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
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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)

Kaliyev, Robertson Named to Team USA’s Entry at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup

The tournament has a new name with the addition of Wayne Gretzky’s name to the tournament that is probably the best Under-18 gathering, at least when it comes to best-on-best. Despite The Great One’s name added, many are sure to still call it “The Hlinka” whether intentional or not.

For the first time since 1996, the tournament will be held in Canada and TSN will carry all the action over it’s network as well as streaming it live on TSN.ca. It is the first chance for players eligible for the 2019 National Hockey League Draft to get on the ice in their draft year and a chance to show off their talent going head-to-head against other draft eligible players in the heavily scouted tournament.

USA Hockey has released it’s roster for the tournament set to run from August 6, 2018 to August 11, 2018 in Edmonton and Red Deer Alberta. You can find the complete 18 game schedule here.

Two Ontario Hockey League players have been named to Team USA: The highly touted Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs and Nicholas Robertson of the Peterborough Petes.

Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs was named to Team USA roster for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Kaliyev appeared in all 68 games for the Bulldogs last season scoring 31 goals and adding 17 assists, good for third among OHL Rookies. He would add 3 goals and 8 assists in 21 games on Hamilton’s way to an OHL Championship and Memorial Cup appearance.

The diminutive Robertson appeared in 62 games for the Petes. He scored 15 goals and 18 assists, good for 8th among OHL rookies.

Here is the complete roster for Team USA:

Name

POS

HT (CM)

WT (KG)

DOB

S/C

Hometown

Most Recent Team

Sam Colangelo F 6-1 (185) 185 (84) 12/26/01 R Stoneham, Mass. Lawrence Academy (USHS)
Dylan Davies D 6-3 (191) 198 (90) 2/9/01 L Traverse City, Mich. Chicago Mission 16U (HPHL)
John Farinacci F 6-0 (183) 180 (82) 2/14/01 R Chatham, N.J. Dexter School (USHS)
Michael Feenstra D 6-3 (191) 191 (87) 4/3/01 L Grand Haven, Mich. Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)
Josh Groll F 5-10 (178) 175 (79) 8/9/01 L San Diego, Calif. Anaheim Jr. Ducks 16U (T1EHL)
Aaron Huglen F 5-11 (180) 163 (74) 3/6/01 R Roseau, Minn. Roseau High (USHS)
Jackson Jutting F 5-10 (178) 180 (82) 2/27/01 L Savage, Minn. Prior Lake High (USHS)
Arthur Kaliyev F 6-2 (188) 190 (86) 6/26/01 L Delray Beach, Fla. Hamilton Bulldogs (OHL)
Mike Koster D 5-10 (178) 170 (77) 4/13/01 L Chaska, Minn. Tri-City Storm (USHL)
Michael Mancinelli F 5-10 (178) 175 (79) 6/28/01 R Northville, Mich. Madison Capitols (USHL)
Robert Mastrosimone F 5-10 (178) 170 (77) 1/24/01 L East Islip, N.Y. Chicago Steel (USHL)
Mitchell Miller D 5-11 (180) 195 (88) 12/20/01 R Sylvania, Ohio Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)
Derek Mullahy G 6-1 (185) 177 (80) 3/20/01 L Scituate, Mass. Dexter School (USHS)
Josh Nodler F 6-0 (183) 197 (89) 4/27/01 R Oak Park, Mich. Fargo Force (USHL)
Tyler Paquette F 6-3 (191) 200 (91) 3/18/01 R Collegeville, Pa. Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL)
Luke Reid D 6-0 (183) 182 (83) 9/26/01 R Geneva, Ill. Penticton Vees (BCHL)
Nicholas Robertson F 5-9 (175) 161 (73) 9/11/01 L Northville, Mich. Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Grant Silianoff F 5-11 (180) 170 (77) 1/4/01 L Edina, Minn. Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (USHL)
Luke Toporowski F 5-10 (178) 175 (79) 4/12/01 L Bettendorf, Iowa Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
Cade Webber D 6-5 (196) 195 (88) 1/5/01 L Meadville, Pa. The Rivers School (USHS)
Dustin Wolf G 6-0 (183) 150 (68) 4/16/01 L Tustin, Calif. Everett Silvertips (WHL)

Colts’ Andrei Svechnikov named OHL Rookie of the Year

OHL Announces First and Second All-Rookie Teams

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Andrei Svechnikov of the Barrie Colts is the 2017-18 recipient of the Emms Family Award presented to the OHL’s Rookie of the Year. 

Svechnikov led all OHL rookies with 40 goals and 32 assists in just 44 games for a point total of 72 that ranked 25th overall in league scoring and a points-per-game mark of 1.64 that was fifth best. 

