NHL Releases Players to Watch List

National Hockey League Central Scouting releases it’s updated players to watch list today and as we peruse the list, we find 46 players from the Ontario Hockey League and 4 from the Ontario Junior Hockey League making the grade as either an A, B, or C prospect.

An A prospect is considered a first round talent, while a B prospect is considered a second or third rounder, while a C prospect is considered a fourth, fifth or sixth rounder.

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

Just three players, all from the OHL, are given consideration as first rounders by Central Scouting. Ryan Suzuki of Barrie, Arthur Kaliyev of Hamilton and Vladislav Kolyachonok of Flint will find their names under the A heading.

It doesn’t get much better for B prospects as only sixteen, again all from the OHL, find their names on the list to potentially go in the next two rounds. Two goaltenders will find themselves among the sixteen, Hunter Jones of Peterborough and Kari Piiroinen of Windsor.

Three other goaltenders from the OHL will also find themselves making the grade, but as C prospects.

Six players from the OHL are re-entering the draft and make the list. They include: Nathan Dunkley and Billy Moskal (London), Nando Eggenberger (Oshawa), David Maier and Matthew Struthers (North Bay) and Merrick Rippon (Ottawa).

Here are the OHL and OJHL players on Central’s list:

RK LAST NAME FIRST NAME DOB TEAM LEAGUE HT WT POS S
A KALIYEV ARTHUR 26-Jun-01 HAMILTON OHL 6′ 1.25″ 190 RW L
A KOLYACHONOK VLADISLAV 26-May-01 FLINT OHL 6′ 0.25″ 176 D L
A SUZUKI RYAN 28-May-01 BARRIE OHL 6′ 0.25″ 178 C L
B ANTROPOV DANIL 20-Dec-00 OSHAWA OHL 6′ 1.0″ 185 LW L
B CARROLL JOSEPH 01-Feb-01 SAULT STE. MARIE OHL 6′ 2.0″ 197 C L
B CLARKE GRAEME 24-Apr-01 OTTAWA OHL 5′ 11.5″ 175 RW R
B CONSTANTINOU WILLIAM 25-Mar-01 NIAGARA OHL 5′ 11.75″ 185 D R
B GUSKOV MATVEY 30-Jan-01 LONDON OHL 6′ 1.25″ 177 C L
B HARLEY THOMAS 19-Aug-01 MISSISSAUGA OHL 6′ 3.0″ 188 D L
B JONES HUNTER 21-Sep-00 PETERBOROUGH OHL 6′ 4.0″ 196 G L
B LEGUERRIER JACOB 22-Nov-00 SAULT STE. MARIE OHL 6′ 1.0″ 200 D L
B MCMICHAEL CONNOR 15-Jan-01 LONDON OHL 5′ 10.75″ 172 C L
B OKHOTYUK NIKITA 04-Dec-00 OTTAWA OHL 6′ 0.75″ 191 D L
B PIIROINEN KARI 01-Jul-01 WINDSOR OHL 6′ 1.0″ 171 G L
B REES JAMIESON 26-Feb-01 SARNIA OHL 5′ 10.0″ 173 C L
B ROBERTSON NICHOLAS 11-Sep-01 PETERBOROUGH OHL 5′ 8.75″ 162 LW L
B STARIKOV LEV 17-Sep-00 WINDSOR OHL 6′ 6.75″ 200 D L
B TOMASINO PHILIP 28-Jul-01 NIAGARA OHL 5′ 11.75″ 178 C R
B WASHKURAK KEEAN 16-Aug-01 MISSISSAUGA OHL 5′ 10.0″ 184 C L
C ALLENSEN NATHAN 03-May-01 BARRIE OHL 5′ 11.5″ 180 D L
C BERTUZZI TAG 18-Feb-01 GUELPH OHL 5′ 11.75″ 203 LW L
C BIGNELL LUKE 03-Nov-00 BARRIE OHL 6′ 0.25″ 168 C L
C BREWER MITCHELL 20-Mar-01 OSHAWA OHL 6′ 0.25″ 205 D L
C CAJKA PETR 11-Dec-00 ERIE OHL 5′ 11.75″ 169 C L
C CAVALLIN LUKE 29-Apr-01 FLINT OHL 6′ 0.75″ 188 G R
C CERMAK ERIK 02-Mar-01 PETERBOROUGH OHL 5′ 11.25″ 159 C L
C CICCOLINI ERIC 14-Jan-01 TORONTO JC OJHL 5′ 10.5″ 160 RW R
C DAWS NICOLAS 22-Dec-00 GUELPH OHL 6′ 3.5″ 216 G L
C DUNKLEY NATHAN 05-Mar-00 LONDON OHL 5′ 10.75″ 183 C L
C EGGENBERGER NANDO 07-Oct-99 OSHAWA OHL 6′ 2.5″ 205 LW L
C GLOVER TY 01-Oct-00 BUFFALO JR. SABRES OJHL 6′ 2.0″ 190 C L
C GUZDA MACK 11-Jan-01 OWEN SOUND OHL 6′ 4.5″ 217 G L
C KEPPEN ETHAN 20-Mar-01 FLINT OHL 6′ 1.75″ 220 LW L
C MACKAY COLE 13-Jun-01 SAULT STE. MARIE OHL 5′ 10.0″ 188 RW R
C MAIER DAVID 12-Jan-00 NORTH BAY OHL 6′ 0.0″ 175 D R
C MANIKIS KOSTA 15-Aug-01 STOUFFVILLE OJHL 6′ 0.25″ 182 C R
C MCLEAN CULLEN 10-Feb-01 SAULT STE. MARIE OHL 6′ 1.25″ 170 C L
C MOSKAL BILLY 22-Mar-00 LONDON OHL 6′ 0.0″ 189 C L
C MURRAY BLAKE 05-Jul-01 SUDBURY OHL 6′ 1.75″ 187 C L
C PERIC LUCAS 08-Jan-01 OTTAWA OHL 5′ 11.25″ 179 D L
C PRIMEAU MASON 28-Jul-01 GUELPH OHL 6′ 5.0″ 205 C L
C RIPPON MERRICK 27-Apr-00 OTTAWA OHL 6′ 0.5″ 191 D L
C ROSS LIAM 13-May-01 SUDBURY OHL 6′ 1.75″ 197 D L
C SCHWINDT COLE 25-Apr-01 MISSISSAUGA OHL 6′ 2.25″ 182 RW R
C SPROULE EMMETT 19-Mar-01 ERIE OHL 5′ 10.5″ 168 LW L
C STEVENSON KEEGAN 31-Dec-00 GUELPH OHL 6′ 0.75″ 183 LW L
C STRUTHERS MATTHEW 26-Dec-99 NORTH BAY OHL 6′ 2.0″ 210 C L
C UENS ZACHARY 13-May-01 WELLINGTON OJHL 6′ 0.5″ 178 D L
C VUKOJEVIC MICHAEL 08-Jun-01 KITCHENER OHL 6′ 3.0″ 205 D L
C YORK JACK 17-Sep-00 KITCHENER OHL 5′ 11.75″ 190 D R
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OHL’s Draft Eligible Statistical Leaders for October

