OHL WRITER’S DRAFT ELIGIBLE PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER 2021

Kyle Jackson of the North Bay Battalion. Photo by Terry Wilson, OHL Images

I can’t tell you how much fun it is to be back in an arena and watching live hockey. There just isn’t anything like it in the sports world.

In prior years, we here have done a draft eligible player of the month. However, just like we did for October, because of the sheer number of players re-entering the draft we have expanded it to include the draft eligible player of the month at forward position, defence and goaltending. So here we go…

FORWARD

It was an easy decision up front and that was Kyle Jackson of the North Bay Battalion. Jackson recorded eleven goals and eleven assists in just eleven games in November and now sits with fourteen goals and twenty-one assists in twenty-two games to lead all draft eligible players in scoring. Jackson was held off the scoresheet just once in November and produced seven multi-point games. He was recognized by the OHL as the top performer of the month.

We did consider Nolan Dann of the Sarnia Sting briefly. Dann played in twelve games and scored ten goals and assisted on six.

DEFENCEMAN

This could have gone any number of ways but we went with Gavin White of the Hamilton Bulldogs. White scored twice while adding eleven assists in ten games in the month of November. The reason we chose White over the others was his consistency through the month. He was only held pointless twice in those ten games and he only had two multi point games in the remaining eight. You can’t get much more consistent than that for a blueliner. White is a draft re-entry.

Also considered were a pair of Saginaw Spirit defencemen. Pavel Mintyukov had two goals and eight helpers in twelve games while Roberto Mancini had three goals and eight assists. Spencer Sova of the Erie Otters was also given consideration with his three goals and eight assists in eleven contests.

GOALTENDER

Patrick Leaver gets the nod here and it’s a token nod since he will not get the playing time, he has gotten through the first two months with the return of Oshawa Generals number one netminder from an injury. It’s not like he is not deserving though. Leaver posted a 4-2-1 record through November and a .902 save-percentage.

Of course, Brett Brochu of the London Knights was also considered. Brochu had a 6-4-1 record and a .904 save-percentage.

FORWARDS

November – Kyle Jackson – North Bay Battalion

October – Tucker Robertson – Peterborough Petes

DEFENCEMEN

November – Gavin While – Hamilton Bulldogs

October – Ty Nelson – North Bay Battalion

GOALTENDERS

November – Patrick Leaver – Oshawa Generals

October – Brett Brochu – London Knights

OHL’s DRAFT ELIGIBLE STATISTICAL LEADERS ENDING NOVEMBER 30 2021

Brett Brochu of the London Knights. Photo by Luke Durda / OHL Images

I wonder, sometimes out loud, how things might be different had the Ontario Hockey League had played last season? There are players passed over from the 2020 National Hockey League Draft that didn’t get a look from NHL scouts in 2021 because, well they couldn’t give them a look. And now some of those players are taking the OHL by storm.

As I have done for several years now, I look at the draft eligible statistical leaders in several categories from month to month. I usually only look at players entering the NHL Draft for the first time. However, with the number of players re-entering the draft, I have combined them all. That said, I am only including those re-entering that could have been selected in 2021 but were passed over. There are a few re-entering the draft class that were passed over in 2020 and 2021, but I am not including them.

We here at OHL Writers take great care in compiling stats, but we are only human. For official stats always refer to the OHL Website.

