OHL THIS WEEK: OCTOBER 21 TO 24, 2021

Toronto, Ont. – The 2021-22 OHL season is up and running! Here’s a look at what’s happening across the Ontario Hockey League this week.

OHL comes to CBC on Saturday with Colts and 67’s:
The Ontario Hockey League makes its first appearance on national television this season as the Barrie Colts play host to the Ottawa 67’s Saturday at 3:00pm on CBC. Los Angeles Kings prospect Brandt Clarke and the Colts face the OHL’s back-to-back Hamilton Spectator Trophy recipient 67’s who are under new head coach Dave Cameron. Learn more about Clarke, one the League’s top defencemen as he prepares to face his hometown team. Watch

66 OHL players included on NHL Central Scouting ‘Players to Watch’ List for October:
A total of 66 OHL players have been included on NHL Central Scouting’s October ‘Players to Watch’ List for the 2022 NHL Draft scheduled to take place July 7-8 in Montreal, Quebec. Forwards Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs and Matthew Poitras of the Guelph Storm each received ‘A’ ratings indicating a potential first round selection. All 20 OHL member teams were represented on the list led by the London Knights with eight players included. Full list

Knights, Bulldogs and Frontenacs flying high in Week 3 edition of Kia CHL Top 10:
The London Knights continue to climb the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings, leading OHL clubs in the fifth slot this week. The undefeated Hamilton Bulldogs make their debut on the list at seventh, while the Kingston Frontenacs hold steady as the ninth-ranked team in the country. Read more

Generals’ Ritchie named OHL Player of the Week:
Rookie forward Calum Ritchie of the Oshawa Generals is the OHL Player of the Week with a league-leading seven points including four goals and three assists over three games along with a plus/minus rating of plus-4. Ritchie’s six goals tie him with teammate Ryan Stepien for the League lead. Read more

Knights’ Brochu named OHL Goaltender of the Week:
London Knights netminder Brett Brochu is the OHL Goaltender of the Week with three wins, a 2.55 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage. Brochu helped the Knights improve to a League-best 5-0 record with back-to-back wins over the Windsor Spitfires before edging the Sarnia Sting in a shootout on Saturday. Read more

Attack’s Perrott named to CHL Team of the Week:
Owen Sound Attack rearguard Andrew Perrott is the OHL’s lone representative on this week’s CHL Team of the Week. Perrott finished the week with five points (1-4–5) over two contests. Facing the Soo on Saturday, Perrott finished with a career single-game high of three points en route to first-star recognition. He currently leads the Attack in scoring with six points in four games.

Firebirds’ Giroux headlines OHL Plays of the Week:
Fancy stick work, highlight reel goals, a beautiful penalty shot finish…it’s all featured in OHL Plays of the Week! Take in the talent of North Bay’s Brandon Coe, Saginaw’s T-Bone Codd, Hamilton’s Jonathan Melee, Barrie’s Oskar Olausson and Flint’s Zacharie Giroux. Watch

Terrific turnaways in OHL Saves of the Week:
The latest edition of Saves of the Week features terrific turnaways from Mississauga’s Roman Basran, London’s Brett Brochu, Sudbury’s Mitchell Weeks, Erie’s Nolan Lalonde, North Bay’s Joe Vrbetic, Barrie’s Matteo Lalama, Owen Sound’s Mack Guzda, Saginaw’s Tristan Lennox and Peterborough’s Michael Simpson. Watch

OHL Milestone Moments:
Check out a total of 31 first OHL goals along with a trio of inaugural shutouts in the latest edition of OHL Milestone Moments. Watch

OHL Weekend Notebook:
The OHL Weekend Notebook recaps the weekend that was with news, information and interesting facts from both on and off the ice. Read more

Spearing named Petes captain:
The Peterborough Petes have identified their leadership group for the 2021-22 season, naming veteran defenceman Shawn Spearing team captain. Read more

OHL mourns the loss of Leo Boivin:
The Ontario Hockey League is saddened by the loss of former Ottawa 67’s head coach, long-time NHL defenceman and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Leo Boivin who passed away at the age of 90 on Saturday. Read more

OHL Live streaming packages now on sale:
For just $109.99, OHL fans can enjoy full access to all scheduled games throughout the 2021-22 regular season. Fans can also purchase a monthly pass providing access to all OHL games over the span of one month for the price of $24.99. If a 24-hour pass is more your flavour, OHL Live has you covered for the price of $6.99. Full details at watch.chl.ca.

OHL Employment Opportunity – Manager, Communications:
The Ontario Hockey League is pleased to announce the opportunity for a Manager of Communications. The successful candidate will be a key member of the communications department which will contribute to the League and Member Teams’ communication strategy. More details

COMMUNITY CORNER:

First Responders Night in Peterborough on Thursday:
The Peterborough Petes will be recognizing local First Responders on Thursday when they play host to the Oshawa Generals. Representatives from OPP, Peterborough Police, Fire, and Paramedics will be taking the ceremonial puck drop prior to the game. At the first intermission, fans will have the opportunity to catch a live stretcher race. The first 500 fans into the PMC will take home a souvenir First Responders helmet. Read more

Spits celebrate 75 years on Thursday:
The Windsor Spitfires are saluting 75 years of history Thursday night as they play host to the Owen Sound Attack. The Spits will be wearing special commemorative jerseys and a historical museum will be on location at the WFCU Centre. The first 2,000 fans into the building will take home a special souvenir collectible.

Steelheads play home opener on Friday:
The Mississauga Steelheads play their first home regular season game in 595 days on Friday night when they take on the Ottawa 67’s. The Trout visit Niagara on Saturday before returning home to close out a three-in-three against the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday at 2:00pm.

Otters prepare for home opener on Saturday:
The long-awaited Erie Otters home opener takes place on Saturday when the Saginaw Spirit visit Erie Insurance Arena. The Otters play their first home game in 594 days and the first 1,500 fans into the building will receive a free rally towel. They follow-up Saturday’s contest with another against Saginaw on Sunday as they host their first Family Funday home date of the season.

Storm support the Guelph Food Bank on Sunday:
The Guelph Storm will hold their annual Food Drive on Sunday afternoon when they take on the rival Kitchener Rangers at 2:00pm. Fans are asked to bring non-perishable food items to the Sleeman Centre. For every food item donated, fans will receive a raffle ticket that will be entered into a draw with the chance to win an autographed Storm jersey. The Storm were able to donate over 1,800 meals to the Guelph Food Bank through the generous donations of their fans the last time they held the event. Read more

Colts show appreciation for First Responders throughout October:
The Barrie Colts are showing their appreciation for First Responders and Health Care workers, providing them a special buy one, get one free offer for home games on October 23, October 28 and October 30. Read more

ALUMNI NOTES:

Katchouk makes NHL debut:
Soo Greyhounds graduate Boris Katchouk made his NHL debut with the Tampa Bay Lightning last weekend. The 23-year-old from Waterloo, Ont. played four seasons in Sault Ste. Marie from 2014-18 and becomes the seventh member of the Greyhounds’ 2018 Western Conference championship squad to play a game in the NHL. Katchouk put up 34 points (11-23–34) over 29 AHL contests with the Syracuse Crunch last season.

Daws recalled by Devils:
Former Jim Rutherford Trophy recipient Nico Daws has been called-up by the New Jersey Devils. The Guelph Storm graduate was the OHL’s Goaltender of the Year in 2019-20, going 23-8-6 with a 2.48 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in 38 games. A former OHL champion, Daws was New Jersey’s third round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft and spent the 2020-21 season playing with ERC Ingolstadt of the German Elite League. He recently won his AHL debut with the Utica Comets.

Kyrou off to hot start in St. Louis:
Sarnia Sting graduate and former OHL Player of the Year Jordan Kyrou is off to a hot start with the St. Louis Blues. The 23-year-old has seven points (2-5–7) through his first three games of the season including a four-point effort in a 7-4 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Oct. 18. St. Louis’ second round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, Kyrou played four seasons in Sarnia, graduating as the club’s all-time leader in assists with 191 over 250 regular season games.

McTavish sidelined in Anaheim:
Third overall 2021 NHL Draft pick Mason McTavish of the Anaheim Ducks is heading to injured reserve. The star Peterborough Petes centreman left Monday’s game against the Calgary Flames and will be sidelined for at least a week. The 6-foot, 213Ib. centre made his NHL debut on Oct. 13, scoring against the Winnipeg Jets in his first game. McTavish finished second among OHL rookies with 29 goals during the 2019-20 season and played a key role in Canada’s gold medal at the 2021 IIHF Under-18 Worlds this past May in Frisco, Texas. The 18-year-old from Carp, Ont. was the fifth overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection.

