The Ottawa 67’s will host a pair of games this weekend at the Arena at TD Place. Saturday afternoon the team battles Barrie in a nationally televised game on Sportsnet and then on Sunday the boys welcome one of the league’s top teams in the Soo Greyhounds. Here are three players to keep your eye on:
The 67’s are definitely benefiting from the blockbuster Travis Konecny trade. Chmelevski, the key piece in that deal, is playing in his first OHL season since being drafted 185th overall by the San Jose Sharks and has been the team’s most dangerous offensive weapon.
Sasha currently leads the Barber Poles with 14 goals and is near a point per game with 25 in 26 games. The 2018 World Junior hopeful is certainly a player to watch this weekend, as he has 10 points in his last seven games.
Ryan Suzuki (Barrie)
The younger brother of Owen Sound forward and Las Vegas Golden Knights prospect Nick Suzuki, Ryan is looking to make a name for himself. The 2001-born centreman was the first overall selection in the 2017 OHL Priority selection is having a solid rookie campaign thus far.
The 16 year old scored in his first OHL game and since then has cemented himself as an impressive playmaker, adding 13 assists in 20 games. Suzuki was also a member of Team Canada Red, silver medalists at this year’s World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Ryan scored seven points in six games (three goals, four assists) which was good enough for the team lead (three way tie). The projected first rounder in the 2019 NHL draft is a player you should watch out for on Saturday.
Boris Katchouk (Sault St. Marie)
Eight players on the Greyhounds currently boast over 20 points, but Katchouk is currently leading his with an impressive 39 in 25 games. Boris also leads the Hounds in goals by a wide margin (eight), which is no surprise considering his nearly goal per game pace of 22 in 25 games.
He recently signed a three-year entry level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning after being drafted by the NHL club in the second round of the 2016 draft. Katchouk, who is an assistant captain in the Soo was named captain of Team OHL for Game 2 of the Canada/Russia Series. Boris is also a Team Canada hopeful at the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championships coming up in Buffalo and is a player to keep an eye on Sunday afternoon.
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