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The Ontario Minor Hockey Association has released the fourth edition of the U16 and U18 AAA Top 5 Rankings presented by Hudl for the 2022-2023 regular season. These rankings will be released on a bi-weekly schedule.
After an exciting few weeks of Silver Stick and Showcase action, let's see where teams stand.
There is a re-ordering of the Top 5, with the Admirals jumping up to the third spot, moving the Minor Petes and Jr. Colts down a rung.
Tanner Lam (Halton Hurricanes): Has a high skill level and utilizes a high hockey IQ to be an impact player each game. He understands offence and how to create it, by accepting pressure and drawing in defenders. Lam can do this because he can react quickly, but also utilized his great hands and controlled edges to buy just enough time to make a play. He has a great small area game, placing passes under sticks and in tight windows that are often on a tee for his teammates. Without the puck, he anticipates the play and moves into excellent positions for his teammates to give him pucks or on the defensive side create turnovers.
Wesley Royston (York-Simcoe Express): A tough competitor to go against and other teams will have a hard time containing him. Plays hard and loves to be first on the forecheck so he can put pressure on defensemen, eliminating them hard into the boards when he can. For a bigger player, Royston has soft touch with the puck, allowing him to have controlled entries, looking for the right option and creating offense with his heads up play. Will be able to score goals with his heavy release or in the dirty areas, where he gets tips and wins battles for rebounds.
The Jr. Colts leapfrog their way all the way to the third spot, while the Eagles take over the top spot.
Noah Lodoen (Markham Waxers ): A highly skilled two-way centre who uses above average speed and agility to be effective in all areas of the ice. A consummate 200-foot player who is a great playmaker to all of his teammates. Lodoen makes his linemates better players. He plays in all powerplay, penalty kill and 5 on 5 situations. A leader by example on the ice, Lodoen is one of the lettered leaders who has had a great impact on the Markham Waxers impressive start.
Hunter Coley (Southern Tier Admirals): A right shot that can play both wings with equal effectiveness. He has great puck skills and a great shot with a quick pro release. He is an excellent skater with speed and agility to close quickly and beat defenders. Coley plays in all situations and special teams and can also be used to shut down opponents' top forwards. He also embraces the physical aspects of the game and battles for position on the ice as hard as anybody in the league.
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