It’s now December, most folk’s favorite month of the year. The holidays are fast approaching, the World Junior Championships are around the corner, and the Ontario Hockey League season is past the one-third point.
But before we look forward, let’s look back at the month of November and our pick for the draft eligible player of the month.
Each month, we select one player eligible for the National Hockey League Draft for the first time he stood out just a little bit more then the rest of the draft class. And for November, our choice is Philip Tomasino of the Niagara IceDogs.
Tomasino appeared in eleven games for the IceDogs and recorded 9 goals to go along with 8 helpers and a plus-11. He was held off the scoreboard in just two contests and had five multi-point games.
Tomasino was named the game’s first star on two occasions and second star in another. He had tw0 game-winning goals and assisted on another while also scoring two insurance goals. On the season, Tomasino has appeared in 26 games and has contributed 11 goals and 13 helpers while also being very good defensively with a plus-17 to show for it.
Also considered were Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs and Thomas Harley of the Mississauga Steelheads. Kaliyev posted 7 goals and 9 assists in 11 games while Mississauga’s smooth skating defenceman posted a goal and 10 assists in 13 games. In goal, Peterborough Petes netminder Hunter Jones appeared in 11 games with a 6-5-0 record and a .908 save percentage.
Past Draft Eligible Player of the Month
Philip Tomasino – Niagara IceDogs – November
Hunter Jones – Peterborough Petes – October