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Date: Aug 19, 2019
This week the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) is announcing the recipients of the 2018-19 OHA Awards and today we are proud to announce the OHA Top Prospects for 2018-19 as selected by the OHA Awards Committee.
The following players have been selected as the OHA’s Top Prospects for 2018-19: Ty Glover (Forward - Buffalo Jr. Sabres), Kosta Manikis (Forward - Toronto Jr. Canadiens), Ryan McAllister (Forward - Komoka Kings), Zachary Uens (Defenceman - Wellington Dukes), Noah Beck (Defenceman - St. Michael’s Buzzers) and Mitchell Weeks (Goaltender - Newmarket Hurricanes).
2018-19 OHA TOP PROSPECTS
TY GLOVER (Forward - Buffalo Jr. Sabres/OJHL)
Ty Glover (Salford, England) played his first season in the OJHL in 2018-19 and he had with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres. The 18-year-old forward tallied 42 points in 48 games, 19 of which were goals. Glover played 12 playoff games with the Jr. Sabres in the postseason and record 12 points (eight goals). This season was Glover’s third playing in the OHA as he previously played parts of three seasons in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League (GOJHL) with the Strathroy Rockets and two games with the St. Marys Lincolns. In the GOJHL, Glover put up 32 points in 63 games. The 6’2” 194 pound centre played his minor hockey with the Elgin Middlesex Chiefs and London Jr. Knights. Glover has also represented Canada East at the 2018-19 World Junior A Challenge in Bonnyville, Alta. In December, Glover committed to play for Western Michigan University at the beginning of the 2020-21 season. Glover was ranked 203rd among North American Skater in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings.
ZACHARY UENS (Defenceman - Wellington Dukes/OJHL)
Zachary Uens (Belleville, Ont.) turned 19 May 13 and just completed his second full season with the OJHL’s Wellington Dukes. This season, the 6’1” 175 pound defenceman scored six goals and 22 points from the blueline in just 34 games. In 2018-19, Uens also helped the Dukes advance to a second consecutive OHA Buckland Cup finals. In the Buckland Cup playoffs, Uens chipped in two goals and 10 points during Wellington’s playoff run. Uens has a Buckland Cup Championship to his name, having won the trophy with the Dukes in 2018. Uens was an OJHL Second-Team All Prospect in 2017-18 and a First-Team All Prospect in 2018-19. The 19-year-old defenceman was drafted in the fourth round of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection Draft but has opted to play for the NCAA Division I Merrimack College Warriors in 2019-20. NHL Central Scouting final rankings had Uens ranked 130th among North American skaters.
KOSTA MANIKIS (Forward - Toronto Jr. Canadiens/OJHL)
Kosta Manikis (Toronto, Ont.) was acquired by the Toronto Jr. Canadiens at the OJHL trade deadline and he continued to produce for the playoff-bound team. The 6’2” 182 pound forward was previously with the Stouffville Spirit in his second season with the team. Prior to being moved to Toronto, Manikis tallied 15 goals and 36 points. With the Jr. Canadiens, Manikis added to that total and put up 11 points in 11 games and finished the 2018-19 season with 47 points. Manikis was one of 12 OJHL players who played in the 2019 Canadian Junior Hockey League Prospects Game Jan. 22 in Okotoks, Alta. Manikis was named an OJHL First-Team All Prospect and was ranked 170th among North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings. The 18-year-old centreman is committed to play for Clarkson University in 2020-21.
RYAN MCALLISTER (Forward - Komoka Kings/GOJHL)
Ryan McAllister (London, Ont.) had a great rookie season in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League in a season he split with the Komoka Kings and London Nationals. Prior to moving to play for the Kings, the 17-year-old forward scored seven goals and 19 points with the Nationals in 31 games. He went on to add 18 more points with Komoka once he joined the team and finished the season with 37 points in 47 games. McAllister is a product of the London Jr. Knights Minor Hockey Association and scored an incredible 45 points in 25 games in Minor Midget (2017-18) before making the jump to junior hockey. He also participated in the GOJHL Top Prospects Day as a member of Team Crowder. McAllister is a Western Michigan University commit and is expected to join the NCAA Division I team in fall 2019. The Kings forward was also drafted by the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) Sudbury Wolves in the second round (21st overall) of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection Draft.
NOAH BECK (Defenceman - St. Michael’s Buzzers/OJHL)
Noah Beck (Richmond Hill, Ont.) enjoyed success in his first full OJHL season with the St. Michael’s Buzzers. The 6’3” 181 pound defenceman had one goal and 25 points in the regular season with the Buzzers. Of his 25 points, nine were power play assists. The 18-year-old defenceman added four points in 11 postseason games. At the conclusion of the regular season, Beck was named an OJHL Second-Team All Prospect. The Buzzers’ d-man was selected by the OHL London Knights in the seventh round (137th overall) in 2017 and in the 10th round (149th overall) by the United States Hockey League’s Fargo Force in 2019. Beck was ranked 210th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting in its final rankings. He and other draft hopefuls could hear their names called at the June 21-22 NHL Draft in Vancouver. This season Beck committed to play for the Clarkson University Golden Knights in the NCAA Division I in the 2020-21 hockey season.
MITCHELL WEEKS - (Goaltender - Newmarket Hurricanes/OJHL)
Mitchell Weeks (Barrie, Ont.) was remarkable for the OJHL’s Newmarket Hurricanes in his first season playing junior hockey. The 17-year-old netminder appeared in 30 games with the Hurricanes in 2018-19 and posted an impressive 16-11-0 record. His statistics spoke themselves, as he also posted a 1.72 goals-against average, a .941 save percentage and six shutouts. His 16 wins were 11th best in the OJHL. He added seven more wins in the postseason with the Hurricanes before they were eliminated by Markham in the second round. Weeks was selected first overall in the 2018 U18 OHL Midget Draft by the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves. The 6’3” 175 pound goaltender played minor midget and bantam seasons in his hometown with the Barrie Colts organization. Weeks was called up to the OHL Wolves during the regular season and posted a 1-3-0 record. At season’s end, Weeks was named the OJHL’s Rookie of the Year for his performance with the Hurricanes and was named to the OJHL All-Prospect first-team. Weeks will turn 18 June 1.
The remaining 2018-19 OHA Awards winners will be announced this week and recipients will formally receive their Awards at the Cambridge-Kitchener Holiday Inn Convention Centre in Kitchener Sat. June 15, 2019.
Monday (May 13) - Officials Awards
Wednesday (May 15) - BJ Monro Award
Thursday (May 16) - OHA Top Prospects
Friday (May 17) - Donald Sanderson Memorial Award