Vaughn CHL Team of the Week

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the 10th edition of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for the 2019-20 season based on individual performances from Nov. 18-24.

Headlining the forward ranks is Lethbridge Hurricanes centre Logan Barlage who finished with nine points counting three goals and six assists over three appearances. His top performance came with a season-high five-point effort against the Red Deer Rebels on Saturday in which he finished with one goal and four assists in an 11-2 win that earned him third-star honours. For his efforts, Barlage was recognized as the WHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week.

Also up front is London Knights centre and Washington Capitals first-round pick Connor McMichael whose week saw him finish with eight points counting three goals and five assists over a trio of appearances. McMichael, who is currently riding a 14-game point streak, put up his best showing of the week with a four-point night against the rival Kitchener Rangers on Friday in which he recorded a hat-trick and added one assist to power his squad to a 5-1 road victory and claim first-star honours.

Rounding out the forward ranks is Kamloops Blazers right-wing Zane Franklin who impressed over three contests in collecting five goals and two assists for seven points. With all three performances seeing Franklin record at least two points, his best showing came against the Prince George Cougars on Friday as he notched two goals and added one assist in the 4-3 final that saw him claim third-star recognition.

On the blue line, Flint Firebirds rearguard Riley McCourt shined across three appearances as he finished the week with three goals and five assists for eight points. Against the Sarnia Sting on Wednesday, McCourt was a top performer for his squad as he tallied four assists – three of which came on the man advantage – in the 6-4 final. That performance helped McCourt earn recognition as the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week.

Rounding out the beck end is Knights blue-liner and San Jose Sharks first-round pick Ryan Merkley, who has continued to impress in his first season in London as he finished the week with two goals and five assists for seven points across three games. His best showing came against the Rangers on Friday as he finished with three assists and third-star recognition in the eventual 5-1 road victory.

Between the pipes, Victoriaville Tigres rookie netminder Nikolas Hurtubise was nearly unbeatable across his first two appearances of the season as he stopped a combined 64 shots over 120 minutes to come away with a pair of victories. His most impressive effort came in a 30-save outing against the Quebec Remparts on Saturday in which he recorded his first career shutout in a 2-0 win. In all, Hurtubise wrapped up the week with an incredible 0.50 goals-against average and .985 save percentage, earning him recognition as the Ultramar QMJHL Player of the Week.

STORM’S CAM HILLIS NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Montreal Canadiens prospect Cam Hillis of the Guelph Storm is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week with seven points including two goals and five assists over two weekend contests.

Hillis becomes the second Storm player to win the award in the past three weeks after goaltender Nico Daws recently received the honours. The third-year centreman helped the Storm win back-to-back games, extending their current winning streak to six. Hillis scored twice and added two assists while going 15-for-24 in the faceoff circle on Friday in Kitchener as the Storm doubled-up the rival Rangers 6-3. After a first star performance to start the weekend, Hillis earned second star honours on Saturday, picking up three assists as the Storm defeated the visiting Kingston Frontenacs 4-2. He helped set up teammate Cedric Ralph for the third period game winner as the Storm overcame a 2-0 deficit.

A 19-year-old native of Enniskillen, Ont., Hillis has rebounded strong from an injury riddled 2018-19 campaign that saw him hoist the Robertson Cup as an OHL champion with the Storm. Hillis sits second in club scoring with 27 points (7-20–27), 24 of which he has gathered over the course of the last 10 games. The 5-foot-11, 174Ib. forward was a third round (66th overall) pick of the Canadiens in the 2018 NHL Draft and was originally obtained by the Storm in the second round (29th overall) of the 2016 OHL Priority Selection. The York-Simcoe Express Minor Midget grad was an OHL Cup champion in 2016.

Also considered for the award this week was Washington Capitals prospect Connor McMichael of the London Knights who recorded seven points (2-5–7) over a pair of Knights victories, holding down the OHL scoring lead with 41 points (19-22–41). Draft eligible Sudbury Wolves forward Quinton Byfield was also considered after recording five points (2-3–5) in a pair of multi-point performances that each led to Wolves victories.

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2019-20 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:
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)

Vaughn CHL Team of the Week

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the seventh edition of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for the 2019-20 season based on individual performances from Oct. 28 – Nov. 3.

