OHL’s Draft Eligible Statistical Leaders as of February 28, 2022

Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images

The month of February has seen a change in the statistical leaders among players eligible for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. It was more to do with lost games being made up and the gap in games played between different teams than it had to do with players picking it up or others dropping off.

Look no further then the point leaders. For almost the entire season it’s been either Tucker Robertson of the Peterborough Petes or Luca Del Bel Belluz of the Mississauga Steelheads at the top. Don’t look now but here comes projected number one pick Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs who sits in between the pair. I don’t think it will be too long before Wright is all alone at the top.

It’s no different for defencemen. Ty Nelson of the North Bay Battalion has been at the top of defencemen scoring since the first puck drop. Now he’s been passed by February’s Defenceman of the Month and Rookie of the Month Christion Kyrou of the Erie Otters as well as Pavel Mintyukov of the Saginaw Spirit and Gavin White of the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Offensively, it appears there are three tiers at the top of the draft class for defenders: The first tier has Kyrou all alone as it looks like he will begin to run away with it. That’s followed by the second tier of Mintyukov, White and Nelson. They are also a clear group ahead of the third tier.

In the crease, it’s been a season long battle between Brett Brochu of the London Knights and Patrick Leaver of the Oshawa Generals and I suspect that’s how it will be right up until the last whistle.

Here’s a look at the statistical leaders in different categories. As a reminder, we are including first year and second year eligible players where in the past we’ve only done first year eligible players. While we take great care in compiling stats, please refer to the OHL Website for official stats.

Points Leaders
PlayerTeamGPGAPts
Luca Del Bel BelluzMississauga Steelheads51263864
Shane WrightKingston Frontenacs43214162
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes47263157
Avery HayesHamilton Bulldogs45302353
Matthew MaggioWindsor Spitfires44242852
David GoyetteSudbury Wolves48212849
J. R. AvonPeterborough Petes44193049
Nolan BurkeSarnia Sting45271946
Kyle JacksonNorth Bay Battalion31202545
Deni GoureOwen Sound Attack48212344
Goal Scoring Leaders
PlayerTeamGPGGPG
Avery HayesHamilton Bulldogs45300.67
Nolan BurkeSarnia Sting45270.60
Luca Del Bel BelluzMississauga Steelheads51260.51
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes47260.55
Matthew MaggioWindsor Spitfires44240.55
Shane WrightKingston Frontenacs43210.49
David GoyetteSudbury Wolves48210.44
Deni GoureOwen Sound Attack48210.44
Kyle JacksonNorth Bay Battalion31200.65
Nolan DannSarnia Sting43200.47
Assist Leaders
PlayerTeamGPAAPG
Shane WrightKingston Frontenacs43410.95
Luca Del Bel BelluzMississauga Steelheads51380.75
Michael BuchingerGuelph Storm46330.72
Ty NelsonNorth Bay Battalion51320.63
Gavin WhiteHamilton Bulldogs45310.69
Christian KyrouErie Otters47310.66
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes47310.66
J. R. AvonPeterborough Petes44300.68
Matthew MaggioWindsor Spitfires44280.64
Jake KarabelaGuelph Storm46280.61
Defencemen Point Leaders
PlayerTeamGPGAPts
Christian KyrouErie Otters47133144
Pavel MintyukovSaginaw Spirit47102838
Gavin WhiteHamilton Bulldogs4573138
Ty NelsonNorth Bay Battalion5163238
Michael BuchingerGuelph Storm4643337
Samuel MayerPeterborough Petes4791827
Rodwin DionicioNiagara IceDogs4362026
Kasper LarsenMississauga Steelheads4052126
Sam SedleyOwen Sound Attack4732326
Kirill KudryavtsevSoo Greyhounds5032326
Plus/Minus Leaders
PlayerTeamGP+/-
Avery HayesHamilton Bulldogs45+33
Ryan HumphreyHamilton Bulldogs47+33
Isaiah GeorgeLondon Knights44+29
Luca Del Bel BelluzMississauga Steelheads51+25
Gavin WhiteHamilton Bulldogs45+18
Shane WrightKingston Frontenacs43+17
Jorian DonovanHamilton Bulldogs45+16
Jake KarabelaGuelph Storm46+16
Ty NelsonNorth Bay Battalion51+16
Ben RogerKingston Frontenacs43+15
Penalty Minutes Leaders
PlayerTeamGPPIMM/G
Landon McCallumSudbury Wolves47681.45
Samuel MayerPeterborough Petes47601.28
Ryan HumphreyHamilton Bulldogs47591.26
Roberto ManciniSaginaw Spirit46581.26
Marc BoudreauSudbury Wolves53571.08
Faceoff Leaders (minimum 240 faceoffs)
PlayerTeamGPFOAFOW%
Owen BeckMississauga Steelheads51100960660.1
Jacob MailletWindsor Spitfires4754131658.4
Stuart RolofsOshawa Generals4324814257.3
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes47113264256.7
Danny ZhilkinGuelph Storm4475242556.5
Max NamestnikovSarnia Sting4541823456.0
Braeden KresslerFlint Firebirds2339421855.3
Landon McCallumSudbury Wolves4751228154.9
Nolan BurkeSarnia Sting4547925954.1
Amadeus LombardiFlint Firebirds4961233053.9
Minumum 60 faceoffs
Shooting Percentage Leaders
PlayerTeamGPShotsGoalsSH%
Braeden BowmanGuelph Storm39681927.9
Kyle JacksonNorth Bay Battalion31732027.4
Dean LoukasSaginaw Spirit44561526.8
Nolan BurkeSarnia Sting451032726.2
Thomas JohnstonOttawa 67’s39521325.0
James JodoinWindsor Spitfires2825624.0
Beau JelsmaBarrie Colts451052523.8
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes471202621.7
Avery HayesHamilton Bulldogs451413021.3
Hunter HaightBarrie Colts41951920.0
LONGEST POINT STREAK
PlayerTeamFromToGMSPTS
Nolan DannSarnia Sting11/511/271115
LONGEST GOAL STREAK
PlayerTeamFromToGMSG
Tucker RobertsonPeterborough Petes10/2811/757
LONGEST ASSIST STREAK
PlayerTeamFromToGMSA
Stuart RolofsOshawa Generals2/112/2479
Goaltenders Leaders – Goals Against Average
PlayerTeamGPMinGAAvg
Brett BrochuLondon Knights3923061022.65
Max DonosoOttawa 67’s16889402.70
Dom DiVincentiisNorth Bay Battalion19996482.89
Patrick LeaverOshawa Generals341920973.03
Jacob OsterGuelph Storm211145593.09
Samuel IvanovSoo Greyhounds261432813.39
Pavel CajanKitchener Rangers2916901023.62
Nolan LalondeErie Otters3825041573.76
Goaltending Leaders – Save Percentage
PlayerTeamGPSHSVSSV%
Brett BrochuLondon Knights39119110890.914
Patrick LeaverOshawa Generals34110610090.912
Max DonosoOttawa 67’s164373970.908
Pavel CajanKitchener Rangers2910119090.899
Dom DiVincentiisNorth Bay Battalion194654170.897
Jacob OsterGuelph Storm215234640.887
Michael SimpsonPeterborough Petes298797760.883
Samuel IvanovSoo Greyhounds266775960.880

