OHL’s Draft Eligible Statistical Leaders

Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs. Photo by OHL Images.

There were a few times during the 2021-2022 Ontario Hockey League season that had one wondering whether they would complete the season with the COVID-19 pandemic postponing games and keeping fans from the arena. There were some even calling on the league to cancel the season.

But credit to the league, the players, families, billet families and fans: They got through all 68 games but it wasn’t always easy. As the playoffs are set to begin Thursday, here at OHL Writers we’ll take a look at the statistical leaders in different categories of players eligible for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.

In Previous seasons, we only looked at first time draft eligible players. As has been the case all season, because of the sheer number of players re-entering the draft, largely due to the lost season a year ago, we decided to add first- and second-year eligible players and that includes 2003 and 2004 birth dates. There are a few 2002 birthdates that would be on these lists, but we had to draw the line somewhere. It’s a rare occasion where a player is selected in his third draft and we should see Lucas Edmonds of the Kingston Frontenacs being one of those few, but he didn’t make this list. His 113 points are certainly worth mentioning.

Consensus number one pick Shane Wright of the Frontenacs took a while to appear on the top-10 scorers here but when the season came to an end, he found himself in his rightful place at the top of the board with 94 points in 63 games. Wright also easily led all skaters with 62 helpers. It may come as a surprise to many that draft re-entry Matthew Maggio of the Windsor Spitfires finished second to Wright in points and assists. Maggio also finished third in goals behind two other draft re-entries in Tucker Robertson of the Peterborough Petes and Avery Hayes of the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Perhaps the most surprising stat comes in the shooting percentage category. Five of the top six players in the OHL are all draft eligible, led by Kyle Jackson of the North Bay Battalion. Jackson may just be the most prolific scorer on the list with 30 goals with injuries limiting him to just 45 games on the season.

On the blue line, Ty Nelson of the North Bay Battalion led for most of the regular season. But by the time the season had ended, Pavel Mintyukov of the Saginaw Spirit took his rightful place (in my opinion) at the top of the leader board. However, the surprise came in the name of Christian Kyrou of the Erie Otters who finished with the most goals among defencemen and second in points to Mintyukov. Kyrou should get some love when final rankings are released as he was never on NHL Central Scouting’s players to watch list or their mid-term rankings.

Here are the leaders in a variety of different categories. We take great care in compiling stats, but as always, refer to the OHL Website for official stats.

