Sophomore winger Arthur Kaliyev continues his season of Hamilton Bulldogs firsts.
The draft eligible flank from Staten Island, NY picked up a pair of assists in Friday’s 6-1 road win over the Mississauga Steelheads, becoming the first player in club history to record 100 points in a season.
Kaliyev, who became the league’s fourth 50-goal scorer of the season on Saturday, joins other recent 16 and 17-year-olds in Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters, 2014-15), Jeff Skinner (Kitchener Rangers, 2009-10) and John Tavares (London Knights, 2008-09) in recording 50 goals and 100 points in the same season.
NHL Central Scouting’s 11th ranked North American skater in their midterm rankings back in January, Kaliyev is the fifth 100-point producer in the OHL this season and the first in all-time franchise history since Belleville’s Tyler Donati (129) in 2006-07.
Kaliyev helped guide the Bulldogs to an OHL Championship last spring as the club reached the Memorial Cup semi-final in Regina, Saskatchewan. The 6-foot-2, 185Ib left-winger was Hamilton’s second round (26th overall) pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection from the Detroit Compuware U16 program.