It’s an exciting class with some exciting thinking surrounding it. Find the latest player rankings from The Draft Network. 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Jaguars Select Trevor Lawrence at No. Complete package. Nonetheless, that should not discount the promise he displays as a pure scorer, and a reduction in usage could be tied to the trade-deadline acquisition of Akil Thomas. Mason McTavish – Your prototypical power forward. His crossovers are fluid and his edge work is excellent. May 14, 2003 | 6’0, 167 | Shoots Right | 53gp-12g-18a-30pts. Likely has the best hands of this OHL crop and definitely one of the best shots if not the best. Very good hands. Pinelli can play the wing or center but should get more of an opportunity up the middle for Kitchener this upcoming season. An older player among first-year eligibles because of an October birthday, Chayka is expected to suit up for his third full OHL season once he returns from being loaned to Zvezda Moskva in Russia’s adult-age VHL. As usual, NHL translatable skills & red flags are the bars here in terms of overall rankings. He thinks the game at such a high level that any over-aggressiveness inside the opposing end is quickly addressed with his speed headed the other. sas.render("71427"); // Format : 300x250_RON 300x250 Francesco Pinelli – Complete package. HockeyProspect.com is a trusted source for scouting reports and rankings for the OHL Draft.We have been scouting the OHL Draft since 2004. McTavish looks like a 1st rounder for sure right now. Excellent shot and release. That means there’s a good chance he’s a Top 50 pick. Safe, reliable, and steady as they come, Chayka is your typical all-situations minute eater. Also considered to be a capable two-way talent, Johnston’s work ethic and attention to detail in his own zone are both impressive. By the OilKnight 09/16/20 ~ With the 2020 NHL draft just a few weeks away, here’s an early preview of the OHL draft class of 2021. 2. Not afraid to be physical. Which means, the potential for growth is still high for the big 6’4″ right shot defenceman – especially playing in a more primary role in London next season. March 19, 2003 | 5’11, 170 | Shoots Right | 58gp-13g-21a-33pts. Chayka is very active in the offensive zone, shows good offensive instincts and loves to join the rush. Early 2021 NHL Draft Top 32 1. Pinelli can play the wing or center but should get more of an opportunity up the middle for Kitchener this upcoming season. He did show he was capable of being a reliable 200 foot player which bodes well for his chances for more ice time under coach Dale Hunter. Chayka is a well-refined defender with exceptional positioning, an active stick, and a long reach; with the latter making him difficult to outmaneuver in 1-on-1 situations. NHL shot. He’s an overall terrific skater who’s always moving his feet. Showing the tendencies of a scoring winger should not overlook his natural abilities as a centerman, however, McTavish was utilized at both positions but still won close to 60 percent of over 200 faceoff attempts. Francesco Pinelli, C/W (Kitchener Rangers), 2021 Draft: MHL Report (September/October). He just needs to get a bit stronger. June 7, 2003 | 6’1, 172 | Shoots Left | 58gp-21g-16a-37pts. Deployed at center throughout his rookie OHL season, Lockhart could stand to improve at faceoffs, which he won at only a 42 percent success rate. Smart, skilled, hard-working, great leadership qualities. He possesses good size and strength, which he often tries to use to his advantage in puck protection. NHL bloodlines. He might also have the best work ethic out of this group. At 6-foot-2, 187 pounds, he has the ideal length and build for a three-zone defender, and his mobility is highlighted by a smooth, efficient skating style. The Barrie … High energy guy who likes to be an offensive catalyst for his team. 21 in 2021: An Early Look at the Top 21 Prospects in the 2021 NHL Draft (#1-10) Colin Cudmore and Ary M 12/17/2020. In the 2021 NHL Draft, Ben Gaudreau may force his way into the first round. Whereas Clarke heated up in the second half of last season, McTavish cooled down considerably after a red-hot start, albeit from a different position. Stillman doesn’t have as much natural ability as Othmann or Lockhart maybe, but could turn out to be the better pro. These rankings combine 25 players from the Maritimes [...] This content is exclusive to Platinum Pass Membership , QMJHL Draft Pass Membership , Gold Pass Membership or