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.