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Toronto Maple Leafs prospects recap: West is Best

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The Western prospects ended 2016 in style, as they racked up points over their Eastern brethren.

Keith Hershmiller

There’s a myth that the Western Conference is best in the NHL. It’s true in the OHL, and this week it’s true of Leafs prospects.

Adam Brooks ended 2016 with ten points in four games, with five coming from a single game.

Jack Walker went a point per game notching 3 goals and an assist of his won while carrying a +8 over the week. Vladimir Bobylyov is sliding right into the WHL, acting like he’s missed no time at all.

For the OHL kids, Nikita Korostelev was traded from Sarnia to Peterborough, and with OHL media picking the Petes to go all the way, Korostelev could see a lengthy post season in his future.

Stephen Desrocher sees his name in trade rumours, and whether they were motivation or not, he had five points this week.

Jeremy Bracco, while not playing, is a big name out there as we approach the OHL trade deadline, Kitchener is looking to cash in on Bracco’s play so far this year.

Ontario Hockey League

JJ Piccinich (F) / Nicolas Mattinen (D)
2G, 1A, +2 / 0G, 2A
London Knights - 25-5-2-3

December 28th: vs Oshawa Generals
W 5-3 - No Points / 0G, 1A, +1
December 30th: vs Sarnia Sting
W 4-1 - 0G, 1A / No Points
January 1st: @ Sarnia Sting
W 5-3 - 2G, 0A, +2 / 0G, 1A, -1


Stephen Desrocher (D) - 0G, 5A
Kingston Frontenacs - 16-13-5-1

December 28th: @ Mississauga Steelheads
W 3-2 - 0G, 1A, -1
December 30th: vs Peterborough Petes
L 4-3 OT - 0G, 3A
December 31st: @ Niagara IceDogs
W 4-1 - 0G, 1A, +1


Jeremy Bracco (F) - At World Juniors
Kitchener Rangers - 21-12-1-1

December 29th: @ Windsor Spitfires - W 2-1
December 30th: vs Owen Sound Attack - L 3-0
January 1st: vs Erie Otters - W 5-2


Nikita Korostelev (F) - 0G, 1A, -1
Sarnia Sting - 17-15-5-0

December 28th: @ Guelph Storm
L 4-3 OT - 0G, 1A
December 30th: @ London Knights
L 4-1 - 0G, 0A, -1


Keaton Middleton (D) - 0G, 0A, +2
Saginaw Spirit - 13-16-5-2

December 28th: vs Windsor Spitfires
L 4-3 OT - 0G, 0A, +1
December 29th: vs Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
L 4-3 - 0G, 0A, +1
December 30th: @ Flint Firebirds
L 3-2 OT - No Points


Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Martins Dzierkals (F) - At World Juniors
Rouyn-Noranda Huskies - 21-10-1-5

December 28: @ Shawinigan Cataractes - L 3-1
December 30th: @ Val d’Or Foreurs - L 6-4
December 31st: vs Val d’Or Foreurs - W 4-3


Western Hockey League

Adam Brooks (F) - 4G, 6A, +4
Regina Pats - 25-6-3-1

December 27th: vs Brandon Wheat Kings
W 7-4 - 3G, 2A, +1
December 28th: @ Brandon Wheat Kings
L 2-1 SO - 0G, 1A
December 30th: @ Prince Albert Raiders
W 8-0 - 0G, 1A
January 1st: vs Prince Albert Raiders
W 7-2 - 1G, 2A, +3


Jack Walker (F) / Vladimir Bobylyov (F)
3G, 1A, +8 / 1G, 2A, +4
Victoria Royals - 21-15-4-0

December 27th: vs Prince George Cougars
W 5-1 - 0G, 0A, +4 / 0G, 0A, +1
December 28th: vs Prince George Cougars
W 3-0 - 1G, 0A, +1 / 1G, 0A, +1
December 30th: @ Kelowna Rockets
W 2-1 - 1G, 0A, +1 / No Points
December 31st: @ Kamloops Blazers
W 6-1 - 1G, 1A, +2 / 0G, 2A, +2


NCAA

Joseph Woll (G) - At World Juniors
Boston College Eagles
Overall - 13-7-2 / Conference: 8-1-1

December 30th: @ Quinnipac - L 3-1
December 31st: @ Ferris State -T 1-1


JD Greenway (D)
Wisconsin Badgers
Overall: 8-7-1

Wisconsin resumes player January 6th.


Dominic Toninato (F)
U-Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs
Overall: 12-3-3 / Conference: 9-2-1

UMD resumes playing January 6th


Dakota Joshua (F)
Ohio State Buckeyes
Overall: 9-3-4 / Conference: 1-1-0

December 31st: vs Miami (Ohio)
L 6-3 - Did Not Play


Nolan Vesey (F) - 0G, 0A,-2
Maine Black Bears
Overall: 7-10-0 / Conference: 1-6-1

December 30th: @ New Hampshire
L 6-4 - 0G, 0A, -2


Player League Points Games PPG NHLe
Player League Points Games PPG NHLe
Adam Brooks WHL 63 29 2.17 48.10
Jeremy Bracco OHL 51 27 1.89 49.56
JJ Piccinich OHL 41 33 1.24 32.60
Martins Dzierkals QMJHL 27 22 1.23 26.17
Jack Walker WHL 45 38 1.18 26.22
Nikita Korostelev OHL 35 31 1.13 29.63
Dakota Joshua Big 10 14 14 1.00 28.70
Dominic Toninato NCHC 12 18 0.67 22.41
Stephen Desrocher OHL 25 33 0.76 19.88
Vladimir Bobylev WHL 5 7 0.71 15.81
Nolan Vesey Hockey East 10 18 0.56 16.86
Keaton Middleton OHL 9 32 0.28 7.38
JD Greenway Big 10 3 16 0.19 5.38
Nicolas Mattinen OHL 4 33 0.12 3.18