OHL’s Draft Eligible Statistical Leaders for October

The Ontario Hockey League took last night off as fans and players alike braved the weather (depending on where you are) to attend costume parties, head to work dressed up and yes, even go trick or treating. Thus, the OHL completed its first full month of the season a day early and we here at OHL Writers can update you on the statistical leaders among players eligible for the 2020 National Hockey League Draft.

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Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67’s. Photo by OHL Images

If you look at the point leaders, you’ll see projected top 5 pick Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves leading the way with 31 points in 16 games. And for the better part of the season, Byfield has led the entire league in the scoring race.

But, focus your attention three spots lower to Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67’s. Rossi has 19 points in just 8 games played. He missed five games due to suspension but is averaging 2.38 points per game while Byfield is averaging 1.94 points per game. That’s almost half a point per game better then Byfield.

It doesn’t end there. Cole Perfetti leads the list in assists with 22 in 16 games, or 1.38 assists per game. Rossi is just two spots below with Byfield sandwiched in between with 15 helpers in 8 games or 1.88 assists per game, exactly .50 assists per game better then the leader.

But with 4 goals in eight games, Rossi doesn’t make our top ten, yet. He is averaging .50 goals per game and based on that, would be seventh on the list. Barrie Colts’ Tyson Foerster tops the list with 13 goals in 14 games, or .93 goals per game.

Wait. We’re not finished just yet. Despite playing in only eight games, Rossi has taken more faceoffs then anyone in the top 10 in faceoff percentage and has won a whopping 62.6 per cent of his draws. Not only is that good enough to top draft eligible players, but tops in the entire league among players with 60 or more faceoff attempts.

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Among goaltenders, no OHL goaltender has faced as much rubber as Niagara IceDogs’ puck stopper Tucker Tynan. And we’re not talking just draft eligible goaltenders. Tynan has faced 70 more shots then the next closest goaltender, Jacob Ingham of the Mississauga Steelheads who has faced 419. To put that into context, Tynan has played in just one more game then Ingham.

Yet Tynan is fourth among draft eligible goaltenders with a 3.60 goals-against-average and tops in save percentage at .920. Let’s put that into perspective as well: That’s second among all goalies who have played in 3 or more games, tied with Hunter Jones of the Peterborough Petes, the top OHL goaltender drafted in 2019.

Here’s a look at the leader board. While we take great care in compiling stats, always refer to the OHL website for official stats.

