with well over 100 prospects to report on from this one huge weekend tourney,
Red Line Junior can not give complete and in-depth reports in this space
on every single prospect, so we have condensed our notes down to fit in
the maximum number of kids possible. Here are our abridged reports. The
next update will include full scouting profiles on our top 25 rated prospects
for the 2005 OHL Priority Selection.)
SILVER STICK REPORTS
96 Brad Fleishman Small, but very quick. Competes pretty
well. Makes sharp turns and uses his edges smoothly.
9 Kyle Moore Good size. Thick. Strong skater
with great balance. Competes well and drives hard to net.
18 Steve Stamkos ('90 birthdate) Lacks size, but is very smart
with the puck. Intelligent and gritty with quick hands and feet.
9 Cody Hodgson ('90 birthdate) Smallish frame. Extremely
quick feet and very good with the puck on his stick, but not much use
19 Josh Domingues Captain and leader. Good size, excellent puck
pursuit, and like to chirp at opposition a lot - gets under opponents'
66 Garrett Trainor A real wide body type. Thickly built
defender is aggressive; hits everything that moves. But many of his hits
come at the expense of positioning - takes himself out of the play looking
4 Paul Lennox Decent sized RD. Overhandles the puck
and his skating stride is a bit stiff. Hits hard, but only a fair skater.
30 German Tsatsura Huge goalie blots out the sun. Butterfly
style but gets a bit sloppy at times, gives up rebounds. Lateral
movement a bit slow and stiff. Inexperienced at this level but has
94 Chris Paul Decent size. Competes well, goes
hard to net - not a great skater, though.
11 Steven Koufis Can absolutely flat-out fly - great wheels,
but did not show us much of anything else.
74 Kyle Ramsay Has a fair amount of size and grit. Likes to chirp
and is a real agitator.
95 David Johnson Huge and bullish. Powerful - goes hard to net
and can't be stopped. Competes very well. Mediocre skating speed
hurts him, though he has great balance and is powerful on his skates.
19 Marcus Carroll Captain and coachs kid. Has NHL bloodlines.
Always has his head up looking for plays. Plays a bit too much on the
perimetre for our liking.
89 Nick Holmberg Good sized LD. Not overly physical, prefers
to angle opponents off the puck. Passing skills are weak.
96 Ian Doherty Huge, raw RD is very awkward and lacks leg strength.
Stiff on his skates. Hard but inaccurate shot. Could be a decent
81 Eric Nottbeck Average sized goalie is patient and stays squared
up to shooters.
30 David Jenkins Goaltender has a nice, tight butterfly style,
but goes down too early and is a poor puckhandler.
3 Justin Taylor Captain. Thickly built and
a hard worker. Has good wheels and competes well.
15 Adam Zamec Always looks to shoot first - needs to distribute
the puck more.
12 Jordan Skellett Decent sized LC. Choppy stride but very
quick. Never cheats you on effort level - goes 100 % every second of every
14 Leigh Salters Huge LW. Excellent skater with balance
and power. Quick stick and a good skill set. Not a physical
player. If you can get him to use his frame more, look out; if not
18 Andrew Wilson RW with good size and physical tools. Good skater
with a fluid stride.
19 Drew Doughty RD has good size, but got pushed around in front
by smaller forwards. Stiff in the hips with his turns.
30 Jordan Smith Decent sized goalie has rebound control issues.
12 Dustin Fummerton Wee little gnat always has engine
revving on high. Competes well, goes hard to net, and bulls his
way past bigger and stronger defenders. Good lateral quickness.
16 Kyle Tront Tall and lanky. Kind of a knock-kneed skater, but
he gets there. Strong on the puck; keeps his feet moving in traffic. Needs
to give up the puck sooner. Must fill out his frame and get stronger.
11 Travis Oleksuk Has a cannon of a shot. Captain drives the
net well and works ok, but got little accomplished.
7 Chris Bewski Tall, lanky LW is all arms and legs - thin,
lacks strength. Willing to hit, but carries stick and elbows high.
15 Robert Bortuzzo Big RD is physically weak and struggles with
4 Tyler Arps Big d-man has a huge frame. Tall but thin;
lacks coordination. Poor outlet passes and overhandles the puck.