The 2019 National Hockey League Draft is considered to be a very good draft with some depth. But for Ontario Hockey League players, it’s one of the poorest in a long time. That doesn’t mean there are not some players of interest.

Ryan Suzuki of the Barrie Colts and Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs will garner a lot of attention as top first round picks. Offensively, they are the leaders in most statistical categories and barring injury, the two will flip flop at the top of the leader board as the season progresses. A player starting to garner some attention is Cole MacKay of the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds. He sits quietly in third place in points with 17, behind Kaliyev and Suzuki at 24 a piece.

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

On defence, Billy Consantinou of the Niagara Ice Dogs and Thomas Harley of the Mississauga Steelheads lead the way with 11 points. Both are also in the top 10 in league scoring among draft eligibles. You will also find Constantinou among the leaders in plus/minus and penalty minutes.

In goal, Hunter Jones leads in just about every statistical category you can imagine. Which is why we named him draft eligible player of the month in October.

Here is the leader board in a variety of statistical categories. While we take great care in keeping track of stats, always refer to the OHL Website for official stats.

Points Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 15 14 10 24
Ryan Suzuki Barrie Colts 13 6 18 24
Cole MacKay Soo Greyhounds 17 6 11 17
Keean Washkurak Mississauga Steelheads 14 4 11 15
Kyen Sopa Niagara Ice Dogs 15 8 5 13
Connor McMichael London Knights 13 9 3 12
Nicholas Porco Saginaw Spirit 14 8 4 12
Danil Antropov Oshawa Generals 14 4 8 12
Billy Constantinou Niagara Ice Dogs 15 4 7 11
Thomas Harley Mississauga Steelheads 14 3 8 11
Goal Scoring Leaders
Player Team GP G GPG
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 15 14 0.93
Connor McMichael London Knights 13 9 0.69
Kyen Sopa Niagara Ice Dogs 15 8 0.53
Nicholas Porco Saginaw Spirit 14 8 0.57
Ryan Suzuki Barrie Colts 13 6 0.46
Cole MacKay Soo Greyhounds 17 6 0.35
Graeme Clarke Ottawa 67’s 16 6 0.38
Jacob Winterton Flint Firebirds 15 6 0.40
Ethan Keppen Flint Firebirds 15 5 0.33
Keean Washkurak Mississauga Steelheads 14 4 0.29
Assist Leaders
Player Team GP A APG
Ryan Suzuki Barrie Colts 14 18 1.29
Keean Washkurak Mississauga Steelheads 14 11 0.79
Cole MacKay Soo Greyhounds 17 11 0.65
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 15 10 0.67
Danil Antropov Oshawa Generals 14 8 0.57
Jack York Kitchener Rangers 14 7 0.50
Petr Cajka Erie Otters 15 7 0.47
Billy Constantinou Niagara Ice Dogs 15 7 0.47
Cole Schwindt Mississauga Steelheads 15 7 0.47
Matvey Guskov London Knights 13 6 0.46
Defencemen Point Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Billy Constantinou Niagara Ice Dogs 15 4 7 11
Thomas Harley Mississauga Steelheads 15 3 8 11
Jack York Kitchener Rangers 14 1 7 8
Nathan Staios Windsor Spitfires 15 1 6 7
Michael Vukojevic Kitchener Rangers 15 2 4 6
Nathan Allensen Barrie Colts 15 1 5 6
Lucas Peric Ottawa 67’s 16 1 5 6
Grayson Ladd Windsor Spitfires 14 1 3 4
Plus/Minus Leaders
Player Team GP +/-
Ryan Suzuki Barrie Colts 14 +11
Kyen Sopa Niagara Ice Dogs 16 +11
Ashton Reesor Sarnia Sting 12 +10
Billy Constantinou Niagara Ice Dogs 16 +10
Lucas Peric Ottawa 67’s 16 +10
Cole MacKay Soo Greyhounds 17 +8
Jordan Frasca Windsor Spitfires 11 +7
Cole Schwindt Mississauga Steelheads 15 +6
Philip Tomasino Niagara Ice Dogs 16 +6
Brayden Guy Sarnia Sting 14 +5
Penalty Minutes Leaders
Player Team GP PIM M/G
Nathan Allensen Barrie Colts 15 23 1.53
Ethan Keppen Flint Firebirds 15 21 1.40
Jacob LeGuerrier Soo Greyhounds 17 16 0.94
Navrin Mutter Hamilton Bulldogs 15 15 1.00
Billy Constantinou Niagara Ice Dogs 16 14 0.88
Michael Vukojevic Kitchener Rangers 15 13 0.87
Matthew Hill Barrie Colts 12 12 1.00
Faceoff Leaders  (minimum 50 faceoffs)
Player Team GP FOA FOW %
Tim Fleischer Hamilton Bulldogs 15 51 34 66.7
Philip Tomasino Niagara Ice Dogs 16 137 73 53.3
Blake Murray Sudbury Wolves 15 198 102 51.5
Keean Washkurak Mississauga Steelheads 15 208 105 50.5
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 9/22 10/3 4 5
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
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 9/21 9/29 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
Griffin Wilson Owen Sound Attack 10/20 10/27 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
Danil Antropov Oshawa Generals 9/27 10/6 5 7
Shots On Goal Leaders
Player Team GP SOG
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 15 65
Tyler Angle Windsor Spitfires 16 44
Connor McMichael London Knights 13 42
Ryan Suzuki Barrie Colts 14 40
Philip Tomasino Niagara Ice Dogs 16 37
Goaltenders Leaders – Goals Against Average
Player Team GP Min GA Avg
Hunter Jones Peterborough Petes 16 856 34 2.38
Ethan Langevin Sarnia Sting 9 418 22 3.16
Zachary Roy Hamilton Bulldogs 7 408 22 3.24
Mack Guzda Owen Sound Attack 11 649 38 3.51
Luke Cavallin Flint Firebirds 10 984 39 2.38
Goaltending Leaders – Save Percentage
Player Team GP SH  SVS SV%
Hunter Jones Peterborough Petes 16 506 472 0.933
Jet Greaves Barrie Colts 3 88 81 0.920
Ethan Taylor Soo Greyhounds 12 379 347 0.916
Zachary Roy Hamilton Bulldogs 7 213 191 0.897
Goaltending Leaders – Wins
Player Team GP W L OL
Hunter Jones Peterborough Petes 16 9 6 0
Mack Guzda Owen Sound Attack 11 6 5 0
Ethan Langevin Sarnia Sting 9 4 3 0
Ethan Taylor Soo Greyhounds 5 3 0 1
Zachary Roy Hamilton Bulldogs 7 3 4 0
Goaltending Leaders – Shutouts
Player Team GP SO
Ryan Dugas Kingston Frontenacs 6 1
Mack Guzda Owen Sound Attack 11 1
Hunter Jones Peterborough Petes 16 1

