Christian Kyrou – Erie Otters – Player Profile

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Christian Kyrou of the Erie Otters. Photo by Luke Durda/OHL Images

Patiently, I waited a couple of months for NHL Central Scouting to release its final draft rankings to see where they were going to slot Erie Otters Defenceman Christian Kyrou because I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me based on how Central Scouting was seeing him.

Not since 2010 when they ranked Jeff Skinner at 47 among North American skaters have, I waited with such anticipation. In the end, they ranked him at 34 but we all know by now he went 7th overall to the Carolina Hurricanes. At the time, I had OHL players ranked: Tyler Seguin (1), Taylor Hall (2) and Skinner (3) saying Seguin would be the better overall player, Hall would record the most points and Skinner would score the most goals in their NHL Careers.

So, What about Kyrou? Well, the younger brother of St Louis Blues forward Jordan Kyrou wasn’t listed on Central Scouting’s pre-season Players to Watch List. They saw some of the light and, on their midterm, placed him 179 among North American Skaters. That still shocked me because by the time you add in European skaters and Goaltenders, that leaves him outside the 224 players that will get drafted.

I was pleased to see that on their final ranking for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, that they bumped him up a whopping 131 spots to the 48 spot among North American Skaters (and that might still be a tad too low for my liking).

On OHL Writers, I gave him serious consideration as our Draft Eligible Defenceman of the Year. In the annual OHL Coaches Poll he was voted the most improved player in the Western Conference and the Most Underrated Player in the Western Conference as well as the second-best Offensive Defenceman in the Western Conference. Among draft eligible defencemen, he finished first in goals, second in points and third in assists. Among all OHL defencemen, he finished second in goals, ninth in assists and fourth in points.

With a September 16 birthdate, Kyrou missed the 2021 Entry Draft eligibility by just one day, making him the oldest first-time eligible player for the draft. And there are some that believe that alone is worthy of dropping him a few spots. However, I disagree. There has to be a cut off somewhere, and for Kyrou this just happens to be it, but with the lost season a year ago, everyone is on the same level in my opinion.

Kyrou’s strengths are in his offensive game. He has a tremendous shot from the point. His hockey IQ in the offensive zone is off the charts. He reads the plays quickly and always makes the right decision. He is an extremely dangerous powerplay quarterback. To put it simply, his offensive game is NHL caliber for a blueliner.

Where most have an issue in Kyrou’s game – and I can agree to a point – is in his skating and defensive game. He is okay on his blades, but I would love it if he could add an extra gear that will not only help him in transitioning to offence, but also in retrieving pucks. I’m not always as concerned as some when it comes to skating because with good pro coaching, that development can come along.

That improved skating would also help him defensively in keeping gaps tight and in forcing players to the outside. I will also say that you can’t get a true read on his defensive abilities. Erie was a bad team, finishing a collective minus- 44 on the season and Kyrou was the best blueliner at minus-3. Sure, putting up 60 points helps alleviate that, but teammate Spencer Sova, who for most of the season has been ranked ahead of Kyrou finished a minus-24 and put up 28 points.

Kyrou was used on the penalty kill throughout the season (and he was a threat to go on offence even then) so the Otters coaching staff saw something there.

Kyrou is going to be interesting to watch come draft day to see how NHL teams view him. But he’s definitely a player I would look to very late in the second round or early in the third. Older brother Jordan was ranked 34th among North American skaters in 2016 and ended up going 35th overall. Maybe the St Louis Blues will like the bloodlines.

A Look at NHL Central Scouting’s Final Draft Ranking

So, I am not going to break down NHL Central Scouting’s rankings in its entirety, just those Ontario Hockey League players ranked (or not ranked). After all, this sight is all about the OHL, right?

Let’s begin in the blue paint. One name that we have been pushing on OHL Writers for most of the season is Patrick Leaver of the Oshawa Generals. We selected Leaver as our Draft Eligible Goaltender of the Year at the end of the regular season. Central scouting showed him a lot of love on their final list as Leaver had the highest jump among ranked OHL netminders climbing 13 spots from 29 on the midterm rankings to 16 on the final rankings.

Leaver wasn’t the only netminder with a massive jump. Niagara IceDogs Josh Rosenzweig went from unranked on the midterm list to 22 on the final list.