OHL Draft Pass Membership members. Also possesses elite vision & hockey IQ. Another three-zone forward who contributes in multiple areas, Harrison is a capable stickhandler who is tough to knock off the puck. Although he’s listed at only 167 pounds, Johnston is more than willing to engage physically and muck it up along the boards or in front of the net. Need to see more. Likely has the best hands of this OHL crop and definitely one of the best shots if not the best. He can pull off exceptionally skilled plays without requiring optimal conditions such as gaps in coverage or an open path to the net. All Rights Reserved. It’s not often we see a goaltender drafted in the first round. Checks all the boxes as a future Top 6 NHL center. Of course, it’s much easier if you know where to scout to find the best prospects and 2021 draft steals, which is what we’re running through here. Brennan Othmann – Skinny good who can absolutely rip the puck. Sep 16, 2020. After finishing last season with 25 points in his last 32 games, Johnston was able to join the list of OHL notables eligible for the 2021 draft. Like, seriously, we’re discussing Grade 8 kids here. If anyone is going to challenge Othmann for the best two-way forward out of the OHL’s 2021 draft class, there’s a good bet it will be Pinelli, who is a well-rounded player and displays consistency both on and off the puck. Today, we’ll finally dive into my ‘Top 32’ rankings. High energy guy who likes to be an offensive catalyst for his team. NHL shot and release. Looks like a 2nd or 3rd round pick right now. Solid in all 3 zones. 2. OHL Priority Selection 2021 - full list of selections with facts and stats. As usual, NHL translatable skills & red flags are the bars here in terms of overall rankings. Despite being a late 2002 birthdate, there is still a certain level of “raw-ness” to his game. Did not seem to be overwhelmed playing against 19/20 year olds even though he was only 15/16. He fits the mold of the modern-day NHL defenseman with effortless skating and exceptional mobility and speed. Very quick hands and is blessed with a dynamic shot and release. 2020 NHL Draft Order: Where are your team’s picks? Chayka is a late 2002 birthdate but should be the second highest scoring draft eligible defender from this league in 2020-21. Like Othmann, Pinelli is used as a one-timer option on the power play, but he also has the ability to be a game breaker at even strength. OK, yes, I admit: it’s way too early to be looking at the top prospects for the 2021 OHL draft. Very good hands. Related: FCHockey’s Top-10 Preliminary Rankings – OHL But he also has very quick feet, good acceleration, and is light on his skates. A battler. Lockhart’s game is a bit reminiscent of Travis Konecny/Alex DeBrincat. Although his overall package doesn’t scream high-end point producer at the highest level, his versatility and usefulness in any situation should keep him high on the list of go-to forwards for the Generals, who increased Harrison’s role after trading veteran Serron Noel. He not only positions himself properly but also picks off passes to jumpstart the attack. He beat Liam Foudy in the fastest skater competition in London last year so you know he can scoot. Here's the play by 2005-born Barrie Jr. Colts defenceman Noah Cochrane. His ability to create separation is exceptional and his edgework allows him to operate in limited space. Solid in all 3 zones. Tier II: Potential top 5 picks (and some could challenge for #1 if things break right) 4.) He is more than capable of winning puck battles on his own and you can argue that his work ethic on the ice was unmatched by any of his teammates. The 2020 NHL Entry Draft has officially come to a close, which can only mean one thing — it’s time to start preparing for the 2021 draft! His shot is one of the better ones in this class but he has some underrated playmaking ability too. Lockhart’s skating could very well be the best in the draft class. Brett Harrison, C (Oshawa Generals) He just needs to get a bit stronger. Also a terrific skater and playmaker. He has a strong powerful stride with an impressive top speed. He posted respectable totals of 17 goals and 33 points, but it’s Othmann’s attention to detail in all facets of the game that help him stand out beyond the shooting and scoring. 4. 