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Minor Midget and Midget AAA Top 5 Rankings

By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 01/06/17, 3:15PM EST


Ninth edition of the power rankings powered by Under Armour

The Ontario Minor Hockey Association has released the ninth edition of the Minor Midget & Midget AAA Top 5 Rankings Powered by Under Armour for the 2016-2017 regular season. These rankings will be released on a bi-weekly schedule.

Teams are now in the second half of their seasons and look to finish the year strong. Here were the eighth edition of the rankings.

Minor Midget AAA Rankings

Rank Team Previous Rank Weeks Ranked
1 Quinte Red Devils (23-4-3) 3 7
2 Brampton 45's (22-3-3) 1 7
3 Whitby Wildcats (21-3-2) 4 9
4 Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs (21-3-0) 2 8
5 York-Simcoe Express (21-4-0) - 4

Players to Watch

Ethan Eliopulos (Richmond Hill Coyotes) -  Eliopulos is a big, rugged, hard-hitting defenceman with a lot of ability. He advances the puck consistently and possesses a mean streak. A monster in the corners, he wins most battles and gives up very little on the defensive side of the puck.

Logan Morrison (Guelph Jr. Gryphons) – Logan, the younger brother of 2016 Team OMHA Gold Cup participant and Saginaw Spirit draft pick Mitch Morrison, is starting to make a name for himself at a very young age. An underager at just 14 years of age, Morrison is a lot of times the best player on the ice for either team. He has high-end skill and puts forth a good effort each and every shift. However, like all the great players, what separates him from his peer group is his excellent hockey sense and an uncanny ability to anticipate the play. He should be a very high OHL draft-choice in 2018.

Midget AAA Rankings

Rank Team Previous Rank Weeks Ranked
1 Oakville Rangers (24-0-1) 1 9
2 Clarington Toros (20-3-2) 3 9
3 Markham Waxers (19-2-2) 2 8
4 Central Ontario Wolves (15-7-3) 4 8
5 Ajax-Pickering Raiders (13-5-4) 5 5

Players to Watch

Cooper Johnson (Oakville Rangers) - Oakville has had a strong season to date, and that is in part by a strong offensive effort led by Johnson. He possesses a next level shot and finds himself open in the offensive zone almost every shift. Johnson is not the biggest or fastest forward but he has an elite sense on where the puck is going to be, and where to find open ice.    

Kevin Stiles (Ajax-Pickering Raiders) - Stiles is a steady forward and a large part of the success the Raiders have seen so far this season. He does it all for the Raiders; he can score big goals for his team when needed but more importantly he seems to always be used in key defensive situations. Stiles is a true blue-collar type player who can be found giving 100% effort on both sides of the puck. 

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