Points Leaders
PlayerTeamGPGAPts
Shane WrightKingston Frontenacs63326294
Matthew MaggioWindsor Spitfires66384785
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes68414081
Avery HayesHamilton Bulldogs66413879
Luca Del Bel BelluzMississauga Steelheads68304676
David GoyetteSudbury Wolves66334073
Deni GoureOwen Sound Attack68243963
Kyle JacksonNorth Bay Battalion45303262
Ryan HumphreyHamilton Bulldogs68253762
Pavel MintyukovSaginaw Spirit67174562
Goal Scoring Leaders
PlayerTeamGPGGPG
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes68410.60
Avery HayesHamilton Bulldogs66410.62
Matthew MaggioWindsor Spitfires66380.58
David GoyetteSudbury Wolves66330.50
Shane WrightKingston Frontenacs63320.51
Luca Del Bel BelluzMississauga Steelheads68300.44
Kyle JacksonNorth Bay Battalion45300.67
Cedrick GuindonOwen Sound Attack68300.44
Ethan BurroughsOwen Sound Attack68300.44
Nolan DannSarnia Sting64290.45
Assist Leaders
PlayerTeamGPAAPG
Shane WrightKingston Frontenacs63620.98
Matthew MaggioWindsor Spitfires66470.71
Gavin WhiteHamilton Bulldogs66460.70
Luca Del Bel BelluzMississauga Steelheads68460.68
Pavel MintyukovSaginaw Spirit67450.67
Ty NelsonNorth Bay Battalion66420.64
Christian KyrouErie Otters68420.62
Amadeus LombardiFlint Firebirds67410.61
David GoyetteSudbury Wolves66400.61
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes68400.59
Defencemen Point Leaders
PlayerTeamGPGAPts
Pavel MintyukovSaginaw Spirit67174562
Christian KyrouErie Otters68184260
Gavin WhiteHamilton Bulldogs66104656
Ty NelsonNorth Bay Battalion6694251
Michael BuchingerGuelph Storm6353944
Kasper LarsenMississauga Steelheads5783543
Sam SedleyOwen Sound Attack6443842
Kirill KudryavtsevSoo Greyhounds6853439
Samuel MayerPeterborough Petes68112637
Rodwin DionicioNiagara IceDogs5762531
Plus/Minus Leaders
PlayerTeamGP+/-
Gavin WhiteHamilton Bulldogs66+35
Jorian DonovanHamilton Bulldogs64+29
Ty NelsonNorth Bay Battalion66+24
Isaiah GeorgeLondon Knights67+23
Shane WrightKingston Frontenacs63+23
Luca Del Bel BelluzMississauga Steelheads68+23
Lawson SherkHamilton Bulldogs63+18
Paul ChristopoulosNorth Bay Battalion63+18
Tnias MathurinNorth Bay Battalion44+17
Michael BuchingerGuelph Storm65+15
Penalty Minutes Leaders
PlayerTeamGPPIMM/G
Landon McCallumSudbury Wolves62971.56
Ethan LarmandSudbury Wolves63821.30
Ryan HumphreyHamilton Bulldogs68821.21
Marc BoudreauSudbury Wolves71811.14
Roberto ManciniSaginaw Spirit64791.23
Faceoff Leaders
PlayerTeamGPFOAFOW%
Owen BeckMississauga Steelheads68134881760.6
Stuart RolofsOshawa Generals6239522557.0
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes68153887356.8
Danny ZhilkinGuelph Storm66109261656.4
Nolan BurkeSarnia Sting6471739655.2
Max NamestnikovSarnia Sting6847326155.2
Jacob MailletWindsor Spitfires6986947254.3
Amadeus LombardiFlint Firebirds6786646453.6
Jax DuboisPeterborough Petes5987746452.9
Vsevolod GaidamakOttawa 67’s6083043752.7
Minumum 390 faceoffs
Shooting Percentage Leaders
PlayerTeamGPShotsGoalsSH%
Kyle JacksonNorth Bay Battalion451113027.03
Dean LoukosSaginaw Spirit64862225.58
Thomas JohnstonOttawa 67’s47611524.59
Braeden BowmanGuelph Storm601132723.89
Nolan BurkeSarnia Sting651443423.61
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes681874121.93
Beau JelsmaBarrie Colts681322720.45
Avery HayesHamilton Bulldogs662024120.30
Ryan HumphreyHamilton Bulldogs681342518.66
David GoyetteSudbury Wolves661783318.54
Powerplay Goals
PlayerTeamGPPPG
Avery HayesHamilton Bulldogs6612
Luca Del Bel BelluzMississauga Steelheads6812
Matthew MaggioWindsor Spitfires6610
Deni GoureOwen Sound Attack6810
Kyle JacksonNorth Bay Battalion4510
Powerplay Assists
PlayerTeamGPPPA
Shane WrightKingston Frontenacs6320
Ty NelsonNorth Bay Battalion6620
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes6819
Michael BuchingerGuelph Storm6317
Deni GoureOwen Sound Attack6817
Christian KyrouErie Otters6817
Longest Point Streak
PlayerTeamGmsGAPTS
David GoyetteSudbury Wolves1391221
Longest Goal Streak
PlayerTeamGMSG
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes57
Longest Assist Streak
PlayerTeamGMS A
Ryan AbrahamWindsor Spitfires88
Goaltenders Leaders – Goals Against Average
PlayerTeamGPMinGAAvg
Dom DiVincentiisNorth Bay Battalion271481642.59
Brett BrochuLondon Knights4325101152.75
Max DonosoOttawa 67’s271491702.82
Jacob OsterGuelph Storm341845902.93
Patrick LeaverOshawa Generals4928121503.20
Charlie SchenkelSoo Greyhounds7274163.50
Samuel IvanovSoo Greyhounds3518471083.51
Michael SimpsonPeterborough Petes4524921483.56
Pavel CajanKitchener Rangers4425781553.61
Nolan LalandeErie Otters5430661853.62
Goaltending Leaders – Save Percentage
PlayerTeamGPSHSVSSV%
Brett BrochuLondon Knights43128811730.911
Patrick LeaverOshawa Generals49162314730.908
Dom DiVincentiisNorth Bay Battalion276866220.907
Max DonosoOttawa 67’s277436730.906
Pavel CajanKitchener Rangers44156114060.901
Jacob OsterGuelph Storm348317410.892
Michael SimpsonPeterborough Petes45135612080.891
Ian MicheloneFlint Firebirds103272890.884
Josh RosenzweigNiagara IceDogs40144412740.882