 

OHL Writers’ Draft Eligible Player of the Month for October

When it comes to draft eligible players from the 2018-2019 Ontario Hockey League season, most of the attention will be focused around Ryan Suzuki of the Barrie Colts and Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs, and rightfully so.

Unless you are the most ardent follower, then a young netminder from the Peterborough Petes being named our draft eligible player of the month may come as a surprise to you. That young netminder is none other than Hunter Jones.

Don’t be fooled by his 6-5-0 record during the month of October. The Petes have suffered through some key injuries and had it not been for Jones, that record could have been worse. In those eleven contests in October, Jones posted a remarkable .939 save percentage.

Goalie #29 Hunter Jones of the Peterborough Petes
Goalie Hunter Jones of the Peterborough Petes. Photo courtesy of OHL Images

As of today, no goaltender has played more minutes then Jones (897) including some seasoned veterans: Jacob Ingham (780), Cedrick Andree (755), Matthew Villalta (719) and Michael DiPietro (641). Jones has also faced more rubber (527) then any other goaltender, 127 more then Ingham and stopped more shots (491), 130 more then Stephen Dhillon of the Niagara Ice Dogs.

Jones currently sits forth in goals against average among goaltenders with four or more starts with a 2.41 goals-against average. He currently sits second in save percentage at .931.

Jones was the OHL goaltender of the week and runner up to the CHL goaltender of the week for the week of October 8-14 – he was both the OHL and CHL goaltender of the week on opening week.

His performance earned him an invitation to participate for Team OHL in the upcoming Canada-Russia Super Series, a precursor to the World Junior Championships.

Also considered were Suzuki, who posted 2 goals and 11 assists in 9 games, Kaliyev and his 7 goals and 4 assists in 11 games and Cole MacKay of the Soo Greyhounds who recorded 2 goals and 10 assists in 11 games.

Goaltenders: Is This the Year For the OHL?

At the 2018 National Hockey League Draft, the Los Angeles Kings selected Jacob Ingham of the Mississauga Steelheads in the sixth round, 175th overall, while the Las Vegas Goldens Knights chose London Knights puck stopper Jordan Kooy in the seventh round, 208th overall.

At the 2017 Draft, the Vancouver Canucks selected Michael DiPietro of the Windsor Spitfires in the third round, 64th overall. Also selected in the third round was Sault Ste Marie netminder Matthew Villalta, 72nd overall by the Los Angeles Kings. Kaden Fulcher of the Hamilton Bulldogs and Kyle Keyser of the Oshawa Generals were signed as free agents by the Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins respectively before the start of the 2017-2018 season.

Michael DiPietro of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Michael DiPietro of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

In 2016, Tyler Parsons of the London Knights was selected in the second round, 54th overall, by the Calgary Flames. The New Jersey Devils would nab Evan Cormier from the Saginaw Spirit in the fourth round, 105th overall.  Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes was selected in the fifth round. 123rd overall, by the Flames neighbours the Edmonton Oilers. while the Carolina Hurricanes would take Jeremy Helvig of the Kingston Frontenacs in the fifth round, 134th overall.

In 2015, MacKenzie Blackwood would be the only Ontario Hockey League goaltender selected at the draft. The New Jersey Devils would select Blackwood in the second round, 42 overall.

Ask around in hockey circles and many would tell you that goaltending is an area of weakness in the OHL when it comes to the NHL Draft. 2017 looks good at the moment, but Fulcher and Keyser were never drafted which means all 31 NHL Clubs passed on them seven times.

So why would 2019, which takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, on June 21-22 be any different? Well the simple answer is: I don’t know. I don’t have some magic crystal ball that helps predict the future. Just the sheer number of goaltenders entering their draft year adds some intrigue. Add to them a couple of undrafted goaltenders that will be re-entering the draft adds another dimension.

During the 2016-2017 OHL season, an undrafted (in the OHL) Villalta drew my attention very early on. And as the season progressed, his draft stock began to rise. All the way to number 72 in the draft. So, is there another Matthew Villalta knocking at the door in 2018-2019?

When NHL Central Scouting released it’s players to watch list earlier this month, five OHL goaltenders were found on the list. They include Mack Guzda of the Owen Sound Attack as a B prospect, Luke Cavallin of the Flint Firebirds, Hunter Jones of the Peterborough Petes, Nicholas Daws of the Guelph Storm, and Kari Piiroinen of the Windsor Spitfires, all as C prospects. (a B prospect is considered a second or third rounder while a C prospect is considered a fourth, fifth or sixth round prospect).

It was no surprise to see Guzda at the top of Central’s list as he already had the benefit of an OHL season under his belt. During the 2017-2018 season, Guzda appeared in 30 games for the Attack posting a 3.20 goals-against average and .879 save percentage. But it has been a less-then-expected start for Guzda and his Attack Team. In seven games he boasts a 2-5-0-0 record with a save percentage at just .859 and a goals-against average of 4.11. But I have no doubt that he will improve on those stats as the season progresses.

