Sask First is set to start this upcoming Friday, with 80 of the top bantam players from Saskatchewan participating in a weekend of games. This year’s event will not feature however our top ranked player out of Saskatchewan; Nolan Flamand as he missed the initial tournament in December to partake in the touted midget Mac’s tournament. Our previous newsletter had 34 players out of Saskatchewan ranked in our top 250 players and six net minders in our top 30. While a couple of those players are not present at the event, Sask First is an excellent way for scouts to sort out the province. We will have two scouts at the tournament (Nathan Chapman + Brayden Sullivan) who you can follow on twitter for updates.
Top 10 Players:
Kyren Gronick (Regina Aces) – Physically gifted offensive winger, Gronick recently recovered from an upper body injury and is expected to be the top player at the event. He’s got an elite shot blended with a heavy offensive game. Groneck has currently got 47 points in 20 games with the Regina Aces.
Carter Derenewsky (Yorkton Maulers) – Playing midget this year with the Yorkton Mauler, Derenewsky’s game excels with a high velocity shot and fluid skating abilities. Plays a two game with responsibility on both ends of the ice. This will be a big tournament for Carter to show how he fairs against his own age group. Derenewsky sits second on his team in scoring with 23 points in 37 games.
Tye Spencer (Saskatoon Maniacs) – Leading the SBAAHL in goals with 54 in 25 games this year, 16 more than the next highest. Spencer is a dynamic offensive pivot possessing elite puck skills, a shot with pin point accuracy and makes quick decisive decisions with the puck. Spencer is expected to take over at this tournament offensively.
Matthew Henry (Prince Albert Pirates) – Regarded as one of the more gifted power winger in Western Canada, Henry will surely take over in games with his physicality and puck controlling game. Henry plays an intimidating and robust game that is tough to handle as a member of the opposition. Henry currently leads the Pirates in scoring with 40 points this season.
Kevin Korchinski (Saskatoon Generals) – For us Korchinski will be the biggest defender to watch at this event, he’s a puck moving defenseman that has the potential of being a top two round selection. He’s got good feet and puck control on the blue line. Korchinski has the opportunity to take over as the best defenseman in the province this upcoming weekend.
Logan McCutcheon (Saskatoon Maniacs) – Potentially the best defender in the province, McCutcheon two-way game with strong defensive efforts is a well-rounded package that WHL teams desire. He does everything right in all three zones and moves the puck second to Korchinski in terms of defenders. McCutcheon currently leads all defenders in the province in scoring with 48 points in 25 games this year.
Hunter Mayo (Martensville Marauders) – Another defender who’s in the talks of being “Best in the province”, Mayo brings a different style of game to Korchinski or McCutcheon. A physical two-way defender who plays with comfort in his defensive zone. May not wow you offensively but he’s menacing to play against in his own zone and plays tight to the puck.
Tyrus Flory (Saskatoon Maniacs) – An opportunity for Flory to really command himself as a top forward in the province. Tyrus is an imposing power winger whose heavy on the forecheck and is fluid with his hands. Plays strong on the puck and can create offensive opportunities with knowledge of the game. Flory currently sits fourth in the province in scoring with 58 points in 25 games.
Dylan Ernst (Weyburn Wings) – Our top ranked goalie in the province, Ernst has dominating numbers in the SBAAHL this season and a good size frame at 5’11 149lbs. Ernst has a tonne of confidence in his crease and adheres to the butterfly position to make saves. He’s faster, stronger, and bigger than most other goalies in the province.
Orin Olson (Notre Dame Hounds) – The sole Notre Dame Hound on this list, Olson’s been the most rapidly developing prospect for Saskatchewan this season. His skating is now fluid along with his four-way mobility and gap control give him shutdown defensive abilities. Plays a stay at home game and keeps it simple with the puck. Watch for Olson to command the defensive play when on the ice.
Players to Watch: Carter Cormier (Notre Dame Hounds), Ethan Chadwick (Saskatoon Stallions), Nicholas Andrusiak (North East Wolfpack), Kylynn Olafson (Humboldt Broncos), Tre Fouquette (Warman Wildcats), Jakin Lawrence (Saskatoon Stallions), Mason Buekerts (Saskatoon Generals)
Header Picture retrieved from Calvin Daniels of Yorktonthisweek.com