Andrei Svechnikovof the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Andrei Svechnikov of the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

“I am extremely happy to accept this award as the OHL’s Rookie of the Year,” Svechnikov said. “I’d like to thank my coaches and teammates for all of the help they have given me this year to achieve this goal. I am very excited.” 

The 18-year-old from Barnaul, Russia, is the top ranked prospect for the 2018 NHL Draft among North American skaters as listed by NHL Central Scouting.  He joined the Colts as the first overall pick in the 2017 CHL Import Draft and becomes the club’s fourth player to receive Rookie of the Year honours following Aaron Ekblad (2011-12), Bryan Little (2003-04), and Sheldon Keefe (1998-99). 

“We are really proud of Andrei for the season he had with our club,” said Colts General Manager Jason Ford. “He came into the lineup and made an immediate impact. We feel that the composure he showed on and off the ice, really excelled his game to this level, which ultimately earned himself this award. We could not be more proud of him for what he did this past year and we wish him the best of luck at the NHL Draft this June in Dallas.” 

Svechnikov was an OHL star from start to finish in 2017-18 beginning with a two-goal performance in his debut against the Ottawa 67’s on September 21, right through to season’s end where he carried the league’s longest point-streak at 23 games from January 18 through the final game of the regular season on March 17.  He recorded 24 multi-point games including a stretch of nine-straight in January and was named OHL Rookie of the Month four of the six times the award was announced.  The Russian National Junior Team member was also recognized in the annual Coaches Poll where he was voted Best Skater and second Best Shot in the Eastern Conference.  His 72 points are the most by a Colts rookie since Mark Scheifele produced 75 in 66 games back in 2010-11, while his 1.64 points-per-game mark is the best among OHL rookies since London Knights Patrick Kane and Sam Gagner posted 2.50 and 2.23 figures respectively in 2006-07. 

First presented in 1973, Emms Family Award recipients include Wayne Gretzky (Sault Ste. Marie 1977-78), Joe Thornton (Sault Ste. Marie 1995-96), Rick Nash (London 2000-01), John Tavares (Oshawa 2005-06), Taylor Hall (Windsor 2007-08), Connor McDavid (Erie 2012-13), Travis Konecny (Ottawa 2013-14), Alex DeBrincat (Erie 2014-15), Alexander Nylander (Mississauga 2015-16), and Ryan Merkley (Guelph 2016-17). 

The Emms Family Award was donated by Leighton “Hap” Emms, former owner of the Barrie, Niagara Falls, and St. Catharines OHL franchises.  The award is selected by all 20 member club General Managers.  Teams were asked to submit only one nominee from their own club for consideration on the ballot and were not permitted to vote for the player from their own hockey club.  Voting was conducted in two stages beginning with a Conference only vote followed by a Final ballot that included the top three candidates from the initial Conference phase.  Players received five points for a first vote, three points for a second place vote, and one point for a third place vote. 

Svechnikov earned 86 of a possible 95 voting points ahead of forward Cam Hillis of the Guelph Storm who finished second with 37 voting points and forward Arthur Kaliyev of the Hamilton Bulldogs who finished in third place with 31 voting points. 

The Emms Family Award will be formally presented to Svechnikov at the OHL’s annual Awards Ceremony at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Wednesday June 6.  He will be the OHL’s nominee for CHL Rookie of the Year to be announced at the Mastercard Memorial Cup on Saturday May 26 

Svechnikov was also announced to the OHL’s First All-Rookie Team at right wing along with Hillis at centre and fellow NHL Draft eligible forward Blade Jenkins of the Saginaw Spirit at left wing.  Rasmus Sandin of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Alec Regula of the London Knights comprise the First Team defence corps, with Mack Guzda of the Owen Sound Attack between-the-pipes.  Kaliyev was among the Second Team honourees voted behind Svechnikov at right wing and joined up front by first overall Priority Selection pick Ryan Suzuki of the Colts at centre, and Maxim Golod of the Erie Otters at left wing.  Oshawa Generals Mitchell Brewer and Nico Gross were both voted Second Team defenders, with the Knights’ Jordan Kooy in goal. 

The OHL All-Rookie Teams were also selected by the OHL’s General Managers.  Players were voted on initially by position within their conference receiving five points for a first place vote, three for a second place vote, and one for a third.  Top vote getters in each position made up the final ballot that was then circulated to all 20 teams. 

2017-18 OHL All-Rookie Teams (voting points in brackets): 

First Team:

Centre – Cam Hillis, Guelph Storm (68)

Left Wing – Blade Jenkins, Saginaw Spirit (84)

Right Wing – Andrei Svechnikov, Barrie Colts (95)

Defence – Rasmus Sandin, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (87)

Defence – Alec Regula, London Knights (57)

Goaltender – Mack Guzda, Owen Sound Attack (55) 

Second Team:

Centre – Ryan Suzuki, Barrie Colts (53)

Left Wing – Maxim Golod, Erie Otters (36)

Right Wing – Arthur Kaliyev, Hamilton Bulldogs (59)

Defence – Mitchell Brewer, Oshawa Generals (34)

Defence – Nico Gross, Oshawa Generals (32)

Goaltender – Jordan Kooy, London Knights (50)

 

OHL This Week for May 28 to June 5, 2017

Toronto, ON – It’s the final edition of ‘OHL This Week’ for the 2016-17 season!  All of the champions have been crowned, the action on-ice is complete, but  another season is just around the corner.