Of course, when you have risers, they must be accompanied by fallers and the OHL had their share. Brett Brochu of the London Knights dropped 15 spots from 16 to 31. Dom DiVincentiis of the North Bay Battalion dropped 10 spots from 14 to 24.  

When it comes to skaters, we have been big fans of Christian Kyrou of the Erie Otters since about the drop of the puck this season. We gave him serious consideration as our Draft Eligible Defenceman of the Year. In the annual OHL Coach’s Poll he was voted the most improved player in the Western Conference and the Most Underrated Player in the Western Conference as well as the second-best Offensive Defenceman in the Western Conference. Among draft eligible defencemen, he finished first in goals, second in points and third in assists. Central Scouting (finally) moved him up a whopping 131 spots from 179 to 48.

But that wasn’t the biggest jump. Matthew Maggio of the Windsor Spitfires jumped 149 spots from being not ranked (there were 251 players ranked on the midterm rankings so we used 252 as Maggio was not ranked) all the way up to 103 on the final rankings. Among draft eligible players, Maggio finished second in goals, assists and points. He was our runner up to Draft Eligible Forward of the Year. In the Coach’s Poll, he finished just ahead of Kyrou as the most improved player in the Western Conference and tied for third as the Hardest Worker in the Western Conference.

But the highest jump belonged to Amadeus Lombardi of the Flint Firebirds who moved up from not being ranked all the way to 94 on the final rankings. I can’t understand how he was not ranked on their midterm ranking, but they got this right.

Another player that deserves mentioning is David Goyette of the Sudbury Wolves who moved up 22 spots from 35 to 13. It’s a massive jump in its own right as that puts Goyette in the bottom third of the first round instead of middle second. And that’s a much-deserved spot for him. He deserves first round consideration.

Two of the biggest fallers are Ruslan Gazizov and Colton Smith, both of the London Knights who dropped from 62 to 149 and 129 to being not ranked respectively. For Comparison’s sake, Bob McKenzie had Gazizov at 15 and Smith as an honorable mention on his midterm rankings (only 80 players were ranked).

I do think that Central Scouting got a couple of Guelph Storm prospects correctly. For most of the season, Matthew Poitras was ranked ahead of Danny Zhilkin on a lot of lists. Poitras was ranked 23 on the midterm rankings and drops to 45 while Zhilkin was ranked 27 and drops to 35. We’re not saying we agree with the overall ranking, but that Zhilkin is rightfully ranked ahead of Poitras and we’ve been saying that for some time.

Vsevolod Gaidamak of the Ottawa 67’s was the highest ranked player on Central Scouting’s midterm rankings to fall off the chart on their final ranking. He went from 121 to being not ranked.

Nice to see a little love for James Hardie of the Mississauga Steelheads who moved up 56 spots from 204 to 148. But we are also surprised to see Tucker Robertson drop 53 spots from 109 to 162.

If you are looking for our final list, it usually comes out after the Memorial Cup. Until then, here is NHL Central Scouting’s rankings with their midterm and final ranking shown:

