Greyhounds’ Morgan Frost named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Philadelphia Flyers prospect Morgan Frost of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending January 20 with 10 points in three games scoring seven goals and three assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-10.

Morgan Frost of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Morgan Frost of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Frost earns the award for the second time this season helping the Greyhounds to a trio of road victories against Central Division competition to extend their winning-streak to six games.  His week was highlighted by an impressive five-goal performance on Sunday earning first star honours of the 7-4 win over the Sudbury Wolves.  This marked Frost’s first career OHL hat-trick and included two even strength goals, one power play, one shorthanded, and an empty-net tally for the league’s top single game scoring output of the season.  His five goals came one shy of the franchise record of six produced by Paul Mancini back in 1978.  On Saturday night in Barrie, home of where Frost played his minor hockey, he scored twice with two assists and was named second star of the 8-5 win over the Colts.  His week also included an assist on Thursday night contributing to a 5-1 win against the North Bay Battalion.  The Greyhounds remain in first place atop the West Division standings with a 30-10-4-1 record.

A 19-year-old from Aurora, Ont., Frost is playing in his fourth season with the Greyhounds who chose him in the fourth round of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  He is currently third in OHL scoring with 75 points in just 38 games and leads the league with a 1.97 points-per-game average.  He’s produced in all six games since returning from the World Junior Championship where he was a member of Canada’s National Junior Team.  Frost’s 30 goals this season brings his career total to 99 in 237 games played where he’s amassed 276 points.  He was chosen by the Flyers in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft.

Watch video highlights of Frost and the Greyhounds against the Battalion, Colts, and Wolves.

Also considered for the award this week was Los Angeles Kings prospect Akil Thomas of the Niagara IceDogs with 10 points over three games including five goals and five assists, and Dallas Stars prospect Riley Damiani of the Kitchener Rangers who picked up eight assists in just two games.  In goal, Stephen Dhillon backstopped the IceDogs to three wins recording one shutout and making 102 saves in total for a 1.67 goals-against-average with a .953 save percentage.

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Andrew MacLean (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Brett Neumann (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)

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OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Minor Midget Top-10 Rankings

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the ninth edition of the weekly minor midget rankings for the 2019 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament powered by Under Armour and hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

The 2019 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour and hosted by the GTHL is scheduled for March 12-18 and will feature 20 teams from across Ontario and the United States showcasing many of the top players eligible for the 2019 OHL Priority Selection.  All games will be played at Scotiabank Pond in Toronto until the Championship Final moves to the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Monday March 18 where it will be broadcasted nationally on Sportsnet.

The weekly rankings are determined by a panel of OHL Central Scouting staff and represent the top teams that are competing to play in the annual year-end championship tournament.

Minor Midget Rankings for the 2018 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour – Week 9

RANK TEAM LEAGUE LAST WEEK WEEKS RANKED
1 Don Mills Flyers GTHL 1 9
2 Toronto Marlboros GTHL 3 9
3 Toronto Young Nationals GTHL 2 9
4 Whitby Wildcats OMHA 4 9
5 Toronto Red Wings GTHL 5 9
6 Sudbury Minor Midget Wolves NOHA 6 9
7 North Central Predators OMHA 8 9
8 Kitchener Jr. Rangers ALLIANCE 9 6
9 Mississauga Rebels GTHL 10 7
10 York-Simcoe Express OMHA 7 5
Honourable Mention
Brantford 99’ers ALLIANCE 7
London Jr. Knights ALLIANCE
Halton Hurricanes OMHA

 

The Toronto Marlboros leapfrog the Toronto Young Nationals into second on the ninth edition of the OHL Cup powered by Under Armour Top 10 Rankings, defeating the Nats by a score of 4-2 on Friday. The North Central Predators, Kitchener Jr. Rangers and Mississauga Rebels also rise one spot on the list while the Halton Hurricanes make their honourable mention debut.

Tournament Structure:
15 of the 20 spots in the 2019 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour are guaranteed through league competition.  The 15 guaranteed spots continue to include all four GTHL Semi-Finalists, and the top four teams that place at the OMHA Championship.  Three teams from the ALLIANCE will still be guaranteed a spot in the tournament including the Champion and Finalist, along with the winner of a best-of-three Semi-Final Wild Card Series to be played between the losers of the two league Semi-Finals.  Also as in past years, two tournament entries are reserved for United States competition, while both an HNO and NOHA representative will also compete.  This season there will not be a representative from HEO.

