CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Winterhawks’ Joachim Blichfeld named CHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that San Jose Sharks prospect Joachim Blichfeld of the Portland Winterhawks is the CHL Player of the Week for the regular season week ending November 4 after scoring four goals and five assists for nine points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-2.

Blichfeld produced a trio of multi-point performances over the weekend to move into third in WHL scoring helping the Winterhawks win all three games to move into second place in the WHL’s U.S Division where they hold a 10-6-0-1 record.  He recorded back-to-back two-point efforts earning third star honours in a pair of home wins against the Victoria Royals including Friday night with a goal and an assist in the 7-3 victory and Saturday scoring the game-winner plus an assist in the 2-1 triumph.  His week wrapped up Sunday with a five-point outing to match a season-high against the Spokane Chiefs scoring twice with three assists in the 8-6 win.

A 20-year-old from Frederikshavn, Denmark, Blichfeld is playing in his third WHL season since joining the Winterhawks in the second round of the 2016 CHL Import Draft.  So far this season he’s scored 14 goals and 21 assists for 35 points in 17 games.  He was selected by the Sharks in the seventh round of the 2016 NHL Draft.

Also considered for the award this week was Kevin Hancock of the Owen Sound Attack who scored four goals and five assists for nine points in three games, and Peter Abbandonato of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies who scored once with six assists for seven points in three games.

2018-19 CHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joachim Blichfeld (Portland Winterhawks)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Ivan Chekhovich (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Dawson Davidson (Saskatoon Blades)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luka Burzan (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Kirby Dach (Saskatoon Blades)

Knights’ Joseph Raaymakers named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Joseph Raaymakers of the London Knights is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the regular season week ending November 4 posting a 2-0-0-0 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.02 and save percentage of .965.

Raaymakers turned aside 55 shots last week as the Knights stayed hot with wins in six of their last seven to move into a first place tie in the OHL’s Midwest Division standings with a 10-4-2-0 record.  The overage netminder made 25 saves on Friday as part of a 6-2 win over the Flint Firebirds, then earned his first shutout of the season on Sunday afternoon against the Kitchener Rangers with 30 saves as first star of the 3-0 victory.

A 20-year-old from Chatham, Ont., Raaymakers is playing in his fifth OHL season and second with the Knights after joining the league as a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds where he was the club’s second round pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.  This season he carries a 4-3-2-0 record with a goals-against-average of 2.67 and save percentage of .917.  His Sunday shutout brings his career total to seven.

Also considered for the award this week was Ethan Anders of the Red Deer Rebels who posted a 34-save shutout performance in his lone appearance of the week for a goals-against-average of 0.00 and save percentage of 1.000, and Mark Grametbauer of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan who went 1-1-0-0 stopping 87 shots for a goals-against-average of 2.03 and save percentage of .956.

2018-19 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:

Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Joseph Raaymakers (London Knights)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Émile Samson (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Alexis Gravel (Halifax Mooseheads)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Trent Miner (Vancouver Giants)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Luke Richardson (Kitchener Rangers)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Hunter Jones (Peterborough Petes)

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CHL Announces Weekly Award Winners

Big weeks for rising clubs as Pu and Morrone lead Knights and Tigres 

Knights’ Cliff Pu named CHL Player of the Week 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Buffalo Sabres prospect Cliff Pu of the London Knights is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending November 19 after recording 12 points in four games including four goals and eight assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-6.

Pu delivered four multi-point performances last week for the Knights who picked up three straight wins to improve their record to 10-10-2-0 which ranks seventh in the OHL’s Western Conference.  His week began with two assists despite a 4-2 loss to the Kitchener Rangers on Tuesday before producing a career-high four points on Thursday with a goal and three assists as second star of a 7-4 win against the Guelph Storm.  Pu continued his strong play over the weekend with a goal and two assists on Friday as second star of a 4-3 overtime win against the Saginaw Spirit, and Sunday with two goals and one assist as second star of a 4-0 win against the Windsor Spitfires.

