Vaughn CHL Team of the Week

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the 24th edition of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for the 2019-20 season based on individual performances from March 2-8.

Leading the group is Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Nick Robertson of the Peterborough Petes who wrapped up the week with 10 points counting five goals and five assists over three appearances. Standing atop the circuit with 55 goals, Robertson continued to fill the net over the past week, counting back-to-back multi-goal performances including Saturday’s 5-1 win over the Mississauga Steelheads in which he tallied twice en route to first-star recognition. For his efforts, Robertson was named the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week.

Also up front is 2020 NHL Draft hopeful William Dufour of the Drummondville Voltigeurs whose week totaled nine points counting six goals and three assists in a trio of contests. In posting back-to-back hat-tricks, Dufour’s best showing came in Saturday’s 8-2 road victory over the Saint John Sea Dogs in which he finished with a season high of five points and first-star honours. In recognition, Dufour was also named the Ultramar QMJHL Player of the Week.

Rounding out the forward ranks is Los Angeles Kings draft pick Akil Thomas of the Peterborough Petes who finished the week with four goals and five assists for nine points through three games. Thomas’ best performance came Sunday against his former club in the Niagara IceDogs as he put up a career-high six-point effort to lead his squad to a 12-1 road win.

On the blue line, Winnipeg Jets prospect Declan Chisholm of the Peterborough Petes put up an impressive showing as he closed out the week with eight points counting two goals and six assists over three contests. Chisholm, who sits third among all OHL rearguards with 69 points on the season, continued to add to his totals as his week counted a four-point night in Thursday’s 8-0 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs in which he matched his regular-season high and was credited as the third star.

Partnering on the back end is New Jersey Devils first-round pick Ty Smith of the Spokane Chiefs who shined with seven points counting two goals and five assists in three games. Registering at least one point in all five of his most recent appearances, that stretch includes Friday’s 5-1 road win versus the Red Deer Rebels that saw Smith finish with one goal and three assists to help guide his team to victory.

In the blue paint, Minnesota Wild prospect Hunter Jones of the Peterborough Petes was nearly unbeatable across a pair of contests as he came away with a 2-0-0-0 showing while turning aside a combined 70 shots to close out the week with a 0.50 goals-against average and .986 save percentage. Facing the Hamilton Bulldogs on Thursday, Jones put up his best showing as he stopped 40 shots to notch his fourth shutout of the season and claim second-star honours in an 8-0 victory.

ATTACK’S MACK GUZDA NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that goaltender Mack Guzda of the Owen Sound Attack is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week of regular season action ending October 13 with a 3-0 record, 2.59 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.

• HIGHLIGHTS: Guzda named first star in win over Soo
• HIGHLIGHTS: Guzda stops 47 in road win over London
• HIGHLIGHTS: Guzda denies 5 of 6 shootout opponents in win

Guzda becomes the first goaltender to receive the honour this season, guiding the Attack to three wins in a span of four days. The 6-foot-5, 210Ib netminder turned aside 26 shots and stopped five of six shootout opponents in Wednesday’s 4-3 shootout win over visiting Kitchener. He followed that effort up with a career-high 47-save showing on Friday night in London, helping the heavily outshot Attack get past the Knights 5-4 in overtime, earning third star honours in the process. Guzda was the first star of Saturday’s 4-1 win over the visiting Soo Greyhounds, making 28 saves as the Attack were outshot once again.

An 18-year-old from Knoxville, Tenn., Guzda has embarked on his third season in Owen Sound after originally being the club’s second round (31st overall) pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection. He’s played to a 5-2-0-1 record to go with a 2.94 goals-against average and .906 save percentage with one shutout through eight games this season. He owns a career OHL regular season record of 39-27-6-4 with a 3.42 goals-against average and .881 save percentage over 87 contests. After going undrafted in 2019, Guzda is eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft.

Additionally, Guzda is a back-to-back recipient of the OHL’s Ivan Tennant Memorial Award presented to the league’s top academic secondary school student.

Also considered for the award this week was Peterborough Petes defenceman Declan Chisholm. The Winnipeg Jets prospect recorded a goal and four assists over three road games as the Petes played to a 2-1 record. Guzda’s Attack teammate Barret Kirwin was also in the running after putting up five points (3-2–5) along with a plus-6 rating over three victories, scoring the overtime winner in Friday’s victory over London.

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

Declan Chisholm – Peterborough Petes – Player Profile

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 180 Pounds

Date of birth: January 12, 2000

Hometown: Bowmanville, Ontario

Position: Defense

Shoots: Left

OHL Draft: Round 2, 24th overall, 2016 Priority Selection

NHL Central Scouting pre-season: B Prospect

NHL Central Scouting mid-term: 42nd overall, North American Skaters

NHL Central Scouting final rank: Not available at this time

Peterborough Petes’ defenceman Declan Chisholm played his minor midget hockey with the Don Mills Flyers during the 2015-2016 season. As an alternate captain and leader on the blue line, he collected 10 goals and 23 assists in 63 games. He also appeared in the OHL Cup, scoring twice and adding three helpers in six games and being named to the All-Star Team.

Declan Chisholm of the Peterborough Petes. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Declan Chisholm of the Peterborough Petes. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

The Petes would select Chisholm in the second round of the 2016 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection, twenty-fourth overall. Here is OHL Central Scouting’s report on him at the time:

Declan is one of the top defenders in this age group. He does everything very well. He’s a slick skating defenseman that has excellent mobility and very good top end speed. He logs a ton of minutes and because of his skating ability, he looks like he could play all day long. He is a very good passer, sees ice well and makes excellent simple outlet passes. He uses his mobility on the offensive blue line to his advantage, gets pucks on net and makes good shot/pass decisions. 

As a rookie during the 2016-2017 season, Chisholm would appear in 41 games for the Petes, scoring once and adding four assists. He would represent Canada at the World Hockey Challenge Under-17 and in six games would register two assists.

Entering this his National Hockey League Draft season, bigger things were expected of Chisholm. While he scored three goals and added seventeen assists, he appeared in just forty-seven games. He was off to a very good start, but then an injury – a high ankle sprain – caused him to miss fourteen games. It’s the type of injury, even though you are medically cleared, that takes a long time to fully recover.

Along with the injury, the Petes made a coaching change during Chisholm’s absence. The Petes also suffered through other injuries and were a non-playoff team. Combined, they were all contributing factors in making the right read on Chisholm. Despite that, there is enough of a sample size.

Chisholm is an excellent skater with excellent speed. He uses his edges extremely well, can change his pace in a split second and changes direction with ease. Offensively, he uses that skating ability to quickly open-up lanes and create a scoring opportunity with a shot or a perfect pass. Defensively, he uses that same skating ability to keep players close or close gaps quickly.

In the defensive zone, Chisholm can beat the forecheck. He makes crisp, clean outlet passes and puts the puck on his forward’s stick quickly. As his season moved along, he became more confident in his skating abilities and utilized the skill more often in skating the puck out of the zone.

At 6’1”, Chisholm has good size. Adding muscle and strength is important as he is sometimes prone to losing one-on-one battles. At 180 pounds, there is plenty of room to add however.

Chisholm is also a very intelligent player. He knows exactly when to jump into the play. He sees the ice extremely well. He is very effective at keeping possession, whether it’s on his stick or putting pucks in areas his teammates can get to first.

Stat page of Declan Chisholm from Elite Prospects