OHL WRITER’S DRAFT ELIGIBLE PLAYER OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER 2021

Kyle Jackson of the North Bay Battalion. Photo by Terry Wilson, OHL Images

I can’t tell you how much fun it is to be back in an arena and watching live hockey. There just isn’t anything like it in the sports world.

In prior years, we here have done a draft eligible player of the month. However, just like we did for October, because of the sheer number of players re-entering the draft we have expanded it to include the draft eligible player of the month at forward position, defence and goaltending. So here we go…

FORWARD

It was an easy decision up front and that was Kyle Jackson of the North Bay Battalion. Jackson recorded eleven goals and eleven assists in just eleven games in November and now sits with fourteen goals and twenty-one assists in twenty-two games to lead all draft eligible players in scoring. Jackson was held off the scoresheet just once in November and produced seven multi-point games. He was recognized by the OHL as the top performer of the month.

We did consider Nolan Dann of the Sarnia Sting briefly. Dann played in twelve games and scored ten goals and assisted on six.

DEFENCEMAN

This could have gone any number of ways but we went with Gavin White of the Hamilton Bulldogs. White scored twice while adding eleven assists in ten games in the month of November. The reason we chose White over the others was his consistency through the month. He was only held pointless twice in those ten games and he only had two multi point games in the remaining eight. You can’t get much more consistent than that for a blueliner. White is a draft re-entry.

Also considered were a pair of Saginaw Spirit defencemen. Pavel Mintyukov had two goals and eight helpers in twelve games while Roberto Mancini had three goals and eight assists. Spencer Sova of the Erie Otters was also given consideration with his three goals and eight assists in eleven contests.

GOALTENDER

Patrick Leaver gets the nod here and it’s a token nod since he will not get the playing time, he has gotten through the first two months with the return of Oshawa Generals number one netminder from an injury. It’s not like he is not deserving though. Leaver posted a 4-2-1 record through November and a .902 save-percentage.

Of course, Brett Brochu of the London Knights was also considered. Brochu had a 6-4-1 record and a .904 save-percentage.

FORWARDS

November – Kyle Jackson – North Bay Battalion

October – Tucker Robertson – Peterborough Petes

DEFENCEMEN

November – Gavin While – Hamilton Bulldogs

October – Ty Nelson – North Bay Battalion

GOALTENDERS

November – Patrick Leaver – Oshawa Generals

October – Brett Brochu – London Knights

OHL ANNOUNCES TOP PERFORMERS OF THE MONTH FOR NOVEMBER

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Top OHL Performers of the Month for regular season games played in November 2021, including North Bay Battalion teammates Kyle Jackson and Joe Vrbetic, Hamilton Bulldogs defenceman Nathan Staios and Mississauga Steelheads forward Owen Beck.

OHL Player of the Month – Kyle Jackson (North Bay Battalion):
North Bay Battalion forward Kyle Jackson is the OHL Player of the Month for November, recording 22 points including 11 goals and 11 assists over 11 games along with a plus/minus rating of plus-7. Jackson recorded points in 10 of his 11 outings to help the Battalion ascend to the top of the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 7-2-1-1 over the course of the month. The 6-foot-2, 191Ib. centreman scored his first career hat trick on Nov. 5th in Kingston, finishing with four points (3-1–4) in a 5-4 road win. He took centre stage with a first star performance on Nov. 18th against Ottawa, scoring a pair of goals to go with an assist in a 3-0 win over the 67’s. Jackson struck for the game winner and earned second star honours a night later in Oshawa as the Battalion doubled-up the Generals 4-2. He posted his third four-point performance of the season (2-2–4) on Nov. 26th in Kingston, garnering first star recognition as the Troops skated to a 5-2 win. Jackson is the Battalion’s first OHL Player of the Month recipient since Justin Brazeau earned the distinction in October 2018.

