1. Ottawa 67’s have won a franchise record 16 games in a row, and haven’t lost back-to-back games since losses to London and Kitchener in early October. They also don’t let a bad start get them down, the 67’s are 8-1 when trailing after one period.
2. Marco Rossi has built on his impressive rookie season and is gaining steam ahead of the NHL draft. During the 67’s 16 game winning streak he has 21 goals and 21 assists. Joseph Garreffa has also been streaky, with 15 goals and 41 points during his 18 game points streak.
3. Noel Hoefenmayer has 15 goals and 35 assists in 35 games, with 50 points at roughly the midway points, he could be the first 100-point defensemen since Ryan Ellis hit the century mark in in 2010-11.
4. Speaking of the Spits, they sit first place in the Western Conference, there’s a lot to like in Windsor, and Trevor Letowski is likely my midseason pick for OHL coach of the year.
5. While I’m looking at midseason award winners, Jacob Ingham is my candidate for goalie of the year, and could likely get some Red Tilson votes as well. The Rangers team is much more dangerous with the Los Angeles Kings prospect between the pipes.
6. It’s been a rough year in North Bay, the wins have been few and far between and will likely miss the playoff for the second time since the team moved to North Bay in 2013. They’ve had a tough time closing out wins. In 11 games where the Battalion led after two periods, they won just five of those contests.
7. One bright spot in North Bay has been Luke Moncada, who has reached 20 goals for the first time in his career, and leads the OHL with six shorthanded goals.
8. Mississauga Steelheads have put some distance between themselves and missing the playoffs. The team has only two regulation losses in their last eight games, and are now nine points up on 9th place Kingston.
9. A big reason for their recent success was Cole Schwindt’s impressive month of December that saw him score a dozen goals and nine assists. In his other 26 games he has five goals and 14 assists.
10. It has been a breakout season for Robert Calisti up in the Soo. He has a pair of goals and seven points in 59 games last year. Through 39 games this season, he’s registered 12 goals and 31 points.
11. The Sarnia Sting have 15 wins this season, Ryan Roth scored the winner in a third of those games. He’s tied for the OHL-lead with six game winning goals, five of which came after his trade from Sault Ste. Marie to Sarnia. Peterborough’s Zach Gallant and Ottawa’s Michael Hoelsher have both scored six game winners as well.
12. Speaking of Zach Gallant, how valuable has he been for the Petes, hitting the 20-goal mark for the second time in his OHL career. His 556 faceoff wins are also most in the OHL, winning 59.5% of his draws.
13. Trades, trades, and more trades – it was a slow start to the week trade wise but things really started to pick up mid-week. General Managers will have some serious work today to much the amount of players and draft picks swapped at last years deadline. I’ll take a look at the biggest deals in next week’s Jakers Dozen.