Winning the Stanley Cup is a proud moment for an the entire organization from top to bottom, but while the players, coaching staff, and upper management get much of the publicized credit, scouting and development personnel rarely get their due praise.
Thanks to graduations and trades, Thomas Hickey was the only former first-round pick among the Los Angeles Kings’ prospects last season. Thin on high-profile selections, the Kings system was replete with well-rounded players seeking to strengthen their identity to carve niches at the next level. However, it was also brimming with character, industriousness, and a number of players who exceeded expectations. Shifting from high selections and home-run swings, the Kings have sought to invest later selections shrewdly as they have solidified their pro roster, which captured the Stanley Cup this past season.
Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the All-Star teams for the 2011-12 OHL regular season.
Both clubs competing in the Rogers OHL Championship Series are well represented on all three All-Star teams with the Niagara IceDogs leading the way with four players, followed by the London Knights with three players. IceDogs’ All-Stars include Defenceman of the Year Dougie Hamilton on the first team, goaltender Mark Visentin on the second team, and overage forwards Alex Friesen and Andrew Agozzino listed as third team All-Stars. The Knights are represented by Scott Harrington on defence for the first team along with Goaltender of the Year Michael Houser. Forward Seth Griffith was voted to the second team at right wing.
The list of Top 10 OHL wingers features a few players who were taken in the first-round of the NHL Draft, but there are also several players who went in later rounds yet have exceeded expectations and become quality NHL prospects.
The following 10 players are all property of NHL teams and all figure to make an impact for their respective organizations in the near future.