DeNoble, Commisso, Rymsha: Is the Second Time a Charm?

It’s not often that, when I rank Ontario Hockey League players for the National Hockey League draft, that I look at players passed over the previous season. It’s not a regularity that players get chosen the second time around.

But this season, there are three players I am keeping at least one eye on: Logan DeNoble of the Peterborough Petes, Domenic Commisso of the Oshawa Generals, and Drake Rymsha, traded from the Ottawa 67’s to the Sarnia Sting on January 7th.

When I do my final rankings at the end of the season, I rank the top five goaltenders and the top fifty skaters. But at the end of the 2015-2016 season, I did the top 50 plus one. That plus one was DeNoble. I was so impressed by his offensive output during the second half of the season, that I wanted to recognize that even though I was confident he wouldn’t get drafted.

Logan DeNoble of the Peterborough Petes. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Logan DeNoble of the Peterborough Petes. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Fast forward to this season. DeNoble is tied with the Soo Greyhounds’ Zachary Senyshyn for sixth spot in goals scored with twenty-four, just two shy from making it into the top five. That surpasses his total of twenty goals last season while playing in sixty-three games versus the thirty-nine to date this season.

Somewhat surprisingly, ten of those twenty-four goals are powerplay goals and six are game winning goals, while firing a 24.2 shooting percentage. The 5’10, 190-pound center/winger is also an astounding 60.3 percent on the face off dot.

But the most surprising statistic when talking about DeNoble is when discussing consistency. Since December 8, 2015 (That’s fifteen not sixteen), he has gone more than one game without a point just four times. You’ll be hard pressed to find more than a handful of players with that kind of consistency. For comparison, League scoring leader Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters has gone more than a game without a point two times, while Adam Mascherin of the Kitchener Rangers who trails only DeBrincat in points has gone more than a game without a point four times in the same time frame.

Of course, none of this means DeNoble will get drafted in 2017. But he certainly is going to open some eyes and maybe draw an invite to a team camp in the summer.

Commisso on the other hand, was someone I ranked thirty-seventh among OHL skaters, but he too did not get drafted. He did however, receive an invite to Boston Bruins Development Camp in the summer of 2016.

Domenic Commisso of the Oshawa Generals. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Domenic Commisso of the Oshawa Generals. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

Commisso leads a surprising Oshawa Generals in scoring through thirty-nine games with thirty-eight points, twelve of them goals. He’s on pace or has exceeded his eighteen, twenty-four, forty-two totals from a year ago.

The 5’11”, 192-pound centreman has five powerplay goals (third on the team) and 12 powerplay assists (tops on the Generals) to go along with one shorthanded goals. He’s clipping along with a 10.1 shooting percentage while winning 351 of 680 faceoffs or 51.6%.

Commisso is a speedster with excellent top end speed and a very explosive first step. He’s strong on his skates with an ability to change direction with relative ease. He is shifty and very good when the opposition keeps him in close. He possesses very good puck skills along with possession skills with excellent vision and an ability to set up teammates. More of a playmaker than goal scorer, he has a good shot and release.

Commisso has a very strong work ethic in all three zones. He gets in on the forecheck and despite his size, doesn’t shy away from physicality. He’s excellent at creating turnovers.

Rymsha was also undrafted and attended Boston Bruins Development camp. The issue with Rymsha was injuries and teams not getting a long enough look at him.

Rymsha was traded on the weekend from the Ottawa 67’s to the Sarnia Sting and automatically becomes the Sting’s third leading scorer with fifteen goals and 14 assists. The 6’, 185-pound center plays in any situation. He’s strong on faceoffs, winning 57.7 percent of the 742 draws he’s taken – usually the first player over the boards for an important faceoff.

Drake Rymsha of the Ottawa 67's. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Drake Rymsha of the Ottawa 67’s. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Rymsha is a two-way player who works hard at both ends of the ice. His positioning in the defensive zone is very good and he is excellent at causing turnovers. He’s slightly above average in the playmaking department and while he has a decent shot is an average goal scorer. Although he is no Brad Marchand, he does agitate and can throw players off their game.

Rymsha projects to be a solid defensive player who can toss in a little offence if he gets to the NHL.

Logan DeNoble – Player Profile – Peterborough Petes

Height: 5’10”

Weight:  190 pounds

Date of birth:  October 15. 1997 Peterborough, Ontario

Position:  Center/Left Wing

Shoots:  Left

OHL Draft: Round 13, 242nd overall, 2013 Priority Selection

Every season, a player not ranked by NHL Central Scouting catches my attention – Logan DeNoble was not ranked on Central Scouting’s midterm rankings – and this season DeNoble has caught my eye. Of course, that doesn’t mean he’ll be selected on draft day, but he just may get an invite to an NHL team’s development camp if not selected.

