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In-Depth Amateur Scouting Coverage and Rankings


OHL: Kingston(2) at Oshawa (0)

Played on Oct 23, 2022

Ontario Hockey League

Game Played in Tribute Communities Centre

Scout: Marlin Muylaert

Mason VaccariKingston FrontenacsOHLLG5’11”168Kingston Fronteacs | 2021Mississauga, ON2005Not yet rated

This was my first viewing of Mason and I could not have been more impressed. On this night, backstopping his team in their 3d game in 4 nights, Mason pitched a 29 save shutoutt in a game that could have gone either way. As a potential pro the only knock I saw on Masons his size at 5’9 in a day and age when everyone wants a 6’3 goalie. Size aside everything else about Mason’s performance tonight was excellent. He is an athletic goalie who is very quick at getting up and down from the butterfly position and fast moving laterally post to post. He was very composed under pressure, tracking pucks well in crowds, finding pucks in spite of screens and holding his ground in scrums. He challenges shots at the top of the blue paint cutting down angles. He made great saves with his glove, his blocker and with his pads. A lot of shots hit him because he is square to puck and positioned. His rebound control was excellent, eating up a lot of shots, or putting shots into corners and away from the dangerous scoring area. In the third period with a 1-0 lead Mason made several really impressive Grade A scoring chance saves to keep his team in the lead. Game Grade: A

Maleek McGowanKingston FrontenacsOHLLD5’10”165Kingston Fronteacs | 2021Markham, ON2005Not yet rated

Maleek was very solid tonight. In his first year in the league (2 games last year) Maleek plays a pretty simple cautious game like most rookies, keeping plays simple and playing within himself. Fast on retrieval, physical when needed and trying not to make mistakes. However twice he involved himself in rushes and going deep into the offensive zone. He did this a lot in Minor Midget and was effective at it, and I think we will see more offense out of Maleek as he gains some OHL confidence and games under his belt. Game Grade: B

Owen OutwaterKingston FrontenacsOHLLC6’3″170North Bay Battalion | 2021Orleans, ON20052022-2023: C+

A quieter version of the Owen I saw play last Thursday. Playing is his 3d game in 4 nights may have contributed to this observation. However you could still find Owen at the net battling for pucks and was involved in a net scrum that ended with him being awarded a penalty shot. Went glove on the penalty shot but it was saved. Game Grade: B-

Adam CavallinKingston FrontenacsOHLLF5’11”177Kingston Fronteacs | 2021Regensburg, GER20052022-2023: C

Adam was much more effective for his team tonight than last Thursday where I felt he was too quite to report on. Tonight he was a different player, scoring this team’s first goal that held up as the winner, on a great 2 on 1 where he was set up with a beauty royal road pass that the goaltender could not close in time. He showed some decent speed and mobility tonight attacking forwards and putting some good puck handling skills on display. His goal tonight was his third of the season already, impressive for a first year player. Game Grade: B+

Quinton BurnsKingston FrontenacsOHLLD6’1″179Kingston Fronteacs | 2021Smiths Falls, ON20052022-2023: C+

My second impressive viewing of this defenseman. A very good skater, with speed on retrieval, mobility when carrying pucks up ice, hockey IQ on display anticipating plays and breaking them up before they develop into much, and contributing to ES, PP and PK. Game Grade: B+

Linus HemstromKingston FrontenacsOHLRRW6’0″172Kingston Fronteacs | 2022Gavle, SWE20042022-2023: C+2021-2022: C+

I watched Linus last Thursday and again Sunday vs Oshawa. Although not drafted last year I just can’t see him going undrafted this year. He is in his first year in the OHL, having come over from Sweden. He is second in team scoring as a first year player, and contributes every shift. His skating is excellent. He can hit holes with speed, challenge defensemen with wide attacks or put pucks deep into offensive zone and arrive first to the battle. His shot is quick release and accurate and as such his coach uses him as bumper man on the PP. In the offensive zone he loves the slot and his feet are always moving to get away from checks and into open ice. His edge work is terrific and therefore he is a dangerous small ice skater. Should be interesting to see how fast Linus develops in this league. Game Grade: B

Blake SmithOshawa GeneralsOHLLD6’4″205Oshawa Generals | 2021Oshawa, ON20042022-2023: C

Blake is in his second full year with the Generals. He is strictly a defensive defenseman who uses his size at 6’4 and a big stick to make him tough to beat offensively. He is quick into his corners and will play physical and compete. He does nedd to continue to improve on his box out ability as he is prone to letting attackers slide in between him and the net. Game Grade C+

Jordyn ErtelOshawa GeneralsOHLLF5’11”183Oshawa Generals | 2021Mississauga, ON20052022-2023: C

Jordan had an impressive outing. He managed to get into half of Oshawa’s games last year but looks to be a 3d line mainstay this season. I liked Jordan’s overall game where he was efficient in all areas of the ice. In his end he will battle hard on the boards for pucks and play physical against opponents. He possesses the same hard nosed attitude in the offensive end where he is more than willing to hit corners with speed and physicality to create turn overs. His skating is solid, with league average speed and mobility. He could use work on his small tight ice skating. Away from the puck Jordan goes net front to be a distraction and to open up ice for his linemates. He has gained some coaching confidence as he was used in key defensive draws and drew some penalty killing assignments. His great work ethic was on display all night. Game Grade: B

Calum RitchieOshawa GeneralsOHLRC6’2″187Oshawa Generals | 2021Oakville, ON20052022-2023: A

An excellent skater, speedy and with great edges and mobility. Has proven to be an excellent offensive driver for this Oshawa team and as such is wearing an ‘A’ in only his second season. Finished 4th on team scoring in his rookie year and is leading the team in scoring this year at a point per game pace. He plays in all situations, ES, PP, PK and his efforts in all zones never wanes. An elite skater who will thrive this year with added ice time and responsibility. Game Grade: B+

Photo Credit: Dan Hickling/Hickling Images

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