Adam Thilander – North Bay Battalion – Player Profile

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 187 pounds

Date of birth: September 18, 1998

Hometown: Skovde, Sweden

Position: Defence

Shoots: Right

OHL Draft: Round 1, 36th overall, 2016 CHL Import Draft

The North Bay Battalion selected Adam Thilander with the 36th overall pick at the 2016 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft. He played last season with Skelleftea AIK of the SuperElit League and appeared in 38 games scoring 3 goals and adding 12 assists.

Thilander also has a wealth of International experience with Team Sweden. He’s played at the Under-16, Under-17, the World Hockey Challenge Under-17, the World Junior Championship Under-18 and at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial. In all, he’s played in 46 International games and has scored 3 goals while adding 13 assists.

Adam Thilander of the North Bay Battalion. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Adam Thilander of the North Bay Battalion. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

A common theme surrounding Thilander is that no one seems to know how he will translate to the National Hockey League – and truth be told, you can say that about just about any prospect at any given time. And let’s face it, he missed the 2016 draft by just three days and no one knows what would have happened had he been eligible for that draft, one that was much deeper and stronger overall than the 2017 draft is.

Defensively, Thilander plays with an awareness you can’t teach. He knows where everyone is on the ice and rarely does he let the offense to the inside. He’s a good skater, strong on his feet and is very good directionally, but he lacks the speed – both first step and overall – to be able to close gaps and doesn’t have the long stick to make up for it. He lacks size and will need to add some strength to be able to physically handle players at the NHL level.

There’s been an adjustment period for Thilander, playing his first year in North America, and I’m not so sure it’s come easy to him. I believe it’s still a work in progress. He sees the ice well and can make a good first pass on the smaller ice but will need to improve doing so while under pressure. He skates well with the puck and usually makes the smart decision.

Thilander rarely gambles offensively, preferring to make the safest play. He has an underrated shot in my opinion but he uses a variety of shots to get pucks through to the net. But he’s also not a true powerplay quarterback.

In the end, it is difficult to say what type of defenceman Thilander truly is, and what he can become. But in this draft, someone will make Thilander a pick come June.

Thilander was ranked 59th on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings in January.

This is the profile page of Adam Tilander at http://www.eliteprospects.com

OHL’s Draft Eligible Statistical Leaders

It is November 1st and that means the Ontario Hockey League’s first full month of the season is now in the books. While the month ended on Halloween, there are no disguises, but a few surprises.

While we look at the League’s statistical leaders in various categories, remember we look at first time draft eligible players only. Those passed over in previous drafts are not included. For example, Oshawa Generals’ Domenic Commisso sits 18th in scoring with 18 points in 15 games, but because he was passed over at the 2016 National Hockey League Draft, he is not included here but is still eligible for the 2017 Draft.

Owen Tippett of the Mississauga Steelheads and Austen Keating of the Ottawa 67’s lead the scoring race with 18 points apiece. Right behind them sits Matthew Strome of the Hamilton Bulldogs with 17 points. However, it’s Gabriel Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires, who began the season injured, leads in points per game with 1.56. Vilardi, considered the top prospect from the OHL has 14 points in just 9 games.

Austen Keating of the Ottawa 67's. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Austen Keating of the Ottawa 67’s. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Another Ottawa 67 leads defencemen in scoring. Noel Hoefenmayer leads the way with 14 points in 15 games. And right there with him is another Mississauga Steelhead in Nicolas Hague with 13 points in 13 games. Adam Thilander of the North Bay Battalion comes in third with 10 points in 15 games.

In goal, Windsor Spitfires’ Michael DiPietro leads in both goals against average and save percentage. His 2.10 GAA and .926 save percentage rank second and third respectively overall in the OHL.