Points Leaders
PlayerTeamGPGAPts
Kyle JacksonNorth Bay Battalion22142135
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes19151934
Luca DelBelBelluzMississauga Steelheads19111223
Shane WrightKingston Frontenacs1991322
Nolan BurkeSarnia Sting1911920
Deni GoureOwen Sound Attack19101020
Danny ZhilkinGuelph Storm21101020
Vsevolod GaidamakOttawa 67’s2212719
Brett BressetteErie Otters1981119
Matthew PoitrasGuelph Storm2171219
Goal Scoring Leaders
PlayerTeamGPGGPG
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes19150.79
Kyle JacksonNorth Bay Battalion22140.64
Vsevolod GaidamakOttawa 67’s22120.55
Luca DelBelBelluzMississauga Steelheads19110.58
Nolan BurkeSarnia Sting19110.58
Nolan DannSarnia Sting19110.58
Colton SmithLondon Knights20110.55
Deni GoureOwen Sound Attack19100.53
Danny ZhilkinGuelph Storm21100.48
Avery HayesHamilton Bulldogs20100.50
Assist Leaders
PlayerTeamGPAAPG
Kyle JacksonNorth Bay Battalion22210.95
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes19191.00
Gavin WhiteHamilton Bulldogs20150.75
Jake KarabelaGuelph Storm21150.71
Shane WrightKingston Frontenacs 19130.68
Ty NelsonNorth Bay Battalion22130.59
Kasper LarsenMississauga Steelheads18120.67
Luca DelBelBelluzMississauga Steelheads19120.63
David GoyetteSudbury Wolves 21120.57
Evan KonyenSudbury Wolves21120.57
Defencemen Point Leaders
PlayerTeamGPGAPts
Ty NelsonSudbury Wolves2251318
Gavin WhiteHamilton Bulldogs2021517
Pavel MintyukovSaginaw Spirit1831114
Roberto ManciniSaginaw Spirit184913
Christian KyrouErie Otters1931013
Samuel MayerPeterborough Petes195712
Kasper LarsenMississauga Steelheads1801212
Kirill KudryavtsevSoo Greyhounds2111011
Faceoff Leaders (minimum 200 faceoffs)
PlayerTeamGPFOAFOW%
Owen BeckMississauga Steelheads1938822959.0
Landon McCallumSudbury Wolves2225114758.6
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes1949328357.4
Danny ZhilkinGuelph Storm2137420254.0
Max NamestnikovSarnia Sting1923612753.8
Vsevolod GaidamakOttawa 67’s2236219353.3
Deni GoureOwen Sound Attack1928114652.0
Ethan LarmandSudbury Wolves2235218251.7
Shane WrightKingston Frontenacs1942321751.3
Liam ArnsbyNorth Bay Battalion2246723650.5
Shooting Percentage Leaders
PlayerTeamGPShotsGoalsSH%
Braeden BowmanGuelph Storm1924937.50
Jonathan MeleeHamilton Bulldogs1816531.25
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes19501530.00
Gavin BryantOwen Sound Attack1320630.00
Kyle JacksonNorth Bay Battalion12371129.73
Dean LoukasSaginaw Spirit1722627.27
Brett BressetteErie Otters1932825.00
Liam ArnsbyNorth Bay Battalion2221523.81
Colton SmithLondon Knights20471123.40
Nolan BurkeSarnia Sting19471123.40
Goaltenders Leaders – Goals Against Average
PlayerTeamGPMinGAAvg
Brett BrochuLondon Knights191135492.59
Jacob OsterGuelph Storm11606302.97
Patrick LeverOshawa Generals16903452.99
Pavel CajanKitchener Rangers12720423.50
Goaltending Leaders – Save Percentage
PlayerTeamGPSHSVSSV%
Brett BrochuLondon Knights195955460.918
Patrick LeverOshawa Generals165224770.914
Pavel CajanKitchener Rangers124133710.898
Jacob OsterGuelph Storm112722420.890

Patrick Leaver – Oshawa Generals – Player Profile

HTWTDOBPOSCATCHESOHL DRAFTNHLCSCOUNTRY
6’0”165Sept 4, 2003GLeft158 – 2019NRCanada
SEASONLEAGUETEAMWLGAASV%
2018-2019Under-18Smiths Falls Bears9102.89.902
2019-2020CCHL2Westport Rideaus1662.75.920
2020-2021 DID NOT PLAY    
Patrick Leaver of the Oshawa Generals. Photo courtesy of Robert Lefebvre – OHL Images.

Oshawa Generals netminder Patrick Leaver wasn’t listed on NHL Central Scouting’s preseason Players to Watch list not their November list. There really wasn’t much of a body of work to pass judgement on Leaver, especially with the lost season od 2020-2021.

It wasn’t until incumbent and undisputed number one netminder Zachary Paputsakis went down with an injury that still has him out of the lineup after just his third game of the season. Leaver has taken the crease and has appeared in all but one game for the Generals since then.

Leaver has done just enough to at least have a conversation about as we approach the end of November. He currently has a 9-4-2 record while sporting a 2.99 goals-against-average (sixth in the league) and a nice .914 save-percentage (second in the league) while playing the fourth most minutes.

The stats speak for themselves as Leaver enters his second go around in the NHL Entry Draft. But what about Patrick Leaver the goaltender intrigues me?

At 6’0”, Leaver doesn’t possess the typical size of the ‘new era’ goaltender. One area that needs to be improved on is that he plays small in the blue paint. While set for a shot, he is crouched over to far exposing a lot of the top of the cage and for a ‘smaller goaltender’ he will need to learn to play bigger. It’s those high shots he has the most trouble with but it is an area that can be improved with continued coaching.

On the plus side, Leaver is very athletic. His lateral movement from post to post is exceptional. He reads the play extremely well and his puck tracking is also exceptional. Size hinders him a bit in seeing long distance shots but he does an adequate job looking around players to find where the shot is coming from. In tight, he gets low and is able to take away the bottom portion of the net. He has a good glove hand and his rebound control is just okay, but not an area of concern as it’s something that can be improved.

