Another fantastic JRMT has come to an end over the weekend in St. Albert, AB.  As we laid out in our pre-tournament preview, we predicted the eight quarter-finalists but from that point, it was a wide open taking for the tournament crown with not much separating the top teams remaining.  However, it was WEHP pre-tournament favorite prevailing with the tournament crown over a very good LA Jr. Kings team.

In the final, it was a rematch of the Calgary NW Flames tournament final where the LA Jr. Kings defeated NAX 3-2 in a thrilling shootout!  In yesterday’s tournament final, the LA Jr. Kings held a 3-2 lead going into the 3rd period on goals from Hovsepyan, Alvaraz and Plaga and it looked like they once again may be in position to knock off NAX but….  In the 3rd period, #1 overall ranked 04 born Matthew Savoie would tie it up and then get the GWG with just under 4 minutes remaining and then tournament goal scoring leader and top 10 ranked prospect Dylan Guenther added the insurance marker.  NAX ended the tournament as the only team not to lose a game in going 5-0-1 and finished 2nd in goals scored with 29, 1 behind leader Rink Hockey Academy.  Matthew Savoie led the tournament in scoring with 5-13-18 in just 6 GP.  Many scouts around the WHL have been of the opinion that if Savoie (born on Jan 1, 2004) were available for this years draft, he could challenge for #1 overall.  Dylan Guenther finished 2nd in points with 8-7-15.  LA Jr. Kings top 10 western USA ranked prospects Noah Alvarez, Paul Minnehan finished tied for 7th in tournament scoring with 8 points each and Parker Murray was next with 7 points.  Parker is the son of former NHL’er Glen Murray.  Tournament MVP and top goaltender  Alex Bonrouhi had a fantastic .940% and a 1.85 and the tournament’s only Shutout.

  • Trevor Wong of St. George’s Academy once again dominated play during the tournament and would challenge for #1 overall if he were committed to the WHL.  Wong led his St. George’s team in scoring yet again with 4-7-11 in 5 GP.
  • Carson Lambos of Rink Hockey Academy was the tournament’s top defenseman which has become the norm for Carson in each tournament he plays in.  He is our #1 ranked player at this point but of course it will depend on who picks #1 and if that team prefers a high end forward or a franchise type defenseman.
  • Logan Stankoven of Yale was a star again for Yale.  He continues to score game in and game our and produce in every game he plays in.  A pure difference maker type of player.  He led his Yale team in scoring 5-4-9.
  • The host St. Albert Sabres held their own well against Western Canada’s top teams in going 2-3-0 which included a win over OHA Penticton.  Tyson Greenway was a force throughout for St. Albert and should go pretty high in the draft.
  • Marc Lajoie was a catalyst on the blueline for NAX.  Lajoie, who should go in the top 2 rounds was a physical force and played in all situations.
  • LA Jr. Kings D – Aidan Hreschuk would be a top 10 overall selection if fully committed to the WHL route.  He was a tournament all star and deserved it very much.
  • LA Jr. Kings G – Alex Bonrouhi is the western USA top ranked goal for a reason.  He can steal games for his team and is the backbone of a very strong team that has been right at par this season with western Canada’s best.
  • The Calgary Bisons were hurt a bit early on in the tournament with the absence of top 10 overall ranked Jayden Grubbe due to a suspension.  Grubbe scored 2 goals in his final game and we wonder how they would’ve fared if he played and led the Bisons the entire tournament.  The likes of high scoring F – Dylan James, Jake Snashall, 04 born Oasiz Wiesblatt and top 5 overall ranked 04 Bowden Singleton stepped up to give Calgary a 3-2-0 tournament record.  Oh and Trey Patterson is a horse for the team on defense!  Marek Pocherewny was his normal solid self in goal.
  • RHA were once again led by #1 overall ranked D – Carson Lambos but a bit of a surprise was Clay Litke and his 6 goal outburst this tournament.  Those 6 goals by Litke are more than his 5 goals in 20 league games in the CSSHL!  Noah Serdachny used his speed and work ethic to put up 8 points as did tournament all star Skyler Bruce.  One of the top ranked goalies for the draft – Tyler Brennan was very good once again on a good RHA team who finished 4-1-1.
