Connor McMichael – London Knights – Player Profile

Height: 6’

Weight: 170 pounds

Date of birth: January 15, 2001

Hometown: Ajax, Ontario

Position: Center

Shoots: Left

OHL Draft: Round 1, 11th overall, 2017 OHL Priority Selection (Hamilton Bulldogs)

NHL Central Scouting Rankings: Preseason, C Prospect, November, B Prospect

Connor McMichael Captained his Ajax/Pickering minor midget AAA squad during the 2016-2017 season where he established himself as an offensive threat tallying 35 goals and 27 assists in 34 games. He would add 7 goals and 3 assists in 7 playoff games.

There was talk that, his OHL draft season, that McMichael showed brilliance and a solid two-way game but lacked in consistency. That’s not to suggest I agree with that take. Some OHL draft rankings had him pegged as a second-round pick. But the Hamilton Bulldogs saw the potential and used the 11th overall pick to select him at the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.

This is what OHL Central Scouting had to say about McMichael at the time:

Connor is one of the top players in this year’s class. He is a skilled centre that is dangerous every time he is on the ice. He is deceivingly quick and has very good separation speed. His pucks skills are elite and he has great one-on-one moves. Connor is a threat whenever he has the puck on his stick. He sees the ice better than most do at this age and has the ability to find the open man and put the puck in a position for that player to get a good chance.

Connor McMichael of the London Knights. Photo by Luke Durda/OHL Images
Connor McMichael of the London Knights. Photo by Luke Durda/OHL Images

McMichael’s rookie season saw him play 32 games for the Bulldogs in which he scored 5 goals and added 5 assists. On January 8, 2018, he became the center piece in a deal that brought Robert Thomas to the Bulldogs for a championship run –  a run they succeeded in, capturing the OHL title.

At the time of the trade, Knights’ General Manager Rob Simpson had this to say: “He was a player that we were extremely interested in. He added, He’s got skill, he’s got excellent hockey sense, he can make plays and score and he has a deceptive shot as well. We are very happy to be able to bring him in and build around him.”

The Knights are recognized as being one of the top teams in the Canadian Hockey League in preparing players for the next level. And that bodes well for McMichael.

As of today, McMichael has appeared in 37 games for the Knights scoring 25 goals and 21 assists and his 46 points trails only Arthur Kaliyev of the Bulldogs among draft eligible players.

McMichael is an excellent two-way player with an extremely high hockey IQ. He is a very strong puck possession player. His anticipation is very good. He is a very effective forechecker and does not shy away from playing in the dirty areas. Once he adds more muscle and mass, he should become even more effective.

McMichael sees the ice extremely well. He will at times take chances making plays that most wouldn’t try, but that’s rare. He usually sticks to making the safe play. He puts the effort required to be successful in all three zones. He plays in any and all situations.

If there is an area I would like to see him continue to work on it’s his skating. He’s a good skater – strong on his skates, good edge work, can move east-west well. But I would like to see him add an extra gear to his first few strides and top end speed. I’m not concerned as that can be worked on, and by all accounts, McMichael is more then willing to put in the effort.

McMichael started off as a C prospect on NHL Central Scouting’s list of players to watch. In November, they moved him up to a B prospect. And he hasn’t slowed down, but he’s actually increased his pace. And I suspect he will continue to rise until draft day.

McMichael was selected to represent Team Orr at the 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

Here at OHL Writers, we selected McMichael as our draft eligible Player of the Month for December.

 

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Rosters Announced for 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League in association with National Hockey League Central Scouting have announced the rosters for the 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game which takes place on Wednesday January 23 in Red Deer, Alberta.

Top Prospects Game

The 40 players from across the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League selected by NHL clubs to compete in the 24th annual showcase of draft eligible talent have been divided into Team Cherry and Team Orr by NHL Central Scouting.

Team Cherry will be coached by Ron MacLean alongside Dave Hunter and Brent Sutter, with Team Orr to be coached by Kelly Hrudey with Robyn Regehr and Marc Habscheid.