Headlining the forward ranks is Lethbridge Hurricanes left-wing Oliver Okuliar, who wrapped up the week with eight points counting seven goals and one assist across three contests. His top performance came in a career-high four-point outing against Winnipeg on Friday in which he collected a hat-trick plus one assist. For his efforts, Okuliar was recognized as the WHL On the Run Player of the Week.

Also up front for the second week running is London Knights centre Connor McMichael who finished the week with eight points counting four goals and four assists across two appearances. A first-round selection by the Washington Capitals, McMichael’s best showing of the week came in an incredible six-point outing against Erie that saw him register six points, counting three goals and three assists, including the overtime-winning tally. The successful week saw McMichael named the OHL On the Run Player of the Week.

Rounding out the forward ranks is Rimouski Oceanic centre Cedric Pare, who tallied seven points counting four goals and three assists in two games. Pare shined Thursday against Saint John as he finished with three goals and three assists, helping him claim first-star honours in addition to earning recognition as the Ultramar Player of the Week.

On the blue line, Shawinigan Cataractes defenceman Marc-Antoine Pepin had a solid week as he collected six points – all coming as helpers – in two games. His best performance came in his most recent as he tallied four assists to factor in every Cataractes goal in Saturday’s contest against Baie-Comeau.

Rounding out the back end is another member of the Hurricanes in rearguard Alex Cotton, who registered five points counting one goal and four assists across three appearances. Cotton’s best game came in Friday’s 8-2 win over Winnipeg as the second-year skater registered one goal and three assists to guide his club to victory.

Between the pipes, Portland Winterhawks netminder Joel Hofer was nearly unbeatable across a pair of victories as he turned aside a combined 62 shots in 133 minutes of action. The St. Louis Blues prospect, who wrapped up the week with a 0.90 goals-against average and .969 save percentage, also earned recognition as the WHL Eli Wilson Goaltending Goaltender of the Week.

KNIGHTS’ CONNOR MCMICHAEL NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Washington Capitals prospect Connor McMichael of the London Knights is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week with eight points including four goals and four assists over two weekend contests.

• HIGHLIGHTS: McMichael’s career-high six point night
• HIGHLIGHTS: McMichael helps Knights defeat Generals

McMichael earns the award for the second time this season, helping the Knights win back-to-back games to give them victories in five of their past six. The 6-foot, 181Ib. centre registered a career-high six points, scoring the overtime winner in Friday’s 7-6 win over the visiting Erie Otters. With the game tied 4-4, McMichael scored late in the second period before tying things up with 1:05 remaining in regulation. He capped-off his hat-trick with 1:56 remaining in overtime, becoming the first Knights player to record six points in a game since Robert Thomas on October 27, 2017. McMichael continued his strong weekend with a goal and an assist in Sunday’s 5-1 road win over the Oshawa Generals, earning second star honours while extending his run of consecutive multi-point performances to six.

An 18-year-old native of Ajax, Ont., McMichael sits second in OHL scoring with 34 points (17-17–34) over 14 games, with 19 of those points coming over his past six outings. The former 11th overall pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection has split his three-year OHL career between London and Hamilton, recording 61 goals, 61 assists and 122 points over 141 regular season games. He was Washington’s first round (25th overall) pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. McMichael will represent Team OHL in this week’s CIBC Canada Russia Series.

Also considered for the award this week were Hamilton Bulldogs teammates Arthur Kaliyev and Jan Jenik who each posted four goals, four assists and eight points over three games as the Bulldogs played to a 2-1 record.

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2019-20 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:
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)

Vaughn CHL Team of the Week

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the sixth edition of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for the 2019-20 season based on individual performances from Oct. 21-27.

Leading the way up front is Val-d’Or Foreurs right-wing Nicolas Ouellet, who wrapped up the week with eight points counting seven goals and one assist in three games. That stretch included back-to-back hat-tricks against Gatineau and Acadie-Bathurst, while Ouellet also added an assist in the latter contest to finish with four points and first-star recognition. For his efforts, the 20-year-old was named the Ultramar QMJHL Player of the Week.

Joining the forward ranks is London Knights centre and Washington Capitals first-round pick Connor McMichael, who finished the week with four goals and four assists for eight points across a trio of contests. McMichael, who is currently riding a five-game point streak, is coming off back-to-back three-point performances, including his three-assist showing versus Niagara on Sunday that earned him second-star honours.

Portland Winterhawks centre Jake Gricius rounds out the forward ranks following a week in which he amassed seven points counting three goals and four assists over two games. That stretch included an incredible five-point effort against Spokane on Friday in which Gricius finished with two goals and three assists to claim first-star honours. The overager was also later recognized as the WHL On the Run Player of the Week.