PLAYERTEAMNHL MIDNHL FIN
Shane WrightKingston11
Pavel MintyukovSaginaw56
Luca Del Bel BelluzMississauga118
Owen BeckMississauga1910
David GoyetteSudbury3513
Matyas SapovalivSaginaw1323
Michael BuchingerGuelph3630
Ty NelsonNorth Bay2532
Bryce McConnell-BarkerSoo2834
Danny ZhilkinGuelph2735
Vinzenz RohrerOttawa4642
Hunter HaightBarrie4744
Matthew PoitrasGuelph2345
Christian KyrouErie17948
Paul LudwinskiKingston2949
Gavin HayesFlint6851
Isiah GeorgeLondon4253
Servac PetrovskyOwen Sound5258
Cedrick GuindonOwen Sound7659
Jake KarabelaGuelph6162
Pano FimisNiagara7775
Spencer SovaErie2880
Jorian DonovanHamilton3981
Evan KonyenSudbury8885
Beau JelsmaBarrie13788
Amadeus LombardiFlint25294
Matthew MaggioWindsor252103
Lucas EdmondsKingston107104
Kiriil KudryavtsevSoo103108
Liam ArnsbyNorth Bay66115
Rodwin DionicioNiagara132118
Kocha DelicSudbury200122
Jackson EdwardLondon75123
Tnias MathurinNorth Bay152126
Zakary LavoieMississauga124134
Samuel MayerPeterborough120139
James HardieMississauga204148
Ruslan GazizovLondon62149
Aidan CastleOwen Sound155151
Brady StonehouseOttawa138152
Nolan CollinsSudbury252153
Kyle JacksonNorth Bay182158
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough109162
Gavin BryantOwen Sound160179
Bryce CookNiagara163183
Braeden BowmanGuelph217194
Kai SchwindtMississauga252196
Sam AlfanoPeterborough190207
Max NamestnikovSarnia219211
Landon SimLondon213215
Kasper LarsenMississauga252220
Kirill SteklovLondon196221
Roberto ManciniSaginaw195222
Caeden CarlisleSoo252223
Vsevolod GaidamakOttawa121225
Colton SmithLondon129225
Stuart RolofsOshawa142225
Bryce CookNiagara163225
Tyler SavardSoo183225
Brody CraneLondon188225
Ryan AbrahamWindsor210225
Nolan DannSarnia225225
Simon SlavicekFlintLV225
GOALIESNHL MIDNHL  FIN
Andrew OkeSaginaw89
Nolan LalondeErie1014
Patrick LeaverOshawa2916
Charlie SchenkelSoo1217
Jacob OsterGuelph1518
Josh RosenzweigNiagara3322
Domenic DiVincentiisNorth Bay1424
Marco CostantiniHamilton3329

OHL Writers Draft Eligible Player of the Year

Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

You’ll have to trust me when I say “this was no easy decision” especially since for this year only, we are including players re-entering the draft for the second time (thanks to the lost COVID Season). But we also expanded it so that instead of picking one player, we are picking one forward, one defenceman and one goaltender. So, here we go!

FORWARD

It took some time for consensus number 1 pick Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs to reach the top of the lists in statistical categories, but he got there. At the turn of the calendar year, Wright was fifth among draft eligible players in points and assists and ninth in goals. But by the time the season had ended, he led in points, assists and fifth in goals.

There was a point in the season where some pundits were wondering out loud if there was anyone who could challenge Wright as the first overall pick and he did nothing but silence that crowd in the second half of the season.

Consideration was also given to our draft eligible player of the month in January and March (separated only by Wright in February): Matthew Maggio of the Windsor Spitfires. Not ranked by NHL Central Scouting on their mid-term rankings, the draft re-entry finished second in goals, assists, points and powerplay goals among draft eligible players. Maggio will certainly draw some interest from NHL scouts with the only thing left to be determined is whether that interest will come in the form of a draft pick or a development camp invite.  

DEFENCEMAN

I can’t recall a decision that was as difficult to make as this one. It came down to two defenders: 1) In our opinion the top ranked defenceman out of the OHL and 2) a defenceman that wasn’t even on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings. They are: Pavel Mintyukov of the Saginaw Spirit and Christian Kyrou of the Erie Otters and we decided that is the order they would finish.

What Mintyukov did on the second last place Saginaw squad was just simply amazing. He led all draft eligible defencemen in points and was second in goals and assists. He finished third among all defencemen in the OHL just 4 points off the leader and led the Spirit in scoring. To put it simply, the offence ran through him. He was named the OHL defenceman of the month for March.

Kyrou finished first among draft eligible defencemen in goals, second in points and third in assists. He was fourth among all OHL defencemen in scoring. Kyrou’s Otters also missed the playoffs (9 points better then Saginaw) and Kyrou finished third on the Otters in scoring. Here’s to hoping Kyrou opened some eyes and he should be one of the biggest risers in draft rankings.

GOALTENDER

In the crease we gave the nod to Patrick Leaver of the Oshawa Generals. Leaver was named our draft eligible goaltender of the month in November, January and February and was our only repeat winner among goaltenders.

Among draft eligible goaltenders, Leaver finished fifth in goals-against-average, second in save-percentage, third in wins, second in minutes played, and second in shutouts. He was named the OHL’s goaltender of the week on three occasions and the runner up twice. You could regularly find Leaver in the OHL’s Save of the Week highlights throughout the season.

Leaver was not listed on NHL Central Scouting’s players to watch list at the start of the season. He did crack Central Scouting’s mid-term list as the 29th ranked goaltender among North Americans.