Points Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 16 11 20 31
Cole Perfetti Saginaw Spirit 16 5 22 27
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 14 13 10 23
Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s 8 4 15 19
Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds 15 6 13 19
Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters 14 5 14 19
Rory Kerins Soo Greyhounds 15 10 7 17
Luke Evangelista London Knights 12 5 11 16
Ty Tullio Oshawa Generals 14 8 8 16
Oliver Suni Oshawa Generals 14 5 10 15
Goal Scoring Leaders
Player Team GP G GPG
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 14 13 0.93
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 16 11 0.69
Rory Kerins Soo Greyhounds 15 10 0.67
Ty Tullio Oshawa Generals 14 8 0.57
Antonio Stranges London Knights 12 7 0.58
Jack Quinn Ottawa 67’s 13 7 0.54
Zayde Wisdom Kingston Frontenacs 14 7 0.50
Hayden Fowler Erie Otters 12 6 0.50
Logan Morrison Hamilton Bulldogs 13 6 0.46
Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds 15 6 0.40
Assist Leaders
Player Team GP A APG
Cole Perfetti Saginaw Spirit 16 22 1.38
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 16 20 1.25
Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s 8 15 1.88
Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters 14 14 1.00
Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds 15 13 0.87
Tanner Dickinson Soo Greyhounds 15 12 0.80
Luke Evangelista London Knights 12 11 0.92
Ruben Rafkin Windsor Spitfires 13 11 0.85
Jacob Perrault Sarnia Sting 10 10 1.00
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 14 10 0.71
Defencemen Point Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters 14 5 14 19
Jack Thompson Sudbury Wolves 16 6 7 13
Ruben Rafkin Windsor Spitfires 13 1 11 12
Ryan O’Rourke Soo Greyhounds 13 5 6 11
Ville Ottavainen Kitchener Rangers 13 3 5 8
Donavan Sebrango Kitchener Rangers 10 1 7 8
Ole Bjorgvik-Holm Mississauga Steelheads 13 0 6 6
Dylan Robinson Windsor Spitfires 13 1 4 5
Plus/Minus Leaders
Player Team GP +/-
Ryan O’Rourke Soo Greyhounds 13 +13
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 16 +12
Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s 8 +11
Igor Chibrikov Owen Sound Attack 13 +8
Ville Ottavainen Kitchener Rangers 13 +8
Mark Woolley Owen Sound Attack 9 +7
Luke Evangelista London Knights 12 +7
Jamie Drysdale Erie Otters 14 +7
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 14 +7
Kirill Steklov London Knights 12 +6
Penalty Minutes Leaders
Player Team GP PIM M/G
Ryan O’Rourke Soo Greyhounds 13 21 1.62
Reid Valade Kitchener Rangers 8 19 2.38
Ruben Rafkin Windsor Spitfires 13 18 1.38
Mark Woolley Owen Sound Attack 9 17 1.89
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 16 16 1.00
Faceoff Leaders (Minimum 30 faceoffs)
Player Team GP FOA FOW %
Marco Rossi Ottawa 67’s 8 179 112 62.6
Isaac Langdon Kitchener Rangers 10 78 48 61.5
Nick Wong Kingston Frontenacs 14 39 23 59.0
Jacob Perrault Sarnia Sting 10 33 19 57.6
Luke Drewitt Kingston Frontenacs 12 110 63 57.3
Hayden Fowler Erie Otters 12 35 20 57.1
Ethan Cardwell Saginaw Spirit 16 76 43 56.6
Longest Goal Scoring Streak
Player Team From To Gms Goals
Rory Kerins Soo Greyhounds 10/19 10/24 3 4
Longest Assist Streak
Player Team From To Gms Assts
Jabob Perreault Sarnia Sting 9/20 10/18 9 10
Longest Point Streak
Player Team From To Gms Pts
Jacob Perrault Sarnia Sting 9/20 10/20 10 14
Shots On Goal Leaders
Player Team GP SOG
Cole Perfetti Saginaw Spirit 16 61
Jaromir Pytlik Soo Greyhounds 15 60
Quinton Byfield Sudbury Wolves 16 52
Ty Tullio Oshawa Generals 14 48
Tyson Foerster Barrie Colts 14 47
Goaltenders Leaders – Goals Against Average (Min 300 minutes)
Player Team GP Min GA Avg
Brett Brochu London Knights 8 427 19 2.67
Aiden Campbell Erie Otters 7 370 19 3.08
Marco Costantini Hamilton Bulldogs 8 486 27 3.33
Tucker Tynan Niagara IceDogs 12 650 39 3.60
Goaltending Leaders – Save Percentage (Min 300 minutes)
Player Team GP SH SVS SV%
Tucker Tynan Niagara IceDogs 12 489 450 0.920
Marco Costantini Hamilton Bulldogs 8 276 249 0.902
Brett Brochu London Knights 8 187 168 0.898
Aiden Campbell Erie Otters 7 162 143 0.883
Xavier Medina Windsor Spitfires 5 135 118 0.874
Goaltending Leaders – Wins
Player Team GP W L OL
Brett Brochu London Knights 8 6 1 0
Aiden Campbell Erie Otters 7 5 1 0
Tucker Tynan Niagara IceDogs 12 5 4 3
Xavier Medina Windsor Spitfires 5 3 1 1
Marco Costantini Hamilton Bulldogs 8 3 4 2
Goaltending Leaders – Shutouts
Player Team GP SO
Brett Brochu London Knights 8 1

67’s Marco Rossi named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that rookie Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67’s is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 21 with eight points in three games scoring four goals and four assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-2.

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Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67’s. Photo by OHL Images

Rossi extended his personal point-streak to eight games with a trio of multi-point performances last week that helped the Ottawa 67’s stay perfect in post-season play taking a 3-0 series lead against the Oshawa Generals for the Eastern Conference Championship.  Rossi found the back of the net in all three games beginning Thursday night in the third round series opener where he tallied twice and added two assists as first star of the 6-4 victory.  He scored the game-winner and added an assist in Saturday’s 7-3 triumph in Game 2, then produced the same stat line Sunday in Game 3 netting the insurance marker plus a helper in the 5-1 road win.  The series continues Wednesday in Oshawa where they 67’s have the opportunity to capture their first Bobby Orr Trophy since 2005.

A 17-year-old from Feldkirch, Austria, Rossi leads all first year players in playoff scoring with 15 points in 11 games including five goals and 10 assists.  The 18th overall pick in the 2018 CHL Import Draft was voted to the OHL’s Second All-Rookie Team at centre following a 2018-19 campaign where he delivered 29 goals and 36 assists for 65 points in 53 games.  Born September 23, 2001, Rossi will be eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft.

Watch video highlights of Rossi and the 67’s against the Generals in Game 1, Game 2, and Game 3.

