Byers was selected in the 2008 Priority Draft by Sudbury (3rd round, 42nd overall)and played the last 2 seasons with the Orangeville Crushers of the OJHL where he put up good offensive numbers. The Colts acquired him in August for a 2nd round pick in 2011.
Beyers is 1/3 of the Rookie Line with Mark Scheifele at center and Tanner Pearson on left wing. The trio had an excellent preseason and a very good start to the OHL regular season. Coach Dale Hawerchuk thinks they can be one of the best lines in the OHL.
A solid 5`11 Beyers is a competitor who never gives up. He plays both sides of the puck, is a good skater with offensive ability and a good playmaker.
2008-09 Orangeville Crushers OJHL 34 15 16 31 12
2009-10 Orangeville Crushers OJHL 16 11 12 23 4
Tanner Pearson - 6`192 lbs
Pearson is the third member of the rookie line. Pearson was selected in the 14th round, 266th overall in the 2008 OHL Priority Draft.
Pearson is a good playmaker with a good scoring touch. In 2 seasons with the Waterloo Siskins on the OJHL, Pearson played in 103 games, scoring 44 goals and 74 assists for 118 points, with 70 of those points coming last season.
He has a good accurate shot, strong on the puck and battles hard. Like his linemates, he is one of the hardest working players on the ice.
Like Beyers, Pearson had a good preseason and has had a good start to the season for the Colts. Pearson had drawn some interest from NHL scouts last season and should get more looks now in the OHL.
John Padulo - 6` - 183 lbs
Padulo is in his 3rd season in the OHL with his previous 2 seasons being with the Oshawa generals. Last season, in 56 games, he recorded 7 goals and 11 assists to go along with 48 penalty minutes.
He was originally selected by Oshawa in the third round of the 2008 Priority Draft. The Colts acquired him for a 5th round pick in the 2015 Priority Draft.
Padulo could turn out to be a good energy player with a little offensive ability.
Mitch Bennett - 6`3`- 200 lbs
Bennett has the size to be a power forward at the OHL and NHL levels. The former 5th round pick, 86th overall in 2008 lacks in the offensive department though.
The OHL tough guy can fight though. And in my opinion, that`s the role he would have on an NHL team, enforcer.