A total of 173 former Ontario Hockey League players made opening night NHL rosters. Nine of those players are NHL rookies and most of them have wasted no time in making a mark.
Mitch Marner – Marner’s first NHL goal will not be remembered for the way he took a pass, put it through his feet and snapped it past Anton Khudobin of the Bruins. It will be remembered because his mom, Bonnie missed it. She was in the washroom at the ACC and heard the crowd cheer and then heard the goal announcement for #16. The way Marner is going, there will be plenty of other goals to see. He had ten shots on goal in his first two games (best on the Maple Leafs) and that isn’t counting the crossbar he hit against Ottawa.
Matthew Tkachuk – Did not record a point in his first three games, but was more than noticed by players on the opposing Oilers and Canucks. Tkachuk averaged just over twelve minutes of ice time and recorded seven shots on goal.
Christian Dvorak – Helped to set up Shane Doan for the Arizona Coyotes’ first goal of the season. Dvorak also saw time on both the power play and penalty kill in his first NHL game.
Jakob Chychrun – Had an assist and a scary fall into the end boards trying to chase down an icing in his first game with Arizona. Chychrun returned to the game and played over twelve minutes in total.
Lawson Crouse – The Mount Brydges native played 5:36 in his first game with the Coyotes and used his big frame to dish out hits. The former Florida first-rounder was traded to Arizona in August.
Travis Konecny – The Clachan native is off to a hot start with the Flyers, recording three assists in his first two games. He is tied for the team lead in scoring and has been playing with Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek.
Blake Speers – He played in both of New Jersey’s first two games and although he didn’t hit the score sheet, Speers was his usual reliable and responsible self, seeing time on the fourth line with Vernon Fiddler and Miles Wood.
Mikhail Sergachev – Making Montreal’s roster as an 18-year old defenceman may have raised a few brows, but the Canadiens like his physical play. Sergachev saw time in one of Montreal’s two games. He could still return to Windsor for a Memorial Cup run.
Roland McKeown is with the Hurricanes and Dylan Strome is on the Coyotes’ roster, but both are still looking to get into their first NHL game.