Jaromir Pytlik – Soo Greyhounds – Player Profile

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 192 pounds

Date of birth: September 25, 2001

Hometown: Dacice, Czech Republic

Position: Center/Wing

Shoots: Right

OHL Draft: Round 2, 118th overall, 2018 CHL Import Draft

NHL Central Scouting Rankings

Pre-season November Mid-term Final
B B N/A N/A
Jaromir Pytlik of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Jaromir Pytlik of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

The Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds selected Jaromir Pytlik with the 118th pick at the 2018 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft following an impressive early career in his native Czech Republic. But even more impressive is Pytlik’s international experience.

In his young career, Pytlik has represented the Czech Republic in 76 games that include the Hlinka/Gretzky, World Hockey Challenge Under-17, World Junior Championships Under-18 as well as several other international competitions. In total, Pytlik has scored 20 goals and added 23 helpers.

Last season, Pytlik joined the Greyhounds on January 11, 2019 and although it took him a few games to get accustomed, he never looked back. He would finish the season playing in 26 games scoring 11 goals and assisting on 8 others while finishing with a plus-14. He showed no drop off in the playoffs with the same .73 points-per-game on 4 goals and 4 assists in 11 games. Despite playing just one-third of the season, Pytlik finished ninth in goals by a rookie.

To date this season, Pytlik has 12 goals and 18 assists in 28 games.

Pytlik has good size and skates extremely well – he’s shown an improvement from last season, and I’m not so sure it needed improving as much as he needed to use the smaller ice surface differently then the European ice. He knows how to use his body and strength. He is a force down low, along the walls and in front of the goal and with his quick smooth hands, is dangerous in the goal area. He understands how to use his frame to protect the puck which makes him effective on the cycle and coming off the wall.

Pytlik is also a very intelligent player and one of the most complete players in his draft class. His attention to detail on defence is as important to him as offence. The coaching staff can trust him with big defensive responsibilities and is usually the first player over the boards in the last minute whether down a goal or up a goal. He can kill penalties and is a threat offensively on the PK.

Pytlik can play both center and wing, which is something NHL scouts covet. Here’s the thing: While he’s smart enough and more then capable of handling the defensive responsibilities to play in the middle, he needs some serious work on the faceoff dot. Not a big worry as it is something that can be improved, especially knowing he is willing to put in the work. And on the wing, I would like him to add another gear to is speed. Again, he’s worked on that and has shown improvement and if he continues to put the effort into improving, then it’s a no brainer.

NHL Central Scouting had him listed as a B-prospect on both their preseason and November lists – which means a second to third round pick. If things keep going as they are, and he continues to show improvement, he could be a very early second rounder and possibly garner some attention as a late first.

Fans either like him because of his physical, power game or don’t because he isn’t a flashy bring them out of their seat’s kind of player. But scouts do because of his all-around complete game.

OHL Stat page

Elite Prospects page

OHL Writers Draft Eligible Player of the Month for November

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Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67’s. Photo by OHL Images

You will not find a better offensive output then the one Ottawa 67’s Marco Rossi put up in the month of November. The 5’9”, 187-pound centerman put up an astounding 10 goals and 16 assists in just 12 games for the 67’s.

Rossi had a night to remember on November 17, 2019 as he netted 3 goals along with 3 helpers against the Kingston Frontenacs. Here’s the impressive thing about Rossi’s numbers: even if you could magically take away that 6-point game versus the Fronts, he still would have out produced his fellow draft eligible players.

Rossi was held off the score sheet just once. That came on November 11 against the Oshawa Generals. Rossi had 2 multi-goal games in the month, 4 multi-assist games and 7 multi-point games. Despite Rossi’s performances, he was not named the game’s first star at any time in November. However, he was named second star on four occasions and third star in two others.

Also considered was Oshawa Generals netminder Zachary Paputsakis, the only netminder to keep Rossi off the scoresheet in the month of November.

Paputsakis posted a 4-4-0-1 record with a sparkling .918 save percentage and a 2.47 goals-against-average.

Our previous players of the month

October – Cole Perfetti – Saginaw Spirit

OHL’s Draft Eligible Statistical Leaders as of November

Jamie Drysdale of the Erie Otters. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Well, the calendar has flipped to December and that means it’s time to prepare for the Holidays and Canadian Hockey League teams prepare for the loss of many players heading to the World Junior Championships, not just for Canada, but almost every nation participating.

While there will be a few players eligible for the 2020 National Hockey League Draft participating in the annual event, for others it will be a time to step up and show what they are made of while moving up in lineups to help their respective junior teams compensate for the loss of their stars.

Canada will release the roster of those players attending the Team Canada camp Monday December 2 while other nations will follow shortly thereafter.

So, while we all wait and prepare for that news, here’s a look at the draft eligible statistical leaders among OHL players eligible for the NHL Draft for the first time.

While we take great care in compiling stats, always refer to the OHL Website for official stats.

