OHL Cup U16 AAA Top 10 Rankings – Week 15 (Mar. 21, 2023)
Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Week 15 edition of the weekly U16 AAA rankings for the 2023 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League.
The 2023 OHL Cup will feature 20 teams consisting of talent eligible for the 2023 OHL Priority Selection. Starting with Wild Card Play-In matchups on Tuesday, March 28, all games will be played at the Scotiabank Pond in Toronto until the Championship Final moves to the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Monday, April 3.
The weekly rankings are determined by a panel of OHL Central Scouting staff and represent the top teams that are competing to play in the annual year-end championship tournament.
U16 AAA Rankings for the 2023 OHL Cup – Week 15
|RANK:||TEAM:||LAST WEEK||WEEKS RANKED|
|1||Toronto Marlboros (GTHL)*||1||15|
|2||Peterborough Jr. Petes (OMHA)*||2||15|
|3||Toronto Jr. Canadiens (GTHL)*||5||15|
|4||Halton Hurricanes (OMHA)*||3||15|
|5||York-Simcoe Express (OMHA)*||4||15|
|6||Mississauga Senators (GTHL)*||6||14|
|7||London Jr. Knights (ALLIANCE)*||8||15|
|8||Mississauga Rebels (GTHL)*||7||11|
|9||Southern Tier Admirals (OMHA)*||10||9|
|10||Waterloo Wolves (ALLIANCE)*||–||2|
|Don Mills Flyers (GTHL)||–||–|
|Vaughan Kings (GTHL)||–||12|
|Huron-Perth Lakers (ALLIANCE)*||9||2|
*- clinched spot in 2023 OHL Cup
The 15th edition of the weekly OHL Cup Rankings features four more teams that have clinched spots in the annual showcase. The OMHA champion Peterborough Minor Petes defeated the Southern Tier Admirals in triple-overtime on Sunday as Kaiden Harmon was the hero, helping the Petes lead an OMHA quartet that also includes Southern Tier, the Halton Hurricanes and York-Simcoe Express into next week’s tournament. The Toronto Marlboros and Toronto Jr. Canadiens are into the GTHL Championship Series, a best two-of-three matchup that begins tonight in Toronto. In the ALLIANCE, the 10th-ranked Waterloo Wolves have advanced to the Championship Final and await the winner of a series between the London Jr. Knights and Sun County Panthers.
The OHL Cup returned in 2022 and did not disappoint as underage star Michael Misa turned heads, setting a new Showcase scoring record with 20 points (10-10–20) in seven games, capped by a hat-trick and five-point performance in a Mississauga Senators championship victory. The wild card entry Senators prevailed in the championship final over the Toronto Jr. Canadiens by a score of 6-2, finishing the tournament with a record of 6-1. Misa (Saginaw Spirit) and Mississauga Senators teammate Malcolm Spence (Erie Otters) would go on to be selected first and second overall in the 2022 OHL Priority Selection.
The 2022 OHL Priority Selection featured 19 players chosen in the first round who competed for the OHL Cup including Michael Misa (Mississauga Senators – 1st overall Saginaw Spirit), Malcolm Spence (Mississauga Senators – 2nd overall Erie Otters), Sam Dickinson (Toronto Marlboros – 4th overall Niagara IceDogs), Porter Martone (Toronto Jr. Canadiens – 5th overall Sarnia Sting), Jack Van Volsen (Toronto Jr. Canadiens – 6th overall Peterborough Petes), Henry Mews (Toronto Jr. Canadiens – 7th overall Ottawa 67’s), Beckett Sennecke (Toronto Marlboros – 8th overall Oshawa Generals), Michael Hage (Toronto Jr. Canadiens – 9th overall Kitchener Rangers), Jett Luchanko (London Jr. Knights – 12th overall Guelph Storm), Lucas Karmiris (Brantford 99ers -13th overall Mississauga Steelheads), Ben Danford (Quinte Red Devils – 14th overall Oshawa Generals), Luca Testa (Niagara North Stars – 15th overall London Knights), Christopher Brown (North York Rangers – 16th overall Soo Greyhounds), Gabriel Frasca (Mississauga Senators – 17th overall Kingston Frontenacs), Kaden Pitre (Vaughan Kings – 18th overall Flint Firebirds), Zayne Parekh (Markham Majors – 19th overall Saginaw Spirit), Frankie Marrelli (Markham Waxers – 21st overall Ottawa 67’s), Anthony Cristoforo (Toronto Jr. Canadiens – 22nd overall Windsor Spitfires) and Marek Vanacker (Brantford 99ers – 23rd overall Hamilton Bulldogs).
Notable OHL Cup graduates currently playing in the NHL include Connor McDavid (Toronto Marlboros/Edmonton Oilers), Steven Stamkos (Markham Waxers/Tampa Bay Lightning), John Tavares (Toronto Marlboros/Toronto Maple Leafs), Mitch Marner (Vaughan Kings/Toronto Maple Leafs), Travis Konecny (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs/Philadelphia Flyers), Taylor Hall (Greater Kingston Frontenacs/Boston Bruins), Tyler Seguin (Toronto Nationals/Dallas Stars), Jamie Drysdale (Toronto Marlboros/Anaheim Ducks) and Wyatt Johnston (Toronto Marlboros/Dallas Stars) among a host of other names.