Consideration was also given to Michael Simpson of the Peterborough Petes. While his numbers on the season won’t blow your socks off, on many nights Simpson was the Petes best player. It’s hard to imagine where the Petes would have been without him and he saved the best for last as he was named the OHL’s goaltender of the month for April and helping the Petes secure a playoff spot.

Statistically speaking, the nod probably should have gone to Dom DiVincentiis of the North Bay Battalion. But we felt his 27 games played didn’t match up to Leaver’s 49 games played or Simpson’s 45 games played.

Our monthly choices throughout the season were as follows:

FORWARDS

March – Matthew Maggio – Windsor Spitfires

February – Shane Wright – Kingston Frontenacs

January – Matthew Maggio – Windsor Spitfires

December – Luca DelBelBelluz – Mississauga Steelheads

November – Kyle Jackson – North Bay Battalion

October – Tucker Robertson – Peterborough Petes

DEFENCEMEN

March – Pavel Mintyukov – Saginaw Spirit

February – Michael Buchinger – Guelph Storm

January – Christian Kyrou – Erie Otters

December – Kirill Kudryavtsev – Soo Greyhounds

November – Gavin While – Hamilton Bulldogs

October – Ty Nelson – North Bay Battalion

GOALTENDERS

March – Dom DiVincentiis – North Bay Battalion

February – Patrick Leaver – Oshawa Generals

January – Patrick Leaver – Oshawa Generals

December – Pavel Cajan – Kitchener Rangers

November – Patrick Leaver – Oshawa Generals

October – Brett Brochu – London Knights

OHL’s Draft Eligible Statistical Leaders

Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs. Photo by OHL Images.

There were a few times during the 2021-2022 Ontario Hockey League season that had one wondering whether they would complete the season with the COVID-19 pandemic postponing games and keeping fans from the arena. There were some even calling on the league to cancel the season.

But credit to the league, the players, families, billet families and fans: They got through all 68 games but it wasn’t always easy. As the playoffs are set to begin Thursday, here at OHL Writers we’ll take a look at the statistical leaders in different categories of players eligible for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.

In Previous seasons, we only looked at first time draft eligible players. As has been the case all season, because of the sheer number of players re-entering the draft, largely due to the lost season a year ago, we decided to add first- and second-year eligible players and that includes 2003 and 2004 birth dates. There are a few 2002 birthdates that would be on these lists, but we had to draw the line somewhere. It’s a rare occasion where a player is selected in his third draft and we should see Lucas Edmonds of the Kingston Frontenacs being one of those few, but he didn’t make this list. His 113 points are certainly worth mentioning.

Consensus number one pick Shane Wright of the Frontenacs took a while to appear on the top-10 scorers here but when the season came to an end, he found himself in his rightful place at the top of the board with 94 points in 63 games. Wright also easily led all skaters with 62 helpers. It may come as a surprise to many that draft re-entry Matthew Maggio of the Windsor Spitfires finished second to Wright in points and assists. Maggio also finished third in goals behind two other draft re-entries in Tucker Robertson of the Peterborough Petes and Avery Hayes of the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Perhaps the most surprising stat comes in the shooting percentage category. Five of the top six players in the OHL are all draft eligible, led by Kyle Jackson of the North Bay Battalion. Jackson may just be the most prolific scorer on the list with 30 goals with injuries limiting him to just 45 games on the season.

On the blue line, Ty Nelson of the North Bay Battalion led for most of the regular season. But by the time the season had ended, Pavel Mintyukov of the Saginaw Spirit took his rightful place (in my opinion) at the top of the leader board. However, the surprise came in the name of Christian Kyrou of the Erie Otters who finished with the most goals among defencemen and second in points to Mintyukov. Kyrou should get some love when final rankings are released as he was never on NHL Central Scouting’s players to watch list or their mid-term rankings.

Here are the leaders in a variety of different categories. We take great care in compiling stats, but as always, refer to the OHL Website for official stats.

