Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Edmonton Oilers prospect Dmitri Samorukov of the Guelph Storm is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 28 with eight points in four games including four goals and four assists and a plus-minus rating of plus-5.
Samorukov delivered a first star performance when the Storm needed it most facing elimination on the road in Game 5 of the Western Conference Championship Series. The defenceman scored his first career hat-trick and added an assist in the 4-0 victory on Friday night to push the series to Game 6 on Sunday where he contributed two assists in the 5-1 victory. He also chipped in an assist in Game 3 of the series won 5-2 by the Storm last Monday, and scored a goal despite the 4-1 loss in Game 4 on Wednesday. The series now comes down to Game 7 for the Wayne Gretzky Trophy on Monday night in Saginaw with the winner advancing to the Rogers OHL Championship Series against the Ottawa 67’s.
A 19-year-old from Volgograd, Russia, Samorukov is eighth in OHL playoff scoring with 20 points in 17 games accumulating eight goals and 12 assists. He’s played three full seasons with the Storm since being chosen second overall in the 2016 CHL Import Draft. This season was his most productive offensively with 45 points in 59 games scoring 10 goals with 35 assists while also winning bronze with Russia at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. Samorukov was selected by the Oilers in the third round of the 2017 NHL Draft.
Watch video highlights of Samorukov and the Storm against the Spirit in Game 3, Game 4, Game 5, and Game 6.
Also considered for the award this week was Storm forward Nick Suzuki, a Montreal Canadiens prospect, who also produced eight points in four games including one goal with seven assists. Dallas Stars prospect Tye Felhaber helped deliver an Eastern Conference title for the Ottawa 67’s with two goals in Game 4 against the Oshawa Generals scoring the game-tying marker and overtime winner to secure the Bobby Orr Trophy. In goal, Anthony Popovich of the Storm played to a 3-1 record including a shutout victory making 80 saves in total for a goals-against-average of 1.77 and save percentage of .920.
2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Playoffs:
Apr. 22 – Apr. 28: Dmitri Samorukov (Guelph Storm)
Apr. 15 – Apr. 21: Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s)
Apr. 8 – Apr. 14: Kyle Keyser (Oshawa Generals)
Apr. 1 – Apr. 7: Tye Felhaber (Ottawa 67’s)
Mar. 25 – Mar. 31: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Mar. 18 – Mar. 24: Evan Bouchard (London Knights)
2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Mar. 11 – Mar. 17: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Mar. 4 – Mar. 10: Greg Meireles (Kitchener Rangers)
Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Nate Schnarr (Guelph Storm)
Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Nando Eggenberger (Oshawa Generals)
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads)
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Riley Damiani (Kitchener Rangers)
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Andrew MacLean (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Brett Neumann (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)