161 OHL grads begin the 2021-22 season on AHL rosters:
A total of 161 OHL grads, including four born in 2002, were included on AHL rosters to begin the 2021-22 season. The Kitchener Rangers topped the list with 15 graduates included followed by the Ottawa 67’s with 13 and the London Knights, Saginaw Spirit and Soo Greyhounds with 11 each. Full list

KEY MATCHUPS:

Hamilton Bulldogs at North Bay Battalion
Thursday, October 21, 7:00pm

The Hamilton Bulldogs put their perfect 4-0 record to the test behind enemy lines on Thursday. The Dogs enter action having not surrendered a goal in over 138 minutes of play and hit the ice as the seventh-ranked team in the CHL this week. The Battalion come off a 6-4 home loss to the Barrie Colts on Sunday, closing out a four-game homestand that saw them pick up wins over Sudbury and Mississauga. San Jose Sharks prospect Brandon Coe leads the Troops on the scoresheet with nine points (5-4–9) in five games.

Ottawa 67’s at Barrie Colts
Saturday, October 23, 3:00pm – CHL on CBC

The OHL comes to CBC for the first time on Saturday afternoon as the Barrie Colts and visiting Ottawa 67’s play before a national audience. The Colts feature the electric presence of puck-moving power play quarterback Brandt Clarke who was chosen by the Los Angeles Kings with the eighth overall pick of the 2021 NHL Draft. Colorado Avalanche first round pick Oskar Olausson has been a welcome addition in Barrie, leading the club with six points (4-2–6) through his first five OHL matchups. The Ottawa 67’s enter the weekend with the League’s top power play, going 7-for-19 (36.8%). Dave Cameron makes his return to the OHL following 10 years between the NHL and European pro ranks. Calgary Flames prospect Jack Beck has been red hot for the Barber Poles, with eight points (5-3–8) through his first five games.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

Thursday October 21st
Barrie at Niagara – 7:00pm
Hamilton at North Bay – 7:00pm
Oshawa at Peterborough – 7:05pm
Owen Sound at Windsor – 7:30pm

Friday October 22nd
Peterborough at Kingston – 7:00pm
Ottawa at Mississauga – 7:00pm
Guelph at Sarnia – 7:05pm
Hamilton at Sudbury – 7:05pm
North Bay at Sault Ste. Marie – 7:07pm
Windsor at Kitchener – 7:30pm
Owen Sound at London – 7:30pm
Niagara at Oshawa – 7:35pm

Saturday October 23rd
Ottawa at Barrie – 3:00pm (CHL on CBC)
Saginaw at Erie – 7:00pm
Mississauga at Niagara – 7:00pm
North Bay at Sault Ste. Marie – 7:07pm
Windsor at Owen Sound – 7:30pm

Sunday, October 24th
Saginaw at Erie – 2:00pm
Kitchener at Guelph – 2:00pm
Hamilton at Mississauga – 2:00pm
Ottawa at Oshawa – 6:05pm

KNIGHTS, BULLDOGS AND FRONTENACS INCLUDED IN WEEK 3 EDITION OF KIA CHL TOP 10 RANKINGS

Toronto, Ont. – The Canadian Hockey League announced today the Week 3 edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2021-22 season.

The London Knights continue to climb following another perfect week of hockey as they went 3-0 with a pair of victories over the Windsor Spitfires along with one over the Sarnia Sting. Led by OHL Goaltender of the Week Brett Brochu, the Knights also got a big performance from rookie winger Colton Smith who scored his first two career OHL goals on Friday before following-up Saturday in Sarnia with his first hat trick. Nashville Predators prospect and captain Luke Evangelista leads the club with eight points (4-4–8) through five contests while Smith and 19-year-old forward Sean McGurn each have seven to their credit.

The Hamilton Bulldogs make their first appearance of the season on the weekly rankings, coming in at seventh with a perfect 4-0 record. The ‘Dogs scored consecutive 4-0 shutout victories over the Niagara IceDogs in a home-and-home set last weekend. Marco Costantini turned aside all 36 shots he faced on Friday for his first career shutout before rookie Tristan Malboeuf logged a perfect League debut on the road, making 27 saves for the shutout win. The Bulldogs, under new head coach Jay McKee, have been led offensively by 19-year-old forward Logan Morrison who has paced them with eight points (2-6–8) over four games.

The Kingston Frontenacs held steady at ninth on the list, defeating the Sudbury Wolves 5-4 at home on Friday before a 3-1 road win over the Peterborough Petes on Saturday. The 3-2-0-0 Frontenacs have benefitted from the addition of overage forward Lucas Edmonds this year as the first-year talent who previously played in Sweden has nine points (3-6–9) through his first five contests. Top 2022 NHL Draft prospect Shane Wright has six points (2-4–6) through his first five games of the season. The Fronts try and continue their forward momentum on Friday when they play host to the Peterborough Petes.

The undefeated Kitchener Rangers are in the honourable mention category this week after defeating the Guelph Storm 4-2 on Tuesday to improve to 4-0. The Blueshirts have spread the scoring around early in the season, with Mike PetizianFrancesco PinelliReid Valade and defenceman Roman Schmidt all with three goals to their credit. The Rangers will try and crack the top-10 with a strong showing against the Windsor Spitfires on Friday before they pay a visit to the nearby Storm on Sunday afternoon.

For further analysis on the Week 3 edition of the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings, visit CHL.ca.


About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

66 OHL PLAYERS INCLUDED ON NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING ‘PLAYERS TO WATCH’ LIST FOR OCTOBER

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 66 OHL players have been included on NHL Central Scouting’s October ‘Players to Watch’ List for the 2022 NHL Draft scheduled to take place July 7-8 in Montreal, Quebec.

Forwards Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs and Matthew Poitras of the Guelph Storm each received ‘A’ ratings indicating a potential first round selection.

The OHL’s Rookie of the Year in 2019-20, Wright has recorded six points (2-4–6) through his first five games of the 2021-22 season. The 17-year-old Frontenacs captain played a key role in Canada’s gold medal at the 2021 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship in Frisco, Texas this past May.

Poitras was the 12th overall pick of the 2020 OHL Priority Selection from the Whitby Wildcats U16 program. The 17-year-old centreman has four points (3-1–4) through his first four OHL contests.

An additional 21 players were assigned ‘B’ ratings indicating a potential second or third round selection while 43, including five goaltenders, received ‘C’ designations indicating a potential fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh round candidate.

All 20 OHL member teams were represented on the list led by the London Knights with eight players included. The Guelph Storm and Sudbury Wolves trailed with six players respectively while the Niagara IceDogs and North Bay Battalion each had five.

The list includes 45 OHL forwards, 16 defencemen and five goaltenders.

2021 NHL Central Scouting October Players to Watch List – OHL

Players have been identified using the following criteria:

• A Rating – Indicates a first round candidate
• B Rating – Indicates a second or third round candidate
• C Rating – Indicates a fourth/fifth/sixth round candidate

