As the first 2 days Toronto Titans Prospect Tournament wrapped up yesterday, we were introduced to some of the top players expected to go in this years OHL draft. Although it was the first competitive game for many teams, we were able to see top level play and talent throughout both nights.
The Don Mills Flyers displayed why they are widely regarded as one of the best Minor Midget teams in the country with a flurry of talent throughout their lineup. Shane Wright, Liam Arnsby, and Brandt Clarke all had an exceptional first game for the Flyers. Arnsby played an exceptional game for Don Mills, dominating physically and tallying 4 points in the win (2G, 2A). You can keep updated with tournament statistics and scoring leaders here. Roman Schmidt, Alex Christopoulos, and Ryan Forberg also looked good in the 6-1 win over a solid York-Simcoe Express team. The GTHL looks to have another nice crop of talent again with the 2003 age group. Along with Don Mills, the Toronto Young Nationals, Toronto Marlboros, and Toronto Redwings also displayed top level talent, and will be the top competitors along with the Flyers in the GTHL Minor Midget loop. Ryan Del Monte (Toronto Young Nationals), Josh Bloom (Toronto Young Nationals), Francesco Pinelli (Toronto Redwings), Nolan Dann (Toronto Redwings), Tucker Robertson (Toronto Marlboros), and Danil Zhilkin (Toronto Marlboros) all had great first showings in early tournament action.
The Whitby Wildcats proved why they might be a contending team this year in the OMHA with a dominating 6-1 win over the Mississauga Reps. Good performances were on display from Ryan Winterton, Nicolas Carvalho, and Brenden Sirizzotti among others. Among other OMHA teams, the Guelph Gryphons and York-Simcoe Express also exhibited some good talent in their first two games. A couple of names on both teams to watch out for as the tournament rolls along include Mark McIntosh, Jackson Phillips, Dylan Richardson (Guelph Gryphons), and Kaleb Nelson, Thomas Sirman, and Braden Haché (York-Simcoe Express), as they all had strong showings in the first few days.
Expect the action to pick up as we approach the weekend, with the arrival of all the American, Northern Ontario, and Western Ontario teams. Continue following along with TPH for continuous coverage of the event.