Jacob Middleton is highly ranked prospect for the upcoming 2012 OHL Draft. The Huron Perth Lakers defender was invited and participated in the All Canadians program last summer in
Jared McCann – F – 6’0” – 175lb. – London Jr. Knights Gold
Jared McCann has to be the most complete 1996 born player eligible for the 2012 OHL Priority Selection. All over the ice, in all 3 zones, McCann has constantly made an impact. His skating has improved throughout the year. At the start of the year. His approach, unless there is a clear lane to the net, is very intelligent and calculated. Jared really doesn’t appear to have a preference one way or the other in terms of shooting or passing, and we’ve been very impressed with his ability to choose these options wisely. In both regards McCann has been outstanding. When he shoots, he has a laser release, and he constantly aims for the corners and is on target more often than not. Jared forechecks and backchecks extremely hard, and forces a ridiculous amount of turnovers. Defensively he engages well, and gets his stick in lanes. He doesn’t shy away from getting in front of shots. Jared McCann is the total package of size, skating, offensive ability, grit, determination and projects to be an impact player in the OHL.
HP's Laura Barney caught up with Jared at the recent OHL Cup. see the Video interview below. Special thanks to Brock Smeenk for his contribution and his video expertise.
Dante Salituro has proven he can be a game changer at the minor midget level, and a player to watch out for next year should he choose to make the jump to the OHL. Although he’s a little undersized, Dante is very strong. He has plenty of skill and has shown a willingness to compete. He has a great release on his shot, and his ability to finish is among the best in this draft class. He is speedy as well as very agile, and can elude defenders one on one fairly easily. Hp's Laura Barney caught up to Dante at the OHL Cup and spoke to him about the draft.
Last season the Mississauga Rebels were the Ontario Provincial Champions. They returned a talented core group again this season and came a close 2nd to the Toronto Marlboros in the GTHL regular season. The Rebels are currently in a tough battle with the Don Mills Flyers, with both teams trying to advance to the GTHL finals. HP's Laura Barney recently to spoke to Brett Hargrave, who is one of the Rebels key forwards. Hargrave is a huge forward who will surely be an early pick in this years OHL Priority Selection.
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Dylan Larkin is a high end 1996 born prospect who plays with Detroit Belle Tire. He is currently on the shelf with an injury but is hoping to make his return to the lineup in early March. Larkin is a top 10 OHL Draft prospect who recently made his choice to commit to the University of Michigan. HP's Laura Barney spoke to Dylan recently about his season, injury status and his thoughts on looking ahead to next season.
Micheal Dal Colle of the Vaughan Kings has been amongst the best 1996 born players in Canada for years. This season is his OHL Draft year and his team is on a quest to win the OHL Cup. HockeyProspect.com's Laura Barney recently caught up with Dal Colle and chatted with him about his season and his future in hockey.