LALONDE AND JOHNSTON NAMED OHL TOP PERFORMERS OF THE WEEK

Toronto, Ont. – The Ontario Hockey League today announced Top Performers of the Week for the week of regular season games ending Sunday, January 9, 2022.

Spitfires’ Wyatt Johnston Named OHL Player of the Week

Dallas Stars prospect Wyatt Johnston of the Windsor Spitfires is the OHL Player of the Week, recording two goals and six assists for eight points in two games along with a plus/minus rating of plus-6.

Johnston helped the Spitfires climb to within two points of the West Division-leading Soo Greyhounds, defeating them in back-to-back games on the road. Johnston earned first star honours in Windsor’s first action since Dec. 28th on Saturday, scoring while adding three assists in a 5-2 win. He added another goal and three more helpers in Sunday’s 10-4 victory over the Greyhounds, picking up second star recognition in his fourth 4+ point outing of the season. He also extended his current point streak to seven games.

An 18-year-old native of Toronto, Ont., Johnston has climbed into a tie for second in OHL scoring with 54 points (20-34–54) in 29 games. His 1.86 points-per-game are the third-most in the League while his 127 shots on goal have him tied for third. Johnston was selected by the Dallas Stars with the 23rd overall pick of the 2021 NHL Draft. He was originally Windsor’s first round (6th overall) pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection from the Toronto Marlboros U16 program.

Johnston is the OHL’s first player to claim Player of the Week honours twice this season.

Other candidates from the past week include Windsor Spitfires teammate Matthew Maggio who recorded seven points (3-4–7) in two games on a line alongside Johnston. Mississauga Steelheads forward Luca Del Bel Belluz was also in the running with seven points (2-5–7) in three games.

