Sat. Dec 4th, 2021

By the OilKnight 10/14/19

Welcome to our weekly update on CHL prospects. Here are the leading scorers among all 3 leagues for the 2020 draft eligibles & 16 yr old CHL rookies.

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4 weeks into the season and Quinton Byfield continues to lead all OHL draft eligibles in goals & points. It appears safe to say, no one is going to catch him in the points race unless something unforeseen happens. Tyson Foerster however, is only 1 goal behind Byfield for draft eligibles with 7 goals so far on the season. 

Cole Perfetti is now 2nd in the OHL in points but still seems to be struggling offensively though he did score his first goal non-empty net goal over the weekend. He’s still getting points but the explosive plays are not there and he seems he’s been fighting the puck hard for awhile. 

If you haven’t heard of Jack Thompson yet, then take notice. Thompson, has 6 goals and 12 points already as a defenceman – tops in the CHL for 2020 draft eligibles. He has great offensive instincts and is a real threat pinching in from the point. He has good size, speed & a big shot. He also makes a lot of good decisions at all ends of the ice. He’s not Jamie Drysdale in terms of overall skill-set but is a real nice player with sneaky upside. Playing on the same team as Byfield won’t hurt his offensive numbers either. 

In Windsor, Jean-Luc Foudy has begun to get hot offensively but Will Cuylle continues to struggle. The power forward with the big shot, Cuylle only has 16 shots on goal in 9 games. 

Jaromir Pytlik and Marco Rossi are two potential Top 15 picks in this year’s draft who don’t get a lot of hype like some of the others in their class. Both are starting to heat up. Rossi is just coming off a 5 game suspension. 

2002-08-19CQuinton Byfield1081220OHLSudbury
2001-09-25 C Jaromir Pytlik 95914OHLSSM
2002-01-01 C Cole Perfetti 10 2 12 14 OHL Saginaw
2002-02-13 RW Oliver Suni 931013OHL Oshawa
2002-01-18 CTyson Foerster 87512OHLBarrie
2002-03-19RDJack Thompson106612OHLSudbury
2002-04-08RDJamie Drysdale921012OHLErie
2002-04-05CTy Tullio 96511OHLOshawa
2002-04-15RWJacob Perreault 73710OHLSarnia
2002-01-18LWJames Hardie8639OHLMississauga
2002-02-05 LWAntonio Stranges 7549OHLLondon
2001-09-25 CMarco Rossi 4459OHLOttawa
2002-01-08RDRuben Rafkin 9189OHLWindsor
2002-06-20 C Evan Vierling 71 78 OHL Flint
2001-09-19 RW Jack Quinn 9459OHLOttawa
2002-05-13 CJean-Luc Foudy 9347OHLWindsor
2002-05-16 LDRyan O’Rourke 9347OHLSSM
2001-09-24 RWHayden Fowler 7426OHLErie
2002-06-09 RW Cameron Butler 9336OHLPeterborough
2002-02-21 RWLuke Evangelista 7066OHLLondon
2002-05-02 LW Will Cuylle 9134OHLWindsor
2002-03-14RWReid Valade4224OHLKitchener


Francesco Pinelli and Mason McTavish continue to impress as 16 yr olds. Pinelli, leads all 16 yr old rookies in shots on goal with 25, with McTavish is sitting at 23. Pinelli also has 3 PPG’s already as he continues to get plenty of quality playing time with top linemates. Chase Stillman, who is now up to 5 goals & 8 points also continues to impress.

2003-04-11 C/LW Francesco Pinelli 96410OHLKitchener
2003-01-30CMason McTavish9639OHLPeterborough
2003-03-29 RWChase Stillman 10538OHLSudbury
2003-06-19 RWEthan Burroughs 9358OHLOwen Sound
2003-06-07 CBrett Harrison 9246OHLOshawa
2003-01-05 LWBrennan Othmann 7336OHLFlint
2003-02-09 RDBrandt Clarke 8055OHLBarrie
2002-10-10RWAvery Hayes8224OHLHamilton
2003-07-15CDeni Goure9224OHLOwen Sound
2003-01-05CBraeden Kressler7224OHLFlint
2003-01-21 CConnor Lockhart 9123OHLErie

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Not a lot has changed in a week. Alexis Lafreniere continues to rack up the points (25 points in 10 games) while Dawson Mercer continues to score and is tied for the league lead in goals for 2020 draft eligibles with 8

Mavrik Bourque has really picked up his offensive output after starting the season slow. He’s got 8 points in his last 6 games. Meanwhile, Hendrix Lapierre still only has 1 goal (on 26 shots) while Theo Rochette is still out with Mono but is reportedly nearing a return.

A lot has been made of Jeremie Poirier’s strong offensive output so far (10 points in 10 games), but keep in mind that two other 17 yr old defencemen on his team in William Villeneuve & Charlie Desroches, both have 10 points as well. Saint John as a team really struggles defensively, and those 3 are an alarming -30 combined already.

