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By The Numbers: Evaluating OHL Prospects With Split Stats

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As someone who scouts junior hockey, I like to gather as much information about prospects as possible to help form opinions, rankings, etc.

One thing I started doing a few years ago is splitting draft eligible’s seasons into two halves and comparing the production between the two.

Points aren’t everything, but they are important, and generally a player’s production can help illustrate how well said player is performing. Not to mention if a player isn’t producing much at the junior level it’s probably not realistic to expect them to do so in the NHL.

Another reason I started doing this, is that the NHL entry draft is sort of like a stock market. Prior years of performance factor in, but who is trending up or down the most often determines where a prospect goes come June.

For example, would you rather have a player who posted 40 points in 34 games during the 1st half and 25 in 34 games during the 2nd half, or someone who tallied 25 points in the first 34 games, and 40 in the latter half? Most will pick the guy who produced more in the 2nd half because – on top of recency bias – people want to add players whose progression is noticeable.

For added context, this year I also included shots and shooting percentage.

This helps illustrate if a player’s decrease in goal scoring, for example, is a result of bad luck or a lack of shots/looks. It also helps tell us if a player’s spike in production is due to riding unsustainably high percentages.

OHL Forwards (sorted by 1st half PPG)

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OHL Forwards (sorted by 2nd half PPG)

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OHL Defensemen (sorted by 1st half PPG)

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OHL Defensemen (sorted by 2nd half PPG)

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By The Numbers: Evaluating Prospects With Advanced Stats

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Intro

Analytics in hockey have been growing rapidly over the last few years but there’s still a long way to go – particularly in junior hockey and with prospects.

While there are some good websites (notably CHLStats.com) out there that provide more insight into what really is going on in the prospect world, there is essentially nothing available when it comes to underlying numbers on a game-by-game basis at the CHL and NCAA levels.

When I’m not scouting in a rink I often find myself watching junior hockey on TV whenever the opportunity presents itself. Since I’d watch a lot of games, anyway, I decided to start tracking numbers for prospects in the games televised.

Unfortunately it’s a very time consuming process so I only tracked a handful of players per game.

I didn’t start doing this until midway through the season so I missed the opportunity to track a good chunk of games, however, I tracked a fair amount in the latter half of the season and throughout the CHL playoffs.

What Can This Tell Us?

While there isn’t enough data available to make any dramatic conclusions, this can help give us an idea of how Player Y was utilized by his team, Player Y’s ability to drive play up ice and why Player Y produced as much/as little as they did.

For example, it’s tougher for a player with a lot of defensive zone starts to produce offense than a player who regularly starts in the offensive zone. If Player Y is being spoon fed defensive zone starts his ability to put up points is being hindered.

In terms of zone entries if a player gained the line with possession 20 out of 25 times it’s probably a reasonable bet to assume he’s normally good through the neutral zone.

Notes & Numbers

A couple notes before presenting the data:

– These numbers include all even-strength play (i.e. 5 v 5, 4 v 4, etc.).

– I sorted by league to make all the data easier to navigate.

– I didn’t combine international hockey to a player’s numbers in North America due to different levels of competition, larger ice surfaces, etc.

– Memorial Cup numbers have been added to a player’s league numbers since the level of competition is very similar. That means Leon Draisaitl’s numbers, for example, include what he did against WHL teams as well as what he did at the Memorial Cup against OHL/QMJHL teams.

– SAF and SAA are shot attempts for and against. OZS, NZS, and DZS are offensive, neutral and defensive zone starts. CE are controlled entries and EA are entry attempts.

Without further ado here are the zone start, zone entry and shot attempt numbers from the 2014-15 season for many of the top prospects in North America.

OHL

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WHL

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QMJHL

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NCAA

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World Hockey Championships

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Under 18’s

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By The Numbers: Oshawa Generals vs Erie Otters – May 15, 2015

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The Oshawa Generals hosted the Erie Otters in Game 5 of the OHL Final looking to advance to the Memorial Cup with a win, and they did just that.

After allowing the game’s 1st goal, Oshawa scored six of the next seven en route to a 6-2 win over the Otters.

Oshawa doesn’t have any high profile draft eligible forwards (they’re easier to track on TV) so I tracked Islanders prospect Michael Dal Colle for the Generals, as well as Connor McDavid, Dylan Strome and 2016 draft eligible Alex DeBrincat off the Otters.

