3 Players to Watch this Weekend
The Ottawa 67’s play two of their final three home games of the season this weekend. After traveling to Kingston Friday night the boys will return home for the second half of a home and home with the Frontenacs on Saturday afternoon and then welcome the Mississauga Steelheads on Sunday.
The Ottawa 67’s captain caught fire last weekend, scoring five points in three games and starting off on a goal streak with a goal in each game as well. The 7th round pick of the Colorado Avalanche in 2016 is having himself a career year in goals (17), assists (33), and points (50). The Avs prospect is also showing his grittier side setting a new carer high in penalty minutes with 85.
Despite only playing 26 games so far this season due to injury, Vilardi is still in the Top 5 in scoring on a stacked Frontenacs team. The 6’3”, 207 lbs centerman has 17 goals, 31 assists, and 48 points this season. Vilarid started the season with the Windsor Spitfires but due to his injury did not play a game with them and was sent to the Frontenacs in a blockbuster deal over the winter beak. Vilardi was a first round pick (11th overall) in last year’s NHL Entry Draft and found himself in NHL Trade Deadline discussions as he was a sought after prospect but the Kings were unwilling to budge on the 18 year old. Following the deadline, the Kings would sign Vilardi to a three-year entry level contract, doubling down on their belief in his potential as a future professional player.
Mississauga Steelheads defenceman Nicolas Hague is having himself quite the season. This past weekend Hague became the first defenceman in the OHL to score 30 goals in a single season since the 1999-2000 season. In the same game he also set a new franchise record for points by a defenceman in a single season with 66. The second round (34th overall) pick by the Las Vegas Golden Knights in last year’s NHL Entry Draft is having himself a career year and has signed a three year entry level deal with the club. A force in both the offensive and defensive zone, Hague is certainly a player to watch.