NHL Central Scouting ‘A’ rated prospects Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants), Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes), Nolan Foote (Kelowna Rockets), Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs), Peyton Krebs (Kootenay ICE), Raphael Lavoie (Halifax Mooseheads), Samuel Poulin (Sherbrooke Phoenix), and Matthew Robertson (Edmonton Oil Kings) headline the Team Cherry roster.  The group also includes World Junior Championship talents in Mads Sogaard (Medicine Hat Tigers) from Denmark, and Valentin Nussbaumer (Shawinigan Cataractes) from Switzerland.  A total of 20 different CHL teams are represented on Team Cherry including eight WHL, six OHL, and six QMJHL clubs.  The home team will feature the host Rebels with forward Oleg Zaytsev.

‘A’ rated prospects on Team Orr include Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades), Vladislav Kolyachonok (Flint Firebirds), and Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts).  The group also includes Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders) who was a member of Canada’s National Junior Team.  The roster breakdown includes nine OHL players, with seven WHL, and four from the QMJHL representing a total of 17 CHL teams.  Kelowna Rockets defencemen Kaedan Korczak and Lassi Thomson will compete together, as will London Knights forwards Matvey Guskov and Connor McMichael, and teammates Nikita Okhotyuk and Graeme Clarke of the Ottawa 67’s.  The Rockets pair will play opposite Foote, Orr forward Josh Williams will face his Tigers teammate Sogaard, and Orr goaltender Hunter Jones will face his Peterborough Petes teammate Nick Robertson on Cherry.

2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Rosters:

Team Cherry:


Goaltenders:

Taylor Gauthier (Prince George Cougars)
Mads Sogaard (Medicine Hat Tigers)

Defencemen:
Samuel Bolduc (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants)
Billy Constantinou (Kingston Frontenacs)
Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads)
Matthew Robertson (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Michael Vukojevic (Kitchener Rangers)

Forwards:
Maxim Cajkovic (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Nolan Foote (Kelowna Rockets)
Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Peyton Krebs (Kootenay ICE)
Raphaël Lavoie (Halifax Mooseheads)
Nathan Légaré (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Valentin Nussbaumer (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Samuel Poulin (Sherbrooke Phoenix)
Jamieson Rees (Sarnia Sting)
Nick Robertson (Peterborough Petes)
Oleg Zaytsev (Red Deer Rebels)

Team Orr:

Goaltenders:
Colten Ellis (Rimouski Océanic)
Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)

Defencemen:

Artemi Kniazev (Chicoutimi Saguenéens)
Vladislav Kolyachonok (Flint Firebirds)
Kaedan Korczak (Kelowna Rockets)
Jake Lee (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Nikita Okhotyuk (Ottawa 67’s)
Lassi Thomson (Kelowna Rockets)

Forwards:
Nikita Alexandrov (Charlottetown Islanders)
Joe Carroll (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Graeme Clarke (Ottawa 67’s)
Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)
Matvey Guskov (London Knights)
Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders)
Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Sasha Mutala (Tri-City Americans)
Jakob Pelletier (Moncton Wildcats)
Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts)
Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs)
Josh Williams (Medicine Hat Tigers)

The teams are named in recognition of event builders and hockey icons Don Cherry and Bobby Orr who were instrumental in the success of the event when it was first introduced in 1996.  Since 2006, the winning team has been presented with the Don Cherry and Bobby Orr CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Trophy engraved with the names of every player to ever participate in this prestigious event.  Teams wearing the Orr crest carry an overall record of 13-6 while Team Cherry holds an all-time record of 7-13 with the extra victory opposite Team Davidson in 2005.

The 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is proudly supported by title partner Sherwin-Williams, and CHL associate sponsors CIBC, Kia Canada, Cooper Tires, and Kubota Canada.  The game will be broadcast live across Canada on Sportsnet and TVA Sports, and in the United States on NHL Network.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased via reddeerrebels.com or ticketsalberta.com.  For further ticket details please contact the Rebels office at 403-341-6000.

For more event information please visit http://sherwin-williamstopprospects.ca.

