O to Pro: OHL Alumni Spotlight presented by Carlsberg
Brought to you by Carlsberg Canada, the OHL Alumni Spotlight brings you up to speed on accomplishments by graduates in the pro ranks from the past week’s action.
BLADE JENKINS NAMED ECHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Saginaw Spirit graduate Blade Jenkins has been named the ECHL Player of the Week. The Worcester Railers forward recorded eight points (6-2–8) last week, giving him 43 points (20-23–43) through 42 games this season. The 23-year-old from Jackson, MI. is in his second pro season in the ECHL. Selected fourth overall by the Spirit in the 2016 OHL Priority Selection, Jenkins spent three seasons in Saginaw, registering 143 points (59-84-143) over 182 regular season contests.
— ECHL (@ECHL) February 5, 2024
KYLE MACLEAN SCORES FIRST NHL GOAL
Oshawa Generals Alumnus and New York Islanders forward Kyle MacLean scored his first NHL goal on Monday night in a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Signed as an undrafted free-agent, the Livingston, NJ. native has appeared in six games with the Islanders this season. Playing in his fourth AHL season, MacLean has registered 19 points (6-13-19) in 38 games played with the Bridgeport Islanders this year. A former fourth round (78th overall) pick by the Generals in the 2015 OHL Priority Selection, the 24-year-old spent five season in Oshawa, tallying 51 goals, 105 assists, and 156 points over 278 regular season games.
Just another view of MacLean's FIRST NHL GOAL. pic.twitter.com/wwnMrubHjv
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) February 6, 2024
CONNOR MCDAVID WINS 2024 NHL ALL-STAR SKILLS COMPETITION
Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid dominated at the 2024 All-Star Skills Competition on Friday night, winning Fastest Skater, Accuracy Shooting, Stick Handling and the Obstacle Course. The Newmarket, Ont. native became the first NHL player to win Fastest Skater four times when he reclaimed the title. Playing in his ninth NHL season, the three-time Hart Trophy recipient as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player was originally selected first overall by Edmonton in the 2015 NHL Draft. On top of being crowned MVP, McDavid has also been awarded the Art Ross Trophy for most points in a season and the Maurice Richard Trophy for most goals in a season. One of eight CHL players to ever be granted exceptional status, the Erie Otters’ former first overall pick in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection spent three seasons in the OHL, registering 285 points (97-188-285) in 166 regular season contests. The most decorated OHL player of all time, McDavid was awarded the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as Playoff MVP, the Bobby Smith Trophy as Scholastic Player of the Year, the Red Tilson Trophy as Most Outstanding Player, the William Hanley Trophy as Most Sportsmanlike Player, the Emms Family Award as Rookie of the Year, along with CHL Player of the Year, CHL Scholastic Player of the Year, and the CHL Top Draft Prospect Award.
— NHL (@NHL) February 3, 2024