Much like Villalta during the 2016-2017 season, if you haven’t started paying attention to the Petes’ Hunter Jones, then you should probably start now before you lag behind. He leads all OHL goaltenders in appearances (10), minutes played (539), shots faced (323), saves (303) and wins (8). Among puck stoppers who have played in four or more contests, he trails only Kooy in goals-against average (2.22 versus 2.01) and leads all netminders in save percentage (.938).

In eight of the complete games Jones has started this season, he has faced under 35 shots just twice. He had one poor start, allowing 6 goals against the Hamilton Bulldogs in two periods on September 29, 2018. His other starts would be a record setting pace.

Speaking of the Bulldogs, not making Central Scouting’s opening list is Hamilton netminder Zachary Roy. One has to wonder if things keep going the way they are in the Steel City, if there will be a goaltending controversy in the crease. Nick Donofrio, who went undrafted in 2018 and re-enters the draft, was the backup last season to Fulcher and the incumbent starter for this season.

It’s been a slow start for Donofrio, posting a 3-3-1-0 record with a 3.74 goals-against average and .881 save percentage. Roy was given his first OHL start on October 10 and put in a brilliant 42 save performance in a 5-2 victory over the Windsor Spitfires. A week later, Roy was given the start against the Mississauga Steelheads stopping 29 of 30 shots and getting the 5-1 victory. He was rewarded for his performance and started in back-to-back games and getting a 6-5 overtime victory on the road against the Oshawa Generals. Roy now has a 2.61 goals-against average and .929 save percentage.

Perhaps the goaltender that is going to be the toughest to get a read on is Flint Firebirds’ Luke Cavallin. The Firebirds are off to a dismal start at 0-9-0-0 having allowed the most goals (53) and scoring the fewest (17) so wins are going to be tough to come by in Flint.

Emanuel Vella is the number one goaltender in Flint. Cavallin has only appeared in two complete games this season, five in total. He’s come on in relief of Vella twice, not allowing a goal on both occasions. But he was also given the hook on one occasion in a game everyone would like to forget, a 12-1 drubbing by the Erie Otters.

The only way to get a good read on Cavallin is to hope he plays and plays a lot and to constantly have eyes on his performance and not paying attention to the outcome. Because the outcome may not be pretty.

Kari Piiroinen of the Windsor Spitfires is in kind of a similar situation. Not that the Spits are the Firebirds, but that you need to have eyes on Piiroinen constantly as you never know when he will make his next appearance. At least that is what one would think when you are backing up the best netminder in the OHL in Micheal DiPietro.

However, the Finnish born Piiroinen has started three of the Spits nine games and came on in relief of DiPietro in another. He boasts a 2-2-0-0 record with a goals-against average of 2.70 and a save percentage of .913, all of which are better then DiPietro’s stats. It’s possible the Spitfires might consider trading DiPietro in order to recoup some assets and that could benefit Piiroinen and his draft stock.

In Sault Ste Marie, Villalta is the incumbent for the Greyhounds. They began the season with OHL veteran Tyler Johnson as his backup, but he has since made the jump to the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League. In comes Ethan Taylor, who was not on Central Scouting’s list.

Taylor has gotten 2 starts in the last ten days and has come on in relief of Villalta where he stopped all 15 shots he faced in a 6-2 loss the Ottawa 67’s handed the Greyhounds. Taylor has exceptional numbers: a 1-0-1-0 record to go along with his 1.65 goals-against average and .973 save percentage. There was a lot of intrigue surrounding Taylor, and with Johnson moving on, a window of opportunity has opened up for him. Now he has to make the best of his chances when his number is called upon.

The Guelph Storm’s Nicholas Daws did make Central Scouting’s list. He appeared in 14 games for the Storm a season ago posting a goals-against average of 4.06 and a save percentage of .880 and a 1-7-1-1 record. He has started three games for the Storm this season and his stats have regressed from a year ago with his 4.25 goals-against average and .843 saver percentage and a 2-1-0-0 record.

Daws is backing up veteran Anthony Popovich and will likely see more starts then the other backups who are draft eligible. The Storm currently lead the Midwest Division, second overall in the league, with a 6-2-1-0 record but with the league’s eighth worst goals allowed (33).  There is a real opportunity here for Daws and the Storm if he can put it all together and improve on his early season start.

Ryan Dugas of the 3-7-0-0 Kingston Frontenacs is another netminder not on Central Scouting’s list. The Fronts occupy the basement of the East Division and are third from the bottom in the entire league. Although he is backing up veteran Brendan Bonello, Dugas has been a bright spot of sorts for Kingston.

Dugas has appeared in 4 games, one of those being in relief of Bonello, and has a 2-1-0-0 record. His first OHL game was a 27 save shutout performance on September 29 against the Erie Otters. He holds a 2.52 goals-against average and .916 save percentage. He is Kingston’s goalie of the future and if he can steal some starts – and wins – he will draw some attention.

Finally, we have to give a mention to Barrie Colts netminder Jet Greaves. Currently behind veteran Kai Edmonds and 2017 Vegas Golden Knights draft pick Maksim Zhukov who the Colts selected in the 2018 Import Draft, I really like Greaves coming into the season if not for name alone.

The fact is that Edmonds and Zhukov were not getting it done for the Colts, who sit second to last in the Central Division and Greaves got a chance and has outperformed his partners. Although he has a 1-1-0-0 record, his loss came against the Mississauga Steelheads in which he stopped 28 of 30 shots and his teammates could only score once.

Greaves holds a 1.52 goals-against average with a .949 save percentage. It could be in the Colts best interest to give him more starts right now and see if he can run with it.

With all that said and out of the way, 2019 is not the best draft class to come out of the OHL. In fact, it could be one of the worst ever for the OHL. And that could bode well for a goaltending class that is better then usual – at least in sheer numbers.

Bloodlines Trickle Through the Ontario Hockey League

 

Family Tree

It’s happening more and more when the National Hockey League Draft takes place in late June. Grandsons, sons, brothers and cousins of former NHL’ers and other professional leagues from around the world look to carve their own niche and it all begins with hearing their names called on the draft floor, which takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia on June 21-22, 2019.

There is no shortage of Ontario Hockey League players that will be in that position. A total of 17 players eligible for the draft for the first time have had a relative play in the NHL, drafted by an NHL squad, or played some form of professional hockey.