Also considered for the award this week was fellow rookie Cole Perfetti of the Saginaw Spirit who scored three goals and two assists for five points in two wins to open the Western Conference Championship Series against the Guelph Storm.  Storm captain and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Isaac Ratcliffe scored four goals and two assists for six points in three games which included a Game 7 victory against the London Knights.  In goal, Vancouver Canucks prospect Michael DiPietro of the 67’s posted a 3-0 record making 69 saves for a goals-against-average of 2.67 and save percentage of .896.

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Playoffs:
Apr. 15 – Apr. 21: Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s)
Apr. 8 – Apr. 14: Kyle Keyser (Oshawa Generals)
Apr. 1 – Apr. 7: Tye Felhaber (Ottawa 67’s)
Mar. 25 – Mar. 31: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Mar. 18 – Mar. 24: Evan Bouchard (London Knights)

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Mar. 11 – Mar. 17: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Mar. 4 – Mar. 10: Greg Meireles (Kitchener Rangers)
Feb. 25 – Mar. 3: Nate Schnarr (Guelph Storm)
Feb. 18 – Feb. 24: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Feb. 11 – Feb. 17: Nando Eggenberger (Oshawa Generals)
Feb. 4 – Feb. 10: Jacob Ingham (Mississauga Steelheads)
Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Riley Damiani (Kitchener Rangers)
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Andrew MacLean (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Brett Neumann (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)

Wolves’ Quinton Byfield named OHL Rookie of the Year

OHL Announces First and Second All-Rookie Teams

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves is the 2018-19 recipient of the Emms Family Award presented to the OHL’s Rookie of the Year.

Byfield joined the league as the first overall pick in the 2018 OHL Priority Selection and finished third in rookie scoring with 61 points in 64 games including 29 goals and 32 assists helping the Wolves win more than 40 games for the first time since the 1994-95 season.

“It’s super humbling,” Byfield said. “There’s a lot of good rookies this year that could have won it. I think a lot of them deserved it as well. I couldn’t have done it by myself and owe a lot to my coaches who put trust in me, gave me every opportunity to succeed, and put me in every situation. And my teammates, our off-ice chemistry was unbelievable. We had a very special group, we’re super tight, and that helped us on the ice and really helped me too.

“My billet family, since day one, welcomed me into their family and they supported me along the way,” added Byfield. “To my Mom, Dad, Sister, Oma, they all believed in me, supported me, and sacrificed everything for me just so I could go play hockey. This is just really special for me and I’m really honoured.”

The Newmarket, Ont., native, and graduate from the OMHA champion York-Simcoe Express, scored in his Wolves debut on September 21, part of a two-point performance, the first of 16 multi-point games this season.  The 2020 NHL Draft prospect also represented Canada as an alternate captain at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in November.  He finished second overall in Wolves scoring and lit the lamp more than any other 16-year-old rookie to play for ‘the Pack’ in the last 20 years following Norm Milley’s 30 goals in 1996-97.

“For Quinton coming in, being the number one pick after really wanting to be first overall, he’s done everything for us since the start of the season,” said Wolves head coach Cory Stillman, who won OHL Rookie of the Year honours himself as a member of the Windsor Spitfires in 1990-91. “He’s an extremely talented player and is a treat to come to the rink and watch every night.

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Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves. Photo by OHL Images

“What makes Quinton special, to me, is how hard he plays in all areas of the game,” Stillman added. “He plays on the power play and on the penalty kill. He plays in the last minute if we’re up a goal or if we’re down a goal. I think the biggest thing with Quinton is that he’s only going to get better.”

Byfield is just the third Wolves player to win Rookie of the Year honours following Benoit Pouliot in 2004-05, and Pat Verbeek in 1981-82.  He is also the ninth player to win after also earning the Jack Ferguson Award as the league’s first overall pick following Jeff O’Neill (Guelph 1992-93), Patrick O’Sullivan (Mississauga 2001-02), Rob Schremp (Mississauga 2002-03), John Tavares (Oshawa 2005-06), Aaron Ekblad (Barrie 2011-12), Connor McDavid (Erie 2012-13), Travis Konecny (Ottawa 2013-14), and Ryan Merkley (Guelph 2016-17).  Andrei Svechnikov of the Barrie Colts was last season’s recipient.

The Emms Family Award was donated by Leighton “Hap” Emms, former owner of the Barrie, Niagara Falls, and St. Catharines OHL franchises.  The award is selected by all 20 member club General Managers.  Teams were asked to submit only one nominee from their own club for consideration on the ballot and were not permitted to vote for the player from their own hockey club.  Voting was conducted in two stages beginning with a Conference only vote followed by a Final ballot that included the top three candidates from the initial Conference phase.  Players received five points for a first vote, three points for a second place vote, and one point for a third place vote.

