Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that 2016 NHL Draft prospect Tyler Parsons of the London Knights is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending November 1 after posting a record of 3-0-0-0 including two shutout victories with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .964.
Parsons stopped 81 shots backstopping the Knights to three straight victories last week improving the club’s record to 11-2-1-1 for 24 points which ranks third in the Midwest Division standings. The second goaltender to claim the award this season, Parsons opened the week on Friday with a 27-save performance as part of a 6-3 victory over the Windsor Spitfires where he earned second star honours. Then on Saturday night, Parsons posted his first career shutout and first of two-straight with a 22-save effort as second star of a 7-0 road win over the Saginaw Spirit helping head coach Dale Hunter secure his 600th career OHL win. He finished the week on Sunday by making 32 saves to blank the host Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds 6-0 picking up his league-leading 10th win of the season while earning second star honours for the third straight game.
Parsons, an 18-year-old from Chesterfield, Michigan, is playing in his second career OHL season with the Knights. Eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft, Parsons was one of three OHL goaltenders to be given a ‘B’ rating by NHL Central Scouting in their September ‘Players to Watch’ list. So far this season he carries a 10-1-1-1 record with a goals-against-average of 2.53 and save percentage of .919.
Also considered for the award this week was Calgary Flames prospect Andrew Mangiapane of the Barrie Colts who scored three goals and four assists for seven points in three games. Additionally, Arizona Coyotes prospect Ryan MacInnis and 2016 NHL Draft top prospect Max Jones of the Knights both scored five goals and one assist for six points in three games.
2015-16 Pioneer Energy OHL Players of the Week:
Oct. 26 – Nov. 1: Tyler Parsons (London Knights)
Oct. 19 – Oct. 25: Kevin Labanc (Barrie Colts)
Oct. 12 – Oct. 18: Zach Bratina (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 5 – Oct. 11: Hunter Garlent (Peterborough Petes)
Sept. 28 – Oct. 4: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 27: Zack Bowman (Flint Firebirds)