A total of 161 players eligible to compete in the 2018-19 OHL season recently attended NHL Rookie Camps, with several names turning in standout performances at NHL Rookie Showcase events.
Here’s a look at top OHL performers from the Traverse City Prospects Tournament, HarborCenter Prospects Challenge, Vegas Rookie Faceoff, Estero Prospects Showcase, the Penticton Young Stars Classic and the Laval Rookie Showdown.
Traverse City Prospects Tournament (Traverse City, MI)
Featuring the Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers and St. Louis Blues
The Columbus Blue Jackets ruled the Traverse City Prospects Tournament, playing to an undefeated 4-0 mark while outscoring opponents 20-10. Kitchener Rangers graduate Kole Sherwood and free agent invite Jordan Sambrook (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) were key performers.
Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs) led the event in scoring with nine points (2-7–9) in four games, helping the Dallas Stars play to a 2-2 record. A native of nearby Northville, MI, Robertson’s impressive showing included a three-point (2-1–3) effort in a 5-4 loss to the Minnesota Wild and a four-assist performance in a 7-5 win over the New York Rangers. Other Dallas standouts included free agent invite Ben Gleason (Hamilton Bulldogs) and 2018 first round pick Ty Dellandrea (Flint Firebirds).
The top CHL selection at the 2018 NHL Draft, Carolina Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts) led his team in scoring with four points (2-2–4) in as many games.
Other OHL players atop the tournament scoring leaders included the St. Louis Blues duo of Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting) and Robert Thomas (Hamilton Bulldogs) as well as Minnesota Wild prospect Ivan Lodnia (Niagara IceDogs).
Game 1: Carolina 4 vs. St. Louis 1 – Stats
Game 2: Columbus 4 vs. Chicago 3 – Stats
Game 3: Dallas 7 vs. NY Rangers 5 – Stats
Game 4: Minnesota 4 vs. Detroit 2 – Stats
Game 5: Chicago 5 vs. Carolina 2 – Stats
Game 6: Columbus 5 vs. St. Louis 3 – Stats
Game 7: NY Rangers 4 vs. Minnesota 2 – Stats
Game 8: Detroit 3 vs. Dallas 1 – Stats
Game 9: Minnesota 5 vs. Dallas 4 OT – Stats
Game 10: Detroit 5 vs. NY Rangers 0 – Stats
Game 11: Columbus 4 vs. Carolina 1 – Stats
Game 12: Chicago 4 vs. St. Louis 3 OT – Stats
Game 13: St. Louis 8 vs. NY Rangers 4 – Stats
Game 14: Dallas 7 vs. Carolina 3 – Stats
Game 15: Minnesota 3 vs. Chicago 2 – Stats
Game 16: Columbus 7 vs. Detroit 3 – Stats
HarborCenter Prospects Challenge (Buffalo, NY)
Featuring the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins
The host Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils came away with 2-1 records while the Pittsburgh Penguins went 0-3 at the 2018 HarborCenter Prospects Challenge in Buffalo, NY.
Former CHL Rookie of the Year Alexander Nylander (Mississauga Steelheads) of the Buffalo Sabres finished second in event scoring with five points (3-2–5) in three games. Other prominent Sabres scorers included free agent invite Cole Coskey (Saginaw Spirit) and 2018 fourth round pick Matej Pekar (Barrie Colts).
The New Jersey Devils had strong performances from a pair of OHL grads in Blake Speers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) and Michael McLeod (Mississauga Steelheads).
In goal, OHL netminders in Boston’s Kyle Keyser (Oshawa Generals) and Buffalo’s Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen (Sudbury Wolves) recorded wins for their respective clubs.
Game 1: Boston 4 vs. Pittsburgh 2 – Stats
Game 2: Buffalo 6 vs. New Jersey 4 – Stats
Game 3: New Jersey 6 vs. Pittsburgh 2 – Stats
Game 4: Boston 3 vs. Buffalo 1 – Stats
Game 5: New Jersey 6 vs. Boston 2 – Stats
Game 6: Buffalo 10 vs. Pittsburgh 2 – Stats
Vegas Rookie Faceoff (Las Vegas, NV)
Featuring the Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights
The Anaheim Ducks finished with a perfect 3-0 record, outscoring opponents 21-9 at the Vegas Rookie Faceoff as Jack Kopacka (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) registered five points (2-3–5) in three games. Windsor Spitfires graduate Julius Nattinen also scored twice in as many games.