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.  He is currently tied for 15th in league scoring with nine goals and 18 assists for 27 points in 21 games following a 2016-17 campaign where he generated 86 points in 63 games.  The third round pick of the Sabres in the 2016 NHL Draft was recently signed to an entry-level contract and represented Team OHL in the 2017 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

Also considered for the award this week was Jayden Halbgewachs of the Moose Jaw Warriors who scored six goals and five assists for 11 points in four games, and defenceman Olivier Galipeau of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens who scored three goals and two assists for five points in three games. 

2017-18 CHL Players of the Week:

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

Nov. 6 – Nov. 12: Aleksi Heponiemi (Swift Current Broncos)

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

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

Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Drake Batherson (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)

Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Tyler Soy (Victoria Royals)

Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Kale Clague (Brandon Wheat Kings)

Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Tyler Steenbergen (Swift Current Broncos)

Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Kole Lind (Kelowna Rockets)

Tigres’ Anthony Morrone named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that rookie Anthony Morrone of the Victoriaville Tigres is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending November 19 after posting back-to-back shutouts for a 2-0-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 0.00 and save percentage of 1.000.

Morrone was perfect between-the-pipes last week for the Tigres turning aside all 61 shots he faced helping the club improve their record to 11-10-1-0 where they rank 12th overall in the QMJHL standings.  The shutouts were the first two of his career and earned him first star honours both games including Friday night with 27 saves in a 4-0 road win against the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, and Sunday at home with a 34-save performance in a 2-0 win over the Rimouski Oceanic.

An 18-year-old from Montreal, Morrone has made eight appearances in goal for the Tigres during his first season playing to a 3-4-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 3.01 and save percentage of .906.  His shutout streak currently stands at 134 minutes and 21 seconds approaching the club record of 137 minutes and 46 seconds set last year by James Povall.

Also considered for the award this week was Philadelphia Flyers prospect Carter Hart of the WHL’s Everett Silvertips who posted a 2-1-0-0 record including a shutout victory with 104 saves for a goals-against-average of 1.34 and save percentage of .963.  In the OHL, Joseph Raaymakers of the London Knights 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 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:

Nov. 13 – Nov. 19: Anthony Morrone (Victoriaville Tigres)

Nov. 6 – Nov. 12: Justin Fazio (Sarnia Sting)

Oct. 30 – Nov. 5: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)

Oct. 23 – Oct. 29: Dustin Wolf (Everett Silvertips)

Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranada Huskies)

Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Logan Flodell (Swift Current Broncos)

Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)

Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Dereck Baribeau (Quebec Remparts)

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

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)

Greyhounds’ Joseph Raaymakers named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that goaltender Joseph Raaymakers of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the playoff week ending April 9 after posting a 2-1 record with a goals-against-average of 1.67 and save percentage of .951.

Joseph Raaymakers of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Joseph Raaymakers of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Raaymakers stopped 98 shots in three games for the Greyhounds who opened their OHL Western Conference Semi-Final series last week against the Owen Sound Attack with a pair of wins on home ice.  In Game 1 last Wednesday he made 27 saves as second star of a 4-1 victory, then earned first star honours in Game 2 on Friday with 34 saves in a 4-1 decision.  The series continued Sunday in Owen Sound with a third straight 4-1 outcome, this time in favour of the Attack, however Raaymakers still earned third star recognition with 37 saves.

A 19-year-old from Chatham, ON, Raaymakers is playing in his third season with the Greyhounds who chose him in the second round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.  He currently leads all OHL netminders with a post-season goals-against-average of 1.43 and save percentage of .954 after producing marks of 3.38 and .889 in 41 regular season appearances.

Also considered for the award this week was Jordan Papirny of the Swift Current Broncos who made 126 saves while posting a 2-1 record with a goals-against-average of 2.47 and save percentage of .940 against the Regina Pats, and Etienne Montpetit of the Val-d’Or Foreurs who stopped 116 shots despite a pair of losses to the Saint John Sea Dogs with a goals-against-average of 2.32 and save percentage of .959.

