In an age group that has no shortage of parity, it was the Little Caesar's '01 team that took home perhaps the most prestigious title of the season as they won the coveted Port Huron Silver Stick with a win over their HPHL rivals, Chicago Mission.
With a fresh set of viewings of many of the top players from the USA, we're pleased to unveil our initial look at the top-20 players in the '01 age group, for the OHL draft territory, of course. These rankings will be augmented by a top-100 to be released at the end of January, followed by a top-200 ranking at the end of the Bantam season.
The top-10 ranking is for public access while our top-20 is reserved for subscribers. For a $50.00 registration, members will receive a calendar-year subscription to our content which includes access to exclusive rankings, player profiles, and more.
Headlining the class is Mississauga Rebels center Jack Hughes, who has turned heads as an underaged player up with the 2000 age-group. Hughes lacks the type of physical size you'd like to see from a high-end player but is tantalizing in pretty much every other aspect of the game and should be a major gamebreaker at the next level.
The defensive strength in the age group is headlined by Americans with a quartet of them cracking our initial top-20. New Jersey's Marshall Warren is a dynamic force who roams the ice with ease and carries the play as a strong possession player. The Rebels' Case McCarthy possesses similar qualities as the top 01 player in the Ontario Bantam loop while Belle Tire's team strength is headlined by a pair of potential blue-chippers in Davis Pennington and Andrew Perrott.
Top 10 Rankings | 2001 Age Group | Top-20 ($)
|1.||Jack Hughes||LC||86||Mississauga Rebels '00||GTHL|
|2.||Marshall Warren||LD||77||New Jersey Colonials '01||AYHL|
|3.||Case McCarthy||RD||77||Mississauga Rebels '01||GTHL|
|4.||John Farinacci||RC||87||New Jersey Colonials '01||AYHL|
|5.||Jamieson Rees||LC||19||Mississauga Reps '01||GTHL|
|6.||Davis Pennington||LD||44||Belle Tire '01||Tier 1|
|7.||Ryan Campbell||LC||18||Cambridge Hawks '01||Alliance|
|8.||Andrew Perrott||RD||24||Belle Tire '01||Tier 1|
|9.||Andrew Horsley||LW||19||Jr. Canadiens '01||GTHL|
|10.||Graeme Clarke||RW||92||Toronto Marlboros '00||GTHL|