Leaver has done nothing but give the Generals a chance to win almost every night he has taken the net. It will be interesting to see what the Generals decide to do once Paputsakis returns, but Leaver is definitely worth keeping track of as the season progresses.

Matthew Poitras – Guelph Storm – Player Profile

Matthew Poitras of the Guelph Storm. Photo courtesy of OHL Images.
HTWTDOBPOSSHOOTSOHL DRAFTNHLCSCOUNTRY
5’11”170Mar 10, 2004CRight12th – 2020A Prospect NovemberCanada
SEASONLEAGUETEAMGPGAPTSPIM
2018-2019Under-15Whitby Wildcats16861439
2019-2020Under-16Whitby Wildcats3626426829
2020-2021OHLDID NOT PLAY00000

The missed season of 2020-2021 didn’t prevent NHL Central Scouting from ranking Guelph Storm’s Matthew Poitras as an A Prospect on their preliminary rankings. An A ranking is reserved for potential first round picks and Poitras was just one of two Ontario Hockey League players with an A ranking. Now, this is just my opinion, and it is early, but that will likely change mainly because there were no eyes on the OHL last season because of the pandemic. Well, there was no season.

Don’t be fooled by the lack of production so far in this OHL season. There is so much to like about Poitras’ game and sooner or later he is going to break out.

One of the first things you’ll notice about Poitras is his work ethic. He has an internal engine that just will not stop or pause. His ‘I will not be outworked’ mentality is hard to match. He goes into every battle with sheer determination and a will to win. That bodes well for Poitras, but he isn’t without talent.

Poitras is an excellent skater with very good speed, excellent mobility and superb edgework. With the puck on his stick, he has a ‘computer processor between the ears’ able to survey the ice with his excellent vision and make decisions in the blink of an eye. But he is also able to buy time and space for his teammates by maintaining possession be simply beating the opposition with his shiftiness to create space. To put it simply, he makes everyone around him better.

While Poitras is first and foremost a playmaker, he will not shy away from taking the shot if he deems it to be the best opportunity for his team. He puts a lot into his shot and he can get it off quickly and on target, but that’s not to say his accuracy isn’t a work in progress. While getting it on the 4 x 6-foot cage is a plus, too many times it’s in the goaltender’s chest and easily absorbed. Improving on his accuracy will allow him to pick holes in the goaltender. But it’s not just about picking corners. Shooting with a purpose, low and along the ice and into the pads for example, to create second chance opportunities via rebounds or dirty goals via goal mouth scrambles would be a benefit.

Known for being a two-way pivot, let’s start with the good. When Poitras gets the puck on his stick in his own zone, it’s one-and-done for the opposition. He transitions to offense as quick as anyone and he usually takes it right into the offensive zone.

Poitras has shown that he is also capable of breaking up plays with his stick and turning the other way. However, he doesn’t show consistency while defending. That is something to watch for as the becomes more accustomed to the OHL – seeing improvement as the season progresses. His positioning and play without the puck is kind of sporadic.

I think Poitras will top out as a second line center at the NHL level if he puts all the pieces together. He is definitely worth keeping an eye on as the season moves forward.

I wouldn’t bet against him.

63 OHL PLAYERS INCLUDED ON NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING ‘PLAYERS TO WATCH’ LIST FOR NOVEMBER

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 63 OHL players have been included on NHL Central Scouting’s November ‘Players to Watch’ List for the 2022 NHL Draft scheduled to take place July 7-8 in Montreal, Quebec.

Forwards Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs and Matthew Poitras of the Guelph Storm remain ‘A’ rated prospects, and are joined this month by Storm centreman Danny Zhilkin and Saginaw Spirit blueliner Pavel Mintyukov in the top tier of draft eligible talent.

“Some players who are true first-year draft eligible players or did not have the opportunity to play in 2020-21 have been able to establish their game and others have displayed continued improvements and developments,” director of NHL Central Scouting Dan Marr said. “This update provides the opportunity to highlight some players whose game is trending in the right direction.”

NHL Central Scouting’s Joey Tenute had positive things to say about Zhilkin and Mintyukov, the OHL’s two newest additions to the ‘A’ category.

“It’s very evident just by watching him that Zhilkin is ahead of the curve at this point from a lot of prospects; he really plays a mature game,” said Tenute, who played four OHL seasons between Barrie and Sarnia from 2000-04. “He’s a top line player that plays in all situations for Guelph, so he’s a big part of his team and he’s a very strong skater.

“He had a good U-18 Worlds and showed his ability to play up and down the lineup while filling multiple roles in that tournament.”

Mintyukov has played big minutes for the Spirit this season, joining the franchise as the 52nd overall pick of the 2020 CHL Import Draft.

