Just How Impressive Has Jan Jenik and His Scoring Streak Been?

As is the case in real life, in hockey, all good things must come to an end.

Hamilton Bulldogs winger and Arizona Coyotes prospect (Round 3, 65th overall, 2018 NHL Entry Draft) Jan Jenik has been nothing short of impressive this season coming off an Ontario Hockey League high 26 game point streak in which he notched 22 goals and 34 helpers.

But just how impressive has the streak been?

Jan Jenik of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Jan Jenik of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

Well, since the turn of the century, few players have had longer point streaks. The Oshawa Generals’ Brett MacLean had a 32-game point streak during the 2007-2008 campaign while the Sarnia Stings’ Jordan Kyrou had himself a 30-game point streak during the 2016-2017 season.

Jenik’s 26 games have him one shy of the next with three National Hockey League superstars, Connor McDavid, John Tavares and Alex DeBrincat.

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That’s not to say that Jenik will end up in the same class as those players. MacLean only went on to play 18 games in the NHL but was forced to retire after suffering cardiac arrest while playing in a pick up game in July of 2012. He had just come off of three 20-goal and a 30-goal season in the American Hockey League and was hoping to make his mark.

Kyrou is still trying to carve himself a niche. The second-round pick, 35th overall by the St Louis Blues has had to battle some injuries but has been clipping along at a near point-per-game pace in the AHL and has recently been called up to the Blues.

But as you go through the list of those with the longest point streaks since the 2001-2001 season, you’ll find that there can be a transition in offence from the OHL to the NHL.

In terms of points per game during their respective streaks, Jenik is no Sergei Kostityn, who led the way with a remarkable 2.84 points-per-game during his run in 2006-2007 with the London Knights. Jenik is no slouch, having put up 2.15 points per game during his drive, good for tenth spot.

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However, what is most impressive is the percentage of team’s offense the players provided while they were on their respective rosters. And if you look near the top, you’ll find Jenik’s name. It’s not an exact representations as Jenik hasn’t even played half the season yet, but it does represent how important he is to the Bulldogs offence.

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Despite the offensive prowess, Jenik’s defensive game sometimes gets overshadowed. He is a smart player without the puck, knowing how to take away passing lanes and almost always has his stick in an excellent defensive posture. Coaches aren’t afraid to use him on the PK, and yes even down two men. He takes important faceoffs and is usually one of the first over the boards in the last minute to defend a one-goal lead or to try and even things up. In his last game against Mississauga where the streak ended, he was the guy in front of his empty net blocking a sure goal to give his team a chance. Oh, and a premature whistle by the referee in which Jenik scored to tie the game, caused his point streak to come to an end.

 

OHL ANNOUNCES TOP PERFORMERS OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER

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Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Top OHL Performers of the Month for regular season games played in November 2019, including Hamilton Bulldogs forward Jan Jenik, Windsor Spitfires defenceman Connor Corcoran, Kingston Frontenacs rookie Shane Wright and Guelph Storm goaltender Nico Daws.

OHL Player of the Month – Jan Jenik (Hamilton Bulldogs):
For a second straight month, a Hamilton Bulldogs player has been named OHL Player of the Month. Arizona Coyotes prospect Jan Jenik takes the November honours after leading the league with 31 points including 11 goals, 20 assists and a plus/minus rating of plus-6 over 12 games. Jenik continued the OHL’s longest point streak since the 2016-17 season, wrapping up the month on a 25-game trend. Nine of his 12 November outings were multi-point finishes, four of which included multi-goal outputs. His month was highlighted by a four-point effort (1-3–4) on Nov. 10th as the Bulldogs fell to the Niagara IceDogs 5-4. He followed that up with a career-high five-point showing (3-2–5) that included his first hat-trick of the season as the Bulldogs won 5-1 in North Bay on Nov. 14th. Jenik scored twice on Nov. 15th in Sault Ste. Marie and tacked on three consecutive three-point performances from Nov. 17-22. In total, Jenik earned star of the game recognition six times in the month of November, including two first star designations, three second star assignments and one third star distinction.

A 19-year-old native of Nymburk, Czech Rep., Jenik is in the midst of his second OHL season after joining the Bulldogs midway through the 2018-19 campaign. He sits tied for the team lead in scoring alongside Arthur Kaliyev with 54 points (20-34–54) over 25 contests and is in the midst of the longest point streak in the five year OHL history of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Jenik represented his native Czech Republic in last year’s IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship and is expected to do so again this December with the annual tournament on home ice. He was a third round pick of the Arizona Coyotes in the 2018 NHL Draft. Jenik was selected by the Flint Firebirds with the sixth overall pick of the 2018 CHL Import Draft.