Today, we take a look at those players beginning with the Barrie Colts. The Colts have 3 players with bloodlines. Defenceman Victor Hadfield is the grandson on former NHL’er Vic Hadfield who appeared in 1002 NHL games with the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Center Ryan Suzuki is the younger brother of Nick Suzuki, a first round pick of the Vegas Golden Knights, selected thirteenth overall in 2017 and later traded to the Montreal Canadiens. Finally, goaltender Luke Cavallin is the son of Mark who played professional hockey in Germany and represented Canada internationally in 25 contests. He also has a younger brother Adam playing Bantam Hockey.

The Guelph Storm also have a trio with hockey in their blood and hockey fans will certainly recognize two of the names. Centreman Mason Primeau is the son of Wayne Primeau and nephew of Keith Primeau. Wayne played in 774 NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres, Tampa Bay Lightning, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs. Keith appeared in 909 games with the Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers.

Left Winger Tag Bertuzzi is the son of former NHL’er Todd Bertuzzi. His NHL career consisted of 1159 games with the New York Islanders, Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames and Detroit Red Wings. He is also the cousin of Tyler Bertuzzi who has thus far played in 58 NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings.

German born Hamilton Bulldogs’ forward Tim Fleischer has a brother Marc, who is just three years older and trying to make Germany’s top league.

Kitchener Rangers’ blueliner Jack York is the son of former NHL’er Jason York, who played a total of 757 games for Detroit, Anaheim Ducks, Ottawa Senators, Nashville Predators and Boston. The elder York also spent the lockout year in the Swiss League. Jack also has a younger brother Matthew playing in the CCHL.

For the London Knights, defenceman Andrew Perrott is the son of Nathan Perrott, a forward with 89 NHL games experience, who also played 266 American Hockey League games and 168 International Hockey League games.

Also from the Knights, is centreman Matvey Guskov. His father Alexander never played in the NHL but competed in 294 Kontinental Hockey League games and 468 games in the top Russian League (prior to the formation of the KHL). He also appeared in 54 international contests for the Russians.

Oshawa Generals right wing Danil Antropov is the son of former NHL’er Nik Antropov, a veteran of 788 NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, Atlanta Thrashers and Winnipeg Jets.  Nik also played in 168 KHL games over his career.

Mack Guzda is a goaltender with the Owen Sound Attack and the son of a former goaltender Brad Guzda. The elder puck stopper never did play in the NHL but spent his career bouncing around the AHL, ECHL and IHL. He is also the cousin of Jeff Woywitka who played in 278 NHL games as well as 355 AHL games and a couple of seasons in Germany.

Peterborough Petes centreman Nick Robertson is the younger brother of Kingston Frontenacs scoring star and the 37th overall pick at the 2017 NHL draft Jason Robertson. They also have an older brother Michael currently playing at the University of Southern California.

That brings us to Nathan Staios, a defenceman with the Windsor Spitfires and the son of the current General Manager of the Hamilton Bulldogs, Steve Staios. Steve had a long career, appearing in 1001 NHL games with the Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks, Atlanta Thrashers, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames and New York Islanders. He also appeared in 64 AHL games and 104 IHL games.

44 OHL’ers Named On NHL Central Scouting’s Players to Watch List

If you are a fan of the Ontario Hockey League and the National Hockey League Draft is your thing, you might want to wait until day two of the two day event to be held June 21 and 22 from Vancouver, British Columbia.

The 2019 draft is considered to be a strong and deep draft with strength at every position. While it is still very early, the fact that this could be a down year for the OHL as it pertains to the draft is proving to be just that.

Just two OHL’ers, Ryan Suzuki of the Barrie Colts and Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs are listed on NHL Central Scouting’s players to watch list as “A prospects.” An A prospect is considered to have first round potential.

Mack Guzda of the Owen Sound Attack. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Mack Guzda of the Owen Sound Attack. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

It gets slightly better for “B prospects”, typically considered to have second and third round potential. That list includes goaltender Mack Guzda of the Owen Sound Attack, widely considered the top goaltender available from the OHL.

The OHL could be hard pressed to reach the 35 players selected from their league in 2018 and might be closer to the all time low of 31 selected at the 2015 NHL Draft. It’s a far cry from the 56 drafted in 1999. In the past 28 years, on average, 43 players have been drafted from the OHL.

Here are the OHL players listed on Central Scouting list:

A KALIYEV ARTHUR HAMILTON OHL RW
A SUZUKI RYAN BARRIE OHL C
B CARROLL JOSEPH SAULT STE. MARIE OHL C
B CLARKE GRAEME OTTAWA OHL RW
B CONSTANTINOU WILLIAM NIAGARA OHL D
B GUSKOV MATVEI LONDON OHL C
B GUZDA MACK OWEN SOUND OHL G
B HARLEY THOMAS MISSISSAUGA OHL D
B KOLYACHONOK VLADISLAV LONDON OHL D
B OKHOTYUK NIKITA OTTAWA OHL D
B REES JAMIESON SARNIA OHL C
B ROBERTSON NICHOLAS PETERBOROUGH OHL LW
B TOMASINO PHILIP NIAGARA OHL C
C ALLENSEN NATHAN BARRIE OHL D
C ANTROPOV DANIL OSHAWA OHL LW
C BERTUZZI TAG GUELPH OHL C
C BIGNELL LUKE BARRIE OHL C
C BREWER MITCHELL OSHAWA OHL D
C CAVALLIN LUKE FLINT OHL G
C CERMAK ERIK PETERBOROUGH OHL LW
C DAWS NICOLAS GUELPH OHL G
C DUNKLEY NATHAN LONDON OHL C
C EGGENBERGER NANDO OSHAWA OHL LW
C EVERETT CALEB SAGINAW OHL D
C GOGOLEV PAVEL PETERBOROUGH OHL RW
C HILL MATHEW BARRIE OHL D
C JONES HUNTER PETERBOROUGH OHL G
C KEPPEN ETHAN FLINT OHL LW
C LADD GRAYSON WINDSOR OHL D
C LEGUERRIER JACOB SAULT STE. MARIE OHL D
C MCMICHAEL CONNOR LONDON OHL C
C MURRAY BLAKE SUDBURY OHL C
C PERROTT ANDREW LONDON OHL D
C PIIROINEN KARI WINDSOR OHL G
C PORCO NICHOLAS SAGINAW OHL LW
C PRIMEAU MASON GUELPH OHL C
C ROBERTSON CARTER OWEN SOUND OHL D
C ROSS LIAM SUDBURY OHL D
C SCHWINDT COLE MISSISSAUGA OHL C
C STARIKOV LEV WINDSOR OHL D
C STEVENSON KEEGAN GUELPH OHL LW
C STRUTHERS MATTHEW NORTH BAY OHL C
C VUKOJEVIC MICHAEL KITCHENER OHL D
C WASHKURAK KEEAN MISSISSAUGA OHL C

OHL’s Draft Eligible Statistical Leaders – September 2018

We are two weeks into the Ontario Hockey League season and so begins our watch of the league’s players eligible for the 2019 National Hockey League Draft that comes your way on June 21 and 22, 2019 from Vancouver British Columbia.