RATINGPLAYERPOS.TEAM
AMatthew PoitrasRCGuelph Storm
AShane WrightRCKingston Frontenacs
BLiam ArnsbyRCNorth Bay Battalion
BOwen BeckRCMississauga Steelheads
BMichael BuchingerLDGuelph Storm
BAidan CastleLWNiagara IceDogs
BJorian DonovanLDHamilton Bulldogs
BJackson EdwardLDLondon Knights
BPano FimisRCNiagara IceDogs
BDavid GoyetteLCSudbury Wolves
BCedrick GuindonLCOwen Sound Attack
BHunter HaightRCBarrie Colts
BGavin HayesRWFlint Firebirds
BJake KarabelaLCGuelph Storm
BZakary LavoieRWMississauga Steelheads
BPaul LudwinskiLWKingston Frontenacs
BBryce McConnell-BarkerLCSoo Greyhounds
BPavel MintyukovLDSaginaw Spirit
BTy NelsonRDNorth Bay Battalion
BVinzenz RohrerRWOttawa 67’s
BMatyas SapovalivLCSaginaw Spirit
BSpencer SovaLDErie Otters
BDanny ZhilkinLCGuelph Storm
CRyan AbrahamLCWindsor Spitfires
CSam AlfanoRWPeterborough Petes
CAndre AnaniaLDSudbury Wolves
CBraeden BowmanRWGuelph Storm
CBrett BrochuGLondon Knights
CGavin BryantLCOwen Sound Attack
CBen BujoldLCLondon Knights
CBrice CookeLWNiagara IceDogs
CBrody CraneLWLondon Knights
CNick DeGraziaLWSudbury Wolves
CLuca Del Bel BelluzLCMississauga Steelheads
CKocha DelicLCSudbury Wolves
CJustin DeZoeteRWPeterborough Petes
CRodwin DionicioLDNiagara IceDogs
CDomenic DiVincentiisGNorth Bay Battalion
CZach FilakLCSarnia Sting
CJacob FrascaRCBarrie Colts
CIsaiah GeorgeLDLondon Knights
CBeau JelsmaLCBarrie Colts
CEvan KonyenRWSudbury Wolves
CKirill KudryavtsevLDSoo Greyhounds
CArtem KulakovLDErie Otters
CNolan LalondeGErie Otters
CEthan LarmandLCSudbury Wolves
CAndrew LeBlancLCKitchener Rangers
CJacob LeBlancRDKitchener Rangers
CAlec LeonardRDNiagara IceDogs
CTnias MathurinLDNorth Bay Battalion
CJonathan MeleeLCHamilton Bulldogs
CDaniel MichaudLCOshawa Generals
CMax NamestnikovLCSarnia Sting
CCedricson OkitunduLDOwen Sound Attack
CJacob OsterGGuelph Storm
CServac PetrovskyLCOwen Sound Attack
CTucker RobertsonRCPeterborough Petes
CStuart RolofsLWLondon Knights
CTeddy SawyerLDOttawa 67’s
CCharlie SchenkelGSoo Greyhounds
CLandon SimLWLondon Knights
CColton SmithLWLondon Knights
CBrady StonehouseRWOttawa 67’s
CZander VecciaRWMississauga Steelheads
CDalyn WakelyRCNorth Bay Battalion

For the complete list, visit NHL.com.


About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

RITCHIE AND BROCHU NAMED OHL TOP PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced Top Performers of the Week for the week of regular season games ending Sunday, October 17, 2021.

Generals’ Calum Ritchie Named OHL Player of the Week

Rookie forward Calum Ritchie of the Oshawa Generals is the OHL Player of the Week with a league-leading seven points including four goals and three assists over three games along with a plus/minus rating of plus-4.

The second overall pick of the 2021 OHL Priority Selection, Ritchie helped the Generals take wins in two of three games last week. The 6-foot-2, 178Ib. centre started with a goal and an assist in a 7-3 road loss to the Ottawa 67’s on Thanksgiving Monday. The Generals were back in the nation’s capital on Friday and this time came away with a 4-1 win as Ritchie scored midway through the third period. He saved his best performance for last, recording two goals and two assists in a 6-3 win over the visiting Peterborough Petes on Sunday night. Ritchie becomes the youngest Generals player to record four points in a single game since Michael Dal Colle did so back on Nov. 4, 2012. His five-game goal-scoring streak brings him in line with John Tavares, who accomplished the feat in the month of January 2006 during his exceptional status rookie season.

A 16-year-old native of Oakville, Ont., Ritchie’s six goals tie him with teammate Ryan Stepien for the League lead. He sits two points back of Sudbury’s Jack Thompson for the OHL lead in points, registering nine (6-3–9) through five games. His 28 shots on goal are the most in the OHL, and his 116 faceoffs are tied for second in the League. Ritchie is a graduate of the Oakville Rangers U16 program, a team he captained before being chosen second overall this past June.

Ritchie becomes the first Generals player to claim Player of the Week honours since Philip Tomasino last did so from January 6-12, 2020.

Other Player of the Week candidates included Calgary Flames prospect Jack Beck who posted four goals and two assists over three games as his Ottawa 67’s went 2-1. Soo Greyhounds winger Cole MacKay also recorded six points (2-4–6) as the Soo Greyhounds took four of a possible six points on the road. London Knights rookie winger Colton Smith was also given consideration after scoring five goals, including his first career OHL hat-trick as the Knights went 3-0 last week.

2021-22 OHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Oct. 11- Oct. 17 – Calum Ritchie (Oshawa Generals)
Oct. 4 – Oct. 10: Jack Thompson (Sudbury Wolves)

Knights’ Brett Brochu Named OHL Goaltender of the Week

London Knights netminder Brett Brochu is the OHL Goaltender of the Week with three wins, a 2.55 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.

Brochu helped the Knights improve to a League-best 5-0 record with back-to-back wins over the Windsor Spitfires before edging the Sarnia Sting in a shootout on Saturday. He turned aside 35 of the 38 shots he faced in a 4-3 Thanksgiving Monday shootout road win over the Spitfires, stopping seven of eight Windsor shootout attempts. Brochu was up to the task on Friday when the Knights played host to the Spitfires, making 32 saves in a 5-1 win while drawing an assist on Max McCue’s first goal of the season. He wrapped up the weekend making 29 saves in a 5-4 overtime road win over the Sarnia Sting, none bigger than a game-saving overtime denial that led to a Sean McGurn game winner in transition.

A 19-year-old from Tilbury, Ont., Brochu leads OHL netminders with five wins on the season while posting a 2.49 goals-against average and .922 save percentage. He’s won 14 consecutive regular season games dating back to Feb. 14, 2020, part of a stretch in which he’s won 27 of 28 decisions since Dec. 29, 2019. The 6-foot, 176Ib. Brochu was a member of the OHL’s first all-rookie team during the 2019-20 season, leading the League with a 2.40 goals-against average to win the F.W. Dinty Moore Trophy. His 32 wins that season set a new Knights franchise record for rookie goaltenders. The former sixth round (114th overall) pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection made his professional debut with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2020-21, appearing in one game on May 16, 2021.

Also meriting consideration for the award this week was Ottawa Senators prospect Leevi Merilainen of the Kingston Frontenacs who played to a 2-0 mark while recording a 2.50 goals-against average and .912 save percentage. New York Islanders prospect Tristan Lennox of the Saginaw Spirit was also in the running, going 1-1 with a 2.01 goals-against average and .913 save percentage.

2021-22 OHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:
Mar. 11 – Mar. 17: Brett Brochu (London Knights)
Mar. 4 – Mar. 10: Tucker Tynan (Niagara IceDogs)


About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

INTRODUCING THE OHL’S DRAFT ELIGIBLE PLAYERS

In previous years of doing this, we have only looked at players eligible for the National Hockey League Entry draft for the first time. You don’t need reminding that the past 18 months have been nothing like we’ve ever seen before.

Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs. Photo by OHL Images.

Because the Ontario Hockey League did not have a season, there weren’t a lot of eyes on OHL players. And that means that many of them will be re-entering the draft for 2022. Mind you, the majority won’t be selected by NHL teams, but they might just do enough to get camp invites and such.

We normally bring you player profiles on the players we feel will get drafted, or in our opinion those that should get drafted. While we can’t do it for every player on this list, we will endeavor to bring you that coverage throughout the season.

OHL teams had 230 players listed on their training camp rosters eligible for the NHL Entry Draft for the first time and re-entering the draft.

After the first week of regular season games, there are 208 players still remaining on rosters that are draft eligible. Of those 208 players, 113 of them are eligible for the first time while 95 of them re-enter the draft.

Also, of those 208 players, 23 are goaltenders, 64 are defensemen and 121 are forwards.

Here are the players eligible for the draft in order of teams:

BARRIE COLTS     
PLAYERPOSD.O.B.HTWTNHL DRAFT STATUS
Connor PunnettD16-Jun-036’2196Draft re-entry
Vladislav DvurechenskiiLW18-Jun-036’4207Draft re-entry
Jacob FrascaC19-Mar-036’4208Draft re-entry
Trey ZagrzebskiRW01-Jan-035’9185Draft re-entry
Hunter HaightC04-Apr-045’10167First Time Eligible
Cooper MatthewsRW11-Feb-045’9170First Time Eligible
Oliver SmithLW02-Mar-036’1188Draft re-entry
David BurriD22-Jul-036’1200Draft re-entry
Ryan Del MonteC03-Apr-035’10175Draft re-entry
Beau JelsmaLW24-Apr-045’9174First Time Eligible
      
ERIE OTTERS     
PLAYERPOSD.O.B.HTWTNHL DRAFT STATUS
Ryan ThompsonD10-Oct-026’3195Draft re-entry
Owain JohnstonD19-Oct-036′186First Time Eligible
Christian KyrouD16-Sep-035’11182First Time Eligible
Spencer SovaD10-Jan-046′185First Time Eligible
Lucas RossLW30-Mar-045’6150First Time Eligible
Colby SaganiukC05-Feb-035’6151Draft re-entry
Cameron LoweC04-Mar-046’1174First Time Eligible
Artyom KulakovD14-Feb-036’2216Draft re-entry
Brett BressetteC04-Jul-035’8160Draft re-entry
Marshall NichollsG13-Jun-036′171Draft re-entry
Noland LaLondeG14-Feb-046’1186First Time Eligible
      