Bulldogs’ Arthur Kaliyev named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that NHL Draft prospect Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending January 6 recording 11 points in four games which included scoring seven goals and four assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-2.

Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Kaliyev produced four straight multi-point performances including three multi-goal efforts to help the Bulldogs earn seven of a possible eight points in a busy second week following the league’s holiday break.  He scored two goals on New Year’s Eve as the defending champions celebrated the end of a special 2018 in style defeating the Erie Otters 4-3 in a shootout.  His week continued Wednesday with a goal and an assist as part of a 7-1 win over the Kingston Frontenacs, then Saturday when he scored two goals including the OT winner while adding an assist as first star of 4-3 triumph over the Sarnia Sting.  On Sunday he matched a season-high with four points tallying twice with two assists earning third star honours despite a 6-5 shootout loss to the Niagara IceDogs.  The recent success has brought Hamilton’s record back up to .500 where they stand 18-18-3-1 holding onto eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

A 17-year-old from Staten Island, New York, Kaliyev is playing in his second season with the Bulldogs who chose him in the second round of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.  He’s currently fourth in league scoring with 63 points in 40 games featuring 31 goals to match his rookie total that set a franchise record for most goals by a 16-year-old.  Eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft, Kaliyev was given an ‘A’ rating by NHL Central Scouting in their December ‘Players to Watch’ list identifying first round candidates.

Watch video highlights of Kaliyev and the Bulldogs against the Otters, Frontenacs, Sting, and IceDogs.

Also considered for the award this week was Alan Lyszczarczyk of the Mississauga Steelheads who also recorded 11 points in four games including four goals and seven assists, and Anthony Salinitri of the Oshawa Generals who scored six goals and four assists for 10 points in four games.  In goal, Arizona Coyotes prospect Ivan Prosvetov of the Saginaw Spirit posted a 3-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .969.  His Sunday shutout against the Wolves featured 54 saves which is the most in a shutout by an OHL goaltender since Sudbury’s Alain Valiquette made 57 saves back in March, 2011.

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Andrew MacLean (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Brett Neumann (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)

MacLean and Hrudey to Coach 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League is proud to announce the coaching staffs for the Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game set for Wednesday January 23, 2019, hosted by the Western Hockey League’s Red Deer Rebels.

Top Prospects Game


Making the move from broadcast to bench for the 24th annual showcase of the CHL’s top NHL Draft eligible prospects are members of Sportsnet’s Hockey Night in Canada broadcast team including host Ron MacLean and analyst Kelly Hrudey.  Joining them are a pair of CHL alumni and former NHL stars in the province of Alberta including former Edmonton Oilers forward Dave Hunter and Calgary Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr.  Rounding out the coaching staffs are current WHL bench bosses Brent Sutter of the host Rebels and Marc Habscheid of the Prince Albert Raiders. 


MacLean will lead Team Cherry alongside Hunter and Sutter, with Hrudey assigned to Team Orr with Regehr and Habscheid.


“On behalf of the Canadian Hockey League it is with great pride that we welcome Ron MacLean and Kelly Hrudey as head coaches of the 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game,” said CHL President David Branch. “Their participation with alumni Dave Hunter and Robyn Regehr, and CHL coaches Brent Sutter and Marc Habscheid, will make this a special experience for the players and for the great hockey fans in Red Deer and across the province of Alberta.”


A Red Deer native, MacLean has been part of the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast team since 1986.  In 2014 he joined Sportsnet and began hosting the newly created Rogers Hometown Hockey which is in the midst of its fifth season.  The multi Gemini Award winner was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1996, the Oakville Sports Hall of Fame in 2015, and received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2016.  MacLean’s on-ice experience includes a successful officiating career working his way up to Level V certification with Hockey Canada.


Hrudey spent three seasons between-the-pipes for the Medicine Hat Tigers from 1978-81 and was a WHL Second Team All-Star his final year.  The Edmonton native was chosen 38th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft starting a 15-year career that would also take him to the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks accumulating 677 games in the crease.  Upon retirement, Hrudey became a full-time studio analyst with Hockey Night in Canada in 1998 and joined the Sportsnet broadcast team in 2014.


