OHL’s Top Performers of the Month

By League Press Release

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the top OHL Performers of the Month for December, 2010.

OHL Player of the Month – Tyler Toffoli, Ottawa 67’s
Tyler Toffoli of the Ottawa 67’s led the OHL with 22 points in 10 games scoring a league-high 10 goals along with 12 assists and an impressive plus-minus rating of plus-12.  He recorded points in all 10 67’s’ games in December including eight multi-point performances.  He led the 67’s’ to seven wins and was named a star in four contests including a first star performance when he scored a career-high five goals on December 29 as part of a 9-0 win over the Kingston Frontenacs. 

Toffoli, an 18-year-old from Scarborough, ON, is playing in his third OHL season with the 67’s.  Selected in the second round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings, Toffoli currently leads the OHL in scoring with 69 points in 39 games and continues to build the longest point-streak in the league this season which presently stands at 21 games. 

Kal Tire OHL Rookie of the Month – Nick Ebert, Windsor Spitfires
Nick Ebert becomes the second straight member of the Windsor Spitfires to claim this award following Eric Locke who won in November.  Ebert scored four goals and 10 assists for 14 points in nine games to lead all OHL defencemen and tie for the rookie-lead in December scoring.  He became the first rookie and defenceman to be named the OHL Player of the Week following three straight three-point games including a first star performance on December 9 when he scored two goals and an assist in a 4-3 win over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

Ebert, a 16-year-old from Livingston, New Jersey, is eligible for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and is currently tied for seventh in league scoring amongst defencemen and ranks 11th in overall rookie scoring with 27 points in 35 games. 

OHL Defenceman of the Month – Ryan Murphy, Kitchener Rangers
Ryan Murphy of the Kitchener Rangers earns this monthly award for the second time this season after scoring 12 points in nine December games with four goals and eight assists.  He led all defencemen with a plus-minus rating of plus-12 which was tied for second-best in the league.  He scored two game-winning goals including one as part of a two-point game as second star of a 2-1 win over the Plymouth Whalers on December 30 to lift the Rangers to their fifth win of the month. 

Murphy, a 17-year-old from Aurora, ON, currently leads all defencemen in scoring with 51 points in 35 games in his second OHL season with the Rangers.  Eligible for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Murphy will compete with Team Cherry at the 2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game January 18-19 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, ON.

Vaughn OHL Goaltender of the Month – Petr Mrazek, Ottawa 67’s
Petr Mrazek earned a 5-0-1-1 record between the pipes for the Ottawa 67’s in December posting a goals-against-average of 1.86 and save percentage of .947.  He recorded his first shutout of the season December 29 when he made 34 saves as third star of a 9-0 win over the Kingston Frontenacs.  He produced two first star performances including a 38-save effort December 3 in a 4-1 win over the Belleville Bulls, and when he matched a career-high with 48 saves despite a 3-2 overtime loss to the Peterborough Petes on December 17.

Mrazek, an 18-year-old from Vitkovice, Czech Republic, is playing in his second season with the 67’s.  He was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and currently leads the OHL with 20 wins and has the second-best save percentage at .924.

2010-11 OHL Top Performers of the Month

Player of the Month:
December – Tyler Toffoli, Ottawa 67’s
November – Jason Akeson, Kitchener Rangers
October – Garrett Wilson, Owen Sound Attack

Kal Tire Rookie of the Month:
December – Nick Ebert, Windsor Spitfires
November – Eric Locke, Windsor Spitfires
October – Nail Yakupov, Sarnia Sting

Defenceman of the Month:
December – Ryan Murphy, Kitchener Rangers
November – Ryan Ellis, Windsor Spitfires
October – Ryan Murphy, Kitchener Rangers

Vaughn Goaltender of the Month:
December – Petr Mrazek, Ottawa 67’s
November – Scott Wedgewood, Plymouth Whalers
October – Mavric Parks, Saginaw Spirit