Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Los Angeles Kings prospect Spencer Watson of the Mississauga Steelheads is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending February 12 after recording seven points including three goals and four assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-3 in three games.
Watson delivered a trio of multi-point performances last week helping the Steelheads earn five of a possible six points extending their lead to 10 atop the Central Division standings. On Thursday Watson scored the game-winner and added an assist as part of a 7-5 road win against the Barrie Colts as the Trout erased a 3-0 second period deficit. On Friday he earned second star honours with a pair of goals plus an assist and even produced a shootout tally to keep Mississauga’s hopes alive before falling 4-3 to the visiting Hamilton Bulldogs. His week wrapped up Sunday with two assists as third star of a 3-2 triumph over the visiting Saginaw Spirit. Sunday’s victory continued an impressive streak for the Steelheads who have collected 16 points in their last 10 games and now hold a 24-17-6-6 record with 15 games remaining in the 2016-17 regular season.
A 20-year-old from London, ON, Watson is playing in his fifth OHL season and first with the Steelheads after being acquired from the Kingston Frontenacs in the off-season. The seventh round pick of the Kings in the 2014 NHL Draft made his season debut in December following wrist surgery and has contributed 20 goals and 10 assists for 30 points in 26 games. Watson is approaching the prestigious 300 career point milestone currently with 278 including an equal 139 goals and assists in 259 games played.
Also considered for the award this week was 2017 NHL Draft prospect Nick Suzuki of the Owen Sound Attack and Ryan Moore of the Flint Firebirds both recording six-point weeks including four goals and two assists in three games highlighted by hat-trick performances on Sunday. In goal, Stephen Dhillon of the Niagara IceDogs made 73 saves in two games posting a 1-0-0-1 record including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 0.96 and save percentage of .973.
2016-17 Pioneer Energy OHL Players of the Week:
Feb. 6 – Feb. 12: Spencer Watson (Mississauga Steelheads)
Jan. 30 – Feb. 5: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Jan. 23 – Jan. 29: Jeremy Helvig (Kingston Frontenacs)
Jan. 16 – Jan. 22: Hayden Hodgson (Saginaw Spirit)
Jan. 9 – Jan. 15: Kole Sherwood (Flint Firebirds)
Jan. 2 – Jan. 8: Santino Centorame (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1: Michael McNiven (Owen Sound Attack)
Dec. 12 – Dec. 18: Dylan Wells (Peterborough Petes)
Dec. 5 – Dec. 11: Michael DiPietro (Windsor Spitfires)
Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Boris Katchouk (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Jonathan Ang (Peterborough Petes)
Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters)
Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Troy Timpano (Erie Otters)
Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Max Jones (London Knights)
Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Jeremy Bracco (Kitchener Rangers)
Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Logan Brown (Windsor Spitfires)
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Joseph Raaymakers (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Matt Luff (Hamilton Bulldogs)