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OHL talent on display at NHL Prospect Tournaments

 

A total of 153 OHL players attended NHL Rookie Camps this past weekend. With seven prospect tournaments taking place across the continent, here is a look at some of the League’s standout performers.

NHL Rookie Faceoff (San Jose, CA)

Participating Teams: Anaheim, Arizona, Colorado, Los Angeles, San Jose, and Vegas

Barrie Colts captain Brandt Clarke played his first games in a Kings jersey and showed LA fans what he’s capable of. The defenceman set up both of the team’s goals in the opening game, including this assist through traffic to Francesco Pinelli:

In his second game, Clarke picked up two more assists and the shootout winner:

After missing last year’s Rookie Camp through illness, Clarke was one of LA’s best players this time around. He was deployed in all situations on the point, playing big minutes and dictating play for the Kings.

The Colorado Avalanche had a trio of players with OHL ties stand out in San Jose. Jean-Luc Foudy, Oskar Olausson, and invitee Brady Stonehouse all had a pair of goals for the reigning Stanley Cup champs.

NHL  Prospects Tournament (Traverse City, MI)

Participating teams: Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, St. Louis, and Toronto

London Knights forward Antonio Stranges was the standout representative from the OHL in Michigan. The Stars’ 2020 fourth-round pick finished the tournament with five points in three games, including a two-goal, one-assist effort in a 5-4 win over Detroit.

Stranges’ teammate Landon Sim also enjoyed a strong outing in Traverse City, leading St. Louis in scoring. The 2022 sixth-round pick was outstanding in the Blues’ 8-3 win over Toronto, registering a pair of goals and assists.

Flint Firebirds forward Riley Piercey had perhaps the best individual outing in Michigan, lighting the lamp four times in a 5-2 win over Columbus. It was the first four-goal game of his career. The invitee would add another goal against the Maple Leafs and earn an invite to main camp as a result.

 

Prospects Challenge (Buffalo, NY) 

Participating teams: Boston, Buffalo, Montreal, New Jersey, Ottawa, and Pittsburgh

2022 first-round pick Owen Beck impressed in his first Rookie Camp with Montreal, operating as the Canadiens’ top-line pivot and showing off his 200-foot game.

The Mississauga Steelheads star scored in the first two games of the tournament, including this tidy finish while falling:

Young Stars Classic (Penticton, BC)

Participating teams: Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Winnipeg

North Bay Batallion goaltender Domenic DiVincentiis built upon a strong OHL rookie campaign with a solid showing on the West Coast. The Jets’ 2022 seventh-round pick stopped 44 of 47 shots in a 5-3 win over the Flames. He will remain out West for the team’s main training camp.

Prospect Showcase (Raleigh, NC)

Participating teams: Carolina, Florida, Nashville, and Tampa Bay

After scoring in his pre-season home debut for Sarnia, Sting winger Sandis Vilmanis scored in his first two games at the Prospect Showcase. Florida’s fifth-round pick in this year’s draft also picked up an assist off this cheeky feed in a 6-1 win over Carolina:

The Latvian forward will join the Panthers’ main camp this week.

Tom Kurvers Prospect Showcase (Chicago, IL)

Participating teams: Chicago and Minnesota

Steelheads captain Ethan Del Mastro had a dominant two-way display in Chicago’s 5-0 win over Minnesota. He helped to nullify the Wild’s offence while also stepping up to the net and scoring at the other end:

2022 Rookie Series (Allentown, PA)

Participating teams: Philadelphia and NY Rangers

World Junior gold medalist Tyson Foerster earned first-star honours for the Philadelphia Flyers in the opening game, scoring the overtime winner:

The Barrie Colts winger followed up on his impressive performance with another solid outing for the Flyers, setting up a goal in a 5-1 victory.

 

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