Stats

Our draft watch begins with the league’s statistical leaders as of September 30, 2018 and has always been the case at OHL Writers, we list players eligible for the NHL Draft for the first time – those passed over in previous years are not included.

Despite being a handful of games into the season, Ryan Suzuki of the Barrie Colts and Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs are beginning to show why they are considered the top two prospects from the OHL in most circles.

Nothing is decided in September of course. But it all starts here and we’ll strive to keep tabs on the prospects for your pleasure throughout the season.

Here are the OHL leaders in a variety of statistical categories:

Points Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Ryan Suzuki Barrie Colts 4 4 7 11
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 4 6 4 10
Keean Washkurak Mississauga Steelheads 4 2 5 7
Connor McMichael London Knights 3 4 1 5
Tyler Angle Windsor Spitfires 4 2 3 5
Danil Antropov Oshawa Generals 4 2 3 5
Nicholas Porco Saginaw Spirit 4 3 1 4
Matvey Guskov London Knights 3 1 3 4
Thomas Harley Mississauga Steelheads 4 0 4 4
Philip Tomasino Niagara Ice Dogs 4 0 4 4
Goal Scoring Leaders
Player Team GP G GPG
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 4 6 1.50
Ryan Suzuki Barrie Colts 4 4 1.00
Connor McMichael London Knights 3 4 1.33
Nicholas Porco Saginaw Spirit 4 3 0.75
Keean Washkurak Mississauga Steelheads 4 2 0.50
Tyler Angle Windsor Spitfires 4 2 0.50
Danil Antropov Oshawa Generals 4 2 0.50
Emmett Sproule Erie Otters 3 2 0.67
Cole MacKay Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 4 2 0.50
Graeme Clarke Ottawa 67’s 5 2 0.40
Assist Leaders
Player Team GP A APG
Ryan Suzuki Barrie Colts 4 7 1.75
Keean Washkurak Mississauga Steelheads 4 5 1.25
Thomas Harley Mississauga Steelheads 4 4 1.00
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 4 4 1.00
Philip Tomasino Niagara Ice Dogs 4 4 1.00
Matvey Guskov London Knights 3 3 1.00
Tyler Angle Windsor Spitfires 4 3 0.75
Danil Antropov Oshawa Generals 4 3 0.75
Simon Rose North Bay Battalion 5 3 0.60
Jordan Frasca Windsor Spitfires 2 2 1.00
Defencemen Point Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Thomas Harley Mississauga Steelheads 4 0 4 4
Billy Constantinou Niagara Ice Dogs 4 1 2 3
Nathan Staios Windsor Spitfires 4 1 2 3
Lucas Peric Ottawa 67’s 5 1 2 3
Simon Rose North Bay Battalion 5 0 3 3
Mason Millman Saginaw Spirit 4 1 1 2
Liam Ross Sudbury Wolves 5 1 1 2
Jack York Kitchener Rangers 3 0 2 2
Plus/Minus Leaders
Player Team GP +/-
Ryan Suzuki Barrie Colts 4 +8
Philip Tomasino Niagara Ice Dogs 4 +6
Jack York Kitchener Rangers 3 +5
Nathan Staios Windsor Spitfires 4 +5
Matvey Guskov London Knights 3 +4
Jamieson Rees Sarnia Sting 3 +4
Michael Vukojevic Kitchener Rangers 3 +4
Tyler Angle Windsor Spitfires 4 +4
Connor McMichael London Knights 3 +3
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 4 +3
Penalty Minutes Leaders
Player Team GP PIM M/G
Evan Brand Kingston Frontenacs 5 9 1.80
Mathew Hill Barrie Colts 4 6 1.50
Nathan Staios Windsor Spitfires 4 6 1.50
Kurtis Evans North Bay Battalion 3 5 1.67
Tag Bertuzzi Guelph Storm 4 4 1.00
Robert Calisti Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 4 4 1.00
Cole MacKay Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 4 4 1.00
Faceoff Leaders  
Player Team GP FOA FOW %
Erik Cermak Peterborough Petes 4 20 14 70.0
Peter Fleming Barrie Colts 3 19 12 63.2
Tim Fleischer Hamilton Bulldogs 4 13 8 61.5
Connor McMichael London Knights 3 22 13 59.1
Blake Murray Sudbury Wolves 5 82 47 57.3
Griffin Wilson Owen Sound Attack 4 20 10 50.0
Longest Goal Scoring Streak
Player Team From To Gms Goals
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 9/21 4 6
Connor McMichael London Knights 9/21 3 4
Nicholas Porco Saginaw Spirit 9/21 3 3
Ryan Suzuki Barrie Colts 9/23 2 3
Tyler Angle Windsor Spitfires 9/21 9/27 2 2
Longest Assist Streak
Player Team From To Gms Assts
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 9/21 9/29 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
Thomas Harley Mississauga Steelheads 9/21 9/23 2 4
Longest Point Streak
Player Team From To Gms Pts
Ryan Suzuki Barrie Colts 9/19 4 11
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 9/21 4 10
Nicholas Porco Saginaw Spirit 9/22 4 5
Keean Washkurak Mississauga Steelheads 9/23 3 7
Connor McMichael London Knights 9/21 3 5
Shots On Goal Leaders
Player Team GP SOG
Arthur Kaliyev Hamilton Bulldogs 4 18
Connor McMichael London Knights 3 14
Billy Constantinou Niagara Ice Dogs 4 12
Jamieson Rees Sarnia Sting 3 11
Tyler Angle Windsor Spitfires 4 11
Goaltenders Leaders – Goals Against Average
Player Team GP Min GA Avg
Ryan Dugas Kingston Frontenacs 1 60 0 0.00
Ethan Langevin Sarnia Sting 2 81 1 0.74
Kari Piiroinen Windsor Spitfires 3 142 6 2.54
Hunter Jones Peterborough Petes 4 220 11 3.00
Mack Guzda Owen Sound Attack 5 293 20 4.10
Goaltending Leaders – Save Percentage
Player Team GP SH  SVS SV%
Ryan Dugas Kingston Frontenacs 1 27 27 1.000
Ethan Langevin Sarnia Sting 2 35 34 0.971
Kari Piiroinen Windsor Spitfires 3 78 72 0.923
Hunter Jones Peterborough Petes 4 126 115 0.913
Mack Guzda Owen Sound Attack 5 147 127 0.864
Goaltending Leaders – Wins
Player Team GP W L SOL
Hunter Jones Peterborough Petes 5 3 1 1
Kari Piiroinen Windsor Spitfires 3 2 1 0
Mack Guzda Owen Sound Attack 5 2 3 1
Ryan Dugas Kingston Frontenacs 1 1 0 1
Nico Daws Guelph Storm 1 1 0 0
Goaltending Leaders – Shutouts
Player Team GP SO
Ryan Dugas Kingston Frontenacs 1 1
Hunter Jones Peterborough Petes 3 1
Mack Guzda Owen Sound Attack 5 1

