Ontario Hockey League Rookies
- Shane Wright (KGN) – Draft: 1st rd – 1st overall 2019 – Don Mills Flyers AAA Midget
Named OHL Rookie of the Month for November with six goals and nine points in seven games played. The 15-year-old exemption status player has come as advertised in Kingston. He is currently on a six-game point streak (6G,3A), the longest of the season for first-year skaters.
Scored a shootout winning goal in Peterborough on Nov . and is tied with teammate Francesco Arcuri leading OHL rookies in shootout goals (2). Leads rookies with three GWG’s, already showing a propensity for showing up in big moments including an OT (NIA) and a last-minute winner (North Bay).
3rd in rookie scoring (20) on nine goals and 11 assists in 21 games played. Missing four games representing Canada (Black) at U-17, his 0.95 pts/game average and 74 shots on goal are tied with McTavish (PBO) leading OHL rookies respectively.
Playing top-line minutes with Zayde Wisdom he’s taken a rookie high 328 face-offs with a 48% efficiency rate. He’s also tied for rookie PP points (8) and PP goals lead (4) with Suni (OSH). Does not turn 16 until January 5, 2020.
- Mason McTavish (PBO) – Draft 1st rd – 5th overall 2019 – Pembroke Lumber Kings AAA Midget
Named OHL Rookie of the Month for October with eight goals and 10 pts in 11 games. Playing on a line with Semyon Der-Arguchintsev and Nick Robertson has helped propel McTavish into his own helping the Petes for a battle with the division crown. Like Wright (KGN), the 16-year-old represented Canada (White) at U-17 and missed four games but also has a 0.95 pts/game average.
Sitting second in first-year scoring (21), he leads all rookies in goals (15) and even-strength goals (13) while tallying six assists. Tied with Wright (KGN) for rookie shots on goal (74). Holds 60% face-off percentage leads all rookies, however, he sits 16th in draws taken (89).
- Brett Bochu (LDN) – Draft 6th rd -114th overall 2018 – Chatam-Kent Cyclones AAA Midget
After a tough start for Jordan Kooy this season, the 17-year-old Brochu has come in and provided stability for the Knights leading to the trade of Kooy to Sarnia. Leads all rookies and sits 4th in all goaltender GAA with a solid 2.65 in 13 games. Has one shutout. The .905 save % is good enough for 2nd in rookies behind Tynan (NIA), playing in seven fewer games than his IceDogs counterpart. His nine wins have him 8th overall and 2nd amongst rookie goalies.
- Oliver Suni (OSH) – Draft (Import) 1st rd – 44th overall 2019 – Finland Karpat Oulu B
A 17-year-old rookie, he leads OHL rookie scoring with 23 points. He has scored eight goals with one game-winner and his 15 assists tie him with Rafkin (WSR) for the rookie helper lead. Tied with Wright (KGN) in rookie PPG (4) and rookie PPP (8).
- Ruben Rafkin (WSR) – Draft (Import) 1st rd – 14th overall 2019 – Tri-City Storm USHL
Rafkin is arguably playing the toughest position as a defenceman for rookies, but as a 17-year-old he seems to be handling the ice well. He is tied with Suni (OSH) for rookie assist lead (15) and has added a goal from the blueline. Leads rookies in PPA (7) sitting second behind Wright and Suni (8) in powerplay points. 27 minutes in penalties leads all rookies.
- Tucker Tynan (NIA)– Draft 10th rd – 192nd overall 2018 – Detroit Little Ceasars U16
Another 17-year-old rookie. Tynan, who hails, from Chicago Illinois, leads rookie goalies and sits third in all OHL goaltending with a .913 save %. 10 wins. Tied for 7th in goalie wins with 10, he leads first-year goalies one ahead of Brochu (LDN) and has played the most amongst rookie goalies with 1176 minutes facing the most shots (828). His 3.67 GAA is 24th overall in OHL and 4th for rookie goalies appearing in nine games or more.
2019/20 Emms Family Award – OHL Rookie of the Year prediction:
Name – Team (Last month rank)
- Wright – KGN (2)
- McTavish – PBO (1)
- Brochu – LDN (Not rated)