With the 2011 - 2012 Ontario Hockey League regular season coming to an end, it's time to look at the final statistics and who came out on top among the first time draft eligible players.
Plus/Minus: Luke Mercer of the Niagara Ice Dogs finished atop the plus/minus with plus 32. The second year defenseman played in 65 games for the Ice Dogs and scored 3 goals and added 11 assists. Mercer was followed by three players tied for second spot. Chris Tierney of the London Knights, his teammate Olli Maatta, and Mercer's teammateJesse Graham finished with a plus 25.
Defensemen Point Leaders: Ottawa 67's defenseman Cody Ceci takes home the honors as the top point producing defenseman among draft eligible defensemen. His 60 points in 64 games was second only to Niagara's Dougie Hamilton among all defensemen. The Guelph Storm's Matt Finn came in second with 48 points in 61 games while Niagara's Jesse Graham finished third with 41 points in 68 games.
Defensemen Goal Scoring Leaders: No surprise here as Ceci takes this honor as well. He had as many goals (17) as the second and third place finishers did combined. Matt Finn came in second with 10 goals and the Brampton Battalion's Dylan Blujus came in third with 7 goals as did the Kingston Frontenac's Warren Steele.
Goal Scoring leaders: Despite missing 26 games, Sarnia Sting's Nail Yakupov takes top spot. He played in just 42 games and scored 31 goals or .74 goals per game. Close behind was Guelph's Scott Kosmachuk with 30 goals. Kosmachuk missed just one game through the season. Right behind Kosmachuk was the Kitchener Rangers' Radek Faksa, who scored 29 goals in 62 games. Faksa finished with .47 goals per game while Kosmachuk was at .45 goals per game.
Assist Leaders: Once again it's Cody Ceci. Ceci finished with 43 assists in 64 games to lead all draft eligible players. Coming in second was the Belleville Bulls' Brendan Gaunce who had 40 assists in 68 games. He was followed closely by the Owen Sound Attack's Gemel Smith who had 39 and like Gaunce, played the full 68 game schedule.
Points Leaders: Yakupov was able to hold on despite surges by Gaunce and Faksa. Yakupov finished with 69 points in just 42 games while Gaunce came in second with 68 points in 68 games and Faksa finished third with 67 points in 62 games. They are the only three among the leaders to finish with at least a point per game. And Yes Cody Ceci is on this list as well, finishing in fifth.
Goals Against Average Leaders: Malcolm Subban of the Belleville Bulls takes this handily. In 39 games played in, Subban finished with a 2.50 goals against average. He was followed by Jake Paterson of the Saginaw Spirit. Paterson appeared in 42 games for the Spirit and posted a 3.42 goals against average. Dan Altshuller of the Oshawa Generals played in 30 games and came in third with a 3.55 goals against average.
Save Percentage Leaders: Once again Subban takes the homor. he face 1215 shots and stopped 1121 of them for a .923 Save Percentage. Again, Paterson comes in second having stopped 1219 of 1348 shots he faced for a .904 Save Percentage. Altshuller came in third again stopping 916 of the 1046 shots he faced for a .900 save percentage.
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