3 Players to Watch this Weekend
A busy weekend lies ahead for the 67’s with three games in as many days, including back to back home games Saturday and Sunday. Sunday also happens to be the 67’s annual Teddy Bear Toss. While you’re at the Arena at TD Place this weekend make sure you keep an eye on these these three players. This week we have a World Junior player, an A rated NHL draft prospect and a prospect of the Minnesota Wild.
The younger cousin of Winnipeg Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers and younger brother to last year’s Denmark World Junior Team captain, Alexander True, Oliver True has some big shoes to fill. The 67’s second round selection in the 2017 import draft was named to Team Denmark’s roster for the upcoming World Junior hockey tournament in Buffalo. The 6’2″ Dane may only have seven points in 27 games so far this year but he has impressed the Danish staff enough to earn a spot on a World Junior roster at the age of 17, a tournament typically reserved for 18 and 19 year olds. True shows promise as a young forward and has performed highlight reel plays this season like the one seen here. This will be your last look at True before the World Junior’s so keep an eye on him this weekend.
Akil Thomas has been performing well during his draft year. The projected top 20 pick in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft is currently averaging more than a point per game with 30 points in 28 games. The 5’11” centreman is cementing himself as a reliable playmaker this season with 73% of his points coming from assists. Thomas is linked with 67’s defenceman Kevin Bahl as the two were teammates and gold medalists on Team Canada during last year’s Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Rated as an A prospect by NHL Central Scouting, Thomas is certainly a player to watch this weekend.
Dimitry Sokolov has been Sudbury’s best player so far this season. Sudbury’s first round (3rd overall) selection in the 2015 import draft is currently producing at a 1.14 point per game pace this year with 32 points in 28 games. The Russian born winger is well rounded in the offensive zone with an even split of goals and assists with 16 apiece. The Minnesota Wild prospect was also called upon to represent his country during the 2017 CIBC Canada/Russia Series last month scoring a goal and an assist in two games.