Would describe him as an awkward stork - he may turn out to be a player,
but patience will be required.
5 Brad Pawlowski Excellent sized RD. Good skater. Very
poised with the puck. Loses positioning looking for big hits. Hard
shot and will jump into the rush - but is not very smart. Mitch Maunu
clone, with the same warts.
1 Alex Dupuis Flopper of a goalie - overcommits.
Always seems to be swimming in traffic.
No players to report on.
9 Zack Kolbas If he was only 59
Love his fire. Competes all the time. Built like a fireplug.
Quick and aggressive, good finisher around the net. Little bundle of energy
always involved; unafraid.
1 Derek Kotlar Small goalie but very active. Quick feet
and glove. Sturdy in heavy traffic. Makes big saves.
9 Matt Dawdy Decent sized LW. Quick, great acceleration
- gets to top gear in a couple strides. Captain. Tricky with
the puck. Very sharp stops/starts and change of direction. Will create
contact. Fights through checks. Had a very impressive weekend; one of
the better players in Whitby, especially considering his team overall
is very weak.
19 Jeff Hayes Little centre has lots of energy; feisty; competes
10 Luke McBride Huge winger with slow feet and no acceleration.
Doesnt play very physically.
1 Christian Farquhar Lefty goaltender goes down early and
doesnt handle traffic well.
30 Kyle Khan Has good demeanor for a goalie - calm. Stand-up
style. Sloppy and a poor skater.
Toronto Red Wings
93 Mike Bodley Good sized RW. Selfish - holds onto
puck way too long.
9 Louie Caporusso Left winger has excellent hands/moves.
Not quick, but gets there. Has the ability to draw defenders to
him and then make a play. Very smart with the puck.
88 Matthew Meszaros huge, wide kid; very thick
97 Andrew Cox average size, but thin build; very quick feet;
71 Andrew Merret great size; real battler; goes hard to net
4 Andrew Shorkey ok size; gets lost in own end
6 Jake Dejulio good size; horrible feet; poor stops/starts;
fishing one-on-one; poor positionally; doesnt think well
16 Nick Ciampini good sized LD; heavy feet; lazy with puck; lazy
2 Tyler Corneau stocky LD; stiff; cant move feet well
3 Zack Fenwick good sized LD; poor positionally; doesnt
44 Trevor Hall ok size; no real puck skills
33 Daniel Pleckaitis decent sized goalie; tight butterfly; commits
26 Anthony Ruberto Lacks size but exudes great effort.
Easy to see why he's captain material. Has excellent wheels with
speed, balance, and acceleration.
89 Stevan Manojlovic Huge kid. Horrible skater with zero acceleration.
19 Josh McQuade Has a goal scorers mentality. Pitbull with good
balance. Has a heavy shot with a quick release. Lacking some size, but
it won't prevent him from getting himself into good shooting position
in scoring territory.
97 David Vallorani Small centre competes very well. He's a quick
skater who edges well and is not afraid to get his nose dirty in high
traffic areas. Controls the puck well in tight spaces.
4 Paul Cianfrini Defenceman has good size with a thick,
solid build and a wide base. Hits hard and often. Looks to force the play
so he does make some mistakes and gets caught out of position, but the
effort is there and he's a strong skater.
17 Devin Thomson Plays both wing and defence. Tall and
thin. Starts are painfully slow.
44 Mitch Gaulton LD gives up position too easily.
15 Jordan Gallea RD is big and strong with a wide base.
Hits and likes to carry the puck, but is not real effective at it and
gets himself in trouble at times. Competes. Doesn't have great lateral
agility, but is fine straight ahead.
3 Kevin Christmas Excellent build - long and lanky. Long,
smooth stride and is a pretty fair skater for his size. Fluid turns and
transitions well. Needs to learn to separate after tying up his
man, gets caught up in traffic too much in his own end. Makes good outlet
passes. Not overly physical.
33 Mike Murphy Big goalie who uses huge equipment. Quick
pads/legs. A bit scrambly at times, but stops the puck. Reminds RL Jr.
a bit of Josh Unice in style, though not quite on his level - still a
pretty fair goaltending propsect.
9 Jamie Arniel RC with NHL bloodlines (son of Scott). Captain
is a late DOB and has lots of time to round out the edges in his game.
