Nick Robertson is having a fabulous year with the Peterborough Petes, and they are going for it this season with some key trades to add some scoring power. Robertson doesn’t need that much help to score though, as he leads the OHL with 55 goals in 46 games played.

With his 54th and 55th goals on Sunday, Robertson leapt up to to the top 30 overall in OHL goal scoring by U19 players. Robertson just turned 18 last September and he is about the same age as most players who are yet to be drafted, and for a player his age, his season is spectacular. How high can he go on that all-time list? He’s got 6 games to add to his total, but the bar is set very high.

In 1980-1981, the first season of the OHL, future NHLer Tony Tanti scored 81 goals in 67 games. Like Robertson, he was born in September, so this was his season where he’d just turned 17, making his feat almost impossible to beat.

John Tavares couldn’t score more than Tanti. He’s second on the list with 72 goals scored when he was an exceptional 16-year-old. One goal behind Tavares at 71 is Eric Lindros who actually turned 18 during that season, so he was an old man compared to the other two.

After those three seasons, comes the performances of the mere mortals. And somewhere on this list is where Robertson will finish up.  Note: list was made before Robertson blasted his way onto it.

OHL U19 Players 1980-present

RankNameSeasonTeamGames Played GoalsAssistsPointsPPGPIM
1Tony Tanti (LW)1980-1981Oshawa Generals6781691502.24197
2John Tavares (C)2006-2007Oshawa Generals677262134260
3Eric Lindros (C)1990-1991Oshawa Generals5771781492.61189
4Graeme Bonar (RW)1984-1985Soo Greyhounds6666711372.0893
5Corey Locke (C)2002-2003Ottawa 67's6663881512.2983
6Wayne Presley (RW)1983-1984Kitchener Rangers7063761391.99156
7Scott Tottle (RW)1983-1984Peterborough Petes7063471101.5724
8Patrick Kane (RW)2006-2007London Knights5862831452.552
9Tony Tanti (LW)1981-1982Oshawa Generals5762641262.21138
10Vitali Yachmenyov (RW)1993-1994North Bay Centennials6661521131.7118
11John Tucker (C)1982-1983Kitchener Rangers706080140233
12Dan Quinn (C)1982-1983Belleville Bulls7059881472.127
13Wayne Groulx (C)1983-1984Soo Greyhounds7059781371.9648
14Jeff Shevalier (LW)1992-1993North Bay Centennials6259541131.8246
15Mario Simioni (LW)1981-1982Toronto Marlboros6858601181.7488
16Dave MacLean (RW)1983-1984Belleville Bulls7058511091.5647
17Steven Stamkos (C/W)2007-2008Sarnia Sting6158471051.7288
18John Tavares (C)2008-2009totals5658461041.8654
---London Knights243218502.0822
---Oshawa Generals322628541.6932
19Bob Wren (C)1992-1993Detroit Jr. Red Wings6357881452.391
20Keith Primeau (C)1989-1990Niagara Falls Thunder6557701271.9597
21Tyler Toffoli (RW)2010-2011Ottawa 67's6857511081.5933
22Dave Andreychuk (LW)1981-1982Oshawa Generals6757431001.4971
23Jeff Vaive (C)1981-1982Ottawa 67's6856951512.2290
24Jon Sim (LW)1995-1996Sarnia Sting6356451011.6130
25Jason Allison (C)1993-1994London Knights5655871422.5468
26Dave Gagner (C)1982-1983Brantford Alexanders7055661211.7357
27Chris Gratton (C)1992-1993Kingston Frontenacs5855541091.88125
28Robert Cimetta (LW)1988-1989Toronto Marlboros5855471021.7689
29Jeff Larmer (LW)1980-1981Kitchener Rangers6854541081.59103
30Mike Ricci (C)1988-1989Peterborough Petes6054521061.7743

He just passed Mike Ricci’s 54 goals scored for the same team. Ricci turned 17 just as that season began, making him another of the future stars who were very good very young. Robertson’s age 17 season wasn’t in that class. He’s not like Tavares or Tanti, who show up on this list twice. But no one on this list has as few games played either.

Robertson’s 56th goal will put him past Jason Allison, who retired a Toronto Maple Leafs player with 154 NHL goals.

His 57th goal will put him over Jeff Vaive. Vaive is one of the cautionary tales of looking at junior scoring phenoms. He’s our grain of salt today. Listed at 5’9” and 174 lbs, Vaive followed that season up with a second OHL season that was not quite as stellar. He was drafted in the 6th round after setting that mark, and never played in the NHL. He played for 10 years in the third- and second-tier German league. In Germany3, he had more than a goal per game over 226 games. That was the 80s and 90s though, and times have changed.

If Robertson can make it to 58 goals, he ties the lesser of Tavares’s seasons, the one he split between Oshawa and London. He was almost exactly Robertson’s age that year, and he was drafted after that season was over. Getting to 58 means sharing the stage with Steven Stamkos as well as Tavares, but to be the best American on this list, Robertson needs to make it all the way past Wayne Presley at 63 goals.

How high can he go? The top 25 all time, the top 20, the top 10?