There is a plethora of rookie talent in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League among younger players with 2002, 2001 and 2000 birth dates.
Following is a Hockey News North sampling of 13 young rookies who have been particularly impressive thus far this 2018-2019 NOJHL season.
David Campbell, Powassan Voodoos. A 2018 Ontario Hockey League draft pick of the North Bay Battalion, the 6-foot-1, 170 pound forward with a 2002 birth date who hails from St. Joseph Island, has 8 goals, 11 assists, 19 points in 24 games with Powassan.
Joe Vrbetic, Powassan Voodoos. The 6-foot-4, 175 pound goalie with a 2002 birth date has stood tall in the Powassan net with a 6-3-0 record, 2.84 goals against average and .935 save percentage. He was drafted by North Bay in the second round of the 2018 OHL priority selections draft.
Ryan Mills, Powassan Voodoos. A 2017 OHL draft pick of — you guessed it — North Bay, the 5-foot-9, 160 pound forward with a 2001 birth date has 8 goals, 10 assists, 18 points in 25 games with the Voodoos.
Hunter Brazier, French River Rapids. A 2018 OHL draft pick of the Oshawa Generals, the 5-foot-11, 175 pound forward with the 2002 birth date has 11 goals, 8 assists, 19 points in 27 games for French River.
Ryan Smith, French River Rapids. Yet another 2018 OHL draft pick with a 2002 birth date, the 5-foot-10, 155 pound Sudbury Wolves prospect has 9 goals, 5 assists, 14 points in 27 games from his forward position for French River.
Philippe Daoust, French River Rapids. The 5-foot-10, 150 pound forward with a 2001 birth date has 11 goals, 17 assists, 28 points in 27 games for the Rapids.
Justin Mauro, Blind River Beavers. A 2018 OHL draft pick of the Erie Otters who hails from Sault Ste. Marie, the 5-foot-8, 150 pound forward with a 2002 birth date has 4 goals, 9 assists, 13 points in only 15 games for Blind River.
Dante Cavaliere, Blind River Beavers. The 5-foot-10, 175 pounder with a 2001 birth date leads all rookie defensemen in scoring with 2 goals, 13 assists, 15 points in 24 games for the Beavers.
Tyler Nott, Blind River Beavers. A 2000 birth year forward, the 5-foot-9, 175-pound Sault Ste. Marie product has 7 goals, 7 assists, 14 points in 24 games for Blind River.
Caleb Wood, Soo Eagles. A 2017 OHL supplemental draft pick of the Soo Greyhounds, the 6-foot-1, 180 pound forward with a 2000 birth date leads the Michigan-based Eagles in scoring with 13 goals, 7 assists, 20 points in 24 games.
Raf Praysner, Soo Eagles. The 5-foot-10, 175 pound forward with a 2000 birth date has 7 goals, 10 assists, 17 points in 23 games for the Eagles.
Riley Brousseau, Timmins Rock. The 6-foot-1, 155 pound forward with a 2001 birth date has 5 goals, 8 assists, 13 points in 23 games for Timmins.
Joel Rainville, Espanola Express. A 6-foot-1, 180 pound goalie with a 2001 birth date, the Sturgeon Falls product has faced a barrage of shots, to the tune of about 45 per outing for the last-place Express and has a 4-13-0 record with a 4.66 goals against average and .892 save percentage.
PHOTO: Goalie Joel Rainville, in action for the Espanola Express.