Vaughn CHL Team of the Week

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the 16th edition of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for the 2019-20 season based on individual performances from Jan. 6-12.

Leading the forward ranks is Oshawa Generals centre and Nashville Predators first-round pick Philip Tomasino who tallied 10 points counting six goals and four assists over three contests. Tomasino made the most of his debut with the Generals, putting up two goals and three assists for five points in Thursday’s 6-3 road victory over the Windsor Spitfires that saw him recognized as the game’s first star. For his effort, Tomasino was honoured as the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week.

Also up front is Portland Winterhawks centre and 2020 NHL Draft hopeful Seth Jarvis who tallied 10 points counting two goals and eight assists across three appearances. Against the Victoria Royals on Saturday, Jarvis impressed with a career-best five-point performance that saw him notch one goal with four assists en route to 6-5 overtime victory. The successful showing helped Jarvis earn recognition as the WHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week.

Rounding out the forward ranks is Saginaw Spirit right-wing and New York Islanders draft pick Cole Coskey who shined with six goals and one assist for seven points over a trio of contests. Currently riding a five-game point streak, that stretch included his second career hat-trick in a 6-5 win versus the London Knights in which he claimed first-star recognition.

On the blue line, London Knights rearguard and San Jose Sharks first rounder Ryan Merkley led the way with six points counting three goals and three assists over a trio of games. Against the Barrie Colts on Friday, Merkley matched a season high with three points as he put up a pair of goals plus one assist en route to a 5-2 victory that earned him first-star honours.

Also on the back end is Spokane Chiefs defenceman and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Filip Kral who wrapped up the week with five points counting one goal and four assists over three contests. Registering at least one point in each of his last four showings, that stretch included a one-goal, one-assist performance versus the Vancouver Giants on Saturday to help guide his squad to a 6-3 road win.

Between the pipes, Gatineau Olympiques netminder and 2020 NHL Draft prospect Remi Poirier was unbeatable across two showings as he combined for 70 saves and back-to-back shutouts versus the Victoriaville Tigres and Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. Poirier’s top performance came in his most recent contest as he turned aside 37 shots Sunday versus the Armada en route to a 4-0 victory and first-star honours. For his efforts, Poirier was recognized as the Ultramar QMJHL Player of the Week.

GENERALS’ PHILIP TOMASINO NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Nashville Predators prospect Philip Tomasino of the Oshawa Generals is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week with a league-leading 10 points including six goals and four assists over three games.

Tomasino earns the award for the second time this season after making his mark in his first weekend as a General. He put up three consecutive two-goal performances in wins over Windsor, Sarnia and Peterborough. The third-year centreman earned first star honours in his Generals debut on Thursday in Windsor, helping Oshawa defeat the CHL’s eighth-ranked Spitfires 6-3 with two goals, three assists and five points. He picked up where he left off on Friday in Sarnia, scoring twice to earn first star honours as the Generals defeated the Sting 4-3. Tomasino and the Generals returned home on Sunday night to wrap-up a perfect weekend as he scored twice and added an assist in a 6-4 win over the rival Peterborough Petes, claiming second star recognition. Tomasino extended his current point streak to 10 games as the Generals defeated the Petes for the first time this season.

An 18-year-old native of Mississauga, Ont., Tomasino is Oshawa’s leading scorer with 67 points (28-39–67) over 39 games this season. The 6-foot, 180Ib. pivot has amassed 163 points (67-96–163) over 167 career regular season games after being selected by the Niagara IceDogs with the fifth overall pick of the 2017 OHL Priority Selection. Tomasino, who has represented Canada internationally at both the IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championship as well as the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, was the first OHL forward selected at the 2019 NHL Draft, going 24th overall to the Nashville Predators.

Also considered for the award this week were New York Islanders prospect Cole Coskey of the Saginaw Spirit who had six goals and seven points over three contests as well as Washington Capitals first round pick Connor McMichael of the London Knights who scored five times and had seven points over three games.

HIGHLIGHTS: Tomasino’s five-point night in Windsor
HIGHLIGHTS: Tomasino scores twice in win over Sarnia
HIGHLIGHTS: Tomasino pots a pair in win over Peterborough

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2019-20 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Jan. 8 – Jan. 12: Philip Tomasino (Oshawa Generals)
Dec. 30 – Jan. 5: Jacob Ingham (Kitchener Rangers)
Dec. 18 – Dec. 29: Joseph Garreffa (Ottawa 67’s)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 15: Jacob Ingham (Kitchener Rangers)
Dec. 4 – Dec. 8: Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds)
Nov. 27 – Dec. 1: Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 24: Riley McCourt (Flint Firebirds)
Nov. 13 – Nov. 17: Jan Jenik (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 10: Cam Hillis (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 30 – Nov. 3: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Oct. 23 – Oct. 27: Nico Daws (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 14 – Oct. 20: Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 9 – Oct. 13: Mack Guzda (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 6: Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs)
Sept. 26 – Sept. 29: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (Peterborough Petes)

Knights’ Cliff Pu named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Buffalo Sabres prospect Cliff Pu of the London Knights is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week ending November 19 after leading the league with 12 points in four games scoring four goals and eight assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-6.