2016-17 Vaughn CHL Playoff Goaltenders of the Week:
Apr. 3 – Apr. 9: Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Mar. 27 – Apr. 2: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Mar. 20 – Mar. 26: Kyle Jessiman (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)

2016-17 Vaughn CHL Regular Season Goaltenders of the Week:
Mar. 13 – Mar. 19: Cole Kehler (Portland Winterhawks)
Mar. 6 – Mar. 12: Callum Booth (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Feb. 27 – Mar. 5: Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Brodan Salmond (Kelowna Rockets)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Stuart Skinner (Lethbridge Hurricanes)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Matthew Welsh (Charlottetown Islanders)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Francis Leclerc (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
Dec. 26Jan. 1: Griffen Outhouse (Victoria Royals)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Connor Ingram (Kamloops Blazers)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Carter Hart (Everett Silvertips)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Matthew Villalta (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Patrick Dea (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Troy Timpano (Erie Otters)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Reilly Pickard (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Ryan Kubic (Vancouver Giants)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Logan Flodell (Saskatoon Blades)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Samuel Harvey (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Liam Herbst (Guelph Storm)

Greyhounds’ Joseph Raaymakers named Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that goaltender Joseph Raaymakers of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 9 after posting a 2-1 record with a goals-against-average of 1.67 and save percentage of .951.

Raaymakers stopped 98 shots in three games for the West Division champion Greyhounds who opened their Western Conference Semi-Final series last week against the Owen Sound Attack with a pair of wins on home ice.  In Game 1 last Wednesday he made 27 saves as second star of a 4-1 victory, then earned first star honours in Game 2 on Friday with 34 saves in another 4-1 decision.  On Sunday night in Owen Sound the Attack clawed back for their first win of the series, but Raaymakers stood tall earning third star recognition with 37 saves in Game 3’s 4-1 outcome.  The series continues with Game 4 on Tuesday followed by Game 5 on Friday.

Joseph Raaymakers of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Joseph Raaymakers of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

A 19-year-old from Chatham, ON, Raaymakers is playing in his third season with the Greyhounds who chose him in the second round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection.  He currently leads all netminders with a post-season goals-against-average of 1.43 and save percentage of .954 after producing marks of 3.38 and .889 in 41 regular season appearances.  He previously earned Player of the Week honours back in October and was the first of eight different goaltenders to earn the distinction in 2016-17.

Watch video highlights of Raaymakers and the Greyhounds against the Attack in Game 1, Game 2, and Game 3.

Also considered for the award this week was 2017 NHL Draft prospect Jason Robertson of the Kingston Frontenacs who led the league with six points in three games including a goal and five assists.  Additional consideration came from between-the-pipes as Edmonton Oilers prospect Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes made 55 saves in two second round victories posting a goals-against-average of 1.50 and save percentage of .948, while Calgary Flames prospect Tyler Parsons carried a 2-1 record including a shutout victory with 103 saves for a goals-against-average of 2.10 and save percentage of .945.

2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Playoff Players of the Week:

Apr. 3 – Apr. 9: Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Mar. 27 – Apr. 2: Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Mar. 20 – Mar. 26: Anthony Cirelli (Erie Otters)

2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Regular Season Players of the Week:

Mar. 13 – Mar. 19: Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads)
Mar. 6 – Mar. 12: Petrus Palmu (Owen Sound Attack)
Feb. 27 – Mar. 5: Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor Spitfires)
Feb. 20 – Feb. 26: Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)
Feb. 13 – Feb. 19: Joseph Murdaca (Erie Otters)
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Spencer Watson (Mississauga Steelheads)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Hayden Hodgson (Saginaw Spirit)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Kole Sherwood (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Santino Centorame (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 26Jan. 1: Michael McNiven (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Jonathan Ang (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Troy Timpano (Erie Otters)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Max Jones (London Knights)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Logan Brown (Windsor Spitfires)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Matt Luff (Hamilton Bulldogs)

Joseph Raaymakers – Player Profile – Soo Greyhounds

Height:  6’1”

Weight:  182 pounds

Date of birth: March 17, 1998 Chatham, Ontario

Position:  Goaltender

Catches:  Left

OHL Draft: Round 2, 37th overall, 2014 Priority Selection

Joseph Raaymakers played his midget hockey for the Chatham-Kent Cyclones where he posted 2.16 goals against average and .936 save percentage. He went on to post spectacular numbers in 11 playoff games finishing with 1.75 goals against average and .947 save percentage. The Greyhounds would select Raaymakers in the second round of the 2014 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.