Points Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 27 17 30 47
Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s 20 14 32 46
Cole Perfetti Saginaw Spirit 26 13 29 42
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 23 16 19 35
Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters 27 5 25 30
Jack Quinn Ottawa 67’s 25 14 15 29
Jacob Perreault Sarnia Sting 22 12 16 28
Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds 26 10 16 26
Hayden Fowler Erie Otters 25 12 13 25
Rory Kerins Soo Greyhounds 26 12 12 24
Goal Scoring Leaders
Player Team GP G GPG
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 27 17 0.63
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 23 16 0.70
Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s 20 14 0.70
Jack Quinn Ottawa 67’s 25 14 0.56
Zayde Wisdom Kingston Frontenacs 25 14 0.56
Cole Perfetti Saginaw Spirit 26 13 0.50
Jacob Perreault Sarnia Sting 22 12 0.55
Hayden Fowler Erie Otters 25 12 0.48
Rory Kerins Soo Greyhounds 26 12 0.46
Logan Morrison Hamilton Bulldogs 25 11 0.44
Assist Leaders
Player Team GP A APG
Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s 20 32 1.60
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 27 30 1.11
Cole Perfetti Saginaw Spirit 26 29 1.12
Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters 27 25 0.93
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 23 19 0.83
Jacob Perreault Sarnia Sting 22 16 0.73
Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds 26 16 0.62
Ruben Rafkin Windsor Spitfires 23 15 0.65
Jack Quinn Ottawa 67’s 25 15 0.60
Oliver Suni Oshawa Generals 25 15 0.60
Defencemen Point Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters 27 5 25 30
Jack Thompson Sudbury Wolves 27 9 11 20
Ruben Rafkin Windsor Spitfires 23 1 15 16
Alec Belanger Ottawa 67’s 25 3 12 15
Ryan O’Rourke Soo Greyhounds 17 5 8 13
Lleyton Moore Kitchener Rangers 25 1 11 12
Ville Ottavainen Kitchener Rangers 23 4 6 10
Dylan Robinson Windsor Spitfires 23 2 7 9
Plus/Minus Leaders
Player Team GP +/-
Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s 20 +27
Ryan O’Rourke Soo Greyhounds 17 +13
Shawn Spearing Peterborough Petes 22 +12
Jack Quinn Ottawa 67’s 25 +12
Mark Wooley Owen Sound Attack 21 +11
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 27 +11
Cole Perfetti Saginaw Spirit 26 +10
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 23 +9
Dylan Robinson Windsor Spitfires 23 +9
Kirill Steklov London Knights 23 +9
Penalty Minutes Leaders
Player Team GP PIM M/G
Hayden Fowler Erie Otters 25 42 1.68
Ryan O’Rourke Soo Greyhounds 17 29 1.706
Ruben Rafkin Windsor Spitfires 23 27 1.174
Gerard Keane London Knights 22 26 1.182
Riley Piercey Barrie Colts 23 26 1.13
Faceoff Leaders
Player Team GP FOA FOW %
Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s 20 421 247 58.7
Hayden Fowler Erie Otters 25 138 76 55.1
Will Cuylle Windsor Spitfires 23 111 61 55.0
Cole Perfetti Saginaw Spirit 26 109 59 54.1
Rory Kerins Soo Greyhounds 27 465 248 53.3
Longest Goal Scoring Streak
Player Team From To Gms Goals
Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s 11/17 11/30 5 8
Longest Assist Streak
Player Team From To Gms Assts
Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s 9/21 11/3 10 21
Longest Point Streak
Player Team From To Gms Pts
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 10/24 11/17 13 22
Goaltenders Leaders – Goals Against Average
Player Team GP Min GA Avg
Zachary Paputsakis Oshawa Generals 13 643 29 2.71
Brett Brochu London Knights 12 617 28 2.72
Nick Chenard Owen Sound Attack 5 246 13 3.17
Will Cranley Ottawa 67’s 9 437 26 3.57
Owen Bennett Guelph Storm 7 400 24 3.60
Goaltending Leaders – Save Percentage
Player Team GP SH SVS SV%
Tucker Tynan Niagara IceDogs 21 828 756 0.913
Zachary Paputsakis Oshawa Generals 13 320 291 0.909
Brett Brochu London Knights 12 287 259 0.902
Nick Chenard Owen Sound Attack 5 131 118 0.901
Marco Costantini Hamilton Bulldogs 16 552 491 0.889
Goaltending Leaders – Shutouts
Player Team GP SO
Will Cranley Ottawa 67’s 9 1
Zachary Paputsakis Oshawa Generals 13 1
Brett Brochu London Knights 12 1

44 OHL PLAYERS NAMED TO NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING’S NOVEMBER ‘PLAYERS TO WATCH’ LIST

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Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 44 OHL players have been included on NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘Players to Watch’ List for the 2020 NHL Draft that takes place June 26-27 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QC.

The list includes 24 OHL forwards, 15 defenceman and five goaltenders.

Nine players were assigned ‘A’ ratings, indicating a potential first round NHL Draft candidate, with Ottawa 67’s forward Jack Quinn climbing from his ‘B’ assignment back in October onto a list that includes eight other OHL players in Ottawa teammate Marco Rossi, the Windsor Spitfires duo of Will Cuylle and Jean-Luc Foudy, Sudbury’s Quinton Byfield, Erie’s Jamie Drysdale, Saginaw’s Cole Perfetti, Sarnia’s Jacob Perreault and London’s Antonio Stranges.

The number of OHL players assigned a ‘B’ rating climbed from six in October to 12 on November’s list, with notable additions in Soo Greyhounds teammates Tanner Dickinson and Rory Kerins, Barrie’s Tyson Foerster, Erie’s Hayden Fowler, Kitchener’s Donovan Sebrango, London’s Kirill Steklov and Oshawa’s Ty Tullio.