Zone Starts

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The Generals are a big, powerful team and they don’t have a lot of guys that can drive play up ice and dominate through the neutral zone. Michael Dal Colle is one of the guys they have that can do that, which probably factored into why he started so many shifts outside of the offensive zone despite being the team’s leading scorer (in goals and points).

Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome and Connor McDavid are Erie’s three best offensive talents. This was an elimination game and Erie trailed for the final 39 minutes. They carried play for much of that time so naturally these three were spoon fed offensive zone starts.

Zone Entries

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Dal Colle didn’t have as many entry attempts as you’d expect someone with so many zone starts outside of the offensive zone, but he was perfect in his four attempts.

Oshawa is a very big, strong team and DeBrincat is an undersized player who is barely 17 years old. Oshawa’s game plan seemed to be to stand him up at the line and separate him from the puck. They did that well.

Strome failed to gain the line in two of his first three attempts. He then rallied off nine consecutive successful zone entries. He put forth by far the best neutral zone performance I’ve seen from him.

McDavid was once again dominant through the neutral zone. He plays the game at such a high pace that basically forces defenders to back off.

Shot Attempts

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Dal Colle struggled in possession in this game, but when you take into account score effects – Oshawa was defending a lead the final 39 minutes – and that he started 19 of 22 shifts outside the offensive zone it’s hard to expect much more.

DeBrincat wasn’t great through the neutral zone and he was spoon fed offensive zone starts, but his numbers were still impressive in this game. When he was on the ice much of the action was in Oshawa’s end.

Strome was excellent in this game. He created chances almost every shift and was exceptional through the neutral zone.

McDavid had a pretty good game for someone who was ‘shut down’. It didn’t reflect on the scoresheet – he had just one point and was on for a few goals against – but when he was on the ice Erie had a much larger portion of the shot attempts and scoring chances. McDavid was also dominant through the neutral zone. He didn’t get the result he wanted, but he was very good in what was his final game in the OHL.

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By The Numbers: Soo Greyhounds vs Erie Otters – May 2, 2015

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After dropping Game 5 in Sault Ste. Marie, the Erie Otters had another opportunity to put the Greyhounds away – this time at home.

They did just that, as Connor McDavid went off tallying five points in a 7-3 win.

As I did in Game 4 and Game 5, I tracked numbers for McDavid and Dylan Strome off Erie, as well as Blake Speers and Zach Senyshyn off SSM.

Zone Starts

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The zone starts numbers were much lower than you’d normally see because there was a lot of special teams play, so it was tough to decipher if Player X was starting in Zone Y because a) the coaching staff wanted them on the ice in that situation or; b) the coaching staff just needed to get them on the ice.

Zone Entries

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Strome didn’t have many carry-ins, but was successful in his limited attempts at evens.

McDavid was once again a beast through the neutral zone. When he gets going he’s nearly impossible to stop, and if you try and meet him at the line he can pull a rabbit out of his like this.

Senyshyn saw limited ice, but showed the ability to carry the puck into the offensive zone with possession. He’s an excellent skater, and generates good speed through the neutral zone, which forces the defense to back off.

Speers also showed the ability to drive play up ice. That’s probably why he has started 50% or less of his shifts in the offensive zone in all three games I tracked from this series.

Shot Attempts

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Strome had a very low-event game considering how many minutes he played. SSM won the shot attempt battle when he was on the ice, however, he started a good chunk of his shifts in the neutral zone, which is certainly a factor.

McDavid wasn’t dominant in terms of possession, but he still fared pretty well in that regard. Playing primarily against Darnell Nurse he came out basically even in the shot attempt battle against a stacked team desperate for a win. He was also perfect through the neutral zone and tallied five points on seven goals.

Senyshyn didn’t play a lot, but generally good things happened when he was on the ice. He had a few successful carry-ins, which led to several shot attempts.

Speers fared very well in possession. Erie is an excellent team, obviously, and he finished close to 70% in possession despite starting as many shifts in the defensive zone as in the offensive zone.

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By The Numbers: Soo Greyhounds vs Erie Otters – April 30, 2015

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The Erie Otters entered Game 5 against the Soo Greyhounds with a chance to knock out the favorite – the Greyhounds are the No. 1 ranked team in the CHL – but were unsuccessful in their attempt to do so.