Logan DeNoble of the Peterborough Petes. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Logan DeNoble of the Peterborough Petes. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

The turning point happened just around the mid-way point of the Petes’ season. Through his first 29 games, DeNoble had just 3 goals and 4 assists and a plus-1. But in his final 34 games, he posted 17 goals and 18 assists and a plus-21.

Is 34 games a small sample size to be a point per game player?

And what about DeNoble’s consistency over that span? Well, since December 8, 2015, he has gone more than one game without a point twice, a 2 games span and a 3 game span. Twelve of his 34 games were also multi point games.

Much of his increase in production can be credited to playing with confidence and moving up in the lineup to play with quality players. He began the season playing on the fourth line and moved all the way up to the top line with Hunter Garlent and Eric Cornel.

Among draft eligible players in the Ontario Hockey League, DeNoble finished 13th in goals scored, 10th in plus/minus, 3rd in faceoff win percentage and 6th in shooting percentage.

You can find all the regular season leaders in my post.

While leading the Lindsey Muskies of the Ontario Junior Hockey league in scoring (30 goals and 27 assists in 49 games), DeNoble garnered interest from several NCAA schools including at least one solid scholarship offer. But playing for his hometown Petes where his grandfather, great uncle and uncle played their junior hockey was something he could not resist.

DeNoble signed with the Petes and played in 20 games last season scoring once and adding 4 assists.

DeNoble is an intelligent hockey player. He moves into open spaces while giving his teammates an open lane to get him the puck undetected. Once he gets himself into those opportunities, he capitalizes on his chances more often than not which reflect in his shooting percentage. He also uses that intelligence defensively and has become a solid 200 foot player.

DeNoble is also a grinder. He’s not afraid to get in on the forecheck and battle along the walls. He has no fear of driving to the net with or without the puck. You can question his size (and many will) but you cannot question his heart.

DeNoble is a hard worker and knows that continuing to work hard, remaining focused and determined is what will bring him to his long term goals. He’s also an accomplished lacrosse player – not new to hockey players these days – and golfer.

DeNoble was featured on CHEX-TV for his off season workouts.

OHL’s Draft Eligible Stat Leaders: End of Season

The Ontario Hockey League’s regular season has come to an end and we look at the statistical leaders in a variety of categories. Listed are players available for the National Hockey League Draft on June, 2016 for the first time – players passed over in previous drafts are not included.

Peterborough Petes forward Logan DeNoble appears on the list in three categories – the only player not ranked by NHL Central Scouting on their midterm rankings in January.  DeNoble ranked sixth in shooting percentage at 16.95%. Will Bitten of the Flint Firebirds led the way with 20.55% followed by Boris Katchouk of the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds at 20.17%. Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters was third at 18.96% followed by Katchouk’s teammate Hayden Verbeek at 17.95%. Another Otter, Kyle Maksimovich placed fifth at 17.65%.

DeNoble also finished third in faceoff win percentage at 53.9%. Jack Kopacka of the Greyhounds tops the list at 60.9% followed by Michael McLeod of the Mississauga Steelheads at 58%. Logan Brown of the Windsor Spitfires followed DeNoble at 53%.

Finally, DeNoble finished eighth in plus-minus with a plus-22. Four London Knights topped the plus-minus, Victor Mete (plus-53), Matthew Tkachuk (plus-45), Olli Juolevi (plus-38) and Max Jones (plus-30). Maksimovich placed fifth (plus-25) Brown sixth (plus-24) and Sarnia Sting defenceman Jakob Chychrun (plus-23) finished ahead of DeNoble.

DeNoble finished just outside the top ten in goals with 22.

