OHL’s Draft Eligible Player of the Month for October is Gabriel Vilardi

Well it is November 1st and every month of the Ontario Hockey League season is the time I select my player of the month eligible for the National Hockey League Draft. For October there was no easy choice as there were several worthy candidates. In the end, I settles on Gabriel Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires.

Gabriel Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.
Gabriel Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

The OHL season began with Vilardi injured but he made his anticipated return showing no rust and on fire. In just 9 games through October, Vilardi scored 6 goals and 8 assists and finishing with a plus 5. His six goals came on twenty five shots, good for a 24 per cent shooting percentage.

In his nine games, Vilardi was named the game’s first star three times. He’s climbed up the Spitfires’ scoring chart and sits tied for second with his fourteen points which is tied for fifth among draft eligible players.

Also garnering attention is Mississauga Steelheads’ star Owen Tippet who leads the Steelheads (and tied for tops among draft eligible players) in scoring. In eleven October games Tippett registered twelve goals and four assists.

Two defencemen drew plenty of attention as well. Tippett’s teammate Nicolas Hague had 7 goals and 4 assists in 10 games while Noel Hoefenmayer of the Ottawa 67’s had 4 goals and 8 assists in 12 games.

In goal, Michael DiPietro posted a 5-2-0-0 record with a 2.25 goals against average and .924 save percentage with one shutout.

Previous Player of the month

October – Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor Spitfires)

September – Greg Meireles (Kitchener Rangers)

OHL’s Draft Eligible Statistical Leaders

It is November 1st and that means the Ontario Hockey League’s first full month of the season is now in the books. While the month ended on Halloween, there are no disguises, but a few surprises.

While we look at the League’s statistical leaders in various categories, remember we look at first time draft eligible players only. Those passed over in previous drafts are not included. For example, Oshawa Generals’ Domenic Commisso sits 18th in scoring with 18 points in 15 games, but because he was passed over at the 2016 National Hockey League Draft, he is not included here but is still eligible for the 2017 Draft.

Owen Tippett of the Mississauga Steelheads and Austen Keating of the Ottawa 67’s lead the scoring race with 18 points apiece. Right behind them sits Matthew Strome of the Hamilton Bulldogs with 17 points. However, it’s Gabriel Vilardi of the Windsor Spitfires, who began the season injured, leads in points per game with 1.56. Vilardi, considered the top prospect from the OHL has 14 points in just 9 games.

Austen Keating of the Ottawa 67's. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Austen Keating of the Ottawa 67’s. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

Another Ottawa 67 leads defencemen in scoring. Noel Hoefenmayer leads the way with 14 points in 15 games. And right there with him is another Mississauga Steelhead in Nicolas Hague with 13 points in 13 games. Adam Thilander of the North Bay Battalion comes in third with 10 points in 15 games.

In goal, Windsor Spitfires’ Michael DiPietro leads in both goals against average and save percentage. His 2.10 GAA and .926 save percentage rank second and third respectively overall in the OHL.

Here are the leaders in various categories:

