WHL Draft: John Reid Standouts

The John Reid Memorial Tournament has a rich history of featuring future NHL’ers and is one of the most notable showcases of premier talent in Western Canada. Some of the most highly touted prospects in Bantam hockey we head-to-head at Servus Credit Union in St.Albert, Alberta last weekend. 

 

Teams at this year’s tournament included the Calgary Bisons, Calgary Flames, Delta Green, Greater Vancouver Canadians, Leduc Oil Kings, Lloydminster Bobcats, Los Angeles Jr. Kings, OHA Edmonton, Okanagan Rockets, Prairie Storm, Red Deer Rebels, SSAC Lions, St.Albert Sabres, St.George’s Saints, West Van Warriors, and Yale Lions.

 

The Yale Lions defeated the St.Georges Saints in the finals to take home the 2020 JRMT Championship

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There was a ton of talent on display for scouts to watch in preparation for this year’s WHL Bantam Draft. Here are how some of the most notable players and some players who stood out to me with their play throughout the tournament:

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Game Report: Nov 16th – Lloydminster vs MLAC

The Lloydminster Bobcats made the trip back to Edmonton this weekend with their schedule of games starting against MLAC at Millwoods Recreation Centre.

Ryker Singer scored twice to take his tally to 14 on the season. Then defenceman Ashton Cumby beat Aven Maxcy to make it a 3-0 Lloydminster final.

With the win, the Bobcats moved to 7-2-3 on the year while the MLAC fell to 1-12-1 in the Nitro North Division.

Here are a few players that stood out:

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Game Report: Nov 12th – Sherwood Park vs SSAC

The SSAC Lions and Sherwood Park Flyers collided on Tuesday night at the Terwilliger Community Recreation Centre. Both teams were heading into the contest rested with no games over the weekend and off the back of wins which came last week.

The Flyers trailed 2-1 early in the third period but managed to claw their way back with a shorthanded goal from Luke Stone and a game-winner from Brayden Westerlund.

With the win, Sherwood Park moves to 5-6-2 in the Nitro North Division while the Lions fall to 6-3-2 in the same division.

Here’s a look at three players that stood out:

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AJHL Finals Preview: Brooks Bandits VS Spruce Grove Saints

Eight months ago, 16 teams began their journey to the Inter Pipeline Cup Finals. After 60 regular season games and three rounds of gruelling playoff hockey, 14 teams are now sat at home, with the Brooks Bandits and Spruce Grove Saints the final two teams left to battle it out for the ultimate prize. The Bandits and the Saints are the only two teams to win an AJHL Championship since … Read more

The AJHL Round One Recap: North Division

The road to the Inter Pipeline Cup began last Thursday in the North Division with the Bonnyville Pontiacs hosting the Whitecourt Wolverines, the Drayton Valley Thunder taking on the Spruce Grove Saints, and the Fort McMurray Oil Barons and Grande Prairie Storm battling it out way up north. The North Division was close all season long with no team having too much of an edge over the other. Round one … Read more

NHL Draft: Alex Young

Name: Alex Young Team: Canmore Eagles (AJHL) Position: Center Height/Weight: 5’10 165lbs Hand: Right NHL Draft Ranking: N/A  Western Prospects Ranking: 43rd Estimated Draft Position: Camp Invite Areas of Strength Boards to Boards Vision In Tight Scoring Ability Quick Hands Areas of Weakness Scoring Consistency Body Language Offensive Spacing Scouting Report: Now in his second season in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), Alex Young has taken significant strides in … Read more

Five AJHLers Ranked in the NHL Central Scouting Rankings

Since the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, the Alberta Junior Hockey league has had five players selected including two first round picks in back-to-back years in Cale Makar (4th overall Colorado Avalanche) and Jacob Bernard-Docker (23rd overall Ottawa Senators). Ian Mitchell (Chicago Blackhawks) Parker Foo (Chicago Blackhawks), and Austin Wong (Winnipeg Jets) are the other three players selected.

For this upcoming draft, it seems unlikely that anybody will go in the first round; however, we could see the same amount of players taken from the league go in the previous two years get matched.

It was a case of addition by subtraction for the AJHL on the NHL Central Scouting list with five players being ranked compared to the four on the previous rankings. A pair of North Division goaltenders, Carter Gylander and Matthew Davis joined Zach Okabe, Luke Bast and Quinn Olson on the rankings while Canmore Eagles forward Alex Young was left off the list.

Let’s take a look at the five players named: 

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Mackenzie Harden moves to AJHL Champs

The Spruce Grove Saints announced via Twitter that Mackenzie Harden (99) had joined the organization from the Whitecourt Wolverines in exchange for a Player Development Fee and future considerations. Harden, now on his third AJHL club after joining the Wolverines from the Drayton Valley Thunder back in October 2017, was having a fantastic year in Whitecourt before being moved. In 38 games this season, the Leduc native scored 30 points … Read more