Draft eligible winger Alex DeBrincat’s 50th goal of the season on Thursday places him in a category all of his own in Erie Otters history.
The 18-year-old scored a third period marker in Erie’s 6-2 win over Owen Sound to become the first player in Otters history to record back-to-back 50-goal seasons.
He is also the first OHL player to accomplish the feat since Tyler Toffoli of the Ottawa 67’s scored 57 goals in 2011 followed by a 52-goal campaign in 2012.
The 2015 CHL and OHL Rookie of the Year, DeBrincat joins London’s Christian Dvorak and Barrie’s Andrew Mangiapane as the third OHL player to reach the half-century mark this season.
DeBrincat’s 50-goal campaign has included an Otters franchise record five hat-tricks, highlighted by a regular season record five-goal showing on October 1st against the Niagara IceDogs. He followed that up with four goals and an assist against the same IceDogs a week later on October 9th.
The Farmington Hills, Michigan native won a bronze medal with the United States at the 2016 World Junior Hockey Championship in Finland.
Eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft, DeBrincat was the 20th ranked North American skater in NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Draft Rankings released in mid-January.
He enters a season finale home-and-home set against the London Knights with 11 points (5-6–11) over his last three games, sitting two points away from his second straight 100-point season with 50 goals, 48 assists and 98 points in 58 games.
The Otters and Knights square off on Friday and Saturday, entering the weekend tied with 103 points atop the Midwest Division standings.