Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending November 6 after scoring five goals and six assists for 11 points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-3.
DeBrincat produced a trio of multi-point performances scoring the game-winning goal in all three games for the Otters last week who improved their first place record to 13-3-1-0. His week began with a Wednesday morning battle against the Guelph Storm in the Otters’ annual School Day game scoring two goals including the overtime winner while adding an assist as first star of the 5-4 triumph. On Friday night in Mississauga he tallied a goal and two assists as the Otters defeated the Steelheads 7-4. His week wrapped up Saturday earning first star honours for matching a career-high with five points fueled by two goals and three assists as the Otters erased a 3-2 third period deficit coming back to beat the Kitchener Rangers by a 7-3 score. DeBrincat is the second straight Otter to earn Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week honours following goaltender Troy Timpano.
An 18-year-old from Farmington Hills, Michigan, DeBrincat is playing in his third career OHL season with the Otters. The 2015 CHL Rookie of the Year has recorded back-to-back 51-goal campaigns collecting 205 points in his first two OHL seasons. The second round pick of the Blackhawks in the 2016 NHL Draft signed his entry-level contract with the club today and currently leads the league with 17 goals and ranks second in overall scoring with 35 points in 14 games.
Also considered for the award this week was fellow Otter and OHL Top Scorer Taylor Raddysh, a Tampa Bay Lightning prospect who scored four goals and seven assists for 11 points in three games, and 2017 NHL Draft prospect Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack who scored three goals and five assists for eight points in three games. In goal, Edmonton Oilers prospect Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes posted a 2-0-0-0 record with 67 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.98 and save percentage of .944.
2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Players of the Week:
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Troy Timpano (Erie Otters)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Max Jones (London Knights)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Logan Brown (Windsor Spitfires)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Matt Luff (Hamilton Bulldogs)