2001-10-11 LW Alexis Lafreniere 108 17 25 QMJHL Rimouski
2001-12-02RWRyan Francis1041317QMJHLCape Breton
2001-10-27 RW Dawson Mercer 108715QMJHLDrummondville
2002-01-08 CMavrik Bourque 107512QMJHLShawinigan
2002-02-09 CHendrix Lapierre 911011QMJHLChicoutimi
2002-04-29 CPatrick Guay 116511QMJHLSherbrooke
2002-06-02 LD Jeremie Poirier 10 46 10 QMJHL Saint John
2002-03-20RDWilliam Villeneuve102810QMJHLSaint John
2002-02-24RDCharlie Desroches101910QMJHLSaint John
2002-03-27LDLukas Cormier10347QMJHLCharlottetown
2002-01-21LWElliot Desnoyers10347QMJHLMoncton
2002-01-25 LWDawson Stairs 10347QMJHLSaint John
2002-03-13 CVasily Ponomaryev 10426QMJHLShawingan
2002-06-14 CSenna Peeters 11606QMJHLHalifax
2001-11-15 RDJustin Barron 11145QMJHLHalifax
2002-01-28RWJosh Lawrence10145QMJHLSaint John
2002-02-20CTheo Rochette3022QMJHLChicoutimi


James Malatesta has more goals than Alexis Lafreniere and Dawson Mercer in one less game played. That’s the kind of start he’s off to (9 goals in 9 games). 

Isaac Belliveau continues to rack up the points especially on the Powerplay where he already has 6 in 10 games. Of course, playing with Alexis Lafreniere certainly has its benefits. 

Everyone is still chasing Zachary L’Heureux who leads all 16 yr old rookies with 14 points in 10 games. He also started his QMJHL career with a 10 game point streak having registered a point in every game this season… far. 

2003-05-15 LW Zachary L’Heureux 106814QMJHL Moncton
2002-11-26LDIsaac Belliveau1011112QMJHLRimouski
2003-05-01 CJames Malatesta 99110QMJHLQuebec
2003-0325CRiley Kidney9246QMJHLAcadie-Bathurst
2003-01-04CZachary Dean10415QMJHLGatineau
2003-08-06CJoshua Roy10415QMJHLSaint John
2003-05-14CCole Huckins9134QMJHLAcadie-Bathurst
2003-03-13CJustin Robidas7123QMJHLVal-D’Or

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Connor Zary continues to lead the WHL draft eligibles with 14 points now in only 9 games. As mentioned previously, he is one of the oldest prospects for this year’s NHL draft.

3 members of Team Canada’s squad at the Hlinka-Gretzky Cup have really started to get it going offensively. Jake Neighbours, Seth Jarvis & Kaiden Guhle all had good weeks as they climb the leaderboard. Guhle in particular is currently riding a 4 game point streak in which he has 2 goals, 7 points in those 4 games. There’s a lot to like about his game. He’s big, mobile, and strong defensively. The question coming into this year was how high of an offensive ceiling he had. The recent offensive surge is certainly helping his case that he is a solid all round defenceman and a 1st round talent.

Meanwhile, Seth Jarvis along with fellow draft eligible and linemate Simon Knak, have really started to click in Portland. The two have combined for 4 goals and 6 assists in the last 3 games.

Justin Sourdif has cooled after a hot start. He has 2 goals & 2 assists in the last 6 games.

2001-09-25 CConnor Zary 95914WHLKamloops
2002-03-24CJustin Sourdif116612WHLVancouver
2002-04-16RWPavel Novak94711WHLKelowna
2002-03-09 RWOzzy Wiesblatt 92 9 11 WHL Prince Albert
2002-02-01 CSeth Jarvis 93710WHLPortland
2002-01-27 RWSimon Knak 93710WHLPortland
2002-03-29 LWJake Neighbours 112810WHLEdmonton
2002-01-18 LDKaiden Guhle 9268WHLPrince Albert
2002-02-10LWKyle Crnkovic11437WHLSaskatoon
2002-01-25 LWCross Hanas 9347WHLPortland
2002-01-19RWPayton Mount6156WHLSeattle
2001-11-10LWKyrell Sopotyk7246WHLKamloops
2002-06-25RWConnor McClennon9246WHLWinnipeg
2002-05-15 LDDaemon Hunt 8055WHLMoose Jaw
2001-12-23LWTyson Upper8224WHLPrince George
2001-09-20RDBraden Schneider8134WHLBrandon
2002-08-02LDRonan Seeley8022WHLEverett


For the 4th straight week, Ryder Korczak leads in points for 2021 draft eligibles with 12 points in 9 games. However, Cole Sillinger is closing the gap after another solid performance last week where he scored 3 goals & 4 points in 3 games.

Carson Lambos is now 3rd in points with 7 in 9 games and continues to impress with his terrific skating and puck moving ability.

2002-09-23CRyder Korczak93912WHLMoose Jaw
2003-05-16 CCole Sillinger 107411WHLMedicine Hat
2003-01-14 LDCarson Lambos 9257WHLWinnipeg
2003-01-27 LWEric Alarie 8246WHL Moose Jaw
2003-04-10 LW Zack Stringer 9156WHLLethbridge
2003-02-06CLogan Stankoven9325WHLKamloops
2003-04-10RWDylan Guenther11224WHLEdmonton

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We will be providing you updates every week so be sure to check back every Monday for updated stats and highlights!