Has good tools and attitude. Competed very hard, but had little
help from teammates.
5 Marc Andre Bouchard LW with average size. Solid skater
uses edges crisply. Competes well; motor is always running.
16 Eric Lanciault Big boy played both up on RW and back on defence.
Hits hard and often, and picks his spots well. Skating is just average.
Because of aggressive physical nature and stiffness in hips, we project
him better at forward.
(lost my team roster sheet
not as much info)
14 Miller good size; long and fluid stride; goes to net well;
competes; poor passes
96 Colwill captain; ok size with wide, thick build; powerful
stride with acceleration and speed; hustles; always a good effort; very
29 Matt Smyth tall and lanky; drives to net; short stride but
very quick; drives defense back with speed; didnt show me lots of finish;
still an excellent prospect
15 Casaluce smallish but very aggressive; unafraid; quick feet
7 Terry- decent sized centre; creative; pretty good skating
77 DeBiew thick and wide; slow reactions; caught up ice; goes
deep in offensive end and forgets defensive responsibilities
4 McIntosh quick stick; handles tough passes
8 Brand struggled with traffic in front; positional play
a question mark; good effort
10 Borges smallish d-man; stiff turns; beaten wide with speed;
effort is good
81 Subban hard accurate shot; gets it on net; smooth skater with
speed; not great outlets; works well in own end,; great job on 5-on-3
1 Strang average size; very stiff movements; unimpressive
68 Aaron Palushaj Great size with a wide base.
Strong skater and a natural goal scorer, but spent too much time on the
10 Anthony Schooley Super-skilled forward had the dangles going
big time. Great skater - quick, sharp change of direction and can make
all of his slick moves at top speed. Loves to have the puck on his
stick down low, and usually does something creative with it.
5 Christian Steingraber Big blue-liner is such a smooth
skater with crisp edges/turns. Solid outlet passer. Needs to get
much stronger in his own end - upper body strength is lacking at this
stage. Needs to improve decision-making and shot.
93 Bradley Phillips huge goaltender with big equipment; movements
are just ok, a bit slow and stiff, but size makes up for some lack of
athleticism; flexibility has improved throughout year; makes some huge
saves at key moments; a pretty solid prospect
44 Spencer Heichman Yeah, hes a WHL property, but we love the
way the little guy just flat out competes so hard that we had to mention
him. Not physical or in-your-face, but hes always on the puck and will
play in traffic against anyone. Stick is bigger than he is. Quick
release; opportunistic. If some of the big guys would compete like
him, theyd be superstars.
7 Eric Artman Skilled d-man loves to move up on
the attack with the puck. Lacks some size and strength but competes. Completely
lacking in defensive responsibility. Can't ignore the great wheels.
11 Chris Dyer Never going to be a top-liner, but is a gritty
3rd-line prospect. Does a lot of the little things that often go
unnoticed, but help win games. Battles for loose pucks, is good
on faceoffs, willing to give up the body on PK. Solid skater with quickness
91 John Tavares ('90 birthdate). Underager is easily,
hands down the best player here. He does whatever he wants, whenever
he wants. Unbelievable combination of size, speed, power, skill, balance
and will to win. Has it all - would be #1 overall pick this year
if he were eligible.
3 Bryan Cameron Captain has quick hands and feet. Competes
well; ultra-aggressive; nice sized frame. A top two round pick in
8 Akim Aliu Bounced again back-and-forth between F and
D. Excellent size. Good straight-ahead skating stride. Very strong
- loves contact, drives the net hard. Puck skills are not great;
he's better off as a puck-pursuit winger.
17 Scott Walling Huge kid is a stiff skater who lacks leg strength
- lumbers. He's a project. Can really lean into a wicked snapshot.
16 Tyler Forbes Good size. A pretty fair player with a
smooth stride who gets overlooked on a team full of stars.
18 Patrick Daley Thick winger who goes up-and-down the walls.
Good wheels, strong on the puck, and looks to initiate contact.
Quick release on dangerous snapshot.
89 Eric Rubino Smallish RW is very gritty and abrasive. Great
balance; takes and gives hits well and always keeps feet moving.