“I think [Mintykov’s] a very polished player,” Tenute said. “Coming over from Russia, and playing in a new league with new teammates, you don’t always know how quick a player is going to adapt but he’s a guy who’s come in and has had an immediate impact. He’s a top pairing defenceman who plays in every situation, crunches minutes, and excels on the power play.”

An additional 19 OHL players were assigned ‘B’ ratings indicating a potential second or third round selection while 40, including five goaltenders, received ‘C’ designations indicating a potential fourth, fifth or sixth round candidate.

Nineteen of 20 OHL teams were represented on the list led by the London Knights with seven players ranked, the Guelph Storm with six including two ‘A’ rated skaters as well as the Niagara IceDogs and North Bay Battalion with five each.

The list includes 45 OHL forwards, 13 defencemen and five goaltenders.

2021 NHL Central Scouting November Players to Watch List – OHL

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

RATINGPLAYERPOS.TEAM
APavel MintyukovLDSaginaw Spirit
AMatthew PoitrasRCGuelph Storm
AShane WrightRCKingston Frontenacs
ADanny ZhilkinLCGuelph Storm
BLiam ArnsbyRCNorth Bay Battalion
BOwen BeckRCMississauga Steelheads
BMichael BuchingerLDGuelph Storm
BAidan CastleRWNiagara IceDogs
BJorian DonovanLDHamilton Bulldogs
BJackson EdwardLDLondon Knights
BPano FimisRCNiagara IceDogs
BRuslan GazizovRWLondon Knights
BIsaiah GeorgeLDLondon Knights
BDavid GoyetteLCSudbury Wolves
BHunter HaightRCBarrie Colts
BJake KarabelaLCGuelph Storm
BPaul LudwinskiLCKingston Frontenacs
BBryce McConnell-BarkerLCSoo Greyhounds
BTy NelsonRDNorth Bay Battalion
BServac PetrovskyLCOwen Sound Attack
BVinzenz RohrerRWOttawa 67’s
BMatyas SapovalivLCSaginaw Spirit
BSpencer SovaLDErie Otters
CRyan AbrahamLCWindsor Spitfires
CSam AlfanoRWPeterborough Petes
CBraeden BowmanRWGuelph Storm
CBrett BrochuGLondon Knights
CGavin BryantLCOwen Sound Attack
CBrice CookeLWNiagara IceDogs
CBrody CraneLWLondon Knights
CLuca Del Bel BelluzLCMississauga Steelheads
CKocha DelicLCSudbury Wolves
CJustin DeZoeteLCPeterborough Petes
CRodwin DionicioLDNiagara IceDogs
CDom DiVincentiisGNorth Bay Battalion
CLucas EdmondsRWKingston Frontenacs
CJacob FrascaRCBarrie Colts
CVsevolod GaidamakLCOttawa 67’s
CCedrick GuindonLCOwen Sound Attack
CGavin HayesRWFlint Firebirds
CBeau JelsmaLCBarrie Colts
CEvan KonyenRWSudbury Wolves
CKirill KudryavtsevLDSoo Greyhounds
CArtem KulakovLDErie Otters
CNolan LalondeGErie Otters
CEthan LarmandLCSudbury Wolves
CZakary LavoieRWMississauga Steelheads
CAndrew LeBlancLCKitchener Rangers
CJacob LeBlancRDKitchener Rangers
CTnias MathurinLDNorth Bay Battalion
CJonathan MeleeLCHamilton Bulldogs
CMax NamestnikovLCSarnia Sting
CJacob OsterGGuelph Storm
CTucker RobertsonRCPeterborough Petes
CDylan RoobroeckLCNiagara IceDogs
CTeddy SawyerLDOttawa 67’s
CCharlie SchenkelGSoo Greyhounds
CLawson SherkLCHamilton Bulldogs
CLandon SimRWLondon Knights
CColton SmithLWLondon Knights
CBrady StonehouseRWOttawa 67’s
CZander VecciaRWMississauga Steelheads
CDalyn WakelyRCNorth Bay Battalion

For the complete list along with additional scouting reports, visit NHL.com.


About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

KITCHENER RANGERS TO HOST 2022 KUBOTA CHL/NHL TOP PROSPECTS GAME

Toronto, Ont. – The Canadian Hockey League announced today that the Kitchener Rangers will host the 2022 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on February 2, 2022.

“The Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is one of our most anticipated national events,” said Dan MacKenzie, President of the Canadian Hockey League. “Working in partnership with the National Hockey League, we look forward to showcasing the stars of tomorrow for our fans in Kitchener, who are among the most passionate fans in the CHL.”

The Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game showcases top NHL Draft eligible talent from across the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and Western Hockey League competing before hundreds of NHL scouts in attendance.

“Kubota Canada is proud to be the title sponsor of the Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game,” said Steve Sweetnam, Marketing Director for Kubota Canada. “We’re excited about the return of hockey and pleased to be able to support the development of these great future prospects.”

