Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Greg McKegg of the Erie Otters is the OHL Player of the Week for the third time this season. For the week ending February 20, McKegg scored four goals and four assists for eight points in three games with a plus-minus rating of plus-5.
McKegg led the Otters to three wins including a 6-2 Wednesday night victory over the top Western Conference team the Owen Sound Attack. McKegg scored four goals including the game-winner and was named the game’s first star becoming the first Otter in franchise history to score four goals twice in one season. McKegg then shifted to setup man with one assist on Friday night in a 5-2 win over the Niagara IceDogs, before tallying three assists on Saturday as part of an 8-3 Otters win over the Guelph Storm to match a franchise record for eight straight wins on home ice at Tullio Arena.
McKegg, an 18-year-old from St. Thomas, ON, is playing in his third OHL season with the Otters. A Toronto Maple Leafs prospect, McKegg was selected in the third round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He has already established a career high with 38 goals and has another 38 assists for 76 points in 56 games.
Also considered for the award this week was Nashville Predators prospect Ryan Ellis of the Windsor Spitfires, and 2011 NHL Entry Draft prospect Vladislav Namestnikov of the London Knights. Ellis led the OHL with nine points in three games scoring once and adding eight assists, while Namestnikov scored his first career hat-trick as part of a seven-point week with five goals and two assists. In goal, Peter Di Salvo of the Oshawa Generals won three games posting a goals-against-average of 1.95 and save percentage of .941.
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