OHL announces Coaches Polls winners

Jacob Perreault of the Sarnia Sting. Photo courtesy of OHL Images.

The Ontario Hockey League announced the results of the Eastern and Western Conference Coaches Polls for the 2019-20 OHL regular season this week.

In the Western Conference, top 2020 NHL Draft prospect Cole Perfetti of the Saginaw Spirit led all OHL players with first place finishes in four different categories including Smartest Player, Best Playmaker, Best Stickhandler and Best Shootout Shooter.

Teammate Damien Giroux placed first in two different categories including Hardest Worker and Best Defensive Forward.

The first place London Knights and the defending OHL champion Guelph Storm each featured six different players in the results.

London forwards Liam Foudy and Connor McMichael were both included in three different categories, with the former placing first as the Conference’s Best Skater and Best Penalty Killer while the latter was voted the West’s Best Shot and Most Dangerous in the Goal Area.

The Storm had three players involved in three different categories headlined by Nico Daws who was voted Most Improved, Best Puckhandling Goaltender and second-best Shootout Goaltender, while Pavel Gogolev and captain Cam Hillis were also part of three separate fields.

Windsor Spitfires captain Luke Boka was voted the Conference’s Best Shot Blocker for the third consecutive year.

Flint Firebirds defenceman Tyler Tucker was voted the West’s Best Body Checker after earning the same distinction in the Eastern Conference last season.

The Sarnia Sting’s Kelton Hatcher placed third in the Best Body Checker category and the Sting’s Jacob Perreault was third in the voting for Best Shot in the Western Conference.

In the Eastern Conference, the first place Ottawa 67’s led the way with eight players spread out over an impressive 17 different categories.

Top 2020 NHL Draft prospect and OHL scoring champion Marco Rossi was included in six different fields, being voted the Conference’s Smartest Player, Best Playmaker and Best Shootout Shooter.