The Ottawa 67’s host a pair of games this weekend starting Saturday against the Generals and then a big test on Sunday for the Military Appreciation Game when the revamped, red hot Saginaw Spirit role into town. There will be plenty of high end talent in the Nation’s Capital this weekend and here are three players you need to keep an eye on.
Kyle Maksimovich – Ottawa 67’s
Kyle Maksimovich is surpassing a milestone this weekend inside The Arena at TD Place. The veteran forward will play in his 300th career OHL game! Until recently being acquired by the 67’s Maksimovich played his entire junior career with the Erie Otters. Outside of his rookie campaign Kyle has been averaging more than a point per game year after year including a career high this season with 1.32. Kyle is third overall on team scoring and is only 17 points away from surpassing 300 career points. This overager is definitely one to watch this weekend.
Brandon Saigeon – Oshawa Generals
A career long member of the Hamilton Bulldogs/Belleville Bulls organization Saigeon will be rounding out his junior career with the Oshawa Generals. Acquired at the deadline this year Saigeon brings a ton of experience to the Generals. An OHL Champion, Top 10 scorer in the league, and Colorado Avalanche draft pick (2018, Round 5, 140) Saiegon is certainly a talented player having a career season. With over 25 games left this season Brandon is only seven points away from setting a new career high in points – in only 40 games this season he has put up 25 goals and 38 assists, a clip of 1.58 points per game. Since arriving in Oshawa, Saigeon hasn’t had a game where he hasn’t pick up at least a point with six points in his first five games (4G, 2A).
Owen Tippett – Saginaw Spirit
A former top 5 OHL pick, Tippett is fitting in nicely with the red hot Saginaw Club. A top 10 NHL draft pick (Florida, 2017) Owen is one of the best pure goal scorers in the OHL. So far in 30 games this season he’s tallied 22 goals and 19 assists for 41 points and has eight points in seven games since heading south of the border. Tippett is also dangerous early in the game as he’s second in the league in first goals of the game with seven (behind 67’s forward Tye Felhaber with 12). He also played alongside 67’s goaltender Michael DiPietro this year at the World Junior Championship scoring 2 goals and 2 assists in five outings for Team Canada. Owen also has pro hockey experience on his resume playing in seven NHL regular season games last season (picking up one goal) and he spent five games with the AHL’s Springfield Thunderbirds picking up a goal and an assist in five games.
Tickets for this weekend’s games are available HERE.