Ottawa 67’s forwards Travis Barron, Sasha Chmelevski and Tye Felhaber all took the next step in their hockey careers. Both Barron (Colorado Avalanche) and Chmelevski (San Jose Sharks) signed a three-year, NHL entry-level contract to start in the 2018-2019 season. Both will play under an amateur tryout contract for the remainder of the season. The other member of the 67’s top-line this season, Felhaber, has signed an amateur tryout contract with the Montreal Canadiens farm team, Le Rocket de Laval.
All three of the players will finish the 2017-2018 regular season in the AHL and hope to make a strong impression heading into the offseason. Best of luck to Travis, Sasha and Tye!
The 6th round selection (185th overall) by the San Jose Sharks in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft will suit up for their AHL affiliate, the San Jose Barracudas. Chmelevski led the 67’s in scoring during the 2017/2018 regular season posting 35 goals and 41 assists for 76 points. During his OHL career, Chmelevski has dressed in 160 career games with the Sarnia Sting (29) and the Ottawa 67’s (131). The American-born player currently sits at 67 goals, 71 assists and 138 points for his OHL career. He has nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) in 11 playoff games, all with the 67’s. In this year’s playoffs, he posted 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists) in 5 games versus the Hamilton Bulldogs.
In 62 games this season, the San Jose Barracuda are 28-26-4-4 (64 PTS). With an aging San Jose Sharks roster, Chmelevski looks to bring youth and skill into the organization. He can easily sky-rocket into the San Jose top-prospect discussion.
The 7th round pick (191st overall) by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft will suit up for their AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. Captain Barron posted career highs in goals (21), assists (36) and points (57) in 67 games during the 2017/2018 regular season. Over four seasons with the 67’s, he has totaled 149 points (59 goals, 90 assists) in 250 career OHL games. In 20 playoff games, he put up 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists). In Ottawa’s first-round playoff matchup this year against the Hamilton Bulldogs, he posted 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists) in 5 games.
In 70 games this season, the San Antonio Rampage are 33-27-10 (76 PTS). Big, tough and strong, alongside an offensive upside will bring Barron great things at the next level. In a system that’s flourishing with young talent, the Avalanche can add another one to their resume with Ottawa favourite, Barron.
The undrafted Ontario-native is taking his talents across the border (the Quebec border) as he looks to impress on his amateur tryout contract with Le Rockets de Laval. During the 2017/2018 regular season Felhaber was second on the Ottawa 67’s in scoring with posting a career-high 70 points (31 goals, 39 assists) in 68 games. In his OHL career than spanned four seasons, Felhaber dressed in 243 games for the Ottawa 67’s (103) and the Saginaw Spirit (140). With those two teams he recorded 176 points (86 goals, 90 assists). The 67’s were the main beneficiary of Felhaber’s talents as 93 of those points (44 goals, 49 assists) were in the red, white and black jerseys. In 8 games during the playoffs with Saginaw, he posted only 1 assist. In the 11 playoff games with Ottawa, he put up 9 points (4 goals, 5 assists). In the most recent series against the Hamilton Bulldogs, Felhaber recorded 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) in 5 games.
In 71 games this season, Le Rocket de Laval are 24-38-7-2 (57 PTS). The Montreal Canadiens may have hit the jackpot with Felhaber. Once considered a high-level OHL prospect, Felhaber has the ability to beat defenders with his speed and strength on the wing. Not only does he bring tremendous playmaking ability but he’s proven that he can capitalize on scoring opportunities himself.