Kaliyev, Robertson Selected to Participate at The All America Prospects Game

Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs and Nick Robertson of the Peterborough Petes, both of whom represented Team USA at the recently completed Hlinka-Gretzky Cup, will take part at the All American Prospects Game as a precursor to the 2019 National Hockey League Draft.

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

For those unfamiliar with the event, it is America’s version of the CHL Top Prospects Game, held each season and involves only players eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft. This years AAPG takes place on September 19, 2018 at the Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota. The CHL Top Prospects Game will take place on January 23, 2019 in Red Deer Alberta. Kaliyev and Robertson will also be eligible for the CHL Game.

Here are the players that will be competing at the American event:

Name HT (CM) WT (KG) Birthdate S/C Hometown 2018-19 Team College Commitment
Spencer Knight 6-3 (191) 194 (88) 4/19/2001 L Darien, Conn. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) Boston College (HEA)
Cameron Rowe 6-1 (185) 185 (84) 6/1/2001 L Wilmette, Ill. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) University of Nebraska-Omaha (NCHC)
Isaiah Saville 6-1 (185) 181 (82) 9/21/2000 R Anchorage, Alaska Minnesota Magicians (NAHL) University of Nebraska-Omaha (NCHC)
Dustin Wolf 6-0 (183) 150 (68) 4/16/2001 L Tustin, Calif. Everett Silvertips (WHL)

Defensemen (14)

Name HT (CM) WT (KG) Birthdate S/C Hometown 2018-19 Team College Commitment
Ben Brinkman 6-1 (185) 181 (82) 10/4/2000 L Edina, Minn. University of Minnesota (Big Ten)
Braden Doyle 5-10 (178) 165 (75) 8/24/2001 L Lynnfield, Mass. Lawrence Academy (USHS) Boston University (HEA)
Ethan Frisch 5-11 (180) 174 (79) 10/29/2000 R Moorhead, Minn. Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) University of North Dakota (NCHC)
Drew Helleson 6-2 (188) 168 (76) 3/26/2001 R Farmington, Minn. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) Boston College (HEA)
Michael Koster 5-10 (178) 170 (77) 4/13/2001 L Chaska, Minn. Tri-City Storm (USHL)/Chaska High (USHS) University of Minnesota (Big Ten)
Zac Jones 5-9 (175) 161 (73) 10/18/2000 L Glen Allen, Va. Tri-City Storm (USHL) University of Massachusetts Amherst (HEA)
Case McCarthy 6-1 (185) 194 (88) 1/9/2001 R Clarence, N.Y. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) Boston University (HEA)
John Prokop 6-1 (185) 165 (75) 5/13/2001 L Wausau, Wis. Omaha Lancers (USHL) Uncommitted
Jayden Struble 5-11 (180) 170 (77) 8/9/2001 L Cumberland, R.I. St. Sebastian’s School (USHS) Northeastern University (HEA)
Henry Thrun 6-1 (185) 183 (83) 3/12/2001 L Southborough, Mass. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) Harvard University (ECAC Hockey)
Alex Vlasic 6-5 (196) 190 (86) 6/5/2001 L Wilmette, Ill. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) Boston University (HEA)
Marshall Warren 5-11 (180) 161 (73) 4/20/2001 L Laurel Hollow, N.Y. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) Harvard University (ECAC Hockey)
Cade Webber 6-5 (195) 194 (88) 1/5/2001 L Meadville, Pa. The Rivers School (USHS) Boston University (HEA)
Cam York 5-11 (180) 165 (75) 1/5/2001 L Anaheim Hills, Calif. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) Boston College (HEA)

Forwards (24)

