Each week throughout the regular season, a panel of OHL bloggers/writers/analysts and independent scouts voted on the OHL's draft eligible three stars for the week. We used a scoring system to track each of the stars the players recieved and with that came up with the Three Stars of the Year.
Here are your 2011-2012 Ontario Hockey League's draft eligible three stars :
1st Star - Radek Faksa - Kitchener Rangers : During the season, Faksa was named first star twice, second star three times and third star three times. more than any other player. The 6'3" 203 pound rookie center played in 62 games and scored 29 goals and 38 assists for 67 points, good enough for third on the team and tops among rookies in the OHL. He was a plus 19 on the seaon which put him 4thamong Ranger forwards. Faksa has a solid nose for the net, uses his size extremely well in the dirty areas, posesses a quality shot and is a NHL ready two way player.
2nd Star - Malcolm Subban - Belleville Bulls: Subban received four first star nominations (the most of any player) and one second star through the season. The 6'1" 188 pound netminder finished first among draft eligible goaltenders with a 2.50 goals against average and .923 save percentage - good enough for fourth and sixth overall in the OHL. Subban is an extremely talented goaltender who is very athletic and lighting quick reflexes.
3rd Star - Nail Yakupov - Sarnia Sting: When we first began this, the general consensus was to have the Yakupov award and then, everyone else. But injuries made it a race. Yakupov received one first, three second and two third star votes. The 5'11" 190 pound winger scored 31 goals and added 38 assists in just 42 games, tops among draft eligible players. The consensus number 1 pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Yakupov is a game changer - capable of changing the compexion of a game on his own.