Points Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Matthew Tkachuk London Knights 57 30 77 107
Alex DeBrincat Erie Otters 60 51 50 101
Adam Mascherin Kitchener Rangers 65 35 46 81
Alexander Nylander Mississauga Steelheads 57 28 47 75
Logan Brown Windsor Spitfires 59 21 53 74
Taylor Raddysh Erie Otters 67 24 49 73
Kyle Maksimovich Erie Otters 68 27 44 71
Will Bitten Flint Firebirds 67 30 35 65
Michael McLeod Mississauga Steelheads 57 21 40 61
Nathan Bastian Mississauga Steelheads 64 19 40 59
Goal Scoring Leaders
Player Team GP G GPG
Alex DeBrincat Erie Otters 60 51 0.85
Adam Mascherin Kitchener Rangers 65 35 0.54
Matthew Tkachuk London Knights 57 30 0.53
Will Bitten Flint Firebirds 67 30 0.45
Dmitry Sokolov Sudbury Wolves 68 30 0.44
Alexander Nylander Mississauga Steelheads 57 28 0.49
Max Jones London Knights 63 28 0.44
Kyle Maksimovich Erie Otters 68 27 0.40
Taylor Raddysh Erie Otters 67 24 0.36
Boris Katchouk Soo Greyhounds 63 24 0.38
Assist Leaders
Player Team GP A APG
Matthew Tkachuk London Knights 57 77 1.35
Logan Brown Windsor Spitfires 59 53 0.90
Alex DeBrincat Erie Otters 60 50 0.83
Taylor Raddysh Erie Otters 67 49 0.73
Alexander Nylander Mississauga Steelheads 57 47 0.82
Adam Mascherin Kitchener Rangers 65 46 0.71
Cam Dineen North Bay Battalion 68 46 0.68
Kyle Maksimovich Erie Otters 68 44 0.65
Michael McLeod Mississauga Steelheads 57 40 0.70
Nathan Bastian Mississauga Steelheads 64 40 0.63
Defencemen Point Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Cam Dineen North Bay Battalion 68 13 46 59
Mikhail Sergachev Windsor Spitfires 67 17 40 57
Jakob Chychrun Sarnia Sting 62 11 38 49
Olli Juolevi London Knights 57 9 33 42
Victor Mete London Knights 68 8 30 38
Benjamin Gleason Hamilton Bulldogs 66 7 26 33
Jordan Sambrook Erie Otters 67 9 18 27
Markus Niemelainen Saginaw Spirit 65 1 26 27
Plus/Minus Leaders
Player Team GP +/-
Victor Mete London Knights 68 +53
Matthew Tkachuk London Knights 57 +45
Olli Juolevi London Knights 57 +38
Max Jones London Knights 63 +30
Kyle Maksimovich Erie Otters 68 +25
Logan Brown Windsor Spitfires 59 +24
Jakob Chychrun Sarnia Sting 62 +23
Logan DeNoble Peterborough Petes 63 +22
Adam Mascherin Kitchener Rangers 65 +19
Austin Osmanski Mississauga Steelheads 65 +19
Penalty Minutes Leaders
Player Team GP PIM M/G
Givani Smith Guelph Storm 65 146 2.25
Max Jones London Knights 63 106 1.68
Logan Stanley Windsor Spitfires 64 103 1.61
Michael Pezzetta Sudbury Wolves 64 98 1.53
Matthew Tkachuk London Knights 57 80 1.40
Ben Hawerchuk Barrie Colts 60 78 1.30
Faceoff Leaders (Minimum 60 faceoffs)
Player Team GP FOA FOW %
Jack Kopacka Soo Greyhounds 67 69 42 60.9
Michael McLeod Mississauga Steelheads 57 1284 745 58.0
Logan DeNoble Peterborough Petes 63 154 83 53.9
Logan Brown Windsor Spitfires 59 1148 609 53.0
Alex DeBrincat Erie Otters 60 183 97 53.0
Cliff Pu London Knights 63 851 445 52.3
Brandon Saigeon Hamilton Bulldogs 43 502 259 51.6
Boris Katchouk Soo Greyhounds 63 72 37 51.4
Matthew Tkachuk London Knights 57 74 38 51.4
Connor Bunnaman Kitchener Rangers 68 193 99 51.3
Shooting Percentage Leaders (Min 75 shots)
Player Team GP Shots Goals SH%
Will Bitten Flint Firebirds 67 146 30 20.55
Boris Katchouk Soo Greyhounds 63 119 24 20.17
Alex DeBrincat Erie Otters 60 269 51 18.96
Hayden Verbeek Soo Greyhounds 63 78 14 17.95
Kyle Maksimovich Erie Otters 68 153 27 17.65
Logan DeNoble Peterborough Petes 63 118 20 16.95
Jonathan Ang Peterborough Petes 68 127 21 16.54
Alexander Nylander Mississauga Steelheads 57 178 28 15.73
Matthew Tkachuk London Knights 57 191 30 15.71
Domenic Commisso Oshawa Generals 66 117 18 15.38
Goaltenders Leaders – Goals Against Average
Player Team GP Min GA Avg
Tyler Parsons London Knights 49 2835 110 2.33
Stephen Dhillon Niagara Ice Dogs 27 1317 59 2.69
Evan Cormier Saginaw Spirit 58 3246 201 3.72
Dylan Wells Peterborough Petes 27 1516 116 4.59
Troy Timpano Sudbury Wolves 35 2000 158 4.74
Goaltending Leaders – Save Percentage
Player Team GP SH SVS SV%
Tyler Parsons London Knights 49 1397 1287 0.921
Stephen Dhillon Niagara Ice Dogs 27 639 580 0.908
Evan Cormier Saginaw Spirit 58 1825 1624 0.890
Troy Timpano Sudbury Wolves 35 1296 1138 0.878
Dylan Wells Peterborough Petes 27 896 780 0.871