TORONTO, ONT. -- As December looms on the calendar, we've released the first set of three (3) OHL Draft rankings for the '01 age group this season. Alongside the trio of rankings for this age group, we'll also be releasing a a mid-term and final top-200 for the '02 age group as they continue to sift through the bantam season. For a full list of release dates, click here.
Complete with a total of more than 5,500 words of commentary and notes on each player, the top-100 also includes several players who we have had limited viewings of this season, or are relying on our bantam viewings at this point. In order to maintain the integrity of the rankings, we've omitted those players from factoring into the numerical order of the rankings and have identified them at the end of the listing.
The top-100 also sees a bit of a shuffle in our top-10, with a new entry and some subtle tweaks. Highlighting some of the updates:
- Jack Hughes remains our top-ranked player, and while the gap may be closing a bit, he's still very much holding that position. Yeah, he hasn't put up the boat-load of points some may have expected, but he's one of the best skaters to ever come through the minor midget circuit and has all the tools to be an impact player as early as 16. He's even seen a nice uptick in physical growth since bantam.
- Alex Turcotte is gaining a lot of momentum and aside from being a lock for the USNTDP, should be highly coveted by OHL teams looking to woo him away from a Wisconsin verbal commitment. It'll be an interesting storyline on draft day.
- Ryan Suzuki's game has evolved significantly since the start of bantam, to the point where he's become a fairly dynamic 5-on-5 player, in addition to his world-class skill. He looks the part of a player that is going to be putting up a lot of points in the OHL.
- Grayson Ladd has battled injuries this season and his somewhat frail frame is certainly going to be a bit of an issue for some OHL teams picking in his range. That said, the overall package of tools still has a lot of development left, which translates to a very high ceiling, in our opinion.
- Robert Mastrosimone probably isn't going to factor all that much into the OHL Draft if his Boston University commit holds true, but he is one heck of a player when he's got the puck on his stick. He's starting to hit a growth spurt which only further adds credence that he's got all the tools to do some damage with the NTDP, and eventually, BU.
|1.||Jack Hughes||LC||Toronto Marlboros MM||5.10||170|
|2.||Tag Bertuzzi||LW||Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 16U||6.00||192|
|3.||Alex Turcotte||LC||Chicago Mission 16U||5.10||190|
|4.||Marshall Warren||LD||North Jersey Avalanche 16U||5.11||155|
|5.||Ryan Suzuki||LC||London Jr. Knights MM||6.00||158|
|6.||Case McCarthy||RD||Buffalo Jr. Sabres 16U||6.01||187|
|7.||Jamieson Rees||LC||Mississauga Reps MM||5.09||158|
|8.||Grayson Ladd||RD||Chatham-Kent Cyclones MM||6.01||160|
|9.||Robert Mastrosimone||LC||Shattuck-St. Mary's 16U||5.09||145|
|10.||Trevor Zegras||LC||Avon Old Farms Prep||5.10||140|
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