamin’s best performance. Let in two goals that weren’t the best and a lot of what he faced was from the perimeter. Showed good ability to cut down angles, but he missed one time on this and the shooter made him pay. We’re not looking too much into this particular performance as for the most part he has been solid.

Scouts Notes: This was a game we expected to be full of action, but it was pretty much all London Jr. Knights Gold in this one. They dominated start to finish. In addition, Benjamin Blacker didn’t play to his potential which would have been the only hope with the way Brampton played in this particular game. London walked away with a 5-2 victory. A few others that caught our eye was forward Scott Nielson for London who is small but very quick and elusive. He rushes with the puck well and although it was limited action he reminded us a little bit of former London Jr. Knights Gold and current Kingston Voyagers (OJHL) forward Brett Seney (Oshawa Generals prospect). Brent House another forward for the Knights won a ton of battles and showed off his smarts down low in the offensive zone. Brampton’s Stevie Mariani showed off a quick, hard release on his shot.


October 12, 2012, Kitchener Jr. Rangers v. Toronto Marlboros
London Green/Gold Tournament – Minor Midget Division

KIT #9 F Nay, John -John seemed to want the puck more than anyone else on the ice for the most part of this game. He forced turnovers and worked hard every single shift. It seemed every offensive chance Kitchener got early on involved John in some way. Usually setting up his teammates rather than shooting the puck in this game. Good skater who is shifty and rushed the puck at times.

TOR #7 LD De Farias, Joshua -De Farias’ hockey sense was fairly apparent in this game. He seemed to always make the smart decision, and figured things out pretty fast. He is very composed with the puck showing very good passing ability who is capable of rushing the puck up ice but recognizes his limitations and options. Doesn’t try to force things when he has no options. He has a good point shot.

TOR #16 F Strome, Dylan -First thing you notice about Dylan is his great size. He plays physical and shows a tenacious forecheck. He was effective on the penalty kill draining the clock with puck possession and he has a solid wrist shot. He wasn’t quite as dominant as you’d expect for a player with his level of hype. His reaction time appeared off when trying to make decisions, something that wasn’t up to his current skill level. Looked good/big out there and did some things to help his team, but didn’t quite look like a top 10 pick at this point.

TOR #27 F Stephens, Mitchell -Stephens is a good skater and handles the puck so well at top speed. His acceleration is good but you can see his quickness improving and he’s to the point where he’s almost explosive. Mitchell earned a misconduct early on in the game giving the official a hard time after an offside call (which was the correct call from where we were sitting). He tried to make up for this scoring a big goal with 4:30 left bring the game from 2-0 to 2-1.

TOR #44 F Robinson, Noah -While Stephens and Strome are the most well known names on the team, Noah was a pleasant surprise. He possesses great size at the minor midget level and provides a great work ethic. He combines good hockey sense and creativity to make an impact offensively. He is very patient with the puck and has a tremendous wrist shot. He made some beautiful long distance passes. Despite his 6’1″ size he has great acceleration and is a good skater.

TOR #68 RD Gagne, Joshua -Has a powerful shot, but overall not a great game for Gagne. He made several bad puck decisions all throughout the game.

Scouts Notes: Admirable for their structured, disciplined play, the Kitchener Jr. Rangers overcame some underdog odds and came up with a huge victory over the Toronto Marlboros. The Rangers looked to tighten things up pretty good and capitalize on the Marlboros mistakes coming up with the 2-1 victory. In addition to our reports two other players caught our eye. For Kitchener Hendrik Rolleman defenseman showed smart puck movement all game long for the Jr. Rangers. Justin Fregona of the Toronto Marlboros was a little ball of energy. Very quick, hard working, physical and possesses a pretty good shot as well.


October 12, 2012, Ottawa Jr. Senators v. Toronto Titans
London Green/Gold Tournament – Minor Midget Division

OTT #8 F Fanjoy, Ben -Fanjoy has great size and skates well. He protects the puck and eludes checks extremely well for a big kid. He makes quick passes and is very offensive minded. He battled along the boards winning battles against as many as three opponents at once at some times. Not afraid to rush the puck end to end but sometimes tries to force it to work. He shows a ton of potential capable of doing everything well and controlling the play, but everything he does well he does so inconsistently.

OTT #27 D Myllari, Kristopher -Myllari got a ton of ice in this game. He looked very good in one on one plays and blacking passing lanes. But his puck play is to put it lightly very underwhelming. At one point he pretty much killed his own teams penalty trying to rush puck, pass puck up ice, every time getting stopped up before centre ice, then going back and trying to do it again.

