He is the Erie Otters’ Little Engine Than Can. He was the 39th overall pick by the Chicago Blackhawks at the 2016 National Hockey League Draft. He is Alex DeBrincat.
DeBrincat scored once and added three assists in the Otters’ 9-4 spanking of the Saginaw Spirit last night at the Erie Insurance Arena. That pushed DeBrincat’s season totals to 45 goals and 51 assists, but more importantly 147 goals, 154 assists and 301 points during his Ontario Hockey League career.
DeBrincat becomes the sixth American born player to reach the milestone, joining Rob Schremp, Patrick O’Sullivan, Bobby Ryan, Pat Peake and Mike Wolak. Not too bad for a player that went undrafted in the Priority Selection and walked on as a free agent.
DeBrincat was the first Otter to ever record back-to-back 50 goal seasons, scoring 51 in each of his first two campaigns and he’s about to add a third and will join Dale McCourt as the only two players to accomplish the feat.
DeBrincat set a franchise record for career goals a week ago when he surpassed Brad Boyes who previously held the mark of 141 goals from 1998 to 2002.