2 Aaron Atwell Smallish defender, but has a thick build
and a great, wide base. Makes crisp stops/cuts/turns. Efficient
but not outstanding passer. Good defensive skills and
15 Steven Tarasuk average size; strong with good leverage; pushes
guys around; struggles one-on-one
10 Wilson Ngai Intriguing prospect has great size and is an effortless
skater with speed. Turns well. Slow decisions with puck; dont think
hell ever amount to the player he could be with his physical talents.
Despite size, lacks a physical component to his game and is not great
with the puck - very frustrating for us.
20 Kori Coelho Smallish goalie is stiff in his movements and
a mediocre skater. Also a horrible puckhandler.
61 Cory Shody Huge goalie has fairly quick pads for a
big guy, but has real bad rebound issues.
44 Adam Little Barely adequate size, though he is wide and thick.
Poor puck skills - gets spooked by checking pressure.
7 Jim Hutchinson Good size. Stiff legged skater.
Aggressive; likes to throw his weight around and dishes out some hard
16 Adam Jones Smallish centre competes well; throws some good
hits and is not afraid of traffic.
19 Joel Reed Small, with quick feet and hands.
15 Lane MacDermid Decent size, poor balance.
4 Harry Young Great size. Straight-ahead
skating stride has some power and is pretty good for a big kid, but lacks
agility - turns and pivots need work. Makes decent outlets. Aggressive;
could be a player in time.
16 Dave Sharpe Smallish d-man is very aggressive and likes to
jump up into play, but gets caught up ice plenty. If he has a growth spurt,
might be a player.
14 Michael Neal Big, lanky LW hits everything that moves.
Good skater and has a safe OHL pedigree as his brother, James, is pretty
fair OHL rookie.
9 Michael Cudmore Average size. Lots of speed and hustle
and great in puck pursuit.
4 Nathan Bouillon LD and captain. Great speed/acceleration.
Likes to force the action at both ends. Loves to join the rush and
has recovery speed. Ultra aggressive attitude and hits hard.
12 Adam Hurley Great sized frame to fill out - tall and lanky.
Straight-ahead skating is ok, turns and pivots need lots of work - but
that should come with leg strength. A nice long-term project.
12 Thomas Stajcer LD with good size who works hard. Has
4 Kory Mortimer LD likes to hit. Average height but
19 Taylor Puim Huge, but did not notice him much other than his
size, but will get a better read in next viewing.
30 Jeremy Smith best player on the team; excellent goaltender
with quick reflexes; comes up big; quick laterally; sharp glove; excellent
on odd-man rushes and breakaways
2 Dan Stanisz turns bad; puck is a hand grenade; runs around
constantly in own end
5 Nick Prince smooth skater; struggled in own end big-time;
pivots not great
3 Caleb Myers always behind play and caught up ice; bad
13 Daniel Lombardi most dynamic player at tournament,
with the exception of Tavares; unbelievable wheels; works his ass off
in offensive end, but lazy coming back at times and floats for home-run
outlet; hits everything in sight; abrasive in-your-face style; forces
defense with speed; chirps; needs to calm down a bit; tourney MVP
19 Jason McDonough lazy on defense; big wide circles; not a very
sharp skater; overrated
62 Dale Mitchell average size but very strong on skates; ultra
aggressive; needs to control emotions; opportunistic; excellent effort
14 Geoff Guimond decent size; nasty; elbows and sticks high behind
play; feisty; talented
16 Ian Meagher huge raw kid; awkward skater but gets there; plays
7 Christopher MacKinnon smallish; quick; good skater; nice
snapshot going against grain off wrong foot for goal; honest effort
95 Reggie Traccito stiff and slow; totally out of sync; unimpressive
before injuring right knee and missing rest of tournament that I saw
4 Jeff Amadio good size; smooth stride; not overly quick;
decent passer; competes; lacks puck poise; panics
63 Kevin Mole captain; decent size; rarely noticeable, which
is not a bad thing for a defensive minded d-man; skating is ok; turns/pivots
92 Brandon Andrade lanky d-man; stiff skater; needs work on turns
and pivots; competes ok
84 Alex Ceci no size at all but competes better than any of the
other Sens d-men; hits everything; nasty in front of own net; ultra-aggressive;
moves puck efficiently
28 Trevor Cann big goalie with huge pads; moves pretty well laterally
for a big guy; comes up huge when needed; money goalie; very good prospect.