TOR #9 F Larsen, Erik -Larsen has quick hands and he moved the puck very good. Especially on the power play where he was able to keep the play going.

TOR #13 F Carraretto, Nicholas -Carraretto played well today showing off good hands. He combined speed and agility to evade opposing defenders. He was a consistent factor on the forecheck forcing turnovers throughout the game.

TOR #42 F Monteiro, Domenic -Monteiro consistently likes to hit utilizing his big size. He has a decent shot but looks all around uncoordinated and clumsy.

TOR #97 F Eremita, Eric -He handled the puck well, is a good skater and make moves at high speed. Unfortunately with him trying to do everything fast he really rushed plays with the puck and handled it like a grenade at times.

Scouts Notes: This was a defensive game with some missed offensive opportunties. The Titans shut down the Senators well and earned themselves a 2-0 victory in this game. Two Titans players who were also notable were Jack Hutton who played very physical, showed good skating ability and quick hands. Also Andrew Petrucci who handled the puck well at top speed which lead to Andrew scoring one of the two goals in this game.


October 12, 2012, London Jr. Knights Green v. York-Simcoe Express
London Green/Gold Tournament – Minor Midget Division

YSE #3 D Appleby, Jake -Appleby is a good skater who is shifty and not afraid to rush the puck occasionally. He battles hard in the offensive zone to keep the puck going for his team. He is one of those players who is capable of focusing on where the puck is going. Showed off some quick hands.

YSE #10 D DeDonato, Christian -Christian moves very well up ice. He’s willing to rush the puck but was also good at passing the puck up ice. Moves very well around the offensive zone contributing to his team. He also won a lot of battles defensively and really did it all for York-Simcoe today.

YSE #61 F Boston, Tyler -Tyler has good hands and he moves very well. He forechecks hard consistently and won battles. He has a good shot and was constantly involved in the play on a regular basis. One of York-Simcoe’s best players in this game.

YSE #84 F Knott, Graham -Graham has great size and handles the puck with above average ability. He made several great passes in the offensive zone to create scoring chances. Played fairly physical delivering multiple good hits and protecting the puck well. One of York-Simcoe’s best players.

YSE #91 F Harding, Sam -Harding forced a lot of turnovers in the game. He made some good moves in and around the slot area but wasn’t able to finish.

Scouts Notes: London Green didn’t stand much of a chance against the York-Simcoe Express. While YSE didn’t post a blowout, they played a very controlled game, and capitalized on their chances. A few notable York-Simcoe performances in addition to those already listed includes Ian Reid who landed a massive hit along the blue line to an oncoming forward. And Jesse Weimer who showed off a good shot to score the fourth goal of the game. York-Simcoe wins 4-0.

October 13, 2012, Toronto Titans v. Toronto Marlboros
London Green/Gold Tournament – Minor Midget Division

TTN #42 F Monteiro, Domenic – Built solid possessing huge size, lacks hockey sense however.

TTN #97 F Eremita, Eric -Eremita showed great speed in this game and was one of the Titans best players. He was effective taking time off the clock on the penalty kill and forced turnovers regularly. He showed good passing ability with quick decisions.

TML #7 LD De Farias, Joshua -Good skater both forwards and backwards and also showed off good mobility. He was effective for the Marlboros contributing very intelligently in the defensive zone, but didn’t do quite as much as he has in the past in the offensive zone.

TML #16 F Strome, Dylan -Dylan was physical right off the bat. He has a powerful shot but he missed the net despite being very close to the net on a few of these occasions. Turned the puck over too many times in this game. In the third period of a close game he wasn’t going into the corners and appeared to be more focused on hoping his teammates emerged and fed him the puck rather than fighting for it himself. Not his best performance, but the Marlies as a whole didn’t play to their potential.

TML #27 F Stephens, Mitchell -Showed off good skating, and made some very quick decisions and was dangerous on a few occasions. As the game ended in a tie, eliminating the Marlboros Stephens decided to give a cheap two hander to the back of the legs of an opposing player, about five seconds after the game ended. He showed multiple times in this tournament the inability to control his temper when things didn’t go his way.

TML #44 F Robinson, Noah -Goes head first into every play, works extremely hard along boards, good positioning and a laser shot for goal.

TML #66 LD Cho, Austin -Possesses a good quick wrist shot from the point. Hit or miss in one on one match-ups through the game, made some good plays, and some not so good plays.

TML #71 F Fregona, Justin -Fregona might be a little undersized but he compensates with his work ethic. He battles extremely hard and wins those battles. In addition he shows flashes of offensive potential.

