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McFarland to go #1 to Sudbury

March 19 2008 at 4:23 PM
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THN.com Blog: McFarland to go No. 1 in OHL draft
John McFarland 90 goals and 162 points with the Jr. Canadiens of the GTHL this season.

Ken Campbell
2008-03-18 14:17:37
John McFarland was not deemed to be ‘exceptional’ enough last year, but the Sudbury Wolves are intent on giving him the chance to prove he is just that over the next couple of seasons.

McFarland, who was turned down in his request to play in the Ontario League as a 15-year-old last year because of an arcane Hockey Canada provision where a young and talented player’s fate rests with a three-person panel, will get his chance to go first overall in the OHL draft when the Sudbury Wolves select him in May. The Wolves will pick first after finishing dead last in the OHL during the regular season, which ended last weekend.

McFarland’s agent, Mark Guy, has already spoken to Wolves’ owner Mark Burgess and Burgess has indicated the Wolves are prepared to take McFarland first overall. The two sides will meet this weekend at the OHL Cup in Toronto, which features the top 20 minor midget teams in Ontario in a bid for the provincial championship, and it’s expected they’ll come to terms on a contract shortly after. McFarland’s Toronto Jr. Canadiens enter the tournament as the top-ranked team in Ontario.

With junior players there is always the concern they might not report to the team that selects them, but Guy said McFarland is looking forward to joining the rebuilding Wolves next season. McFarland, who has drawn comparisons to John Tavares, will be eligible for the NHL draft in 2010.

Jr. Canadiens coach Dan Cameron said McFarland has always had eye-popping skills and this season filled out to a solid 6-feet, 195 pounds. He has led the Jr. Canadiens with 90 goals and 162 points to go with 167 penalty minutes in 69 games this season. In bantam hockey last season, McFarland scored 160 goals.

“He’s a very good puck-handler and a great skater and he has good skills,” Cameron said. “He doesn’t finesse people so much as just blow around them.”

But Cameron, who was against McFarland playing in the OHL this season, said the area of his game where McFarland has made his most significant strides were in maturity and leadership.

“He’s a great leader,” Cameron said of his captain. “Before our last game in the (Greater Toronto Hockey League) playoffs, he held a players’ only meeting and I got some great feedback from the other players on how he laid everything out.

“At one practice this year, a coach from another team came to see me and I was standing talking to him off the ice for about 10 minutes. I looked over his shoulder and there was John running drill after drill.”


 
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Re: McFarland to go #1 to Sudbury

March 19 2008, 5:21 PM 

yeah well skinner has run drill after drill for years no big deal

 
 
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Re: McFarland to go #1 to Sudbury

March 19 2008, 6:06 PM 

HE IS LAZY DON'T LIKE THE KID AT ALL I DON'T CARE HOW GOOD HIS SKILLS ARE HE IS LAZY LAZY LAZY UNLESS HE GETS THE PUCK ON THE WAY OUT OF HIS ZONE THAT HE STARTS AT THE BLUE LINE......WATCH HIM HI HITS NOBODY AND NEVER BACK CHECKS JUST FLOATES....WON'T BE ABLE TO DO THAT AT THE NET LEVEL...

 
 
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March 19 2008, 6:32 PM 

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Re: McFarland to go #1 to Sudbury

March 19 2008, 10:55 PM 

wonder why Cameron was against JM playing the ohl this season
No self service there - eh coach

 
 
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Re: McFarland to go #1 to Sudbury

March 19 2008, 11:16 PM 

and how did you see Johnny running drills from your stool at the bar anyway Danny
- wonder why they had a player's only meeting....
didn't want to listen to you slur through your same drunken motivational speech that you use 6 times per game because you don't remember you've already addressed the boys.........been using the same technique since the 70's eh coach.

 
 
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March 20 2008, 4:33 AM 

sudbury sounds like a great place to play.............

 
 
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March 20 2008, 12:53 PM 

Wolves inching closer to McFarland; staff will meet McFarland camp at OHL Cup

Posted By Trevor Stewart/The Sudbury Star

It appears the natural connection between Ontario’s top prospect and the team with the top pick in the OHL’s spring draft is close to becoming a reality.

Wolves staff, including president/owner Mark Burgess, head coach/GM Mike Foligno and vice-president Blaine Smith, has a meeting scheduled with John McFarland’s camp this week in Mississauga.

“We’re going to introduce the family to Mark Burgess and Mike (Foligno), who has already met John once,” Mark Guy, McFarland’s agent, told The Sudbury Star on Wednesday.

“We’re very comfortable (with Sudbury),” Guy added. “John says he would be thrilled if Sudbury took him first overall, if they choose to do so."

Neither Burgess nor Foligno could be reached for comment immediately. Wolves vice-president Blaine Smith did confirm the meeting between the two camps, but cautioned against the idea the Wolves would commit 100 per cent to a player six weeks prior to the OHL draft.

“Are you asking, are we interested? Yes, we are,” Smith said while traveling to Toronto Wednesday. “But the process right now is getting to know the players and getting to know their families."


 
 
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Re: McFarland to go #1 to Sudbury

March 23 2008, 12:19 AM 

It's a done deal. He is Sudbury bound, no question about it. They want him and he wants to go.

He will be a good OHL player, no question. His skating east/west is the best of any player at his age. Can't compare him to Tavares at all. Each has the opposite assets of each other. Tavares has great hands, McFarland doesn't. Tavares is an average skater at best. McFarland can flat out skate.

Can McFarland play centre? Who will be his centre in Sudbury? O'Dell?

 
 
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Re: McFarland to go #1 to Sudbury

March 23 2008, 12:48 AM 

worst decision he could make...go NCAA and take the money save your concussions..he will be a target

 
 
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March 25 2008, 10:27 AM 

Who will be top 5 players picked this yesr

 
 
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Re: McFarland to go #1 to Sudbury

March 28 2008, 7:39 AM 

Who will be # 2

 
 
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Re: McFarland to go #1 to Sudbury

March 28 2008, 7:46 AM 

Best players in Alliance are McKegg and Shipley what do their pts numbers look like this year?

 
 
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March 28 2008, 8:27 AM 

73-53 126 McKegg
53-51 104 Shipley

Great numbers by both

 
 
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March 28 2008, 9:48 AM 

Didn't notice anything special from either one in the semi final against Toronto Marlies at the OHL Cup. The points are harder to come by as the competition increases. Elgin had a lot of one sided scores this year vs some weaker teams - pads the points!

 
 
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March 28 2008, 10:02 AM 

I would agree, the loop they play in is weak and not only did I not notice anything special against a very good marlie team...I did not notice anything against a weak kingston team. Only one will go in top 5 and probaly not at the two spot.

 
 
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