2013 OHL Draft: Alliance Minor Midget All-Star Game – Game Report

December 15, 2012, Team Carter vs. Team Doughty

Full game report from the Alliance Minor Midget All-Star Game. The report includes notes on 16 players.

CAR #2 D Prevel, Francis (Kitchener Jr. Rangers) – Made some good quick passes up ice. He gets the puck deep when rushing it to the red line. Got beat a few times in one on one situations and lost his positioning in his own end a few times.

[sociallocker]Slightly below average skating.

CAR #3 D Carroll, Noah (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs) – Carroll shows good puck movement most of the time, but would occasionally throw the puck away when he had no options, but did have a little time to work with. Solid skating defenceman in every direction. He made good plays in one on one situations, won battles in the corners and was willing to get a little physical.

CAR #5 D Jacobs, Zachary (Huron-Perth Lakers) – Jacobs identifies the developing play and makes excellent quick passes up ice. He does have the occasional mistake. Effective on the blueline for Team Carter’s power play throughout the game. He knows when to pass, when to shoot and has excellent patience to make things open up for him. He shows good urgency on sudden turnovers negating scoring chances by catching up and handling the puck carrier effectively.

CAR #6 D Robertson, Daniel (Windsor Jr. Spitfires) – Robertson forced turnovers on a fairly regular basis. He uses his size effectively and is capable of matching up well with oncoming forwards. He moves the puck well more often than not. Skating is average at best.

CAR #7 D White, Colton (London Jr. Knights Gold) – White moves the puck extremely well in all game situations and is particularly strong on the power play. He makes decisions very quickly. He rushes the puck up ice when the options present itself and shows good hockey sense. Has the potential to be a very good offensive defenseman at the next level.

CAR #9 F Carter, Kyler (Sun County Panthers) – Carter controls the puck very well down low. He cycles effectively and shows a very strong work ethic and consistency throughout the game.

CAR #11 F Coyle, Josh (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs) – Coyle shows good hockey sense and is very smart with the puck. He uses his size well and was very noticeable in battles. Hits hard whenever the opportunity presented itself. Makes the odd mistake with the puck but overall very good combination of size and skill.

CAR #16 F Konecky, Travis (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs) – Travis showed his outstanding speed and mobility. As well as his hands and powerful shot. He worked hard on the backcheck negating offensive chances for the opposition. He really didn’t take over the game in the way we expected him to. However an average performance in an all-star game hasn’t changed our current opinion of him as the best forward available for the 2013 OHL Priority Selection.

CAR #19 F Nay, John (Kitchener Jr. Rangers) – Nay was able to score for Team Carter and showed good work ethic throughout the game. He made an excellent play covering for a defenseman who decided to pinch off the point late in the game while his team was up by 1. John identified this and jumped into defensive positioning and saved his team big by doing so.

DOU #5 D Mayo, Cole (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs) – Mayo put on an impressive performance today. He’s very smart and identifies plays quickly. He has a very smart point shot which has power and is very easy to deflect. He is very effective skating the puck out of trouble as well as rushing it up ice. However he struggled at times passing the puck out of his zone. On several occasions we saw him do a great job to win the battle but then threw the puck away afterwards.

DOU #9 F Crouse, Lawson (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs) – Crouse showed good explosiveness when flying down the wing with the puck and has a great frame in which to protect the puck. Has good passing ability and created a few good chances. Didn’t quite play to his potential in this game as he was one of the most talented forwards in the game today.

DOU #11 F Mantz, Gary (Waterloo Wolves) – Mantz was pretty quiet through the first forty minutes. He started to really pick up his offensive game in the third with his team down one. Early on he started creating chances and eventually was a factor every shift creating some kind of offensive opportunity.

DOU #16 F Szypula, Ethan (London Jr. Knights Gold) – Szypula has excellent hands and made several big plays for Team Doughty throughout this game. He has a high level of hockey sense and creativity moving the puck. He reads the play quickly and has a tendency to make behind the back passes whenever they were available to him. He’s a strong skater and really was able to show off his skill putting on one of the best performances of anyone in this game.

DOU #17 F Trottier, Brenden (Lambton Jr. Sting) – Trottier has excellent positioning and knows where to be on the ice. Strong defensive play and shows good hockey sense at both ends of the ice. Smart pass to create a scoring chance late in the game down a goal. He has an OK shot, and is average skating. He isn’t the most skilled player but survives off of his strong hockey sense.

DOU #18 F Verbeek, Hayden (Sun County Panthers) – Showed off some great individual moves, great hands, and strong skating ability. Unfortunately he doesn’t utilize his linemates very often or very effectively. He shows the talent to make good passes but seems to prefer to try and do everything himself. At one point he made a great play to set up a 2 on 1 break but wouldn’t pass despite the defenseman heavily pressuring him leaving the other forward open on the 2 on 1 but instead he tried to force the play himself negating it.

DOU #19 F Worrad, Drew (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs) – Worrad showed off a powerful wrist shot in the slot to give Team Doughty an early 1-0 goal. It would end up being their only goal. Protepcts the puck very well when driving down the wing maintaining good speed. Did a great job winning a faceoff in the offensive zone with 10 seconds left down a goal, and created an opportunity to score. Drew seemed to get better as this game went on.

Scouts Notes: This was an excellent game and a very evenly matched game. Team Doughty scored early, but Team Carter answered with two in a row. Team Doughty dominated the third period but just couldn’t score seeing this game end 2-1 for Team Carter. Players on both teams engaged in excellent battles along the boards, defensemen were tested one on one and while some of the top players going in weren’t as strong, others were able to show their true potential in this format.[/sociallocker]