Byfield earned 61 points in a very close voting process just one point ahead of Cole Perfetti of the Saginaw Spirit who finished with 60 voting points.  Defenceman Jamie Drysdale of the Erie Otters finished in third place with 32 voting points.

All three players were also named to the OHL’s First All-Rookie Team with Byfield at centre, Perfetti at left wing, and Jacob Perreault of the Sarnia Sting at right wing.  Drysdale was voted on defence alongside NHL Draft prospect Vladislav Kolyachonok of the Flint Firebirds.  Jet Greaves of the Barrie Colts was voted in goal.  Second All-Rookie Team honours were awarded to forwards Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67’s, Will Cuylle of the Windsor Spitfires, and Tyler Tullio of the Oshawa Generals.  Ryan O’Rourke of the Soo Greyhounds and Daniil Chayka of the Guelph Storm were voted on defence, and Zachary Roy of the Hamilton Bulldogs was chosen in goal.

The OHL All-Rookie Teams were also selected by the OHL’s General Managers.  Players were voted on initially by position within their conference receiving five points for a first place vote, three for a second place vote, and one for a third.  Top vote getters in each position made up the final ballot that was then circulated to all 20 teams.

The Emms Family Award will be formally presented to Byfield at the OHL’s annual Awards Ceremony at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Wednesday June 5.  He will be the OHL’s nominee for CHL Rookie of the Year to be announced at the Memorial Cup presented by Kia on Saturday May 25.

2018-19 OHL All-Rookie Teams (voting points in brackets):
First Team:
Centre – Quinton Byfield, Sudbury Wolves (87)
Left Wing – Cole Perfetti, Saginaw Spirit (91)
Right Wing – Jacob Perreault, Sarnia Sting (89)
Defence – Jamie Drysdale, Erie Otters (95)
Defence – Vladislav Kolyachonok, Flint Firebirds (69)
Goaltender – Jet Greaves, Barrie Colts (58)
Second Team:
Centre – Marco Rossi, Ottawa 67’s (52)
Left Wing – Will Cuylle, Windsor Spitfires (52)
Right Wing – Tyler Tullio, Oshawa Generals (35)
Defence – Ryan O’Rourke, Soo Greyhounds (53)
Defence – Daniil Chayka, Guelph Storm (38)
Goaltender – Zachary Roy, Hamilton Bulldogs (39)

Rangers’ Riley Damiani named OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Dallas Stars prospect Riley Damiani of the Kitchener Rangers is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the regular season week ending February 3 with nine points in three games scoring four goals and five assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-8.

Damiani led the league in scoring last week while helping the Rangers earn four of a possible six points as they jostle for position in the Western Conference standings.  The highlight of his week was back-to-back four point performances in a home-and-home set with the Owen Sound Attack.  He recorded two goals and two assists as first star of Wednesday’s 7-4 road win, followed by a goal with a trio of assists to drive Rickard Hugg’s hat-trick earning second star in Friday’s 6-1 victory at home.  On Saturday Damiani scored his 20th goal of the season, a new career-high, despite a 4-2 loss to the London Knights.  The Rangers currently occupy the seventh seed in the Western Conference playoff race with a 23-23-3-0 record just two points behind the Sarnia Sting for sixth, and three points ahead of the Windsor Spitfires who are in eighth.

An 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., Damiani is playing in his third season with the Rangers who chose him in the second round of the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.  He’s currently second on the team in scoring with 57 points in 39 games which exceeds his point total from a year ago by 20.  Damiani finished an impressive month with points in 10 of his 12 games to start 2019 including a career-high five assists on January 18.  He was selected by the Stars in the fifth round of the 2018 NHL Draft.

Watch video highlights of Damiani and the Rangers against the Attack on the road, at home, and against the Knights.

Also considered for the award this week was Colorado Avalanche prospect Brandon Saigeon of the Oshawa Generals with four goals and four assists for eight points in three games, and rookie Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67’s with three goals and five assists for eight points in three games.  In goal, rookie Jet Greaves of the Barrie Colts stopped 100 shots in two games posting a 1-0-0-1 record for an overall goals-against-average of 1.45 and save percentage of .971.

