2018 Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards – Forward of the Year

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Alex Barre-Boulet (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)

  • Had 53 goals and 63 assists in 65 games during his fourth QMJHL season
  • His 53 goals, 63 assists and 116 points were the most in the QMJHL
  • In the playoffs, he had 13 goals and 14 assists in 19 games
  • Was named the CHL’s Player of the Year and the QMJHL’s Most Valuable Player
  • An undrafted player, he signed an entry level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning in March

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Brayden Burke (Moose Jaw Warriors)

  • Had 31 goals and 82 assists in 61 games during his fourth WHL season
  • In the playoffs, he had 9 goals and 12 assists in 14 games
  • An undrafted player, he signed an entry level contract with the Arizona Coyotes in March
  • He played in two AHL playoff games with the Tucson Roadrunners

Ryan Donato

Ryan Donato (Harvard Crimson)

  • Had 26 goals and 17 assists in 29 games in his junior season in the NCAA
  • Was named ECAC Player of the Year and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award
  • At the Winter Olympics, he had five goals and an assist in five games for the United States
  • His five goals were the most in the Winter Olympics
  • A second round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level deal with the Boston Bruins in March
  • Had five goals and four assists in 12 games for the Bruins and suited up in three playoff games

Morgan Frost

Morgan Frost (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

  • Had 42 goals and 70 assists in 67 games during his third OHL season
  • His +70 rating was the best plus/minus mark in the OHL
  • Was tied with Jordan Kyrou for the most assists in the OHL with 70
  • In the playoffs, he had 10 goals and 19 assists in 24 games
  • The 24th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers in August

Adam Gaudette

Adam Gaudette (Northeastern Huskies)

  • Had 30 goals and 30 assists in 38 games during his junior season in the NCAA
  • His 30 goals, 60 points and 1.15 points per game were the most in the NCAA
  • Was named the Hobey Baker Award winner and Hockey East Player of the Year
  • A fifth round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level contract with the Vancouver Canucks in March
  • He played in five NHL games for the Canucks during the regular season

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Glenn Gawdin (Swift Current Broncos)

  • Had 56 goals and 69 assists in 67 games during his fifth WHL season
  • His +61 rating was the best plus/minus mark in the WHL
  • In the playoffs, he had 14 goals and 18 assists in 24 games
  • Was named the WHL Playoffs MVP
  • In the Memorial Cup, he had two goals and an assist in three games
  • After not being signed by the St. Louis Blues after they picked him in the fourth round of the 2015 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level contract with the Calgary Flames in November

Jayden Halbgewachs

Jayden Halbgewachs (Moose Jaw Warriors)

  • Had 70 goals and 59 assists in his fourth WHL season
  • His 70 goals and 129 points were the most in the CHL and the WHL
  • In the playoffs, he had four goals and four assists in 14 games
  • Was named the CHL’s Top Scorer of the Year
  • An undrafted player, he signed an entry level contract with the San Jose Sharks in December

Aleksi Heponiemi

Aleksi Heponiemi (Swift Current Broncos)

  • Had 28 goals and 90 assists in his second WHL season
  • His 90 assists and 2.07 points per game were the most in the CHL and the WHL
  • In the playoffs, he had five goals and 25 assists in 26 games
  • His 25 assists were the most in the WHL playoffs
  • At the Memorial Cup, he had a goal and three assists in four games
  • Was named the CHL’s Sportsman of the Year
  • At the World Juniors, he had two goals in five games for Finland
  • A second round pick in 2017 NHL Draft, he has yet to sign with the Florida Panthers and will play in Finland for Karpat next season

Boris Katchouk

Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

  • Had 42 goals and 43 assists in 58 games during his third OHL season
  • In the playoffs, he had 19 goals and 18 assists in 24 games
  • His 19 goals and 37 points were the most in the OHL playoffs
  • At the World Juniors, he had three goals and three assists in seven games for Canada
  • A second round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning last April

Jordan Kyrou of the Sarnia Sting. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting)

  • Had 39 goals and 70 assists in 56 games during his fourth OHL season
  • His 1.95 points per game were the most in the OHL
  • Was tied with Morgan Frost for the most assists in the OHL with 70
  • In the playoffs, he had three goals and an assist in 12 games
  • Was named the OHL’s Most Outstanding Player
  • At the World Juniors, he had three goals and seven assists in seven games for Canada
  • A second round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level contract with the St. Louis Blues in July 2016

Aaron Luchuk

Aaron Luchuk (Barrie Colts)

  • Had 50 goals and 65 assists in 68 games during his fourth OHL season
  • His 115 points were the most in the OHL
  • Was tied with Dmitry Sokolov for the most goals in the OHL with 50
  • Started the season with the Windsor Spitfires and had 28 goals and 23 assists in 30 games
  • Was traded to Barrie in December and had 22 goals and 42 assists in 38 games
  • In the playoffs, he had five goals and 12 assists in 17 games
  • Was named the OHL’s Overage Player of the Year
  • An undrafted player, he signed an entry level contract with the Ottawa Senators in December

Ty Ronning

Ty Ronning (Vancouver Giants)

  • Had 61 goals and 23 assists in 70 games during his fifth WHL season
  • In the playoffs, he had a goal and six assists in seven games
  • A seventh round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level contract with the New York Rangers in March
  • He played in three AHL games with the Hartford Wolf Pack during the regular season

Dmitry Sokolov of the Barrie Colts. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.

