The NHL’s Central Scouting Report for the preliminary rankings of some of the top 2013 draft prospects was recently released, allowing teams, fans and fellow players alike a chance to look at some of the possible high selections in next year’s entry draft. The North American rankings include the top 25 skaters and 5-7 goaltenders each from the Ontario, Quebec Major Junior, Western and United States hockey leagues.
Here, we take a look at the top five skaters and top three goaltenders from each of the leagues and how they’re doing so far this season. In this first installment, we’ll check out the top players from the Ontario Hockey League.
ONTARIO HOCKEY LEAGUE
The 25 players ranked from the Ontario Hockey League represent 16 teams. The London Knights have four players on the list – forwards Max Domi, Bo Horvat and Remi Elle, as well as defenseman Nikita Zadorov. Guelph has three players listed, while Owen Sound, Saginaw, Belleville and Brampton each have a pair of skaters in the top 25.
5. Bo Horvat – center – London Knights
In 23 games so far this season, Horvat has scored 16 points (8-8) and is a minus-2. His five power play goals are tied for second on the team and he’s got a respectable .70 points per game average.
4. Max Domi – center – London Knights
The son of the former NHLer is tearing it up on the ice for London. In 23 games, Domi has scored 13 goals and 19 assists, earning 32 points – second on the team behind right wing Seth Griffith in all three categories. His plus-13 is also second on the Knights.
3. Kerby Rychel – left wing – Windsor Spitfires
Rychel leads the Spitfires with 15 goals in 23 games. Combined with nine assists, his 24 points gives him a 1.04 points per game average and puts him at second on the team in both categories (behind Canadiens draft pick Brady Vail). His eight power-play goals is second-best in the OHL.
2. Darnell Nurse – defense – Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Nurse leads all Greyhounds defensemen in assists and points. He’s got four goals and 13 assists for 17 points in 23 games with the team this season. His plus-6 is second best on the team, behind only center Nick Cousins who has a plus-7. Nurse also leads the team with 53 penalty minutes.
1. Sean Monahan – center – Ottawa 67s
While he may not have the most goals on the team – that honor belongs to Tyler Graovac (18), Monahan leads the 67s with 24 assists and 36 total points in 24 games played. His six power play goals are top on the team, tied with left wing Remy Giftopoulos, and Monahan has an outstanding 1.50 points per game average.
• Goaltenders •
3. Alex Fotinos – Barrie Colts
The 17-year-old Toronto native is in his second season with the Colts. He’s played six games so far this year, going 3-2-0-1-0 in that stretch. In 318 minutes played, Fotinos has allowed 19 goals on 197 shots faced and holds a 3.58 GAA and .898 save percentage.
2. Michael Giugovaz – Peterborough Petes
The rookie has been the main goaltender for the Petes, playing in 16 games to Andrew D’Agostini’s eleven. Giugovaz is 5-8-2-0 this season, stopping 491 of 542 shots faced and holding a .906 save percentage. He also has a 3.37 GAA.
1. Spencer Martin – Mississauga Steelheads
Martin has allowed 38 goals in 16 games played with the Steelheads. He has an 11-4-0-0 record and 411 saves in 834 minutes played. The 17-year-old Oakville native also has a .915 save percentage and 2.73 GAA.