2021-22 OHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
Jan. 3 – Jan 9: Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires)
Dec. 27 – Jan. 2: James Hardie (Mississauga Steelheads)
Dec. 13 – Dec. 19: Ty Tullio (Oshawa Generals)
Dec. 6 – Dec. 12: Lucas Edmonds (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 29 – Dec. 5: Wyatt Johnston (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 22 – Nov. 28: Brennan Othmann (Flint Firebirds)
Nov. 15 – Nov. 21: Brandon Coe (North Bay Battalion)
Nov. 8 – Nov. 14: Antonio Stranges (London Knights)
Nov. 1 – Nov. 7: Shane Wright (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 25 – Oct. 31: Tucker Robertson (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 18 – Oct. 24: Rory Kerins (Soo Greyhounds)
Oct. 11 – Oct. 17: Calum Ritchie (Oshawa Generals)
Oct. 4 – Oct. 10: Jack Thompson (Sudbury Wolves)


Otters’ Nolan Lalonde Named OHL Goaltender of the Week

Nolan Lalonde of the Erie Otters is the OHL Goaltender of the Week, securing back-to-back wins with a 1.44 goals-against average and .957 save percentage in a pair of weekend contests.

Lalonde helped the Otters extend their winning streak to four, turning aside 67 of the 70 shots he faced to defeat the Kitchener Rangers in consecutive road wins. He made 27 saves and stopped four of five shootout opponents in a 3-2 win over the Rangers on Friday. Lalonde returned to the crease on Saturday, making a season-high 40 saves as the Otters prevailed over Kitchener 4-1 to earn second star recognition.

An 18-year-old from Kingston, Ont., Lalonde leads OHL rookies with nine wins, also posting a 3.59 goals-against average and .888 save percentage in 24 games this season. The 6-foot-1, 186Ib. goaltender was assigned a ‘C’ rating by NHL Central Scouting on their latest Players to Watch list for the 2022 NHL Draft. Lalonde was selected by Erie with their third round (49th overall) pick in the 2020 OHL Priority Selection.

Also considered for the award this week, Niagara IceDogs netminder Josh Rosenzweig went 2-0-0-0, recording his first career OHL shutout to go with a 2.00 goals-against average and .945 save percentage. Montreal Canadiens prospect Joe Vrbetic of the North Bay Battalion made 71 saves across a pair of wins, recording a 2.37 goals-against average and .934 save percentage.

2021-22 OHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:
Jan. 3 – Jan. 9: Nolan Lalonde (Erie Otters)
Dec. 27 – Jan. 2: Joe Ranger (Mississauga Steelheads)
Dec. 13 – Dec. 19: Owen Bennett (Guelph Storm)
Dec. 6 – Dec. 12: Mack Guzda (Barrie Colts)
Nov. 29 – Dec. 5: Leevi Merilainen (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 22 – Nov. 28: Tye Austin (Peterborough Petes)
Nov. 15 – Nov. 21: Ben Gaudreau (Sarnia Sting)
Nov. 8 – Nov. 14: Joe Vrbetic (North Bay Battalion
Nov. 1 – Nov. 7: Roman Basran (Mississauga Steelheads)
Oct. 25 – Oct. 31: Patrick Leaver (Oshawa Generals)
Oct. 18 – Oct. 24: Jacob Oster (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 11 – Oct. 17: Brett Brochu (London Knights)
Oct. 4 – Oct. 10: Tucker Tynan (Niagara IceDogs)


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OHL WRITERS’ DRAFT ELGIBLE PLAYERS OF THE MONTH: DECEMBER 2021

The Ontario Hockey League had to postpone more games than anyone wanted to see in December due to the COVID-19 Protocols, but there were some pretty good performances that should not be ignored.

Pavel Cajan of the Kitchener Rangers. Photo by Luke Durda/OHL Images

In previous season, I looked for one performance that I would feel comfortable saying that player was the Player of the Month. But because of the lost season one year ago and the number of players re-entering the NHL Entry Draft in 2022, I decided for this year to select one forward, one defenceman and one goaltender. Here we go.

Up front, It’s Mississauga Steelheads forward Luca DelBelBelluz who scored 4 goals and 9 assists in 9 contests in the month of December and a whopping 31 shots on goal. He had 4 multi point games including a four-assist night against North Bay on December 29 and he was held off the scoresheet in just two contests.

DelBelBelluz now has 15 goals and 21 assists on the season and sits second in points on the Steelheads just two points behind James Hardie. Among draft eligible players, he is third in points, tied for third in goals and second in assists and easily leads all draft eligible players in plus/minus with a plus-27.

