Huskies full of junior hockey prospects

Community Apr 10, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

 

Ask Jeff Toole who among his players we could see playing some level of junior hockey in the future and the head coach of the Hamilton Huskies minor midget AAA squad replies without hesitation, “I would say every single guy at some point.”

Toole’s assessment of his squad of 15-year-olds, who finished their Alliance Hockey season with a 38-27-11 record and a consolation playoff championship, is shared by Matt Turek, a former Hamilton Kilty B player, four-on-four hockey league operator and regional watcher of young talent with Ontario Hockey League Central Scouting.

For at least one Husky, the move to junior hockey will likely begin on Saturday morning with the annual Ontario Hockey League draft.

Hayden Davis, a defenceman listed by the Huskies at six-foot two and 175 pounds, is being touted as a first round pick in the OHL.

“I think Hayden’s a complete package,” said Turek, who has watched the 15-year-old Grade 10 student at Westmount play several times this past season. “Whether it be size, skill or speed and he’s also just a great kid as well who seems to want to get better every day, his work ethic is fantastic.”

Toole has watched Davis develop over the past three seasons.

“At our level I would still describe him as an offensive defenceman,” Toole said.

Despite all the attention, Davis appears to have his feet firmly planted on the ground or ice as the case may be.

“I’m obviously not trying to read too much into it,” Davis said. “I use it as motivation to keep working hard.”

He’s also fully recovered from a partially torn quad muscle in his right leg in late September that saw him miss 31 league, tournament and showcase games before returning to the lineup on Dec. 4.

“I think I came back stronger,” said Davis, who used the time off to work on his upper body strength.

He finished the season with five goals and 11 assists in 17 regular season games.

Davis said he did consider going the American university scholarship route but after talking it over with his family, he feels the OHL offers the best hope of achieving his ultimate goal, playing in the National Hockey League.

A large group of family and friends are expected at his west Mountain home Saturday when the OHL draft begins online at 9 a.m.

The Sudbury Wolves have the first pick and the Hamilton Bulldogs (formerly the Belleville Bulls) pick eighth overall.

Huskies players Nick Durajlija, a six-foot-four inch 190 pound defenceman and Marc Shannon, a five-foot 10 inch 155 pound forward might also get a call from an OHL team on Saturday.

Along with Davis they were invited to the OHL combine at the GM Centre in Oshawa last month and Turek noted all three did very well in the on and off ice testing.

Huskies full of junior hockey prospects

Hayden Davis touted as first round OHL pick on Saturday

Community Apr 10, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

 

Ask Jeff Toole who among his players we could see playing some level of junior hockey in the future and the head coach of the Hamilton Huskies minor midget AAA squad replies without hesitation, “I would say every single guy at some point.”

Toole’s assessment of his squad of 15-year-olds, who finished their Alliance Hockey season with a 38-27-11 record and a consolation playoff championship, is shared by Matt Turek, a former Hamilton Kilty B player, four-on-four hockey league operator and regional watcher of young talent with Ontario Hockey League Central Scouting.

For at least one Husky, the move to junior hockey will likely begin on Saturday morning with the annual Ontario Hockey League draft.

Hayden Davis, a defenceman listed by the Huskies at six-foot two and 175 pounds, is being touted as a first round pick in the OHL.

“I think Hayden’s a complete package,” said Turek, who has watched the 15-year-old Grade 10 student at Westmount play several times this past season. “Whether it be size, skill or speed and he’s also just a great kid as well who seems to want to get better every day, his work ethic is fantastic.”

Toole has watched Davis develop over the past three seasons.

“At our level I would still describe him as an offensive defenceman,” Toole said.

Despite all the attention, Davis appears to have his feet firmly planted on the ground or ice as the case may be.

“I’m obviously not trying to read too much into it,” Davis said. “I use it as motivation to keep working hard.”

He’s also fully recovered from a partially torn quad muscle in his right leg in late September that saw him miss 31 league, tournament and showcase games before returning to the lineup on Dec. 4.

“I think I came back stronger,” said Davis, who used the time off to work on his upper body strength.

He finished the season with five goals and 11 assists in 17 regular season games.

Davis said he did consider going the American university scholarship route but after talking it over with his family, he feels the OHL offers the best hope of achieving his ultimate goal, playing in the National Hockey League.

A large group of family and friends are expected at his west Mountain home Saturday when the OHL draft begins online at 9 a.m.

The Sudbury Wolves have the first pick and the Hamilton Bulldogs (formerly the Belleville Bulls) pick eighth overall.

Huskies players Nick Durajlija, a six-foot-four inch 190 pound defenceman and Marc Shannon, a five-foot 10 inch 155 pound forward might also get a call from an OHL team on Saturday.

Along with Davis they were invited to the OHL combine at the GM Centre in Oshawa last month and Turek noted all three did very well in the on and off ice testing.

Huskies full of junior hockey prospects

Hayden Davis touted as first round OHL pick on Saturday

Community Apr 10, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

 

Ask Jeff Toole who among his players we could see playing some level of junior hockey in the future and the head coach of the Hamilton Huskies minor midget AAA squad replies without hesitation, “I would say every single guy at some point.”

Toole’s assessment of his squad of 15-year-olds, who finished their Alliance Hockey season with a 38-27-11 record and a consolation playoff championship, is shared by Matt Turek, a former Hamilton Kilty B player, four-on-four hockey league operator and regional watcher of young talent with Ontario Hockey League Central Scouting.

For at least one Husky, the move to junior hockey will likely begin on Saturday morning with the annual Ontario Hockey League draft.

Hayden Davis, a defenceman listed by the Huskies at six-foot two and 175 pounds, is being touted as a first round pick in the OHL.

“I think Hayden’s a complete package,” said Turek, who has watched the 15-year-old Grade 10 student at Westmount play several times this past season. “Whether it be size, skill or speed and he’s also just a great kid as well who seems to want to get better every day, his work ethic is fantastic.”

Toole has watched Davis develop over the past three seasons.

“At our level I would still describe him as an offensive defenceman,” Toole said.

Despite all the attention, Davis appears to have his feet firmly planted on the ground or ice as the case may be.

“I’m obviously not trying to read too much into it,” Davis said. “I use it as motivation to keep working hard.”

He’s also fully recovered from a partially torn quad muscle in his right leg in late September that saw him miss 31 league, tournament and showcase games before returning to the lineup on Dec. 4.

“I think I came back stronger,” said Davis, who used the time off to work on his upper body strength.

He finished the season with five goals and 11 assists in 17 regular season games.

Davis said he did consider going the American university scholarship route but after talking it over with his family, he feels the OHL offers the best hope of achieving his ultimate goal, playing in the National Hockey League.

A large group of family and friends are expected at his west Mountain home Saturday when the OHL draft begins online at 9 a.m.

The Sudbury Wolves have the first pick and the Hamilton Bulldogs (formerly the Belleville Bulls) pick eighth overall.

Huskies players Nick Durajlija, a six-foot-four inch 190 pound defenceman and Marc Shannon, a five-foot 10 inch 155 pound forward might also get a call from an OHL team on Saturday.

Along with Davis they were invited to the OHL combine at the GM Centre in Oshawa last month and Turek noted all three did very well in the on and off ice testing.