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2018 Player of the Year: Bringing It Home

By HockeyNow on April 26, 2018


We couldn’t be prouder of the HockeyNow Minor Hockey Player of the Year Award and what it represents for minor hockey. For the 19th year, we will be presenting the award to a player in each B.C., Alberta, and Ontario who not only shows great hockey ability, but also brings strong sportsmanship and leadership to the table as well as proven participation in their school and community. 

And how do we select these fine young individuals? We rely on a selection committee—headed by International Scouting Services founder and head scout Dennis MacInnis—who carefully put together monthly regional lists of their top selections.

This month’s list features players who are getting noticed by major junior leagues and who, in one way or another, have shown their leadership abilities on and off the ice. In Ontario, Quinton Byfield has been making the cut on our shortlists all year and was recently selected first overall in the OHL Draft, joining fellow POY finalists Evan Vierling, William Cuylle, Cameron Tolnai, Jamie Drysdale, Ryan O’Rourke and Cole Perfetti who were also picked up in the first round.

This year, we are excited to be partnering with HockeyShot, who on top of honouring our winners in each region with a huge prize pack, is also giving out monthly prizes to randomly selected finalists on our Top 10 lists.

With only a few short months to go, here are the preliminary lists for April.

Preliminary list - BC 2003s, april 2018

Bentham, Nolan - Yale Bntm Prep
Rock solid defenseman who is very smart and plays his position well. Excellent edge use. When he gets the puck he has a very accurate outlet pass. 

Carmichael, Elias - BWC Bntm Prep
Big, all situations defender that continues to improve and is developing a more consistent offensive game. Good size and long body - long powerful skating stride.

Chiasson, Jake - Yale Bntm Prep
Has a work ethic that is hard to ignore, and looks to make things happen out there. Plays at a high speed and high energy. Has a fantastic shot when he is given time.

Funk, Zackary - Yale Bntm Prep 
Solid forward at both ends who works hard every shift. Very good on the penalty kill - his combination of size and skill is difficult for opposing defenders to contain

Galloway, Tyson - Yale Bntm Prep
Big, smooth skating defender  continues to get better and better and plays a mature game - long reach makes him difficult to get around, good upside for this player.

Latimer, Carson - Delta BPrep Green 
Intriguing offensive skill set - breaks into the OZ with speed and is dangerous when give time/space. His speed caused issues for teams  defence as they were always on their heels.

Stankoven, Logan - Yale Bntm Prep
Had a fantastic showcase including a 7 point game. Very productive forward with pure speed and the ability to consistently create scoring chances. 

Sward, Graham - Yale Bntm Prep
Plays both ends of the ice very well, and was a consistent presence on the ice. Excellent skating, and uses it to his advantage defensively. 

Verbicky, Kobe - Yale Bntm Prep
Has a high energy game and pressures the puck hard on the forecheck. Has the ability to force turnovers.  Reads the play well and makes good decisions with the puck. 

Wong, Trevor - St. Georges 1
Tiny dynamic offensive player who carries his team - tremendous anticipation and hockey sense - very good skater who is shifty and can change direction on a dime.

Preliminary list  - AB 2003s, april 2018

Armstrong, Craig - Airdrie Xtrm
One of the best players at CSSHL Bantam Showcase. Had positive impact every game, and made things happen out there. His skating is his greatest asset.

Ceulemans, Corson - OHA Edm Bntm Prep
One of the best players at CSSHL Bantam Showcase. Had positive impact every game, and made things happen out there. His skating is his greatest asset.

Grubbe, Jayden - Cal. Bisons 
Big power forward that is a handful for defenders to contain in the OZ. Shields the puck very well and was great on the down low OZ cycle.

Guenther, Dylan - N. Alb XTrm Bntm Prep 
Big goal scoring forward who is dangerous around the net. An opportunistic goal scorer and can really shoot the puck.  Backcheck pressure could be stronger.

Hyland, Brett - Cal. Bisons
Just plays the game the right way, makes others around him better - finishes his checks and competes hard in all zones. Good penalty killer and an easy guy to play with.

Lajoie, Marc - N. Alb XTrm Bntm Prep
Has a big time shot and can score from way out - plays a confident game and wants the puck on his stick - long reach and body and is tough to get around. 

Ostapchuk, Zack - N. Alb XTrm Bntm Prep
Impressed with his development curve. Excellent set of physical tools and continues to get better and better. Can really skate and is a handful when he drives the net.

Romanchuk, Jacob - N. Alb XTrm Bntm Prep
Smart d-man who is effective at both ends of the ice. Showing better offensive upside and really strong in his own end  holds the offensive blueline well and has a good shot.

Stringer, Zack - Lethbridge
Good two-way game, and is effective at both ends of the ice. Very unselfish player - long stride but lacks leg strength.  Looks to create screens, and capitalize on rebounds.

Tschigerl, Sean - OHA Edm Bntm Prep
Fantastic CSSHL Showcase was one of the best players out there consistently. Relentless work ethic, looks to make something happen every time he is on the ice

Preliminary list  - ON 2002s, april 2018

Byfield, Quinton - York Simcoe
Big skilled offensive forward Showed great hands with an ability to control the puck. Ability to create plays out of nothing. Top line center at next level with Pro upside. 

Cuylle, William - Tor Marlboro
Cuylle is a big bodied goal scoring forward who can take over a game. Utilized his size and strength to gain his ice and put himself in dangerous offensive opportunities. Lightning quick shot was both hard and accurate. Has the tools to be a top line OHL player.

Drysdale, Jamie - Tor Marlboro
Dynamic skater with excellent edge use and skating ability.  Projects as a top pairing offensive defender with #1 defenceman upside.

O'Rourke, Ryan - Vaughan
Two-way defenseman with good size. Has the ability to contribute both on offense and defense. OHL top pairing upside.

Perfetti, Cole - Vaughan
High end two way forward with ability to create on the rush or cycle - Strong playmaking skills.  Projects as a  first line center at  the OHL level.

Peterson, Dylan - CIH White
Dynamic offensive forward. All-around offensive threat, capable of creating offense out of very little. High-end puck skills with good vision. Top line OHL upside

Power, Owen - Miss. Reps
Able to control the game from the backend - Hard to find anything wrong with his game. Has all the tools to be a number one defender at the OHL level.

Robinson, Dylan - Tor Jr. Canadiens
Well rounded and multitalented centre. Tough to contain with his combination of size, speed and skill. Has shown good progression this season. Lanky offensive forward with a good frame and a lot of room for growth and size. Feet and skating look improved through the season and he has better acceleration and mobility.

Tolnai, Cameron - Oakville Rangers
Offensive centre. Average size, below average strength. Has shown progression this season in skating and puckhandling. Reads the play well, with tremendous instincts. Smart plays with and without the puck and finds himself in the right position.

Vierling, Evan - York Simcoe
Has shown tremendous improvement this season, one of the best progressions of the year. Consistent offensive threat who possesses great playmaking ability. Cemented himself as one of the top prospects at OHL Cup.  High end two way game as well as goal scoring and playmaking abilities offensively.

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By HockeyNow| April 26, 2018
Categories:  Minor Hockey

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