FLINT FIREBIRDS     
PLAYERPOSD.O.B.HTWTNHL DRAFT STATUS
Luca D’AmatoD18-Aug-045’8155First Time Eligible
Samuel AssinewalLW16-Apr-045’11154First Time Eligible
Zacharie GirouxC05-Apr-035’6155Draft re-entry
Ty PetrouC10-May-045’11176First Time Eligible
Gavin HayesRW14-May-046’1177First Time Eligible
Amadeus LombardiC06-Jun-035’10165Draft re-entry
Ian MicheloneG21-Jun-046’2205First Time Eligible
      
GUELPH STORM     
PLAYERPOSD.O.B.HTWTNHL DRAFT STATUS
Michael BuchingerD25-Apr-046′185First Time Eligible
Jacob MailletC13-Mar-036’1187Draft re-entry
Jake KarabelaC07-Mar-045’11170First Time Eligible
Matthew PoitrasC10-Mar-045’11170First Time Eligible
Braeden BowmanRW26-Jun-036’2195Draft re-entry
Danny ZhilkinC19-Dec-036’2185First Time Eligible
Marko SikicC24-Mar-036’3183Draft re-entry
Ryan McGuireLW29-Feb-045’10185First Time Eligible
Leo HafenrichterD29-Jul-046’1175First Time Eligible
Jacob OsterG26-Mar-036’3187First Time Eligible
Dixon GrimesG05-Mar-036’4196Draft re-entry
      
HAMILTON BULLDOGS     
PLAYERPOSD.O.B.HTWTNHL DRAFT STATUS
Gavin WhiteD12-Nov-026′180Draft re-entry
Avery HayesRW10-Oct-025’10175Draft re-entry
Ryan HumphreyLW08-Mar-036′175Draft re-entry
Lawson SherkC03-May-036’2201Draft re-entry
Jorian DonovanD05-Apr-046’2180First Time Eligible
Jonathan MeleeC01-Jan-046’1183First Time Eligible
Mark DuarteRW27-Sep-026’2185Draft re-entry
Patrick ThomasC21-Aug-045’11160First Time Eligible
Tristan MaloeufG21-Mar-046’1170First Time Eligible
      
KINGSTON FRONTENACS     
PLAYERPOSD.O.B.HTWTNHL DRAFT STATUS
Jackson StewartLW18-Jun-046′191First Time Eligible
Chase CostantinoD28-Sep-036’3175First Time Eligible
Gage HeyesRW21-Apr-045’11165First Time Eligible
Paul HughesRW27-Feb-036’1180Draft re-entry
Paul LudwinskiC23-Apr-045’11172First Time Eligible
Thomas BudnickD14-Feb-046′190First Time Eligible
Nathan PooleC28-Jul-046’1197First Time Eligible
Shane WrightC01-Jan-046’1185First Time Eligible
      
KITCHENER RANGERS     
PLAYERPOSD.O.B.HTWTNHL DRAFT STATUS
Andrew LeBlancC03-Jun-045’11165First Time Eligible
Jacob LeBlancD03-Jun-046′168First Time Eligible
Simon MotewD31-Mar-035’11170Draft re-entry
Trent SwickLW25-Apr-046’4185First Time Eligible
Mitchell MartinLW06-Jan-036’3174Draft re-entry
Jesse FishmanC26-Feb-035’7165Draft re-entry
Ty HollettD27-Aug-036’4205Draft re-entry
Matthew SopLW03-Feb-035’11150Draft re-entry
Pavel CajanG13-Oct-026’2174Draft re-entry
      
LONDON KNIGHTS     
PLAYERPOSD.O.B.HTWTNHL DRAFT STATUS
Isaiah GeorgeD15-Feb-046′196First Time Eligible
Stuart RolofsLW28-Mar-036’2204Draft re-entry
Abakar KazbekovC30-May-046′177First Time Eligible
Ethan MacKinnonD22-May-036’1175Draft re-entry
Colton SmithLW09-Feb-046’3195First Time Eligible
Connor FederkowD26-Jul-035’10188Draft re-entry
Brody CraneLW29-May-035’11183First Time Eligible
Bryce MontgomeryD11-Nov-026’4218Draft re-entry
Ben BujoldC03-Mar-035’11175Draft re-entry
Roger BenD03-Nov-026’4205Draft re-entry
Landon SimC17-Jul-045’11174First Time Eligible
Jackson EdwardD27-Feb-046’2187First Time Eligible
MISSISSAUGA STELLHEADS    
PLAYERPOSD.O.B.HTWTNHL DRAFT STATUS
Adam BarkleyD09-Apr-036’1195Draft re-entry
Kai SchwindtLW17-Dec-036’3195First Time Eligible
Dylan GordonD13-Aug-045’9160First Time Eligible
Kasper LarsenD23-Sep-026’5229Draft re-entry
Zakary LavoieRW13-Mar-035’11170First Time Eligible
Chas SharpeD28-Nov-036’2194First Time Eligible
Ty AnselminiLW11-Jul-035’9187Draft re-entry
Luca DelBelBelluzC10-Nov-036’1178First Time Eligible
Zander VecciaRW27-Jul-045’10175First Time Eligible
Callum ChisholmLW28-Aug-036’4214Draft re-entry
Owen BeckC03-Feb-046′190First Time Eligible
Justin DiLauroG06-Mar-036’2201Draft re-entry
NIAGARA ICEDOGS     
PLAYERPOSD.O.B.HTWTNHL DRAFT STATUS
Landon CatoD31-Mar-036’1205Draft re-entry
Anthony AgostinelliC01-Jan-035’11163Draft re-entry
Issac EnrightD08-Feb-036′170Draft re-entry
Brice CookLW23-Mar-036’1174First Time Eligible
Ryan StruthersC01-Jan-046′161First Time Eligible
Pano FimisC17-Jun-045’11157First Time Eligible
Dylan RoobroeckLW27-Jul-046’3157First Time Eligible
Alec LeonardD13-May-035’11174Draft re-entry
Aidan CastleLW08-Jan-045’11167First Time Eligible
Rodwin DionicioD30-Mar-036’2203First Time Eligible
Josh RosenzweigG27-Feb-036’2159Draft re-entry
NORTH BAY BATTALION     
PLAYERPOSD.O.B.HTWTNHL DRAFT STATUS
Cam GauvreauD08-Mar-036’1185Draft re-entry
Paul ChristopoulosD26-Mar-035’11187Draft re-entry
Tnias MathurinD15-Jan-046’3197First Time Eligible
Simon RoseD23-Mar-036′186Draft re-entry
Liam ArnsbyC20-Nov-035’11181First Time Eligible
Dylan WakelyC05-Mar-046’1182First Time Eligible
Owen Van SteenselLW04-Aug-045’10174First Time Eligible
Matvey PetrovLW12-Mar-036’2181Draft re-entry
Ty NelsonD30-Mar-045’10197First Time Eligible
Alex ChristopoulosRW26-Mar-035’11192Draft re-entry
Kyle JacksonC17-Oct-026’2191Draft re-entry
Alexander LukinD27-Mar-046’2213First Time Eligible
Dom DiVincentiisG04-Mar-046’2181First Time Eligible
OSHAWA GENERALS     
PLAYERPOSD.O.B.HTWTNHL DRAFT STATUS
Thomas StewartD06-Jan-036’2200Draft re-entry
Ryan O’DellD14-Feb-046’4190First Time Eligible
Kevin NiedenzLW02-Apr-036’1170Draft re-entry
Luke TorranceLW30-Mar-046′202First Time Eligible
Cooper WayC11-Jun-036’3193Draft re-entry
Andrew WhittonRW05-Oct-036’4190First Time Eligible
Daniel MichaudLW14-Feb-036’3190Draft re-entry
Riley PittD19-Feb-036’4185Draft re-entry
Patrick LeaverG04-Sep-036’1183Draft re-entry
Carter BickleG27-May-045’11157First Time Eligible
OTTAWA 67’S     
PLAYERPOSD.O.B.HTWTNHL DRAFT STATUS
Derek SmythD17-Apr-046’4204First Time Eligible
Teddy SawyerD12-Dec-036′184First Time Eligible
Steven LaformeC07-Feb-036′192Draft re-entry
Ranvir Gill-ShaneD17-Jun-036’2190Draft re-entry
Thomas SirmanD05-Mar-045’10172First Time Eligible
Brenden SirizzottiRW14-Apr-036′180Draft re-entry
Thomas JohnstonLW04-Jul-035’9161Draft re-entry
Brady StonehouseRW06-Aug-045’9182First Time Eligible
Will GerriorLW02-Mar-045’10162First Time Eligible
Vincenz RohrerRW09-Sep-045’11168First Time Eligible
Vsevolod GaidamakC09-Apr-035’11196Draft re-entry
Max DonosoG11-Jun-036’1173Draft re-entry
OWEN SOUND ATTACK     
PLAYERPOSD.O.B.HTWTNHL DRAFT STATUS
Taos JordanD29-Mar-045’9151First Time Eligible
Madden SteenD18-May-046’2199First Time Eligible
Deni GoureC15-Jul-035’10176Draft re-entry
Sam SedleyD08-Jun-035’11187Draft re-entry
Cedrick GuindonC21-Apr-045’11163First Time Eligible
Gavin BryantC24-Jul-045’10185First Time Eligible
Lorenzo BonaiutoLW20-Apr-046’2199First Time Eligible
Servac PetrovskyC10-Aug-045’11174First Time Eligible
Julian FantinoRW05-Feb-046′182First Time Eligible
Stepan MachacekLW05-Dec-026’1190Draft re-entry
Kaleb LawrenceLW10-Jan-036’6225Draft re-entry
Cedricson OkitunduD01-Jan-045’11201First Time Eligible
Ethan BurrowsRW19-Jun-035’10166Draft re-entry
Corbin VotaryG12-Apr-046’3197First Time Eligible
      