2018-19 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week – Regular Season:

Jan. 28 – Feb. 3: Riley Damiani (Kitchener Rangers)
Jan. 21 – Jan. 27: Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Jan. 14 – Jan. 20: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jan. 7 – Jan. 13: Isaac Ratcliffe (Guelph Storm)
Dec. 31 – Jan. 6: Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Dec. 24 – Dec. 30: Kyle Maksimovich (Erie Otters)
Dec. 10 – Dec. 16: Andrew MacLean (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 3 – Dec. 9: Brett Neumann (Kingston Frontenacs)
Nov. 26 – Dec. 2: Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
Nov. 19 – Nov. 25: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 12 – Nov. 18: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Nov. 5 – Nov. 11: Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4: Kevin Hancock (Owen Sound Attack)
Oct. 22 – Oct. 28: Stephen Dhillon (Niagara IceDogs)
Oct. 15 – Oct. 21: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 8 – Oct. 14: Damien Giroux (Saginaw Spirit)
Oct. 1 – Oct. 7: Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
Sept. 24 – Sept. 30: Lucas Chiodo (Barrie Colts)
Sept. 19 – Sept. 23: Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)

OHL Announces Top Performers of the Month for January

Top Performers January 2019

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Top OHL Performers of the Month for regular season games played in January 2019, including Niagara IceDogs teammates Ben Jones and Akil Thomas, Guelph Storm defenceman Sean Durzi and Ottawa 67’s teammates Marco Rossi and Cedrick Andree.


OHL Player of the Month – Ben Jones/Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs):

Riding a stretch of seven straight wins to wrap up the month, Niagara IceDogs teammates Ben Jones and Akil Thomas are the OHL’s C0-Players of the Month. Both players registered 25 points over 13 games, with Jones scoring 12 times, adding 13 assists and recording a plus/minus rating of plus-10 while Thomas finished with 13 goals, 12 assists and a plus/minus rating of plus-6.

The captain of the Central Division-leading IceDogs, Jones had points in 11 of his 13 January contests including a run of nine straight multi-point outings that spanned from Dec. 29th to Jan. 17th. The Vegas Golden Knights prospect had a trio of multi-goal performances including Jan. 3rd against London with two, Jan. 10th against Guelph with two goals and an assist and Jan. 17th against Hamilton when he netted his third hat-trick of the season. An accomplished centreman, Jones also won 58% of his faceoffs in January and finished the month with a goal in Thursday’s 6-1 win over the Soo Greyhounds. Jones earned first star honours twice throughout the month along with receiving second and third star recognition.

A 19-year-old native from Waterloo, Ont., Jones is second in IceDogs team scoring and sits seventh in the OHL with 72 points (29-43–72) over 48 games. Originally Niagara’s first round (7th overall) pick of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection from the OHL Cup champion Toronto Marlboros Minor Midgets, Jones was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the seventh round of the 2017 NHL Draft and signed a three-year entry level contract with the club in June 2018.

For his part, Thomas was equally impressive, stringing together six straight multi-point performances headlined by four (3-1–4) and five (2-3–5) point outings on Jan. 11th against Kingston and Jan. 19th against Flint. The 6-3 triumph over Kingston included Thomas’ first OHL hat-trick before he put together his fifth five-point contest of the season in a 7-2 win over the Firebirds. The Los Angeles Kings prospect followed-up that effort with two goals and an assist in a 4-3 road win over the Guelph Storm on Jan. 20th. Thomas rounded out the month of January with two goals and an assist in Thursday’s 6-1 win over the Soo Greyhounds. In total, Thomas was named first star of the game twice and second star of the game twice throughout the month of January, capping things off by recording his 200th career OHL point on Thursday.

An 18-year-0ld product of Brandon, Fla., Thomas is third in IceDogs team scoring and eighth in the OHL with 71 points (26-45–71) over 43 games this season. He also leads the IceDogs with a plus/minus rating of plus-31. Thomas is currently in his third season with Niagara after being the club’s first round (12th overall) pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection from the Toronto Marlboros Minor Midgets. He was a second round pick of the Los Angeles Kings last summer.


OHL Defenceman of the Month – Sean Durzi (Guelph Storm):

Los Angeles Kings prospect Sean Durzi of the Guelph Storm is the OHL Defenceman of the Month for January. Durzi, who split the month between the Storm and the Owen Sound Attack, finished tied for the league lead in scoring among defencemen, recording 16 points including five goals and 11 assists over 12 games. The overage rearguard had points in 11 of those outings, ending the month on a nine-game point streak on a Storm club that has won seven of the past 10. Durzi’s lone multi-goal outing came on Jan. 13th as the Storm defeated the Ottawa 67’s by a score of 8-4. He twice recorded three assists, doing so on Jan. 10th in a 6-5 win over the Niagara IceDogs and again this past Wednesday as Guelph defeated visiting Saginaw 8-2. Fourteen of Durzi’s 16 January points came over the course of his nine games in a Storm uniform.

A 20-year-old native of Mississauga, Ont., Durzi joined the Storm alongside former Owen Sound Attack teammates Nick Suzuki, Markus Phillips and Zachary Roberts at January’s OHL Trade Deadline. The right-shot rearguard has 31 points (8-23–31) over an injury-shortened 27 game season to this point, with 15 of his 31 points coming on the man advantage. After being selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round of the 2018 NHL Draft, Durzi was recently dealt to the Los Angeles Kings in a trade that saw OHL graduate Jake Muzzin join the Leafs. Durzi has amassed 134 career points (35-99–134) from the blue line over 172 regular season OHL contests. He was Owen Sound’s 12th round pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection from the Mississauga Rebels Minor Midgets.


