All eyes are fixated on the GTHL this season; and for good reason, as there's no shortage of talent in Toronto's 'AAA' loop, but the Greater Toronto Area is home to some top OHL Draft prospects as well. To the east, the Whitby Wildcats feature a pair of big bodied wingers with Top 40 aspirations while Markham's Jonathan Ang is fresh off an appearance in this summer's All Canadians Game and is looking to show why he was considered to be one of the top '98 players in Canada.
Gadjovich is an intriguing power forward with a lot of untapped potential that should allow him to become a very effective player at the OHL level and beyond. The 6-foot-1 winger plays a hard-nosed game and is an excellent competitor. He consistently plays a physical brand of hockey and is capable of altering the flow of the game with big-time body checks.
His offensive game is heavily predicated on his gritty play along the walls and ability to win puck battles and protect the puck. Gadjovich makes up for a lack of pure offensive skill with his ability to maintain puck possession and drive the front of the net. His skating is the biggest red flag to his game at this point, but with more development it’s something that can be overcome. Gadjovich has adept top-end speed but he needs to work on improving his balance and quickness on his start-ups as well as his agility.
Players with his size and skill-set are rare in the OHL Priority Selection so expect teams to put a premium on Gadjovich as a potential Top 40 selection next April.
Following in the footsteps of Hayden McCool last season, Hotchkiss joins the Whitby Wildcats for his Minor Midget season by way of the Clarington Toros. Like Gadjovich, Hotchkiss also possesses great size at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, as well as an intriguing offensive skill-set. Hotchkiss has a heavy shot and above average release which makes him a threat in the offensive zone whenever he has the puck.
A solid skater overall, Hotchkiss will need to continue to improve in that department if he wants to become an offensive player at the next level. Right now Hotchkiss’ game is plagued by lulls of inactivity between flashes of brilliance. Hotchkiss can make a dynamic play one shift and then disappear for several afterwards. If the big winger can play with more consistent jam, there’s no doubt that he has the tools to be a Top 40 player but he will need to convince OHL scouts he has the ability to do that every shift.
Ang is back for a victory lap in Minor Midget as the 5-foot-10, 150 pound centre was the top player on Markham as an underager a season ago. Ang is a dynamic player who is a high-end skater with a strong ability to make things happen when he has the puck at top speed. Despite a lack of strength, Ang is a consistent offensive threat and has displayed a better ability to battle through checks this season after surely adding some strength over the summer.
As a second-year Minor Midget player, it looks as though Ang’s game is suffering from some personal frustration this season as he has taken some undisciplined penalties and been knocked off his game. Ang’s Markham Waxers are by no means a strong team so scouts will be looking closely to see how Ang responds to the adversity as he needs to be a leader for his team whether things are going well or not. In what is shaping up to be an above average draft crop, you can slot Ang in as a potential second or third round pick right now.
Tags: 2014 ohl priority selection | 2014 ohl draft prospects | 2014 ohl draft | ohl | Jonathan Ang | Matt Hotchkiss | Jonah Gadjovich |
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