Joseph Raaymakers of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Joseph Raaymakers of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Last season, his rookie season in the OHL, Raaymakers appeared in 25 games finishing with a 14-7-0 record with 3.05 goals against average and .898 save percentage. This season, it was hoped that he would get more playing time. Despite number one goaltender Brandon Halverson missing time early in the season with an injury and taking part for Team USA at the World Junior Championships, Raaymakers appeared in just 28 games to date and has a 13-10-3-1 record and 3.61 save percentage and .891 save percentage.

In fairness to Raaymakers, the Greyhounds are not the Juggernaut they were last season.

Raaymakers suffered with consistency issues last season and at times it has carried over to this season. That’s typical when talking about a young goaltender at this level however.

Raaymakers is agile in his crease. He moves extremely well and is quick to move out and cut down angles. He is good at stopping second chances and when he gets better at his rebound control he will negate many of those second chances. He’s also above average with his puck handling skills.

Raaymakers biggest need is to work on his consistency. He’s prone to let in a bad goal but rebounds quickly. Next season he should take over the number one role on what promises to be a strong Greyhounds squad and it will be his time to shine. The problem with that is that this is his draft year.

NHL Central Scouting had Raaymakers ranked as the top goaltender from the Ontario Hockey League on its midterm rankings released in January. With the likes of Tyler Parsons (London Knights), Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes), Evan Cormier (Saginaw Spirit), Stephen Dhillon (Niagara Ice Dogs) and Troy Timpano (Sudbury Wolves) it promises to be a strong draft class of OHL Goaltenders. However, I’m not sure Raaymakers should top that list.

OHL General Manager’s Poll

A survey I have done in past seasons is to poll the General Managers of the Ontario Hockey League teams with this: List your top 3 goaltenders, defencemen and forwards and the order they would be selected in the 2016 National Hockey League Draft.

This season I have expanded the survey to include head coaches, goaltending coaches, and directors of scouting as well as assistant general managers.

Players were given 7 points for a first place ranking, 4 points for second place and 1 point for third place. Based on the number of responses received, the maximum points a player could receive are 357 points.

Jakob Chychrun - courtesy Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Jakob Chychrun – courtesy Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Only one player received unanimous first place votes from all respondents: Sarnia Sting defenceman Jakob Chychrun. Of those 51 respondents, the vast majority, 40, had London Knights defenceman Olli Juolevi as their second choice.

The battle for top goaltender was for all intents and purposes a tie. Dylan Wells of the Peterborough Petes and Evan Cormier of the Saginaw Spirit ended with 24 first place votes apiece. The difference being Cormier received one fewer second place vote and an extra third place vote.

Among the forwards, the London Knights Matthew Tkachuk was the overwhelming favorite receiving 50 of a possible 51 first place votes. Tkachuk didn’t receive a second or third place vote. Now some of you may think that’s a General Manager trying to get a better result for his own player, but consider this: The one vote that went against him went to his London teammate Max Jones.

Compared to polls from previous seasons, the battle for goaltender has never been so tight – there was always a clear cut favorite: MacKenzie Blackwood, Alex Nedeljkovic, Spencer Martin and Malcolm Subban to name a few.

On defence, the only time we’ve had clear choices were Aaron Ekblad and Darnell Nurse. Up front, of course there was Connor McDavid a year ago, but you have to go back to Gabriel Landeskog at the beginning of the 2010-11 season to find an overwhelming favorite.

Here are the results:

Goaltenders 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Dylan Wells Peterborough Petes 24 18 1 241
Evan Cormier Saginaw Spirit 24 17 2 238
Tyler Parsons London Knights 22 27 115
Honorable Mentions
Troy Timpano Sudbury Wolves
Joseph Raaymakers Soo Greyhounds
Defencemen 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Jakob Chychrun Sarnia Sting 51 357
Olli Juolevi London Knights 40 4 192
Michail Sergachev Windsor Spitfires 3 3 18
Honorable Mentions
Noah Carroll Guelph Storm
Markus Niemelainen Saginaw Spirit
Nicolas Mattinen London Knights
Forwards 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Matthew Tkachuk London Knights 50 350
Max Jones London Knights 1 41 4 192
Alexander Nylander Mississauga Steeheads 4 44 60
Honorable Mentions
Michael McLeod Mississauga Steeheads
Logan Brown Windsor Spitfires