2. Bell’s 2021 NHL Draft Rankings Outlook Before I dive into the rankings, I’ll go over my rankings plan for the 2020-21 season. Be sure to follow him on Twitter for season-long coverage. He seemed comfortable playing the role of either facilitator or finisher thanks to keen vision and an impressive shot. Nice to see Chase Stillman included; first saw him play as an affiliated player for Rayside Balfour Jr A two years ago. Jan. 30, 2003 | 6’0, 193 | Shoots Left | 57gp-29g-13a-42pts. With the 2020 NHL draft just a few weeks away, here’s an early preview of the OHL draft class of 2021. Montgomery tracks his man well in the d-zone and displays good overall fundamentals for the position (gap control, stick placement, awareness). He should be a hot commodity come NHL draft day next summer. AN (EXTREMELY) EARLY LOOK AT THE TOP 2021 OHL DRAFT PROSPECTS Posted on April 23, 2019 in Articles OK, yes, I admit: it’s way too early to be looking at the top prospects for the 2021 OHL draft. His skating ability is more effective in traffic than in open ice, so keep an eye out for improvements in explosiveness and top speed. He’s on the younger side of his fellow OHL notables, so expect him to add more muscle to his 6-foot-1, 172-pound frame. Had a few hairy moments tonight but the maturity and readiness are there. Connor Lockhart, C (Erie Otters) The Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League will be loaning defenceman Brandt Clarke to Vasby IK who play in the Swedish second division, the HockeyAllsvenskan. Stillman, whose father Cory appeared in over 1000 NHL games as a center, tied McTavish for the second-most points at 5v5 among 2003-both eligibles with 33. Stillman quietly produced an impressive rookie season for Sudbury, which was led by 2020 second-overall pick Quinton Byfield. It’s even less often that we see more than one. He’s a power-play specialist who should expect to see an increased role while playing alongside the likes of NHL draftees Jamieson Rees and Jacob Perreault. Ty Voit, RW (Sarnia Sting) Thought he had great vision and was a tenacious forecheckier. Defensively, Montgomery excels at retrieving pucks as he can beats opponents with his size, speed & ability to move the puck which will definitely catch the eye of NHL scouts. – Smart, savvy player with an excellent work ethic. Turnovers a bit of an issue. Very smooth, has great edges & terrific offensive instincts. An elite set of hands allows McTavish to create additional space and open up scoring chances for himself and his teammates. A playmaker by trade, Voit possesses exceptional vision and the ability to pick out teammates from anywhere on the ice. But he also has very quick feet, good acceleration, and is light on his skates. How the hell did this kid not get drafted? April 11, 2003 | 6’0, 182 | Shoots Left | 59gp-18g-23a-41pts. 9, 2020), Prospect Notes: 2020 Minnesota State Tournament, 2020 NHL Draft: All-American Prospects Game Recap, 2020 WJC: Day 1 Recap (NHL Draft Prospects), 2020 World Juniors: Team Previews, Rosters and Schedules, Recap: U.S. vs Czech Republic (Five Nations, November), Recap: U20 Four Nations Tournament (August, 2019). Brandt Clarke, RD, Barrie Colts (OHL) 3. Mason McTavish - Left Wing/Center - Peterborough Petes. Our Eddy Jones begins our OHL coverage for the 2021 NHL draft with his preseason list of the best draft prospects the league has to offer. June 10, 2003 | 5’8, 140 | Shoots Right | 49gp-8g-20a-28pts. He’s physical too and will quite often out muscled opponents off the puck, or shield them in puck possession. An exceptionally smart winger with and without the puck, Othmann’s anticipation is almost at a veteran level. I remember seeing clips of Cochrane during the World Selects Invitational last... Callum Ritchie, F (Oakville Rangers): . Montgomery also likes to carry the puck, especially in the neutral zone which makes him dangerous in transition. Fantilli was ranked by Prospect Pipeline as the top Canadian prospect in the draft. Prone to a few too many defensive gaffes though which might scare a few teams off. He’s an overall terrific skater who’s always moving his feet. He's getting a great education at such a young age. A slow start notwithstanding, Johnston had an impressive season when you consider his limited role on a deep Windsor squad. He’s a poised and patient puck carrier, and Clarke’s superb offensive instincts are highlighted with keen vision and tape-to-tape passing ability. Harrison’s skating strengths such as his elusiveness are more pronounced in close quarters than in open ice, although his 1-on-1 moves can be deceptive and known to catch defenders flat footed. No prospect has impressed me