The list also includes 18 skaters and five goaltenders assigned ‘C’ ratings, with goaltending additions in the Guelph Storm duo of Owen Bennett and Nico Daws as well as Hamilton’s Marco Costantini.

A total of 18 OHL member teams are represented on the list led by the Soo Greyhounds and Windsor Spitfires with five players each. The Erie Otters, Guelph Storm and London Knights follow close behind with four respectively.

2020 NHL Central Scouting November ‘Players to Watch’ – OHL

SKATERS:

RANK PLAYER TEAM POSITION
A Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves C
A Will Cuylle Windsor Spitfires LW
A Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters D
A Jean-Luc Foudy Windsor Spitfires C
A Cole Perfetti Saginaw Spirit C
A Jacob Perreault Sarnia Sting RW
A Jack Quinn Ottawa 67’s RW
A Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s C
A Antonio Stranges London Knights LW
B Brandon Coe North Bay Battalion RW
B Tanner Dickinson Soo Greyhounds C
B Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts RW
B Hayden Fowler Erie Otters LW
B Rory Kerins Soo Greyhounds C
B Ryan O’Rourke Soo Greyhounds D
B Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds C
B Donovan Sebrango Kitchener Rangers D
B Kirill Steklov London Knights D
B Oliver Suni Oshawa Generals RW
B Jack Thompson Sudbury Wolves D
B Ty Tullio Oshawa Generals RW
C Andrei Bakanov Guelph Storm LW
C Cameron Butler Peterborough Petes RW
C Igor Chibrikov Owen Sound Attack D
C Luke Evangelista London Knights RW
C Brendan Hoffmann Erie Otters RW
C Gerard Keane London Knights D
C Cole MacKay Soo Greyhounds RW
C Kyle McDonald Windsor Spitfires RW
C Lleyton Moore Oshawa Generals D
C Logan Morrison Hamilton Bulldogs C
C Jake Murray Kingston Frontenacs D
C Ville Ottavainen Kitchener Rangers D
C Isaak Phillips Sudbury Wolves D
C Luka Profaca Guelph Storm D
C Ruben Rafkin Windsor Spitfires D
C Dylan Robinson Windsor Spitfires D
C Ilya Solovyov Saginaw Spirit D
C Evan Vierling Flint Firebirds C

 

GOALTENDERS:

RANK PLAYER TEAM POSITION
C Owen Bennett Guelph Storm G
C Aidan Campbell Erie Otters G
C Marco Costantini Hamilton Bulldogs G
C Will Cranley Ottawa 67’s G
C Nico Daws Guelph Storm G

 

Players have been identified using the following criteria:

• A Rating – Indicates a first round candidate
• B Rating – Indicates a second or third round candidate
• C Rating – Indicates a fourth/fifth/sixth round candidate

For the complete list, visit NHL.com.

OHL Writers’ Draft Eligible Player of the Month for October

The Ontario Hockey League has completed its first full month of the season and as we have done for several years now, it is time to select the Draft Eligible Player of the Month for October from the group of players eligible for the 2020 National Hockey League Draft for the first time.

And for the month of October our pick is Cole Perfetti of the Saginaw Spirit.

Perfetti appeared in 11 games through the month of October and scored 4 goals while assisting on 16 others. He recorded points in 9 of his 11 contests with 6 multi-point games. He was held off the score sheet just twice.

Cole Perfetti of the Saginaw Spirit. Photo by Luke Durda/OHL Images
Cole Perfetti of the Saginaw Spirit. Photo by Luke Durda/OHL Images

Perfetti’ s performance was one of the quietest in recent memory, receiving first star honors in just one contest, second star in another and getting two third star mentions in the month.

Perfetti sits second among draft eligible players with points (27), first in assists (22) and first in shots on goal (61). He leads the Spirit in points and assists.

Also considered was Tyson Foerster of the Barrie Colts. Foerster notched 9 goals and assisted on 6 others in 10 games. Foerster is third among draft eligible players in points (23), first in goals (13), tenth in assists (10), ninth in plus/minus (+7) and fifth in shots on goal (47).

In goal, Tucker Tynan of the Niagara IceDogs has drawn our attention on multiple occasions. Despite having just, a 3-3-1-0 record for the month of October, no goaltender has faced more rubber then Tynan. He has faced 70 more shots then the next busiest netminder Jacob Ingham of Mississauga while only playing in one more game.

Tucker had a .902 save percentage for the month of October

OHL’s Draft Eligible Statistical Leaders for October

The Ontario Hockey League took last night off as fans and players alike braved the weather (depending on where you are) to attend costume parties, head to work dressed up and yes, even go trick or treating. Thus, the OHL completed its first full month of the season a day early and we here at OHL Writers can update you on the statistical leaders among players eligible for the 2020 National Hockey League Draft.

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Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67’s. Photo by OHL Images

If you look at the point leaders, you’ll see projected top 5 pick Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves leading the way with 31 points in 16 games. And for the better part of the season, Byfield has led the entire league in the scoring race.

But, focus your attention three spots lower to Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67’s. Rossi has 19 points in just 8 games played. He missed five games due to suspension but is averaging 2.38 points per game while Byfield is averaging 1.94 points per game. That’s almost half a point per game better then Byfield.