Hunter won three Stanley Cups with the Oilers in 1984, 1985, and 1987 playing parts of 10 NHL seasons with the organization.  His career spanned 746 games between Edmonton, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Winnipeg Jets amassing 323 points after being originally chosen 17th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft.  The Petrolia, Ont., native played his major junior hockey with the Sudbury Wolves and is the older brother to Dale and Mark Hunter who currently serve as head coach and general manager of the OHL’s London Knights.


A member of Team Orr back in the 1998 showcase at Maple Leaf Gardens, Regehr would be selected 19th overall by the Colorado Avalanche later that season.  The Rosthern, Sask., native spent three seasons with the Kamloops Blazers from 1996-99 and was a First Team All-Star his final year.  He ranks first all-time in games played by a Flames defenceman with 826 and finished his career with 1,090 games which included stops in Buffalo and Los Angeles where he won the Stanley Cup in 2014 with the Kings one year before his retirement.


Sutter’s tenure with the Rebels began in 1999 as coach and general manager and in just his second season hoisted the Memorial Cup as champions of the 2000-01 season.  He spent two seasons as head coach of the New Jersey Devils from 2007-09 highlighted by a franchise record 51-win campaign his second year, then spent three seasons with the Flames from 2009-12 before returning to Red Deer.  As a player the native of Viking was one of six brothers to play in the NHL.  Following a WHL playing career in Lethbridge, Sutter played 1,111 NHL games winning two Stanley Cups with the Islanders.


Habscheid currently leads the CHL’s top ranked Raiders serving behind the bench in Prince Albert for the fourth straight season.  This season he’s poised to coach his 1000th WHL game with previous positions in Kamloops, Kelowna, Chilliwack, and Victoria.  He won Coach of the Year honours in 2003 the same year he helped the Rockets hoist the Ed Chynoweth Cup, then won the Memorial Cup on home ice in 2004.  The Swift Current, Sask., native played for the Saskatoon Blades from 1979-82 before playing parts of 11 NHL seasons beginning with the Oilers in 1981.


Support staff for the event include members of the host Rebels working with Team Cherry, and members of the Edmonton Oil Kings with Team Orr.


The 40 players selected to compete in this event will be split into Team Cherry and Team Orr and will be announced in the coming weeks.


2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Staff:


Team Cherry:
Head Coach – Ron MacLean
Assistant Coach – Dave Hunter
Assistant Coach – Brent Sutter
Athletic Therapist – Terence Robertson
Trainer – Dave ‘Radar’ Horning

Team Orr:
Head Coach – Kelly Hrudey
Assistant Coach – Robyn Regehr
Assistant Coach – Marc Habscheid
Athletic Therapist – Brian Cheeseman
Equipment Manager – Rogan Dean


MacLean becomes the 24th different head coach to participate in this event since 1996 with a list that already includes Hrudey who participated opposite Tiger Williams back in 2002.  Don Cherry has been involved 17 times while fellow event builder Bobby Orr has coached 13 different times.  Past coaches also include John Davidson (2005), Michel Bergeron and Pat Burns opposite Scotty Bowman and Jacques Demers (2007), Glenn Anderson and Grant Fuhr against Lanny McDonald and Mike Vernon (2008), Doug Gilmour and Wendel Clark (2011), Pat Quinn against Mark Recchi (2012), Mike McPhee (2013), Jim Peplinski against Tim Hunter (2014), Simon Gagne against Guy Chouinard (2017), and Eric Lindros (2018).


The 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is proudly supported by title partner Sherwin-Williams, and CHL associate sponsors CIBC, Kia Canada, Cooper Tires, and Kubota Canada.  The game will be broadcast live across Canada on Sportsnet and TVA Sports, and in the United States on NHL Network.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased via reddeerrebels.com or ticketsalberta.com.  For further ticket details please contact the Rebels office at 403-341-6000.

For more event information please visit http://sherwin-williamstopprospects.ca.