The 2022 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game marks the 14th time the OHL will serve as host and the first time the event has returned to Kitchener since 2003. In all, 24 Rangers players have competed in the showcase, most recently defenceman Donovan Sebrango in 2020 who was later selected 63rd overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2020 NHL Draft.

“We are honoured and grateful that the CHL has selected Kitchener as this year’s host location,” said Joe Birch, Rangers Chief Operating Officer and Governor. “Hockey is back in full swing in the Kitchener-Waterloo region and we look forward to providing fans the opportunity to see the CHL’s top draft eligible talent at The Aud here in its 70th anniversary season.”

Since its reintroduction as the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in 1996, the event has featured 15 players who were later selected first overall in the NHL Draft, including Alexis Lafreniere (2020), Nico Hischier (2017), Connor McDavid (2015), Aaron Ekblad (2014), Nathan MacKinnon (2013), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011), Taylor Hall (2010), John Tavares (2009), Steven Stamkos (2008), Patrick Kane (2007), Marc-Andre Fleury (2003), Rick Nash (2002), Vincent Lecavalier (1998), Joe Thornton (1997), and Chris Phillips (1996).

Beginning December 1, tickets will be available to the general public online at kwtickets.ca, by phone at 1-800-265-8977 or 519-578-1570, and at the box offices at the Centre In The Square (101 Queen St. N., Kitchener, Mon. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) and the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium (400 East Ave., Kitchener, Mon., Wed., Fri., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Game Days, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.). The 2022 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game will also be broadcasted nationally on TSN and RDS.

The Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game was last held in Hamilton in January 2020 where Team White defeated Team Red 5-3. Tyson Foerster (Team White/Barrie Colts/Philadelphia Flyers) and Jack Quinn (Team Red/Ottawa 67’s/Buffalo Sabres) were named the Players of the Game. In all, 37 players who competed in the 2020 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game were later chosen in the 2020 NHL Draft headlined by Lafreniere’s first-overall selection by the New York Rangers.

More information about the 2022 Kubota CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game including team rosters and coaches will be announced at a later date.

About the Canadian Hockey League
The Canadian Hockey League is the world’s largest development hockey league with 52 Canadian and eight American teams participating in the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

About Kubota Canada Ltd.
Kubota Canada Ltd. (KCL) is an affiliate of Kubota Corporation, a tractor and heavy equipment manufacturer based in Osaka, Japan. KCL markets and distributes Kubota engineered and manufactured equipment, including a complete line of tractors of up to 210HP, performance-matched implements, compact and utility tractors, compact construction, landscaping and public work equipment, residential lawn and garden equipment, commercial turf products and utility vehicles. For product literature or dealer locations, contact Kubota Canada Ltd. at 5900 14th Avenue, Markham, Ontario Canada L3S 4K4, by telephone, at 905-294-6535, by visiting KCL’s website kubota.ca

LEAVER AND ROBERTSON NAMED OHL TOP PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced Top Performers of the Week for the week of regular season games ending Sunday, October 31, 2021

Petes’ Tucker Robertson Named OHL Player of the Week

Tucker Robertson of the Peterborough Petes is the OHL Player of the Week with five points including three goals and two assists in a pair of victories.

Robertson got the Petes going on Thursday, scoring before recording two primary assists in a 4-3 home win over the Hamilton Bulldogs. He earned first star honours, going 21-for-29 in the faceoff circle as the Petes got back in the win column. Robertson was excellent again on Saturday in Niagara, scoring second period goals three-and-a-half minutes apart as the Petes nipped the IceDogs 5-4. Robertson was once again the game’s first star, going 16-for-30 at the dot while recording four shots on goal.

An 18-year-old product of Toronto, Ont., Robertson is second among OHL skaters producing 1.78 points-per-game this season. His 16 points (6-10–16) over nine contests pace the Peterborough offence while his 238 faceoffs are the third-most in the League as he currently boasts a 58.8 percent success rate. Robertson recorded 18 points (8-10–18) over 55 games in 2019-20 after being a fourth round (72nd overall) pick from the Toronto Marlboros U16 program in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. He attended rookie camp with the Carolina Hurricanes this past September.

Also considered for the award this week was Anaheim Ducks prospect Sasha Pastujov of the Guelph Storm who recorded a league-leading seven points (5-2–7) over three games as the Storm went 2-1. Los Angeles Kings prospect Brandt Clarke of the Barrie Colts was also impressive, posting six points (3-3–6) over three games as the Colts won a pair.