Wild Card Games:

The final five entries at the 2019 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour will be Wild Cards determined among 10 teams that will play a one game ‘win and in’ scenario.  The 10 competing teams aiming for the final five tournament spots will continue to include the fifth place team at the OMHA Championship, and the loser of the ALLIANCE Semi-Final Wild Card Series.  As introduced in 2016, two spots in Wild Card games will be reserved for GTHL teams.  The two competing GTHL teams will be determined through a pair of Wild Card Play-In Series matchups involving the four GTHL teams who qualified for the playoffs but lost in the first round.  As introduced in 2017, one spot in a Wild Card will also be reserved for the winner of an OMHA SCTA Consolation Game that features both teams who lost in the SCTA Tournament Semi-Final.  The OMHA teams eligible for this matchup will be determined annually based on the league not hosting the OMHA Championship.  Finally, the five remaining teams who will compete in the Wild Card matchups will be named by the Tournament Selection Committee.  The Committee will evaluate and review a team’s post-season success as the first criteria for selection, with additional criteria to include regular season play and tournament play.  All five Wild Card games will take place on Tuesday March 12 with specific matchups and times of play to be determined by random draw among the eight competing teams in advance of the event.

History:

Last season the Toronto Jr. Canadiens were crowned OHL Cup Champions, capturing the annual Minor Midget showcase for the first time since 2008 with a 5-1 victory over the Vaughan Kings. Current Oshawa Generals forward Dylan Robinson finished second in event scoring with 11 points (6-5–11) over seven games, earning the Tim Adams Memorial Trophy as tournament MVP.

The 2018 OHL Priority Selection featured 17 players chosen in the first round who competed for the OHL Cup including Quinton Byfield (York-Simcoe Express – 1st overall Sudbury Wolves), Evan Vierling (York-Simcoe Express – 2nd overall Flint Firebirds), Will Cuylle (Toronto Marlboros – 3rd overall Peterborough Petes), Jamie Drysdale (Toronto Marlboros – 4th overall Erie Otters), Cole Perfetti (Vaughan Kings – 5th overall Saginaw Spirit), Cameron Tolnai (Oakville Rangers – 6th overall Ottawa 67’s), Daniil Chayka (Toronto Jr. Canadiens – 7th overall Guelph Storm), James Hardie (Barrie Colts – 8th overall Mississauga Steelheads), Pacey Schlueting (Team NOHA – 9th overall North Bay Battalion), Ty Tullio (Vaughan Kings – 11th overall Oshawa Generals), Lleyton Moore (Toronto Marlboros – 12th overall Niagara IceDogs), Jake Murray (Oakville Rangers – 13th overall Kingston Frontenacs), Luke Evangelista (Oakville Rangers – 14th overall London Knights), Riley Piercey (Toronto Marlboros – 16th overall Barrie Colts), Reid Valade (Toronto Marlboros – 17th overall Kitchener Rangers), Logan Morrison (Guelph Gryphons – 18th overall Hamilton Bulldogs), Ryan O’Rourke (Vaughan Kings – 20th overall Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds).

Notable OHL Cup graduates currently playing in the NHL include Robby Fabbri (Mississauga Rebels/St. Louis Blues), Travis Konecny (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs/Philadelphia Flyers), Mitch Marner (Vaughan Kings/Toronto Maple Leafs), Connor McDavid (Toronto Marlboros/Edmonton Oilers), Max Domi (Don Mills Flyers/Montreal Canadiens), Sean Monahan (Mississauga Rebels/Calgary Flames), Taylor Hall (Greater Kingston Frontenacs/New Jersey Devils), Tyler Seguin (Toronto Nationals/Dallas Stars), John Tavares (Toronto Marlboros/Toronto Maple Leafs), P.K Subban (Markham Islanders/Nashville Predators), and Steven Stamkos (Markham Waxers/Tampa Bay Lightning).

2019 marks the third season of a three-year partnership between the OHL and GTHL with Under Armour that includes title sponsorship of the OHL Cup Showcase Tournament.  The OHL and GTHL are also in the third season of a five-year partnership extension announced in 2017 that ensures the event will continue to be hosted by the GTHL through 2021.

For more information, please visit ohlcup.ca.

CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Giants’ Bowen Byram named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that NHL Draft prospect Bowen Byram of the Vancouver Giants is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending January 13 recording six points in two games including three goals and three assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-6.

Byram becomes just the second defenceman to earn the award this season after setting a Giants record with a five-point performance on Saturday.  His two goals and three assists not only shattered his previous contest high of three points but earned him first star honours in the 7-4 win over the Kamloops Blazers and set a new franchise mark for single game points by a defenceman.  On Sunday Byram opened the scoring in a 3-2 win over the Victoria Royals extending the Giants winning-streak to three.  This keeps them perched firmly atop the WHL’s B.C Division standings with a 26-12-2-0 record and nine points ahead of the aforementioned Royals.