OHL Writers’ Draft Eligible Player of the Month for December

OHL Writers’ draft eligible player of the month for December is Connor McMichael of the London Knights. McMichael appeared in 9 games and notched 8 goals to go along with 9 helpers to move into second place in points production among first time draft eligible players behind Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Connor McMichael of the London Knights. Photo by Luke Durda/OHL Images
Connor McMichael of the London Knights. Photo by Luke Durda/OHL Images

McMichael produced points in 7 of his 9 contests in December that included 4 multiple point games and leading the Knights in scoring. It also included 3 multi goal games and 3 multi assist games. He was named the games first star on two occasions and second star twice.

Also considered were Philip Tomasino of the Niagara Ice Dogs who recorded 5 goals and 7 assists in 9 games and Kaliyev who posted 5 goals and 9 assists in 11 contests.

In goal, Andrew MacLean of the Owen Sound Attack led the way with a 5-2-0-0 record in in 8 appearances and posting a 2.61 goals-against-average and a .929 save percentage to go along with 1 shutout.

Previous players of the month

Connor McMichael – London Knights – December

Philip Tomasino – Niagara Ice Dogs – November

Hunter Jones – Peterborough Petes – October

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

Attack’s Andrew MacLean named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that rookie goaltender Andrew MacLean of the Owen Sound Attack is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending December 16 posting a 3-0-0-0 record including one shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.67 and save percentage of .953.

MacLean turned aside 102 shots last week across a trio of victories for the Attack who enter the holiday break riding a five-game winning-streak.  His week began on Tuesday night with a big division victory over the Guelph Storm by a 3-2 score stopping a career-high 44 shots including a perfect 22-save third period.  MacLean’s weekend included a pair of road triumphs against East Division competition beginning Friday night in Kingston where he was perfect with 27 saves to record his first career shutout as first star of a 3-0 win over the Frontenacs.  Then on Saturday afternoon in Ottawa, MacLean made 31 saves as part of 6-3 victory over the first place 67’s.  The Attack end the league’s first half of the regular season schedule with a 19-11-1-2 record for 41 points which ties them with Guelph for second place behind the London Knights in the Midwest.

A 17-year-old from Port Huron, Michigan, MacLean was chosen by the Attack in the tenth round of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.  Since making his first start on October 6, the 2019 NHL Draft prospect has produced a 9-3-0-1 record with a goals-against-average of 3.22 and save percentage of .904.  He spent last season with the Detroit Honeybaked U16 program after playing his Minor Midget season with the Lambton Jr. Sting.  MacLean is the third goaltender to receive the award so far this season following Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs) and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves), and second member of the Attack to be recognized following forward Kevin Hancock.

Watch video highlights of MacLean and the Attack against the Storm, Frontenacs, and 67’s.

Also considered for the award this week was OHL top scorer Justin Brazeau of the North Bay Battalion who scored eight goals and two assists for 10 points in three games.  A pair of Storm forwards also had productive weeks collecting 11 points in four games including Dallas Stars prospect Liam Hawel who scored six goals and five assists and Arizona Coyotes prospect Nate Schnarr with four goals and seven assists.

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Andrew MacLean (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Brett Neumann (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)

40 Players Selected for 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League in association with National Hockey League Central Scouting announce today the 40 players that will compete in the 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

The 24th annual showcase of the CHL’s top prospects eligible for the NHL Draft will be played on Wednesday January 23, 2019, at the ENMAX Centrium, home of the Western Hockey League’s Red Deer Rebels.  The 40 competing players were chosen by NHL clubs and include talent from across the WHL, the Ontario Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

“The Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game provides scouts and general managers the unique opportunity to evaluate talent competing in a best-on-best showcase,” said Dan Marr, NHL Central Scouting Director. “All 31 NHL clubs contributed to the roster selection and have a great interest in this priority scouting event to see which players can elevate their game under the spotlight.”

