After a fantastic season for Maple Leafs prospects in the Ontario Hockey League, two prospects have been named to the all-star teams.
Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mitch Marner of the London Knights headlines the First Team All-Stars at Right Wing for the second straight season. Marner was the league’s Red Tilson Trophy recipient for Most Outstanding Player of the Year and became the first player in OHL history to win that award followed by OHL Playoff MVP honours, CHL Player of the Year, and MasterCard Memorial Cup MVP. He is joined up front by linemates including Arizona Coyotes prospect Christian Dvorak and 2016 NHL Draft prospect Matthew Tkachuk. The trio combined for 344 regular season points and marks just the fifth time in league history and first since the 2001 Belleville Bulls where all three forward positions on the First All-Star Team are from the same team.
Mitch Marner has yet another honour to add to the collection for this amazing, dual championship season. In addition to the honours above, Marner played for Team Canada at the World Juniors (4G, 2A) and represented the OHL in the Canada-Russia Super Series, assisting on Spencer Watson's game winning goal in the OHL's 2-1 victory on November 16.
Erie Otters defenseman Travis Dermott was named to the second all-star team:
The Otters lead the way with a total of five representatives including Knoblauch, along with Second Team All-Stars that include Maple Leafs prospect Travis Dermott and goaltender Devin Williams
Dermott's year gets capped off with an all-star team after scoring 43 points (6G, 37A) in 51 games, two short of his OHL best, but in 10 less games. Dermott also played for Team Canada at the World Juniors this year, scoring two assists. Dermott played for Team OHL in the Canada-Russia Super Series on November 12, and assisted on Spencer Watson's game winning goal in the OHL's 3-0 victory.
The OHL may have seen the last of these players, Mitch Marner is in discussion to jump to the Maple Leafs, and Travis Dermott is eligible to play for the Marlies. If they both play as well in camp as they have this year we will be seeing them both i nthe blue & white.