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Greg McKegg Production Part I

Hey guys, welcome to my first fanpost, and thanks for reading. There was a comment in the FTB about Greg McKegg, and how he's doing. I was going to post this as a reply, but then it grew to be too long, and while I'm waiting for the Skills Competition to start, thought I'd throw this together.

This post is just going to look at how McKegg is doing, and how he's faring compared to other OHLers. Details after the jump.

I began by pulling up the list of top scorers in the OHL, off of their site:

Rank | Name | Team | GP | G | A | P | PIM

1         Tyler Toffoli    Ottawa 67's    48    43    40    83    25
2         Shane Prince    Ottawa 67's    46    21    55    76    16
3         Ryan Strome    Niagara IceDogs    47    25    50    75    60
4         Jason Akeson    Kitchener Rangers    44    17    58    75    17
5    *    Nail Yakupov    Sarnia Sting    45    35    34    69    37
6         Taylor Beck    Guelph Storm    44    31    35    66    45
7         Joey Hishon    Owen Sound Attack    36    28    38    66    44
8         Kale Kerbashian    Sarnia Sting    46    25    40    65    24
9         Greg McKegg    Erie Otters    46    34    30    64    31
10         Garrett Wilson    Owen Sound Attack    45    30    34    64    84
11         Ryan Martindale    Ottawa 67's    45    27    37    64    18
12         Nathan Moon    Kingston Frontenacs    48    27    36    63    72
13         Colin Behenna    Barrie Colts    46    23    39    62    16
14         Christian Thomas    Oshawa Generals    44    34    26    60    30
15         Peter Holland    Guelph Storm    45    27    33    60    39
16    *    Alexander Khokhlachev    Windsor Spitfires    45    28    31    59    29
17         Matt Puempel    Peterborough Petes    46    28    31    59    45
18         Michael Latta    Guelph Storm    46    24    35    59    105
19         Zack Kassian    Windsor Spitfires    35    21    38    59    52
20         Ryan Ellis    Windsor Spitfires    36    16    43    59    37

If you look, what's worth notice is that there are very few guys up there that aren't teammates of another player up there (much like the NHL). Obviously, if a line has two stars on it, both the stars will benefit and have a lot more points. There are only five players on that list that aren't accompanied by teammates:

Jason Akeson, Kitchener Rangers
Greg McKegg, Erie Otters
Nathan Moon, Kingston Frontenacs
Christian Thomas, Oshawa Generals
Matt Puempel, Peterborough Petes

Of the above five players, three were drafted: McKegg, Moon, Thomas.

Jason Akeson is an overager (and is actually 20). Akeson, however, isn't drafted. He was given a camp invitation by Anahiem but was cut pretty early. His numbers last year weren't that great, but he's putting up good numbers this year and could be a good pick.

Nathan Moon was actually drafted in 2008 so he's a double overager. He's in the same position that Kadri would have been had he been sent back down to Junior this year (which he was eligible for). He's putting up nice points, but they're not even as good as McKegg's, and he's got an extra year. He's a penguins prospect.

Christian Thomas is probably the closest comparable to McKegg. He's playing on a team with no other high-scoring players, and was drafted last year in the second round (40th). With that said, their numbers are nearly identical. They have the same amount of goals, and McKegg has 4 more assists. McKegg has one more penalty minute, also, but Thomas has played two less games. He's NYR property.

Finally, Matt Puempel is undrafted, and will probably go high in the first round... top 10? He's not really a comparable, though I'd love to have him.

It's also interesting to see how dominant Ryan Ellis is. He missed about 10 games to play with Team Canada, but is still on the top 20 for scoring, as a defense.

There's not too many stats included in this post, but its just an exhibition of how well McKegg is doing. The only players outscoring him are either on contenders, and are playing with other good players, or are Jason Akeson, who is older than him.

I will write a part II later, which will include comparables to him throughout history, so we begin to develop expectations for how he will translate to an NHL player.

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