It doesn’t end there. Cole Perfetti leads the list in assists with 22 in 16 games, or 1.38 assists per game. Rossi is just two spots below with Byfield sandwiched in between with 15 helpers in 8 games or 1.88 assists per game, exactly .50 assists per game better then the leader.

But with 4 goals in eight games, Rossi doesn’t make our top ten, yet. He is averaging .50 goals per game and based on that, would be seventh on the list. Barrie Colts’ Tyson Foerster tops the list with 13 goals in 14 games, or .93 goals per game.

Wait. We’re not finished just yet. Despite playing in only eight games, Rossi has taken more faceoffs then anyone in the top 10 in faceoff percentage and has won a whopping 62.6 per cent of his draws. Not only is that good enough to top draft eligible players, but tops in the entire league among players with 60 or more faceoff attempts.

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Among goaltenders, no OHL goaltender has faced as much rubber as Niagara IceDogs’ puck stopper Tucker Tynan. And we’re not talking just draft eligible goaltenders. Tynan has faced 70 more shots then the next closest goaltender, Jacob Ingham of the Mississauga Steelheads who has faced 419. To put that into context, Tynan has played in just one more game then Ingham.

Yet Tynan is fourth among draft eligible goaltenders with a 3.60 goals-against-average and tops in save percentage at .920. Let’s put that into perspective as well: That’s second among all goalies who have played in 3 or more games, tied with Hunter Jones of the Peterborough Petes, the top OHL goaltender drafted in 2019.

Here’s a look at the leader board. While we take great care in compiling stats, always refer to the OHL website for official stats.

Points Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 16 11 20 31
Cole Perfetti Saginaw Spirit 16 5 22 27
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 14 13 10 23
Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s 8 4 15 19
Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds 15 6 13 19
Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters 14 5 14 19
Rory Kerins Soo Greyhounds 15 10 7 17
Luke Evangelista London Knights 12 5 11 16
Ty Tullio Oshawa Generals 14 8 8 16
Oliver Suni Oshawa Generals 14 5 10 15
Goal Scoring Leaders
Player Team GP G GPG
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 14 13 0.93
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 16 11 0.69
Rory Kerins Soo Greyhounds 15 10 0.67
Ty Tullio Oshawa Generals 14 8 0.57
Antonio Stranges London Knights 12 7 0.58
Jack Quinn Ottawa 67’s 13 7 0.54
Zayde Wisdom Kingston Frontenacs 14 7 0.50
Hayden Fowler Erie Otters 12 6 0.50
Logan Morrison Hamilton Bulldogs 13 6 0.46
Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds 15 6 0.40
Assist Leaders
Player Team GP A APG
Cole Perfetti Saginaw Spirit 16 22 1.38
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 16 20 1.25
Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s 8 15 1.88
Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters 14 14 1.00
Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds 15 13 0.87
Tanner Dickinson Soo Greyhounds 15 12 0.80
Luke Evangelista London Knights 12 11 0.92
Ruben Rafkin Windsor Spitfires 13 11 0.85
Jacob Perrault Sarnia Sting 10 10 1.00
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 14 10 0.71
Defencemen Point Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters 14 5 14 19
Jack Thompson Sudbury Wolves 16 6 7 13
Ruben Rafkin Windsor Spitfires 13 1 11 12
Ryan O’Rourke Soo Greyhounds 13 5 6 11
Ville Ottavainen Kitchener Rangers 13 3 5 8
Donavan Sebrango Kitchener Rangers 10 1 7 8
Ole Bjorgvik-Holm Mississauga Steelheads 13 0 6 6
Dylan Robinson Windsor Spitfires 13 1 4 5
Plus/Minus Leaders
Player Team GP +/-
Ryan O’Rourke Soo Greyhounds 13 +13
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 16 +12
Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s 8 +11
Igor Chibrikov Owen Sound Attack 13 +8
Ville Ottavainen Kitchener Rangers 13 +8
Mark Woolley Owen Sound Attack 9 +7
Luke Evangelista London Knights 12 +7
Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters 14 +7
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 14 +7
Kirill Steklov London Knights 12 +6
Penalty Minutes Leaders
Player Team GP PIM M/G
Ryan O’Rourke Soo Greyhounds 13 21 1.62
Reid Valade Kitchener Rangers 8 19 2.38
Ruben Rafkin Windsor Spitfires 13 18 1.38
Mark Woolley Owen Sound Attack 9 17 1.89
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 16 16 1.00
Faceoff Leaders (Minimum 30 faceoffs)
Player Team GP FOA FOW %
Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s 8 179 112 62.6
Isaac Langdon Kitchener Rangers 10 78 48 61.5
Nick Wong Kingston Frontenacs 14 39 23 59.0
Jacob Perrault Sarnia Sting 10 33 19 57.6
Luke Drewitt Kingston Frontenacs 12 110 63 57.3
Hayden Fowler Erie Otters 12 35 20 57.1
Ethan Cardwell Saginaw Spirit 16 76 43 56.6
Longest Goal Scoring Streak
Player Team From To Gms Goals
Rory Kerins Soo Greyhounds 10/19 10/24 3 4
Longest Assist Streak
Player Team From To Gms Assts
Jabob Perreault Sarnia Sting 9/20 10/18 9 10
Longest Point Streak
Player Team From To Gms Pts
Jacob Perrault Sarnia Sting 9/20 10/20 10 14
Shots On Goal Leaders
Player Team GP SOG
Cole Perfetti Saginaw Spirit 16 61
Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds 15 60
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 16 52
Ty Tullio Oshawa Generals 14 48
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 14 47
Goaltenders Leaders – Goals Against Average (Min 300 minutes)
Player Team GP Min GA Avg
Brett Brochu London Knights 8 427 19 2.67
Aiden Campbell Erie Otters 7 370 19 3.08
Marco Costantini Hamilton Bulldogs 8 486 27 3.33
Tucker Tynan Niagara IceDogs 12 650 39 3.60
Goaltending Leaders – Save Percentage (Min 300 minutes)
Player Team GP SH SVS SV%
Tucker Tynan Niagara IceDogs 12 489 450 0.920
Marco Costantini Hamilton Bulldogs 8 276 249 0.902
Brett Brochu London Knights 8 187 168 0.898
Aiden Campbell Erie Otters 7 162 143 0.883
Xavier Medina Windsor Spitfires 5 135 118 0.874
Goaltending Leaders – Wins
Player Team GP W L OL
Brett Brochu London Knights 8 6 1 0
Aiden Campbell Erie Otters 7 5 1 0
Tucker Tynan Niagara IceDogs 12 5 4 3
Xavier Medina Windsor Spitfires 5 3 1 1
Marco Costantini Hamilton Bulldogs 8 3 4 2
Goaltending Leaders – Shutouts
Player Team GP SO
Brett Brochu London Knights 8 1