Points Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Owen Tippett Mississauga 14 13 5 18
Austen Keating Ottawa 15 6 12 18
Matthew Strome Hamilton 14 10 7 17
*Greg Meireles Kitchener 14 4 12 16
Ivan Lodnia Erie 13 8 7 15
Macauley Carson Sudbury 15 7 7 14
Nick Suzuki Owen Sound 15 6 8 14
Gabriel Vilardi Windsor 9 6 8 14
Noel Hoefenmayer Ottawa 15 5 9 14
Nicolas Hague Mississauga 13 8 5 13
Goal Scoring Leaders
Player Team GP G GPG
Owen Tippett Mississauga 14 13 0.93
Matthew Strome Hamilton 14 10 0.71
Ivan Lodnia Erie 13 8 0.62
Nicolas Hague Mississauga 13 8 0.62
Macauley Carson Sudbury 15 7 0.47
Sasha Chmelevski Ottawa 14 7 0.50
MacKenzie Entwistle Hamilton 14 7 0.50
Nate Schnarr Guelph 16 7 0.44
Austen Keating Ottawa 15 6 0.40
Gabriel Vilardi Windsor 9 6 0.67
Assist Leaders
Player Team GP A APG
Greg Meireles Kitchener 14 12 0.86
Austen Keating Ottawa 15 12 0.80
Noel Hoefenmayer Ottawa 15 9 0.60
Gabriel Vilardi Windsor 9 8 0.89
Robert Thomas London 13 8 0.62
Nick Suzuki Owen Sound 15 8 0.53
Ivan Lodnia Erie 13 7 0.54
Brett Neumann Erie 14 7 0.50
Matthew Strome Hamilton 14 7 0.50
Macauley Carson Sudbury 15 7 0.47
Defencemen Point Leaders
Player Team GP G A Pts
Noel Hoefenmayer Ottawa 15 5 9 14
Nicolas Hague Mississauga 13 8 5 13
Adam Thilander North Bay 15 3 7 10
Markus Phillips Owen Sound 15 4 4 8
Tom Hedberg Barrie 12 2 6 8
Eemeli Rasanen Kingston 14 2 6 8
Nick Grima Peterborough 8 2 4 6
Dmitri Samarukov Guelph 15 0 6 6
Plus/Minus Leaders
Player Team GP +/-
Matthew Strome Hamilton 14 +9
Nick Suzuki Owen Sound 15 +9
Nick Grima Peterborough 8 +8
Brett Neumann Erie 14 +7
Owen Tippett Mississauga 14 +7
Macauley Carson Sudbury 15 +7
Ryan McGregor Sarnia 15 +7
Ivan Lodnia Erie 13 +6
Matthew Phillip Niagara 14 +6
Elijah Roberts Kitchener 14 +6
Penalty Minutes Leaders
Player Team GP PIM M/G
Drake Pilon Sudbury 15 28 1.87
Darian Pilon Sudbury 15 26 1.73
Zach Gallant Peterborough 14 25 1.79
Hayden Davis Niagara 14 21 1.50
Carson Edwardson Erie 9 20 2.22
Matthew Strome Hamilton 14 20 1.43
Cole Tymkin London 12 19 1.58
Faceoff Leaders 
Player Team GP FOA FOW %
Nate Schnarr Guelph 12 333 175 52.6
Zach Gallant Peterborough 14 256 133 52.0
Sasha Chmelevski Ottawa 14 225 127 56.4
Jason Willms Barrie 15 232 122 52.6
Jack Studnicka Oshawa 15 199 110 55.3
Morgan Frost Sault Ste Marie 16 194 98 50.5
Nick Suzuki Owen Sound 15 185 94 50.8
Adam Ruzicka Sarnia 15 207 93 44.9
Goaltending Leaders – Goals Against Average
Player Team GP Min GA Avg
Michael DiPietro Windsor 9 542 19 2.10
Matthew Villalta Sault Ste Marie 7 348 16 2.76
Kaden Fulcher Hamilton 12 667 34 3.06
Riler Daniels Owen Sound 4 195 10 3.08
Christian Propp Barrie 6 301 18 3.59
Goaltending Leaders – Save Percentage
Player Team GP SH SVS SV%
Michael DiPietro Windsor 9 257 238 0.926
Kaden Fulcher Hamilton 12 362 328 0.906
Colton Incze Niagara 3 117 106 0.906
Matthew Villalta Sault Ste Marie 7 155 139 0.897
Christian Propp Barrie 6 173 155 0.896

OHL Announces 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series Rosters

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League in association with the Canadian Hockey League, the North Bay Battalion, and the Hamilton Bulldogs hockey clubs today announced the Team OHL rosters for the 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

super-series

Team OHL will compete against the Russian National Junior Team in Game 3 of the series in North Bay on Thursday November 10, with Game 4 to be played in Hamilton on Monday November 14.  The series also includes two games in the Western Hockey League prior to both OHL games, and ends with two games hosted by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

25 players will represent the OHL in the 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series including eight players who received invites to Canada’s National Junior Team Summer Showcase.  Among that group is Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Mitchell Stephens of the Saginaw Spirit who represented Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship last season in Finland.  The group also includes Spirit netminder and New Jersey Devils prospect Evan Cormier, along with Lightning prospect Matthew Spencer of the Peterborough Petes and New York Islanders prospect Mitchell Vande Sompel of the Oshawa Generals on defence.  At forward, Summer Showcase invites on Team OHL include Lightning prospect Anthony Cirelli of the Generals, Chicago Blackhawks prospect Graham Knott of the Niagara IceDogs, Devils prospect Michael McLeod of the Mississauga Steelheads, and Boston Bruins prospect Zachary Senyshyn of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

