The Ottawa 67’s return to TD Place after many weekends on the road. The Barber Poles host their division rival the Oshawa Generals for the second of eight match ups this season. With two teams loaded with talent, it was tough to narrow down just three players but here’s who you need to keep an eye on for this mid-week contest.
Sam Bitten – Ottawa 67’s
Sam had a tough start coming off his first full OHL season. The 18 year old managed only one point in the first 17 games of the season. However, Bitten has turned it around and over his last eight games he’s tallied 11 points, six in his last two games. On Friday night he picked up a pair of goals for his second career multi-goal game. He followed that up on Sunday with yet another multi-goal game and a career high four point effort. When second line winger Graeme Clarke went down with an injury, Coach Tourigny was quick to say that Sam was the next player in line to step into the top six and he has fit in right in with new line mates Sasha Chmelevski and Kody Clark.
Sasha Chmelevski – Ottawa 67’s
Sam Bitten’s line mate Sasha Chmelevski has also been on a tear lately. The San Jose Sharks prospect signed his entry-level contract with the club this past spring and even got into the lineup for a pre-season game this year where he scored his first career NHL pre-season goal. Chmelevski is currently averaging over a point per game with 24 in 23 outings and has nine points in his last four games. This season Sasha has adopted more of a play making role with 17 helpers so far. That being said, he led the Barber Poles in goals last season with 35. Chmelevski is a threat in the offensive zone, he can burn you with his shot or his pass.
Jack Studnicka – Oshawa Generals
The younger brother of former 67’s assistant captain Sam Studnicka, Jack is a standout for the Generals. Captain of the club and their leader in points he leads both in the dressing room and on the ice. A play maker for Oshawa, Studnicka has 20 assists in 21 games so far this season and has 7 points in his last three games. A Boston Bruins prospect, Jack spent time with the big club during the preseason and traveled to China with the team for the 2018 NHL China Games. While there, Studnicka had some talented line mates in Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak, he recorded one assist.
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