OHL’s Draft Eligible Statistical Leaders: December

I’m not sure where to begin.

In what I (and others) thought would be a back and forth seesaw battle between Ryan Suzuki of the Barrie Colts and Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs, flipping the calendar to January has proven otherwise. At least for now since we are just entering the second half of the season.

The potential first round picks for the 2019 National Hockey League Draft in June were virtually neck and neck through October and November, although Kaliyev had a small separation when November closed out.

Ryan Suzuki of the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Ryan Suzuki of the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Suzuki hit a wall in December scoring just 3 goals (with two of those coming on New Years Eve) and 3 assists in 10 games while Kaliyev posted 5 goals and 9 assists to open up a 16-point lead in the scoring race. And don’t look now, but here comes London Knights’ Connor McMichael, who posted 8 goals and 9 assists in 9 games to take over second spot from Suzuki.

One season ago, the top ten points leaders among first time draft eligible players finished with 59 points or higher. This season, just 5 players are on pace to break that mark.

Kaliyev (26) and McMichael (25) have a comfortable lead in goals over Philip Tomasino (16) of the Niagara Ice Dogs. McMichael however leads Kaliyev in goals-per-game. Both are on pace to beat Andrei Svechnikov’s 40 goals from a season ago but one must remember that Svechnikov hit the mark in just 44 games.

Offence from the defence isn’t as high end as a year ago, but there’s more depth. Thomas Harley leads all draft eligible defenders with 29 points. That puts him on pace to finish just ahead of Rasmus Sandin’s third place totals from a season ago. However, the other 9 defencemen scoring leaders this season are on pace to finish better then the fourth-place finisher a season ago, Giovanni Vallati of the Kitchener Rangers.

Here are the first time draft eligible leaders in a variety of statistical categories:

(While we strive for accuracy, always refer to the OHL Website for official stats)

Points Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 37 26 28 54
Connor McMichael London Knights 35 25 18 43
Ryan Suzuki Barrie Colts 34 11 27 38
Philip Tomasino Niagara IceDogs 35 16 20 36
Cole MacKay Soo Greyhounds 36 13 21 34
Danil Antropov Oshawa Generals 35 10 21 31
Daniel D’Amico Windsor Spitfires 36 14 15 29
Thomas Harley Mississauga Steelheads 36 6 23 29
Eric Uba Flint Firebirds 37 14 12 26
Ethan Keppen Flint Firebirds 38 10 15 25
Goal Scoring Leaders
Player Team GP G GPG
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 37 26 0.70
Connor McMichael London Knights 34 25 0.74
Philip Tomasino Niagara IceDogs 35 16 0.46
Nicholas Porco Saginaw Spirit 35 15 0.43
Daniel D’Amico Windsor Spitfires 36 14 0.39
Eric Uba Flint Firebirds 37 14 0.38
Blake Murray Sudbury Wolves 34 14 0.41
Cole MacKay Soo Greyhounds 36 13 0.36
Petr Cajka Erie Otters 31 13 0.42
Graeme Clarke Ottawa 67’s 25 12 0.48
Assist Leaders
Player Team GP A APG
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 37 28 0.76
Ryan Suzuki Barrie Colts 34 27 0.79
Thomas Harley Mississauga Steelheads 36 23 0.64
Danil Antropov Oshawa Generals 35 21 0.60
Cole MacKay Soo Greyhounds 36 21 0.58
Philip Tomasino Niagara IceDogs 35 20 0.57
Connor McMichael London Knights 34 18 0.53
Keean Washkurak Mississauga Steelheads 34 16 0.47
Vladislav Kolyachonok Flint Firebirds 26 15 0.58
Billy Constantinou Kingston Frontenacs 34 15 0.44
Defencemen Point Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Thomas Harley Mississauga Steelheads 36 6 23 29
Billy Constantinou Kingston Frontenacs 34 5 15 20
Lucas Peric Ottawa 67’s 38 3 12 15
Simon Rose North Bay Battalion 36 1 14 15
Vladislav Kolyachonok Flint Firebirds 26 0 15 15
Grayson Ladd Windsor Spitfires 35 2 12 14
Nathan Staios Windsor Spitfires 33 1 13 14
Mason Millman Saginaw Spirit 34 1 13 14
Plus/Minus Leaders
Player Team GP +/-
Lucas Peric Ottawa 67’s 38 +19
Jacob LeGuerrier Soo Greyhounds 36 +13
Liam Ross Sudbury Wolves 35 +11
Ashton Reesor Sarnia Sting 35 +10
Grayson Ladd Windsor Spitfires 35 +9
Louka Henault Windsor Spitfires 35 +7
Mathew Hill Barrie Colts 33 +6
Mason Howard Niagara IceDogs 26 +5
Duncan Penman Saginaw Spirit 28 +5
Mitchell Brewer Oshawa Generals 36 +4
Penalty Minutes Leaders
Player Team GP PIM M/G
Navrin Mutter Hamilton Bulldogs 36 56 1.56
Joe Carroll Soo Greyhounds 35 40 1.14
Keean Washkurak Mississauga Steelheads 34 37 1.09
Mitchell Brewer Oshawa Generals 36 36 1.00
Michael Vukojevic Kitchener Rangers 35 35 1.00
Ethan Keppen Flint Firebirds 38 35 0.92
Jacob LeGuerrier Soo Greyhounds 36 32 0.89
Faceoff Leaders  (minimum 100 faceoffs)
Player Team GP FOA FOW %
Tye Kartye Soo Greyhounds 32 256 144 56.3
Connor McMichael London Knights 34 377 207 54.9
Camaryn Baber Saginaw Spirit 22 152 82 53.9
Dalton Duhart Barrie Colts 32 147 79 53.7
Eric Uba Flint Firebirds 37 115 61 53.0
Cole Schwindt Mississauga Steelheads 36 464 240 51.7
Philip Tomasino Niagara IceDogs 35 254 131 51.6
Tim Fleischer Hamilton Bulldogs 37 280 143 51.1
Keean Washkurak Mississauga Steelheads 34 463 234 50.5
Erik Cermak Peterborough Petes 35 299 151 50.5
All others below 50%
Longest Goal Scoring Streak
Player Team From To Gms Goals
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 10/13 10/19 4 7
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 9/21 9/30 4 6
Jamieson Rees Sarnia Sting 12/8 12/15 4 4
Nicholas Porco Saginaw Spirit 9/22 10/3 4 5
Tag Bertuzzi Hamilton Bulldogs 10/5 10/13 4 4
Longest Assist Streak
Player Team From To Gms Assts
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 12/8 12/15 5 8
Jamieson Rees Sarnia Sting 12/12 12/30 5 5
Philip Tomasino Niagara Ice Dogs 11/9 11/17 4 4
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 9/21 9/30 3 4
Ryan Suzuki Barrie Colts 9/20 9/27 3 7
Longest Point Streak
Player Team From To Gms Pts
Ryan Suzuki Barrie Colts 9/20 10/7 7 15
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 10/13 10/20 7 11
Philip Tomasino Niagara Ice Dogs 11/2 11/23 7 11
Connor McMichael London Knights 11/22 12/7 6 11
Jamieson Rees Sarnia Sting 12/8 12/30 6 10
Shots On Goal Leaders
Player Team GP SOG
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 37 154
Connor McMichael London Knights 34 131
Philip Tomasino Niagara IceDogs 35 97
Ethan Keppen Flint Firebirds 38 95
Eric Uba Flint Firebirds 37 92
Goaltenders Leaders – Goals Against Average (minimum 870 minutes)
Player Team GP Min GA Avg
Hunter Jones Peterborough Petes 32 1769 82 2.78
Zachary Roy Hamilton Bulldogs 19 1116 63 3.39
Ethan Langevin Sarnia Sting 24 1301 75 3.46
Mack Guzda Owen Sound Attack 24 1310 76 3.48
Andrew MacLean Owen Sound Attack 18 855 51 3.58
Goaltending Leaders – Save Percentage
Player Team GP SH  SVS SV%
Hunter Jones Peterborough Petes 32 1012 930 0.919
Zachary Roy Hamilton Bulldogs 19 623 560 0.899
Andrew MacLean Owen Sound Attack 18 484 433 0.895
Ethan Langevin Sarnia Sting 24 643 568 0.883
Mack Guzda Owen Sound Attack 24 635 559 0.880
Goaltending Leaders – Wins
Player Team GP W L OL
Hunter Jones Peterborough Petes 32 19 13 0
Ethan Langevin Sarnia Sting 24 12 8 1
Mack Guzda Owen Sound Attack 24 10 9 2
Zachary Roy Hamilton Bulldogs 19 8 10 1
Ethan Taylor Soo Greyhounds 12 6 1 2
Goaltending Leaders – Shutouts
Player Team GP SO
Hunter Jones Peterborough Petes 32 2
Mack Guzda Owen Sound Attack 24 2
Ryan Dugas Kingston Frontenacs 15 1
Kari Piiroinen Windsor Spitfires 15 1
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