Around The OHL is bringing back the FRIDAY FIVE!!!
Every Friday, Editor Jake Jeffrey will highlight a group of five OHL graduates, and what they are up to now. Some week’s will have themes, some wont.
This week, a look at five players who played in the OHL last season, who are certainly enjoying their first full season of pro hockey in the AHL.
Owen Tippet – Florida Panthers (Mississauga Steelheads/Saginaw Spirit)
A prolific scorer in junior, Tippet has kept up that trend in his first season of pro hockey. Following up four years in the OHL, where he scored 128 goals and 244 points, the Panthers’ 10th overall pick in 2017 has 10 goals and 40 points in 46 games. He is 7th in AHL rookie scoring despite being out of the Thunderbirds line up since the end of January.
Tippet played seven games with the Florida Panthers to start the 2017-18 season, even scoring his first NHL goal before heading back to junior.
Jason Robertson – Texas Stars (Kingston Frontenacs/Niagara IceDogs)
Robertson scored 40 or more goals in three of his four OHL seasons, and he’s carried that scoring touch into the pro game. He has 23 goals and 41 points with the Texas Stars, and earned a three-game call up with Dallas Stars.
A second round pick by the Stars in 2017, Robertson finished his OHL career with 149 goals and 317 points in 252 games.
Alex Formenton – Belleville Senators (London Knights)
Formenton never scored 30 goals in the OHL, but is just four shy of that marker in his first pro season. With 26 goals and 52 points, Formenton sits second among rookies in those categories, behind teammate Josh Norris.
Although he hasn’t been up with the big club this year, he played nine games with Ottawa last season, and a single game during the 2017-18 season.
Originally an 11th round pick in the OHL, the Ottawa Senators scooped up the speedy forward in the second round of 2017.
Jack Studnicka – Providence Bruins (Oshawa Generals/Niagara IceDogs)
The former Oshawa General captain sits third in rookie scoring, with 22 goals and 46 points in 56 games with Providence. His play this season in the AHL has earned him an NHL call up, suiting up in a pair of games with the Boston Bruins.
A second round pick of the Bruins in 2017, Studnicka finished his OHL career with the Niagara IceDogs, scoring 24 goals in 30 games with the team.
Evan Bouchard – Bakersfield Condors (London Knights)
No OHL Dman had more goals or points than Bouchard during the 2017-18 season, and he won the Max Kaminsky trophy last year as the OHL’s most outstanding defenseman.
The “Bouch Bomb” has made a handful of appearances in the AHL this season, scoring 7 goals and 34 points with Bakersfield.
The Oilers drafted Bouchard 10th overall at the 2018 draft.
Joey Keane – Charlotte Checkers (London Knights/Barrie Colts)
Teammates with Bouchard in London at the tail end of last season, Joey Keane is tied for tenth in rookie scoring with Bouchard. Keane has nine goals and 34 this season, which he started with the HJardford Wolf Pack, and was later traded to the Charlotte Checkers.
Keane was passed over in the 2017 NHL draft, and was selected in the third round by the New York Rangers to following year after a break season with the Barrie Colts.