Is There a Rejuvenation in the Cards for Billy Constantinou?

Many in the hockey world expected the name Billy Constantinou to be one of the 217 names called out at this past summer’s National Hockey League Draft from Vancouver British Columbia. While no one expected it to be from the podium on Friday June 21, it was expected to come from one of the 31 tables set up on the Rogers Arena floor the next day.

But when the Stanley Cup Champion St Louis Blues announced that they were selecting Jeremy Michel with the 217th and final pick of the draft, Constantinou’s name had not been called and many were left wondering what happened.

All was not lost for the young and talented defenceman (as it shouldn’t be). He received an invitation to the Los Angeles Kings’ development camp in the summer and again to their training camp in September where, by most accounts, he impressed the Kings’ brass.

The Kings will certainly be keeping an eye on Constantinou as he strives to hear his name called next summer as he re-enters the NHL Draft and it shouldn’t come as a surprise if it is the Kings that call out his name in Montreal in 2020.

Constantinou

It’s not something new for the Kings. Back in 2011 they invited undrafted defenceman and Soo Greyhound Colin Miller to development camp and followed him closely during the 2011-2012 season. And they called out Miller’s name in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Draft.

So why the pass on draft day?

Your guess is as good as anyone’s. Constantinou is a talented defenceman with great mobility. He can elude the forecheck and at times makes it look so easy. He is very good at creating offence. He needs some work on defending, but you can say that about any defencemen at this level.

Things started out promising for Constantinou during the 2018-2019 season, that being his draft season. He amassed 4 goals and 11 assists in 22 games playing for the mighty Niagara IceDogs. Then came a trade to the lowly Kingston Frontenacs.

At the time of the trade, Constantinou was neck-and-neck with Dallas Stars first round pick, 18th overall, Thomas Harley in scoring among draft eligible defencemen. He was fifth among all draft eligible skaters in helpers to that point.

Once with the Frontenacs, his numbers dropped. In 44 contests with the Fronts, Constantinou scored 6 times while accumulating 12 helpers. Those aren’t bad numbers, but he ended up a minus-58 patrolling the Fronts blueline. And that, in my opinion, is indicative of a young and rebuilding Kingston organization.

That leads us to some questions that need to be asked. Was Constantinou a beneficiary of playing on a stacked Niagara squad? Does he possess the hockey IQ to play with a more talented roster? Is he more what we saw in Kingston, or is he somewhere in between?

This season should provide some answer to those questions. Through 8 games with the Fronts, Constantinou had a goal with 5 helpers. Pretty good numbers to say the least. But he was again in the minus column at minus-7. That is indicative of the type of season it was going to be as Kingston continued on its rebuilding path.

But on October 15th, 2019 the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds came calling and acquired Constantinou for the low price of a 4th round pick in 2020, a 4th round pick in 2021 and a 3rd round pick in 224.

It’s a small sample size, just 3 games into his Greyhounds career, but Constantinou has a goal and 2 assists for the Greyhounds. And for the first time since he tied on the skates with Niagara, he’s on the positive side of the ledger with a plus-3.

Now, we’ll get to see whether he can keep up with a more talented roster.

2020 Draft: Lafreniere among Central Scouting’s players to watch

Alexis Lafreniere, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, earned an A rating in NHL Central Scouting’s preliminary players to watch list released Monday.

The 6-foot-1, 196-pound left wing could become the third player from Rimouski of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League chosen No. 1 in the NHL Draft. The last one from Rimouski selected No. 1 was center Sidney Crosby by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2005, and before that was center Vincent Lecavalier by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1998. Lafreniere has 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) and 45 shots on goal in seven games for the Oceanic this season.

