CCHL showcases top draft talent

Aaron Vickers2015 Draft Center

There is a reason the CCHL Showcase is one of the most highly anticipated hockey events in the Nation’s capital.

Scouts from all over North America attend the event as it is a great way for the league to showcase some of the best talent in the league. The CCHL is one of the premier junior hockey leagues in Canada and has a successful history of graduating players to the OHL, NCAA, CIS, and the NHL.

Over the last few years we have seen many NHL teams select players from the CCHL, most recently Kelly Summers who was selected by the Ottawa Senators this past June.

As scouting begins for the 2015 NHL Draft, it appears that it is another strong draft for the CCHL despite losing Kris Myllari and Chase Pearson to the USHL’s Youngstown Phantoms and Zach Senyshyn to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

Plenty of talent still remains.

Among that talent is Andrew Peski of the Brockville Braves, a skilled defender who plays a strong two-way game and doesn’t shy away from physicality.

“He sees the ice extremely well and makes a great first pass,” Future Considerations scout Conor Mulligan said. “At 17, he is already one of the best defenseman in the league.”

A member of the CCHL All-Rookie team, Peski currently leads his team in scoring and has a point in every game to start the season. He really turned some heads this past weekend and while he is currently not committed to an NCAA program, that will last for much longer.

Peski possesses tons of untapped potential and as it stands right now has the best chance of being an NHL Draft pick.

He’s not the only one with that potential, though.

Though size is a concern, Matt Foget of the Gloucester Rangers shows as one of the most skilled players in the CCHL.

“Whenever he had the puck he always seemed to make things happen and he consistently made defenders look silly,” Mulligan said. “Foget put on an absolute clinic at the showcase, registering seven points throughout the weekend. Because of his size he has a tendency to get knocked off the puck easily but he battles extremely hard and goes to the dirty areas.”

Foget is committed to Merrimack College for the 2015-16 season where he will be able to further his development and work on his overall game. Foget has the skill of an NHL draft pick and his strong start to the season has definitely put himself on a few NHL teams’ radars.

Other players that could find themselves on NHL radars include Zac Tierney of the Cornwall Colts and Brett Garvey of the Carleton Place Canadians.

Tierney is a skilled defender who quarterbacks the power play. Committed to Ferris State University for next season, Tierney will have every opportunity to prove to scouts he is worthy of a selection as the Colts are fortunate to be hosting the Fred Page Cup.

Garvey, meanwhile, was not selected last season but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible this time around.

He handles the puck extremely well and is a terrific skater. Similar to Tierney, he quarterbacks the powerplay and shows a lot of composure on the blue line and is committed to Clarkson for next season.