The Ontario Hockey League today announced that 2016 NHL Draft prospect Matthew Tkachuk of the London Knights is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the playoff week ending May 8 recording six points in two games including three goals and three assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-2.
Tkachuk earns the award for a third time this post-season after helping the Knights take a 2-0 lead in the Rogers OHL Championship Series for the Robertson Cup against the Niagara IceDogs. In Game 1 last Thursday he collected two assists as part of a 4-1 victory, then tallied a four-point performance in a 6-1 win during Saturday’s Game 2. In that contest he scored his third hat-trick of the playoffs including his league-leading 19th goal and also added an assist earning first star honours. The series now shifts to St. Catharines with Game 3 on Monday night followed by Game 4 scheduled for Wednesday.
An 18-year-old from St. Louis, Missouri, Tkachuk is listed second among North American skaters for the 2016 NHL Draft in NHL Central Scouting’s final draft rankings. The first year Knight is second in playoff scoring with 39 points in 16 games played after finishing fifth during the 2015-16 regular season with 107 points in 57 games.
Watch video highlights of Tkachuk and the Knights against the IceDogs in Game 1 and Game 2 of the Rogers OHL Championship Series.
Also considered for the award this week was Arizona Coyotes prospect Christian Dvorak and Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mitch Marner. Alongside Tkachuk the Knights trio combined for 16 points in the opening two games of the series with Dvorak chipping in two goals and four assists, and Marner scoring once with three assists. Last week’s award recipient Stephen Harper leads the IceDogs with a goal and one assist through two games. In goal, 2016 NHL Draft prospect Tyler Parsons won both games between the pipes for the Knights making 51 saves while posting a goals-against-average of 1.03 and save percentage of .962.