The players to watch list is Central Scouting’s compilation of top prospects from all the major development leagues throughout North America and Europe. The list is updated throughout the season while scouts travel to evaluate the players live.

The players on the list with A ratings are considered potential first-round picks. Players with a B rating are considered possible second- or third-round choices, and those with C ratings are potential fourth-, fifth- or sixth-round selections.

“Alexis Lafreniere is justly viewed as the consensus No. 1 for the 2020 NHL Draft,” said Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting. “His play and development over the past two seasons make him worthy of this distinction. Once the 2019-20 season gets underway, there are a number of prospects who will look to challenge to be ranked as the top prospect.”

Lafreniere, 17, doesn’t expect the pressure as the projected No. 1 pick in the 2020 draft to affect his play during his third QMJHL season.

Full story from nhl.com

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OHL’s Draft Eligible Statistical Leaders: September

Sure, most teams have yet to play a handful of games, but the calendar has switched from September to October (are you getting ready for winter yet?) so it’s time to look at the first time draft eligible player statistical leaders as we begin the journey towards the 2020 National Hockey League Draft.

Three things we know for sure: 1) the list of names today will not be the same in March. 2) Barring a catastrophe or major injury, expect to see Quinton Byfield to stay at or near the top of the lists. 3) Same goes for Jamie Drysdale among blueliners.

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Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves. Photo by OHL Images

Byfield leads the way in goals, points and tied for top spot in assists. Not only does he lead the league’s draft eligible players in points, but he leads the entire OHL. A sure fire top 5 pick in Montreal on June 26, 2020 but there are those (yours truly included) that believe that he could challenge for the number one spot at season’s end.

Here’s a look at the statistical leaders. As always, we take great care in compiling stats, but always refer to the OHL Website for official stats.

Points Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 5 6 6 12
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 4 4 4 8
Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters 5 2 6 8
Antonio Stranges London Knights 4 5 2 7
Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds 4 2 5 7
Oliver Suni Oshawa Generals 4 2 5 7
Cole Perfetti Saginaw Spirit 5 1 6 7
Jack Thompson Sudbury Wolves 5 3 3 6
Evan Vierling Flint Firebirds 4 1 5 6
Ty Tullio Oshawa Generals 4 2 3 5
Goal Scoring Leaders
Player Team GP G GPG
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 5 6 1.20
Antonio Stranges London Knights 4 5 1.25
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 4 4 1.00
Jack Thompson Sudbury Wolves 5 3 0.60
Hayden Fowler Erie Otters 3 3 1.00
Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters 5 2 0.40
Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds 4 2 0.50
Oliver Suni Oshawa Generals 4 2 0.50
Ty Tullio Oshawa Generals 4 2 0.50
Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s 2 2 1.00
Assist Leaders
Player Team GP A APG
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 5 6 1.20
Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters 5 6 1.20
Cole Perfetti Saginaw Spirit 5 6 1.20
Luke Evangelista London Knights 4 5 1.25
Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds 4 5 1.25
Oliver Suni Oshawa Generals 4 5 1.25
Evan Vierling Flint Firebirds 4 5 1.25
Tanner Dickinson Soo Greyhounds 4 4 1.00
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 4 4 1.00
Ruben Rafkin Windsor Spitfires 4 4 1.00
Defencemen Point Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters 5 2 6 8
Jack Thompson Sudbury Wolves 5 3 3 6
Ruben Rafkin Windsor Spitfires 4 0 4 4
Ole Bjorgvik-Holm Mississauga Steelheads 4 0 3 3
Colton Kammerer Sarnia Sting 3 1 1 2
Plus/Minus Leaders
Player Team GP +/-
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 5 +8
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 4 +7
Tanner Dickinson Soo Greyhounds 4 +5
David Jesus Oshawa Generals 4 +5
Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds 4 +5
Oliver Suni Oshawa Generals 4 +5
Igor Chibrikov Owen Sound Attack 4 +4
Marcus Gretz Flint Firebirds 2 +3
Goaltenders Leaders – Goals Against Average
Player Team GP Min GA Avg
Xavier Medina Windsor Spitfires 1 60 1 1.00
Will Cranley Ottawa 67’s 1 60 2 2.00
Nick Chenard Owen Sound Attack 1 60 2 2.00
Marco Costantini Hamilton Bulldogs 1 60 2 2.00
Tucker Tynan Niagara Ice Dogs 5 225 9 2.40
Goaltending Leaders – Save Percentage
Player Team GP SH SVS SV%
Nick Chenard Owen Sound Attack 1 39 37 0.949
Xavier Medina Windsor Spitfires 1 19 18 0.947
Marco Costantini Hamilton Bulldogs 1 35 33 0.943
Owen Bennett Guelph Storm 1 42 39 0.929
Will Cranley Ottawa 67’s 1 24 22 0.917

2019-2020 OHL Draft Eligible Players

The puck drops on the 2019-2020 Ontario Hockey League season on Thursday September 19 when the Sudbury Wolves visit the Niagara Ice Dogs as the only game on the docket. It gets into full swing Friday when 9 games will be contested.

While there are bound to be a few players sent to the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League or the Ontario Junior Hockey League (among other places), all 20 OHL teams have submitted their opening night rosters. Who will play and who will be a scratch however, is yet to be determined.

