OHL Draft: London Jr. Knights Gold v. South Central Coyotes – Marlboros Holiday Classic

December 28, 2012 London Jr. Knights Gold v. South Central Coyotes


Minor Midget AAA Toronto Marlboros Holiday Classic

LON #4 F Sloot, Austin – Sloot has some really great speed and quickness on the wing off the rush to gain the offensive zone. He has a nice hustle to get on loose pucks and then clear the puck on the penalty kill. He put some good pressure on the puck carrier and used his stick to knock the puck away. He was able to take a pass well on a 2-on-1 with some good speed for a great chance late in the game, and was battling hard for the puck along the boards.

LON #6 LD White, Colton – Colton has above average skating ability and likes to rush the puck up ice and get involved in the offensive zone as much as possible. However he still needs to watch some of the turnovers trying to skate the puck through traffic. He showed strong positioning when his team was controlling the play making himself an available passing option. White uses his stick nicely to force the opposition to the outside along the board, and then closes his man off along the boards with some nice physicality to take the puck.

LON #9 F Szypula, Ethan – Ethan’s talent is easy to notice the moment he steps onto the ice. He has exceptional hands to create time and space for himself. As well as the speed to blow by defenders and get the puck down low towards the net for some great chances. He is able to find some space and open up in the slot next to the net on the power play. He can work the puck so well in tight under pressure and in traffic and had some good give and go passing to get open in the slot for chances. He is physical and offering support in his own end, and was willing to block shots on the penalty kill. He read the play well to create neutral zone turnovers. He battles hard for the puck and to get to the net and protects it very effectively along the boards.

LON #10 F House, Brent – House has a great net-front presence, battling for his territory in front of the net. On the power play he was in front of the net and took a pass from the point to put the puck in. He was protecting the puck well along the boards and distributing it well in the offensive zone. He showed some good physicality finishing his checks along the boards, and also showed some aggression getting involved after whistles. He had a great hustle for the puck and then made a real nice feed across the ice to a teammate streaking in the far side on a 2-on-1 for a good chance.

LON #13 LD Vande Sompel, Mitchell – Mitchell is a very good skater in all directions and can rush the puck end to end rather easily. He’s shifty with the puck and skates it out of trouble with ease. He distributes the puck well in the offensive zone. He showed very good defensive body positioning in 1 on 1 situations. He has decent strength and battled to force the puck out of the zone and was clearing the puck on the penalty kill. He got in lanes showing a good willingness to block shots. He was reading the play to get his stick in lanes to breakup passes, and was stepping up to read the play and breakup passes nicely in the neutral zone. He does a great job defensively to use his body to keep the opposition to the outside.

LON #15 F Fox, Trent – Early on Fox drove the net hard with his stick on the ice and battled hard in the faceoff circle. He protected the puck well on the cycle and got his share of chances. He was a little inconsistent and he looked uninterested in competing in the third period. He turned it on again during his last shift in a tie game making a good move down low to create a scoring chance for his team.

LON #1 G Turnbull, Liam – Turnbull follows the play very well and is very strong positionally. He also showed very good lateral movement.

SCC #4 LD Ventura, Lucas – Lucas handles the puck very well on the point and sees the play very well. He also has a strong point shot. Controls the play fairly well on the power play. He rushes the puck very well moving up ice and evades oncoming checkers very well. Ventura sent a few great passes up ice in this game.

SCC #5 RD Crawford, Marcus – Crawford is quick to come off the puck and slide into the slot when the situation calls for it. He has a strong point shot and sets up the power play very well for the Coyotes. Marcus is a very smooth skater and reads the play very well.

SCC #33 RD Thomson, James – Didn’t do much in this game other than hit like a truck. He is big and showed a knack for knowing when the referee wasn’t looking and took a few hacks out of the back of a couple Knights’ players legs.

SCC #83 F Smith, Jake – Smith did a great job finding space and opening up in the slot to get a good shot from in tight. He was finishing his checks on the fore-check and was distributing the puck well in the offensive zone. He was able to get open next to the net to put some nice shots on net off the rebounds, and some really nice hands but needs to watch the turnovers trying to get the puck out of the zone. He had a bit of trouble clearing the puck on the penalty kill, and mishandled it a few times, and needs to get the puck to scoring areas rather than taking long outside shots.

SCC #90 F Kalsner-Lowe, Noah – Noah has some really good hands and speed, and made a great toe-drag move to get the puck to a good scoring area for a shot on net. He had a nice net-front presence on the power play and was finding some open space in the high slot to take passes and put some good shots on net. He needs to get a bit stronger so that he is not out-battled for the puck along the boards so often.