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Otters’ DeBrincat records third straight 50-goal season

Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat of the Erie Otters has cemented his status as an elite goal scorer in the annals of OHL history.

The 19-year-old winger scored twice and added an assist on Monday, joining Dale McCourt (HAM/STC, 1974-77) as the second player in OHL history and first in 40 years to put up three straight 50-goal seasons as the Otters edged the Oshawa Generals 4-3 on the road for their 14th straight win.

DeBrincat, who is the league’s first player to reach 50 goals this season, increases his season total to an OHL-leading 51 goals in addition to 56 assists and 107 points over 51 games with a plus/minus rating of plus-57. He follows up 51-goal campaigns in 2014-15 when he was named CHL and OHL Rookie of the Year as well as in 2015-16, helping the Otters earn Midwest Division titles both times.

The native of Farmington Hills, Mich. is one of three players in Otters history (Cory Pecker, Dane Fox) to score 50 goals in a season and recently became the eighth player in the league’s modern era to register three straight 100-point seasons. Other recent accomplishments include joining the OHL’s 300-point club on Feb. 11th and becoming the leading goal scorer in Erie Otters history on Feb. 3rd.

DeBrincat, who was Chicago’s second round (39th overall) pick in the 2016 NHL Draft last summer, needs just two goals to surpass Rob Schremp (MIS/LDN, 2002-06) as the leading American goal-scorer in OHL history.

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