This week the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) is announcing the recipients of the 2017-18 OHA Awards, starting with this season’s Top Prospects awards. The following players have been selected as the OHA’s Top Prospects for 2017-18: Jett Alexander (Goaltender - North York Rangers/OJHL); Declan Carlile (Defenceman - Wellington Dukes/OJHL); Colton Kalezic (Forward - Toronto Patriots/OJHL); Dustyn McFaul (Defenceman - Pickering Panthers/OJHL); Kaleb Pearson (Forward, Stratford Warriors/GOJHL); and Mason Snell (Defenceman - Wellington Dukes/OJHL).
JETT ALEXANDER (Goaltender - North York Rangers/OJHL)
Jett Alexander (Bloomfield, Ontario) has grown into one of the top young goaltenders during the past couple of seasons in the OJHL. In 2015 Alexander was a 12th round pick in the OHL Priority Selection by the Mississauga Steelheads and at that time he was listed at 5’8” and 120 pounds. Now standing at 6’4” and 181 pounds, Alexander is coming off a stellar season with the OJHL’s North York Rangers. In 27 regular season games the 18 year old goaltender was 15-9 with 1 shutout and a goals against average of 2.09 and a save percentage of .929. He was ranked 30th among North American Goaltenders for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft in Central Scouting’s Mid- Term Rankings and participated in the 2017 World Junior A Challenge with Team Canada East, 2017 Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge with team OJHL Coffey, and was on Team East at the 2018 CJHL Top Prospects Game.
DECLAN CARLILE (Defenceman - Wellington Dukes/OJHL)
Declan Carlile (Hartland, Michigan) is a 6’2” 190 pound blueliner who turns 18 on May 18 and has enjoyed an incredible rookie season in the OJHL with the Wellington Dukes. In 54 regular season games he scored 6 goals and added 33 assists for 39 points, the eighth best points total for defencemen in the OJHL. Carlile was a key contributor in the Dukes’ OJHL Buckland Cup and Dudley-Hewitt Cup Championships and was named the Top Defenceman at the 2018 Dudley-Hewitt Cup. He was also named to the All-Dudley-Hewitt Cup Team on defence, alongside teammate Mason Snell, as the Dukes will now travel to Chilliwack, BC to compete in the RBC Cup (May 12-20, 2018) for the National Junior A Championship. Carlile was a member of Team OJHL Oates at the 2017 Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge and Team East at the 2018 CJHL Top Prospects Game. Ranked 176th among North American Skaters for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft in Central Scouting’s Final Rankings, Carlile has committed to Merrimack College (NCAA Division 1- Hockey East) for 2019-20.
COLTON KALEZIC (Forward - Toronto Patriots/OJHL)
Colton Kalezic (Toronto, Ontario) who turns 19 in July, has played three seasons with the Toronto Patriots of the OJHL and is coming off his most successful season to date. The 6’1” 170 pound forward racked up 51 points from 28 goals and 23 assists in 46 regular season games as the Patriots claimed the Brant Snow Memorial Trophy as OJHL Regular Season Champions. Although the Patriots were defeated in the South-West Conference Championship by the Georgetown Raiders, Kalezic amped up his game in the playoffs, scoring 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points in 17 playoff games. He was also a member of Team East at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge and played for Team OJHL Coffey at the 2017 Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge. Colton Kalezic is committed to Northern Michigan University (NCAA Division 1 - WCHA) for 2019-20.
DUSTYN MCFAUL (Defenceman - Pickering Panthers/OJHL)
Dustyn McFaul (Waterdown, Ontario) had an outstanding rookie season for the resurgent Pickering Panthers of the OJHL. The 6’2” 190 pound defenceman played 38 regular season games and scored 4 goals and added 15 assists for 19 points. McFaul was named to Team East at the 2018 CJHL Top Prospects Game but was unable to participate due to injury; he was a member of Team OJHL Coffey at the 2017 Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge and was named an OJHL 1st Team All Prospect. The 17 year old blueliner was ranked 164th among North American Skaters for the upcoming 2018 NHL Entry Draft in the Central Scouting’s Final Rankings and is committed to Clarkson University (NCAA Division 1 - ECAC) for 2019-20.
KALEB PEARSON (Forward, Stratford Warriors/GOJHL)
Kaleb Pearson (St. Marys, Ontario) had an impressive rookie season for the Stratford Warriors in the GOJHL, finishing the season with 67 points in 49 games after scoring 39 goals and adding 28 assists as a 17 year old. The 6’0” 182 pound forward played the previous season with the Huron Perth Lakers Midget AAA team and 11 games with the GOJHL’s St. Mary’s Lincolns as an affiliate. This past season Pearson was named the GOJHL Midwestern Conference Rookie of the Year, GOJHL Midwestern Conference All-Rookie Team, and was selected to play in the GOJHL Top Prospect Game. Pearson is committed to Rochester Institute of Technology (NCAA Division 1 - Atlantic Hockey) for 2019-20.
MASON SNELL (Defenceman - Wellington Dukes/OJHL)
Mason Snell (Clarington, Ontario) turns 18 in June and the 6’0” 183 pound defenceman has had a breakout season in the OJHL. Snell started the year with the Whitby Fury, but finished the season with the Wellington Dukes, tallying 20 points in 43 regular season games between the two teams. He was a key player in helping the Dukes win the OJHL Buckland Cup and the Dudley-Hewitt Cup, sending the Dukes to the RBC Cup in Chilliwack, BC (May 12-20, 2018) for the National Junior A Championship. Snell was named to the All-Dudley-Hewitt Cup Team on defence, alongside teammate Declan Carlile. He also played for Team East in the 2017 World Junior A Challenge, Team OJHL Oates at the 2017 Eastern Canada Cup All-Star Challenge, and Team East at the 2018 CJHL Top Prospects Game. Snell is ranked 173rd among North American Skaters for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft in Central Scouting’s Final Rankings and is committed to Penn State (NCAA Division 1 - Big Ten) for 2019-20.
The remaining 2017-18 OHA Awards winners will be announced this week and recipients will formally receive their Awards at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Friday, June 1, 2018.Back to Top
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