OHL Defenceman of the Month – Connor Corcoran (Windsor Spitfires):
Vegas Golden Knights prospect Connor Corcoran of the Windsor Spitfires is the OHL Defenceman of the Month for November, putting up 15 points including five goals, 10 assists and a plus/minus rating of plus-8 over 10 games. Fourth-year veteran Corcoran’s big month helped the Spitfires ascend the West Division standings, playing to a 6-2-2-0 record in the month of November. The 6-foot-3, 194Ib. defender had points in seven of his 10 outings, starting the month with three points (1-2–3) in a lopsided 10-2 road win over the Soo Greyhounds on Nov. 2nd. His biggest showing came Nov. 15th in Erie as he scored the overtime winner and finished with three points (2-1–3) in a 7-6 win. Corcoran registered three assists along with a plus-5 rating in a 6-3 win over the Soo Greyhounds on Nov. 21st. He tacked on back-to-back two-point efforts (1-1–2) on Nov. 24th against Owen Sound and Nov. 29th against London.

A 19-year-old product of Beeton, Ont., Corcoran is in his fourth season with the Spitfires after originally being the club’s second round (21st overall) pick back in 2016. The former Memorial Cup champion has 24 points (8-16–24) over 23 games this season is well on his way to cruising past last year’s career-high of 32 points (10-22–32). He was a fifth round pick of the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2018 NHL Draft.

OHL Rookie of the Month – Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs):
The first overall pick of the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs has been named OHL Rookie of the Month for November. Wright played a big part in helping the young Frontenacs rebound from a slow start to the season as they played to a respectable 5-5-0-1 record in the month of November thanks to his nine points (6-3–9) over seven contests. Wright missed the first half of the month off representing Team Canada Black at the 2019 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Medicine Hat, Alta. and Swift Current, Sask. where he recorded seven points (4-3–7) over five games. Upon his return, Wright recorded a goal and an assist in a 3-1 road win over the Owen Sound Attack on Nov. 16th before logging back-to-back two-goal performances. He scored twice in a 5-3 win over visiting Sudbury on Nov. 22nd before potting two more including the third period game winner in a 3-2 victory over visiting Mississauga on Nov. 24th. Wright netted another game winner in his latest outing, scoring with 55 seconds left in the third period of Friday’s 4-3 triumph over visiting North Bay. He ended the month on a six-game point streak.

A 15-year-old native of Burlington, Ont., Wright sits third in OHL rookie scoring with 20 points (11-9–20) over 21 games while sitting tied for the lead among league freshmen with 74 shots on goal. The fifth player to be granted exceptional status in OHL history, Wright was selected first overall by the Frontenacs last spring after an outstanding season with the GTHL’s Don Mills Flyers where he won an OHL Cup title and league championship, earning GTHL Player of the Year honours in the process. He won’t be eligible for the NHL Draft until 2022.

OHL Goaltender of the Month – Nico Daws (Guelph Storm):
Third-year veteran Nico Daws of the Guelph Storm is the OHL Goaltender of the Month for November, playing to a record of 7-0-0-1 with a league-leading 2.09 goals-against average and .929 save percentage with one shutout. The 6-foot-4, 202Ib. netminder earned an opportunity to represent Team OHL in the CIBC Canada Russia Series while helping to backstop the defending OHL champions to a 13-game point streak. Five of Daws’ seven November wins required at least 30 saves, providing those in consecutive victories over Sault Ste. MarieKitchener and Owen Sound to start the month. He turned aside 26 of 27, earning first star honours in a 2-1 win over visiting Saginaw on Nov. 16th before turning away 30 shots to claim second star recognition on Nov. 19th in Kitchener. Daws posted his league-leading third shutout of the season with a 17-save showing on Nov. 22nd against Sarnia and closed out November with a 30-save performance as the Storm defeated the Saginaw Spirit 6-2 on Friday.

A 19-year-old native of Burlington, Ont., Daws currently leads the league with a 2.13 goals-against average and .936 save percentage and three shutouts to go with an 11-2-1-3 record over 17 games. He hoisted the Robertson Cup as an OHL champion with the Storm last spring after appearing in 20 regular season games and parts of two playoff contests. Daws was a seventh round pick of the Storm in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.

2019-20 OHL Performers of the Month:

Player of the Month:
November – Jan Jenik (Hamilton Bulldogs)
October – Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)

Defenceman of the Month:
November – Connor Corcoran (Windsor Spitfires)
October – Noel Hoefenmayer (Ottawa 67’s)

Rookie of the Month:
November – Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs)
October – Mason McTavish (Peterborough Petes)

Goaltender of the Month:
November – Nico Daws (Guelph Storm)
October – Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)

Vaughn CHL Team of the Week

The Canadian Hockey League today announced the ninth edition of the Vaughn CHL Team of the Week for the 2019-20 season based on individual performances from Nov. 11-17.