more in the first little bit of 2021 than Beniers. The favourite for me to lead this crop in goals next season. In 2020, I ranked 155 prospects in my final rankings . Skating looks to be a strength. Harrison is one of the most complete players in this group and has silky mitts in tight. Brandt Clarke, RD, Barrie Colts (OHL) Has great command on the PP and is equally dangerous as a shooter or puck distributor. Always around the net. Harrison has an underrated shot that is accurate and released quickly. He might also have the best work ethic out of this group. Brandt has a very real chance of pushing for first overall and I would be shocked if he's not a top five pick in 2021. Get our 2020 OHL Draft Guide FREE with our OHL Pass or upgrade to our GOLD Pass to allow you the FREE Guide and also view our detailed player reports.A Platinum Pass gives you the best of everything. Just needs to round out his game and bring it every night to solidify it. Smart, skilled, hard-working, great leadership qualities. Good size and strength, and has the blistering shot. – First off, Rolofs has NHL speed. Future stars: looking at the top prospects for the USHL Phase 1 draft Junior hockey draft season is well underway, with the USHL set to take its turn this … His skating at this point also is a work in progress, although his edges and balance help make up  for a lack of explosiveness or quick first step. Great hands. An (extremely) early look at the top 2021 OHL draft prospects Noah Cochrane, D (Barrie Jr. Colts): . No major flaws in his game from what I can tell so far. Plays a pro style game already. Lockhart’s point totals weren’t necessarily gaudy in comparison to his peers (9 goals, 18 assists in 57 games), but he has a strong reputation in Hockey Canada circles as he was expected to play at the cancelled under-18 Ivan Hlinka tournament. Chase Stillman, RW (Sudbury Wolves) 10. Chase is the son of former NHL’er Cory Stillman. Don’t rule him out of your Top 15 yet. He may not become Denis Potvin but checks so many blocks to be a legit franchise defender. The first draft on NHL 21 is the 2021 Entry Draft, but to make the most of the prospects coming through, you need to have your scouts conduct extensive scouting around the world. NHL bloodlines. It shouldn’t be a shock that a player listed at 5-foot-8 is not only fast but also quick in all directions. Stuart Rolofs – First off, Rolofs has NHL speed. Rolofs also has a terrific work ethic and likes to drive hard to the net. Jan. 5, 2003 | 5’11, 165 | Shoots Left | 55gp-17g-16a-33pts. Also a terrific skater and playmaker. – While he might be the smallest player in this list (5’8″, 163lbs), Lockhart might be the most explosive. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him explode this year and ultimately get drafted in the Top 2 rounds. 5. OHL Priority Selection 2021 - full list of selections with facts and stats. A battler. Daniil Chayka – Wore #5 last year for Guelph, and certainly look liked a former #5 in Dmitri Samorukov. FCHockey is one day away from launching our preliminary rankings for the 2021 NHL Draft. Brandt Clarke, RHD (Barrie Colts) If there are any concerns, they should center on McTavish’s game-to-game consistency, but an expanded role of the top six could help him in that department. Francesco Pinelli, C/W (Kitchener Rangers) With both Riley Damiani and Greg Meireles expected to move on from Kitchener, the likelihood that Pinelli operates at the center-ice position in his draft year should increase. Also possesses good size and mobility. He appeared more comfortable and confident last November upon returning from the World U17 Hockey Challenge, where he tied for the Canada-Red lead in scoring with five points in five games. A true #1 & natural quarterback on the blueline. The 2020-21 OHL season has some uncertainty around it. The Sarnia Sting netminder played in 28 games as a rookie, collecting a 10-13 … Clarke’s skating allows him to track back easily and a quick stick effectively break up plays. Playing on a veteran team kept his ideal zone starts to a minimum, but he still was able to prove his worth as a depth player. 