The Ontario Hockey League has announced that Vancouver Canucks prospect Cole Cassels of the Oshawa Generals is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 19 after scoring a league-high 10 points in four games with two goals and eight assists along with a plus-minus rating of plus-6.
Cassels helped the Generals win all four games last week with four multi-point efforts lifting the club into first place in the Eastern Conference standings with 19 points. In the four games played, the club scored 23 goals with Cassels topping the list of five different Generals who recorded five or more points. He began the week with a Thanksgiving matinee last Monday scoring once with one assist as part of a 7-1 win over the Ottawa 67’s. Over the weekend, Cassels recorded a pair of assists in a 6-4 win over the Sarnia Sting on Friday, then matched a career-high with four points on Saturday in a 6-0 win over the Owen Sound Attack. In that contest, Cassels scored his fourth goal of the season just 39 seconds deep which held as the game-winner and also added three assists receiving first star honours. His week wrapped up on Sunday with two assists helping the Generals beat the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds by a 4-2 score setting up teammate Hunter Smith on the game-winner and insurance marker for his first career hat-trick.
Cassels, a 19-year-old from Columbus, OH, is playing in his fourth OHL season with the Generals. Originally chosen in the first round of the 2011 OHL Priority Selection, Cassels has 147 points in 200 career regular season OHL games to date and is currently fourth in league scoring with 20 points in 11 games. He was selected by the Canucks in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft and has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the club.
Also considered for the award this week was Dallas Stars prospect Remi Elie of the Belleville Bulls and Detroit Red Wings prospect Tyler Bertuzzi of the Guelph Storm who both scored three goals and four assists for seven points in three games played for their clubs. In goal, the Generals’ Ken Appleby went 4-0-0-0 with one shutout victory posting a goals-against-average of 1.75 and a save percentage of .924.