Cliff Pu of the London Knights. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Cliff Pu of the London Knights. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Pu recorded four multi-point performances last week helping the Knights win three straight games to improve their record to 10-10-2-0 where they rank seventh in the Western Conference standings.  After collecting two assists despite a 4-2 loss to the Kitchener Rangers on Tuesday, Pu delivered a career-high four points on Thursday with a goal and three assists earning second star honours in a 7-4 win over the Guelph Storm.  Pu was also named second star of both weekend wins for the Knights including Friday with a goal and two assists in a 4-3 overtime triumph against the Saginaw Spirit, and Sunday with two goals and one assist contributing to a 4-0 victory over the Windsor Spitfires.  Pu’s eventful week also included the CIBC Canada Russia Series where he helped Team OHL to a 4-2 victory on Monday night in Sudbury.

A 19-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., Pu is playing in his fourth OHL season after being a first round choice of the Oshawa Generals in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.  He joined the Knights during his rookie campaign and helped the club to Robertson Cup and Mastercard Memorial Cup titles the following season.  Last year he recorded a career-high 86 points in 63 games and currently ranks tied for 15th in league scoring with nine goals and 18 assists for 27 points in 21 games.  Pu was a third round pick by the Sabres in the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo and last month was signed to a three-year entry-level contract.

Watch video highlights of Pu and the Knights against the Storm, Spirit, and Spitfires.

Also considered for the award this week was Florida Panthers prospect Owen Tippett of the Mississauga Steelheads who scored three goals and four assists for seven points in three games, and forward Cole Coskey of the Saginaw Spirit with two goals and five assists for seven points in three games.  In goal, the Knights’ Joseph Raaymakers posted a 3-1-0-0 record including a shutout victory stopping 123 shots for a goals-against-average of 2.74 and save percentage of .918.

2017-18 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week:

Nov. 13 – Nov. 19: Cliff Pu (London Knights)

Nov. 6 – Nov. 12: Ryan Merkley (Guelph Storm)

Oct. 30 – Nov. 5: Albert Michnac (Mississauga Steelheads)

Oct. 23 – Oct. 29: Aaron Luchuk (Windsor Spitfires)

Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)

Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Brady Hinz (Sarnia Sting)

Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Nick Suzuki (Owen Sound Attack)

Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Jonathan Ang (Peterborough Petes)

Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)

Cole Coskey– Saginaw Spirit – Player Profile

Height:  6’ 0”

Weight: 190 pounds

Date of birth: June 1, 1999

Hometown: Zion, IL

Position: Right Wing

Shoots: Right

OHL Draft: Round 3, 47th overall, 2015 Priority Selection

Saginaw Spirit right winger Cole Coskey played his Minor Bantam hockey right through to the Under-16 squad with the Chicago Mission in his native State of Illinois. With the Under-16’s, Coskey appeared in 23 games for the Mission scoring 9 goals and adding 8 assists. The Spirit would make Coskey their third-round selection, forty-seventh overall at the 2015 Ontario Hockey League’s Priority Selection that season.

Coskey would stick with the Spirit, breaking in on the Spirit lineup as a third line winger as a rookie a season ago. He would appear in 54 games for the Spirit, providing 4 goals and 7 assists while gaining some valuable experience.

Cole Coskey of the Saginaw Spirit. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Cole Coskey of the Saginaw Spirit. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Coskey’s greatest attribute is his work ethic and never give up attitude. He combines his decent skating abilities with them to be an above average fore-checking, more often than not, retrieving pucks or causing turnovers. He will not shy away from the physical game whether it’s throwing a hit or taking the hit to make a play. At 6’0” and 190 pounds, he’s not the biggest player, but plays larger than his size.

Coskey’s biggest issue is that he has not shown to be able to play at that level on a consistent basis. But he has shown improvement.  He has shown, some good puck skills and vision. He’s able to protect the puck and possesses some good playmaking abilities but can also create opportunities for himself.

The Spirit have a half dozen players on their roster eligible for the 2017 National Hockey League Draft and Coskey is easily the best of the bunch, and the only one listed on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings, where he’s listed 96th among North American Skaters.

This is the profile page of Cole Coskey at http://www.eliteprospects.com