OHL Rookie of the Month – Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s):

For the third time this season, Ottawa 67’s centreman Marco Rossi is the OHL Rookie of the Month. Rossi finished tied for the January lead in points by a rookie, registering 10 goals, eight assists, 18 points and a plus/minus rating of plus-14 over 11 games. The 17-year-old centre returned from a December injury to record points in nine of his 11 outings including a pair of three-point showings coming on Jan. 6th against Oshawa (0-3–3) and Jan. 11th at Sarnia (1-2–3). Rossi also had two multi-goal contests that came on Jan. 19th against Hamilton and this past Wednesday in a 7-1 win over the Kingston Frontenacs. Rossi ends the month of January with goals in seven consecutive games as the 67’s have wins in each of their past six.

A 17-year-old native of Feldkirch, Austria, Rossi leads OHL rookies with 45 points (23-22–45) over 34 games this season in addition to a plus/minus rating of plus-37. Rossi, who isn’t eligible for the NHL Draft until 2020, has recorded the most points by a 67’s rookie since Travis Konecny (26-44–70) in 2013-14. He was the 18th overall pick of the 2018 CHL Import Draft.

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Vaughn OHL Goaltender of the Month – Cedrick Andree (Ottawa 67’s):

For the second time this season, Ottawa 67’s netminder Cedrick Andree is the OHL Goaltender of the Month. Andree played to a 5-0-0-0 record, registering a league-leading 2.17 goals-against average and .925 save percentage along with two shutouts over six January contests. The 18-year-old started the month with a 17-save shutout performance over the Barrie Colts on Jan. 5th. He put together another perfect outing on the latest edition of the Sportsnet CHL Saturday Showcase, making 38 saves in a 4-0 blanking of the Oshawa Generals. Andree also won his latest start, turning aside 33 shots as the 67’s defeated the Saginaw Spirit 5-3 on Sunday.

An 18-year-old native of Orleans, Ont., Andree is currently on a seven-game winning streak with a league-leading 28 victories on the campaign. Overall, he’s played to a 28-4-1-1 record to go with a 2.50 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and three shutouts. Andree is a former 12th round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection from the Ottawa Jr. Senators Midget AAA team.


2018-19 OHL Performers of the Month:


Player of the Month:

January – Ben Jones/Akil Thomas (Niagara IceDogs)
December – Tye Felhaber (Ottawa 67’s)
November – Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
October – Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)

Defenceman of the Month:
January – Sean Durzi (Guelph Storm)
December – Bode Wilde (Saginaw Spirit)
November – Noel Hoefenmayer (Ottawa 67’s)
October – Mac Hollowell (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Rookie of the Month:
January – Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s)
December – Jacob Perreault (Sarnia Sting)
November – Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s)
October – Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s)

Vaughn Goaltender of the Month:
January – Cedrick Andree (Ottawa 67’s)
December – Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves)
November – Joseph Raaymakers (London Knights)
October – Cedrick Andree (Ottawa 67’s)

OHL Announces Top Performers of the Month for November

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Top OHL Performers of the Month for regular season games played in November 2018, including Niagara IceDogs forward Jason Robertson, Ottawa 67’s defenceman Noel Hoefenmayer, 67’s rookie Marco Rossi and London Knights goaltender Joseph Raaymakers.

OHL Player of the Month – Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs):
Niagara IceDogs forward Jason Robertson is the OHL Player of the Month for November after leading all players with 30 points including 12 goals and 18 assists along with a plus/minus rating of plus-9 over 12 games. The Dallas Stars prospect split the month between the Kingston Frontenacs and Niagara IceDogs, recording points in all 12 of his November contests. He registered a pair of hat-tricks while recording four points on four different occasions, being named first star of the game four times, second star twice and third star once. Robertson’s first hat-trick came on Nov. 7th in a four-point showing with Kingston as they fell 6-4 to the Ottawa 67’s. He scored another hat-trick and four points on Nov. 11th, defeating the Oshawa Generals 5-1. Robertson picked up four assists in his final game as a Frontenac on Nov. 18th, defeating the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-3. He wrapped up the month of November with back-to-back four-point efforts with the IceDogs, recording a goal and three assists in wins on Nov. 29th and Nov. 30th. In his four November games with Niagara, Robertson had three goals, nine assists and 12 points.

