AOHL will release monthly award winners throughout the season with honourable mentions. The award categories are as followed: Top 16-year-old, Top First Year Player, Dman, Goalie, overager and player of the month.
Player of the Month: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
DeBrincat had points in 10 of his 12 games during October, scoring 16 goals and adding seven assists. He had a five goal game vs Niagara on October 1 and a four goal game against the IceDogs a week later on October 9. DeBrincat is eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft and is following up his rookie season last year that saw him score 51 goals and 104 points as the OHL Rookie of the Year.
Honourable Mentions: London’s Christian Dvorak (12GP 6g 14a +12), London’s Mitchell Marner (12GP 8g 12a +13) and Ottawa’s Travis Konecny (11GP 4g 17a +7)
Dman of the Month: Santino Centorame (Owen Sound Attack)
It was a bit of a toss up for October’s top Dman with Owen Sound’s captain narrowly beating Flint’s Vili Saarijarvi. The main reason for giving Centorame the nod, the early season success of the Attack. Owen Sound started the season with two of their top blueliners injured with Damir Sharipzyanov and Thomas Schemitsch and were able to compete with some of the OHL’s top teams. Centorame was named team captain on November 3rd, after he scored three goals and added nine assists in 13 October games.
Honourable mentions: Flint’s Vili Saarijarvi (11GP 2g 9a +9), Niagara’s Vince Dunn (12GP 3g 6a -1), Kitchener’s Brian Brosnan (13GP 1g 4a +16) and Roland McKeown (11GP 2g 8a -3)
Goalie of the Month: Lucas Peressini (Kingston Frontenacs)
The reigning OHL Goalie of the year did not disappoint during the first full month of the 2015/2016 OHL season. Peressini was 7-1-0-0 with a 1.85GAA and a .944sv%. He stopped 354 of the 269 shots he faced during the month that saw the Nobleton, Ontario native win his final six games of the month. He also stopped all 35 shots he faced in a 1-0 overtime win over Oshawa on October 18 to record his first shut out of the season.
Honourable mentions: Kitchener’s Luke Opilka (7-0-1-0 2.10GAA .924sv% 1SO) and Erie’s Devin Williams (7-0-1-0 2.09GAA .927sv%)
Top First Year Player: Alexander Nylander (Mississauga Steelheads)
Eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft Nylander was a force in October, scoring nine goals and nine assists in 13 games. He was held off the scoresheet only twice during the month, and had six multi-point games to go along with a 10 game point streak. He was Mississauga’s 12th overall pick in the 2015 CHL Import Draft.
Honourable mentions: London’s Matthew Tkatchuk (12GP 3g 13a +11), London’s JJ Piccinich (10GP 8g 6a +10), Flint’s Vili Saarijarvi (11GP 2g 9a +9), Kitchener’s Luke Opilka (7-0-1-0 2.10GAA .924sv% 1SO) and Windsor’s Christian Fisher (12GP 6g 7a +7)
Top 16-year-old (born in 1999): Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
DiPietro only started four games during the month of October, but it was enough to earn him the month’s top 16-year-old. HE was impressive during those four starts with a 3-1 record with a 1.71GAA and .946sv%. He allowed just seven goals on 130 shots. With the goaltending situation sorted out in Windsor DiPietro will split duties with OA Garret Hughson and will surely see more starts now that he’s returned from the World U-17 Hockey Challenge in B.C.
Honourable mentions: Windsor’s Gabe Vilardi (11GP 7g 4a -1) and Sarnia’s Sasha Chmelevski (10GP 5g 2a +6 3GWG)
Overager of the Month: Stephen Harper (Hamilton Bulldogs)
It was a rough month for the politician Stephen Harper, but the same can’t be said for the Hamilton Bulldogs overager. Harper scored six goals and added seven assitsts to go with a +5 during the month. Harper, in his fifth season in the OHL, has split time between forward and defence during his career but has been used primarily up front by the Bulldogs this season. His versatility will garner some interest from contending teams at the trade deadline, and Harper has shown he can contribute offensively as well.
Honourable mentions: Barrie’s Kevin Lebanc (12GP 4g 11a +3), Peterborough’s Hunter Garlent (13GP 5g 11a +10), Lucas Peressini (7-1-0-0 1.85GAA .944sv% 1SO) and Kitchener’s Brian Brosnan (13GP 1g 4a +16)