As was the case Game 4, I tracked Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome for Erie, while I did the same for Blake Speers and Zach Senyshyn off SSM.

Score: 4-2 SSM (ENG)

Zone Starts

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Dylan Strome was used primarily for defensive zone faceoffs early on, but started more shifts in the offensive zone late in the 3rd while Erie was trying to tie the game.

It was clear Erie’s coaching staff wanted to make things as easy on Connor McDavid as possible. He’s still Connor McDavid and is capable of driving play up ice against anyone, but it’s a lot tougher when you’re playing against Darnell Nurse and have guys like Nick Ritchie hunting you down from behind in the neutral zone.

Zach Senyshyn really didn’t play much in this one.

Blake Speers is another guy who is pretty good at driving play up ice, so starting him outside of the offensive zone is not an issue.

Zone Entries

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As is often the case with Strome, he showed the ability to drive play up ice but didn’t do it all that often. Playing with a guy like Alex DeBrincat, who is also good through the neutral zone, takes some of the load off of him.

McDavid wasn’t as dominant through the neutral zone as he was in Game 4, however, he was still darn good — especially when you factor in who he was playing against. He’s almost impossible to contain with the dynamic skating ability he possesses.

Senyshyn and, to a much lesser extent, Speers didn’t play a lot so naturally their zone entry attempts were low. They made the most of them, though, combining to go 3-for-3.

Shot Attempts

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Once again Strome fared poorly in possession. Soo dominated from start to finish and he saw a good chunk of ice. His numbers reflect that.

McDavid coming out at 50% in this game is pretty ridiculous. He was spoon fed offensive zone (and neutral zone) starts, but he played against some of the best players the league has to offer and still came out even in a game where Soo outshot Erie significantly.

Senyshyn didn’t really play much and spent one of his few shifts caught in his own zone, so his numbers aren’t very good.

Lastly, Speers played a real solid game. He didn’t start one shift in the offensive zone and came out at 57% possession against a very good team. That’s tough to do.

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By The Numbers: Soo Greyhounds vs Erie Otters – April 28, 2015

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The Erie Otters were hosting the Soo Greyhounds on Tuesday night looking to grab a commanding 3-1 series lead before heading back to the Soo for Game 5.

Both teams are stacked from top-to-bottom and loaded with NHL prospects, but I decided to stick with draft eligibles in this one.

For Erie I tracked Connor McDavid and Dylan Strome, while I did the same for Blake Speers and Zach Senyshyn off SSM.

Score: 7-5 Erie.

Zone Starts

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Dylan Strome and Connor McDavid are arguably the two best players in the OHL, and they are quite capable of playing at either of the rink. I think the zone starts reflect that, as Erie didn’t seem too adamant about starting them in offensive situations.

Zach Senyshyn and Blake Speers are both very good players who play primarily in Soo’s bottom-6 because their absurdly balanced and talented lines. Head coach Sheldon Keefe has skilled players on all four lines, so I don’t think he was overly concerned with matchups besides getting Darnell Nurse out against McDavid.

Zone Entries

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Storm showed the ability to gain the line with possession, however, he wasn’t the go-to-guy on his line in that regard, as 2016 eligible Alex DeBrincat seemed to carry that load.

McDavid was dominant through the neutral zone. He possesses elite speed and high-end acceleration, which forced Soo’s defense to back off and respect him. That shows in the results.

Senyshyn is a real good skater who also showed the ability to safely carry the puck into the offensive zone. He didn’t play a ton – though he did take a few shifts with Nick Ritchie on the top line – but did well in his small sample.

Speers didn’t play a ton and started 50% of his shifts in the offensive zone, so he didn’t have many carry-in opportunities. He made the most of what he did have, though.

Shot Attempts

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Strome was on the ice for five shot attempts against on his first shift and he never really recovered. He blocked some shots defensively and did a good job of limiting the chances Erie allowed when he was on the ice, however, it still wasn’t a good even-strength performance. He helped make up for that with strong special teams play, as he scored a goal and tallied an assist on the man advantage.

McDavid didn’t have a great game in terms of possession, but he spent most of his time playing against a) Nick Ritchie’s line and; b) Darnell Nurse’s defense pairing. Those are tough matchups for anyone, and McDavid still came out almost even in possession while dominating through the neutral zone and recording four assists — including a beauty to Alex DeBrincat.