PETERBOROUGH PETES     
PLAYERPOSD.O.B.HTWTNHL DRAFT STATUS
Samuel MayerD15-Apr-036’2199Draft re-entry
Stevie LeskovarD09-Sep-046’3183First Time Eligible
Ryan GagnerC08-Apr-045’9145First Time Eligible
Justin DeZoeteRW02-Jan-046′178First Time Eligible
Josh KavanaghD06-May-036′177Draft re-entry
Cole PateyRW11-Feb-035’11166Draft re-entry
Jaden ReyersC01-Jun-046’2200First Time Eligible
Tucker RobertsonC22-Jun-035’10187Draft re-entry
Jax DuboisC18-Jun-036’3195Draft re-entry
Sam AlfanoRW18-Jan-046’4205First Time Eligible
Michael SimpsonG09-Feb-036’1191Draft re-entry
Liam SztuskaG01-May-046′164First Time Eligible
SAGINAW SPIRIT     
PLAYERPOSD.O.B.HTWTNHL DRAFT STATUS
Pavel MintyukovD25-Nov-036’2195First Time Eligible
Dean LoukusRW12-Feb-035’10180Draft re-entry
Charlie FinkRW04-Mar-046’2200First Time Eligible
Matyas SapovalivC12-Feb-046’4190First Time Eligible
Davis CoddRW19-Aug-035’10180Draft re-entry
Evan KleinLW12-Jan-046’2210First Time Eligible
Roberto ManciniD08-Jul-036’2195Draft re-entry
Ian PhillipsLW03-Jul-035’10165Draft re-entry
Andrew OkeG06-Mar-046’2195First Time Eligible
Brett FullertonG25-Jun-046’2190First Time Eligible
SARNIA STING     
PLAYERPOSD.O.B.HTWTNHL DRAFT STATUS
Ryan PryceD06-Feb-046’2183First Time Eligible
Nolan DannLW21-May-035’9182Draft re-entry
Zach FilakC21-Jan-046′163First Time Eligible
Andrei MalyavinD30-Jan-045’10150First Time Eligible
Max NamestnikovC06-Feb-045’7173First Time Eligible
Nolan BurkeC09-Dec-026’1185Draft re-entry
Nikita TarasevichRW09-Feb-035’9170Draft re-entry
Anson ThorntonG28-Jun-036’3174Draft re-entry
SOO GREYHOUNDS     
PLAYERPOSD.O.B.HTWTNHL DRAFT STATUS
Marc BoudreauLW29-Apr-036’2182Draft re-entry
Owen AllardC13-Jan-046’1181First Time Eligible
Landen HookeyRW19-Jan-046’4196First Time Eligible
Bryce McConnell-BarkerC04-Jun-046’1188First Time Eligible
Connor TomsD13-Mar-046′163First Time Eligible
Kiriil KudryavtsevD05-Feb-045’11200First Time Eligible
Charlie SchenkelG16-Aug-046’5193First Time Eligible
Samuel IvanovG01-Jan-036’3165Draft re-entry
SUDBURY WOLVES     
PLAYERPOSD.O.B.HTWTNHL DRAFT STATUS
Jashua HooverD15-Feb-045’10199First Time Eligible
Landon McCallumC05-Sep-035’11172Draft re-entry
Kocha DelicC11-Mar-045’10180First Time Eligible
Nick DeGraziaC03-Dec-026’1181Draft re-entry
Ethan LarmandC12-Dec-035’11181First Time Eligible
Payton RobinsonD30-Apr-036’2195Draft re-entry
Nolan CollinsD28-Apr-046’3192First Time Eligible
Andre AnaniaD02-Mar-036’1191Draft re-entry
David GoyetteC27-Mar-045’11174First Time Eligible
Evan KonyenRW22-Feb-045’10158First Time Eligible
Samuel VachonC02-Oct-026′174Draft re-entry
Jonathan LemaireG15-Oct-026’6180Draft re-entry
WINDSOR SPITFIRES     
PLAYERPOSD.O.B.HTWTNHL DRAFT STATUS
Daniil SobolevD03-Mar-036′210Draft re-entry
Ryan AbrahamC05-Apr-045’10164First Time Eligible
Nicholas DeAngelisD22-May-046’2192First Time Eligible
Avval BaisovLW26-Apr-046′187First Time Eligible
Wylie BirkettLW05-Mar-046’6210First Time Eligible
Mattew MaggioRW25-Nov-026′181Draft re-entry
Oliver PeerRW09-Mar-036′166Draft re-entry
James JodoinD04-Feb-036’3210Draft re-entry
Kyle DowneyG04-Mar-046’1179First Time Eligible

OHL THIS WEEK: OCTOBER 14 TO 17, 2021

Toronto, Ont. – The 2021-22 OHL season is up, up and away and OHL This Week makes its return to your newsfeeds!

Opening Week saw a successful return of OHL action and now we’re gearing up for another weekend of matchups with 20 games from Thursday through Sunday.

Here’s a glance at what’s happening across the League this week.

Knights, Colts and Frontenacs make Week 2 edition of Kia CHL Top 10:
The 3-0 London Knights shot up the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings in Week 2 while the Barrie Colts and Kingston Frontenacs remain on the national radar. READ

Wolves’ Thompson named OHL Player of the Week, earns CHL honours:
Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Jack Thompson of the Sudbury Wolves is the OHL Player of the Week after record seven points over two Opening Week victories. Thompson was also named to the premiere edition of the CHL Team of the Week. READ

OHL Plays of the Week:
It’s a Central Division special in the first edition of the OHL Plays of the Week! Check out contributions from Sudbury Wolves rookie Quentin Musty, Niagara IceDogs forward Jake Uberti, North Bay Battalion winger Brandon Coe, Sudbury Wolves forward Chase Stillman and Mississauga Steelheads attacker Luca Del Bel Belluz. WATCH

OHL Saves of the Week:
Niagara IceDogs netminder Tucker Tynan headlines the premiere edition of the OHL Saves of the Week, as netminders opened the season with sensational saves across the League. WATCH

OHL Milestone Moments:
With so many rookies, we’ve got a lot of first goals to cover! A total of 41 players scored their first career OHL goal last weekend while Flint Firebirds netminder Luke Cavallin logged his first shutout. WATCH

OHL Weekend Notebook:
The OHL Weekend Notebook recaps the weekend that was with news, information and interesting facts from both on and off the ice. READ

What’s new for the OHL in 2021-22?:
With the long-awaited start of the 2021-22 OHL season comes a slew of new faces, some upgrades to facilities across the League as well as the OHL’s first woman linesperson. READ

Captains named across the League:
Teams across the OHL have been naming their leadership groups in the opening weeks of the season. Click on a team name to see their leadership group details: Erie Otters (C: Daniel D’Amato, Brendan Sellan), Hamilton Bulldogs (C: Colton Kammerer), Kingston Frontenacs (C: Shane Wright), London Knights (C: Luke Evangelista), Mississauga Steelheads (C: Ethan Del Mastro), Niagara IceDogs (C: Cameron Butler), North Bay Battalion (C: Liam Arnsby), Oshawa Generals (C: Ty Tullio), Owen Sound Attack (C: Mark Woolley), Saginaw Spirit (C: Camaryn Baber), Sarnia Sting (C: Brayden Guy), Windsor Spitfires (C: Will Cuylle).

