You can’t deny the season Justin Brazeau had, topping the OHL with 61 goals and finishing second in the league with 113 points.
He was one of, if not the top offensive performers of the season, helping the New Liskeard native earn the OHL’s top overagers of the year award.
Brazeau finished his OHL career with an exclamation mark, scoring goals in nine of the Battalion’s final 11 games while the team was duking it out for the final playoff spot, scoring 13 goals and 23 points in the process. Although he had a first round exit, he finished his OHL career with the team that took a chance on him in the third round. At the end of the year he signed an ATO with the Toronto Marlies.
Despite those strong numbers, he was far from a lock to winning the award, rather his accomplishments highlighted what was a very strong year for overagers in the OHL.
For a majority of the season it seemed like Ottawa’s Tye Felhaber was a runaway candidate for OA of the year, but a combination of Felhaber slowing down from what was a ridiculous scoring pace, and Brazeau really turning things on down the stretch altered things.
Felhaber was scoring at a pace earlier in the season that had him threatening the 70-goal mark. That earned him a free agent contract with the Dallas Stars. He still finished the regular season with 59 goals and 109 points and has been lighting it up for this 67’s in the playoffs.
Those weren’t the only players enjoying their 20-year-old seasons.
Brandon Saigeon proved to be a solid pick up for Oshawa, he finished the season with 37 goals and 92 points and was instrumental in helping the Generals reach the Eastern Conference Finals. The Gens’ added Saigeon and Nicolas Mattinen from the Hamilton Bulldogs at the trade deadline. Mattinen also enjoyed a solid season offensively with 18 goals and 61 points.
Sticking with the Generals, only six OHLers scored more goals than Anthony Salinitri’s 48 this season, including a league-high seven short handed markers.
Sault Ste. Marie has a pair of overage Dmen in Mac Hollowell and Jordan Sambrook. Hollowell led all OHL blue liners with 24 goals and 77 points, helping him sign his entry level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs and should likely earn him the Max Max Kaminskey Trophy as the OHL’s top defencemen. Hollowel, who was drafted by the Leafs in 2018, joined the AHL’s Toronto Marlies when his OHL season came to an end.
Kevin Hancock, joined the 50 goals and 100 point club, playing most of the year with Owen Sound but capping off his fifth season with the London Knights.
Over in Sarnia, Mitch Eliot scored 17 goals and 55 points, leading a young Sting team and earning a free agent contract with the Vancouver Canucks.
Add Alan Lyszczarczyk, Kyle Maksimovich, Lucas Chiodo, and Keeghan Howdeshell and we may have witnessed one of the best OA-class In league history.