Senyshyn started just two of nine shifts in the offensive zone, and still did exceptionally well in possession. He showed why he’s rising up a lot of draft boards.

Speers had a really good game. He didn’t get on the scoresheet, but he created several chances throughout, and SSM carried play when he was no the ice.

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By The Numbers: Erie Otters vs London Knights – April 14, 2015

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Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters were in London to take on the Mitch Marner-less Knights in hopes of completing the sweep, and advancing to the Western Conference final.

With Marner out of the lineup, the lone Knight I tracked was Max Domi (Coyotes) while I kept my eye on a pair of draft eligibles centers in McDavid and Dylan Strome for Erie, as well as 2016 draft eligible winger Alex DeBrincat.

Final score: 4-2 Erie.

Zone Starts

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Alex DeBrincat played primarily on a line with Dylan Strome so their numbers were very similar. That said, when Erie was defending the lead Strome had a couple defensive zone starts without DeBrincat by his side, which explains the difference.

Connor McDavid and Max Domi went head-to-head the entire game – there were only a couple shifts they weren’t matched against each other – which is why their numbers are almost the exact opposite. McDavid had more offensive zone starts early, but when London was pressing late to tie it Domi was able to get some offensive zone starts in.

Zone Entries

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DeBrincat didn’t have a ton of entry attempts because a) Strome took some of them and; b) he didn’t start many shifts outside of the offensive zone, but he certainly showed the ability to gain the line with possession. He’s a very quick, shifty player so London’s defenders regularly backed off to ensure he didn’t blow by them.

Strome wasn’t dynamite through the neutral zone, but he also showed the ability to safely carry the puck into the offensive zone. His lone failure was when he was trying to accept a pass in stride and he was poke checked in the process.

A lot of McDavid’s shifts started on the fly so he had more entry attempts than Strome and DeBrincat despite similar zone start numbers. The offense runs through McDavid when he’s on the ice – as it should – and because of his high-end speed and pace London’s gaps were loose, and this was the result.

It wasn’t hard to see why Dale Hunter was confident matching Domi up against McDavid regardless of where his shifts started. Domi plays with such great pace, and is a dynamic skater, which makes him very effective carrying the puck up ice. He put forth a dominant neutral zone effort and made it look easy at times.

Shot Attempts

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DeBrincat started 70% of his shifts in the offensive zone, and played on a line with Dylan Strome, while avoiding London’s best defense pairing/forward line on a regular basis so it was less than surprising to see him post these numbers. Still, it was a good performance from him — he did what he was supposed to do.

I was really impressive with Strome’s game. He took a couple extra shifts away from DeBrincat in defensive situations, and still dominated in possession while tallying a goal, an assist, and getting sucker punched.

For a big name like McDavid you’d expect better numbers, but 50% is hardly a disappointing effort when you factor in a) he was playing against London’s best forward line in Domi, Christian Dvorak (Coyotes) and Matt Rupert, as well as London’s top defense pairing. I think a big part of the reason he didn’t come out higher in possession was that almost every time London gained possession of the puck Domi was safely carry it into the offensive zone, which led to a barrage of shot attempts.

Domi put forth an impressive performance in what will go down as his final junior game. Playing primarily against McDavid’s line he came out above 50% in possession, dominated through the neutral zone, and scored one of London’s two goals.

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By The Numbers: Oshawa Generals vs Peterborough Petes – March 27, 2015

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The No. 1 ranked Oshawa Generals started their quest for an OHL title – and Memorial Cup appearance – on Friday when they hosted the Peterborough Petes.

While the Petes are hardly equal on paper, this is one of the best rivalries in junior hockey, and Game 1 did not disappoint in terms of entertainment.

Oshawa certainly has more notable players, so I tracked three Generals and just one Pete. For Oshawa I kept my eyes on prized Islanders forward prospect Michael Dal Colle, as well as draft eligible forward Anthony Cirelli, and draft eligible defensemen – and potential 1st round pick – Mitch Vande Sompel. For Peterborough I tracked draft eligible defensemen Matt Spencer.

