OHL Update: OHL Top Prospects at NHL Training Camps

Peter Harling



By:Kathryn Jean

The NHL regular season kicks off in just over a week. NHL teams have already made their evaluations and started to adjust their squads for opening night. Over 160 OHL players were invited to 2016 NHL training camps. Only 30 of those players remain at camp and some have a good chance to stick with their respective teams. At the end, I provided a list of all the OHL players still at training camp. A couple that could make it are…


Max Jones (Anaheim Ducks)

Jones suffered an upper body injury in Anaheim’s first preseason game. He missed a couple games due to a bruised shoulder but is now back on the ice.

Prediction: returns to OHL


Lawson Crouse (Arizona Coyotes)

In the offseason, Crouse was involved in a trade that sent him from Florida to Arizona. Crouse has settled in well and shown some foreshadowing of a potential top six power forward. His size combined with his physical play, skating and NHL level shot is a good indication that he will be a player in this league. Because Arizona is so prospect heavy it’s hard to determine when his time will be. If he returns to the OHL, he will be traded to a contender as his OHL team is currently in rebuild mode.

Prediction: 9 game tryout + undecided

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Dylan Strome (Arizona Coyotes)

There is no denying Strome’s offensive skill, it’s his defensive game that he continues to work on to become an elite player in the NHL. Coyotes GM and Head Coach have mentioned that they want to see Strome strengthen his skating and continue to bulk up on his large frame. They don’t feel a need to rush. Like Crouse, if he is sent back to the OHL, there is a decent chance he could be traded to an OHL contending team which will only help add to his development.

Prediction: 9 game tryout + undecided


Christian Dvorak (Arizona Coyotes)

All reports indicate that Dvorak had a good rookie camp and a decent NHL camp. His all-around play combined with his NHL level vision and nose for the net makes him a very attractive player that can be effective in every situation. Dvorak will likely get a nine game tryout before being assigned to the AHL.

Prediction: 9 game tryout then AHL

{source}<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Chychrun with another good game for Arizona yesterday. Christian Dvorak also showed very well for the Coyotes.</p>&mdash; Corey Pronman (@coreypronman) <a href="https://twitter.com/coreypronman/status/782590890858647553">October 2, 2016</a></blockquote>

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