Vancouver Canucks 2017-18 prospects watch Week 2: Canada’s Finest

CALGARY, AB - OCTOBER 15: Jakob Stukel
CALGARY, AB - OCTOBER 15: Jakob Stukel /
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Ontario Hockey League

It was a memorable week for Canucks prospects in the OHL this week.

Jonah Gadjovich was pointless for once, being shut out in the one game he played last week. Though he only managed one shot, the biggest news was away from the rink. He was named to the Canada-Russia series OHL roster, pencilled in to play both games.

Also named to the OHL-representing team was netminder Michael DiPietro, who is set to play only in the second of the OHL games. DiPietro had a tough week though, letting eight goals in against 90 shots.

The defensemen in the OHL had quite the week. Cole Candella had a point in each of the five games he played, though he was burned for a minus-five on one of the games. The trade to Sudbury continues to pay dividends for Candella, the 5th-round pick in 2016.

Matt Brassard had three assists in four games, but more impressively he had 25 shots on net. He was a top-five defenseman in the OHL in getting shots through on net last season and now he is at the top of the OHL in that department.

Brassard, the seventh-round selection this year, has 39 shots in 10 games now. 3.9 Shots/Game is tied for the lead in the OHL with Nicolas Hague, the Vegas Golden Knights’ second-round pick.

Player GP Goals Assists Points ± PIM Shots Hits FO%
RW Jonah Gadjovich  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  –  –
C Brett McKenzie  2  0  0  0  -2  2  11  –  –
D Matt Brassard  4  0  3  3  0  8  25
D Cole Candella  5  1  4  5  -3  4  8
G Michael DiPietro  3  1-2-0  2.03GAA  .937Sv%