Points Leaders
PlayerTeamGPGAPts
Shane WrightKingston Frontenacs63326294
Matthew MaggioWindsor Spitfires66384785
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes68414081
Avery HayesHamilton Bulldogs66413879
Luca Del Bel BelluzMississauga Steelheads68304676
David GoyetteSudbury Wolves66334073
Deni GoureOwen Sound Attack68243963
Kyle JacksonNorth Bay Battalion45303262
Ryan HumphreyHamilton Bulldogs68253762
Pavel MintyukovSaginaw Spirit67174562
Goal Scoring Leaders
PlayerTeamGPGGPG
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes68410.60
Avery HayesHamilton Bulldogs66410.62
Matthew MaggioWindsor Spitfires66380.58
David GoyetteSudbury Wolves66330.50
Shane WrightKingston Frontenacs63320.51
Luca Del Bel BelluzMississauga Steelheads68300.44
Kyle JacksonNorth Bay Battalion45300.67
Cedrick GuindonOwen Sound Attack68300.44
Ethan BurroughsOwen Sound Attack68300.44
Nolan DannSarnia Sting64290.45
Assist Leaders
PlayerTeamGPAAPG
Shane WrightKingston Frontenacs63620.98
Matthew MaggioWindsor Spitfires66470.71
Gavin WhiteHamilton Bulldogs66460.70
Luca Del Bel BelluzMississauga Steelheads68460.68
Pavel MintyukovSaginaw Spirit67450.67
Ty NelsonNorth Bay Battalion66420.64
Christian KyrouErie Otters68420.62
Amadeus LombardiFlint Firebirds67410.61
David GoyetteSudbury Wolves66400.61
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes68400.59
Defencemen Point Leaders
PlayerTeamGPGAPts
Pavel MintyukovSaginaw Spirit67174562
Christian KyrouErie Otters68184260
Gavin WhiteHamilton Bulldogs66104656
Ty NelsonNorth Bay Battalion6694251
Michael BuchingerGuelph Storm6353944
Kasper LarsenMississauga Steelheads5783543
Sam SedleyOwen Sound Attack6443842
Kirill KudryavtsevSoo Greyhounds6853439
Samuel MayerPeterborough Petes68112637
Rodwin DionicioNiagara IceDogs5762531
Plus/Minus Leaders
PlayerTeamGP+/-
Gavin WhiteHamilton Bulldogs66+35
Jorian DonovanHamilton Bulldogs64+29
Ty NelsonNorth Bay Battalion66+24
Isaiah GeorgeLondon Knights67+23
Shane WrightKingston Frontenacs63+23
Luca Del Bel BelluzMississauga Steelheads68+23
Lawson SherkHamilton Bulldogs63+18
Paul ChristopoulosNorth Bay Battalion63+18
Tnias MathurinNorth Bay Battalion44+17
Michael BuchingerGuelph Storm65+15
Penalty Minutes Leaders
PlayerTeamGPPIMM/G
Landon McCallumSudbury Wolves62971.56
Ethan LarmandSudbury Wolves63821.30
Ryan HumphreyHamilton Bulldogs68821.21
Marc BoudreauSudbury Wolves71811.14
Roberto ManciniSaginaw Spirit64791.23
Faceoff Leaders
PlayerTeamGPFOAFOW%
Owen BeckMississauga Steelheads68134881760.6
Stuart RolofsOshawa Generals6239522557.0
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes68153887356.8
Danny ZhilkinGuelph Storm66109261656.4
Nolan BurkeSarnia Sting6471739655.2
Max NamestnikovSarnia Sting6847326155.2
Jacob MailletWindsor Spitfires6986947254.3
Amadeus LombardiFlint Firebirds6786646453.6
Jax DuboisPeterborough Petes5987746452.9
Vsevolod GaidamakOttawa 67’s6083043752.7
Minumum 390 faceoffs
Shooting Percentage Leaders
PlayerTeamGPShotsGoalsSH%
Kyle JacksonNorth Bay Battalion451113027.03
Dean LoukosSaginaw Spirit64862225.58
Thomas JohnstonOttawa 67’s47611524.59
Braeden BowmanGuelph Storm601132723.89
Nolan BurkeSarnia Sting651443423.61
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes681874121.93
Beau JelsmaBarrie Colts681322720.45
Avery HayesHamilton Bulldogs662024120.30
Ryan HumphreyHamilton Bulldogs681342518.66
David GoyetteSudbury Wolves661783318.54
Powerplay Goals
PlayerTeamGPPPG
Avery HayesHamilton Bulldogs6612
Luca Del Bel BelluzMississauga Steelheads6812
Matthew MaggioWindsor Spitfires6610
Deni GoureOwen Sound Attack6810
Kyle JacksonNorth Bay Battalion4510
Powerplay Assists
PlayerTeamGPPPA
Shane WrightKingston Frontenacs6320
Ty NelsonNorth Bay Battalion6620
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes6819
Michael BuchingerGuelph Storm6317
Deni GoureOwen Sound Attack6817
Christian KyrouErie Otters6817
Longest Point Streak
PlayerTeamGmsGAPTS
David GoyetteSudbury Wolves1391221
Longest Goal Streak
PlayerTeamGMSG
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes57
Longest Assist Streak
PlayerTeamGMS A
Ryan AbrahamWindsor Spitfires88
Goaltenders Leaders – Goals Against Average
PlayerTeamGPMinGAAvg
Dom DiVincentiisNorth Bay Battalion271481642.59
Brett BrochuLondon Knights4325101152.75
Max DonosoOttawa 67’s271491702.82
Jacob OsterGuelph Storm341845902.93
Patrick LeaverOshawa Generals4928121503.20
Charlie SchenkelSoo Greyhounds7274163.50
Samuel IvanovSoo Greyhounds3518471083.51
Michael SimpsonPeterborough Petes4524921483.56
Pavel CajanKitchener Rangers4425781553.61
Nolan LalandeErie Otters5430661853.62
Goaltending Leaders – Save Percentage
PlayerTeamGPSHSVSSV%
Brett BrochuLondon Knights43128811730.911
Patrick LeaverOshawa Generals49162314730.908
Dom DiVincentiisNorth Bay Battalion276866220.907
Max DonosoOttawa 67’s277436730.906
Pavel CajanKitchener Rangers44156114060.901
Jacob OsterGuelph Storm348317410.892
Michael SimpsonPeterborough Petes45135612080.891
Ian MicheloneFlint Firebirds103272890.884
Josh RosenzweigNiagara IceDogs40144412740.882