Dmitry Sokolov (Barrie Colts)

  • Had 50 goals and 46 assists in 64 games during his third OHL season
  • Was tied with Aaron Luchuk for the most goals in the OHL with 50
  • Started the season with the Sudbury Wolves and had 20 goals and 18 assists in 35 games
  • Was traded to Barrie in January and had 30 goals and 28 assists in 29 games
  • In the playoffs, he had eight goals and seven assists in 12 games
  • At the World Juniors, he had a goal and two assists in five games for Russia
  • A seventh round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level contract with the Minnesota Wild in May

Sam Steel

Sam Steel (Regina Pats)

  • Had 33 goals and 50 assists in 54 games during his fourth WHL season
  • In the playoffs, he had a goal and 10 assists in seven games
  • At the Memorial Cup, he had two goals and 11 assists in five games
  • His 11 assists and 13 points were the most at the Memorial Cup
  • Was named the Memorial Cup’s Most Valuable Player
  • At the World Juniors, he had four goals and five assists in seven games for Canada
  • The 30th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level contract with the Anaheim Ducks in December 2016

Tyler Steenbergen

Tyler Steenbergen (Swift Current Broncos)

  • Had 47 goals and 55 assists in 56 games during his fourth WHL season
  • In the playoffs, he had 12 goals and 15 assists in 26 games
  • At the Memorial Cup, he had a goal in one game before being sidelined with a concussion
  • At the World Juniors, he had a goal and an assist in seven games
  • He scored the game winning goal for Canada in the World Junior gold medal game
  • A fifth round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level contract with the Arizona Coyotes in March

Andrei Svechnikov

Andrei Svechnikov (Barrie Colts)

  • Had 40 goals and 32 assists in 44 games in his first OHL season after one year in the USHL
  • His 1.64 points per game were the most by rookie players in the CHL and the OHL
  • His 40 goals and 72 points were the most by a rookie player in the OHL
  • In the playoffs, he had five goals and six assists in eight games
  • Was named the CHL’s Top Prospect of the Year and the OHL’s Rookie of the Year
  • At the World Juniors, he had five assists in five games for Russia
  • Was selected with the second overall pick by the Carolina Hurricanes at the 2018 NHL Draft

Jeffrey Truchon-Viel

Jeffrey Truchon-Viel (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)

  • Had 39 goals and 23 assists in 58 games during his fourth QMJHL season
  • In the playoffs, he had 14 goals and nine assists in 20 games
  • Was named the QMJHL Playoffs MVP
  • At the Memorial Cup, he had three goals and seven assists in four games
  • An undrafted player, he signed a contract with the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda in May

Chris Van Os-Shaw

Chris Van Os-Shaw (Spruce Grove Saints)

  • Had 51 goals and 46 assists in 59 games during his first AJHL season after two years in the SJHL
  • His 51 goals and 97 points were the most in the AJHL
  • In the playoffs, he had 11 goals and eight assists in 11 games
  • His 11 goals and 1.73 points per game were the most in the AJHL playoffs
  • In the Doyle Cup, he had no points in two games
  • Was named the AJHL’s and CJHL’s Most Valuable Player and the CJHL’s Top Forward
  • An undrafted player, he has committed to play for the NCAA’s Minnesota State Mavericks next season

Gabriel Vilardi

Gabriel Vilardi (Kingston Frontenacs)

  • Had 22 points and 36 assists in 32 games during his third OHL season
  • After missing the first half of the season due to an injury, he was traded by the Windsor Spitfires to Kingston in January
  • In the playoffs, he had 11 goals and 11 assists in 16 games
  • The 11th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, he signed an entry level contract with the Los Angeles Kings in March

Layne Young

Layne Young (Battlefords North Stars)

  • Had 35 assists and 72 assists in 57 games during his third SJHL season
  • His 35 goals, 72 assists, 107 points and 1.88 points per game were the most in the SJHL
  • In the playoffs, he had five goals and 10 assists in nine games
  • Was named the SJHL’s Most Valuable Player and Player of the Year
  • An undrafted player, he has committed to play for the Saskatchewan Huskies in U Sports next year

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