Friday Five

Friday Five: Teams Who Rely On That ‘Go To’ Guy

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The OHL has no shortage of scoring, but typically you see a team rely on one or two lines for their offence.

Well, as this list shows, there are a few teams who look to one guy to carry the offensive workload. This isn’t to discredit these teams, because sometimes having one guy, is all it takes.

This list shows the guys who are leading their team in scoring by substantial margins. It doesn’t necessarily mean they are the only guys scoring or the only guys relied upon to score, but for whatever reason, they are responsible for a good chunk of their offence.

I have included how many goals the team has scored this season to illustrate just how important the individual is to his team’s offense, also how frequently the player is involved(%) in his team’s scoring.

NOTE: All stats are as of February 3, 2017:

Kitchener (183 goals for) – Adam Mascherin (30g  48a  78pts)
· points on 42.6% of Kitchener’s goals ·

Adam Mascherin of the Kitchener Rangers. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.No player is relied upon for his team’s offence more than Adam Mascherin. Before the Jeremy Bracco trade the two were one of the best one-two punches in the league, but since the trade Mascherin has been “the guy”, and then some. His 78 points are easily the highest total on the Rangers, with Joseph Garreffa’s 43 points coming in a distant second. Mascherin sits tied for second in OHL scoring. Bracco’s final game with Kitchener was before the World Juniors on December 11th, in the 17 games since Mascherin has 8 goals and 21 assists. Worth mentioning Bracco has nine points in his 11 games with Windsor.

Kingston (124 goals for) – Jason Robertson  (27g  25a  52pts)
· points on 41.9% of Kingston’s goals ·

Jason Robertson of the Kingston Frontenacs. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL ImagesNo OHL team has scored fewer goals than the Kingston Frontenacs, but noone us blaming sophomore forward Jason Robertson. He’s one of three players on the Front’s roster who’ve scored double digit goals. His 52 points lead the team in scoring, 18 points more than overage defenseman Stephen Desrocher.

Ottawa (159 goals for) – Artur Tyanulin  (18g  40a  58pts)
· points on 36.4% of Ottawa’s goals ·

Artur Tyanulin of the Ottawa 67's. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.Ottawa doesn’t rely on Tyanulin for scoring goals quite as much as some of the other teams on this list, he makes the cut because of his playmaking. Patrick White and Sasha Chmelevski have both scored 17, one less than Tyanulin, but his assists totals are nearly double those than the rest of the teams. That’s the main reason why his 58 points are 19 points higher than the next highest scorer.

Sarnia (181 goals for) – Jordan Kyrou  (21g  42a  63pts)
· points on 34.8% of Sarnia’s goals ·

Jordan Kyrou of the Sarnia Sting. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL ImagesWith both Pavel Zacha and Travis Konecny sticking with their NHL clubs, you knew Sarnia was going to have to rely on third year forward Jordan Kyrou to create a majority of their scoring. His case is similar to Tyanulin’s, with a hand full of guys scoring nearly as often as Kyou, but his assist totals set him apart. His 63 points are 21 points more than anyone else on the team.

Saginaw (151 goals for) – Hayden Hodgson  (29g  23a  52pts)
· points on 34.4% of Saginaw’s goals ·

Hayden Hodgson of the Saginaw Spirit. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.Saginaw is tied with Flint for the least amount of goals in the Western Conference, but without the career year for Hayden Hodgson, that number could have been much lower. Prior to this season, Hodgson had scored 49 goals (23 of which came in 2014-2015) in 227 career OHL games.  His 52 points is 15 more than the next highest Spirit forward, and he’s one of three players with double digit goals. He’d be my candidate for breakout performer of the year, which come to think of it would actually make a good ‘Friday Five’ down the road.

Honourable Mention:
Sault Ste Marie (200 goals for) – Bobby MacIntyre (20g  42a  62pts)
· points on 31% of Sault Ste. Marie’s goals ·

MacIntye doesn’t lead his team in goals, in fact his 20 goals are tied for fourth on the ‘Hounds. So why is he evened mentioned on this list? His 62 points is 20 more than any teammate and he has by far been the most consistent piece of Sault Ste. Marie’s offence this season.

Photos by Terry Wilson and Aaron Bell / OHL Images

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