Headlining the talent in Alberta will be 11 CHL players identified by NHL Central Scouting as potential first round candidates in their November ‘Players to Watch’ list.  Six of those players hail from WHL clubs including forwards Dylan Cozens of the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Kirby Dach of the Saskatoon Blades, Nolan Foote of the Kelowna Rockets, and Peyton Krebs of the Kootenay ICE, along with defencemen Bowen Byram of the Vancouver Giants, and Matthew Robertson of the Edmonton Oil Kings.  Additional ‘A’ rated players competing in the event include OHL forwards Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs and Ryan Suzuki of the Barrie Colts, defenceman Vladislav Kolyachonok of the Flint Firebirds, plus QMJHL forwards Raphael Lavoie of the Halifax Mooseheads and Samuel Poulin of the Sherbrooke Phoenix.

33 of the CHL’s 60 member clubs will be represented in the game with a total of 16 WHL players from 12 different teams, 15 OHL players from 12 teams, and nine QMJHL players each from a different organization.  Kelowna leads the way with three players selected followed by the London Knights, Medicine Hat Tigers, Ottawa 67’s, Peterborough Petes, and Seattle Thunderbirds each with two.  The host Rebels will be represented in the game by forward Oleg Zaytsev.

2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Roster:

Goaltenders:
Colten Ellis (Rimouski Océanic)
Taylor Gauthier (Prince George Cougars)
Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)
Mads Sogaard (Medicine Hat Tigers)

Defencemen:
Samuel Bolduc (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants)
Billy Constantinou (Kingston Frontenacs)
Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads)
Artemi Kniazev (Chicoutimi Saguenéens)
Vladislav Kolyachonok (Flint Firebirds)
Kaedan Korczak (Kelowna Rockets)
Jake Lee (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Nikita Okhotyuk (Ottawa 67’s)
Matthew Robertson (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Lassi Thomson (Kelowna Rockets)
Michael Vukojevic (Kitchener Rangers)

Forwards:
Nikita Alexandrov (Charlottetown Islanders)
Maxim Cajkovic (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Joe Carroll (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Graeme Clarke (Ottawa 67’s)
Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)
Nolan Foote (Kelowna Rockets)
Matvey Guskov (London Knights)
Dillon Hamaliuk (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Peyton Krebs (Kootenay ICE)
Raphaël Lavoie (Halifax Mooseheads)
Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders)
Nathan Légaré (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Sasha Mutala (Tri-City Americans)
Jakob Pelletier (Moncton Wildcats)
Samuel Poulin (Sherbrooke Phoenix)
Jamieson Rees (Sarnia Sting)
Nick Robertson (Peterborough Petes)
Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts)
Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs)
Josh Williams (Medicine Hat Tigers)
Oleg Zaytsev (Red Deer Rebels)

The 40 players will be divided into Team Cherry and Team Orr by NHL Central Scouting prior to the event.  Coaching staffs for both teams will also be announced at a later date.

10 CHL players from last year’s game in Guelph were chosen in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft led by Barrie’s Andrei Svechnikov picked second overall by the Carolina Hurricanes.  In 23 years, a total of 317 CHL players from this event have been chosen by NHL clubs in the first round of the NHL Draft representing over 45% of all players selected.  Since the event was first introduced in 1996 the game has featured 14 players selected with the first overall pick in the NHL Draft including Nico Hischier, Connor McDavid, Aaron Ekblad, Nathan MacKinnon, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, John Tavares, Steven Stamkos, Patrick Kane, Marc-Andre Fleury, Rick Nash, Vincent Lecavalier, Joe Thornton, and Chris Phillips.


The 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is proudly supported by title partner Sherwin-Williams, and CHL associate sponsors CIBC, Kia Canada, Cooper Tires, and Kubota Canada.  The game will be broadcast live across Canada on Sportsnet and TVA Sports, and in the United States on NHL Network.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased via reddeerrebels.com or ticketsalberta.com.  For further ticket details please contact the Rebels office at 403-341-6000.

For more event information please visit http://sherwin-williamstopprospects.ca.

OHL’s Draft Eligible Statistical Leaders as of November

It was supposed to be a two-horse race between Ryan Suzuki of the Barrie Colts and Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs, two OHL’ers expected to go in the first round of the 2019 National Hockey League Draft in June from Vancouver, British Columbia.