A 19-year-old from Ottawa, Ont., Jackson is enjoying a breakout season in his third tour of duty with the Battalion, sitting tied for second in OHL scoring with 35 points (14-21–35) across 22 games. Jackson’s 27.5 percent shooting percentage is currently second-best in the OHL among players with at least 50 shots on goal. He’s recorded 60 career points (24-36–60) over 96 career regular season games with North Bay since being the club’s third round (49th overall) pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection.

OHL Defenceman of the Month – Nathan Staios (Hamilton Bulldogs):
Hamilton Bulldogs blueliner Nathan Staios is the OHL Defenceman of the Month for November, posting 12 points including three goals and nine assists over 10 games with a plus/minus rating of plus-9. The overage defenceman logged big minutes, helping push the Bulldogs to the top of the East Division standings with a November record of 6-2-1-1. Staios picked up a pair of assists in a 6-3 win over the Sudbury Wolves on Nov. 6th, found the back of the net as Hamilton fell to the Barrie Colts 4-3 a night later, and collected two more helpers on Nov. 12th as the Bulldogs defeated the Peterborough Petes 4-2. Staios matched a career-high on Nov. 18th with four points (0-4–4) in a 10-6 road win over the Petes. He struck for the game winner on Nov. 25th in Niagara as the Bulldogs beat the IceDogs 6-3, crossing the 100 career point threshold in the process. Staios becomes the first rearguard in Bulldogs history to earn Defenceman of the Month honours.

A 20-year-old product of Oakville, Ont., Staios sits tied for third in scoring among OHL defencemen with 19 points (4-15–19) over 20 games this season. The fourth-year defender’s 70 shots on goal are the second-most at his position Leaguewide. The son of long-time NHL defenceman, OHL graduate and Bulldogs president and general manager Steve Staios, he’s put up 101 points (22-79–101) over 198 career OHL regular season games between Hamilton and Windsor. Staios, who made his pro debut in six games with the AHL’s Utica Comets last season, was Windsor’s first round (17th overall) pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection. He represented the St. Louis Blues at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament this past fall.

OHL Rookie of the Month – Owen Beck (Mississauga Steelheads):
Mississauga Steelheads centreman Owen Beck has been named OHL Rookie of the Month for November, producing 11 points including five goals and six assists over 11 games to go with a plus/minus rating of plus-5. Beck found the scoresheet in nine of his 11 November contests as the Steelheads played to a record of 8-2-0-1, holding down second place in the Central Division. The 6-foot, 180Ib. Beck earned second star honours on Nov. 5th, scoring while adding an assist in a 3-0 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs. He recorded another multi-point effort on Nov. 21st, chipping in a goal and an assist as the Steelheads defeated the Sudbury Wolves 7-2. Beck was excellent in the faceoff circle with a 57.5 percent rate at the dot in November. He’s the first Steelheads player to receive Rookie of the Month honours since Alexander Nylander earned the award three times during the 2015-16 season.

A 17-year-old native of Port Hope, Ont., Beck sits third in Steelheads scoring with 16 points (7-9–16) across 19 games. His 59 percent success rate in the faceoff circle is the League’s second-highest among centremen who have attempted at least 200 draws this season. Beck was assigned a ‘B’ rating on NHL Central Scouting’s November Players to Watch List released on Nov. 19th. He was Mississauga’s second round (29th overall) pick in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection.

OHL Goaltender of the Month – Joe Vrbetic (North Bay Battalion):
Montreal Canadiens prospect Joe Vrbetic of the North Bay Battalion is the OHL Goaltender of the Month for November after posting a 6-0-1-1 record, 2.09 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and two shutouts across eight games. The 6-foot-6 Vrbetic went undefeated in regulation to help the Battalion surge to the top of the Central Division standings in a month of November that saw him string together 203 minutes and four seconds of consecutive shutout hockey. Vrbetic recorded back-to-back shutouts, making 14 saves on Nov. 14th in a 4-0 win over the Sudbury Wolves and an additional 23 in a 3-0 blanking of the Ottawa 67’s on Nov. 18th. He proceeded to pickup victories with a 23-save performance on Nov. 21st, defeating the Niagara IceDogs 7-3 and 24 stops on Nov. 26th as the Troops beat the Kingston Frontenacs 5-2. Vrbetic is the first Battalion netminder to claim the monthly honour since Patrick Killeen last did so as a member of the Brampton Battalion in February 2010.