Final score: 7-2 Oshawa

Zone Starts

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Anthony Cirelli is one of the younger players on Oshawa, but he is trusted by head coach D.J. Smith. His defensive zone start totals weren’t high because the Generals dominated this game, but starting eight of nine shifts outside of the offensive zone helps illustrate Smith’s confidence in Cirelli’s two-way play.

Michael Dal Colle is one of the best offensive talents in the CHL, so naturally he was given a decent chunk of offensive zone starts. Dal Colle was given more defensive zone starts late, as Peterborough played Oshawa pretty even in the 3rd.

Mitch Vande Sompel is the best puck mover on Oshawa’s blue line – and was the CHL’s points per game leader among draft eligible defensemen in the regular season – so it was hardly a surprise to see him spoon fed offensive zone starts.

Matt Spencer started more shifts in the offensive zone than defensive zone, but I don’t think head coach Jody Hull was overly concerned with where he started his shifts.

Zone Entries

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Given he started 88% of his shifts outside of the offensive zone, it was surprising that Cirelli only had one entry attempt considering he is a good skater, and possesses solid puck skills.

Dal Colle didn’t have many entry attempts, either, but he made the most of them going perfect on the night. I don’t have the exact numbers, but I believe Sens prospect Tobias Lindberg did the heavy lifting in terms of zone entries for that line.

Vande Sompel jumped into the play regularly, but seemed more interested in distributing the puck to a winger at the line rather than carrying it in himself. Still, he showed the ability to do so.

Spencer’s Petes didn’t generate much offense at all, so Spencer took it into his own hands and tried to rush the puck up ice himself on a couple occasions.

Shot Attempts

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Cirelli’s ice time was somewhat limited, and he only had one offensive zone start, but he came out positive in terms of possession. I’m sure Oshawa is happy with that from their bottom-6.

Dal Colle was excellent in this game, and generated chances almost every time he was on the ice. I believe his line had 10 or 11 shot attempts for before they finally allowed one. He had three assists to go with his dominant possession numbers.

Vande Sompel was sheltered in terms of zone starts, and his possession numbers reflect that. He kept things moving in the right direction, though, and contributed a pair of points on the man advantage (one goal, one assist). It was a pretty solid game all things considered.

Spencer was matched up against Dal Colle’s line a lot early, but those two squared off less frequently as the game went on. Oshawa dominated the game from start to finish – they outshot Peterborough 41-20 – so to come out almost even in possession is rather impressive.

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2015 NHL Draft Eligibles: OHL Split Stats – Part Three

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In the third and final part of this mini-series, I’ll be posting split stats for the highest-scoring (and rated) draft eligible defensemen from the OHL.

All of these guys will be – or have the potential to be – chosen in the top three rounds of this year’s draft, so I decided to put them in the same tier.

As I said while charting split stats for the first and second tier of OHL forwards, there is more to the game than points. That said, the goal of hockey is to outscore the opposition, and generally points can help illustrate how well a player is performing, especially over a relatively solid sample size (ranging mostly from 30-34 games per half).

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Rasmus Andersson had a whale of a year for the Barrie Colts. They’re a very high scoring team and had three players record 100+ points (Joseph Blandisi – NJ, Kevin Labanc – SJ, Andrew Mangiapane – 2nd year eligible) as well as an additional 40-goal scorer (Brendan Lemieux – WPG) but Andersson was a big reason why, playing 20+ minutes a night, and quarterbacking the top PP unit. He wasn’t great out of the gate – playing his first year of North American hockey is likely a reason for that – but the adjustment period didn’t last too long, and he started to pile up the points relatively early. He carried that on in the 2nd half, and actually upped his production en route to a 64-point campaign.

Mitch Vande Sompel posted the exact same splits while averaging over a point per game all season. He’s a very good skater and is an excellent puck mover, but he did play some games as a top-6 center this year, and also played some forward on the penalty kill, so he’s certainly a little different than the rest of these guys.

Like the rest of the Niagara IceDogs, Vince Dunn was significantly better in the 2nd half than the 1st. By that point Josh Ho-Sang (NYI) had settled in and Brendan Perlini (ARI) returned from injury, but Dunn certainly didn’t just leech off them. He possesses excellent offensive skills, and based off several live viewings – and a recent game I tracked – he can create his own offense.

Kyle Capobianco played for a horrid Sudbury team that won just 12 of their 68 games. He slowed down a little in the 2nd half, but I think that can be attributed to an already low-scoring team trading one of their best offensive players in overage forward Nathan Pancel, among others.