Also considered were a pair of Hamilton Bulldogs. Avery Hayes had 6 goals and 7 assists in 9 games while Ryan Humphrey had 3 goals and 8 assists in 9 games. Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs had 3 goals and 7 assists but played in just 4 games because of the World Junior Championships and the Fronts being in COVID protocol.

On the blueline I could have gone a number of different ways but settled on Kirill Kudryavtsev of the Soo Greyhounds. The 5’11, 200-pound Russian scored once and added 6 assists in 7 games for the Greyhounds raising his totals to 2 goals and 16 assists in 28 games on the season.

I gave the nod to Kudryavtsev because I liked his all-around game. He was kept off the scoresheet in 2 of those 7 games, but the Greyhounds were 0-1-1 in those games. In the 5 games he registered a point? 4-0-1. He is an important player on the Greyhounds blueline as a rookie.

Also considered were Saginaw Spirit defenceman Pavel Mintyukov with 3 goals and 5 assists in 10 games, Samuel Mayer of the Peterborough Petes with 3 goals and 3 assists in 7 games, Ty Nelson of the North Bay Battalion with 8 assists in 9 games and Rodwin Dionicio of the Niagara IceDogs with a goal and 5 assists in 5 games.

The decision in net was the easiest and that was Pavel Cajan of the Kitchener Rangers. The draft re-entry netminder simply gives the Rangers a chance every time he mans the crease. He went 4-1-1 in the month of December with a stellar .919 save-percentage.

In his only regulation loss, Cajan stopped 32 of 34 shots in a 2-1 loss to the Windsor Spitfires. In his only other loss – in overtime- he stopped 34 of 38 shots in a 4-3 OT loss to the Soo Greyhounds. On the season Cajan has a save-percentage of .904 – third among draft eligible goalies and a goals-against-average of 3.23 – fifth among draft eligible goalies.

Also considered was North Bay Battalion netminder Dom DiVincentiis. In 4 appearances he went 1-2-0 with a .909 save-percentage

FORWARDS

December – Luca DelBelBelluz – Mississauga Steelheads

November – Kyle Jackson – North Bay Battalion

October – Tucker Robertson – Peterborough Petes

DEFENCEMEN

December – Kirill Kudryavtsev – Soo Greyhounds

November – Gavin While – Hamilton Bulldogs

October – Ty Nelson – North Bay Battalion

GOALTENDERS

December – Pavel Cajan – Kitchener Rangers

November – Patrick Leaver – Oshawa Generals

October – Brett Brochu – London Knights

Luca Del Bel Belluz – Mississauga Steelheads – Player Profile

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2019-2020OHLMississauga Steelheads581568
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I feel that NHL Central Scouting’s ranking of a C-Prospect for Luca Del Bel Belluz if the Mississauga Steelheads was the result of the lost Ontario Hockey League season of a year ago due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. It has affected many players throughout the OHL and I wonder how things may be different had they OHL played. That said, it could all change come draft day in June.

Luca Del Bel Belluz of the Mississauga Steelheads. Photo by Terry Wilson, OHL Images.

At 6’1, Del Bel Belluz has some good size but he is a lanky 178 pounds. He’s getting top line minutes and opportunities on the powerplay and his production has not disappointed. He currently leads Mississauga in assists with 17 and is second on the team in goals (14) and points (31) in just 26 games. He trails James Hardie by just one point. His 5 game winning goals leads the team easily. His 14 goals come on just 77 shots on goal for an 18.2 shooting-percentage, also tops on his squad.

There is much more to like about Del Bel Belluz than just his name. He is extremely creative with the puck, protects it well, has excellent vision and an uncanny ability to buy time and space for himself and his teammates. He is as effective at dishing the puck on his backhand as he is on his forehand. He can play the forecheck and cycle game very effectively. He’s not the hardest worker on the ice, but you can’t knock his effort.

Del Bel Belluz is effective in his own zone as well. He understands where the center needs to be and he gets there. He has somewhat of a long reach and is very effective in getting his stick in lanes and taking away opportunities. He can sometimes be overpowered by players his size, and this is where adding some bulk will help improve that part of his game.

His game is not all perfect. Skating, or more specifically his mechanics, needs some work. Some tweaking there will help him generate more power in both his first steps and overall speed. If he could have a separation gear, there’s no telling what he may be capable of. And that’s the thing with skating. As you move up in levels of hockey, the skating coaches improve but sometimes it’s not easy getting a player to change his mechanics when he’s been skating the same way for years.

Only time will tell if he can improve, but I know he will put the effort required into it. He’s trending up in the scouting world and I would bet that as of now, he is probably a mid to late second round pick.