Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Eric O’Dell of the Sudbury Wolves is the Boston Pizza OHL Player of the Week for the week ending January 4. O’Dell scored five goals and three assists for eight points with a plus-minus rating of plus-7 in four games.
O’Dell opened the scoring 41 seconds into the game Tuesday night leading the Wolves to a 3-1 home win over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. O’Dell and the Wolves had a great start to 2009 on Friday night defeating the Peterborough Petes 5-2. O’Dell scored a goal and an assist and was named the second star of the game. On Saturday night O’Dell registered his first four-point night of the season scoring two goals and two assists but the Wolves fell to the Niagara IceDogs 6-5 in a shootout. O’Dell kept the shootout close scoring on his shot and was named the second star of the game. His week ended on Sunday when he scored another quick goal opening the scoring 15 seconds into the game in Mississauga. The Majors would beat the Wolves 3-2.
O’Dell, an 18-year-old from Ottawa, ON is in his second season with the Wolves and currently leads the club in scoring with 20 goals and 21 assists for 41 points in 37 games. His 41 points has him ranked 20th in OHL league scoring. O’Dell was drafted in the second round, 39th overall at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the <a class=”HFlinkstyle” id=”HFlink” href=”/teams/anaheim_ducks”>Anaheim Ducks.
Also considered for the award this week was Anthony Nigro of the Ottawa 67’s who scored three goals and four assists for seven points in three games and was twice named first star of the game. Goaltender Andrew Engelage of the Windsor Spitfires made 37 saves to shutout the Plymouth Whalers on New Year’s Eve. He finished the week with three wins with a 1.67 goals-against-average and a .946 save percentage. Honourable mention goes to Greg Nemisz of the Windsor Spitfires who scored five goals and two assists for seven points in a three game stretch before Christmas.
2008-09 Boston Pizza OHL Players of the Week Jan. 5 – Eric O’Dell, Sudbury Wolves
Dec. 15 – Cameron Gaunce, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors
Dec. 8 – John Tavares, Oshawa Generals
Dec. 1 – John Tavares, Oshawa Generals
Nov. 24 – Eric Tangradi, Belleville Bulls
Nov. 17 – Mathew Sisca, Niagara IceDogs
Nov. 10 – Cody Hodgson, Brampton Battalion
Nov. 3 – Ryan Ellis, Windsor Spitfires
Oct. 27 – Taylor Hall, Windsor Spitfires
Oct. 20 – Brandon Foote, Brampton Battalion
Oct. 13 – Justin DiBenedetto, Sarnia Sting
Oct. 6 – Stefan Della Rovere, Barrie Colts
Sept. 29 – Luke Pither, Guelph Storm
Sept. 22 – Matt Lyall, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds