Brook Hiddink has been on the OHL Draft radar for years. In 2011 he played as an underage player on the Elgin Middlesex Chiefs, partnering with such players like London Knight Bo Horvat and Sarnia Sting winger Davis Brown to be one of the top scorers in the Alliance, despite being a year younger then his peers.Expectations were that he would be among the top 5 players selected in this past OH Draft. This year the Chiefs saw a mass exodus of players, which saw Hiddink as one of the only players on the Chiefs who were draft quality. He struggled at times with the extra attention that opposition teams would show him, and did not produce as much as some would hoped. He fell down the draft to the Niagara Ice Dogs, who must have been ecstatic to see him available at 21st overall.
Seeing Aaron Haydon selected in the first round was a bit of a surprise for me. It had nothing to do with skill, as a matter of fact he was rated by us at TheScout.ca as the 24th best prospect for the draft. The main reason that I was surprised was due the fact that he had a large amount of options, and was unsure of if he was interested in coming to the Ontario HOckey League. Now that he has signed with the Ice Dogs, it will be interesting to watch him transition to the league next year.
Wigle is a hard working forward who shows a good compete level. He is effective at creating issues for opposition defenceman both on the forecheck and along the boards. He skates well for a player of his size, but has room to grow with his footwork and first few steps. He has shown some underrated puck skills, but needs to continue to work in making better decisions with the puck, as well as improving his overall offensive skills, Projects out as a bottom 6 energy forward, and should be a mid to late round draft selection.
Jesse Graham / Defence / 5.11 / 160/ May. 13, 1994
Graham is an offensive minded defenceman who is at his best skating the puck up the ice. He is at his best at skating the puck up the ice, reading the play and making a smart pass. He either drives the net or uses his speed to create open passing lanes. He is a very strong skater who displays good footwork and mobility. His development issues include his positional play in his own zone, as well as his core strength and his ability to win battles for the puck. He projects out as a good puck moving defenceman, and should be a mid to late round draft selection.
Luke Mercer / Defence / 5.11 / 166/ Apr. 30, 1994
Mercer is a positional defenceman who shows a good intelligence level. He is effective at having an active stick in passing lanes, and is effective at angling opposition forwards to the outside. He struggles with his ability to battle against bigger, stronger forwards, and needs to work on his core strength. He is not on the NHL Draft radar at this time.