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The OHL Rundown – November 14th

Originally Published at TheHockeyWriters.com by Brendan Ross

WE WANT MORE IMPORT PLAYERS

Brock Otten’s “An Argument to Raise the Number of Imports” article takes a closer look at whether CHL teams should increase the number of import picks that teams can have. OHL teams can currently have two import picks (or rights to two import players) but Brock shares some impressive import statistics and it’s hard to argue against his suggestion.

ICE DOGS’ TOM KUHNHACKL SLAPPED WITH 20-GAME SUSPENSION

Last week, The OHL Rundown informed you about the Tom Kuhnhackl hit on Ryan Murphy and we patiently awaited decision from OHL Commissioner David Branch on the severity of the suspension. David Branch decided that Tom Kuhnhackl would receive a 20-game ban for his reckless hit. Is it sufficient?

STICK SWINGING INCIDENT LEAVES ANOTHER BLACK MARK ON THE OHL

Knights’ Ryan Rupert could get the book thrown at him with the latest stick swinging incident (Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

On Friday night, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds visited the London Knights and the game ended very ugly with a stick swinging incident by London’s Ryan Rupert on the Soo’s Nick Cousins. Check out my article “Stick Swinging Incident Leaves Another Black Mark on the OHL” for video footage and details of the situation.

BRUINS’ PROSPECT IMPRESS ON SUNDAY

Ryan Spooner carrying the Kingston Frontenacs (Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

As I pointed out on twitter, Bruins’ prospects Ryan Spooner (Kingston Frontenacs) and Alexander Khokhlachev (Windsor Spitfires) had some fantastic games on Sunday. Spooner factored in on every Frontenac goal as he scored one goal and added four assists to finish the day with five points in a 5-3 win over Saginaw. Spooner’s performance likely vaulted him to being the favourite for OHL Player of the Week (see below). It is no secret that Ryan Spooner will likely be traded from Kingston to a contending team at some point and it is performances like Sunday that make him a heavily coveted player.

Alex Khokhlachev was also impressive as the forward racked up four assists in Windsor’s trouncing of the Erie Otters. Through 22 games, Khokhlachev has 8 goals and 28 points to lead all Windsor Spitfires.

HUBERDEAU, MURPHY OUT: HOCKEY CANADA HAS TO BE CONCERNED

With the World Junior Championships just over a month away, Hockey Canada is carefully watching its top prospects around the country as they will eventually announce the highly coveted roster that will represent Canada. Dean Millard (Coming Down the Pipeline) points out the concern that Hockey Canada officials should have with the recent injuries to two of Canada’s top prospects for the World Junior Championship team. Kitchener’s Ryan Murphy (concussion) and Saint John’s Jonathan Huberdeau (foot) are two of the latest injured players. With Nugent-Hopkins, Johansen, Gudbranson, and Smith-Pelly playing for their NHL clubs Canada has quite a few top players who are likely to miss the WJC Tournament.

BTN INTERVIEWS TOP PROSPECTS PRIOR TO SUBWAY SUPER SERIES

Ryan Strome – Niagara Ice Dogs (New York Islanders)

Dougie Hamilton – Niagara Ice Dogs (Boston Bruins)

Matt Puempel – Peterborough Petes (Ottawa Senators)

Tyler Toffoli – Ottawa 67’s (Los Angeles Kings)

THE IMPACT OF THE SUBWAY SUPER SERIES ON THE WJC

Sting Captain Nathan Chiarlitti embraces the opportunity to shine in Subway Super Series (Metcalfe Photography)

The current Subway Super Series is a mini-tournament that Russia and Canada both utilize to scout potential World Junior players and while the games are “meaningless” the players know that their performances are being evaluated and could make or break their chances at cracking their nations’ WJC rosters. Below are a few articles focusing on the Subway Super Series and the affect it has on the WJC.

Nick Cousins Hoping SUBWAY Super Series Leads to Team Canada” (Jesse Michael)

Even without a goal, Toffoli feels he made a point“ (Neate Sager)

Subway Series gives Chiarlitti Chance to Shine on Bigger Stage” (Laura Barney)

SUBWAY SUPER SERIES

Inside look at Team OHL in Ottawa gives fans a behind-the-scene look at what goes on in the dressing room and between periods of Team OHL. (Video)

 

Game 1 – Russia 2 vs. QMJHL 0 (Highlights in Russian) – Game Stats

Team MVPs- Surgey Kostenko (Russia), Nathan MacKinnon (QMJHL/Halifax Mooseheads)

Game 2 – QMJHL 4 vs. Russia 5 (SO) (Highlights in Russian) – Game Stats

Team MVPs- Mikhail Grigorenko (Russia/Quebec Remparts), Matthew Bissonnette (QMJHL/Acadia-Bathurts Titans)

Game 3 – Russia 7 vs. OHL 10 (Highlights) – Game Stats

Team MVP’s – Ivan Telegin (Russia/Barrie Colts), Freddie Hamilton (OHL/Niagara Ice Dogs)

Game 4 takes place tonight (Monday, November 14th) and is the final game between Team OHL and Team Russia.  Tune into Sportsnet to watch your favourite OHL players.

2012 DRAFT TRACKER

Neate Sager sits down with Owen Sound forward Jarrod Maidens and Guelph Storm’s defenseman Matt Finn as they look to impress during their NHL draft seasons. Check out “5 questions with Jarrod Maidens, Owen Sound Attack” and “5 questions with Matt Finn, Guelph Storm

MAX DOMI OPENS OHL SEASON WITH A SPLASH

The future looks bright for Knights’ rookie Max Domi (Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Max Domi currently leads all OHL rookies with 19 points in 20 games and he’s quickly making a name for himself. The son of former Maple Leaf favourite Tie Domi, Max brings an entirely different game than his father did. Tie was known as a tough guy but his son has elite offensive skills that even his dad would be impressed by. Mark Schdenberg writes about this budding star in “Max Domi Opens OHL Season with a Splash”.