With the rosters now set, it’s time to look at the updated list of players available for the 2020 National Hockey League Draft that will be skating in the 20 OHL cities. As always, these are players eligible for the draft for the first time – those passed over in 2018 or 2019 are not included. And if you missed our players to watch list, you can find that here.

Jamie Drysdale of the Erie Otters. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Jamie Drysdale of the Erie Otters. Photo by Terry Wilson, OHL Images
BARRIE COLTS
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
28 Riley Piercey RW 6’3 182 Mississauga, Ontario
57 Matthew Sredl D 6’0 190 Raleigh, N. Carolina
71 Tyson Foerster C 5’11 189 Alliston, Ontario
ERIE OTTERS
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
4 Jamie Drysdale D 5’11 165 Toronto, Ontario
13 Elias Cohen C 5’10 147 Toronto, Ontario
14 Hayden Fowler RW 5’10 185 Kingston, Ontario
25 Marcus Gillard D 6’2 185 Welland, Ontario
53 Cameron Morton D 6’1 192 Kingston, Ontario
74 Noah Sedore LW 5’8 160 Sharon, Ontario
91 Brendan Hoffman RW 6’2 200 Charlotte, N. Carolina
FLINT FIREBIRDS
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
4 Tyler Deline D 5’10 150 Peterborough, Ontario
8 Michael Bianconi D 5’11 161 Toronto, Ontario
22 Marcus Gretz D 6’3 215 Macomb, Michigan
41 Evan Vierling C 6′ 155 Aurora, Ontario
73 Jack Harper D 5’10 175 Guelph, Ontario
GUELPH STORM
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
11 Andrei Bakanov RW 6’2 219 Moscow, Russia
22 Ben McFarlane RW 5’9 160 Ayr, Ontario
21 Ty Collins RW 6’0 157 Newmarket, Ontario
24 Matthew Papais LW 5’10 170 Nobleton, Ontario
23 Zack Terry D 6’1 180 Oakville, Ontario
25 Clark Hiebert D 6’2 196 Oakville, Ontario
26 Luka Profaca D 6’1 170 Mississauga, Ontario
28 Cooper Walker C 6′ 170 Cambridge, Ontario
37 Owen Bennett G 6’3 202 Georgetown, Ontario
HAMILTON BULLDOGS
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
2 Micahel Renwick D 5’11 175 Mississauga, Ontario
9 Logan Morrison C 5’11 170 Guelph, Ontario
25 Davis Young C 6′ 175 Mississauga, Ontario
42 Cameron Supryka D 6’2 180 Belleville, Ontario
92 George Diaco LW 5’7 160 London, Ontario
KINGSTON FRONTENACS
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
12 Luke Drewitt LW 6’2 180 London, Ontario
17 Kallaway Mercer LW 5’10 164 Port Hope, Ontario
43 Jacob Murray D 6’3 188 Oakville, Ontario
67 Nick Wong RW 5’9 170 Erin, Ontario
74 Zade Wisdom C 5’10 199 Toronto, Ontario
KITCHENER RANGERS
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
19 Joseph Serpa C 5’8 180 Cambridge, Ontario
20 Isaac Langdon C 6′ 175 Oakville, Ontario
25 Declan McDonnell RW 5’10 171 Lake View, New York
26 Ville Ottavainen D 6’4 195 Oulu, Finland
37 Donavan Sebrango D 6′ 176 Kingston, Ontario
55 Reid Valade RW 5’10 155 Caledon, Ontario
61 Ryan Stepien RW 5’10 175 Stoney Creek, Ontario
LONDON KNIGHTS
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
4 Avery Winslow D 6′ 185 St Pete Beach, Florida
14 Luke Evangelista RW 5’11 165 Oakville, Ontario
16 Sean McGurn C 5’11 176 Ottawa, Ontario
27 Kirill Steklov D 6’4 185 Tallinn, Estonia
40 Antonio Stranges LW 5’10 178 Plymouth, Ontario
45 Gerard Keane D 5’10 167 Homer Glen, Illinois
62 Sahil Panwar LW 6′ 178 Mississauga, Ontario
30 Brett Brochu G 5’11 156 Tillbury, Ontario
84 Mathias Onuska G 6’3 180 Waterloo, Ontario
MISSISSAUGA STEELHEADS
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
7 Craig Spence D 6’2 170 Chatham, Ontario
14 James Hardie LW 5’11 183 Innisfil, Ontario
18 Michael Stubbs C 5’8 175 Thunder Bay, Ontario
21 William Portokalis C 5’10 178 Mississauga, Ontario
23 Callan Christner LW 6′ 178 New Hamburg, Ontario
37 Charlie Callaghan D 5’8 167 Toronto, Ontario
43 Max Dodig LW 5’11 175 Toronto, Ontario
88 Ole Bjorgvik-Holm D 6’1 180 Oslo, Norway
94 Aiden Prueter C 5’10 165 London, Ontario
NIAGARA ICEDOGS
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
