The Snapshot – September 9th, 2019

Kalle Loponen has signed an OHL standard contract with the Sudbury Wolves. The 18-year-old native of Finland was a 6th-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs last June. Loponen is an offensive defenseman who should help the Wolves’ power play this season. More on the signing  here.

Hockey Canada announced that Cornwall will be the host of the 2020 World Junior A Challenge, set to take place December 13th-19th, 2020. All games will be played at the 4,800-seat Ed Lumley Arena at the Cornwall Civic Complex, home of the CCHL’s Cornwall Colts. This is the first time since 2015 that Ontario has hosted this event since Cobourg and Whitby co-hosted the event. More info here.

Jayden Struble will play for Northeastern University this season. He was expected to spend one year in the BCHL this season, but he’s making the transition to the NCAA this season instead. Struble was a second-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens.

The OHL Draft season has begun with the Toronto Titans’ Early Bird Tournament. Our scouts were in attendance, and you can check the following link in the coming days as they start adding reports to the website here.

QMJHL Draft season also got underway this weekend with the start of the Quebec Midget AAA season. Out east, the NBPEIMMHL Jamboree was in Moncton for two days. In Nova Scotia, the Early Bird Tournament was cut short due to Hurricane Dorian (games on Saturday and Sunday were cancelled). Check out this link and don’t miss any game reports added by our QMJHL Draft scouts here.

Some news about our podcasts this season here.

So far in the OHL, a pair of Ottawa 67s’ teammates are leading the league in preseason scoring. Graeme Clarke (3rd round pick by New Jersey in 2019) and Marco Rossi (2020 eligible) have 7 points each in 3 games.

Out in the QMJHL, Bailey Peach of Sherbrooke is leading the league in scoring with 9 points in 4 games. The 18-year-old Cole Harbour native is expected to be a key player on a good Sherbrooke team this season.

Heading west to the WHL, 16-year-old Logan Stankoven is off to a great start in his WHL career with the Kamloops Blazers, with 7 points in first 2 games. He was the 5th overall pick in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft.