Well, another Ontario Hockey League season has come to a close and the 2019 National Hockey League Draft begins to have more focus, it’s time for our Draft Eligible Player of the Year at OHL Writers. We tend to focus our attention on players eligible for the NHL draft and we’ve compiled notes on all of them. But this time of year, we pick one who has stood out the most.
And this year it’s Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Each month we select a Draft Eligible Player of the Month and we gave the nod to Kaliyev in January and February.
Statistically speaking, you will find Kaliyev’s name all over the page. He led draft eligible players with 51 goals (4th best in the OHL), assists with 51 (17th in the OHL), points with 102 (6th in the OHL), shots on goal by a wide margin with 320 (2nd in the OHL), powerplay goals with 20 (2nd in the OHL), and 2nd in powerplay assists (20th in the OHL).
In the 2018-2019 Coaches Poll, Kaliyev was voted the second most dangerous in the goal area from the Eastern conference, the best shot in the Eastern Conference, and the hardest shot in the Eastern Conference.
Kaliyev is ranked 11th among North American Skaters (3rd from the OHL) by NHL Central Scouting, and 13th overall by TSN’s Bob McKenzie on their respective mid-term rankings.