2020 WHL Draft: OHA Edmonton/NAX Bantam Prep Showcase Notables and Standouts

It was a busy weekend in Edmonton at the River Cree Arena, as some of the 2020 Bantam Draft top prospects went head-to-head at the annual OHA Edmonton/NAX Showcase. Teams at the showcase included OHA Edmonton, NAX, Edge School, RINK Academy, OHA, Shawnigan Lake, West Van Academy, Pacific Coast Hockey Academy, Pursuit of Excellence, and Notre Dame. There was a ton of talent on display for scouts to watch in … Read more

Minor Midget AAA Game Report : Hamilton Huskies vs Brantford 99ers – November 26th

  Alliance Hockey Minor Midget AAA Pavilion League Hamilton 16-4-2            –              Brantford 8-12-2 Final Score: Hamilton 3  Brantford 2 #34 GAVIN BRYANT – F Brantford’s captain plays the PP , PK and is dominant 5 on 5.   Bryant setup a number of grade A scoring chances and was robbed of a sure goal by Riley George.   His passing ability is exceptional as well as his decision making. #67 JUSTIN DEZOETE … Read more

OHL Game Report: Oshawa vs London – November 3rd

Oshawa Generals vs London Knights – November 3rd Antonio Strange – Antonio Stranges utilizes his effortless skating on both ends of the ice, and is often the first forward back in the defensive zone. The 2020 draft eligible prospect also has extremely fluid edgework, which gives him the ability to find and create space in the offensive zone. However, he was kept to the edges of the ice and was … Read more

OHL Game Report – North Bay vs Oshawa – Oct 4th

North Bay Battalion vs Oshawa Generals: October 4th 2019 Tyler Tullio – Tullio shows flashes of excellent puck handling skills. He is good at creating/finding space in the offensive zone, as well as picking off pucks and creating turnovers. His shot is good and he has a knack for picking corners and catching goalies off guard. His skating is fluid, though he lacks the top speed that would really set … Read more

OHL Game Report – Oshawa vs Hamilton – Oct 27th

Oshawa vs. Hamilton – October 27th  Marco Costantini – Marco Costantini plays a deeper in the net style. He appears very calm, and in control in the net, and his tracking is excellent, even through traffic. The draft eligible goalie single-handedly kept his team in the game; however, once the first goal was scored, his game became slightly sloppier and he lost his previous calm demeanor. Nathan Staios – Nathan … Read more

Diving into the game of Connor Zary, one of the 2020 NHL Draft’s most well-rounded players

The WHL 2020’s crop of draft eligible talent from the WHL doesn’t measure up to 2019’s extraordinarily deep class– headlined by the foursome of Bowen Byram (Colorado), Kirby Dach (Blackhawks), Dylan Cozens (Sabres), and Peyton Krebs (Golden Knights)– but that isn’t to say that this year’s draft won’t contain its share of future NHL talent from the West. Braden Schneider and Kaiden Guhle, a pair of defencemen featured at 15th … Read more

QMJHL November Game Reports


Name: Justin Barron     Team: Halifax Mooseheads     League: QMJHL

Skating: 8.5/10    Skill: 7/10    Smarts: 7.5/10    Shot: 8/10    Compete: 8/10

November 13th, 2019: Productive night for Justin Barron on the power play. The defenseman of the week in the QMJHL got 2 passes. As the point man of this unit, he fed well Raphaël Lavoie. He took the middle with the head up, attracted the penalty killer and he just had to do quick pass that gave open-ice for his half-wall guys.

He sometimes let go his usual low slap shot, perfect for rebounds. Even though he often stood still on the blue line, Barron was still an offensive thread. He jumped on the rush whenever he had the chance (he even did it on the penalty kill to outnumber Blainville-Boisbriand), did some good reverses with his forwards along the board and of course, fired the puck to the net. However, Barron didn’t try to do too much offensively and calculated well his opportunities to leave his position, which is exactly in his character.

Transition-wise, he liked to stay wide in neutral zone and he communicated a lot to Patrick Kyte, his pairing. He didn’t cause a lot of mistake which is an upgrade to his previous games. Good thing to remark, his passes were really really hard on tape. This strength in his wrist are pretty useful for long passes. Only downside, he didn’t move his feet enough, and this can also apply to his game in general. We all know, Barron has a fantastic north-south skating, but his quickfeet and pivots clearly don’t have the same speed. This then gave way too much time and space to his man when he had to press him in defensive zone and it set him vulnerable when he didn’t take a good gap. At least, his stick and frame helped him to make it up for this .

Since Benoit-Olivier Groulx took 8 minutes of penalty, Barron played a lot on the penalty kill. He did a great job out there but he didn’t move his head enough so the backdoor player at times fooled him. His defensive game is his biggest strength and it was easy to identify it. Barron was awesome to shut down rushes and anticipate passes. Something worth to notice, when Kyte was being tackled and grabbed because of the big hit he threw, Barron didn’t hesitate a second to jump in the scrimmage and defend his mate. He also showed great endurance since I’m pretty sure he almost played 30 minutes with all these penalties.

Justin Barron can sometimes make soft pass and bad decision but he still stay the most important defenseman for Halifax and a guy on who you can always rely on.

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2020 NHL Draft: Ridly Greig Game Report – Nov 17 vs. Oil Kings

Game Report: November 17, 2019 – Brandon Wheat Kings vs. Edmonton Oil Kings Ridly Greig Team: Brandon Wheat Kings Position: Center Height/Weight: 5’11 – 159lbs Hometown: Lethbridge, Alberta   Ridly Greig is currently ranked as the 58th overall prospect in Future Considerations 2020 NHL Draft rankings and was given a “B” rating by NHL Central scouting, which projects a player to be a 2nd/3rd round candidate. Greig is also a … Read more