Eight #TPHTrained players featured in ‘Michigan names to know’ list for OHL draft
Each spring, MiHockey produces a ‘Michigan names to know’ list for a particular birth-year heading into the OHL Priority Selection with the assistance and commentary of OHL scout Kevin Hess.
This year, eight of the players on the list are of the #TPHTrained variety.
Five attend the TPH Center of Excellence in Bloomfield, while three others competed for the TPH team at the recent OHL Cup.
TPH wishes these players, and the rest of the ’03 class, the best of luck heading into Saturday’s OHL draft.
Center of Excellence student-athletes
Ryan Humphrey (Honeybaked U16) – Smaller, highly skilled winger that plays with a bit of an edge. Shows no problem going to the tough areas. Good skater who has very good edge control. Does a good job of shifting his weight and changing speeds to gain time and space. Has a quick release, showing a good scoring touch. Sees the ice well and playing the puck possession style of game that teams crave.
NHL Player he reminds me of: Mitch Marner
Kevin Perrott (Oakland Jr. Grizzlies U15) – The most improved player I have watched this season, especially in terms of his skating. Protects the puck well. Good shot with a quick release. Plays a very unselfish game, doing what it takes for his team to win.
NHL Player he reminds me of: Tom Wilson
Eddie Shepler (Honeybaked U16) – Powerful skating forward who can play all three forward positions. Gets up to top speed quickly and plays with pace. Plays an honest 200-foot game. Competes at a high level. Heavy shot with a quick release.
NHL Player he reminds me of: Matthew Tkachuk
Nicholas Sofikitis (Compuware U16) – Puck-moving style defenseman that plays with some jam to his game. Competes at a high level. Has the skating and skill set to escape pressure. Makes strong outlets.
NHL Player he reminds me of: Torey Krug
Jack Stolicker (Compuware U16) – Good skating forward, with a powerful stride. Tough to contain once he gets going. Is good on the cycle, protecting the puck and getting it to the net. Possesses a heavy shot, with a quick release. Uses size and skill effectively to make plays on the rush and off the cycle.
NHL Player he reminds me of: Nathan MacKinnon
OHL Cup participants
Gibson Homer (Fox Motors U16) – Athletic goaltender with a strong fundamental base. Moves well in and around his crease. Controls rebounds well. Plays a cool, calm game, with a quiet confidence.
NHL Player he reminds me of: Carey Price
Connor Miller (Honeybaked U15) – Good skater with good balance and knee bend that allows him to maintain a top speed for an extended period of time. Does a nice job of using his edge work and skill to create time and space off the rush. Has a scoring touch around the net. Can score goals in a variety of ways. Has a heavy shot, with a quick release that allows him to score from beyond the tops of the circles. Also has the skill and strength to score the gritty goals at the net front. Is learning to play on the defensive side of the puck and has shown improvement in this area as the season has progressed.
NHL Player he reminds me of: Blake Wheeler
Sutter Muzzatti (Meijer U15) – Raw prospect that has the physical tools to be an effective power forward at the next level. Has improved in almost every aspect of his game throughout the season. Competes at a high level, doing a good job of winning his 1-on-1 puck battles. Has a heavy shot with multiple release points. Has shown good touch from tops of the circles down. Has solid puck skills that have continued to evolve over the course of the year.
NHL Player he reminds me of: Brian Boyle