OHL’s Draft Eligible Statistical Leaders as of February 28, 2022

Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

The month of February has seen a change in the statistical leaders among players eligible for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. It was more to do with lost games being made up and the gap in games played between different teams than it had to do with players picking it up or others dropping off.

Look no further then the point leaders. For almost the entire season it’s been either Tucker Robertson of the Peterborough Petes or Luca Del Bel Belluz of the Mississauga Steelheads at the top. Don’t look now but here comes projected number one pick Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs who sits in between the pair. I don’t think it will be too long before Wright is all alone at the top.

It’s no different for defencemen. Ty Nelson of the North Bay Battalion has been at the top of defencemen scoring since the first puck drop. Now he’s been passed by February’s Defenceman of the Month and Rookie of the Month Christion Kyrou of the Erie Otters as well as Pavel Mintyukov of the Saginaw Spirit and Gavin White of the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Offensively, it appears there are three tiers at the top of the draft class for defenders: The first tier has Kyrou all alone as it looks like he will begin to run away with it. That’s followed by the second tier of Mintyukov, White and Nelson. They are also a clear group ahead of the third tier.

In the crease, it’s been a season long battle between Brett Brochu of the London Knights and Patrick Leaver of the Oshawa Generals and I suspect that’s how it will be right up until the last whistle.

Here’s a look at the statistical leaders in different categories. As a reminder, we are including first year and second year eligible players where in the past we’ve only done first year eligible players. While we take great care in compiling stats, please refer to the OHL Website for official stats.

