Will Cuylle’s power game has caught the eye of many scouts and now its drawn the attention of Hockey Canada.
The six-foot-two, 187-pound Toronto native, who has drawn comparisons to Anaheim Ducks forward Nick Ritchie, is one of 111 players invited in mid-June to participate in Canada’s national under-17 development camp set for July 21-27 at the Markin MacPhail Centre at WinSport’s Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.
Cuylle will be one of 63 forwards, along with 12 goaltenders and 36 defencemen, split into six teams for on- and off -ice training, fitness testing, classroom sessions, practices and inter-squad games.
The third overall pick of the Peterborough Petes in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection, the Toronto Marlboros ‘AAA’ minor midget standout announced in early June that he would not join the Petes and instead has committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey at Penn State University.
“Will is an exceptionally talented forward who we feel could make an immediate and lasting impact on the Petes organization,” Peterborough general manager Mike Oke said after the early April OHL draft. “We look forward to discussing the many benefits that Peterborough and the Petes organization have to offer Will and his family.”
In 45 games with the Marlboros, Cuylle had 33 goals and 62 points.
Cuylle isn’t the only Marlboros player to get the call from Hockey Canada. Teammates that will take part in the development camp include Jamie Drysdale, Stephen Halliday and Cameron Peters.
Drysdale was a fourth overall pick of the Erie Otters in the 2018 OHL draft. Named the Greater Toronto Hockey League Player of the Year, he had eight goals and 42 assists in 57 games with the Marlboros.
“Jamie Drysdale is a dynamic skating defenceman on the back end,” said Director of Central Scouting for the OHL Darrell Woodley, who had a hand in selecting the players for the national camp. “He has some the best edge work I’ve seen in a long time from a defenceman and he can move in all directions effortlessly.
“When he’s got the puck on his stick he’s always got his head up looking to make the right play.”
Peters, a second-round pick (29th overall) of the North Bay Battalion, had 27 goals and 33 assists in 59 games up front with the Marlboros. Halliday was taken by the Niagara IceDogs in the third round (41st overall) of this year’s OHL draft. The six-foot-four, 203-pound forward had six goals and three assists at the OHL Cup.
Toronto native and Toronto Jr. Canadiens ‘AAA’ minor midget defenceman Michael Bianconi, a third-round pick (48th overall) of the Flint Firebirds’ in the 2018 OHL draft, will also be in Calgary.
Bianconi had five goals and 26 assists in 57 games this season and helped the Canadiens capture the 2018 OHL Cup. The smooth skater is an intelligent defender who is strong at both ends of the rink.
Players will continue to be evaluated through the early part of this upcoming season following the development camp before 66 will be selected to one of the Team Canada Black, Team Canada White and Team Canada Red rosters that will compete at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge scheduled for Nov. 3-10 in Saint John and Quispamsis, N.B.
PHOTO: Toronto Marlboros forward Will Cuylle is one of 111 players and four Toronto natives invited to participate in Canada’s national under-17 development camp set for July 21-27 in Calgary. PHOTO BY AARON BELL/OHL IMAGES