Here’s a look at what’s been happening around the league:
WINDSOR SPITFIRES ARE 2017 MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP CHAMPIONS:

For the third time in franchise history the Windsor Spitfires are Mastercard Memorial Cup champions. Fourth-year veteran Aaron Luchuk scored the game winner 5:07 into the third period as the host Spitfires defeated the OHL champion Erie Otters 4-3 before a capacity crowd of 6,519 at the WFCU Centre. Read more / Highlights / Photo Gallery

SPITFIRES CELEBRATE MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP TITLE:

Less than 72 hours after hoisting the Memorial Cup on home ice, the Windsor Spitfires took the streets to celebrate the franchise’s third championship with fans, parading the prestigious trophy down Ouellette Avenue. They couldn’t have asked for better weather either as the sun shone down on the lengthy caravan that greeted supporters down a stretch headed toward the banks of the Detroit River. Watch

LOTS OF #MCMEMORIALCUP LOVE FOR @SPITSHOCKEY:

Social media provides a platform to share moments and emotions with the world. The Windsor Spitfires 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup title flooded digital devices with content celebrating the team’s historic win on home ice. Read more

DiPIETRO DELIVERED FOR SPITFIRES:

2017 NHL Draft prospect Michael DiPietro led the Windsor Spitfires to the ultimate prize with a sensational Mastercard Memorial Cup performance. The native of nearby Amherstburg hoisted the Memorial Cup on home ice while also becoming one of the few 17-year-olds to earn the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament’s most outstanding goaltender. Read more

SADNESS SHADOWS SUCCESS AS OTTERS REFLECT ON SEASON:

While the home team celebrated on the ice, the OHL champion Erie Otters reflected on a disappointing end to an otherwise successful season. The legacy this group of Otters players leaves behind is considerable. The much talked-about four 50-win campaigns, two OHL final appearances and one Robertson Cup speak for themselves. When the dust settles, as many as a half-dozen Otters are expected to one day suit up in the NHL. Read more

OHL TAKES CLEAN SWEEP OF MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP AWARDS & ALL-STARS:

Erie Otters teammates Dylan Strome and Anthony Cirelli along with Windsor Spitfires goaltender Michael DiPietro all received Mastercard Memorial Cup awards while DiPietro and five other OHL players were named to the tournament all-star team. Read more

DeBRINCAT, McNIVEN, SUZUKI, McGILL AND CHMELEVSKI EARN CHL AWARDS:

Erie Otters forward Alex DeBrincat, the Owen Sound Attack trio of Michael McNiven, Nick Suzuki and coach Ryan McGill as well as Ottawa 67’s forward Sasha Chmelevski all earned CHL Awards handed out at the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup in Windsor. Read more / Photo Gallery

22 OHL PLAYERS INVITED TO 2017 NHL SCOUTING COMBINE:

22 OHL players have been invited to the 2017 NHL Scouting Combine that is being held from Monday May 29th to Saturday June 3rd at First Niagara Center and the nearby Harbor Center in Buffalo, NY. The list of OHL invitees includes 16 forwards, five defencemen and one goaltender. OHL talent represents 21% of the 104 players invited to attend the event. Read more

ETHAN KEPPEN COMMITS TO FIREBIRDS:

The Flint Firebirds have received a commitment from 2017 first round (10th overall) selection Ethan Keppen. A native of Whitby, Ont., Keppen earned 35 points (14G, 21A) in 33 games played last season with the Toronto Nationals Minor Midget AAA Hockey Club. Read more

TOP PICKS ROWE AND PERROTT COMMIT TO KNIGHTS:

The London Knights have received commitments from 2017 first round (18th overall) selection Lucas Rowe and second round (34th overall) pick Andrew Perrott. Rowe helped lead the Mississauga Reps to an OHL Cup Championship when they defeated the Toronto Nationals by a 3-2 score.  Rowe will wear number 21 for the Knights this season. Perrott spent last season playing for his hometown Detroit HoneyBaked 16U, where the 6’0” 195-pound defenceman recorded 25 points in 46 games.  Perrott will wear number 24 for the Knights this season. Read more

CLARKE AND ANDREE COMMIT TO 67’s:

