OHL Writers’ Draft Eligible Player of the Month for December

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

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

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

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

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

Previous players of the month

Connor McMichael – London Knights – December

Philip Tomasino – Niagara Ice Dogs – November

Hunter Jones – Peterborough Petes – October

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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