STAYING OUT TOO LATE DOESN’T SIT WELL IN THE SOO

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds head coach Mike Stapleton decided to suspect two of his star forwards David Broll (Toronto Maple Leafs) and Andrew Fritsch (Phoenix Coyotes) when they neglected their team’s curfew and allegedly came home at 3:30am. Read more here.

THE HOCKEY NEWS’ HOT LIST

Sting sniper Reid Boucher (Metcalfe Photography)

THN’s Ryan Kennedy takes a quick look at some undrafted and drafted prospects including some from the Ontario Hockey League in his latest Hot List release. Sarnia’s Reid Boucher, Guelph’s Scott Kosmachuk, and Windsor’s recently acquired (rights to) Phillip Di Giuseppe are just a few prospects highlighted in the piece.

GALCHENYUK STARTING ON REHAB PROGRAM

The star 2012 forward prospect Alex Galchenyuk (@AGally94) writes a very interesting piece for NHL.com on injury as he starts to rehabilitate the injured knee. Galchenyuk will be writing a monthly blog throughout the season so be sure to give him a follow.

AARON EKBLAD INTERVIEW

Melissa Perri of HockeyProspect.com interviews Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts as the young defender earns valuable ice time in his first OHL Season. Aaron Ekblad was the second player ever to receive “exceptional status” as the Belle River native jumped from Bantam hockey into the OHL.

PETES ROSTER LACED WITH NHL TALENT

The Scouting Report examines the Peterborough Petes impressive depth and highlights several players with NHL calibre talent. Slater Koekkoek (2012), Matt Puempel (Ottawa Senators), Alain Quine (Detroit Red Wings), Austin Watson (Nashville Predators), Nick Ritchie (2014) and Stephen Nosad (2013) are all featured in the article.

SAGINAW REALLY MISSES BRANDON SAAD

How valuable is Chicago Blackhawks’ prospect Brandon Saad to the Saginaw Spirit? To answer that question please refer to my tweet yesterday,

@RossyYoungblood Do you think Saginaw Spirit misses Brandon Saad? With Saad in the lineup, Spirit are 5-3. Without Saad, record is an awful 2-12-0-2 #OHL

Brandon Saad is currently sidelined with a “significant” upper body injury. Saad has 9 goals and 18 points in only 8 OHL games this season.

ITO PROSPECT PROFILES: SEAN MONAHAN

Although ITO has Sean Monahan incorrectly listed as a 2012 Draft prospect, the information in the latest “Prospect Profiles” for Ottawa 67’s forward Sean Monahan are accurate.

OHL LEADING SCORERS

TOP OHL SCORERS (ending Monday, November 14th)
1. Tanner Pearson (Barrie Colts): 19GP-15G-26A-41P
2. Nail Yakupov (Sarnia Sting): 20GP-13G-25A-38P
3. Colin Behenna (Barrie Colts): 19GP-11G-25A-36P

TOP OHL DEFENSEMEN SCORERS
1. Dougie Hamilton (Niagara Ice Dogs): 19GP-9G-19A-28P
2. Cody Ceci (Ottawa 67’s): 21GP-5G-17A-22P
T3. Adrian Robertson (Windsor Spitfires): 24GP-4G-14A-18P
T3. Alex Basso (Sarnia Sting): 20GP-3G-15A-18P

TOP OHL ROOKIE SCORERS
T1. Max Domi (London Knights): 20GP-8G-11A-19P
T1. Patrik Machac (Brampton Battalion): 20GP-8G-11A-19P
3.Artur Gavrus (Owen Sound Attack): 21GP-9G-9A-18P

OHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

The Ontario Hockey League announced that Kingston Frontenac forward Ryan Spooner is the OHL Player of the Week (Monday, November 7th) . Ryan Spooner is coming off a huge week where he notched 9 points (4 goals, 5 assists, +8) in three Kingston wins. Spooner capped off the week with a 5 point night on Sunday as the Frontenacs defeated the Saad-less Saginaw Spirit 5-3.

CHL GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK

2012 draft eligible Malcolm Subban (Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Last Wednesday the Canadian Hockey League announced that Belleville Bulls’ goaltender Malcolm Subban (also eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft) was named the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week.  The 17-year old OHL netminder returned from injuryon Saturday, November 5th and posted back-2-back wins allowing one goal in two weekend games.  Malcolm is the younger brother of Montreal CanadiensPK Subban and finished the week (November 6th) with a 0.49 GAA and .928 save percentage.

BMO CHL MASTERCARD TOP 10 RANKINGS

The Ontario Hockey League had three representatives in last week’s BMO CHL Mastercard Top 10 Rankings and one honourable mention.  London Knights remain atop the rankings in first place while the Sarnia Sting moved up to 5th (from 6th).  Mississauga slide down the rankings and currently sit 8th.  The Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds received a honourable mention.

Interesting Note: With the London Knights at number one, Saint John Sea Dogs at number two and the Sarnia Sting at number five, Jacques Beaulieu has connections with 3 of the top 5 CHL teams.  Beaulieu currently is the Sarnia Sting’s head coach and GM but has formerly served as the Assistant Coach in London and the coach/GM of the Saint John Sea Dogs.

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