The Ottawa 67’s have received commitments from 2017 first round (6th overall) selection Graeme Clarke and 2016 12th round selection Cedrick Andree. An Ottawa native, Clarke was touted as the best pure goal scorer in the draft and prior to his first development camp with the hockey club, Clarke was on the gold medal-winning team at the OHL Gold Cup. Andree was a twelfth round selection in 2016 and spent the past year playing in the United States at The Gunnery Prep School and also practiced with the 67’s at various points throughout the year. Read more

ARTHUR KALIYEV COMMITS TO BULLDOGS:

The Hamilton Bulldogs have received a commitment from 2017 second round (26th overall) selection Arthur Kaliyev. The Russian-born Kaliyev played last season for the Detroit Compuware U16 where he scored 13 goals and 5 assists, for 18 points in 19 games. He then went on to lead the team to the USA Hockey Youth Tier 1 U16 National championship where he led the tournament in scoring. Read more

IAN MARTIN COMMITS TO ICEDOGS:

The Niagara IceDogs have received a commitment from 2017 third round (51st overall) selection Ian Martin. The 5-foot-10 forward shined in Minor Midget this past season, posting 15 goals in just 22 games as a member of the Ajax-Pickering Raiders. Read more

OTTERS PROSPECT DEVELOPMENT CAMP JUNE 3-4:

The OHL champions welcome prospects to the city this weekend for the club’s annual Development Camp which includes fitness testing, on-ice sessions, and scrimmages at Mercyhurst Ice Center.  All on-ice activities are open to the public.  For more information visit ottershockey.com.


OHL COACHES CONFERENCE SET FOR JUNE 3RD:

The 2017 OHL Coaches Conference is under a month away, taking place on Saturday June 3rd on the campus of UOIT in Oshawa. Many of the guest speakers for the 4th annual installment of the day-long conference have been confirmed and will provide minor hockey coaches the opportunity to learn from OHL, AHL, and NHL personnel in an interactive professional development day. Read more

OHL ALUMNI GOLF TOURNAMENT FAST APPROACHING:

The 2017 OHL Alumni Association Golf Tournament is fast approaching! The 2nd annual event is set to take place on Monday June 5th at the Devil’s Pulpit, one of Canada’s most acclaimed private golf clubs located in Caledon, Ont. This event is one of several networking events focused on bringing together former players from all generations.  Proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the Gudbranson Stem Cell Research Grant, which helps fund research for Stem Cell Treatments. Space is limited! Read more

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2017-18 OHL REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE:

The 2017-18 Ontario Hockey League regular season schedule will be announced the week of June 5 beginning with home opener details published on Monday afternoon, followed by a full schedule release on Tuesday morning.  Keep track of the action online using #OHLOpeningWeek.

ALUMNI NOTES:

14 OHL graduates competing in Stanley Cup Final: A total of 14 OHL graduates, eight from the Pittsburgh Penguins and six from the Nashville Predators, will battle in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final of the NHL Playoffs. The Western Conference champion Predators advanced to their ever first Stanley Cup Final following a series win over the Anaheim Ducks. Nashville has had strong OHL alumni contributions from defencemen Ryan Ellis (Windsor Spitfires) and P.K. Subban (Belleville Bulls) while forwards James Neal (Plymouth Whalers) and Austin Watson (London Knights) have also factored into the team’s success. Predators captain Mike Fisher (Sudbury Wolves) has been limited by injuries of late while defenceman Yannick Weber (Kitchener Rangers) has skated in all 16 of the club’s playoff contests. Read more

22 OHL graduates competing in Calder Cup Final: A total of 22 OHL graduates, 12 from the Grand Rapids Griffins and 10 from the Syracuse Crunch, will battle in the 2017 Calder Cup Final of the AHL Playoffs. The Western Conference champion Griffins advanced to their first Calder Cup Final since 2013 with a 4-1 series victory over the San Jose Barracuda. Graduate Eric Tangradi (Belleville Bulls) is tied for the Grand Rapids team lead in playoff scoring with 15 points (2-13–15) while Tyler Bertuzzi (Guelph Storm) has also been impressive with 13 points (6-7–13). The Eastern Conference crunch advanced to their first Final since 2013 with a 4-1 series victory over the Providence Bruins. Graduates Slater Koekkoek (Windsor Spitfires), Jake Dotchin (Barrie Colts) and Dominik Masin (Peterborough Petes) have been regulars on the Syracuse blue line. Read more

4 Former OHL officials working 2017 Stanley Cup Final: Four former OHL officials have been assigned to work the Stanley Cup Final of the 2017 NHL Playoffs. Referees Dan O’Halloran and Kevin Pollock are joined by OHL playing and officiating graduate Scott Cherrey and Brad Kovachik on the lines.

2017 MASTERCARD MEMORIAL CUP FINAL:

Sunday May 28th:
Windsor Spitfires 4 vs. Erie Otters 3 – Highlights