It’s still early, just passing the one-third mark of the season, so there is still a lot of hockey remaining to be played, but Kaliyev has put a little distance between himself and Suzuki – for the moment. But the gap between the points leader – Kaliyev (40 points in 26 games) and Suzuki (32 points in 24 games) is greater then the gap between Suzuki and third place Cole MacKay of the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds (27 points in 27 games).

Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

It’s also no surprise that Kaliyev, the best pure scorer in the draft class, leads in goals with 21. What may surprise some people is that Connor McMichael of the London Knights is just 4 behind the goal scoring leader. There’s a drop off to the third-place skater, Philip Tomasino of the Niagara IceDogs with 11 goals.

Among defencemen, Thomas Harley of the Mississauga Steelheads and Billy Constantinou of the Kingston Frontenacs continue to be offensive sparkplugs. Harley leads defender with 22 points in 27 games while Constantinou comes in second with 19 points in 26 games. They are trailed by four defencemen with 12 points.

In the crease, Hunter Jones of the Peterborough Petes leads netminders in goals-against-average, save percentage, games played, minutes played, wins and tied with Mack Guzda of the Owen Sound Attack in shutouts.

Here are the statistical leaders in a variety of categories. Always refer to the OHL website for official stats.

Points Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 26 21 19 40
Ryan Suzuki Barrie Colts 24 8 24 32
Cole MacKay Soo Greyhounds 27 10 17 27
Connor McMichael London Knights 25 17 9 26
Philip Tomasino Niagara Ice Dogs 26 11 13 24
Thomas Harley Mississauga Steelheads 27 4 18 22
Eric Uba Flint Firebirds 27 11 10 21
Kyen Sopa Niagara Ice Dogs 26 11 8 19
Danil Antropov Oshawa Generals 26 7 12 19
Billy Constantinou Kingston Frontenacs 26 5 14 19
Goal Scoring Leaders
Player Team GP G GPG
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 26 21 0.81
Connor McMichael London Knights 25 17 0.68
Philip Tomasino Niagara Ice Dogs 26 11 0.42
Eric Uba Flint Firebirds 27 11 0.41
Kyen Sopa Niagara Ice Dogs 26 11 0.42
Cole MacKay Soo Greyhounds 27 10 0.37
Nicholas Porco Saginaw Spirit 26 10 0.38
Graeme Clarke Ottawa 67’s 22 10 0.45
Petr Cajka Erie Otters 27 9 0.33
Daniel D’Amico Windsor Spitfires 26 9 0.35
Assist Leaders
Player Team GP A APG
Ryan Suzuki Barrie Colts 24 24 1.00
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 26 19 0.73
Thomas Harley Mississauga Steelheads 27 18 0.67
Cole MacKay Soo Greyhounds 27 17 0.63
Billy Constantinou Kingston Frontenacs 26 14 0.54
Philip Tomasino Niagara Ice Dogs 26 13 0.50
Keean Washkurak Mississauga Steelheads 25 12 0.48
Danil Antropov Oshawa Generals 26 12 0.46
Matvey Guskov London Knights 25 11 0.44
Mason Millman Saginaw Spirit 26 11 0.42
Defencemen Point Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Thomas Harley Mississauga Steelheads 27 4 18 22
Billy Constantinou Kingston Frontenacs 26 5 14 19
Mason Millman Saginaw Spirit 26 1 11 12
Simon Rose North Bay Battalion 26 1 11 12
Jack York Kitchener Rangers 26 1 11 12
Nathan Staios Windsor Spitfires 27 1 11 12
Grayson Ladd Windsor Spitfires 26 2 9 11
Liam Ross Sudbury Wolves 26 3 7 10