Name HT (CM) WT (KG) Birthdate S/C Hometown 2018-19 Team College Commitment
John Beecher 6-2 (188) 201 (91) 04/05/2001 L Elmira, N.Y. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) University of Michigan (Big Ten)
Kaden Bohlsen 6-1 (185) 165 (75) 01/10/2001 R Willmar, Minn. Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) University of Minnesota (Big Ten)
Matt Boldy 6-0 (183) 174 (79) 04/05/2001 L Millis, Mass. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) Boston College (HEA)
Cole Caufield 5-6 (168) 154 (70) 01/02/2001 R Stevens Point, Wis. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) University of Wisconsin (Big Ten)
Judd Caulfield 6-2 (188) 198 (90) 3/19/2001 R Grand Forks, N.D. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) University of North Dakota (NCHC)
Ryder Donovan 6-4 (193) 185 (84) 10/04/2000 R Duluth, Minn. Duluth East High (USHS) University of North Dakota (NCHC)
Ryan Drkulec 6-4 (193) 172 (78) 9/22/2000 L Frisco, Texas Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) Uncommitted
John Farinacci 6-0 (183) 181 (82) 2/14/2001 R Chatham, N.J. Dexter School (USHS)/Muskegon (USHL) Harvard University (ECAC Hockey)
Michael Gildon 6-0 (183) 183 (83) 6/21/2001 L Plano, Texas U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) Ohio State University (Big Ten)
Jack Hughes 5-10 (178) 166 (75) 5/14/2001 L Orlando, Fla. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) Uncommitted
Aaron Huglen 5-11 (180) 163 (74) 3/6/2001 R Roseau, Minn. Roseau High (USHS) University of Minnesota (Big Ten)
Trevor Janicke 5-10 (178) 185 (84) 12/25/2000 R Maple Grove, Minn. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) University of Notre Dame (Big Ten)
Arthur Kaliyev 6-2 (188) 190 (86) 6/26/2001 L Delray Beach, Fla. Hamiton Bulldogs (OHL)
Owen Lindmark 6-0 (183) 170 (77) 5/17/2001 R Naperville, Ill. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) University of Wisconsin (Big Ten)
Robert Mastrosimone 5-10 (178) 170 (77) 1/24/2001 L East Islip, N.Y. Chicago Steel (USHL) Boston University (HEA)
Garrett Pinoniemi 5-10 (178) 141 (64) 06/15/2001 L Mound, Minn. Holy Family Catholic (USHS) St. Cloud State University (NCHC)
Shane Pinto 6-2 (188) 185 (84) 11/12/2000 R Franklin Square, N.Y. Lincoln Stars (USHL) University of North Dakota (NCHC)
Nick Robertson 5-9 (175) 161 (73) 9/11/2001 L Northville, Mich. Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Grant Silianoff 5-11 (180) 170 (77) 1/4/2001 L Edina, Minn. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL) University of Notre Dame (Big Ten)
Austen Swankler 5-11 (180) 157 (71) 8/21/2001 L Irwin, Pa. Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) University of Michigan (Big Ten)
Luke Toporowski 5-10 (178) 174 (79) 4/12/2001 L Bettendorf, Iowa Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
Alex Turcotte 5-11 (180) 194 (88) 2/26/2001 L Island Lake, Ill. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) University of Wisconsin (Big Ten)
Danny Weight 5-11 (180) 187 (85) 5/1/2001 L Lattingtown, N.Y. U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) Boston College (HEA)
Trevor Zegras 5-11 (180) 159 (72) 3/20/2001 L Bedford, N.Y. U.S. National Undre-18 Team (USHL) Boston University (HEA)

Switzerland Names Roster for Hlinka-Gretzky Cup

Swiss FlagIntriguing roster for the Swiss Team at the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup with a mix of smaller players and those with decent size. The Swiss defence is the most balanced of any team in the tournament – when it comes to left and right shooting blueliners. But it’s a different story when it comes to the forwards. Of the twelve forwards on the roster, only one shoots from the right hip and that is Aron Welter.

There are no Ontario Hockey League players on the club. Dean Schwenninger of the Western Hockey League is the only Canadian Hockey League player to make the squad.  Cédric Fiedler has both Swiss and American citizenship.

Player POS HT WT DOB S/C League
Thibault Fatton G 5’11 143 11/17/01 L Elite Jr A
Sascha Ruppelt G 5’10 146 1/27/01 L Elite Novizen
Inaki Baragano D 5’10 163 9/4/01 R Elite Jr A
Noah Delémont D 5’9 161 2/7/02 L Elite Jr A
Cédric Fiedler D 6’2 187 4/20/01 L Elite Jr A
Finn Fuchs D 6’2 165 11/26/01 L Elite Jr A
Sascha Huber D 6’1 181 11/30/01 L Elite Jr B
Silvan Landolt D 6’1 170 7/18/01 R Elite Jr B
Maxime Schweizer D 6’2 174 10/29/01 R Elite Jr A
Alessandro Villa D 6’1 172 1/23/01 R Elite Jr A
Johan Andersson F 6’1 187 4/12/01 L Elite Jr A
Sebastian Bardh F 5’11 185 5/11/01 L Elite Jr A
Karim Bouchareb F 5’10 181 10/23/01 L Elite Jr B
Ronny Dähler F 5’10 165 2/28/01 L Elite Jr A
Nicolas Hasler F 5’9 165 5/25/01 L Elite Jr A
Simon Knak F 6’ 181 1/27/02 L Elite Jr A
Lionel Marchand F 6’2 194 9/23/01 L Elite Jr A
Lionel Marchand F 5’10 150 2/20/02 L Elite Jr A
Elvis Schläpfer F 5’11 176 3/13/01 L Elite Jr A
Dean Schwenninger F 5’8 148 3/5/01 L WHL
Yves Stoffel F 6’ 172 3/5/01 L Elite Jr A
Aron Welter F 5’10 172 4/16/01 R Elite Jr A

Canada Names Roster for Hlinka-Gretzky Cup

Canada FlagTeam Canada announced its roster for the 2018 Hlinka-Gretzky Cup, which begins august 6, 2018 in Edmonton and Red Deer, and of the 22 players named to the roster, just four hail from the Ontario Hockey League.

Michael Vukojevic (Kitchener Rangers), Graeme Clarke (Ottawa 67’s), Jamieson Rees (Sarnia Sting) and Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts) are your OHL’ers on Team Canada.

PLAYER POS HT WT DOB S/C LEAGUE
Taylor Gauthier G 6’1 188 2/15/01 R WHL
Nolan Maier G 6’ 168 1/10/01 L QMJHL
Justin Barron D 6’2 186 11/15/01 R QMJHL
Matthew Robertson D 6’3 195 3/9/01 L WHL
Bowen Byram D 6’1 176 6/13/01 L WHL
Michael Vukojevic D 6’3 212 6/8/01 L OHL
Kaedan Korczak D 6’3 170 1/29/01 R WHL
Braden Schneider D 6’2 197 9/20/01 R WHL
Maxence Guenette D 6’1 171 4/28/01 R QMJHL
Graeme Clarke F 6’ 175 4/24/01 R OHL
Jamieson Rees F 5’10 161 2/26/01 L OHL
Alexis Lafreniere F 6’1 184 10/11/01 L QMJHL
Jakob Pelletier F 5’9 158 3/3/01 L QMJHL
Sasha Mutala F 6’1 187 5/6/01 R WHL
Josh Williams F 6’1 185 3/8/01 R WHL
Ryan Suzuki F 6’ 171 5/28/01 L OHL
Kirby Dach F 6’3 181 1/21/01 R WHL
Peyton Krebs F 5’11 162 1/26/01 L WHL
Samuel Poulin F 6’1 208 2/25/01 L QMJHL
Dylan Holloway F 6’ 190 9/23/01 L AJHL
Dylan Cozens F 6’3 177 2/9/01 R WHL
Xavier Parent F 5’8 165 3/23/01 L QMJHL