Leading the forward ranks is Hamilton Bulldogs centre Jan Jenik, whose week totaled 10 points counting five goals and five assists over three contests. Jenik, who carries a CHL best point-streak with at least one point in all 20 of his appearances this season, put up his best showing this week with a five-point night against the North Bay Battalion on Thursday in which he finished with a hat-trick plus two assists en route to a 5-1 victory and first-star honours. For his efforts, the Arizona Coyotes prospect was recognized as the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week.

Also up front is Ottawa 67’s overage left-wing Joseph Garreffa, who wrapped up the week with five goals and four assists for nine points across three appearances. Currently riding a four-game point streak, Garreffa had a productive weekend in first posting a hat-trick and one assist in Saturday’s 4-2 victory over the Flint Firebirds before following up that effort the next night in recording two goals and two assists to guide his club to a 6-3 win versus the Sarnia Sting and pick up his second-straight first-star honour.

Rounding out the forward ranks is Shawinigan Cataractes centrMavrik Bourque who recorded nine points counting four goals and five assists over three appearances. The 2020 NHL Draft hopeful, who projects as a second-round selection in NHL Central Scouting’s latest Players to Watch report, is currently riding a 10-game point streak, a stretch which includes Tuesday’s five-point finish against the Saint John Sea Dogs in which he tallied one goal and four assists in the 8-5 victory that saw him claim second-star honours. For his efforts, Bourque was named the Ultramar QMJHL Player of the Week.

The blue line is led by another 2020 NHL Draft eligible in Sea Dogs rearguard Jeremie Poirier, whose productive week saw him finish with six points counting two goals and four assists over three appearances. Against the Cataractes on Tuesday, Poirier impressed with a power play goal plus three assists to claim third-star honours. The Quebec native projects as a first-round selection in the coming NHL Draft in Montreal.

Joining the back end is Mississauga Steelheads veteran defenceman Liam Ham who wrapped up the week with one goal and five assists for six points over three contests. Against the Sting on Friday, the Newmarket, Ont., native came up big in collecting four points – all coming as assists – that helped guide his club to a 6-2 victory in a performance that recognized him with third-star honours.

Between the pipes, Val-d’Or Foreurs netminder Jonathan Lemieux shined in two appearances and 125 minutes of action that saw him turn aside a combined 82 shots for back-to-back victories over the Sea Dogs and Halifax Mooseheads. Lemieux was busiest against the Sea Dogs, stopping 49 of 52 shots to lead his club to a 7-3 victory that also saw him earn second-star honours. In all, Lemieux wrapped up the week with a 1.92 goals-against average and .953 save percentage.

BULLDOGS’ JAN JENIK NAMED OHL ‘ON THE RUN’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

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Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Arizona Coyotes prospect Jan Jenik of the Hamilton Bulldogs is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week with a league-leading 10 points including five goals and five assists over three games.

Jenik extended his current point streak to a league-high 20 games, helping the Bulldogs go 2-1 on a weekend road trip with stops in North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury. Jenik headlined Thursday’s 5-1 road win over the Battalion with a first star performance, racking up a career-high five points including a hat-trick and two assists as he was in on all five Bulldogs goals. Hamilton came up just short on Friday, falling 4-3 in Sault Ste. Marie but Jenik earned second star honours with two goals as he scored in a third straight game. The 6-foot-1 centre picked up three assists and went 15-for-32 in the faceoff circle in Sunday’s 21-goal explosion between Hamilton and Sudbury as the Bulldogs claimed an 11-10 overtime victory.

A 19-year-old native of Nymburk, Czech Republic, Jenik is currently tied for second in OHL scoring with 43 points (17-26–43) over 20 games. The sophomore forward has recorded a point in each game he has played this season and is on a current run of four consecutive multi-point outings. Jenik joined the Bulldogs midway through last season and registered 30 points (13-17–30) over 27 games. Originally Flint’s first round (6th overall) pick in the 2018 CHL Import Draft, Jenik represented the Czech Republic at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Vancouver, recording two assists over three games. He was Arizona’s third round (65th overall) pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

Also considered for the award this week was Ottawa 67’s overage winger Joseph Garreffa who recorded nine points (5-4–9) including back-to-back four-point performances on Ottawa’s three-game weekend road trip. Soo Greyhounds winger Tye Kartye also had a strong week, recording eight points (3-5–8) over three straight wins as the Hounds came back strong from a seven-game slide.

• HIGHLIGHTS: Jenik’s career-high five-point night
• HIGHLIGHTS: Jenik scores twice in road loss
• HIGHLIGHTS: Jenik picks up three assists in 21-goal explosion

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