Here are the leaders in various categories:

Points Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Owen Tippett Mississauga 14 13 5 18
Austen Keating Ottawa 15 6 12 18
Matthew Strome Hamilton 14 10 7 17
*Greg Meireles Kitchener 14 4 12 16
Ivan Lodnia Erie 13 8 7 15
Macauley Carson Sudbury 15 7 7 14
Nick Suzuki Owen Sound 15 6 8 14
Gabriel Vilardi Windsor 9 6 8 14
Noel Hoefenmayer Ottawa 15 5 9 14
Nicolas Hague Mississauga 13 8 5 13
Goal Scoring Leaders
Player Team GP G GPG
Owen Tippett Mississauga 14 13 0.93
Matthew Strome Hamilton 14 10 0.71
Ivan Lodnia Erie 13 8 0.62
Nicolas Hague Mississauga 13 8 0.62
Macauley Carson Sudbury 15 7 0.47
Sasha Chmelevski Ottawa 14 7 0.50
MacKenzie Entwistle Hamilton 14 7 0.50
Nate Schnarr Guelph 16 7 0.44
Austen Keating Ottawa 15 6 0.40
Gabriel Vilardi Windsor 9 6 0.67
Assist Leaders
Player Team GP A APG
Greg Meireles Kitchener 14 12 0.86
Austen Keating Ottawa 15 12 0.80
Noel Hoefenmayer Ottawa 15 9 0.60
Gabriel Vilardi Windsor 9 8 0.89
Robert Thomas London 13 8 0.62
Nick Suzuki Owen Sound 15 8 0.53
Ivan Lodnia Erie 13 7 0.54
Brett Neumann Erie 14 7 0.50
Matthew Strome Hamilton 14 7 0.50
Macauley Carson Sudbury 15 7 0.47
Defencemen Point Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Noel Hoefenmayer Ottawa 15 5 9 14
Nicolas Hague Mississauga 13 8 5 13
Adam Thilander North Bay 15 3 7 10
Markus Phillips Owen Sound 15 4 4 8
Tom Hedberg Barrie 12 2 6 8
Eemeli Rasanen Kingston 14 2 6 8
Nick Grima Peterborough 8 2 4 6
Dmitri Samarukov Guelph 15 0 6 6
Plus/Minus Leaders
Player Team GP +/-
Matthew Strome Hamilton 14 +9
Nick Suzuki Owen Sound 15 +9
Nick Grima Peterborough 8 +8
Brett Neumann Erie 14 +7
Owen Tippett Mississauga 14 +7
Macauley Carson Sudbury 15 +7
Ryan McGregor Sarnia 15 +7
Ivan Lodnia Erie 13 +6
Matthew Phillip Niagara 14 +6
Elijah Roberts Kitchener 14 +6
Penalty Minutes Leaders
Player Team GP PIM M/G
Drake Pilon Sudbury 15 28 1.87
Darian Pilon Sudbury 15 26 1.73
Zach Gallant Peterborough 14 25 1.79
Hayden Davis Niagara 14 21 1.50
Carson Edwardson Erie 9 20 2.22
Matthew Strome Hamilton 14 20 1.43
Cole Tymkin London 12 19 1.58
Faceoff Leaders 
Player Team GP FOA FOW %
Nate Schnarr Guelph 12 333 175 52.6
Zach Gallant Peterborough 14 256 133 52.0
Sasha Chmelevski Ottawa 14 225 127 56.4
Jason Willms Barrie 15 232 122 52.6
Jack Studnicka Oshawa 15 199 110 55.3
Morgan Frost Sault Ste Marie 16 194 98 50.5
Nick Suzuki Owen Sound 15 185 94 50.8
Adam Ruzicka Sarnia 15 207 93 44.9
Goaltending Leaders – Goals Against Average
Player Team GP Min GA Avg
Michael DiPietro Windsor 9 542 19 2.10
Matthew Villalta Sault Ste Marie 7 348 16 2.76
Kaden Fulcher Hamilton 12 667 34 3.06
Riler Daniels Owen Sound 4 195 10 3.08
Christian Propp Barrie 6 301 18 3.59
Goaltending Leaders – Save Percentage
Player Team GP SH SVS SV%
Michael DiPietro Windsor 9 257 238 0.926
Kaden Fulcher Hamilton 12 362 328 0.906
Colton Incze Niagara 3 117 106 0.906
Matthew Villalta Sault Ste Marie 7 155 139 0.897
Christian Propp Barrie 6 173 155 0.896