LW David Broll | 6.01 | 225 lbs | 01/04/93
2009/10 (Erie OHL) - 64GP 9G 9A 18P -19 42PIM
Broll was Erie’s first round pick back in 2009 and put together a very productive freshman campaign with the Otters. He saw some quality minutes and was a part of Ontario’s entry at the Under 17 Challenge, where he had two assists in a predominantly depth role. Broll is a massive player on the ice and many have labeled him as being a “man-child” due to his sheer presence on the ice. His physicality and ability to lay huge hits are two of the main elements to Broll’s game, but he also has some offensive upside. He’s a great guy to plant in front of the net on the powerplay and does a great job generating offense off the low cycle. His skating stride is long and awkward, which will hinder him at the draft, but he will definitely be selected and could go around the early third.
LW Carter Sandlak | 6.01 | 190 lbs | 05/18/93
2009/10 (Guelph OHL) - 61GP 7G 8A 15P +1 61PIM
Another first round pick from the 2009 OHL Priority Selection, Sandlak’s sophomore season has actually been delayed after he was assessed a five game suspension for a hit on Brampton’s Jordan Auld. Sandlak struggled to find an offensive game early last season, but his role at the next level won’t be as a scorer. He’s a real hard nosed player who can really change the pace of a game with his physical play. He skates well and will likely develop into a real solid penalty killer as well. If he can put together a solid year on the score-sheet, a team might be inclined to scoop him up in the second round, but he’ll probably end up as a mid-round selection.
RW Tobias Rieder | 5.10 | 172 lbs | 01/10/93
2009/10 (Landshut Ger D2) - 45GP 10G 13A 23P 28PIM
Rieder isn’t exactly a house-hold name in the North American prospects scene, but he has certainly raised more then a few eyebrows with this meteoric rise in Germany over the past few seasons. Rieder lacks quality size, but he’s used to playing a physical game having played professionally last season, which should help his transition to the Ontario Hockey League. He’s got an explosive first few steps but is particularly dangerous with the puck on his stick. He’s got very good puck handling skills and good vision as well as a very accurate shot. He could be a dark-horse player to challenge for the first round in 2011.
RW Seth Griffith | 5.10 | 187 lbs | 01/04/93
2009/10 (London OHL) - 17GP 2G 1A 3P -5 2PIM
The Knights draft eligibles lack a lot of depth this year beyond Scott Harrington and Vladislav Namestnikov, but Seth Griffith could be a player that makes a name for himself this season. He had a very impressive showing in the playoffs last season, where he notched 4 goals and 7 points in only 10 games, and has translated that into a larger role on a Knights roster that will largely consist of a scoring by committee mantra this year. Griffith has shown the ability to put himself into good positions and be effective offensively, so it will be intriguing to see what type of numbers he can produce this year in London.
2009/10 (Owen Sound OHL) - 6-10-1 4.38GAA .889SV% 0SO
Binnington is another one of the goalies in the OHL’s 93 crop that will be a player to watch this season to see how they fare as a 17 year old in the OHL. He’s still pretty lanky and his strength in goal and ability to go post to post and maintain good positioning needs some improvement, but he does have the ability to make acrobatic saves and has shown on a few occasions as a 16 year old, that he can single handily keep his team in the game. He’ll likely see more then a few starts this year, as Mark Reeds does like to utilize both goaltenders.
2009/10 (Youngstown USHL) - 9-17-3 4.24GAA .868SV% 0SO
Another 93′ goalie is Matt Mahalak who joins the Plymouth Whalers after being a rookie a season ago with the Youngstown Phantoms. He saw a lot of quality minutes last season with the USHL’s expansion franchise, and his numbers are fairly indicative of the quality of the team. Mahalak got roughed up in his first start, but he does have the caliber to be a very good goalie in the OHL and a quality NHL prospect as he has good mechanics and a big frame to cover a lot of net. He’ll battle for starts with 18 year old Scott Wedgewood this season in net for the Whalers.
2009/10 (Saginaw OHL) - 68GP 15G 28A 43P +5 56PIM
While Trocheck will likely end up playing second fiddle to 18 year old rookie Brandon Saad this season, the 17 year old Pittsburgh native will be a very good player to watch in his own right. He’s added on some strength this year by bulking up a bit which should help him improve his ability to deal with the physical grind of the OHL. Offensively, he’s a guy that will definitely be capable of a PPG pace as he will be expected to be one of the offensive catalysts for the Spirit this season.
2009/10 (Sarnia OHL) - 65GP 12G 20A 32P -30 14PIM
The first thing you’ll notice about Francisco is that he is an extremely slight player who really gets knocked around quite a bit in the corners. There’s no doubt that his size is the paramount concern about his value as an NHL prospect, but he does have a lot of skill to make scouts think twice. Despite his lack of strength, he is competing more for pucks and does have the ability to work the puck against bigger defensemen. He’s a very creative player who makes great seam passes and is very good on the powerplay. He’ll likely be overshadowed by some of the bigger name forwards on the Sting, but expect him to quietly put up some very good offensive numbers and generate some late round interest.
LW Justin Thomas | 6.02 | 207 lbs | 01/25/93
2009/10 (Sault Ste. Marie OHL) - 8GP 1G 0A 1P E 13PIM
Thomas spent most of the season last year playing in the NOJHL with Sault Ste Marie, but saw a bit of action with the Greyhounds. This year, however, the hulking winger is going to get a good opportunity to be a contributor as he looks to take the next step. He’s a big guy that plays a real nasty style of game but also has a good scoring touch. He’ll need to show some consistency in both regards this year if he wants to establish himself as a real power forward in the eyes of NHL scouts.
RD Craig Duininck | 6.00 | 201 lbs | 04/29/93
2009/10 (Windsor OHL) - 57GP 1G 11A 12P +14 30PIM
Managed to stick the entire season with the Memorial Cup Champions on one of the deepest blue lines in the CHL. This year he’ll have a much more prominent role with the Spits, especially if they don’t get Ryan Ellis or Cam Fowler back from the NHL. The 17 year old will see more powerplay time this year and should have more of an opportunity to chip in offensively, but he’ll need to continue to show the steady defensive play that his game is accustomed towards.