CHL Top 10 Rankings
The Saint John’s Sea Dogs remained atop the CHL MasterCard Top 10 Rankings for the eighth straight week with a record of 45-5-1-2 through 19 weeks of play. The Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors (37-8-0-2), Niagara IceDogs (31-11-2-4), and Saginaw Spirit (32-13-3-1) sit first, seventh and ninth respectively in the rankings.
Among the honourable mentions are the Ottawa 67’s, who have posted a 31-15-1-1 record and are led by the OHL top scorer in Tyler Toffoli.
OHL Top Performers
Niagara IceDogs centre Ryan Strome has been named the OHL Player of the Month for January after scoring four goals and 22 assists in 13 games. The 17-year old recorded five three-point games and points in 11 of 13 games in January. Strome is ranked fifth overall by the International Scouting Services for the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.
Russian forward Nail Yakupov of the Sarnia Sting is the OHL’s rookie of the month, with eleven goals and eight assists in twelve games. He recorded an 11-game point streak, along with scoring his first hat trick during the stretch. Yakupov leads all OHL rookies with 35 goals and 70 points. It is his second time winning the honour this season after earning the top freshman of the month in October.
Ryan Ellis was named the top defenseman for the month of January – his second time this season – after notching four goals and 16 assists in 10 games. He continued his dominant play for the Windsor Spitfires upon returning home from the World Junior Championships over the holidays. Only two defenseman, Ellis and Kitchener’s Ryan Murphy, have won the top blue liner award through four months of play.
Mississauga Majors starting goaltender J.P. Anderson has been named the OHL’s top goaltender for the month of January, in which he posted a 6-0-0-1 record with a 1.30 goals against average and 0.941 save percentage. Anderson also had a stint with the San Jose Sharks in a one-game call up on January 22nd.
Ottawa 67’s forward and OHL overager Cody Lindsay was named the CHL player of the week for the week ending January 30th. His 26 goals and 48 points have helped Ottawa stay atop the OHL’s Eastern Division with 68 points.