  • It was the usual suspects leading St. George’s again and they proved that they can hang in their with the top teams in Western Canada despite playing in the CSSHL Varsity division.  Wong did his thing again and 2004 born Connor Levis continues to shine despite being a very young 04 born player.  Defenseman Oliver Gabrielson was good as was F – Dylan Fader who are both draft ranked players.
  • The Phoenix Jr. Coyotes struggled to a 0-5-0 record but one of the top ranked western USA prospects Arik Altman was a bright spot for the team with 1-5-6 in those 5 games.  Another WEHP ranked player Conner Sniffin had 4 goals.  The problem was the Jr. Coyotes faced on average over 45 shots-per-game.
  • Lethbridge Golden Hawks D – Carson Haynes is a player who is one of the fastest risers up our rankings this season and he performed very well once again for Lethbridge.  Joel Mabin led the team in goals and plays a strong power forward game which proved effective against tough teams.  Tyler Palmer stopped 71/77 shots in his 3 games played.  Palmer is also among the leaders in the AMBHL in most goaltending categories.
  • OHA Edmonton never really could get firing on all cylinders and finished just 3-2-0.  Top 10 overall ranked prospect Sean Tschigerl was his usual strong self as was high ranked D – Corson Ceulemans and high ranked Colton Dach.  Some of the secondary scoring was a bit absent compared to their usual performances in this tournament.
  • Delta Green played a very structured strong team game once again and proved competitive at 3-3-0.  The line of Holden Cardinal, Cage Newans and Quinn Messer led the way.  Cardinal led in goals, Newans and Messer in points.  Undersized D – Spencer Shugrue and high ranked D – Matt Smith were strong.  Cole Savage stopped 111/120 shots and has had quite the nice year making our scouts take more notice.
  • Yale Hockey Academy allowed a tournament low 9 goals and really to nobodies surprise seeing as Liam Vanderkooi and Brayden Melnyk are both high ranked goalies for the draft.  Both goalies had save percentages over .940% which is tremendous.  Logan Stankoven, Kobe Verbicky and Jake Chiasson proved they all belong in the WHL Bantam Draft 1st round consideration as did big D – Graham Sward who was stellar!  04 born Brayden Schuurman showed good things and looks like a top 10 – 04 born and Tyson Galloway was good on defense as well.
  • BWC Academy as we mentioned in our tournament preview are very much like Delta Green.  Well coached team who play a defensive and structured style of play.  They allowed just 10 goals in 5 games and scored 13.  Caeden Bankier led the team in scoring with 1-5-6 while several other forwards notched 2 goals which led the team.  D – Elias Carmichael our scouts really like.  Goaltender Thomas Milic is cementing himself as a top goalie for the WHL Bantam Draft in May as his play just keeps getting better.  Milic played in every minute of every game this tournament.
  • The Calgary Royals were a bit overmatched in this tournament going 1-4-0 and outscored 29-9.  Alex Walicki led the team in goals with 3 and points with 3.
  • Airdrie finished 2-2-1 and were led by Craig Armstrong who had 5-3-8.  Armstrong should be selected in the top 2 rounds of the draft.  Ty Mueller is starting to pick up his game again after battling injury early in the season.  Tristan Zandee was good and D – Keagan Slaney is really starting to push for 1st round consideration.  Kellan Bates played a good power forward game.  A big blow was the early tournament injury to Brett Moravec.  G – Nahan Airay was great in his 2 starts.
  • OHA Penticton were just 1-4-0 and the offensive depth remained a concern.  Cole Sillinger led his team again with 4-1-5 and he should be a top 10 pick in May.  Other ranked prospects Steel Quiring, Quinn Disher and D – Noah Dorey were all good.  Colton Phillips-Watts faced well over 30 shots-per-game and showed too.
  • Sherwood Park were another team that was overmatched in going 1-4-0 and outscored 26-11.  Wyatt Cook was a pleasant surprise scoring 6 goals against top competition.  Cook does lead his team in regular season goals with 15, so he’s proving to be a player who can be counting on.  Captain Ben Gonie, 2004 born Tanner Scott and D – Colby Ball were all good as expected.