Both 2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series hosts will be represented by hometown players including Vancouver Canucks prospect Brett McKenzie of the North Bay Battalion, and Montreal Canadiens prospect Will Bitten of the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Behind the bench for Team OHL in North Bay will be Canadian National Junior Team assistant coach and 2016 OHL Coach of the Year Kris Knoblauch of the Erie Otters alongside Battalion head coach and Director of Hockey Operations Stan Butler who won gold with Canada’s Summer Under-18 Team at the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup and previously served as head coach of Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2001 and 2002 IIHF World Junior Championship.  In Hamilton, Knoblauch will be joined behind the bench by Canadian National Junior Team head coach Dominque Ducharme of the QMJHL’s Drummondville Voltigeurs.

The Team OHL rosters were assembled by a Selection Committee that includes Attack General Manager and member of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence Management Group Dale DeGray, and Storm General Manager Mike Kelly.  Both DeGray and Kelly worked in consultation with Hockey Canada Director of Player Personnel Ryan Jankowski.

In 13 years of competition against the Russian National Junior Team, the OHL has a record of 22-3-1 in this series following 2015 victories of 3-0 and 2-1 in Owen Sound and Windsor respectively.

Team OHL Roster – North Bay – November 10

 *players competing in both games

Goaltenders (2):

Evan Cormier (Saginaw Spirit)*
Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)

Defencemen (5):

Kyle Capobianco (Sudbury Wolves)
Nicolas Hague (Mississauga Steelheads)*
Matt Spencer (Peterborough Petes)
Logan Stanley (Windsor Spitfires)
Mitchell Vande Sompel (Oshawa Generals)

Forwards‎ (11):

Will Bitten (Hamilton Bulldogs)*
Anthony Cirelli (Oshawa Generals)
Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)*
Adam Mascherin (Kitchener Rangers)*
Brett McKenzie (North Bay Battalion)*
Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)*
Zachary Senyshyn (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)*
Givani Smith (Guelph Storm)*
Blake Speers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)*
Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw Spirit)*
Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor Spitfires)

Staff:

Head Coach – Kris Knoblauch (Erie Otters)

Assistant Coach – Stan Butler (North Bay Battalion)

Athletic Therapist/Equipment Manager – James Borrelli (North Bay Battalion)
Assistant Equipment Manager – Daryl Ashenden

Team OHL Roster – Hamilton – November 14

*players competing in both games

Goaltenders (2):

Evan Cormier (Saginaw Spirit)*
Michael McNiven (Owen Sound Attack)

Defencemen (5):

Jacob Friend (Owen Sound Attack)
Nicolas Hague (Mississauga Steelheads)*
Garrett McFadden (Guelph Storm)
Victor Mete (London Knights)
Markus Phillips (Owen Sound Attack)

Forwards (11):

Will Bitten (Hamilton Bulldogs)*
Graham Knott (Niagara IceDogs)
Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)*
Adam Mascherin (Kitchener Rangers)*
Brett McKenzie (North Bay Battalion)*
Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads)*
Taylor Raddysh (Erie Otters)
Zachary Senyshyn (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)*
Givani Smith (Guelph Storm)*
Blake Speers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)*
Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw Spirit)*

Staff:

Head Coach – Dominique Ducharme (Drummondville Voltigeurs)

Assistant Coach – Kris Knoblauch (Erie Otters)

Athletic Therapist – JP Laciak (Hamilton Bulldogs)

Equipment Manager – Kasey LaMorre (Hamilton Bulldogs)

The CHL Canada Russia Series has been an integral part of the identification process for Team Canada for the past 13 years prior to the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship.  The event features a team of CHL All-Stars representing each of the three regional leagues competing against the Russian National Junior team.

The 2016 CIBC Canada Russia series is supported by title sponsor and Official Bank of the CHL, CIBC, and CHL associate sponsors Cooper Tire, autoTRADER.ca and Sherwin-Williams.  All games will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

2016 CIBC Canada Russia Series Schedule:

Game 1 – Monday November 7 at Prince George, BC

Game 2 – Tuesday November 8 at Edmonton, AB

Game 3 – Thursday November 10 at North Bay, ON

Game 4 – Monday November 14 at Hamilton, ON

Game 5 – Tuesday November 15 at Chicoutimi, QC

Game 6 – Thursday November 17 at Baie-Comeau, QC

For event information including how to purchase tickets please visit www.chlcanadarussia.ca.