On the blue line, Ottawa 67’s overage rearguard Noel Hoefenmayer earns a spot on the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for the second week running following a seven-point performance over two games. The budding blue-liner’s best showing came Sunday against Sarnia as he matched his career high for points in one game with four assists to guide his club to a 7-2 victory.

Partnering on the back end is Lethbridge Hurricanes overage defenceman Koletrane Wilson who tallied five points counting one goal and four assists across three appearances. Wilson was a key performer in Tuesday’s 4-3 decision over Red Deer in which he finished with two points, including a power play marker midway through the middle frame en route to second-star recognition.

Between the pipes, Guelph Storm netminder Nico Daws won all three of his appearances, turning aside a combined 111 shots for a .949 save percentage and 1.95 goals-against average. Daws’ top performance came in a 35-save outing against Mississauga on Sunday that guided the Storm to a 4-0 victory and his second shutout of the season. For his efforts, Daws was recognized as the OHL On the Run Player of the Week.

 

Vaughn CHL Team of the Week

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the second edition of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for the 2019-20 season based on individual performances from September 23-29.

The forward ranks are headlined by London Knights centre Connor McMichael, who posted five goals and two assists for seven points to help guide his club to back-to-back victories over the Erie Otters and Hamilton Bulldogs. For his efforts, the Washington Capitals first-round pick was recognized as the OHL On the Run Player of the Week.

Drawing even with McMichael at seven points is Rimouski Oceanic left-wing Alexis Lafreniere, a projected top selection for the upcoming 2020 NHL Draft who picked up two goals and five assists as his squad downed the Sherbrooke Phoenix and Drummondville Voltigeurs to push their season-opening record to 3-0-0-1 for top spot in the QMJHL’s East Division.

Rounding out the forward ranks is Lethbridge Hurricanes centre Dylan Cozens who made an immediate impact upon returning from NHL training camp with the Buffalo Sabres to notch three goals and three assists as the Hurricanes came away with a split against the Red Deer Rebels and Edmonton Oil Kings. Cozens’ six-point production also helped him earn WHL On the Run Player of the Week honours.

On the back end, the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week includes Saginaw Spirit first-year import blue-liner Ilya Solovyov, who amassed eight points across three games counting one goal and seven assists. That stretch included a five-point night against the Sarnia Sting in which Solovyov was later recognized as the CHL Player of the Night.

Sharing the blue line is Vancouver Giants defenceman Bowen Byram, who returned to the club this week after auditioning with the Colorado Avalanche. The 18-year-old rearguard evidently needed little time to ready for game action wrapping up the week with five points – all coming as assists – in a trio of games.

Between the pipes, Tri-City Americans netminder Beck Warm was nearly unbeatable across two appearances as he came away with two victories while turning aside a combined 69 of 70 shots. He finished the week with a 0.50 goals-against-average and .986 save percentage with a top performance that featured a 38-save shutout against the Spokane Chiefs.

 

KNIGHTS’ CONNOR MCMICHAEL NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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Toronto, Ont.  – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Washington Capitals prospect Connor McMichael of the London Knights is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week of regular season action ending September 29 with five goals, two assists and seven points over two games with a plus/minus rating of plus-3.

HIGHLIGHTS: McMichael scores twice in win over Otters
HIGHLIGHTS: McMichael’s five point night fuels Knights

McMichael recorded a pair of multi-point performances as the Knights recovered from a slow start to win both of their weekend matchups. The 6-foot, 181Ib. centre produced a two-goal effort on Friday as the Knights scored their first victory of the season in a 6-2 triumph over the visiting Erie Otters. McMichael recorded five shots on goal in the game and went 10-for-14 in the faceoff circle, book-ending London’s scoring with goals in the first and third periods. He proceeded to register a career-high five points in Saturday’s 7-3 road win over his former club, the Hamilton Bulldogs. McMichael recorded his second career OHL hat-trick along with two assists, capping his trio with a shorthanded goal beyond the midway point of the third period.

An 18-year-old from Ajax, Ont., McMichael receives Player of the Week honours for the first time in his OHL career. The first round (25th overall) pick of the Washington Capitals in this past summer’s NHL Draft currently leads the league with seven goals to go with 10 points through four contests. He put up 72 points (36-36–72) over 67 games with the Knights last season and was originally a first round (11th overall) pick of the Hamilton Bulldogs in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection from the Ajax-Pickering Raiders Minor Midgets.

