Being from Mississauga, I happen to catch a lot from the Steelheads, and after watching the Trout defeat the Kingston Frontenacs 4-2, I got to check out the Steelheads top line in action, and are they a bunch of brilliant young players.
What are the odds that you have three first round eligible players on one line just tearing up the OHL. Michael McLeod, Nathan Bastian, and Alex Nylander (three of the top 30 players on the ISS Central Scouting List) have been leading their team into 4th place in their conference. The speed and skill from watching these three guys just puts the scouts in love.
Arguably the least known out of the three, Bastian is originally a Centre, but head coach and general manager James Boyd made the switch to put him at wing, and it paid off big time. Nathan is a big, physical fast player who can put the puck in the net, while creating time and space for his teammates. He currently has 42 points (13 goals, 29 assists) in 41 games.
Having watching this guy since his Minor Midget days, I have seen the growth from Michael McLeod. The former 5th overall pick, and Mississauga native is the checks off all the boxes that you want in a franchise Centre. At 6’2 187 he’s big and very physical while reliable in the defensive zone, is an excellent skater and is has a very keen understanding of the game of hockey. Mcleod has amassed 46 points (17 goals, 29 assists) in 42 games with the Trout.
The most known out the the three for good reason, Alex Nylander has come out of the shadows behind his brother William, and his father and current assistant coach of the Steelheads Michael Nylander who was a very good player in the NHL. I actually think Alex is better than Willie, when Willie went down, his brother just dominated in his brothers place. They are very similar players. Both are very skilled and elusive players, with brilliant hockey sense. Alex, should be a top 10 pick. He leads the team in points with 54 points (24 goals, 30 assists) in only 37 games.