A 17-year-old from Cranbrook, B.C., Byram is playing in his second full season with the Giants.  He was chosen by the club with the third overall pick in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft and is currently tied for fourth in league scoring among defencemen with 39 points in 40 games including 13 goals and 26 assists.  He is one of 11 CHL skaters to receive an ‘A’ rating in NHL Central Scouting’s ‘Players to Watch’ list released in November and will compete for Team Cherry in the 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on January 23 in Red Deer.

Also considered for the award this week was Philadelphia Flyers prospect Isaac Ratcliffe of the Guelph Storm scoring seven goals and three assists for 10 points in four games, and NHL Draft prospect Maxim Cajkovic of the Saint John Sea Dogs with three goals and four assists for seven points in three games.  Cajkovic will join Byram on Team Cherry in next week’s showcase.

2018-19 CHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Gregor MacLeod (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Peter Abbandonato (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joachim Blichfeld (Portland Winterhawks)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Dawson Davidson (Saskatoon Blades)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luka Burzan (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)

Screaming Eagles’ Kevin Mandolese named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Ottawa Senators prospect Kevin Mandolese of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending January 13 posting a 2-0-0-0 record including one shutout with a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .983.

Mandolese turned aside 58 shots last week allowing just one goal in two games between-the-pipes for the Screaming Eagles who extended their winning-streak to three and climbed into a fifth place tie in the QMJHL’s overall standings.  On Friday night his 37-save performance earned first star honours in a 3-0 shutout of the Halifax Mooseheads, and on Saturday his 21 saves were enough to beat the Shawinigan Cataractes by a 4-1 score.  Cape Breton now holds a 26-14-1-2 record for 55 points which is even with the Moncton Wildcats and behind Halifax by only six points.

An 18-year-old from Blainville, QC, Mandolese is playing in his third career season with the Screaming Eagles who chose him 13th overall in the 2016 QMJHL Entry Draft.  This season is already shaping up to be his best statistically with a personal record of 17-8-1-2 including two shutouts with a goals-against-average of 2.79 and save percentage of .897 which are all improvements over last year’s totals.  Mandolese was selected by the Senators in the sixth round of the 2018 NHL Draft.

Also considered for the award this week was Buffalo Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen of the Sudbury Wolves who returned to action following a gold medal performance with Finland at the World Juniors to post a 2-0-0-0 record with a shutout victory making 45 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .938.  In the WHL, NHL Draft prospect Taylor Gauthier of the Prince George Cougars went 3-1-0-0 with two shutout victories while stopping 97 shots for an overall goals-against-average of 1.26 and save percentage of .951.  Gauthier will suit up for Team Cherry at next week’s Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

2018-19 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:

Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Kevin Mandolese (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Ivan Prosvetov (Saginaw Spirit)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Cedrick Andree (Ottawa 67’s)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Mads Sogaard (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Dustin Wolf (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Kyle Jessiman (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joseph Raaymakers (London Knights)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Émile Samson (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Alexis Gravel (Halifax Mooseheads)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Trent Miner (Vancouver Giants)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luke Richardson (Kitchener Rangers)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)

Storm’s Isaac Ratcliffe named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Philadelphia Flyers prospect Isaac Ratcliffe of the Guelph Storm is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending January 13 with 10 points in four games scoring seven goals and three assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-4.

Ratcliffe recorded four straight multi-point performances last week helping the Storm earn seven of a possible eight points to improve their second place Midwest Division record to 22-12-4-4.  All three of the Storm’s victories came against opponents ranked higher in the overall standings including division rivals the London Knights, plus the East Division leading Ottawa 67’s, and the Central Division leading Niagara IceDogs.  On Tuesday night in London, Ratcliffe scored twice and earned first star honours in the 7-5 decision against his hometown team.  He scored a goal and an assist as part of a 6-5 overtime road win against the IceDogs on Thursday, then produced the same stat line in Kitchener on Friday earning third star honours despite the final 4-3 OT score favouring the Rangers.  Ratcliffe’s top performance of the week came Sunday on home ice against the 67’s producing a season-high four points including his first hat-trick of the campaign.  The captain earned first star honours in the 8-4 victory and continued his chemistry with new linemates Nick Suzuki and MacKenzie Entwistle who combined for six assists on the afternoon.

A 19-year-old from London, Ont., Ratcliffe is playing in his fourth season with the Storm who chose him in the first round of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection.  He currently ranks 30th in league scoring with 47 points in 39 games powered by 30 goals and 17 assists.  This past week he eclipsed the century mark for career goals and now stands with 104 in 219 games played in crimson amassing a total of 182 points.  Ratcliffe was chosen by the Flyers in the second round of the 2017 NHL Draft.