2021-22 OHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Oct. 25 – Oct. 31: Tucker Robertson (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 18 – Oct. 24: Rory Kerins (Soo Greyhounds)
Oct. 11 – Oct. 17: Calum Ritchie (Oshawa Generals)
Oct. 4 – Oct. 10: Jack Thompson (Sudbury Wolves)


Generals’ Patrick Leaver Named OHL Goaltender of the Week

Patrick Leaver of the Oshawa Generals is the OHL Goaltender of the Week with two wins, a 1.00 goals-against average, .976 save percentage and his first career OHL shutout.

Leaver helped the Generals take road wins in North Bay and Sudbury, stopping 82 of the 84 shots he faced. The first-year goaltender carried a shutout into the third period of Thursday’s matchup against the Battalion, turning aside 44 shots in a 3-2 win. Leaver was flawless in Sudbury on Friday, posting a 38-save shutout as the Generals prevailed by a score of 4-0.

An 18-year-old from Perth, Ont., Leaver owns a 5-2-0-1 record with a 2.49 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and one shutout through his first nine games of the season. The 6-foot-1, 180Ib. goaltender was Oshawa’s eighth round (158th overall) pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection from the Smiths Falls Bears U18 program. Leaver won a silver medal while representing Team Ontario at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta.

Also in the running for this week’s award was undefeated London Knights goaltender Brett Brochu who earned a pair of wins over Owen Sound and Sarnia, posting a 1.50 goals-against average and .950 save percentage to climb to 8-0-0-0.

2021-22 OHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:
Oct. 25 – Oct. 31: Patrick Leaver (Oshawa Generals)
Oct. 18 – Oct. 24: Jacob Oster (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 11 – Oct. 17: Brett Brochu (London Knights)
Oct. 4 – Oct. 10: Tucker Tynan (Niagara IceDogs)
 

About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

OHL’s DRAFT ELIGIBLE STATISTICAL LEADERS FOR OCTOBER

This season will be unlike any other for the players eligible for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft that are playing in the Ontario Hockey League.

As you know, the pandemic wiped out the entire 2020-2021 OHL season and NHL scouts didn’t have an opportunity to scout the talent in the OHL with the exception of those that played in Europe or the Under-18 or the showcase tournament in Erie. We are basically combining two drafts into one and there are over 200 players eligible for the draft for the first time or re-entering the draft.

In a normal season here at OHL Writers, we look only at the players eligible for the NHL Entry Draft for the first time, but because of the number of players eligible for 2022 we have decided to include first time eligible players and players entering the draft for the second time which is why you will see some players born after September 15, 2002 throughout the season talked about here.

Here’s a look at the statistical leaders in a variety of categories. While we take great care in compiling stats, always refer to the OHL’s site for official stats.

Points Leaders
PlayerTeamGPGAPts
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes961016
Kyle JacksonNorth Bay Battalion1131013
Deni GoureOwen Sound Attack106511
Evan KonyenSudbury Wolves114711
David GoyetteSudbury Wolves114711
Liam ArnsbyNorth Bay Battalion114610
Matthew PoitrasGuelph Storm104610
Ty NelsonNorth Bay Battalion112810
Colton SmithLondon Knights8639
Vsevolod GaidamakOttawa 67’s10549
Goal Scoring Leaders
PlayerTeamGPGGPG
Braedon BowmanGuelph Storm1070.70
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes960.67
Deni GoureOwen Sound Attack1060.60
Colton SmithLondon Knights860.75
Ethan LarmandSudbury Wolves1160.55
Nolan BurkeSarnia Sting760.86
Vsevolod GaidamakOttawa 67’s1050.50
Stepan MachacekOwen Sound Attack1050.50
Evan KonyenSudbury Wolves1140.36
Liam ArnsbyNorth Bay Battalion1040.40
Assist Leaders
PlayerTeamGPAAPG
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes9101.11
Kyle JacksonNorth Bay Battalion10101.00
Michael BuchingerGuelph Storm1080.80
Nick DeGraziaSudbury Wolves1180.73
Jake KarabelaGuelph Storm1080.80
Ty NelsonNorth Bay Battalion1180.73
Servac PetrovskyOwen Sound Attack1080.80
Evan KonyenSudbury Wolves1170.64
Gavin WhiteHamilton Bulldogs1070.70
Liam ArnsbyNorth Bay Battalion1160.55
Defencemen Point Leaders
PlayerTeamGPGAPts
Ty NelsonNorth Bay Battalion112810
Michael BuchingerGuelph Storm10088
Gavin WhiteHamilton Bulldogs10077
Samuel MayerPeterborough Petes9336
Jorian DonovanHamilton Bulldogs10145
Sam SedleyOwen Sound Attack10145
Pavel MintyukovSaginaw Spirit6134
Isaac EnrightNiagara IceDogs8134
Penalty Minutes Leaders
PlayerTeamGPPIMM/G
Samuel MayerPeterborough Petes9232.56
Teddy SawyerOttawa 67’s10191.90
Riley PittOshawa Generals7182.57
Nathan PooleKingston Frontenacs7162.29
Ty AnselminiMississauga Steelheads8162.00
Faceoff Leaders
PlayerTeamGPFOAFOW%
Marko SikicGuelph Storm10271763.0
Owen BeckMississauga Steelheads816410061.0
Servac PetrovskyOwen Sound Attack1020011959.5
Paul LudwinskiKingston Frontenacs8492959.2
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes923814058.8
Jake KarabelaGuelph Storm10513058.8
Landon McCallumSudbury Wolves101357958.5
Alex GeciSarnia Sting5372156.8
Max NamestnikovSarnia Sting7915156.0
Vsevolod GaidamakOttawa 67’s101779955.9
Minumum 25 faceoffs
Shooting Percentage Leaders
PlayerTeamGPShotsGoalsSH%
Braedon BowmanGuelph Storm1013753.8
Dean LoukusSaginaw Spirit69444.4
Oliver SmithBarrie Colts610440.0
Nolan BurkeSarnia Sting717635.3
Ethan LarmandSudbury Wolves1018633.3
Brett BressetteErie Otters812433.3
Colton SmithLondon Knights819631.6
Dylan WakelyNorth Bay Battalion1014428.6
Landon SimLondon Knights87228.6
Thomas JohnstonOttawa 67’s1011327.3
Goaltenders Leaders – Goals Against Average
PlayerTeamGPMinGAAvg
Brett BrochuLondon Knights8493172.07
Patrick LeaverOshawa Generals7481202.49
Pavel CajanKitchener Rangers5306142.75
Andrew OkeSaginaw Spirit317482.76
Jacon OsterGuelph Storm6302163.18
Goaltending Leaders – Save Percentage
PlayerTeamGPSHSVSSV%
Marshall NichollsErie Otters250480.960
Brett BrochuLondon Knights82632460.935
Patrick LeaverOshawa Generals72682480.925
Pavel CajanKitchener Rangers51731590.919
Andrew OkeSaginaw Spirit382740.902