Travis Dermott saw a bit of a spike in production during the latter half of the season. Why? A few factors, I think. Acquiring forwards Nick Baptiste (BUF), Remi Elie (DAL) and Jake Marchment (LAK) certainly didn’t hurt his cause. Neither did Connor McDavid returning from injury/the World Juniors.

Thomas Schemitsch’s point totals went up a little in the 2nd half, but really he was pretty consistent throughout the year. Owen Sound didn’t alter their team too much, and he’s been settled into a top-4 role since Day 1, so there wasn’t really any reason to expect a big jump.

Matt Spencer’s production dipped a fair bit in the 2nd half. He plays for a highly mediocre Peterborough Petes team that traded their best player in Nick Ritchie (ANA) – though they did bring in some offense in Pancel – which certainly didn’t help his cause, but I expected more from him.

Gustav Bouramman posted identical splits in the 1st half and 2nd half. Generally you like to see a player’s production improve as the year goes on, but the Soo Greyhounds acquired arguably the best offensive defenseman in the league in Anthony DeAngelo (TB), as well as overage defenseman Connor Boland, which likely took away from some of his minutes (much more so DeAngelo than Boland, but…). All things considered he had a solid season.

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2015 NHL Draft Eligibles: OHL Split Stats – Part Two

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With the OHL regular season recently coming to a close, I looked at the highest scoring draft eligible forwards the league has to offer, and charted their season splits (production in 1st half v 2nd half).

As I mentioned in that post, there is a lot that goes into a player’s performance – usage, linemates, playing through injuries, etc. – and there is more to a player’s game than just points, but those totals give you a good idea of how a player is performing.

In the first part of this mini-series I looked at the top tier of OHL draft eligible forwards in terms of point production. That group included the OHL’s three leading scorers in Connor McDavid, Dylan Strome, Mitch Marner, and a plethora of others producing at a point per game clip (or close to it).

To be fair to the rest of the group that didn’t produce as much due to usage, being lower on the depth chart, etc. I separated the next tier so we’re not comparing apples to oranges.

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Playing for a very young team that doesn’t score much, Mitch Stephens did some nice things in the 2nd half of the season. He’s pretty highly regarded by most for his defensive work, so those point totals go along with that nicely.

Graham Knott is a big, strong player who possesses skill and – like the Niagara IceDogs as a whole – he really took off in the 2nd half. With solid point totals and a 6’3′ frame he will attract plenty of interest leading up to the draft.

Zach Senyshyn is another player who had a strong 2nd half. Playing for a powerhouse team that loaded up at the deadline in acquiring Justin Bailey (BUF) and Nick Ritchie (ANA), among others, his ice time isn’t as high as it normally would be, and he has still produced at a high rate. He plays with good linemates (the team is so deep it’s impossible not to) and sees easier matchups, but his numbers are still impressive.

Gustaf Franzen started the year producing at a respectable rate, but his production rate decreased pretty significantly in the 2nd half. Kitchener doesn’t score a lot, and based off a few viewings – including a game I tracked – he’s asked to handle some pretty tough minutes, which would certainly factor in.

Jeremiah Addison has been pretty consistent throughout the year, but his numbers have gone up in the 2nd half. Generally he plays with either Travis Konecny or Dante Salituro – both draft eligible players averaging more than a point per game – so that certainly helps.

Unsurprisingly, David Miller’s production also increased in the 2nd half. He went from playing somewhat limited minutes on a stacked Greyhounds team to being one of Kitchener’s top offensive players, so naturally his numbers improved by a decent margin.

Trent Fox’s numbers were pretty similar in both halves. During the 1st half he played limited minutes with a high-powered Erie team, while in the 2nd half (after the trade to Belleville) he saw an increase in minutes, but on a team that struggles to put the puck in the net.

Jesse Barwell really elevated his game after being traded from Mississauga. He was one of the more talented forwards on the Steelheads, but for some reason never got consistent minutes, and he has flourished in Saginaw since getting a real opportunity.

Ethan Syzpula has been pretty consistent while playing limited minutes for Owen Sound, while Anthony Cirelli’s 2nd half production has decreased. As big of a factor as any would likely be the additions of forwards Michael McCarron (MTL) and Matt Mistele (LAK), among others.

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