OHL Announces Top Performers of the Month for January
The Ontario Hockey League today announced the Top OHL Performers of the Month for regular season games played in January 2016, including Barrie Colts standouts Kevin Labanc and Rasmus Andersson as well as Guelph Storm goaltender Michael Giugovaz and North Bay Battalion blueliner Cam Dineen.
OHL Player of the Month – Kevin Labanc (Barrie Colts):
San Jose Sharks prospect Kevin Labanc is the OHL's Player of the Month for January after recording 12 goals, 18 assists and 30 points in 13 games along with a plus/minus rating of plus-20. The OHL's scoring leader continued his dominant campaign in the month of January, kicking things off by tying a Barrie Colts regular season franchise record when he scored three times and added four assists for seven points in a 12-2 win over North Bay on January 2nd. Just a week later Labanc would record a six point outing with three goals, three assists and six points in a 7-4 win over Mississauga. The third-year forward had points in 11 of his 13 January contests, with eight of those being multi-point performances. Labanc earned star of the game recognition five times over the course of the month, twice earning first star honours in his previously mentioned six and seven point performances.
A native of Staten Island, NY, Labanc currently leads the OHL in scoring with 29 goals, 56 assists and 85 points in 45 contests to go with a league-leading plus/minus rating of plus-42. The sixth round pick of the San Jose Sharks in 2014 comes off a 31-goal season in 2014-15 and has also seen success on the international stage, winning a pair of silver medals with the United States at the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and the 2013 World Under-18 Hockey Championship. Labanc was originally Barrie's sixth round (103rd overall) pick in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection.
OHL Defenceman of the Month - Rasmus Andersson (Barrie Colts):
While Kevin Labanc is the OHL's Player of the Month, another Barrie Colts standout in Calgary Flames prospect Rasmus Andersson has been named the league's Defenceman of the Month for January. Andersson helped the Colts to an 8-4-0-1 mark in the month of January, collecting 17 assists in 13 games to go with a plus/minus rating of plus-14. The Swedish blueliner had points in 11 of his 13 outings, headlined by a three assist effort on January 15th against Hamilton. Andersson has points in his last five contests while the Colts enter the month of February having gained at least a point in each of their last six games.
A native of Malmo, Sweden, Andersson currently leads OHL defencemen in scoring with seven goals, 38 assists and 45 points in 45 games to go with a plus/minus rating of plus-17 while his 159 shots on goal lead all OHL blueliners. The 19 year-old finished third in scoring among OHL defencemen in 2014-15 with 12 goals, 52 assists and 64 points in 62 games before being selected in the second round (53rd overall) by Calgary last summer. Andersson was originally Barrie's first round (37th overall) pick in the 2014 CHL Import Draft.
OHL Rookie of the Month – Cam Dineen (North Bay Battalion):
For the second straight month, North Bay Battalion defenceman Cam Dineen has been named the OHL's Rookie of the Month. The 17 year-old blueliner recorded six goals, seven assists and 13 points in as many January contests, collecting points in 10 of those outings. Dineen's current five game point streak includes a goal and an assist on January 21st against Guelph followed by scoring an overtime winner on January 22nd in Hamilton. Three of Dineen's six goals in January were game winners, giving him a total of five on the season to lead all OHL defencemen.
A native of Toms River, NJ, Dineen is currently second in scoring among OHL defencemen and rookies with 11 goals, 33 assists and 44 points in 47 games. His 11 goals are tied for second among blueliners. Originally North Bay's 11th round (214th overall) pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection, Dineen is eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft and was ranked 117th among North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting's Midterm Rankings released on January 19th.