OHL Officiating Team for the 2021-22 season:
The OHL has unveiled a 105-official crew that will work games throughout the 2021-22 regular season. MORE

Sting’s Thornton signs with Coyotes:
The Arizona Coyotes have signed Sarnia Sting rookie goaltender Anson Thornton to a three-year entry-level contract. Thornton becomes the first-ever OHL Under-18 Priority Selection choice to sign an NHL contract. READ

67’s’ Matier signs with Predators:
Ottawa 67’s defenceman Jack Matier has signed a three-year entry-level NHL contract with the Nashville Predators. He was Nashville’s fourth round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft this past summer. READ

Sting add alumnus Micheal Haley to coaching staff:
The Sarnia Sting have hired alumnus and former long-time NHL forward Micheal Haley as an assistant coach. READ

Derek Smyth commits to 67’s:
The Ottawa 67’s have received a commitment from 11th round 2020 OHL Priority Selection choice Derek Smyth who joins the team’s blueline. READ

Antonino Pugliese commits to Rangers:
The Kitchener Rangers have received a commitment from 14th round 2020 OHL Priority Selection choice Antonino Pugliese who has enjoyed a hot start to his season with the GOJHL’s Fort Erie Meteors. READ

Chase MacQueen-Spence commits to Battalion:
The North Bay Battalion have received a commitment from fourth round 2021 OHL Priority Selection choice Chase MacQueen-Spence who has started the season with the affiliate Powassan Voodoos. READ

COMMUNITY CORNER:

Firebirds host Pink Out the Rink on Thursday:
The Flint Firebirds will be raising funds and breast cancer awareness on Thursday night when the Erie Otters visit at 7:00pm. The ‘Birds will be wearing specially themed pink uniforms that will be auctioned off live postgame, with proceeds benefitting breast cancer initiatives and partner the McLaren Flint Foundation. More at flintfirebirds.com

Frontenacs salute Frontline Workers on Friday: 
The Kingston Frontenacs are extending a special discount to Frontline Workers on Friday night when they play host to the Sudbury Wolves. The Fronts are offering the special rate to any frontline worker and their family members. More at kingstonfrontenacs.com.

Eventful opening weekend planned in Saginaw:
The Saginaw Spirit will open their regular season at home on Saturday against the Erie Otters as fans in attendance will receive a free magnet schedule. The Spirit host the Otters again on Sunday at 5:30pm in their annual Pink Out game in support of Ascension St. Mary’s. Fans attending will receive a light up bracelet. Be sure to take part in the post-game jersey auction with proceeds benefitting breast cancer awareness initiatives.

ALUMNI NOTES:

198 OHL grads named to NHL Opening Night rosters:
A total of 198 OHL graduates started the 2021-22 regular season on NHL rosters. The Toronto Maple Leafs lead the way with 13 to open the season and the London Knights produced a league-leading 32 graduates starting the season in ‘the show.’ READ

McTavish scores in NHL debut:
Peterborough Petes star and third overall 2021 NHL Draft selection Mason McTavish lit the lamp in his NHL debut with the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday. The Carp, Ont. product helped the Ducks defeat the visiting Winnipeg Jets 4-1 in their home opener, recording a goal and an assist on the night. McTavish finished second among OHL rookies with 29 goals in 2019-20 and helped steer Canada’s National Under-18 team to a gold medal this past spring.

Perfetti makes NHL debut with Jets:
Saginaw Spirit graduate and 10th overall 2020 NHL Draft choice Cole Perfetti skated in his first career NHL contest on Thursday night in Anaheim. The 19-year-old Winnipeg Jets forward cracked Winnipeg’s opening night roster following a strong AHL showing with the Manitoba Moose in 2020-21, posting 26 points (9-17–26) over 32 games. The Whitby, Ont. was the CHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year in 2020 and holds Saginaw’s single season record for goals by a rookie with his 37 in 2018-19.

Henrique records 400th NHL point:
Former back-to-back Memorial Cup champion Adam Henrique hit a career milestone on Wednesday, recording his 400th career point as his Anaheim Ducks were victorious over the Winnipeg Jets 4-1. Henrique, of Burford, Ont., played in 45 games with the Ducks last season, recording 21 points (12-9–21). The 31-year-old was an integral part of two Windsor Spitfires Memorial Cup championships in 2009 and 2010. He played four seasons with the Spits from 2006-10 and has been in the NHL since 2011-12, spending time between New Jersey and Anaheim.

Nolan joins Kings front office as Community Relations Consultant:
Soo Greyhounds graduate and two-time Stanley Cup champion Jordan Nolan is returning to the Los Angeles Kings as a Community Relations Consultant and Ambassador. A member of the First Nations community, Nolan will play a critical role in the Kings’ We Are All Kings initiative, which is special programming that reflects values which the LA Kings holds to its core, inclusivity while ensuring every hockey player and fan feels welcome in the LA Kings family. The son of former OHL and NHL player and head coach Ted Nolan, Jordan played five OHL seasons from 2005-10, spending time with the Greyhounds, Windsor Spitfires and Erie Otters. He’s a veteran of 375 career NHL contests.

KEY MATCHUPS:

Soo Greyhounds at Barrie Colts
Thursday, October 14, 7:30pm

Los Angeles Kings prospect Brandt Clarke makes his season debut on the Barrie Colts blue line as his team seeks its first victory. Colts fans got a taste of Swedish newcomer Oskar Olausson can do as the Colorado Avalanche first round pick scored twice last weekend. The opposing Soo Greyhounds hit the road with stops in Barrie, Guelph and Owen Sound for a three-in-three. They’ve certainly got depth up front with veterans Rory Kerins, Cole MacKay, Tanner Dickinson, Joe Carroll and Tye Kartye all able to put points on the scoresheet. The Hounds will miss captain Ryan O’Rourke on Thursday as he finishes serving a two-game suspension.

Peterborough Petes at Oshawa Generals
Sunday, October 17th, 6:05pm

As is often their custom, the Oshawa Generals close out the weekend at home on Sunday evening, facing the long-time rival Peterborough Petes in the first of 12 encounters this season. The Generals are still in search of their first win, most recently falling to the Ottawa 67’s 7-3 in the nation’s capital on Monday. Second overall 2021 OHL Priority Selection choice Calum Ritchie looks like the real deal, recording three goals and an assist through his first three games after leading the pre-season in scoring. The visiting Peterborough Petes also enter the weekend looking for their first win. A younger group in 2021-22, the Petes will lean on newly-signed Philadelphia Flyers prospect J.R. Avon for offensive contributions along with recent overage additions Emmett Sproule and Joe Carroll.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:

Thursday October 14th
Erie at Flint – 7:00pm
Sudbury at Peterborough – 7:05pm
Sault Ste. Marie at Barrie – 7:30pm

Friday October 15th
Niagara at Hamilton – 7:00pm
Sudbury at Kingston – 7:00pm
Mississauga at North Bay – 7:00pm
Oshawa at Ottawa – 7:00pm
Sault Ste. Marie at Guelph – 7:30pm
Sarnia at Kitchener – 7:30pm
Windsor at London – 7:30pm

Saturday October 16th
Hamilton at Niagara – 7:00pm
Kingston at Peterborough – 7:05pm
Erie at Saginaw – 7:05pm
London at Sarnia – 7:05pm
Mississauga at Barrie – 7:30pm
Sault Ste. Marie at Owen Sound – 7:30pm

Sunday October 17th
Barrie at North Bay – 2:00pm
Sudbury at Ottawa – 2:00pm
Erie at Saginaw – 5:30pm
Peterborough at Oshawa – 6:05pm

KNIGHTS, COLTS AND FRONTENACS MAKE WEEK 2 EDITION OF KIA CHL TOP 10 RANKINGS

Toronto, Ont. – The Canadian Hockey League announced today the Week 2 edition of the Kia CHL Top-10 Rankings for the 2021-22 season.

A perfect opening week to the season has the London Knights climbing from an honourable mention in Week 1 into the sixth slot this week. The Knights scored consecutive victories over the Owen Sound Attack to open the season before edging the Windsor Spitfires 4-3, requiring an eight-round shootout marathon to get the job done on Thanksgiving Monday. Newly named Knights captain and Nashville Predators prospect Luke Evangelista sits tied for the OHL lead in goals with four through three games. Big winger Stuart Rolofs scored the first two goals of his OHL career while goaltender Brett Brochu stood tall, stopping 92 of 100 shots along with 11 of 12 shootout attempts against him over the weekend.