Also considered for the award this week was Saginaw Spirit 19-year-old defenceman Ilya Solovyov. The first-year blueliner from Belarus recorded an impressive five points (1-4–5) in Friday’s 9-3 road win over the Sarnia Sting, finishing the weekend with eight points (1-7–8) over three contests as the Spirit went 2-1. Owen Sound Attack winger Sergey Popov also received consideration, recording six points (1-5–6) in a 10-0 win over the Barrie Colts on Thursday before finishing the weekend with seven points (1-6–7) as the Bears went 2-1.

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2019-20 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Sept. 26 – Sept. 29: Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (Peterborough Petes)

Connor McMichael – London Knights – Player Profile

Height: 6’

Weight: 170 pounds

Date of birth: January 15, 2001

Hometown: Ajax, Ontario

Position: Center

Shoots: Left

OHL Draft: Round 1, 11th overall, 2017 OHL Priority Selection (Hamilton Bulldogs)

NHL Central Scouting Rankings: Preseason, C Prospect, November, B Prospect

Connor McMichael Captained his Ajax/Pickering minor midget AAA squad during the 2016-2017 season where he established himself as an offensive threat tallying 35 goals and 27 assists in 34 games. He would add 7 goals and 3 assists in 7 playoff games.

There was talk that, his OHL draft season, that McMichael showed brilliance and a solid two-way game but lacked in consistency. That’s not to suggest I agree with that take. Some OHL draft rankings had him pegged as a second-round pick. But the Hamilton Bulldogs saw the potential and used the 11th overall pick to select him at the 2017 OHL Priority Selection.

This is what OHL Central Scouting had to say about McMichael at the time:

Connor is one of the top players in this year’s class. He is a skilled centre that is dangerous every time he is on the ice. He is deceivingly quick and has very good separation speed. His pucks skills are elite and he has great one-on-one moves. Connor is a threat whenever he has the puck on his stick. He sees the ice better than most do at this age and has the ability to find the open man and put the puck in a position for that player to get a good chance.

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’s rookie season saw him play 32 games for the Bulldogs in which he scored 5 goals and added 5 assists. On January 8, 2018, he became the center piece in a deal that brought Robert Thomas to the Bulldogs for a championship run –  a run they succeeded in, capturing the OHL title.

At the time of the trade, Knights’ General Manager Rob Simpson had this to say: “He was a player that we were extremely interested in. He added, He’s got skill, he’s got excellent hockey sense, he can make plays and score and he has a deceptive shot as well. We are very happy to be able to bring him in and build around him.”

The Knights are recognized as being one of the top teams in the Canadian Hockey League in preparing players for the next level. And that bodes well for McMichael.

As of today, McMichael has appeared in 37 games for the Knights scoring 25 goals and 21 assists and his 46 points trails only Arthur Kaliyev of the Bulldogs among draft eligible players.

McMichael is an excellent two-way player with an extremely high hockey IQ. He is a very strong puck possession player. His anticipation is very good. He is a very effective forechecker and does not shy away from playing in the dirty areas. Once he adds more muscle and mass, he should become even more effective.

McMichael sees the ice extremely well. He will at times take chances making plays that most wouldn’t try, but that’s rare. He usually sticks to making the safe play. He puts the effort required to be successful in all three zones. He plays in any and all situations.

If there is an area I would like to see him continue to work on it’s his skating. He’s a good skater – strong on his skates, good edge work, can move east-west well. But I would like to see him add an extra gear to his first few strides and top end speed. I’m not concerned as that can be worked on, and by all accounts, McMichael is more then willing to put in the effort.

McMichael started off as a C prospect on NHL Central Scouting’s list of players to watch. In November, they moved him up to a B prospect. And he hasn’t slowed down, but he’s actually increased his pace. And I suspect he will continue to rise until draft day.

McMichael was selected to represent Team Orr at the 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

Here at OHL Writers, we selected McMichael as our draft eligible Player of the Month for December.

 

Rosters Announced for 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League in association with National Hockey League Central Scouting have announced the rosters for the 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game which takes place on Wednesday January 23 in Red Deer, Alberta.

Top Prospects Game

The 40 players from across the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League selected by NHL clubs to compete in the 24th annual showcase of draft eligible talent have been divided into Team Cherry and Team Orr by NHL Central Scouting.

