2018 Bagskate Hockey Podcast Awards – Rookie of the Year

Jake Anthon

Jake Anthony (Nipawin Hawks)

  • Joined the Hawks after a season with the Sherwood Park Kings
  • Had a 20-3-3 record with a 1.94 goals against average and a .929 save percentage
  • His 1.94 goals against average and .929 save percentage were the best in the SJHL
  • His 20 wins were the most by a rookie in the SJHL
  • Played in 28 minutes during the SJHL playoffs
  • Has gone undrafted the last two years.

Riley Brandt

Riley Brandt (RMC Paladins)

  • Joined the Paladins after three seasons with the Vernon Vipers
  • Had 21 goals and 12 assists in 33 games
  • His 21 goals were the most in U Sports
  • Was named OUA East Rookie of the Year
  • An undrafted player, he has has yet to sign a pro contract

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Dylan Cozens (Lethbridge Hurricanes)

  • Joined the Hurricanes after a season with the Yale Hockey Academy
  • Had 22 goals and 31 assists in 57 games
  • His 22 goals were the most by a rookie in the WHL
  • His 0.93 points per game was the best by a rookie in the WHL
  • In the playoffs, he had seven goals and six assists in 15 games
  • Was named WHL Rookie of the Year
  • At the World Under-17’s, he had a goal and six assists in six games for Canada Red
  • Is a potential first round pick for the 2019 NHL Draft

Colten Ellis

Colten Ellis (Rimouski Oceanic)

  • Joined the Oceanic after two years with the Cape Breton West Islanders and following a trade with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in June 2017
  • Had a 33-8-6 record with a 2.35 goals against average and a .913 save percentage
  • His 33 wins and six shutouts were the most by a rookie in the CHL and the QMJHL
  • In the playoffs, he had a 3-4 record with a 3.12 goals against average and a .885 save percentage
  • At the World Under-18’s, he had a 2-0 record with a 3.50 goals against average and a .887 save percentage for Canada
  • Is eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft

Matthew Galadja Rookie

Matthew Galadja (Cornell Big Red)

  • Joined the Big Red after two seasons with the Victoria Grizzlies
  • Had a 21-5-2 record with a 1.51 goals against average and a .939 save percentage
  • His 1.51 goals against average was the best in the NCAA
  • His nine shutouts were the most in the NCAA
  • His 21 wins were the most by a freshman in the NCAA
  • His .939 save percentage was the best by a freshman in the NCAA
  • Was named the ECAC’s Goalie of the Year and Rookie of the Year
  • An undrafted player, he has yet to sign a pro contract

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Mitchell Gibson (Lone Star Brahmas)

  • Joined the Brahmas after two seasons with the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers
  • Had a 26-7-9 record with a 1.59 goals against average and a .935 save percentage
  • His 11 shutouts were the most in the NAHL
  • His 1.59 goals against average and .935 save percentage were the best in the NAHL
  • In the playoffs, he had a 5-3 record with a 1.37 goals against average and a .950 save percentage
  • His 1.37 goals against average and .950 save percentage were the best in the NAHL playoffs
  • Was named the NAHL’s Goalie and Rookie of the Year
  • Was selected in the fourth round by the Washington Capitals at the 2018 NHL Draft
  • Is committed to play for the NCAA’s Harvard Crimson for the 2019-20 season

Jack Hughes

Jack Hughes (US NTDP)

  • Joined the US NTDP after a season with the Toronto Minor Midget Marlboros
  • Had 21 goals and 33 points in 27 games
  • His 2.00 points per game was the best in the USHL
  • At the World Under 18’s, he had five goals and seven assists in seven games
  • His 12 points were the most at the event
  • Was tied with Maxim Cajkovic for the most assists at the event with seven
  • At the World Under-17’s, he had five goals and 10 assists in six games
  • His 10 assists and 15 points were the most at the event
  • Is currently projected to be the first overall pick at the 2019 NHL Draft

Arthur Kailyev

Arthur Kaliyev (Hamilton Bulldogs)

  • Joined the Bulldogs after a season with the Compuware U16 program
  • Had 31 goals and 17 assists in 68 games
  • In the playoffs, he had three goals and eight assists in 21 games
  • At the Memorial Cup, he had no points in four games
  • Is eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft

Peyton Krebs

Peyton Krebs (Kootenay Ice)

  • Joined the Ice after a season with the CFR Chemical Bisons
  • Had 17 goals and 37 assists in 67 games
  • His 54 points were the most by a rookie in the WHL
  • At the World Under 17’s, he had a goal and five assists in five games for Canada Red
  • Is projected to be a Top 10 pick at the 2019 NHL Draft

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Alexis Lafreniere (Rimouski Oceanic)

  • Joined the Oceanic after a season with the Saint-Eustache Vikings
  • Had 42 goals and 38 assists in 60 games
  • In the playoffs, he had four goals and three assists in seven games
  • Was named CHL and QMJHL Rookie of the Year
  • At the World Under 18’s, he had four goals and two assists in five games for Canada
  • At the World Under 17’s, he had three goals and three assists in six games for Canada Red
  • Is currently projected to be the first overall pick at the 2020 NHL Draft

Alex Newhook

Alex Newhook (Victoria Grizzlies)

