Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Minnesota Wild prospect Dmitry Sokolov of the Barrie Colts is the OHL ‘On the Run’ Player of the Week for the week ending March 11 after leading the league with nine points in three games including five goals and four assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-7.
Sokolov delivered a trio of multi-point performances last week extending his personal point-streak to 13 while taking over the league-lead in goals and helping the Colts clinch the Central Division title. On Wednesday night Sokolov produced three points including the game-winning goal and two assists as first star of a 6-3 victory over the Eastern Conference leading Hamilton Bulldogs which officially secured the Central crown won three times in the last four years by the Colts. On Thursday night he scored twice with two assists and was named second star of a 6-5 overtime loss to the Owen Sound Attack, then scored twice on Saturday including another game-winner as second star of a 6-4 victory over the Peterborough Petes. The Colts are still in pursuit of the Eastern Conference’s top spot with a 40-21-3-1 record with three games remaining in the regular season.
A 19-year-old from Omsk, Russia, Sokolov is playing in his third OHL season after being the number three selection in the 2015 CHL Import Draft by the Sudbury Wolves. Sokolov played two and a half seasons with the Wolves before joining the Colts in January. His time in Barrie has already included 28 goals in just 26 games bringing his 2017-18 total to a league-high 48 along with 42 assists for 90 points in 61 games which ranks sixth overall. Sokolov was a seventh round pick by the Wild in the 2016 NHL Draft and represented Russia at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship in Buffalo.
Watch video highlights of Sokolov and the Colts against the Bulldogs, Attack, and Petes.
Also considered for the award this week was Edmonton Oilers prospect Kirill Maksimov of the Niagara IceDogs who scored once with six assists for seven points in three games, and Boston Bruins prospect Jack Studnicka of the Oshawa Generals who scored five goals with one assist for six points in three games. In goal, fellow General and Bruins prospect Kyle Keyser posted a 2-0-0-0 record making 63 saves for a goals-against-average 2.50 and save percentage of .926.
2017-18 OHL ‘On the Run’ Players of the Week:
Mar. 5 – Mar. 11: Dmitry Sokolov (Barrie Colts)
Feb. 26 – Mar. 4: Robert Thomas (Hamilton Bulldogs)
Feb. 19 – Feb. 25: Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)
Feb. 12 – Feb. 18: Aaron Luchuk (Barrie Colts)
Feb. 5 – Feb. 11: Liam Foudy (London Knights)
Jan. 29 – Feb. 4: Kenny Huether (Oshawa Generals)
Jan. 22 – Jan. 28: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 15 – Jan. 21: Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)
Jan. 8 – Jan. 14: Taylor Raddysh (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Jan. 1 – Jan. 7: Owen Tippett (Mississauga Steelheads)
Dec. 25 – Dec. 31: Ben Jones (Niagara IceDogs)
Dec. 11 – Dec. 17: Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Dec. 4 – Dec. 10: Justin Brazeau (North Bay Battalion)
Nov. 27 – Dec. 3: Joseph Garreffa (Kitchener Rangers)
Nov. 20 – Nov. 26: Serron Noel (Oshawa Generals)
Nov. 13 – Nov. 19: Cliff Pu (London Knights)
Nov. 6 – Nov. 12: Ryan Merkley (Guelph Storm)
Oct. 30 – Nov. 5: Albert Michnac (Mississauga Steelheads)
Oct. 23 – Oct. 29: Aaron Luchuk (Windsor Spitfires)
Oct. 16 – Oct. 22: Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)
Oct. 9 – Oct. 15: Brady Hinz (Sarnia Sting)
Oct. 2 – Oct. 8: Nick Suzuki (Owen Sound Attack)
Sept. 25 – Oct. 1: Jonathan Ang (Peterborough Petes)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 24: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)