Scouts Notes: The Marlboros struggled again today. This time it resulted in a 1-1 tie, as the Toronto Titans were able to shutdown the favorite Marlboros. This game saw the Toronto Marlboros fail to qualify for the playoffs, which was easily among the biggest shockers in this tournament. Right up there is the Toronto Titans ability to advance to the quarter-finals in this game, and impressive accomplishment as they played a strong team game all tournament long. A few other noteable players were Jack Hutton of the Toronto Titans. He scored their only goal going hard to the net with his stick on the ice and got rewarded. Anton Trublin didn’t stand out too much but he did show some legitimate flashes of some very good skills. He could be a player who breaks out a little at the Minor Midget level later on this year.


Extra Scouts Notes from the London Green/Gold Tournament

BUR #3 D Henderson, Matthew -Great size who is very good along the boards winning battles. He read the plays well without the puck intercepting passes in his own end. Skating is a struggle with Matthew and he pivots too late in one on one match-up’s resulting in him getting beat.

BUR #8 F Court, Andrew -Showed good speed rushing the puck. He likes to use the boards and his acceleration to beat defenders and gain scoring opportunities. Very elusive along the boards, he can win battles and escape with the puck. Andrew has a good strong wrist shot.

EMC #9 F Konecky, Travis -Reads and sees the game at a different level than anyone else on the ice. Has great hands, and can beat multiple defenders at will. He has great vision and knows when to pass and when to shoot. He works hard, is willing to engage physically and does what it takes to win.

EMC #19 F Kim, Andrew -Very elusive along the boards, skates very well. Possesses a very hard shot with a quick accurate release.

EMC #55 F Broomhead, Hayden
Showed a ton of strength protecting the puck blasting through opponents. Usually smart positionally putting himself in areas where he can finish. Won battles along the board and isn’t shy about using his upper body power.

EMC #77 F Crouse, Lawson
Lawson has great size and he protects the puck well. He’s very effective and smart on the cycle helping maintain pressure deep in the offensive zone. He moves the puck very well and makes quick intelligent decisions with the puck. Has a lot of potential at the next level.

VAU #3 D DiCarlo, Alex -Alex possesses great size. He is very physical but doesn’t try to over use this area of his game making him effective without losing his positioning or taking bad penalties. Did a good job positionally in the defensive zone breaking up passes and sending the puck the other direction.

WBY #17 D Sarris, Ryan -Handles speed very well in one on one situations proving himself to be difficult to beat.

WBY #61 F McCool, Hayden -Plays a power forward’s style of game. He has great size and hits hard whenever possible. He is an impressive skater for his size and has quick hands growing into his body quickly. Very dangerous in the offensive zone.

Legend: BUR: Burlington Eagles, EMC: Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs, VAU: Vaughan Kings, WBY: Whitby Wildcats.


Barrie Jr. Colts

#7 D MacArthur – Continues to show good feet in all zones of the ice, moving well both laterally and vertically. Makes good reads in the defensive zone and generally makes an excellent first pass. Utilizes his strong skating ability to consistently be in good positions in both ends of the ice. Displays an active stick in keeping opposing rushers to the outside and closing down passing lanes.

Elgin Middlesex Chiefs

#9 F Konecny – Showcases an elite level of speed and quickness. First three steps are one of the best in this age group, taking him from slow to fast speed very quickly. Showcases a high level of vision and playmaking speed, while doing everything at an extremely fast pace. Not afraid to initiate contact, will grind out pucks in the corner and behind the net. Plays with an edge, and finishes majority of scoring opportunities around the net.
#15 F Worrard – Showed good speed throughout the tournament, consistently winning races for pucks. Has a knack for the net and knows how to finish opportunities in tight. Uses body size well to shield opponents and control pucks down low in the offensive zone.
#91 D Mayo – Plays in every situation for the chiefs. Shows good vision and play making abilities controlling the top of the power play on numerous occasions. Good feet allow him to constantly stay in position and jump into the rush when necessary. Good first pass, sometimes needs to learn to slow things down and get set up, instead of trying to force a risky pass.

South Central Coyotes

#5 D Crawford – Stood out against Elgin, playing major minutes against a strong opposition. Smooth skater, makes it look effortless. Solid puck moving defenseman is always looking for open passing lanes up the ice. Does not panic in the defensive zone, and utilizes good vision to get away from trouble. Good defensive zone positioning, battles hard in front of the net and the corners.
Ottawa Jr. Sens
#27 D Mylari – Showcased an offensive upside, scoring two nice power play goals against Kitchener. Good shot always seems to be able to get it on net through traffic. Showed great vision and playmaking abilities quarterbacking the power play. Needs to improve skating and remain consistent [/sociallocker]