Here is a ranking and look at some of the top prospects from the OHL who are eligible for the 2000 Entry Draft. (NOTE: A player without comments has already had an in-depth accurate profile written on them. Just click on their respective link to view their profile)
1. Darryl Bootland – Toronto St. Mike’s
2. Lou Dickenson – Mississauga
3. Chris Eade – North Bay
4. Brad Boyes – Erie
5. Dan Growden – Windsor
6. Nikita Alexeev – Erie
7. Raffi Torres – Brampton
Comments: Finished second in team and rookie scoring to phenom Jason Spezza, a
pure sniper who also likes to crash the net. A fine two-way player who is
as steady as a rock, and is difficult to knock off his skates.
8. Bobby Turner – London
9. Jared Newman – Plymouth
10. Ryan Hare – Sarnia
Comments: A center/winger, this hometown product was Sting’s first round pick in
1998. Rookie season was marred by back injury, but that still did not slow
down this road-runner. An OHL scoring champion in the making once he
11. Chris Berti – Sarnia
Comments: Giant center needs to fill out his 6-foot-6, 200-pond frame. Knows how
to play a physical game without taking stupid penalties. Good skater for
his size. Has already played two seasons in the OHL.
12. Samu Isosalo – North Bay
13. Ryan Courtney – Windsor
Comments: Good size, 6’3″, 190 pounds, and great ability to see the entire ice. A
good skater for a bigger pivot, he has the potential to be a great
play-maker. Not afraid to stick his nose into the heavy-going.
14. Kris Vernarsky – Plymouth
15. Corey Roberts – Owen Sound
Comments: Surprisingly agile for a bigger (6’2″, 190 pounds) netminder and
for his age. Possesses a lightning-quick glove hand and made a very smooth
transition into the OHL from bantam hockey in Prince Edward Island.
16. Mike Gough – Toronto St. Michael’s
Comments: Left-winger is not afraid to mix it up, either at home or on the road.
A grinder who has good hands, but must improve on his skating in order to be
17. Jonah Leroux – Oshawa
Comments: Rookie center received more ice time as the season wore on. A solid
two-way player who will back down from no-one. Vocal both on the ice and on
the bench; a real team player.
18. Ian Courville – Oshawa
Comments: Hard-nosed grinding winger plays much bigger than his average (6-foot,
190 lbs) size. Missed over half the season due to shoulder problems, but it
never affected his play on the ice A choppy skater who gets from point a to
19. Travis Albers – Sarnia
Comments: Mentally and physically tough left-winger combines toughness and skill. Comes to play every night. Reminds of his coach, Mark Hunter
20. Mike Wehrstedt – Kitchener
Comments: The Rangers’ first pick, 11th overall, in 1998 had an incredible 88 goals
and 86 assists in only 67 games while playing bantam hockey in Thunder Bay
two seasons ago. Quite simply, this right-winger is a scoring machine who
possesses a cannon of a slapshot.
As the season progresses, I will take a more in-depth look at each of these players, and re-rank them as they mature and grow as hockey players.