Andersson, Blackwood, Labanc & Mangiapane named to 2015-16 All-Star Teams
Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced the All-Star teams for the 2015-16 OHL season.
Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mitch Marner of the London Knights headlines the First Team All-Stars at Right Wing for the second straight season. Marner was the league’s Red Tilson Trophy recipient for Most Outstanding Player of the Year and became the first player in OHL history to win that award followed by OHL Playoff MVP honours, CHL Player of the Year, and MasterCard Memorial Cup MVP. He is joined up front by linemates including Arizona Coyotes prospect Christian Dvorak and 2016 NHL Draft prospect Matthew Tkachuk. The trio combined for 344 regular season points and marks just the fifth time in league history and first since the 2001 Belleville Bulls where all three forward positions on the First All-Star Team are from the same team. Draft eligible Defenceman of the Year Mikhail Sergachev of the Windsor Spitfires is also a First Team All-Star along with Calgary Flames prospect Rasmus Andersson of the Barrie Colts. New Jersey Devils prospect and Goaltender of the Year Mackenzie Blackwood of the Colts, and Coach of the Year Kris Knoblauch of the Erie Otters round out the group receiving top honours.
The Otters lead the way with a total of five representatives including Knoblauch, along with Second Team All-Stars that include Maple Leafs prospect Travis Dermott and goaltender Devin Williams, and Third Team All-Stars that include Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome and 2016 NHL Draft prospect Alex DeBrincat. The Knights and Colts each have four representatives including London’s forward trio on the First All-Star Team along with draft eligible defenceman Olli Juolevi receiving Third Team recognition. The Colts have Andersson and Blackwood on the First Team, and Second Team All-Stars that include San Jose Sharks prospect and OHL Top Scorer Kevin Labanc, and Flames prospect Andrew Mangiapane.
The OHL All-Star Teams were selected by the OHL’s General Managers. Players were voted on by position and received five points for a first place vote, three for a second place vote, and one for a third place vote. In the case of defencemen, the top two selections received five points, the third and fourth selections received three points, and the fifth and sixth selections each received a single point.
2015-16 OHL All-Star Teams (voting points listed following team):
First Team All-Stars:
C – Christian Dvorak (London Knights) 62
LW – Matthew Tkachuk (London Knights) 56
RW – Mitch Marner (London Knights) 71 – voted 1st team in 2014-15
D – Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor Spitfires) 64
D – Rasmus Andersson (Barrie Colts) 61 – voted 2nd team in 2014-15
G – Mackenzie Blackwood (Barrie Colts) 49
Coach – Kris Knoblauch (Erie Otters) 73
Second Team All-Stars:
C – Mike Amadio (North Bay Battalion) 61
LW – Andrew Mangiapane (Barrie Colts) 46
RW – Kevin Labanc (Barrie Colts) 69
D – Travis Dermott (Erie Otters) 50
D – Jakob Chychrun (Sarnia Sting) 42 – voted 3rd team in 2014-15
G – Devin Williams (Erie Otters) 47
Coach – Rocky Thompson (Windsor Spitfires) 36
Third Team All-Stars:
C – Dylan Strome (Erie Otters) 51 – voted 2nd team in 2014-15
LW – Alexander Nylander (Mississauga Steelheads) 34
RW – Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters) 22 – voted 2nd team in 2014-15
D – Olli Juolevi (London Knights) 38
D – Roland McKeown (Kingston Frontenacs) 37
G – Alex Nedeljkovic (Niagara IceDogs) 46 – voted 3rd team in 2014-15, 1st team in 2013-14
Coach – Mike Van Ryn (Kitchener Rangers) 22