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Bulldogs’ Arthur Kaliyev headlines 48 OHLers ahead of 2019 NHL Draft

 

There will always be a demand for goal scorers, and Arthur Kaliyev brings that skill set in spades.

This season, fans and talent evaluators witnessed the Hamilton Bulldogs right-wing notch 51 goals, as he was one of just six OHL skaters to break the 50-goal plateau. Across two seasons of league play, Kaliyev has recorded 82 goals and 68 assists in 135 career contests.

But just how impressive was Kaliyev’s performance this season? It compares with John Tavares (London Knights), Steven Stamkos (Sarnia Sting), Jeff Skinner (Kitchener Rangers), and Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters), now all NHL stars who alongside Kaliyev are the only players in OHL history to find the back of the net 50 or more times in a single season before their 18th birthday.

Goal scoring has been a common theme for Kaliyev, who lit the lamp 31 times in his freshman campaign, becoming the first OHL skater to do so since Alex Galchenyuk (Sarnia Sting) in 2010-11. Last season also saw Kaliyev put up 11 points in 21 postseason appearances to help the Bulldogs capture the J. Ross Robertson Cup.

“Natural scorer,” NHL Central Scouting director Dan Marr told theScore’s John Matisz. “I’m talking natural scorer like Brett Hull and Eric Lindros. He just has a good knack for reading the play so that he’s open at all times. His timing is really good, plus he can finish.”

The top ranked OHL skater ahead of the 2019 NHL Draft, Kaliyev is a projected early selection, and one of two skaters from the Bulldogs alongside teammate and fellow forward Navrin Mutter, who ranks 189th among North American skaters. Kaliyev also stands to be just the seventh member of the Bulldogs to be drafted into the NHL since the franchise’s move from Belleville in 2015.

A native of Staten Island, N.Y., Kaliyev follows in the footsteps of former Bulldogs including Brandon Saigeon, who was drafted in 2018, as well as MacKenzie Entwistle, Matthew Strome, Marian Studenic, and Reilly Webb, all of whom were selected in 2017. The previous year, blue-liner Cole Candella became the first-ever member of the Bulldogs to be drafted when he was selected in the fifth round by the Vancouver Canucks.

In all, the Bulldogs are one of 15 OHL clubs with multiple players slated for NHL draft selection this year, while the Barrie Colts, Flint Firebirds, Kitchener Rangers, and Windsor Spitfires lead the way with four players a piece.

OHL North American Skaters:

North American rank, position, name, CHL club

7 RW KALIYEV ARTHUR HAMILTON
11 D HARLEY THOMAS MISSISSAUGA
14 C TOMASINO PHILIP NIAGARA
17 LW ROBERTSON NICHOLAS PETERBOROUGH
18 C SUZUKI RYAN BARRIE
24 C MCMICHAEL CONNOR LONDON
30 C REES JAMIESON SARNIA
31 D KOLYACHONOK VLADISLAV FLINT
45 RW CLARKE GRAEME OTTAWA
55 D VUKOJEVIC MICHAEL KITCHENER
56 D OKHOTYUK NIKITA OTTAWA
58 D CONSTANTINOU WILLIAM KINGSTON
65 C GUSKOV MATVEY LONDON
74 LW KEPPEN ETHAN FLINT
92 D LEGUERRIER JACOB SAULT STE. MARIE
95 LW STEVENSON KEEGAN GUELPH
96 RW SCHWINDT COLE MISSISSAUGA
99 RW MACKAY COLE SAULT STE. MARIE
101 C CARROLL JOSEPH SAULT STE. MARIE
103 LW PORCO NICHOLAS SAGINAW
104 C MURRAY BLAKE SUDBURY
113 C PRIMEAU MASON NORTH BAY
125 D MILLMAN MASON SAGINAW
127 LW EGGENBERGER NANDO OSHAWA
135 C GARREFFA JOSEPH KITCHENER
140 RW GOGOLEV PAVEL GUELPH
141 RW UBA ERIC FLINT
148 D ROSS LIAM SUDBURY
149 C WASHKURAK KEEAN MISSISSAUGA
152 C CAJKA PETR ERIE
158 D RIPPON MERRICK OTTAWA
161 LW LEUFVENIUS HUGO SARNIA
162 C HUGG RICKARD KITCHENER
174 C ANGLE TYLER WINDSOR
181 LW GUY BRAYDEN SARNIA
182 D STAIOS NATHAN WINDSOR
187 RW YANTSIS JONATHAN KITCHENER
189 LW MUTTER NAVRIN HAMILTON
190 LW GOLOD MAXIM ERIE
213 D YORK JACK BARRIE
214 D ALLENSEN NATHAN BARRIE
216 D HENAULT LOUKA WINDSOR
217 LW D’AMICO DANIEL WINDSOR

 

OHL North American Goaltenders:

North American rank, name, CHL club

3 JONES HUNTER PETERBOROUGH
16 DAWS NICOLAS GUELPH
23 CAVALLIN LUKE FLINT
25 GUZDA MACK OWEN SOUND
28 GREAVES JET BARRIE
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