A 19-year-old from Dunvegan, Ont., Vrbetic owns a record of 11-2-1-1 on the season with a 2.59 goals-against average, .907 save percentage and two shutouts over 15 games. Now in his second full season with the Battalion, he’s compiled an overall record of 25-27-2-1 with a 3.78 goals-against average and .887 save percentage in 58 regular season games since being a second round (31st overall) pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection. The Montreal Canadiens selected Vrbetic with their seventh round (214th overall) pick this past summer.

2021-22 OHL Performers of the Month:

Player of the Month:
November – Kyle Jackson (North Bay Battalion)
October – Sasha Pastujov (Guelph Storm)

Defenceman of the Month:
November – Nathan Staios (Hamilton Bulldogs)
October – Jack Thompson (Sudbury Wolves)

Rookie of the Month:
November – Owen Beck (Mississauga Steelheads)
October – Calum Ritchie (Oshawa Generals)

Goaltender of the Month:
November – Joe Vrbetic (North Bay Battalion)
October – Brett Brochu (London Knights)

About the Ontario Hockey League
The Ontario Hockey League is a proud member of the Canadian Hockey League which is the world’s largest development hockey league with 60 teams in nine Canadian provinces and four American states. In addition to the OHL, the CHL is made up of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and the Western Hockey League. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League and U SPORTS than any other league.

OHL WRITERS’ DRAFT ELIGIBLE PLAYER OF THE MONTH: OCTOBER

Brett Brochu of the London Knights. Photo by Luke Durda / OHL Images

This season will be unlike any other for the players eligible for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft that are playing in the Ontario Hockey League.

As you know, the pandemic wiped out the entire 2020-2021 OHL season and NHL scouts didn’t have an opportunity to scout the talent in the OHL with the exception of those that played in Europe or the Under-18 or the showcase tournament in Erie. We are basically combining two drafts into one and there are over 200 players eligible for the draft for the first time or re-entering the draft.

In a normal season here at OHL Writers, we look only at the players eligible for the NHL Entry Draft for the first time, but because of the number of players eligible for 2022 we have decided to include first time eligible players and players entering the draft for the second time which is why you will see some players born after September 15, 2002 throughout the season talked about here.

Also, a little different this season will be our Draft Eligible Player of the Month. Normally, we pick the player who had the best month but again, because of the volume of players available for the draft for this season we are breaking it down by position.

Our draft eligible player of the month for October up front is Tucker Robertson of the Peterborough Petes. To say Robertson had a fantastic month would be an understatement. In 9 games he notched 6 goals and 10 assists to lead all draft eligible players in scoring with 16 points. He was also 140 for 238 on the faceoff dot for a 58.8 winning percentage.

Robertson was kept off the scoresheet just twice in October while also compiling 4 multi point games and two games with 3 assists.

Also considered was North Bay Battalion’s Kyle Jackson who scored 3 goals to go along with 10 helpers in 11 games.

On defence, our choice is Ty Nelson of the North Bay Battalion. Nelson had 2 goals and 8 assists in 11 games and leads all draft eligible defensemen in scoring with 10 points and is fourth among all OHL defensemen in scoring. Nelson was held off the scoresheet just 4 times and had 4 multi-point games. He also finished with a very impressive plus-7.

Also considered was Hamilton Bulldogs defenseman Gavin White. He notched 7 helpers through 10 games and was a steadying influence at both ends of the ice. It took some time for White to find his stride, but he finished the month off with 6 helpers in Hamilton’s final 6 games of the month.

In the net Brett Brochu of the London Knights gets the nod. He’s played in every game and has a perfect 8-0-0 record. He also boasts the leagues best save-percentage if .935 and best goals-against-average of 2.07 (goalies with more than two starts).

Also considered was Oshawa Generals netminder Patrick Leaver, If it wasn’t for Brochu’s outstanding numbers, Leaver would have been the obvious choice with his .925 save-percentage and 2.49 goals-against-average.