Watch video highlights of Ratcliffe and the Storm against the Knights, IceDogs, Rangers, and 67’s.

Also considered for the award this week was Los Angeles Kings prospect Akil Thomas of the Niagara IceDogs and Dallas Stars prospect Ty Dellandrea of the Flint Firebirds.  Both players accumulated nine points in three games with Thomas scoring four goals and five assists to Dellandrea’s two goals and seven assists.  In goal, Buffalo Sabres prospect Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen returned to the Sudbury Wolves following a gold medal performance at the World Juniors to post a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory making 45 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .938.

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Andrew MacLean (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Brett Neumann (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)

Connor McMichael – London Knights – Player Profile

Height: 6’

Weight: 170 pounds

Date of birth: January 15, 2001

Hometown: Ajax, Ontario

Position: Center

Shoots: Left

OHL Draft: Round 1, 11th overall, 2017 OHL Priority Selection (Hamilton Bulldogs)

NHL Central Scouting Rankings: Preseason, C Prospect, November, B Prospect

Connor McMichael Captained his Ajax/Pickering minor midget AAA squad during the 2016-2017 season where he established himself as an offensive threat tallying 35 goals and 27 assists in 34 games. He would add 7 goals and 3 assists in 7 playoff games.

There was talk that, his OHL draft season, that McMichael showed brilliance and a solid two-way game but lacked in consistency. That’s not to suggest I agree with that take. Some OHL draft rankings had him pegged as a second-round pick. But the Hamilton Bulldogs saw the potential and used the 11th overall pick to select him at the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.

This is what OHL Central Scouting had to say about McMichael at the time:

Connor is one of the top players in this year’s class. He is a skilled centre that is dangerous every time he is on the ice. He is deceivingly quick and has very good separation speed. His pucks skills are elite and he has great one-on-one moves. Connor is a threat whenever he has the puck on his stick. He sees the ice better than most do at this age and has the ability to find the open man and put the puck in a position for that player to get a good chance.

Connor McMichael of the London Knights. Photo by Luke Durda/OHL Images
Connor McMichael of the London Knights. Photo by Luke Durda/OHL Images

McMichael’s rookie season saw him play 32 games for the Bulldogs in which he scored 5 goals and added 5 assists. On January 8, 2018, he became the center piece in a deal that brought Robert Thomas to the Bulldogs for a championship run –  a run they succeeded in, capturing the OHL title.

At the time of the trade, Knights’ General Manager Rob Simpson had this to say: “He was a player that we were extremely interested in. He added, He’s got skill, he’s got excellent hockey sense, he can make plays and score and he has a deceptive shot as well. We are very happy to be able to bring him in and build around him.”

The Knights are recognized as being one of the top teams in the Canadian Hockey League in preparing players for the next level. And that bodes well for McMichael.

As of today, McMichael has appeared in 37 games for the Knights scoring 25 goals and 21 assists and his 46 points trails only Arthur Kaliyev of the Bulldogs among draft eligible players.

McMichael is an excellent two-way player with an extremely high hockey IQ. He is a very strong puck possession player. His anticipation is very good. He is a very effective forechecker and does not shy away from playing in the dirty areas. Once he adds more muscle and mass, he should become even more effective.

McMichael sees the ice extremely well. He will at times take chances making plays that most wouldn’t try, but that’s rare. He usually sticks to making the safe play. He puts the effort required to be successful in all three zones. He plays in any and all situations.

If there is an area I would like to see him continue to work on it’s his skating. He’s a good skater – strong on his skates, good edge work, can move east-west well. But I would like to see him add an extra gear to his first few strides and top end speed. I’m not concerned as that can be worked on, and by all accounts, McMichael is more then willing to put in the effort.

McMichael started off as a C prospect on NHL Central Scouting’s list of players to watch. In November, they moved him up to a B prospect. And he hasn’t slowed down, but he’s actually increased his pace. And I suspect he will continue to rise until draft day.

McMichael was selected to represent Team Orr at the 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

Here at OHL Writers, we selected McMichael as our draft eligible Player of the Month for December.

 

Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the week sixteen edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2018-19 season.  The weekly rankings of the CHL’s Top-10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.

Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 16:

Rank: Team: Last Week Rank: Number of Weeks Ranked:
1 Prince Albert Raiders (35-4-0-1) 1 14
2 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (32-7-0-1) 2 13
3 Ottawa 67’s (29-7-3-1) 3 13
4 Everett Silvertips (31-8-1-1) 5 7
5 Drummondville Voltigeurs (30-8-1-0) 6 11
6 London Knights (26-6-4-1) 4 12
7 Halifax Mooseheads (28-8-2-1) 7 16
8 Baie-Comeau Drakkar (28-9-2-1) 8 14
9 Niagara IceDogs (23-9-6-0) 9 6
10 Charlottetown Islanders (25-10-2-1) 2
Honourable Mention:
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (24-10-4-1) 3
Saginaw Spirit (24-11-2-2) 3
Moose Jaw Warriors (21-9-5-1) 0

Kia CHL Top 10

Rosters Announced for 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League in association with National Hockey League Central Scouting have announced the rosters for the 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game which takes place on Wednesday January 23 in Red Deer, Alberta.

Top Prospects Game

The 40 players from across the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League selected by NHL clubs to compete in the 24th annual showcase of draft eligible talent have been divided into Team Cherry and Team Orr by NHL Central Scouting.

Team Cherry will be coached by Ron MacLean alongside Dave Hunter and Brent Sutter, with Team Orr to be coached by Kelly Hrudey with Robyn Regehr and Marc Habscheid.

NHL Central Scouting ‘A’ rated prospects Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants), Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes), Nolan Foote (Kelowna Rockets), Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs), Peyton Krebs (Kootenay ICE), Raphael Lavoie (Halifax Mooseheads), Samuel Poulin (Sherbrooke Phoenix), and Matthew Robertson (Edmonton Oil Kings) headline the Team Cherry roster.  The group also includes World Junior Championship talents in Mads Sogaard (Medicine Hat Tigers) from Denmark, and Valentin Nussbaumer (Shawinigan Cataractes) from Switzerland.  A total of 20 different CHL teams are represented on Team Cherry including eight WHL, six OHL, and six QMJHL clubs.  The home team will feature the host Rebels with forward Oleg Zaytsev.

‘A’ rated prospects on Team Orr include Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades), Vladislav Kolyachonok (Flint Firebirds), and Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts).  The group also includes Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders) who was a member of Canada’s National Junior Team.  The roster breakdown includes nine OHL players, with seven WHL, and four from the QMJHL representing a total of 17 CHL teams.  Kelowna Rockets defencemen Kaedan Korczak and Lassi Thomson will compete together, as will London Knights forwards Matvey Guskov and Connor McMichael, and teammates Nikita Okhotyuk and Graeme Clarke of the Ottawa 67’s.  The Rockets pair will play opposite Foote, Orr forward Josh Williams will face his Tigers teammate Sogaard, and Orr goaltender Hunter Jones will face his Peterborough Petes teammate Nick Robertson on Cherry.

2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Rosters:

Team Cherry:


Goaltenders:

Taylor Gauthier (Prince George Cougars)
Mads Sogaard (Medicine Hat Tigers)

Defencemen:
Samuel Bolduc (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants)
Billy Constantinou (Kingston Frontenacs)
Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads)
Matthew Robertson (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Michael Vukojevic (Kitchener Rangers)

Forwards:
Maxim Cajkovic (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Nolan Foote (Kelowna Rockets)
Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Peyton Krebs (Kootenay ICE)
Raphaël Lavoie (Halifax Mooseheads)
Nathan Légaré (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Valentin Nussbaumer (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Samuel Poulin (Sherbrooke Phoenix)
Jamieson Rees (Sarnia Sting)
Nick Robertson (Peterborough Petes)
Oleg Zaytsev (Red Deer Rebels)

Team Orr:

Goaltenders:
Colten Ellis (Rimouski Océanic)
Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)

Defencemen:

Artemi Kniazev (Chicoutimi Saguenéens)
Vladislav Kolyachonok (Flint Firebirds)
Kaedan Korczak (Kelowna Rockets)
Jake Lee (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Nikita Okhotyuk (Ottawa 67’s)
Lassi Thomson (Kelowna Rockets)

Forwards:
Nikita Alexandrov (Charlottetown Islanders)
Joe Carroll (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Graeme Clarke (Ottawa 67’s)
Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)
Matvey Guskov (London Knights)
Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders)
Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Sasha Mutala (Tri-City Americans)
Jakob Pelletier (Moncton Wildcats)
Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts)
Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs)
Josh Williams (Medicine Hat Tigers)

The teams are named in recognition of event builders and hockey icons Don Cherry and Bobby Orr who were instrumental in the success of the event when it was first introduced in 1996.  Since 2006, the winning team has been presented with the Don Cherry and Bobby Orr CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Trophy engraved with the names of every player to ever participate in this prestigious event.  Teams wearing the Orr crest carry an overall record of 13-6 while Team Cherry holds an all-time record of 7-13 with the extra victory opposite Team Davidson in 2005.