Points Leaders
PlayerTeamGPGAPts
Luca Del Bel BelluzMississauga Steelheads51263864
Shane WrightKingston Frontenacs43214162
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes47263157
Avery HayesHamilton Bulldogs45302353
Matthew MaggioWindsor Spitfires44242852
David GoyetteSudbury Wolves48212849
J. R. AvonPeterborough Petes44193049
Nolan BurkeSarnia Sting45271946
Kyle JacksonNorth Bay Battalion31202545
Deni GoureOwen Sound Attack48212344
Goal Scoring Leaders
PlayerTeamGPGGPG
Avery HayesHamilton Bulldogs45300.67
Nolan BurkeSarnia Sting45270.60
Luca Del Bel BelluzMississauga Steelheads51260.51
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes47260.55
Matthew MaggioWindsor Spitfires44240.55
Shane WrightKingston Frontenacs43210.49
David GoyetteSudbury Wolves48210.44
Deni GoureOwen Sound Attack48210.44
Kyle JacksonNorth Bay Battalion31200.65
Nolan DannSarnia Sting43200.47
Assist Leaders
PlayerTeamGPAAPG
Shane WrightKingston Frontenacs43410.95
Luca Del Bel BelluzMississauga Steelheads51380.75
Michael BuchingerGuelph Storm46330.72
Ty NelsonNorth Bay Battalion51320.63
Gavin WhiteHamilton Bulldogs45310.69
Christian KyrouErie Otters47310.66
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes47310.66
J. R. AvonPeterborough Petes44300.68
Matthew MaggioWindsor Spitfires44280.64
Jake KarabelaGuelph Storm46280.61
Defencemen Point Leaders
PlayerTeamGPGAPts
Christian KyrouErie Otters47133144
Pavel MintyukovSaginaw Spirit47102838
Gavin WhiteHamilton Bulldogs4573138
Ty NelsonNorth Bay Battalion5163238
Michael BuchingerGuelph Storm4643337
Samuel MayerPeterborough Petes4791827
Rodwin DionicioNiagara IceDogs4362026
Kasper LarsenMississauga Steelheads4052126
Sam SedleyOwen Sound Attack4732326
Kirill KudryavtsevSoo Greyhounds5032326
Plus/Minus Leaders
PlayerTeamGP+/-
Avery HayesHamilton Bulldogs45+33
Ryan HumphreyHamilton Bulldogs47+33
Isaiah GeorgeLondon Knights44+29
Luca Del Bel BelluzMississauga Steelheads51+25
Gavin WhiteHamilton Bulldogs45+18
Shane WrightKingston Frontenacs43+17
Jorian DonovanHamilton Bulldogs45+16
Jake KarabelaGuelph Storm46+16
Ty NelsonNorth Bay Battalion51+16
Ben RogerKingston Frontenacs43+15
Penalty Minutes Leaders
PlayerTeamGPPIMM/G
Landon McCallumSudbury Wolves47681.45
Samuel MayerPeterborough Petes47601.28
Ryan HumphreyHamilton Bulldogs47591.26
Roberto ManciniSaginaw Spirit46581.26
Marc BoudreauSudbury Wolves53571.08
Faceoff Leaders (minimum 240 faceoffs)
PlayerTeamGPFOAFOW%
Owen BeckMississauga Steelheads51100960660.1
Jacob MailletWindsor Spitfires4754131658.4
Stuart RolofsOshawa Generals4324814257.3
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes47113264256.7
Danny ZhilkinGuelph Storm4475242556.5
Max NamestnikovSarnia Sting4541823456.0
Braeden KresslerFlint Firebirds2339421855.3
Landon McCallumSudbury Wolves4751228154.9
Nolan BurkeSarnia Sting4547925954.1
Amadeus LombardiFlint Firebirds4961233053.9
Minumum 60 faceoffs
Shooting Percentage Leaders
PlayerTeamGPShotsGoalsSH%
Braeden BowmanGuelph Storm39681927.9
Kyle JacksonNorth Bay Battalion31732027.4
Dean LoukasSaginaw Spirit44561526.8
Nolan BurkeSarnia Sting451032726.2
Thomas JohnstonOttawa 67’s39521325.0
James JodoinWindsor Spitfires2825624.0
Beau JelsmaBarrie Colts451052523.8
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes471202621.7
Avery HayesHamilton Bulldogs451413021.3
Hunter HaightBarrie Colts41951920.0
LONGEST POINT STREAK
PlayerTeamFromToGMSPTS
Nolan DannSarnia Sting11/511/271115
LONGEST GOAL STREAK
PlayerTeamFromToGMSG
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes10/2811/757
LONGEST ASSIST STREAK
PlayerTeamFromToGMSA
Stuart RolofsOshawa Generals2/112/2479
Goaltenders Leaders – Goals Against Average
PlayerTeamGPMinGAAvg
Brett BrochuLondon Knights3923061022.65
Max DonosoOttawa 67’s16889402.70
Dom DiVincentiisNorth Bay Battalion19996482.89
Patrick LeaverOshawa Generals341920973.03
Jacob OsterGuelph Storm211145593.09
Samuel IvanovSoo Greyhounds261432813.39
Pavel CajanKitchener Rangers2916901023.62
Nolan LalondeErie Otters3825041573.76
Goaltending Leaders – Save Percentage
PlayerTeamGPSHSVSSV%
Brett BrochuLondon Knights39119110890.914
Patrick LeaverOshawa Generals34110610090.912
Max DonosoOttawa 67’s164373970.908
Pavel CajanKitchener Rangers2910119090.899
Dom DiVincentiisNorth Bay Battalion194654170.897
Jacob OsterGuelph Storm215234640.887
Michael SimpsonPeterborough Petes298797760.883
Samuel IvanovSoo Greyhounds266775960.880

