COE AND GAUDREAU 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, November 21, 2021.

Battalion’s Brandon Coe Named OHL Player of the Week

San Jose Sharks prospect Brandon Coe of the North Bay Battalion is the OHL Player of the Week, recording three goals, five assists and eight points over three consecutive Battalion victories.

Coe strung together three multi-point efforts, continuing an eight game point streak as the Battalion sit atop the Eastern Conference standings. The big 6-foot-5, 203Ib. winger put together a second star performance on Thursday at home to the Ottawa 67’s, registering a goal and two assists in a 3-0 win. Coe picked up an assist on Kyle Jackson’s game winning goal in Oshawa on Friday night, finishing with a pair of helpers as the Battalion defeated the Generals 4-2. He rounded out the weekend with two goals and an assist in Sunday’s 7-3 win over visiting Niagara, earning first star honours while collecting his 150th career OHL point.

A 20-year-old native of Ajax, Ont. and an alternate captain with the Battalion this season, Coe leads the OHL with 24 assists and sits one point back of the League scoring lead with 33 points (9-24–33) through 19 contests. His plus-14 plus/minus rating has him tied for fifth in the OHL. Coe made his professional debut last season, recording five points (1-4–5) in 17 games with the San Jose Barracuda, AHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks who selected him in the fourth round (98th overall) of the 2020 NHL Draft. Coe was originally North Bay’s first round (3rd overall) pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection from the OHL Cup finalist Toronto Nationals U16 program.

Coe is the first Battalion player to earn the weekly honour since Justin Brazeau last did so in October 2018.

Also considered for the award this week, Peterborough Petes forward Tucker Robertson led all players with 10 points (4-6–10) in three games to climb into the League scoring lead as the Petes went 1-2 on a high-scoring weekend. Windsor Spitfires winger Kyle McDonald was also highly productive, putting up eight points (5-3–8) and three consecutive multi-point efforts as the Spitfires won a pair.

2021-22 OHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
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)

Sting’s Ben Gaudreau Named OHL Goaltender of the Week

San Jose Sharks prospect Ben Gaudreau of the Sarnia Sting is the OHL Goaltender of the Week with a record of 2-0-1-0, a 1.97 goals-against average, .942 save percentage and one shutout.

Gaudreau stopped 97 of the 103 shots he faced to help the Sting continue to reverse a slow start to the season. He earned first star honours with 36 saves on Tuesday as Sarnia defeated the CHL’s third-ranked London Knights 4-2 on home ice. Gaudreau was back in the crease on Saturday in Guelph, helping the Sting earn a point despite being outshot with 35 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Storm. He logged another first star performance on Sunday, earning his first career OHL shutout with 26 saves as the Sting blanked the visiting Owen Sound Attack 4-0.

An 18-year-old native of Corbeil, Ont., Gaudreau owns a 5-2-3-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and one shutout through 10 games this season. The 6-foot-2, 172Ib. third round (81st overall) pick of the San Jose Sharks this past summer starred for Canada’s gold medal-winning National Under-18 Team this past May in Frisco, Texas. He was Sarnia’s first round (7th overall) pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, the highest-selected goaltender in Sting franchise history.

Also considered for the award this week were a pair of recent award recipients in Roman Basran of the Mississauga Steelheads and Montreal Canadiens prospect Joe Vrbetic of the North Bay Battalion. Basran went 2-0-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and .964 save percentage including a shutout as the Steelheads continued their hot streak. Last week’s Goaltender of the Week, Vrbetic was also 2-0-0-0, posting a 1.50 goals-against average and .939 save percentage with one shutout, carrying over a shutout streak that concluded at a length of 203 minutes and four seconds in a win on Sunday.

2021-22 OHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:
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)


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.

LEAVER AND ROBERTSON 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, October 31, 2021

Petes’ Tucker Robertson Named OHL Player of the Week

Tucker Robertson of the Peterborough Petes is the OHL Player of the Week with five points including three goals and two assists in a pair of victories.

Robertson got the Petes going on Thursday, scoring before recording two primary assists in a 4-3 home win over the Hamilton Bulldogs. He earned first star honours, going 21-for-29 in the faceoff circle as the Petes got back in the win column. Robertson was excellent again on Saturday in Niagara, scoring second period goals three-and-a-half minutes apart as the Petes nipped the IceDogs 5-4. Robertson was once again the game’s first star, going 16-for-30 at the dot while recording four shots on goal.

An 18-year-old product of Toronto, Ont., Robertson is second among OHL skaters producing 1.78 points-per-game this season. His 16 points (6-10–16) over nine contests pace the Peterborough offence while his 238 faceoffs are the third-most in the League as he currently boasts a 58.8 percent success rate. Robertson recorded 18 points (8-10–18) over 55 games in 2019-20 after being a fourth round (72nd overall) pick from the Toronto Marlboros U16 program in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection. He attended rookie camp with the Carolina Hurricanes this past September.

Also considered for the award this week was Anaheim Ducks prospect Sasha Pastujov of the Guelph Storm who recorded a league-leading seven points (5-2–7) over three games as the Storm went 2-1. Los Angeles Kings prospect Brandt Clarke of the Barrie Colts was also impressive, posting six points (3-3–6) over three games as the Colts won a pair.

2021-22 OHL Players of the Week – Regular Season:
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)


Generals’ Patrick Leaver Named OHL Goaltender of the Week

Patrick Leaver of the Oshawa Generals is the OHL Goaltender of the Week with two wins, a 1.00 goals-against average, .976 save percentage and his first career OHL shutout.

Leaver helped the Generals take road wins in North Bay and Sudbury, stopping 82 of the 84 shots he faced. The first-year goaltender carried a shutout into the third period of Thursday’s matchup against the Battalion, turning aside 44 shots in a 3-2 win. Leaver was flawless in Sudbury on Friday, posting a 38-save shutout as the Generals prevailed by a score of 4-0.

An 18-year-old from Perth, Ont., Leaver owns a 5-2-0-1 record with a 2.49 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and one shutout through his first nine games of the season. The 6-foot-1, 180Ib. goaltender was Oshawa’s eighth round (158th overall) pick in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection from the Smiths Falls Bears U18 program. Leaver won a silver medal while representing Team Ontario at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta.

Also in the running for this week’s award was undefeated London Knights goaltender Brett Brochu who earned a pair of wins over Owen Sound and Sarnia, posting a 1.50 goals-against average and .950 save percentage to climb to 8-0-0-0.

2021-22 OHL Goaltenders of the Week – Regular Season:
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)
 

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.