We are entering an interesting time in major junior. As top-end teen players become better prepared for the pro game and inexpensive entry-level contracts make them a better roster option than “middle-class” NHLers, the big names in the CHL tend to be the younger ones. Sure, you’ll still find overagers putting up gaudy stats in all three circuits, but for the future stars of the NHL, it’s better to look younger.
The OHL may not have the first-round breadth it usually does in this year’s NHL draft, but the high-end talent is still there, headlined by Barrie Colts center Ryan Suzuki. The younger brother of Montreal Canadiens prospect Nick Suzuki, Ryan has bolted out of the gates as one of the OHL’s leading scorers and confirmed why the Colts took him with the No. 1 pick in the 2017 O...
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Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.