The 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is proudly supported by title partner Sherwin-Williams, and CHL associate sponsors CIBC, Kia Canada, Cooper Tires, and Kubota Canada.  The game will be broadcast live across Canada on Sportsnet and TVA Sports, and in the United States on NHL Network.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased via reddeerrebels.com or ticketsalberta.com.  For further ticket details please contact the Rebels office at 403-341-6000.

For more event information please visit http://sherwin-williamstopprospects.ca.

OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Minor Midget Top-10 Rankings

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the eighth edition of the weekly minor midget rankings for the 2019 OHL Cup Showcase Tournament powered by Under Armour and hosted by the Greater Toronto Hockey League.

OHL Cup

The 2019 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour and hosted by the GTHL is scheduled for March 12-18 and will feature 20 teams from across Ontario and the United States showcasing many of the top players eligible for the 2019 OHL Priority Selection.  All games will be played at Scotiabank Pond in Toronto until the Championship Final moves to the Mattamy Athletic Centre on Monday March 18 where it will be broadcasted nationally on Sportsnet.

The weekly rankings are determined by a panel of OHL Central Scouting staff and represent the top teams that are competing to play in the annual year-end championship tournament.

Minor Midget Rankings for the 2018 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour – Week 8

RANK TEAM LEAGUE LAST WEEK WEEKS RANKED
1 Don Mills Flyers GTHL 1 8
2 Toronto Young Nationals GTHL 2 8
3 Toronto Marlboros GTHL 4 8
4 Whitby Wildcats OMHA 3 8
5 Toronto Red Wings GTHL 5 8
6 Sudbury Minor Midget Wolves NOHA 7 8
7 York-Simcoe Express OMHA 8 4
8 North Central Predators OMHA 6 8
9 Kitchener Jr. Rangers ALLIANCE 9 5
10 Mississauga Rebels GTHL 6
Honourable Mention
Brantford 99’ers ALLIANCE 10 7
London Jr. Knights ALLIANCE
Niagara North Stars OMHA

The Toronto Marlboros, Sudbury Minor Midget Wolves and York-Simcoe Express all rise one spot on the eighth edition of the OHL Cup Powered by Under Armour Top 10 Rankings while the Mississauga Rebels make their return following a two week absence. Several players from Top 10 clubs were recently named to Ontario’s roster for the 2019 Canada Winter Games set to take place from February 15 to March 3 in Red Deer, Alta. Players will gather for pre-tournament camp from February 11 to 14 at the Mastercard Centre for Hockey Excellence in Toronto as they begin preparations to defend their 2015 gold medal won with an Ontario team that consisted of Nick Suzuki (Owen Sound Attack), Owen Tippett (Saginaw Spirit) and Michael DiPietro (Ottawa 67’s).

Tournament Structure:
15 of the 20 spots in the 2019 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour are guaranteed through league competition.  The 15 guaranteed spots continue to include all four GTHL Semi-Finalists, and the top four teams that place at the OMHA Championship.  Three teams from the ALLIANCE will still be guaranteed a spot in the tournament including the Champion and Finalist, along with the winner of a best-of-three Semi-Final Wild Card Series to be played between the losers of the two league Semi-Finals.  Also as in past years, two tournament entries are reserved for United States competition, while both an HNO and NOHA representative will also compete.  This season there will not be a representative from HEO.

Wild Card Games:

The final five entries at the 2019 OHL Cup powered by Under Armour will be Wild Cards determined among 10 teams that will play a one game ‘win and in’ scenario.  The 10 competing teams aiming for the final five tournament spots will continue to include the fifth place team at the OMHA Championship, and the loser of the ALLIANCE Semi-Final Wild Card Series.  As introduced in 2016, two spots in Wild Card games will be reserved for GTHL teams.  The two competing GTHL teams will be determined through a pair of Wild Card Play-In Series matchups involving the four GTHL teams who qualified for the playoffs but lost in the first round.  As introduced in 2017, one spot in a Wild Card will also be reserved for the winner of an OMHA SCTA Consolation Game that features both teams who lost in the SCTA Tournament Semi-Final.  The OMHA teams eligible for this matchup will be determined annually based on the league not hosting the OMHA Championship.  Finally, the five remaining teams who will compete in the Wild Card matchups will be named by the Tournament Selection Committee.  The Committee will evaluate and review a team’s post-season success as the first criteria for selection, with additional criteria to include regular season play and tournament play.  All five Wild Card games will take place on Tuesday March 12 with specific matchups and times of play to be determined by random draw among the eight competing teams in advance of the event.

