On Friday, I was able to see top prospects, Michael Dal Colle (Oshawa Generals), Sam Bennett (Kingston Frontenacs) and Roland McKeown (Kingston Frontenacs), live in Kingston, Ontario. It’s easy to see why these guys are considered to have top ten and even top five potential for the upcoming draft.

Whenever I attend a game, it is usually as a fan, but I tried to have a split identity and get some scouting in during my Ontario vacation. Just a couple of things that stuck out to me in the 9-4 Frontenacs’ victory.

Michael Dal Colle | LW

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To those that know me, you already know that Dal Colle is one of my favorite prospects eligible this year. And while he didn’t dominate in the game against Kingston, he did play well. All night long, the puck was on his stick. There was actually a point when, early in the first, I believe a majority of Oshawa’s chances came from Dal Colle carrying the puck into the zone. And while he didn’t create too many “high quality” scoring chances, he got the puck in the zone and tried to make something happen, whether it was getting the puck on the net or dishing it to teammates.

And when the puck wasn’t on his stick, Dal Colle still displayed some great awareness in the offensive zone. Gliding around the ice, Dal Colle had a knack for sneaking into the open areas of the ice, looking to get something going. All in all, the winger did have a hand in his team’s third goal, finished plus one and picked up two penalty minutes.

Roland McKeown | D

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Going in, I was anticipating McKeown being the best defenseman on the ice. Honestly, he was probably the toughest of the three to keep an eye on in the game, but he did finish the high scoring affair with a plus two. He also picked up an assist in the game on a pretty nice play. With the puck at the point, McKeown wound up to unleash what I thought would be a slap shot. Instead though, finding the man in front, he fed Sam Bennett with a perfect slap pass, which would eventually lead to a Sam Schutt goal. I did see McKeown take a few heavy hits in the game, but generally as he was chipping the puck out… take a hit to make a play.

Overall, I can’t say that he was spectacular, but also can’t really point out any major mistakes. And with his second period assist, McKeown has now matched his offensive production from last season with 29 points while also turning around his plus minus in a big way.

Sam Bennett | C

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Bennett was the most explosive player on the ice that night, garnering first star status for his performance. Scoring the game’s first goal only fourteen seconds in, he would add two more helpers before the final buzzer sounded. All night though, like Dal Colle, Bennett was buzzing up and down the ice with the puck on his stick. A confident stick handler, there were only a few occasions when he was not able to beat Oshawa’s defense.

Another play that really caught my eye occurred behind Oshawa’s net in the second period. A Generals’ defender was chasing down the puck while the smaller Bennett was able to use his speed and positioning to separate the defender from the puck… a great play. Bennett definitely impressed in this one.

I look forward to seeing when these three talented young athletes will hear their names called.