OHL WRITERS’ DRAFT ELIGIBLE PLAYER OF THE MONTH: OCTOBER

Brett Brochu of the London Knights. Photo by Luke Durda / OHL Images

This season will be unlike any other for the players eligible for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft that are playing in the Ontario Hockey League.

As you know, the pandemic wiped out the entire 2020-2021 OHL season and NHL scouts didn’t have an opportunity to scout the talent in the OHL with the exception of those that played in Europe or the Under-18 or the showcase tournament in Erie. We are basically combining two drafts into one and there are over 200 players eligible for the draft for the first time or re-entering the draft.

In a normal season here at OHL Writers, we look only at the players eligible for the NHL Entry Draft for the first time, but because of the number of players eligible for 2022 we have decided to include first time eligible players and players entering the draft for the second time which is why you will see some players born after September 15, 2002 throughout the season talked about here.

Also, a little different this season will be our Draft Eligible Player of the Month. Normally, we pick the player who had the best month but again, because of the volume of players available for the draft for this season we are breaking it down by position.

Our draft eligible player of the month for October up front is Tucker Robertson of the Peterborough Petes. To say Robertson had a fantastic month would be an understatement. In 9 games he notched 6 goals and 10 assists to lead all draft eligible players in scoring with 16 points. He was also 140 for 238 on the faceoff dot for a 58.8 winning percentage.

Robertson was kept off the scoresheet just twice in October while also compiling 4 multi point games and two games with 3 assists.

Also considered was North Bay Battalion’s Kyle Jackson who scored 3 goals to go along with 10 helpers in 11 games.

On defence, our choice is Ty Nelson of the North Bay Battalion. Nelson had 2 goals and 8 assists in 11 games and leads all draft eligible defensemen in scoring with 10 points and is fourth among all OHL defensemen in scoring. Nelson was held off the scoresheet just 4 times and had 4 multi-point games. He also finished with a very impressive plus-7.

Also considered was Hamilton Bulldogs defenseman Gavin White. He notched 7 helpers through 10 games and was a steadying influence at both ends of the ice. It took some time for White to find his stride, but he finished the month off with 6 helpers in Hamilton’s final 6 games of the month.

In the net Brett Brochu of the London Knights gets the nod. He’s played in every game and has a perfect 8-0-0 record. He also boasts the leagues best save-percentage if .935 and best goals-against-average of 2.07 (goalies with more than two starts).

Also considered was Oshawa Generals netminder Patrick Leaver, If it wasn’t for Brochu’s outstanding numbers, Leaver would have been the obvious choice with his .925 save-percentage and 2.49 goals-against-average.

