You'd be hard pressed to find a Minor Hockey organization with more prestige than the Toronto Marlboros. In recent years alone, the team has produce a plethora of NHL stars such as John Tavares, Jason Spezza, Rick Nash, and Sam Gagner. OHL teams have been accustomed to finding multiple first round OHL draft picks from the annual iteration of the Marlboros Minor Midget team and that trend is set to continue in 2014 as the team has no shortage of first round candidates.
McLeod is the second of three brothers in what is shaping up to be a very talented hockey family. His older brother, Matt, recently committed to play Division 1 hockey at Canisius; while his younger brother could wind up being a top prospect for the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.
McLeod is arguably the most dynamic forward available in the draft as his combination of size and explosive speed make him a threat anytime he touches the puck. His first few steps are as explosive as any and his top flight speed and goal scoring ability should allow him to be a legitimate offensive threat in the OHL at Age 16. McLeod's game is not without flaws, however, as he will need to learn that less is more sometimes if he wants to be a consistent producer. McLeod can fall victim to pushing the pace of the play too quickly which results in odd man rushes against his favour and easy turnovers for the opposition.
McLeod is undoubtedly a top five talent for the 2014 OHL Priority Selection at this point in the season but there will be no shortage of challengers that will be knocking on that door all season long.
Pu has been one of the biggest stories in Marlie related news as the unheralded forward has quickly worked his way into Top 20 consideration when it comes to the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.
The right-shot centre has improved his skating significantly which has allowed him to become a dynamic forward who is capable of generating offense on his own. Pu is a methodical player who has good offensive vision and distribution skills while also showing a knack for goal scoring. There are situations where it looks like Pu is still trying to figure out exactly what he is capable of and what he isn't, but there is no disputing that he has developed into one of the top offensive threats in Ontario Minor Midget hockey. While the offense and attention to detail are enticing, Pu's lack of grit could be the biggest hurdle he'll need to overcome as he will have to show an ability to deal with tight checking from much larger players at the OHL level.
One of the Marlies hyped 'off-season' acquisitions, Sicoly comes to the GTHL by way of Sault Ste. Marie where he was a standout with the '97 Soo Thunder as an underaged player a season ago. After playing in this summer's All State All Canadians game, expectations were high for Sicoly this season and thus far it looks like he's been trying to find a comfort level playing in the spotlight with the Marlies.
Sicoly is undersized, checking in around 5-foot-8, but when he's on he is a dynamic player who brings a competitive spirit and fearless demeanour. Sicoly is a talented offensive player who can create a lot of problems for the defense with his skill level, elusiveness, and consistent effort level. Coming into the season most would have had Sicoly pegged as a surefire top 20 player but it looks like he might be fighting for a spot in round two or three at this point as Sicoly has not shown the same level of dynamic play he did a season ago when scouts had ample viewings of him.
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