OHL Writers’ Draft Eligible Player of the Month for January

Matthew Maggio of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Tim Cornett – OHL Images

Just a reminder that for this season, we are breaking down our Draft Eligible Player of the Month down by position due to the number of draft eligible players this season. In previous seasons we named one player only. So, lets get right to it!

Forward

Up front we’re going with Matthew Maggio of the Windsor Spitfires. Maggio played in 8 games scoring 8 goals and adding 7 assists. He had 3 multi-goal games and 5 multi-point games while being held off the score sheet just once. He was named the game’s first star on 4 occasions and second star twice through the month.

Maggio is a late 2002 birthdate which means he is re-entering the draft in 2022. He has 18 goals and 22 assists in 34 games on the season.

Also considered was Nolan Burke of the Sarnia Sting. Burke also appeared in 8 games in January and also scored 8 goals and added 6 helpers. Like Maggio, Burke is a late 2002 birthdate and is re-entering the draft. He has 22 goals and 19 assists in 33 games on the season.

Defenceman

It’s never an easy choice when it comes to OHL blueliners, but for January we give the nod to Christian Kyrou of the Erie Otters. Kyrou is overshadowed a tad in draft circles by teammate Spencer Sova, but Kyrou is having quite the season with 9 goals and 20 helpers in 34 games.

In the month of January, Kyrou posted 4 goals and 5 assists in 8 games and finished a plus-5. He was kept off the scoresheet twice and had 3 multi-point games.

Also considered was Chas Sharpe of the Mississauga Steelheads. Sharpe posted 9 points in 11 games seemingly coming out of nowhere. He had just 2 assists in the previous 24 games heading into January. Kirill Kudryavtsev of the Soo Greyhounds also got some consideration after putting up a goal and 7 helpers in 11 games.

Goaltender

For the second time this season, Patrick Leaver of the Oshawa Generals is our choice. Leaver appeared in 7 games during the month – one of them in relief – and posted a sparkling .930 save-percentage. Unfortunately for Leaver he posted just a 3-3-0 record in his starts. One of those losses came on January 23, he stopped 48 of 49 shots in a 2-0 loss to the Kingston Frontenacs. That earned him first star honors.

Leaver had faced the Frontenacs 5 days earlier and in the contest the Fronts fired 41 shots at his net. He stopped 39 of those and leading his team to a 4-2 victory. His effort that night earned him second star honors.

On January 15 Leaver went up against Oshawa’s rivals the Peterborough Petes. He stopped 36 of 37, many of them of a difficult variety and backstopped his club to a 4-1 victory. He was named the games second star.

Also considered was Max Donoso of the Ottawa 67’s. Donoso appeared in 4 games and posted a save percentage of .939 and a 3-0-0-1 record. In his first appearance in January, he came in in relief and stopped all 12 shots he faced allowing the 67’s to come back and earn a victory in the shootout.  

On the season:

FORWARDS

January – Matthew Maggio – Windsor Spitfires

December – Luca DelBelBelluz – Mississauga Steelheads

November – Kyle Jackson – North Bay Battalion

October – Tucker Robertson – Peterborough Petes

DEFENCEMEN

January – Christian Kyrou – Erie Otters

December – Kirill Kudryavtsev – Soo Greyhounds

November – Gavin While – Hamilton Bulldogs

October – Ty Nelson – North Bay Battalion

GOALTENDERS

January – Patrick Leaver – Oshawa Generals

December – Pavel Cajan – Kitchener Rangers

November – Patrick Leaver – Oshawa Generals

October – Brett Brochu – London Knights