A 19-year-old native of Northville, Mich., Robertson sits second in OHL scoring with 52 points including 27 goals and 25 assists over 29 games this season. His 10 power play goals and 22 power play points also lead the league while his 152 shots on goal are second-most. After four years in Kingston, Robertson finished with 124 career goals, the fourth-most by any player to wear a Frontenacs uniform.

OHL Defenceman of the Month – Noel Hoefenmayer (Ottawa 67’s):
Ottawa 67’s blueliner Noel Hoefenmayer is the OHL Defenceman of the Month for November. The Arizona Coyotes prospect recorded 16 points including three goals and 13 assists along with a plus/minus rating of plus-9 over 12 November contests. Hoefenmayer had five different multi-point performances headlined by a four-point showing against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds on Nov. 16th. Hoefenmayer had two goals and two assists in that game, including one that served as the OHL’s representative in the weekly CIBC Showdown. He finished the month with points in three straight games, wrapping things up with a goal and two assists in a 6-2 win over Kingston on Nov. 28th.

A 19-year-old from North York, Ont., Hoefenmayer has 25 points including five goals and 20 assists along with a plus/minus rating of plus-14 over 29 games this season. The 6-foot-1, 204Ib. defender is currently in his fourth OHL season and picked up his 100th career point this past month. He was Arizona’s fourth round pick in 2017 and was originally a second round pick of the 67’s in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection from the Don Mills Flyers Minor Midgets.

OHL Rookie of the Month – Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s):
For the second straight month, Ottawa 67’s forward Marco Rossi is the OHL Rookie of the Month. The first-year centreman had nine points including four goals and five assists over seven games before suffering an elbow injury on Nov. 15th that will sideline him into the new year. Rossi had points in five of his seven outings, stringing together a five game point streak. He had a goal and an assist in an 8-2 road win over the Saginaw Spirit on Nov. 4th, a goal and two helpers in a 6-4 victory over the Kingston Frontenacs on Nov. 7th and a pair of goals in a 4-3 loss to the Oshawa Generals on Nov. 9th to headline the month’s action.

A 17-year-old, 2020 NHL Draft eligible native of Feldkirch, Austria, Rossi continues to lead OHL rookies in scoring with 13 goals, 14 assists and 27 points despite missing the past two weeks to injury. His plus-23 rating is among the best in the league while he’s also won 55.4% of his faceoffs this season. The 5-foot-9, 174Ib. centre was the 18th overall pick of the 2018 CHL Import Draft.

 

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OHL Goaltender of the Month – Joseph Raaymakers (London Knights):
Overage London Knights goaltender Joseph Raaymakers is the OHL Goaltender of the Month for November, playing to a perfect 8-0-0-0 record with a 1.99 goals-against average, .936 save percentage and one shutout. Raaymakers’ month was headlined by a pair of first star performances including a 30-save shutout in a 3-0 road win over the Kitchener Rangers on Nov. 4th. He followed up that showing with a 25-save effort in a 2-1 win over the Sudbury Wolves on Nov. 9th. Raaymakers turned aside 41 shots in a 6-3 win over the Erie Otters on Nov. 18th and closed out the month with 34 saves in an 8-1 win over the same Otters on Nov. 30th.

A 20-year-old native of Chatham, Ont., fifth-year veteran Raaymakers has helped backstop the Knights to a current 14-game winning streak, most recently earning his 90th career victory. Through 16 games he holds a 11-3-2-0 record with a 2.55 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage, earning his seventh career shutout in the process. Raaymakers attended training camp with the Columbus Blue Jackets this past September, seeing NHL pre-season action.

2018-19 OHL Performers of the Month:

Player of the Month:
November – Jason Robertson (Niagara IceDogs)
October – Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)

Defenceman of the Month:
November – Noel Hoefenmayer (Ottawa 67’s)
October – Mac Hollowell (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Rookie of the Month:
November – Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s)
October – Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s)

Vaughn Goaltender of the Month:
November – Joseph Raaymakers (London Knights)
October – Cedrick Andree (Ottawa 67’s)

OHL Announces Top Performers of the Month for October

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Top OHL Performers of the Month for regular season games played in October 2018, including North Bay Battalion forward Justin Brazeau, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defenceman Mac Hollowell and Ottawa 67’s teammates Marco Rossi and Cedrick Andree.


OHL Player of the Month – Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion):


North Bay Battalion captain Justin Brazeau is the OHL Player of the Month for October after recording 26 points including 11 goals and 15 assists in 10 games. Brazeau’s month was headlined by a seven-point performance on Oct. 21st, helping the Battalion defeat the Kingston Frontenacs 8-3 on home ice with three goals and four assists. The seven points tied a franchise record set in 2006 and also helped Brazeau earn both CHL and OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week honours. The 6-foot-6 winger also had a five point outing with two goals and three assists in a 5-3 win over Flint on Oct. 12th. More recently he put up four points with a goal and three helpers in a 5-2 win over the Erie Otters on Oct. 27th. In total, Brazeau recorded points in eight of his 10 outings, coming away with multi-point totals in six of them. He earned first star honours three times, second star recognition twice and was named third star on one occasion.