The Barrie Colts drop three spots down from fifth into eighth on the Top-10 following an 0-1-1-0 start to the campaign. The Colts fell to the Niagara IceDogs by a score of 4-1 on opening night in Barrie before picking up a point in a 5-4 overtime road loss to the Hamilton Bulldogs on Saturday. Colorado Avalanche first round pick Oskar Olausson was joined by Jacob Frasca with a pair of goals on the weekend. The Colts, who have been without star defenceman Brandt Clarke due to a case of mononucleosis, return to action on Thursday at home to the Soo Greyhounds.

The Kingston Frontenacs fall five spots on the list from number four in Week 1 down to nine this week. The Fronts enjoyed a promising start, defeating the Ottawa 67’s 8-1 at home on Friday as overage newcomer Lucas Edmonds led the way with four points. Things got a little rough from there though as the Mississauga Steelheads downed the Fronts 7-2 a night later on Saturday before Kingston fell 3-2 on the road in Ottawa on Sunday afternoon. Edmonds leads the Frontenacs with five points (3-2–5) through three games. Newly-named captain and top 2022 NHL Draft prospect Shane Wright joins Dallas Stars draftee Francesco Arcuri and rookie teammate Paul Ludwinski with four points thus far.

The Windsor Spitfires fell into the honourable mention category following a 1-1-0-1 start, falling 6-3 to the Sarnia Sting on opening night before rebounding to defeat the Sting 3-2 in overtime on a Will Cuylle game winner. The Spits fell to the London Knights on Monday afternoon by a score of 4-3, earning a point as they dropped a decision determined in the eighth round of a shootout.



For further analysis on the Week 2 edition of the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings, visit CHL.ca.


About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

198 OHL GRADUATES ON 2021-22 NHL OPENING NIGHT ROSTERS

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is pleased to announce that a total of 198 graduates are included on Opening Night rosters for the 2021-22 NHL Regular Season.

A number of recent OHL graduates who skated during the 2019-20 season including Peterborough Petes forward Mason McTavish (Anaheim), Oshawa Generals alumnus Philip Tomasino (Nashville), Hamilton Bulldogs career scoring leader Arthur Kaliyev (Los Angeles), former Erie Otters power play quarterback Jamie Drysdale (Anaheim), Saginaw Spirit sniper Cole Perfetti (Winnipeg), Sudbury Wolves star Quinton Byfield (Los Angeles) and former Flint Firebirds captain Ty Dellandrea (Dallas) are included on the list.

All 20 OHL member teams are represented by at least one alumnus, with the London Knights leading the way with a total of 32 graduates on the list. The Soo Greyhounds trail with 19 followed by the Barrie Colts and Erie Otters with 14 graduates respectively.

Among the NHL’s 32 clubs, the Toronto Maple Leafs lead the way with 13 OHL graduates on their Opening Night roster followed by the Edmonton Oilers and defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning each with 11.

The puck dropped on the NHL season on Tuesday with games in Tampa Bay and Las Vegas.

OHL Graduates on NHL Opening Night Rosters:

^- Injured or non-roster player
Players listed in accordance with OHL graduating team

Anaheim Ducks (8):
Jamie Drysdale (Erie Otters), Cam Fowler (Windsor Spitfires), John Gibson (Kitchener Rangers), Adam Henrique (Windsor Spitfires), Max Jones (Kingston Frontenacs), Mason McTavish (Peterborough Petes), Rickard Rakell (Plymouth Whalers), Anthony Stolarz (London Knights)

Arizona Coyotes (6):
Kyle Capobianco (Sudbury Wolves)^, Jakob Chychrun (Sarnia Sting), Lawson Crouse (Kingston Frontenacs), Christian Fischer (Windsor Spitfires), Alex Galchenyuk (Sarnia Sting)^, Conor Timmins (Soo Greyhounds)

Boston Bruins (3):
Nick Foligno (Sudbury Wolves), Taylor Hall (Windsor Spitfires), John Moore (Kitchener Rangers)

Buffalo Sabres (3):
Craig Anderson (Guelph Storm), Colin Miller (Soo Greyhounds), Jeff Skinner (Kitchener Rangers)

Calgary Flames (10):
Rasmus Andersson (Barrie Colts), Erik Gudbranson (Kingston Frontenacs), Trevor Lewis (Owen Sound Attack), Andrew Mangiapane (Barrie Colts), Sean Monahan (Ottawa 67’s), Tyler Parsons (London Knights)^, Brad Richardson (Owen Sound Attack)^, Brett Ritchie (Niagara IceDogs), Matthew Tkachuk (London Knights), Nikita Zadorov (London Knights)

Carolina Hurricanes (6):
Tony DeAngelo (Soo Greyhounds), Steven Lorentz (Peterborough Petes), Jamieson Rees (Sarnia Sting)^, Jordan Staal (Peterborough Petes), Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts), Vincent Trocheck (Plymouth Whalers)^

Chicago Blackhawks (9):
Calvin de Haan (Oshawa Generals), Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters), Patrick Kane (London Knights), Dominik Kubalik (Kitchener Rangers), Connor Murphy (Sarnia Sting), Alec Regula (London Knights)^, Andrew Shaw (Owen Sound Attack)^, Riley Stillman (Hamilton Bulldogs), Dylan Strome (Erie Otters)

Colorado Avalanche (4):
Andre Burakovsky (Erie Otters), Nazem Kadri (London Knights), Gabriel Landeskog (Kitchener Rangers), Kurtis MacDermid (Erie Otters)

Columbus Blue Jackets (4):
Adam Boqvist (London Knights), Max Domi (London Knights), Scott Harrington (London Knights), Boone Jenner (Oshawa Generals)

Dallas Stars (5):
Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds), Radek Faksa (Sudbury Wolves), Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs), Tyler Seguin (Plymouth Whalers), Andrej Sekera (Owen Sound Attack)

Detroit Red Wings (10):
Tyler Bertuzzi (Guelph Storm), Robby Fabbri (Guelph Storm), Sam Gagner (London Knights), Filip Hronek (Saginaw Spirit), Vladislav Namestnikov (London Knights), Alex Nedeljkovic (Niagara IceDogs), Givani Smith (Kitchener Rangers), Marc Staal (Sudbury Wolves), Mitchell Stephens (London Knights), Pius Suter (Guelph Storm)

Edmonton Oilers (11):
Evan Bouchard (London Knights), Cody Ceci (Owen Sound Attack), Warren Foegele (Erie Otters), Zack Kassian (Windsor Spitfires), Slater Koekkoek (Windsor Spitfires), Connor McDavid (Erie Otters), Ryan McLeod (Saginaw Spirit), Darnell Nurse (Soo Greyhounds), Brendan Perlini (Niagara IceDogs), Dmitri Samorukov (Guelph Storm)^, Mike Smith (Sudbury Wolves)

Florida Panthers (7):
Sam Bennett (Kingston Frontenacs), Aaron Ekblad (Barrie Colts), Olli Juolevi (London Knights), Mason Marchment (Mississauga Steelheads), Joe Thornton (Soo Greyhounds), Owen Tippett (Saginaw Spirit), Carter Verhaeghe (Niagara IceDogs)

Los Angeles Kings (9):
Andreas Athanasiou (Barrie Colts)^, Dustin Brown (Guelph Storm), Quinton Byfield (Sudbury Wolves)^, Drew Doughty (Guelph Storm), Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs), Brendan Lemieux (Windsor Spitfires), Olli Maatta (London Knights)^, Akil Thomas (Peterborough Petes)^, Gabriel Vilardi (Kingston Frontenacs)

Minnesota Wild (2):
Marcus Foligno (Sudbury Wolves), Ryan Hartman (Plymouth Whalers)

Montreal Canadiens (5):
Josh Anderson (London Knights), Ben Chiarot (Saginaw Spirit), Christian Dvorak (London Knights), Nick Suzuki (Guelph Storm), Tyler Toffoli (Ottawa 67’s)

Nashville Predators (4):
Nick Cousins (Soo Greyhounds), Matt Duchene (Brampton Battalion), Ben Harpur (Barrie Colts), Philip Tomasino (Oshawa Generals)

New Jersey Devils (9):
Mackenzie Blackwood (Barrie Colts), Dougie Hamilton (Niagara IceDogs), Janne Kuokkanen (London Knights), Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads), Marian Studenic (Hamilton Bulldogs), P.K. Subban (Belleville Bulls), Scott Wedgewood (Plymouth Whalers), Colton White (Soo Greyhounds), Pavel Zacha (Sarnia Sting)

