The Ontario Hockey League today announced that 2016 NHL Draft prospect Matthew Tkachuk of the London Knights is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending April 3 after scoring eight goals and four assists for 12 points in four games with a plus-minus rating of plus-8.
Tkachuk had points in all four games last week helping the Knights advance to the Western Conference Semi-Finals with a six-game series win over the Owen Sound Attack. He scored two goals in Game 3 last Monday night earning second star honours in the 5-1 win, then found the back of the net four times in Game 4 while adding an assist for a five-point performance as first star of the 8-5 win. He tallied just one assist in the Knights’ 4-3 overtime loss in Game 5 on Friday before leading the club’s offense with another first star performance on the road scoring twice with two assists in Sunday’s 5-2 Game 6 triumph.
An 18-year-old from St. Louis, Missouri, Tkachuk is playing in his first career OHL season with the Knights. The top ranked North American skater for the 2016 NHL Draft finished seventh in league scoring during the regular season and joined teammates Christian Dvorak and Mitch Marner in the league’s century club finishing the campaign with 107 points including 30 goals and 77 assists in 57 games.
Watch video highlights of Tkachuk and the Knights against the Attack in Game 3, Game 4, and Game 6.
Also considered for the award this week was fellow 2016 NHL Draft prospect Alexander Nylander of the Mississauga Steelheads who scored six goals and five assists for 11 points in five games against the Barrie Colts, and New Jersey Devils prospect Pavel Zacha of the Sarnia Sting who scored five goals and four assists for nine points in four games against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. In goal, the Sting’s Charlie Graham stopped 107 shots in four games playing to a record of 3-0-1-0 while posting a goals-against-average of 1.57 and save percentage of .939.
2015-16 Pioneer Energy OHL Players of the Week:
Mar. 28 – Apr. 3: Matthew Tkachuk (London Knights)
Mar. 21 – Mar. 27: Warren Foegele (Kingston Frontenacs)
Mar. 14 – Mar. 20: Blake Speers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Mar. 7 – Mar. 13: Andrew Mangiapane (Barrie Colts)
Feb. 29 – Mar. 6: Hunter Garlent (Peterborough Petes)
Feb. 22 – Feb. 28: Logan Brown (Windsor Spitfires)
Feb. 15 – Feb. 21: Mike Amadio (North Bay Battalion)
Feb. 8 – Feb. 14: Kevin Labanc (Barrie Colts)
Feb. 1 – Feb. 7: Spencer Watson (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 25 – Jan. 31: Jonah Gadjovich (Owen Sound Attack)
Jan. 18 – Jan. 24: Matthew Mancina (Peterborough Petes)
Jan. 11 – Jan. 17: Michael Giugovaz (Guelph Storm)
Jan. 4 – Jan. 10: Kevin Labanc (Barrie Colts)
Dec. 28 – Jan. 3: Kevin Labanc (Barrie Colts)
Dec. 14 – Dec. 20: Jake Smith (North Bay Battalion)
Dec. 7 – Dec. 13: Christian Dvorak (London Knights)
Nov. 30 – Dec. 6: Mitchell Marner (London Knights)
Nov. 23 – Nov. 29: Christian Dvorak (London Knights)
Nov. 16 – Nov. 22: Pavel Zacha (Sarnia Sting)
Nov. 9 – Nov. 15: Devin Williams (Erie Otters)
Nov. 2 – Nov. 8: Dylan Strome (Erie Otters)
Oct. 26 – Nov. 1: Tyler Parsons (London Knights)
Oct. 19 – Oct. 25: Kevin Labanc (Barrie Colts)
Oct. 12 – Oct. 18: Zach Bratina (North Bay Battalion)
Oct. 5 – Oct. 11: Hunter Garlent (Peterborough Petes)
Sept. 28 – Oct. 4: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 27: Zack Bowman (Flint Firebirds)