The host Vegas Golden Knights finished at 2-1 as reigning OHL Defenceman of the Year Nicolas Hague (Mississauga Steelheads) scored three times while newly named Niagara IceDogs captain Ben Jones also contributed.
The San Jose Sharks also finished at 2-1 while the Arizona Coyotes wrapped things up at 1-2. Former Sudbury Wolves defender Kyle Capobianco scored a pair of goals in a bounce-back 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings before the ‘Yotes fell 8-4 to the Anaheim Ducks.
The Colorado Avalanche rebounded from a pair of losses to defeat the San Jose Sharks 6-3 in their final game. Brandon Saigeon (Hamilton Bulldogs) scored in all three games for the Avs.
The Los Angeles Kings were the lone team to go 0-3.
Game 1: San Jose 4 vs. Arizona 0 – Recap
Game 2: Anaheim 8 vs. Los Angeles 3 – Recap
Game 3: Vegas 7 vs. Colorado 6 – Recap
Game 4: Arizona 4 vs. Los Angeles 2 – Recap
Game 5: Anaheim 5 vs. Colorado 2 – Recap
Game 6: San Jose 5 vs. Vegas 4 – Recap
Game 7: Anaheim 8 vs. Arizona 4 – Recap
Game 8: Colorado 6 vs. San Jose 3 – Recap
Game 9: Vegas 7 vs. Los Angeles 2 – Recap
Prospects Showcase (Estero, FL)
Featuring the Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators and Washington Capitals
The Tampa Bay Lightning dropped both of their contests at the Prospects Showcase in Estero, Florida, but recent OHL grads in Taylor Raddysh (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds), Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds) and Erik Cernak (Erie Otters) all contributed offensively.
Ottawa 67’s forward Kody Clark scored a pair of goals as the Washington Capitals went 2-1.
The Nashville Predators also played to a 2-1 mark.
Game 1: Nashville 5 vs. Washington 4 – Recap
Game 2: Nashville 5 vs. Tampa Bay 3 – Recap
Game 3: Washington 5 vs. Tampa Bay 0 – Recap
Game 4: Washington 8 vs. Nashville 5 – Recap
Penticton Young Stars Showcase (Penticton, BC)
Featuring the Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets
The Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets played a pair of games in Penticton, BC, with the Canucks coming out on top in both matchups.
A pair of Owen Sound Attack products in Jonah Gadjovich and Petrus Palmu both scored twice in an opening 8-2 win for Vancouver while Windsor Spitfires netminder Michael DiPietro got the win in goal.
In the second game, London Knights graduate Olli Juolevi set up fellow Canucks first rounder Elias Pettersson for his third goal of the weekend while Swedish winger Jonathan Dahlen scored a pair in a 6-4 Vancouver triumph.
Shawinigan Cataractes grad Alex D’Aoust scored a goal for Winnipeg in the loss.
Game 1: Vancouver 8 vs. Winnipeg 2 – Recap
Game 2: Vancouver 6 vs. Winnipeg 4 – Recap
Laval Rookie Showdown (Laval, QC)
Featuring the Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs
The Ottawa Senators won both their contests at the Laval Rookie Showdown, getting a goal from Alex Formenton (London Knights) in a 4-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens to start the event. Formenton netted the 3-on-3 overtime winner in Ottawa’s 6-5 win over Toronto a day later. Brady Lyle (Owen Sound Attack) also scored in the victory.
The Leafs finished with a 1-1 record as Semyon Der-Arguchintsev (Peterborough Petes) and London Knights grad JJ Piccinich found the back of the net in a 6-5 overtime loss to Ottawa.
Toronto followed-up by defeating Montreal 4-2 in the tournament finale as Windsor Spitfires grad Jeremy Bracco lit the lamp.
Montreal finished with an 0-2 record, being blanked by Ottawa in the opener before falling 4-2 to Toronto. Will Bitten (Hamilton Bulldogs) had a goal and set up another.
Game 1: Ottawa 4 vs. Montreal 0 – Recap
Game 2: Ottawa 6 vs. Toronto 5 OT – Recap
Game 3: Toronto 4 vs. Montreal 2 – Recap