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. Here’s a list of the October AOHL Award Winners.
Player of the Month: Christian Dvorak (London Knights)
– 10GP 16G 14A 30Pts +7 4GWG –
A number of players were worthy of this award but Dvorak’s 16 goals (four game winners) and 30 points sets him apart from the rest. The Knights scored a league high 57 goals in 10 November games, winning all but two contests. Dvorak led a high powered offence that scored nine or more goals on three occasions during the month. The Arizona Coyotes prospect is looking to build on his 109 point season last year that saw him score 41 goals. He’s scored 25 in 25 games this season and is one of eight OHLers at USA Hockey’s WJC selection camp. Dvorak was an honourable mention for the award in October.
Honourable Mentions: London’s Mitchell Marner (10GP 7G 20A 27Pts +6), Erie’s Dylan Strome (12GP 10G 21A 31Pts +3 2GWG) and Erie’s Alex DeBrincat (12GP 14G 13A 27Pts +5 3GWG)
Past winners: October – Alex DeBrincat (Erie)
Dman of the Month: Travis Dermott (Erie Otters)
– 12GP 1G 14A 15Pts +6 –
An impressive month of November for the Toronto Maple Leafs second rounder that saw him score a goal and add 14 assists in a dozen games. Dermott had a pair of three assist games and also a 4 assist outing against Oshawa. He led Erie to an OHL-best 11 wins in Novemeber. Dermott is one of 13 OHLers who were invited to Canada’s WJC selection camp.
Honourable mentions: London’s Olli Juolevi (10GP 1G 9A 10Pts +9) and Niagara’s Vince Dunn (11GP 4G 8A 12Pts -1)
Past winners: October – Santino Centorame (Owen Sound)
Goalie of the Month: Mackenzie Blackwood (Barrie Colts)
– 10GP 8-2-0 2.00GAA .942sv% 1SO 328shots –
Its hard to argue against Mackenzie Blackwood’s performance during the month of November, posting a 8-2-0 record with a 2.00GAA and .942sv%. What’s most impressive for Blackwood was like his workload, more often than not facing 30+ shots in the Barrie net, facing 328 during his 10 November starts. Blackwood will be with Canada at the World Juniors.
Honourable mentions: Ottawa’s Leo Lazarev (9GP 6-2-0 1.99GAA .927sv% 1SO 234shots) and Flint’s Alex Nedeljkovic (10GP 6-3-1 2.87GAA .919sv% 1SO 356shots)
Past winners: October – Lucas Peressini (Kingston)
Top First Year Player: Matthew Tkachuk (London Knights)
– 10GP 7G 18A 25Pts +6 1GWG –
Although Tkachuk is not considered a rookie by OHL standards, he was the top first year player during the month of November. His 35 assists through the first two months of the season is more than any other player in the league. Playing on a high powered London team does help his cause, but Tkachuk has adjusted seamlessly to the OHL, something that is typically no easy task for players looking to make the jump from the USHL or USA Hockey’s Development Program. Tkachuk was an honourable mention for the award in October. Tkachuk will be joining his London teammate Christian Dvorak at WJC camp with USA Hockey
Honourable mentions: Mississauga’s Alexander Nylander (13GP 7G 11A 18Pts +7 1GWG) and London’s Olli Juolevi (10GP 1G 9A 10Pts +9)
Past winners: October – Alexander Nylander (Mississauga)
Top 16-year-old (born in 1999): Jason Robertson (Kingston Frontenacs)
– 9GP 4G 4A 8Pts +3 1GWG –
After registering just two points through his first 10 OHL games Robertson seemed to find his scoring touch during the month of November. The fourth round pick out of the Don Mills Flyers organization scored four goals in his final four games of the month. It wasn’t an easy call to give Robertson the nod over Lodnia and Keating but the fact he was a fourth rounder and continues to play big minutes for Paul McFarland’s hockey club speaks to his development over the first few months of the season.
Honourable mentions: Erie’s Vanya Lodnia (10GP 6G 4A 10Pts -2 2GWG) and Ottawa’s Austen Keating (8GP 3G 3A 6Pts +1 1GWG)
Past winners: October – Michael DiPietro (Windsor)
Overager of the Month: Sam Studnika (Ottawa 67’s)
– 9GP 4G 6A 10Pts +2 1GWG –
Studnika will continue to play a major role in the success of the 67’s, much like he did in November. With the majority of focus on captain Travis Konecny and Dante Salituro, Studnika has an opportunity to fly under the radar a bit. The Tecumseh native is good in both ends of the ice and winds more faceoffs than he losses. His 12 goals this season are tied for second on the team, and is just six shy over his career high from last season. He’s played well over 200 games over five seasons with Ottawa and Windsor.
Honourable mentions: London’s Aaron Berisha (10GP 6G 4A 10Pts +6) and Hamilton’s Stephen Harper (12GP 6G 5A 11Pts -4)
Past winners: October – Stephen Harper (Hamilton)