8. Already has good size and plays a pro style game. Blessed with impressive puck skills, Voit does most of his damage on the rush and is capable of gaining the inside in 1-on-1 scenarios. Another highly touted forward with an NHL-caliber shot, Othmann was the second-overall pick in the 2019 OHL draft and has arguably one of the best one-timers in the entire OHL, let alone amongst draft eligibles. He still needs work in his own zone but so does pretty much every other defenceman in his class. Endurance a bit of an issue last season. Very capable of deking opponents at top speed with his quick hands. Connor Lockhart – While he might be the smallest player in this list (5’8″, 163lbs), Lockhart might be the most explosive. Adding strength to his 140-pound frame is an obvious requirement for the upcoming season, but Voit still posted eight goals and 20 assists in 49 games. He beat Liam Foudy in the fastest skater competition in London last year so you know he can scoot. Othmann can also serve as a creative playmaker who displays impressive vision and can serve as the offensive-zone orchestrator. Much like his father, Stillman plays a lot bigger than his listed measurements. The only real concern with Clarke at this moment is his top end speed. Still. Has all the makings of a top defenceman in his class. Does so many things well and is reliable in all 3 zones. It’s 18 months away, but it’s never too early to start looking at prospects eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft. Skinny good who can absolutely rip the puck. 1 pick at the 2021 NHL draft. Somewhat similar stylistically to Blake Murray and Will Cuylle as 16 yr olds last couple years but appears to have better vision & hockey IQ. Quick shot and release. The 113 CHL players include 46 from the Ontario Hockey League, 36 from the Western Hockey League, and 31 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Has all the makings of a top defenceman in his class. His shot is one of the better ones in this class but he has some underrated playmaking ability too. Sure, they have Tobias Bjornfot, Mikey Anderson, and Helge Grans, but none of those guys were ever projected to be taken within the top five of their respective drafts. AN (EXTREMELY) EARLY LOOK AT THE TOP 2021 OHL DRAFT PROSPECTS Posted on April 23, 2019 in Articles OK, yes, I admit: it’s way too early to be looking at the top prospects for the 2021 OHL draft. ~ ~ ~ #1. Chase Stillman – Smart, savvy player with an excellent work ethic. Johnston is a good skater with decent top speed, but his agility and edgework are solid. He reads the ice exceptionally well and consistently applies pressure to opposing forwards. He’s also extremely creative with the puck and flashes some elite level puck skills. Like most 16 year old rookies in London, it will come down to confidence in his draft year for Rolofs. Considering that this will be his third OHL season, however, it is imperative that he adds more to his game once the puck crosses center ice, to include shooting more rather than simple d-to-d passes or dump-ins. Eddy Jones  |  @eddyvanjones  | 10/17/2020  |. Like 2020 draftee and teammate Luke Evangelista, Rolofs didn’t score as a rookie. He does all this, however, with an ideal 6-foot-1, 185-pound frame, which is notably bigger than comparable high-profile defense prospects from previous years like Cale Makar, Quinn Hughes, and Jamie Drysdale. Of course, it’s much easier if you know where to scout to find the best prospects and 2021 draft steals, which is what we’re running through here. Daniil Chayka, LHD (Guelph Storm) NHL shot. 1 Brady Quinn and Ryan Wilson break down the No. Plays a complete 200 foot game. A true #1 & natural quarterback on the blueline. Similar to Pinelli but not quite as good a shot but still a goal scorer. As usual. FCHockey’s Top-10 Preliminary Rankings – OHL. However, it's still impressive. Noah Dobson is going to be a player. Quick shot and release. Here's the play by 2005-born Barrie Jr. Colts defenceman Noah Cochrane. Looked gassed down the stretch. The 2021 NHL Draft is much deeper in terms of top-tier defensemen, in which the Kings organization lacks a blue-chip prospect along the blueline. 3. 2nd in OHL rookies in shots behind Shane Wright. You rarely see Pinelli go an entire shift without being involved in one form or another, and his tenaciousness and stick positioning help create turnovers in any zone. He has a strong powerful stride with an impressive top speed. Although he isn’t your classic power-play quarterback, Chayka saw heavy use during the man advantage and was used for his big shot. 113 Canadian Hockey League players have been listed as Players to Watch by NHL Central Scouting ahead of the 2021 NHL Draft. June 7, 2003 | 6 ’ 1, 181 | Shoots Left | 55gp-17g-16a-33pts for a... 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