11 Jonah De Simone RW 5’10 165 Richmond Hill, Ontario
13 Cameron Snow C 5’8 155 Thornton, Ontario
14 Giancarlo Chanton D 6′ 174 Busserach, Switzerland
21 Ethan Sims C 5’9 143 Hamilton, Ontario
27 AJ Cook D 6′ 180 St Catherines, Ontario
73 Jake Uberti C 6’1 185 Toronto, Ontario
1 Tucker Tynan G 6’1 159 Chicago, Illinois
NORTH BAY BATTALION
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
5 Pacey Schlueting D 6’1 180 North Bay, Ontario
8 Niki Korpialho LW 6’1 172 Aura, Finland
9 Josh Currie LW 6’2 164 Pickering, Ontario
12 David Campbell LW 6’1 181 Sault Ste Marie, Ont
21 Brandon Coe RW 6’4 185 Ajax, Ontario
23 Cameron Peters C 6’3 179 Toronto, Ontario
26 Kyle Jackson LW 6’2 187 Ottawa, Ontario
2 James Mayotte D 6’1 190 Mallorytown, Ontario
OSHAWA GENERALS
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
8 Dawson McKinney RW 5’11 170 Caistorville, Ontario
12 Lleyton Moore D 5’9 165 Woodbridge, Ontario
19 Oliver Suni RW 6’2 183 Kempele, Finland
67 Ryan Gagner LW 5’11 181 Tecumseh, Ontario
71 Ty Tullio RW 5’11 162 Lakeshore, Ontario
33 Zachary Paputsakis G 6’3 186 Rockland, Ontario
OTTAWA 67’S
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
10 Cameron Tolnai C 6’2 178 Oakville, Ontario
13 Dylan Robinson LW 6’1 171 Pickering, Ontario
21 Yanic Crete C 6’1 178 L’Original, Ontario
22 Jack Quinn RW 6’1 174 Cobden, Ontario
23 Marco Rossi C 5’9 174 Feldkirch, Austria
12 Anthony Costantini D 6’1 161 Hamilton, Ontario
26 Alec Belanger D 6′ 179 Barrie, Ontario
31 Will Cranley G 6’3 172 Peterborough, Ontario
OWEN SOUND ATTACK
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
4 Igor Chibrikov D 6’7 181 Toronto, Ontario
6 Nolan Seed D 6’0 171 Newboro, Ontario
10 Jashua Samanski C 6’3 164 Germany
16 Logan LeSage C 6′ 183 Nepean, Ontario
28 Mark Woolley D 6’2 202 St Thomas, Ontario
31 Nick Chenard G 6’4 189 Tecumseh, Ontario
PETERBOROUGH PETES
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
7 Shawn Spearing D 6’0 183 Toronto, Ontario
15 Keegan McMullen LW 6′ 163 Cambridge, Ontario
21 Cameron Butler RW 6’4 197 Ottawa, Ontario
23 Dustin Hutton LW 5’9 145 Etobicoke, Ontario
30 Tye Austin G 6’4 199 Pembroke, Ontario
SAGINAW SPIRIT
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
7 Ian Lemieux D 6’0 180 Midland, Ontario
8 Sabastian Bulovs LW 6′ 180 Brampton, Ontario
11 Ethan Cardwell RW 5’10 175 Courtice, Ontario
22 Mitchell Smith D 5’10 175 Saginaw, Michigan
91 Cole Perfetti LW 5’10 180 Whitby, Ontario
32 Carter Tahk G 6’0 180 Mississauga, Ontario
SARNIA STING
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
12 Nolan DeGurse LW 6’1 185 Peterborough, Ontario
16 Theo Hill C 6’0 175 Hagersville, Ontario
17 Owen Saye RW 5’11 170 Toronto, Ontario
18 Nolan Dillingham D 6’1 185 Mississauga, Ontario
44 Jacob Perreault RW 5’11 198 Hinsdale, Illinois
61 Anthony Tabak LW 6’5 204 Oakville, Ontario
77 Colton Kammerer D 6’1 180 Brooklin, Ontario
SAULT STE MARIE GREYHOUNDS
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
15 Alex Johnston C 6′ 172 Stittsville, Ontario
17 Matthew Hallushak D 6’3 197 Thunder Bay, Ontario
21 Ryan O’Rourke D 6’1 169 Pickering, Ontario
23 Rory Kerins LW 5’10 173 Caledon, Ontario
25 Dominic Muffareh RW 5’10 168 Livonia, Michigan
26 Jaromir Pytlik RW 6’2 192 Dacice, Czech Republic
28 Calvin Watson RW 5’10 166 Peterborough, Ontario
71 Tanner Dickinson LW 5’11 148 Perrysburg, Ohio
SUDBURY WOLVES
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
4 Nathan Ribau D 6’1 185 Oakville, Ontario
7 Isaak Phillips D 6’3 174 Barrie, Ontario
22 Jack Thompson D 6’1 172 Courtice, Ontario
55 Quinton Byfield C 6’5 214 Newmarket, Ontario
74 Giordano Biondi C 5’10 166 Sudbury, Ontario
WINDSOR SPITFIRES
# Player Pos HT WT HOMETOWN
5 Dylan Robinson D 6’3 183 Simcoe, Ontario
13 Will Cuylle LW 6’2 200 Toronto, Ontario
25 Kyle McDonald RW 6’4 186 Ottawa, Ontario
88 Ruben Rafkin D 5’11 188 Turku, Finland
93 Jean-Luc Foudy C 5’11 163 Scarborough, Ontario
30 Xavier Medina G 6’0 181 Detroit, Michigan