  • Joined the Grizzlies after a season with the York Simcoe Minor Midget Express
  • Had 22 goals and 44 assists in 45 games
  • His 1.47 points per game was the most in the BCHL
  • His 44 assists, 66 points and 1.47 points per game was the most by a rookie in the BCHL
  • In the playoffs, he had three goals and six assists in 12 games
  • Was named BCHL and CJHL Rookie of the Year
  • At the World Under 17’s, he had a goal and three assists in five games for Canada Black
  • Is projected to be a top 10 pick at the 2019 NHL Draft
  • Has committed to the NCAA’s Boston College Eagles for the 2019-20 season

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Zachary Okabe (Grande Prairie Storm)

  • Joined the Storm after a season at Shawnigan Lake School
  • Had 22 goals and 35 assists in 58 games
  • In the playoffs, he had a goal and four assists in nine games
  • Was named AJHL Rookie of the Year
  • Is eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft
  • Has committed to the NCAA’s Vermont Catamounts for the 2019-20 season

Max Paddock

Max Paddock (Regina Pats)

  • Joined the Pats after two seasons with the Brandon Midget Wheat Kings
  • Had a 19-7-2 record with a 2.90 goals against average and a .904 save percentage
  • Did not play in the WHL playoffs due to an injury
  • At the Memorial Cup, he had a 3-1 record with a 3.65 goals against average and a .908 save percentage
  • Went undrafted at the 2018 NHL Draft

Matej Pekar

Matej Pekar (Muskegon Lumberjacks)

  • Joined the Lumberjacks after one season with the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies
  • Had 14 goals and 40 assists in 56 games
  • His 40 assists were the most by a rookie in the USHL
  • Was named the USHL’s Rookie of the Year
  • At the World Under 18’s, he had a goal and four assists in five games for the Czech Republic
  • At the Ivan Hlinka, he had an assist in five games for the Czech Republic
  • Was selected in the fourth round by the Buffalo Sabres at the 2018 NHL Draft
  • Has committed to the NCAA’s Miami RedHawks for next season

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Scott Perunovich (Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs)

  • Joined the Bulldogs after a season with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
  • Had 11 goals and 25 assists in 42 games
  • Was named the NCHC Rookie of the Year
  • Won the Tim Taylor Award as the top freshman in NCAA Hockey
  • At the World Juniors, he had a goal and two assists in seven games for the United States
  • Was selected in the second round by the St. Louis Blues at the 2018 NHL Draft

Emile Samso

Emile Samson (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)

  • Joined the Armada after a season with the Sainte-Foy Dynamiques
  • Had a 17-3-2 record with a 2.12 goals against average and a .907 goals against average
  • His 2.12 goals against average was the best by all rookies in the CHL and QMJHL
  • In the playoffs, he had a 13-7 record with a 2.21 goals against average and a .916 save percentage
  • Has gone undrafted the last two years

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Rasmus Sandin (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

  • Joined the Greyhounds after five games in the SHL with Rogle, where he had an assist
  • Had 12 goals and 33 assists in 51 games
  • In the playoffs, he had a goal and 12 assists in 24 games
  • At the Ivan Hlinka, he had three assists in five games for Sweden
  • Was selected with the 29th overall pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2018 NHL Draft

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Jordan Spence (Summerside Western Capitals)

  • Joined the Western Capitals after a season with the Charlottetown Midget Islanders
  • Had 13 goals and 39 assists in 50 games
  • His 39 assists were the most by all defencemen in the MHL
  • His 39 assists, 52 points and 1.04 points per game were the most by all rookies in the MHL
  • In the playoffs, he had four goals and 13 assists in 12 games
  • His 13 assists, 17 points and 1.42 points per game were the most by all defenceman in the MHL playoffs
  • Was named MHL Rookie of the Year
  • After being undrafted in the 2017 QMJHL Draft, he was selected in the second round by the Moncton Wildcats in June and later signed a contract with the team
  • Is eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft

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Matthew Thiessen (Steinbach Pistons)

  • Joined the Pistons after one year with the Rink Hockey Academy
  • Had a 28-3-1 record with a 2.06 goals against average and a .923 save percentage
  • His 2.06 goals against average was the best in the MJHL
  • Was tied with Troy Martinyuk for the most wins in the MJHL with 28
  • His 28 wins were the most by a rookie in the CJHL and MJHL
  • His .923 save percentage was the best by a rookie in the MJHL
  • Was tied Ethan Peterson for most shutouts by a rookie in the MJHL with two
  • In the playoffs, he had a 10-4 record with a 1.60 goals against average and a .944 save percentage
  • His four shutouts were the most in the MJHL playoffs
  • His 1.58 goals against average and .944 save percentage were the best in the MJHL playoffs
  • Was tied with Riley McVeigh for the most wins in the MJHL playoffs with 10
  • In the Anavet Cup, he had a 4-2 record with a 2.47 goals against average and a .904 save percentage
  • At the RBC Cup, he had a 0-1 record with a 3.03 goals against average and a .896 save percentage
  • Was selected in the seventh round by the Vancouver Canucks at the 2018 NHL Draft
  • Has committed to the NCAA’s Maine Black Bears for the 2019-20 season

Filip Zadina

Filip Zadina (Halifax Mooseheads)

  • Joined the Mooseheads after five seasons with HC Pardubice
  • Had 44 goals and 38 assists in 57 games
  • His 44 goals and 82 points were the most by a rookie in the CHL and the QMJHL
  • His 38 assists were the most by a rookie in the QMJHL
  • In the playoffs, he had five goals and seven assists in nine games
  • At the World Juniors, he had seven goals and an assist for the Czech Republic
  • Was selected with the sixth overall pick by the Detroit Red Wings at the 2018 NHL Draft

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