At least one Ontario Hockey League scout sees a duo of defensemen from the Soo Minor Thunderbirds of the Great North Midget Hockey League as potential first or second round picks at the 2019 priority selections draft.
The scout, who asked to not be named, said he certainly likes what he has seen of Soo defensemen Jack Matier and Tyler Dunbar thus far, including an ongoing tournament in London, Ont.
“Matier and Dunbar are both top two round guys,” the Toronto-based scout relayed to Hockey News North. “For sure, they could be among the top 40 picks.”
Both the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Matier and the 6-foot, 175-pound Dunbar have athletic bloodlines in addition to their high skill levels.
The right-handed shooting Matier is the son of 1993 Soo Greyhounds Memorial Cup championship defenseman Mark Matier. The elder Matier went on to play professional hockey, including a number of years in the United Kingdom.
As for the left-handed shooting Dunbar, his dad, Alan Dunbar, played at the Division 1, National Collegiate Athletic Association hockey level with the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames. And his mom, Kris Bullock-Dunbar, is a former Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference basketball standout with the Lake Superior State University Lakers.
Meanwhile, early projections on a third defensemen with the Soo Minor Thunderbirds, Thomas Irwin, have him as a mid round pick for the 2019 OHL draft.