A 20-year-old native of New Liskeard, Ont., Brazeau is currently in his fourth OHL season after being a 13th round pick by the Battalion in 2014. He enters November as the OHL’s scoring leader with 33 points (16-17–33) over 15 contests and is just six goals shy of becoming the Battalion’s new career goal-scoring leader during the franchise’s tenure in North Bay. Over 215 career regular season games he has found the back of the net 83 times, added 75 assists and put up 158 points. Brazeau attended training camp with the San Jose Sharks this past September.


OHL Defenceman of the Month – Mac Hollowell (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds):


Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mac Hollowell of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds is the OHL Defenceman of the Month for October after leading all rearguards with 15 points over 13 games. Hollowell’s four goals and 11 assists helped the Greyhounds climb into the West Division lead, entering November with a record of 11-3-3-0. The overage blueliner had points in 11 of his 13 outings, wrapping up the month on a four-game trend. His October was headlined by a pair of three-point performances, first recording a goal and two assists in a 6-3 win over the Saginaw Spirit on Oct. 17th before picking up three assists two nights later in a 4-3 triumph over the Kingston Frontenacs. While Hollowell was effective offensively, he also played a big role in helping the Greyhounds rise to second on the OHL’s penalty killing rankings.

A 20-year-old native of Niagara Falls, Ont., Hollowell’s outstanding month of October came after he was returned to the OHL by the Toronto Maple Leafs, who selected him in the fourth round (118th overall) of the 2018 NHL Draft. The 5-foot-10, 163Ib. smooth-skating defender is in his fourth full OHL season and has appeared in 208 career regular season games, recording 22 goals, 99 assists and 121 points in the process. He was originally Sault Ste. Marie’s 12th round pick in 2014.


OHL Rookie of the Month – Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s):


After a sensational first month of his OHL career, Ottawa 67’s forward Marco Rossi is the OHL Rookie of the Month for October. The Austrian centreman recorded 16 points including nine goals and seven assists in 11 games to go with a league-high plus/minus rating of plus-18, helping the 67’s take the East Division lead with an overall record of 12-3-1-0. Rossi’s month included a pair of three-point performances, with the first including two goals and an assist in a 4-1 win over the Windsor Spitfires on Oct. 12th. He registered a goal and two assists in a 3-1 road win over the Mississauga Steelheads on Oct. 21st. Three of his nine goals were of the game-winning variety. Playing alongside veterans Tye Felhaber and Austen Keating, Rossi has been among the league’s top faceoff men, winning nearly 60% of his draws in the month of October.

A 17-year-old native of Feldkirch, Austria, Rossi has 18 points (9-9–18) through 16 games this season. The 18th overall pick of the 2018 CHL Import Draft, Rossi isn’t eligible for the NHL Draft until 2020. He spent last season with the Swiss Jr. A circuit’s GCK Lions where he put up 51 points (22-29–51) over 34 games.

 

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Vaughn OHL Goaltender of the Month – Cedrick Andree (Ottawa 67’s):


A perfect 8-0-0-0 month of October has earned Ottawa 67’s netminder Cedrick Andree Vaughn OHL Goaltender of the Month honours. Andree won all eight of his starts, recording a league-leading 1.72 goals-against average and a .935 save percentage in the process as the 67’s surged up the standings as well as the Kia CHL Top 10 Rankings. The sophomore didn’t surrender more than three goals in any of his starts, with his best effort coming on Oct. 21st in Mississauga when he made 31 saves as the 67’s defeated the Steelheads 3-1. He limited the opposition to just one goal on three other occasions including a 4-1 win over Kingston on Oct. 10th, a 4-1 win over Windsor on Oct. 12th and a 2-1 overtime win over London on Oct. 26th.

An 18-year-old native of Orleans, Ont., Andree holds a 10-2-0-0 record, 2.59 goals-against average and .905 save percentage in this, his second OHL season. The 5-foot-10, 165Ib. goaltender appeared in 13 games with the 67’s last season after being the club’s 12th round pick in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection.


2018-19 OHL Performers of the Month:


Player of the Month:

October – Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)


Defenceman of the Month:

October – Mac Hollowell (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Rookie of the Month:
October – Marco Rossi (Ottawa 67’s)


Vaughn Goaltender of the Month:

October – Cedrick Andree (Ottawa 67’s)