New York Islanders (5):
Josh Bailey (Windsor Spitfires), Casey Cizikas (Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors), Cal Clutterbuck (Oshawa Generals), Matt Martin (Sarnia Sting)^, Adam Pelech (Erie Otters)

New York Rangers (3):
Barclay Goodrow (North Bay Battalion), Ryan Strome (Niagara IceDogs), Jarred Tinordi (London Knights)

Ottawa Senators (10):
Connor Brown (Erie Otters), Josh Brown (Oshawa Generals), Michael Del Zotto (London Knights), Alex Formenton (London Knights), Victor Mete (London Knights), Matt Murray (Soo Greyhounds), Nick Paul (North Bay Battalion), Scott Sabourin (Oshawa Generals), Chris Tierney (London Knights), Austin Watson (London Knights)^

Philadelphia Flyers (4):
Ryan Ellis (Windsor Spitfires), Travis Konecny (Sarnia Sting), Scott Laughton (Oshawa Generals), Zayde Wisdom (Kingston Frontenacs)^

Pittsburgh Penguins (2):
Jeff Carter (Soo Greyhounds), Brock McGinn (Guelph Storm)

San Jose Sharks (5):
Brent Burns (Brampton Battalion), Logan Couture (Ottawa 67’s), Jonah Gadjovich (Owen Sound Attack)^, Kevin Labanc (Barrie Colts), Jacob Middleton (Ottawa 67’s)

Seattle Kraken (6):
Nathan Bastian (Mississauga Steelheads), Vince Dunn (Niagara IceDogs), Mark Giordano (Owen Sound Attack), Philipp Grubauer (Kingston Frontenacs), Jared McCann (Soo Greyhounds)^, Jamie Oleksiak (Niagara IceDogs)^

St. Louis Blues (8):
Jordan Binnington (Owen Sound Attack), Robert Bortuzzo (Kitchener Rangers), Kyle Clifford (Barrie Colts), Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting), James Neal (Plymouth Whalers), Ryan O’Reilly (Erie Otters), Brandon Saad (Saginaw Spirit), Robert Thomas (Hamilton Bulldogs)

Tampa Bay Lightning (11):
Zach Bogosian (Peterborough Petes), Erik Cernak (Erie Otters), Anthony Cirelli (Erie Otters), Remi Elie (Erie Otters)^, Boris Katchouk (Soo Greyhounds), Pat Maroon (London Knights), Corey Perry (London Knights), Taylor Raddysh (Soo Greyhounds), Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor Spitfires), Gemel Smith (London Knights)^, Steven Stamkos (Sarnia Sting)

Toronto Maple Leafs (13):
Mike Amadio (North Bay Battalion), TJ Brodie (Barrie Colts), Michael Bunting (Soo Greyhounds), Jack Campbell (Soo Greyhounds), Travis Dermott (Erie Otters), Mitch Marner (London Knights), Petr Mrazek (Ottawa 67’s), Jake Muzzin (Soo Greyhounds), Nick Ritchie (Soo Greyhounds), Rasmus Sandin (Soo Greyhounds), Wayne Simmonds (Soo Greyhounds), Jason Spezza (Belleville Bulls), John Tavares (London Knights)

Vancouver Canucks (5):
Jason Dickinson (Guelph Storm), Bo Horvat (London Knights), Juho Lammikko (Kingston Frontenacs), J.T. Miller (Plymouth Whalers), Tanner Pearson (Barrie Colts)

Vegas Golden Knights (4):
Connor Corcoran (Windsor Spitfires)^, Nicolas Hague (Mississauga Steelheads), Robin Lehner (Soo Greyhounds), Alex Pietrangelo (Barrie Colts)

Washington Capitals (2):
John Carlson (London Knights), Tom Wilson (Plymouth Whalers)

Winnipeg Jets (5):
Dylan DeMelo (Mississauga Steelheads), Bryan Little (Barrie Colts)^, Cole Perfetti (Saginaw Spirit), Mark Scheifele (Barrie Colts), Logan Stanley (Kitchener Rangers)


About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

THOMPSON AND TYNAN NAMED OHL TOP PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced announced Top Performers of the Week for the week of regular season games ending Sunday, October 10, 2021.

Wolves’ Jack Thompson named OHL Player of the Week
Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Jack Thompson of the Sudbury Wolves is the OHL Player of the Week with a league-leading seven points including two goals and five assists over two games.

Thompson, who was named captain of the Wolves ahead of Friday’s home opener, logged consecutive first star performances as Sudbury got off to a perfect start with a pair of victories. The 6-foot-1, 185Ib. defenceman recorded a goal and two assists in a 6-3 win over the visiting Peterborough Petes on Friday, scoring his first of the season on a third period power play. He followed that up with a career-high four point performance on Saturday in Sault Ste. Marie, scoring while adding three assists as the Wolves defeated the Greyhounds 6-3.

A 19-year-old native of Courtice, Ont., Thompson is entering his third season with the Wolves having put up 55 points (21-34–55) over 117 career regular season contests with the franchise. He was a third round (93rd overall) pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2020 NHL Draft before spending part of the 2020-21 season with Surahammars IF of Sweden’s HockeyEttan circuit. Thompson made his pro debut with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch last season, recording an assist in his lone contest. He signed an entry-level NHL contract with the Lightning on May 19, 2021. The right-shot rearguard was originally Sudbury’s second round (30th overall) pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection from the Clarington Toros U16 program.

Thompson is the first Wolves representative to earn the distinction since goaltender Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen did so for the week of October 1-7, 2018.

Also given consideration for the award were Edmonton Oilers prospect Matvey Petrov of the North Bay Battalion who started the season with a hat-trick on Thursday, posting a total of four goals and an assist over two games. Montreal Canadiens draftee Jan Mysak of the Hamilton Bulldogs also started strong, recording two goals and three assists over two games.

IceDogs’ Tucker Tynan named OHL Goaltender of the Week
Tucker Tynan of the Niagara IceDogs is the OHL Goaltender of the Week with two victories, a 1.44 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage in a pair of contests.

Tynan was victorious in his return to the crease on Thursday in Barrie, stopping 25 of the 26 shots he faced as the IceDogs defeated the Colts 4-1. The game was Tynan’s first regular season matchup since the tragic events of December 12, 2019 that saw the goaltender suffer a deep laceration to his thigh. The long road of rest and rehabilitation continued to pay off for Tynan on Saturday in Niagara as he earned first star honours, stopping 32 shots before turning aside four of the six Oshawa Generals shootout attempts he faced in a 3-2 home opening victory.

A 19-year-old native of Chicago, Ill., Tynan is embarking on his second season in Niagara after impressing as a rookie in 2019-20 when he went 11-8-3-1 with a 3.80 goals-against average and .910 save percentage over 23 games. The 6-foot, 159Ib. goaltender was originally Niagara’s 10th round (192nd overall) pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection from the Detroit Little Caesars 16U program.

A pair of other candidates were given consideration for the award as Flint Firebirds netminder Luke Cavallin was perfect in his lone appearance last week, posting a 35-save shutout as the Firebirds defeated visiting Erie 3-0 on Saturday. London Knights goaltender Brett Brochu joined Tynan in going 2-0 while posting a 2.40 goals-against average and .919 save percentage as London defeated the Owen Sound Attack on back-to-back nights.


About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

OHL MOVING TO FULL FAN CAPACITY IN VENUES STARTING OCTOBER 9

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that following the Government of Ontario’s expansion of spectator capacity limits at indoor sporting venues, the League’s 17 Ontario-based facilities will be welcoming 100 percent capacity, fully vaccinated crowds beginning Saturday, October 9.

“We are grateful for the continued work and leadership of our Government and public health officials led by Premier Doug Ford, Minister of Sport Lisa MacLeod and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kieran Moore,” said OHL Commissioner David Branch. “Yesterday’s launch to our 2021-22 Regular Season was an incredible night for everyone, and more fans being safely permitted to enter OHL facilities across the province only adds to that excitement we’re all feeling.”

Tonight’s schedule features seven contests after the season got underway in North Bay, Barrie and Windsor on Thursday. Saturday’s OHL schedule includes an additional seven games. 

“The health and safety of our players, staff, officials, fans, billets and communities is paramount,” Branch added. “We’re very excited to welcome OHL fans back for what’s sure to be a great season.”

Follow along as the 2021-22 OHL season continues tonight. For full coverage, follow the League on TwitterFacebook and Instagram, or visit ontariohockeyleague.com.

About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.