66 OHL PLAYERS INCLUDED ON NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING ‘PLAYERS TO WATCH’ LIST FOR OCTOBER

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League is proud to announce that 66 OHL players have been included on NHL Central Scouting’s October ‘Players to Watch’ List for the 2022 NHL Draft scheduled to take place July 7-8 in Montreal, Quebec.

Forwards Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs and Matthew Poitras of the Guelph Storm each received ‘A’ ratings indicating a potential first round selection.

The OHL’s Rookie of the Year in 2019-20, Wright has recorded six points (2-4–6) through his first five games of the 2021-22 season. The 17-year-old Frontenacs captain played a key role in Canada’s gold medal at the 2021 IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship in Frisco, Texas this past May.

Poitras was the 12th overall pick of the 2020 OHL Priority Selection from the Whitby Wildcats U16 program. The 17-year-old centreman has four points (3-1–4) through his first four OHL contests.

An additional 21 players were assigned ‘B’ ratings indicating a potential second or third round selection while 43, including five goaltenders, received ‘C’ designations indicating a potential fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh round candidate.

All 20 OHL member teams were represented on the list led by the London Knights with eight players included. The Guelph Storm and Sudbury Wolves trailed with six players respectively while the Niagara IceDogs and North Bay Battalion each had five.

The list includes 45 OHL forwards, 16 defencemen and five goaltenders.

2021 NHL Central Scouting October Players to Watch List – OHL

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

RATINGPLAYERPOS.TEAM
AMatthew PoitrasRCGuelph Storm
AShane WrightRCKingston Frontenacs
BLiam ArnsbyRCNorth Bay Battalion
BOwen BeckRCMississauga Steelheads
BMichael BuchingerLDGuelph Storm
BAidan CastleLWNiagara IceDogs
BJorian DonovanLDHamilton Bulldogs
BJackson EdwardLDLondon Knights
BPano FimisRCNiagara IceDogs
BDavid GoyetteLCSudbury Wolves
BCedrick GuindonLCOwen Sound Attack
BHunter HaightRCBarrie Colts
BGavin HayesRWFlint Firebirds
BJake KarabelaLCGuelph Storm
BZakary LavoieRWMississauga Steelheads
BPaul LudwinskiLWKingston Frontenacs
BBryce McConnell-BarkerLCSoo Greyhounds
BPavel MintyukovLDSaginaw Spirit
BTy NelsonRDNorth Bay Battalion
BVinzenz RohrerRWOttawa 67’s
BMatyas SapovalivLCSaginaw Spirit
BSpencer SovaLDErie Otters
BDanny ZhilkinLCGuelph Storm
CRyan AbrahamLCWindsor Spitfires
CSam AlfanoRWPeterborough Petes
CAndre AnaniaLDSudbury Wolves
CBraeden BowmanRWGuelph Storm
CBrett BrochuGLondon Knights
CGavin BryantLCOwen Sound Attack
CBen BujoldLCLondon Knights
CBrice CookeLWNiagara IceDogs
CBrody CraneLWLondon Knights
CNick DeGraziaLWSudbury Wolves
CLuca Del Bel BelluzLCMississauga Steelheads
CKocha DelicLCSudbury Wolves
CJustin DeZoeteRWPeterborough Petes
CRodwin DionicioLDNiagara IceDogs
CDomenic DiVincentiisGNorth Bay Battalion
CZach FilakLCSarnia Sting
CJacob FrascaRCBarrie Colts
CIsaiah GeorgeLDLondon Knights
CBeau JelsmaLCBarrie Colts
CEvan KonyenRWSudbury Wolves
CKirill KudryavtsevLDSoo Greyhounds
CArtem KulakovLDErie Otters
CNolan LalondeGErie Otters
CEthan LarmandLCSudbury Wolves
CAndrew LeBlancLCKitchener Rangers
CJacob LeBlancRDKitchener Rangers
CAlec LeonardRDNiagara IceDogs
CTnias MathurinLDNorth Bay Battalion
CJonathan MeleeLCHamilton Bulldogs
CDaniel MichaudLCOshawa Generals
CMax NamestnikovLCSarnia Sting
CCedricson OkitunduLDOwen Sound Attack
CJacob OsterGGuelph Storm
CServac PetrovskyLCOwen Sound Attack
CTucker RobertsonRCPeterborough Petes
CStuart RolofsLWLondon Knights
CTeddy SawyerLDOttawa 67’s
CCharlie SchenkelGSoo Greyhounds
CLandon SimLWLondon Knights
CColton SmithLWLondon Knights
CBrady StonehouseRWOttawa 67’s
CZander VecciaRWMississauga Steelheads
CDalyn WakelyRCNorth Bay Battalion

For the complete list, visit NHL.com.


About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.