Tonight TD Place will host minor hockey players, managers, coaches and volunteers from across the Ottawa-Gatineau area at their 67’s Prospects Game. In a pre-game presentation, the team will honour the hard working individuals involved in minor hockey. Teams of youth players will take part in mini-games before puck drop and during the intermissions. Look for these youngsters to add an extra element of excitement into the Arena at TD Place tonight.
Dante Salituro (#96)
The slick, skillful centre ranks second among 67’s skaters in points and goals through the first 11 games. His talent and tenacity made him an easy choice for Team OHL in the CHL’s Canada Russia Series in early November. He’ll play alongside teammate Travis Konecny, as the 67’s captain was also selected for this exciting experience. Dante has been a consistent source of offence for Ottawa, only being held the scoresheet in two of his nine games played this season.
Artur Tyanulin (#13)
This Russian import has impressed in his second season with the 67’s. After recording six points in 13 games last year, Artur has already eclipsed that mark this season, posting seven points in his first 11 games. He plans to stay in Ottawa for the full season this year, so look out for Tyanulin to have major impact on the 67’s offence. He scored two goals against Oshawa when the clubs last met and will hope to replicate that performance tonight.
Stephen Desrocher (#37)
A sixth-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs at this year’s NHL Draft, Desrocher has been on fire this season. He’s on pace to obliterate his career high in points, goals and assists. In 2014-15, he recorded 23 points in 66 games and through his first 12 games this season, he’s already racked up 10 points. Look for Desrocher to be Oshawa’s offensive spark on the back end.
Kenny Huether (#25)
After losing three of their top five scorers from last season, Kenny Huether is one of Oshawa’s talented young forwards that will have an opportunity to elevate his game. So far this season, the sophomore winger has not disappointed. Through 12 games, Huether has scored five goals and added five assists. He may turn out to be a diamond in the rough for Oshawa, as he was a ninth-round pick of the Generals in 2013.
Matt Mistele (#20)
Mistele, another of Oshawa’s up-and-coming forwards, has excelled in his new role on the team’s top line. He’s tied with Huether and Desrocher for the team lead in points with 10 each. Mistele scored a huge goal in OT against Peterborough last night, notching the game winner on a penalty shot with three minutes left. Expect him to bring that momentum into TD Place tonight against the 67’s.