Team Cherry will be coached by Ron MacLean alongside Dave Hunter and Brent Sutter, with Team Orr to be coached by Kelly Hrudey with Robyn Regehr and Marc Habscheid.

NHL Central Scouting ‘A’ rated prospects Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants), Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes), Nolan Foote (Kelowna Rockets), Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs), Peyton Krebs (Kootenay ICE), Raphael Lavoie (Halifax Mooseheads), Samuel Poulin (Sherbrooke Phoenix), and Matthew Robertson (Edmonton Oil Kings) headline the Team Cherry roster.  The group also includes World Junior Championship talents in Mads Sogaard (Medicine Hat Tigers) from Denmark, and Valentin Nussbaumer (Shawinigan Cataractes) from Switzerland.  A total of 20 different CHL teams are represented on Team Cherry including eight WHL, six OHL, and six QMJHL clubs.  The home team will feature the host Rebels with forward Oleg Zaytsev.

‘A’ rated prospects on Team Orr include Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades), Vladislav Kolyachonok (Flint Firebirds), and Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts).  The group also includes Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders) who was a member of Canada’s National Junior Team.  The roster breakdown includes nine OHL players, with seven WHL, and four from the QMJHL representing a total of 17 CHL teams.  Kelowna Rockets defencemen Kaedan Korczak and Lassi Thomson will compete together, as will London Knights forwards Matvey Guskov and Connor McMichael, and teammates Nikita Okhotyuk and Graeme Clarke of the Ottawa 67’s.  The Rockets pair will play opposite Foote, Orr forward Josh Williams will face his Tigers teammate Sogaard, and Orr goaltender Hunter Jones will face his Peterborough Petes teammate Nick Robertson on Cherry.

2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Rosters:

Team Cherry:


Goaltenders:

Taylor Gauthier (Prince George Cougars)
Mads Sogaard (Medicine Hat Tigers)

Defencemen:
Samuel Bolduc (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Bowen Byram (Vancouver Giants)
Billy Constantinou (Kingston Frontenacs)
Thomas Harley (Mississauga Steelheads)
Matthew Robertson (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Michael Vukojevic (Kitchener Rangers)

Forwards:
Maxim Cajkovic (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Nolan Foote (Kelowna Rockets)
Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Peyton Krebs (Kootenay ICE)
Raphaël Lavoie (Halifax Mooseheads)
Nathan Légaré (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Valentin Nussbaumer (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Samuel Poulin (Sherbrooke Phoenix)
Jamieson Rees (Sarnia Sting)
Nick Robertson (Peterborough Petes)
Oleg Zaytsev (Red Deer Rebels)

Team Orr:

Goaltenders:
Colten Ellis (Rimouski Océanic)
Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)

Defencemen:

Artemi Kniazev (Chicoutimi Saguenéens)
Vladislav Kolyachonok (Flint Firebirds)
Kaedan Korczak (Kelowna Rockets)
Jake Lee (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Nikita Okhotyuk (Ottawa 67’s)
Lassi Thomson (Kelowna Rockets)

Forwards:
Nikita Alexandrov (Charlottetown Islanders)
Joe Carroll (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Graeme Clarke (Ottawa 67’s)
Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)
Matvey Guskov (London Knights)
Brett Leason (Prince Albert Raiders)
Connor McMichael (London Knights)
Sasha Mutala (Tri-City Americans)
Jakob Pelletier (Moncton Wildcats)
Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts)
Philip Tomasino (Niagara IceDogs)
Josh Williams (Medicine Hat Tigers)

The teams are named in recognition of event builders and hockey icons Don Cherry and Bobby Orr who were instrumental in the success of the event when it was first introduced in 1996.  Since 2006, the winning team has been presented with the Don Cherry and Bobby Orr CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Trophy engraved with the names of every player to ever participate in this prestigious event.  Teams wearing the Orr crest carry an overall record of 13-6 while Team Cherry holds an all-time record of 7-13 with the extra victory opposite Team Davidson in 2005.

The 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is proudly supported by title partner Sherwin-Williams, and CHL associate sponsors CIBC, Kia Canada, Cooper Tires, and Kubota Canada.  The game will be broadcast live across Canada on Sportsnet and TVA Sports, and in the United States on NHL Network.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased via reddeerrebels.com or ticketsalberta.com.  For further ticket details please contact the Rebels office at 403-341-6000.

For more event information please visit http://sherwin-williamstopprospects.ca.

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