Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that New Jersey Devils prospect Blake Speers of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending March 20 scoring three goals and five assists for eight points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-2.
Speers recorded a trio of multi-point performances helping the Greyhounds earn four of a possible six points at home. The captain tallied two assists on Wednesday despite a 5-4 loss to the Saginaw Spirit, then scored a goal and an assist on Friday as part of a 6-1 win over the Flint Firebirds. He finished the week by matching a season-high with four points including two goals and two assists in an 8-3 victory over the Guelph Storm. The Hounds finished the 2015-16 regular season campaign in seventh place and will open their first round playoff series in Sarnia on Friday night against their West Division rivals the Sting.
A 19-year-old Sault Ste. Marie, ON, native, Speers is playing in his third OHL season with the club who chose him in the first round of the 2013 OHL Priority Selection. This season he led the Greyhounds in scoring with career-highs in all offensive categories including 26 goals, 48 assists, and 74 points while dressing in all 68 of the team’s games. Speers was selected by the Devils in the third round of the 2015 NHL Draft.
Watch video highlights of Speers and the Greyhounds against the Storm.
Also considered for the award this week was Arizona Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome who scored once with seven assists for eight points in three games helping the Erie Otters clinch the Midwest Division title and Hamilton Spectator Trophy as regular season champions. In addition, Philadelphia Flyers prospect Travis Konecny scored two goals and four assists for six points in two games to eclipse the century mark for the first time while helping the Sting post new franchise records in wins (42) and points (91). In goal, Jake Smith of the North Bay Battalion posted a 3-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 2.25 and save percentage of .921.
2015-16 Pioneer Energy OHL Players of the Week:
Mar. 14 – Mar. 20: Blake Speers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Mar. 7 – Mar. 13: Andrew Mangiapane (Barrie Colts)
Feb. 29 – Mar. 6: Hunter Garlent (Peterborough Petes)
Feb. 22 – Feb. 28: Logan Brown (Windsor Spitfires)
Feb. 15 – Feb. 21: Mike Amadio (North Bay Battalion)
Feb. 8 – Feb. 14: Kevin Labanc (Barrie Colts)
Feb. 1 – Feb. 7: Spencer Watson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 25 – Jan. 31: Jonah Gadjovich (Owen Sound Attack)
Jan. 18 – Jan. 24: Matthew Mancina (Peterborough Petes)
Jan. 11 – Jan. 17: Michael Giugovaz (Guelph Storm)
Jan. 4 – Jan. 10: Kevin Labanc (Barrie Colts)
Dec. 28 – Jan. 3: Kevin Labanc (Barrie Colts)
Dec. 14 – Dec. 20: Jake Smith (North Bay Battalion)
Dec. 7 – Dec. 13: Christian Dvorak (London Knights)
Nov. 30 – Dec. 6: Mitchell Marner (London Knights)
Nov. 23 – Nov. 29: Christian Dvorak (London Knights)
Nov. 16 – Nov. 22: Pavel Zacha (Sarnia Sting)
Nov. 9 – Nov. 15: Devin Williams (Erie Otters)
Nov. 2 – Nov. 8: Dylan Strome (Erie Otters)
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)