Emmitt Finnie (Yale)
Want to know what a playmaker is?
Watch Finnie for a shift and you'll know exactly what it means. Finnie's vision
and instinct with the puck amplifies the skill of everyone else on the ice. He
can seem like he has eyes in the back of his head at times and is a bit of
throwback to superstar playmakers of yesteryear with his ability to quarterback
the play from behind his opponent's net.
Oliver Tulk (Delta Green)
Tulk has just gotten better with
every game in the tournament. He's a gritty and likeable player who isn't
afraid to take his game to the hardest areas of the ice to succeed. Watch
out for his shot, as his release is well beyond his years, but strength isn't
his only attribute as he has shown game in and game out how well he can drive
the net and finesse plays with the puck.
Aiden Oiring (Calgary Royals)
The Calgary speedster
impresses at every turn. He's got a great motor and can really dictate the pace
of play. His shifty skating ability can really send defenders scrambling but
it's his eyes that are the most dangerous, his ability to process information
and react to what he sees is elite.
Saige Weinstein (NAX)
Perhaps one of the most eye catching
players in his age group nationwide, Weinstein has an Erik Karlsson type appeal
to his game. He is extremely explosive and plays with great compete. He can
turn up ice in a heartbeat and his quick decision making matches his lighting
Mikhail Volotovskii (Calgary Bisons)
A slick and smooth
playmaker, Volotovskii has highlight reel ability around the puck and a great
sense for distributing the puck. His ability to handle the puck in the
perimeter and draw defenders is extremely fun to watch. He shows great
chemistry with fellow Bison Ivan Kedrov, giving the Bisons a very difficult 1-2
punch for opponents to attempt to contain.
Scott Miner (RHA)
Miner is a hard-nosed two-way defender
who often proves a real pain to play against. His ability to calm the play down
and get plays started for his team doesn't go unnoticed as teams often change
gameplans to try and take away his ability to create time and space but more
than often his composure comes out on top.
Marcus Pacheco (OHA Edmonton)
Pacheco broke out in the
quarterfinals displaying some great intensity and quick edge control and
agility off the rush. He has great quickness in his hands and feet that can
allow him to separate well from defenders and create great offensive chances.
His 2 goals against the Flames were the difference in pushing his squad into
Carter Yakemchuk (Calgary Flames)
One of the more reliable
two-way defenders in the entire age group, Yakemchuk shows great puck poise in
his own end and proves to be very evasive and nearly immune to forecheckers at
times. Yakemchuk is the type of player who can do a little bit of everything
and has proven that in this event, creating offense, shutting down elite
offensive opponents and stepping up for a couple of the biggest and cleanest
hits in the tournament thus far.
Tyler Chan (BWC)
Chan is a skill coach's dream. His
skating could be captured on video and showed for years to come as to what an
efficient stride and explosive acceleration look like. He is as smooth as they
come with the puck and plays the game with sort of charm and respect that
deserves recognition. The BWC captain is an absolute joy to watch.
Grayden Slipec (West Van)
Slipec might be the name on this
list who could have been here every single day. The West Van playmaker has been
lights out in this event and has paced the potent West Van attack to some big
scores. Slipec doesn't much room to strike and finds opportunity in every
little mistake an opponent makes. He has showcased some great passing,
distribution and overall playmaking ability as well as a scorer's touch off the
rush and out of zone play. He will undoubtedly be an impact player again on Day
4 of this event.