Plus/Minus Leaders
Player Team GP +/-
Lucas Peric Ottawa 67’s 28 +16
Ashton Reesor Sarnia Sting 26 +14
Louka Henault Windsor Spitfires 25 +8
Grayson Ladd Windsor Spitfires 26 +8
Mathew Hill Barrie Colts 23 +6
Nathan Allensen Barrie Colts 25 +6
Jacob LeGuerrier Soo Greyhounds 27 +6
Nikita Okhotyuk Ottawa 67’s 17 +4
Mason Howard Niagara Ice Dogs 20 +4
Billy Constantinou Kingston Frontenacs 26 +4
Penalty Minutes Leaders
Player Team GP PIM M/G
Brendan Kischnick Erie Otters 17 27 1.59
Nathan Allensen Barrie Colts 25 27 1.08
Michael Vukojevic Kitchener Rangers 27 27 1.00
Jacob LeGuerrier Soo Greyhounds 27 26 0.96
Matthew Hill Barrie Colts 23 23 1.00
Evan Brand Kingston Frontenacs 27 20 0.74
Billy Constantinou Kingston Frontenacs 26 18 0.69
Faceoff Leaders  (minimum 90 faceoffs)
Player Team GP FOA FOW %
Tye Kartye Soo Greyhounds 23 151 85 56.3
Connor McMichael London Knights 25 252 139 55.2
Camaryn Baber Saginaw Spirit 17 114 61 53.5
Philip Tomasino Niagara Ice Dogs 26 228 119 52.2
Tim Fleischer Hamilton Bulldogs 26 178 90 50.6
Keean Washkurak Mississauga Steelheads 25 328 165 50.3
Blake Murray Sudbury Wolves 25 292 147 50.3
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
Nicholas Porco Saginaw Spirit 10/5 10/13 4 4
Tag Bertuzzi Guelph Storm 10/5 10/13 4 4
Kyen Sopa Niagara Ice Dogs 10/4 10/13 4 4
Longest Assist Streak
Player Team From To Gms Assts
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
Keean Washkurak Mississauga Steelheads 9/23 9/30 3 5
Danil Antropov Oshawa Generals 9/27 9/30 3 3
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
Nicholas Porco Saginaw Spirit 11/3 11/14 6 6
Danil Antropov Oshawa Generals 9/27 10/6 5 7
Shots On Goal Leaders
Player Team GP SOG
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 26 113
Connor McMichael London Knights 25 81
Philip Tomasino Niagara Ice Dogs 26 72
Petr Cajka Erie Otters 27 68
Eric Uba Flint Firebirds 27 66
Goals Against Average (minimum 612 minutes)
Player Team GP Min GA Avg
Hunter Jones Peterborough Petes 26 1425 63 2.65
Zachary Roy Hamilton Bulldogs 14 825 42 3.05
Mack Guzda Owen Sound Attack 22 1221 68 3.34
Ethan Langevin Sarnia Sting 16 851 50 3.53
Luke Cavallin Flint Firebirds 17 759 71 5.61
Save Percentage Minimum 612 minutes)
Player Team GP SH  SVS SV%
Hunter Jones Peterborough Petes 26 822 759 0.923
Zachary Roy Hamilton Bulldogs 14 426 384 0.901
Mack Guzda Owen Sound Attack 22 585 517 0.884
Ethan Langevin Sarnia Sting 16 403 353 0.876
Luke Cavallin Flint Firebirds 17 487 416 0.854
Goaltending Leaders – Wins
Player Team GP W L OL
Hunter Jones Peterborough Petes 26 15 11 0
Mack Guzda Owen Sound Attack 22 10 8 2
Zachary Roy Hamilton Bulldogs 14 7 7 0
Ethan Langevin Sarnia Sting 16 6 7 1
Ryan Dugas Kingston Frontenacs 12 5 3 1
Goaltending Leaders – Shutouts
Player Team GP SO
Mack Guzda Owen Sound Attack 22 2
Hunter Jones Peterborough Petes 26 2
Kari Piiroinen Windsor Spitfires 9 1
Ryan Dugas Kingston Frontenacs 12 1

OHL Writer’s Draft Eligible Player of the Month for November

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.

Philip Tomasino of the Niagara IceDogs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Philip Tomasino of the Niagara IceDogs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

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