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OHL Cup Final Ratings


OHL Announces Minor Midget Top-10 Final Rankings for 2016 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament

The Ontario Hockey League today announced the sixteenth and final edition of the weekly minor midget rankings for the 2016 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

The weekly rankings are determined by a panel of OHL Central Scouting Staff and represent the top teams that are competing in the annual year-end championship tournament which takes place March 15-21, 2016.  All games will be played at the Scotiabank Pond in Toronto until the Championship Final moves to the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Monday March 21.

Minor Midget Rankings for the 2016 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament – Week 16
1 Mississauga Rebels
2 York Simcoe Express
3 Toronto Marlies
4 Toronto Jr. Canadiens
5 Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs
6 Waterloo Wolves
7 Toronto Red Wings
8 Barrie Jr. Colts
9 London Jr. Knights
10 Southern Tier Admirals

 Honourable Mention

 Kitchener Jr. Rangers
 Kingston Frontenacs
 Windsor Jr. Spitfires
 Don Mills Flyers

The Waterloo Wolves headline movement in the final edition of the rankings up to the sixth spot from seventh after capturing the ALLIANCE Championship over the London Jr. Knights.  The GTHL’s Mississauga Rebels continue to hold the number one ranking after advancing to the league finals where they will face the number three ranked Toronto Marlboros.  The OMHA’s York Simcoe Express at number two are the only other league champion to appear in the rankings.  

Last season the Toronto Marlboros captured their fifth OHL Cup title in 11 years with a 3-2 overtime win over the Don Mills Flyers. Marlies forward and OHL Cup MVP Ryan McLeod followed up older brother Michael McLeod's MVP effort in 2014 with three goals and four assists in the tournament.

McLeod was one of 12 first round draft selections from 2015 OHL Cup teams, including six of the top ten picks. Those names include David Levin (Don Mills Flyers - 1st overall to the Sudbury Wolves), Ryan McLeod (Toronto Marlboros - 3rd overall to the Flint Firebirds), Brady Gilmour (Quinte Red Devils - 6th overall to the Saginaw Spirit), Ben Jones (Toronto Marlboros - 7th overall to the Niagara IceDogs), Matthew Strome (Toronto Marlboros - 8th overall to the Hamilton Bulldogs) and Markus Phillips (Toronto Titans - 9th overall to the Owen Sound Attack).

Five first round selections in the 2015 NHL Draft are also OHL Cup graduates including Connor McDavid (Toronto Marlboros/Edmonton Oilers), Dylan Strome (Toronto Marlboros/Arizona Coyotes), Mitch Marner (Don Mills Flyers/Toronto Maple Leafs), Lawson Crouse (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs/Florida Panthers) and Travis Konecny (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs/Philadelphia Flyers).

Notable OHL Cup graduates currently playing in the NHL include Taylor Hall (Greater Kingston Frontenacs/Edmonton Oilers), John Tavares (Toronto Marlboros/New York Islanders), Steven Stamkos (Markham Waxers/Tampa Bay Lightning), Tyler Seguin (Toronto Nationals/Dallas Stars), 2013 Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban (Markham Islanders/Montreal Canadiens) and 2010 OHL Cup MVP Sean Monahan (Mississauga Rebels/Calgary Flames).

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