Teams have been playing better than expected and some have played worse.
Looking back at the first half of the OHL season I think that one of those
pleasant surprises has been the play of the rookie players around the OHL.
of their rookies. The Spitfires for example have a rookie line made up of
Steve Ott, Craig Kennedy and Shawn Mather. All three of them have been
playing great for the Spitfires.
1999 OHL draft. He sits in second among OHL rookies in scoring. He has
helped the Whalers plant themselves in third spot in the OHL’s West
been playing great hockey. Once he gets some more help around him the
Rangers will be a good hockey club and drafting Roy was a step in the right
scoring and playing really well. Kennedy and Ott are both among the top
scoring rookies. Windsor is lucky to have these three. If these three stick
with Windsor for a couple more seasons the Spitfires could be a team to beat
in the OHL.
are among the top scorers on the Greyhounds this season. Daley has been
on of the best first round picks in last summers draft. Richards has been
considered a steal after getting drafted in the eighth round of the 1999 OHL
share of goals and a lot are of the garbage variety (not that there’s anything
wrong with that). McKay goes to the net hard and although he isn’t big he is
not afraid to throw the body.
Michigan Van Ryn decided to try his hand at the junior level. Van Ryn was
originally drafted by the Sting in 1995 but he opted for University. So far,
after the first half of the season he has not looked out of place. He was also
named captain of the Sting which tells you a lot about what kind of leader he
load off of Raffi Torres. McClement has been playing well but it is possible
that he could play better hockey.
in the 1999 draft and he has played decent hockey for them. As Thorburn is
playing very well for the Centennials and he will be the team’s franchise
player in the year’s to come.
known about him before he came into the league. Now Down is tied for third
in the league’s rookie scoring race.
Here is a look at the OHL rookie scoring race (All totals are as of
December 18, 1999):
Player, Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM
Roy, Derek, KIT 32 17 26 43 5 14
Weiss, Stephen, PLY 34 11 22 33 10 12
Down, Blaine, BAR 32 12 19 31 24 35
Andersson, Jonas, NB 32 12 19 31 -5 11
Ott, Steve, WSR 30 10 21 31 5 53
Skvaridlo, Tomas, KGN 31 9 21 30 15 6
Daley, Trevor, SSM 33 12 17 29 18 48
McKay, Konrad, NB 31 11 18 29 -5 91
Kurka, Tomas, PLY 32 17 11 28 2 31
Himelfarb, Eric, SAR 34 11 15 26 0 10
Some of those rookies include Malcolm MacMillan of the Sault Ste. Marie
Greyhounds and Tim Gleason of Windsor.
rookie of the year are going to have a very tough decision to make because
of the outstanding play of so many rookies.