History:

Last season the Toronto Jr. Canadiens were crowned OHL Cup Champions, capturing the annual Minor Midget showcase for the first time since 2008 with a 5-1 victory over the Vaughan Kings. Current Oshawa Generals forward Dylan Robinson finished second in event scoring with 11 points (6-5–11) over seven games, earning the Tim Adams Memorial Trophy as tournament MVP.

The 2018 OHL Priority Selection featured 17 players chosen in the first round who competed for the OHL Cup including Quinton Byfield (York-Simcoe Express – 1st overall Sudbury Wolves), Evan Vierling (York-Simcoe Express – 2nd overall Flint Firebirds), Will Cuylle (Toronto Marlboros – 3rd overall Peterborough Petes), Jamie Drysdale (Toronto Marlboros – 4th overall Erie Otters), Cole Perfetti (Vaughan Kings – 5th overall Saginaw Spirit), Cameron Tolnai (Oakville Rangers – 6th overall Ottawa 67’s), Daniil Chayka (Toronto Jr. Canadiens – 7th overall Guelph Storm), James Hardie (Barrie Colts – 8th overall Mississauga Steelheads), Pacey Schlueting (Team NOHA – 9th overall North Bay Battalion), Ty Tullio (Vaughan Kings – 11th overall Oshawa Generals), Lleyton Moore (Toronto Marlboros – 12th overall Niagara IceDogs), Jake Murray (Oakville Rangers – 13th overall Kingston Frontenacs), Luke Evangelista (Oakville Rangers – 14th overall London Knights), Riley Piercey (Toronto Marlboros – 16th overall Barrie Colts), Reid Valade (Toronto Marlboros – 17th overall Kitchener Rangers), Logan Morrison (Guelph Gryphons – 18th overall Hamilton Bulldogs), Ryan O’Rourke (Vaughan Kings – 20th overall Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds).

Notable OHL Cup graduates currently playing in the NHL include Robby Fabbri (Mississauga Rebels/St. Louis Blues), Travis Konecny (Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs/Philadelphia Flyers), Mitch Marner (Vaughan Kings/Toronto Maple Leafs), Connor McDavid (Toronto Marlboros/Edmonton Oilers), Max Domi (Don Mills Flyers/Montreal Canadiens), Sean Monahan (Mississauga Rebels/Calgary Flames), Taylor Hall (Greater Kingston Frontenacs/New Jersey Devils), Tyler Seguin (Toronto Nationals/Dallas Stars), John Tavares (Toronto Marlboros/Toronto Maple Leafs), P.K Subban (Markham Islanders/Nashville Predators), and Steven Stamkos (Markham Waxers/Tampa Bay Lightning).

2019 marks the third season of a three-year partnership between the OHL and GTHL with Under Armour that includes title sponsorship of the OHL Cup Showcase Tournament.  The OHL and GTHL are also in the third season of a five-year partnership extension announced in 2017 that ensures the event will continue to be hosted by the GTHL through 2021.

For more information, please visit ohlcup.ca.

CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

OHL sweeps weekly honours with Kaliyev and Prosvetov

Bulldogs’ Arthur Kaliyev named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that NHL Draft prospect Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending January 6 after scoring seven goals with four assists for 11 points in four games with a plus-minus rating of plus-2.

Kaliyev helped the defending OHL champion Bulldogs earn seven of a possible eight points by producing four multi-point performances.  He closed out the 2018 calendar with two goals on New Year’s Eve in a 4-3 shootout win over the Erie Otters, then contributed a goal and an assist on Wednesday starting 2019 with a 7-1 win over the Kingston Frontenacs.  The projected first round NHL pick earned first star honours on Saturday with two goals including the overtime winner plus an assist in a 4-3 victory against the Sarnia Sting, then matched a season-high on Sunday with four points including a pair of goals and assists in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Niagara IceDogs where he was awarded third star recognition.  The Bulldogs are battling to stay in the OHL’s Eastern Conference playoff picture sporting an 18-18-3-1 record which currently puts them in eighth.

Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

A 17-year-old from Staten Island, New York, Kaliyev was chosen by the Bulldogs in the second round of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.  The sophomore ranks fourth in OHL scoring with 31 goals and 32 assists for 63 points in 40 games.  His 31 goals equal an impressive rookie total produced over 68 games a year ago where he compiled 48 points.  Kaliyev is among the 40 CHL players invited to compete in the 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and one of 11 ‘A’ rated prospects by NHL Central Scouting.

Also considered for the award this week was San Jose Sharks prospect Ivan Chekhovich of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar with two goals and nine assists for 11 points in four games, and Noah Philp of the Seattle Thunderbirds with four goals and four assists for eight points in three games.

2018-19 CHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Gregor MacLeod (Drummondville Voltigeurs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Peter Abbandonato (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joachim Blichfeld (Portland Winterhawks)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Dawson Davidson (Saskatoon Blades)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luka Burzan (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)

Spirit’s Ivan Prosvetov named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Arizona Coyotes prospect Ivan Prosvetov of the Saginaw Spirit is the Vaughan CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending January 6 posting a 3-0-0-0 record including one shutout for a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .969.

Prosvetov turned aside 93 shots last week helping the OHL’s Spirit stay hot with wins in 10 of their last 11 games including six straight victories to improve their West Division record to 24-11-2-2 just one point behind first place Sault Ste. Marie.  The highlight of his week was undoubtedly Sunday’s shutout performance with an incredible 54 saves to earn first star honours of the 2-0 decision over the Sudbury Wolves.  The 54 saves is the most recorded by an OHL goaltender in a shutout effort since Sudbury’s Alain Valiquette made 57 back in March, 2011.  Prosvetov’s week also included 21 saves in a 9-1 win over the Flint Firebirds on Wednesday, and 18 saves in a 5-2 win over the Kitchener Rangers on Saturday.

A 19-year-old from Moscow, Russia, Prosvetov joined the Spirit this season after being chosen 13th overall in the 2018 CHL Import Draft.  He’s compiled a 20-6-1-0 record with an OHL best three shutout victories and powered recently by eight straight wins.  The fourth round pick by the Coyotes in the 2018 NHL Draft also has an overall goals-against-average of 3.07 and save percentage of .902.

Also considered for the award this week was Matthew Welsh of the Charlottetown Islanders who stopped 98 shots across a trio of victories while carrying a goals-against-average of 1.33 and save percentage of .961.  In the WHL, NHL Draft prospect Nolan Maier of the Saskatoon Blades posted a 3-0-0-0 record making a total of 76 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.65 and save percentage of .938.

2018-19 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:

Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Ivan Prosvetov (Saginaw Spirit)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Cedrick Andree (Ottawa 67’s)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Mads Sogaard (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Dustin Wolf (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Kyle Jessiman (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Ian Scott (Prince Albert Raiders)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joseph Raaymakers (London Knights)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Émile Samson (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Alexis Gravel (Halifax Mooseheads)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Trent Miner (Vancouver Giants)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luke Richardson (Kitchener Rangers)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)

Bulldogs’ Arthur Kaliyev named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that NHL Draft prospect Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending January 6 recording 11 points in four games which included scoring seven goals and four assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-2.

Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Kaliyev produced four straight multi-point performances including three multi-goal efforts to help the Bulldogs earn seven of a possible eight points in a busy second week following the league’s holiday break.  He scored two goals on New Year’s Eve as the defending champions celebrated the end of a special 2018 in style defeating the Erie Otters 4-3 in a shootout.  His week continued Wednesday with a goal and an assist as part of a 7-1 win over the Kingston Frontenacs, then Saturday when he scored two goals including the OT winner while adding an assist as first star of 4-3 triumph over the Sarnia Sting.  On Sunday he matched a season-high with four points tallying twice with two assists earning third star honours despite a 6-5 shootout loss to the Niagara IceDogs.  The recent success has brought Hamilton’s record back up to .500 where they stand 18-18-3-1 holding onto eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

A 17-year-old from Staten Island, New York, Kaliyev is playing in his second season with the Bulldogs who chose him in the second round of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.  He’s currently fourth in league scoring with 63 points in 40 games featuring 31 goals to match his rookie total that set a franchise record for most goals by a 16-year-old.  Eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft, Kaliyev was given an ‘A’ rating by NHL Central Scouting in their December ‘Players to Watch’ list identifying first round candidates.

Watch video highlights of Kaliyev and the Bulldogs against the Otters, Frontenacs, Sting, and IceDogs.

Also considered for the award this week was Alan Lyszczarczyk of the Mississauga Steelheads who also recorded 11 points in four games including four goals and seven assists, and Anthony Salinitri of the Oshawa Generals who scored six goals and four assists for 10 points in four games.  In goal, Arizona Coyotes prospect Ivan Prosvetov of the Saginaw Spirit posted a 3-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .969.  His Sunday shutout against the Wolves featured 54 saves which is the most in a shutout by an OHL goaltender since Sudbury’s Alain Valiquette made 57 saves back in March, 2011.

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Andrew MacLean (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Brett Neumann (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)