The U17 is a great tournament to follow to see who just might make an impact in future World Junior Championships. Team Ontario allowed the fewest goals in the tournament’s round robin rounds with 7 GA in 5GP. Clearly, they played a strong team system and had good goaltending from their starter Daniel Altshuller.
Ontario’s G – Daniel Altshuller started every game for Team Ontario and posted a VERY IMPRESSIVE .947SV%, 1.39 GAA and 2 SO in 5 GP. Keep an eye on this kid. Altshuller struggled with a few USA goals that seemed to beat him high blocker. He will need to work on this area as it was clear that Team USA was targeting his blocker.
Other general observations:
Ontario’s D – Alex Gudbranson – Alex is the brother of 2010 Florida’s 3rd overall draft pick Erik Gudbranson. He looks like a solid shutdown defender but doesn’t have the offensive upside that his elder brother “could” possess. He plays the game hard and finishes every check. Gudbrason finished with 1 assist in 6GP
Projection: Shutdown Dman
Ontario’s F – Kerby Rychel – Kerby is the son of former NHLer and current Windsor Spit’s GM Warren Rychel. Kerby had a strong U17 tournament as he finished 2nd in Team Ontario scoring with 3G, 4A, 7P in 6GP. Kerby Rychel was named Team Ontario’s player of the game last night as he notched 3 point’s in Ontario’s gold medal win. At only 16, Rychel already stands at 6’0″ and 200lbs so if he can hone his on-ice skills he could turn out to be a solid player. Kerby will join his father in Windsor following this tournament after being traded from Missausaga today.
Projection: Power Forward
Ontario’s F – Brendan Gaunce – The second overall pick in the 2010 OHL Priority Draft is the younger brother of Cameron Gauce (Colorado Defensive Prospect). He plays for Belleville of the OHL and is touted to go in the early rounds of the 2012 NHL Draft. Gaunce is a very well rounded hockey player with above average hockey IQ. Gaunce spends a lot of time on special teams and rarely makes mistakes – GMs will love this. Brendan tallied 3G, 1A and 18PIM in the tournament
Projection: 2-Way Forward
Ontario’s D – Adam Pelech – Adam is the younger brother of Calgary Flames’ draft pick Matt Pelech (first Round Draft Pic