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End of October CHL report

Home to Michael DiPietro of the OHL's Spitfires.


The CHL is made up of three leagues, the WHL, OHL and QMJHL, which makes it the largest major junior hockey league in the world. It is only fitting to keep tabs on some of the prospects.

Top 10 CHL players this season

Keep in mind that this season is still very new, and most of these players will not keep up the paces they’re on, but as of right now, these are the 10 best players in the CHL.

Stats from Hockey DB


F Jordan Kyrou: Sarnia Sting, OHL

2nd round #35 overall pick 2016 NHL entry draft: St. Louis Blues

Drafted with a pick originally owned by the Calgary Flames (that pick was apart of the 2016 Brian Elliot trade), Kyrou has had a great start in the OHL., with 28 points, 12 of those goals, in just 13 games.

This will be Kyrou’s last year in the OHL and if he does not make the St. Louis Blues lineup next year, he will likely play in the AHL.

kyrou is also a early candidate to make team Canada’s World Junior roster in December.


D Sean Durzi: Owen Sound Attack, OHL

Not drafted

The motivation for Durzi hot start in the OHL is clear, a shot at the NHL.

Despite being ranked #124 by NHL central scouting, Durzi did not get selected in the 2017 draft.

Maybe going undrafted provided him with some motivation as he has 25 points in his first 14 games for Owen Sound.


F Glenn Gawdin: Swift Current Broncos, WHL

4th round #116 overall pick 2015 NHL entry draft: St.Louis Blues

Coming in at number eight is another St. Louis Blues pick and captain of the Swift Current Broncos.

Although Gawdin has 30 points in just 13 games played, he is an overager and it is very common for players to have a great year in their overage year and then not develop into a NHL regular.

For Gawdin next year will be his true big test, when he leaves the WHL and moves on to another professional league, likely the AHL or ECHL.


G Antoine Samuel: Baie-Comeau Drakkar, QMJHL

Not drafted

The chances of Samuel getting any look from an NHL team seems slim.

Before this season Samuel has struggled in the QMJHL, leading to him being past on by every team in his draft year.

While a .931 SV% is a great way to start a season, it might be to little to late for Samuel in his NHL dream. If he does want to keep the dream alive, he has to keep up the great start. However, it seems unlikely.


G Justin Fazio: Sarnia Sting, OHL

Not drafted

Fazio appears to be in the same position that Samuel is in. An undrafted overage goalie that has struggled in the past years, but is off to a great start.

The main differences between Samuel and Fazio is that he has struggled even more in the past, but is off to a better start this season, with a .933 SV% and 10-1-0 record.

The last two players are proof that most times the best players in the CHL are undrafted overagers, who may be on the back nine of their hockey careers.


Kale Clague: Brandon Wheat Kings, WHL

Round 2 #51 overall 2016 NHL entry draft: Los Angeles Kings

With the LA Kings in some salary trouble, it is very likely we could see Clague in the NHL by next season.

Clague is doing his part to make this happen. In just 13 games this season, Clague has 24 points, not bad for a defenseman.

Clearly the Kings like this guy, using their 2016 2nd round draft pick on him and right now he is performing better than even they could have hoped.

Clague is a name you should remember.


Samuel Harvey: Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, QMJHL

Not drafted

On the surface, Harvey appears like just another overage goalie that is having one last great year in junior hockey, but I believe Harvey is more than that.

His numbers seem like more than just a one year wonder, with a SV% of .934, a GAA of 1.97 and an incredible record of 10-0-1, it is hard to believe this goalie will be looking for another form of employment in the coming years.

It is very possible that Harvey is just having a hot start and he will fall back down to earth in a couple weeks, but if he sustains these numbers, anything is possible for him.


Aleksi Heponiemi: Swift Current Broncos, WHL

2nd round #40 overall pick 2017 NHL entry draft: Florida Panthers

Heponiemi is having the season a player like him has two seasons after being drafted, except he is doing it in the very next season after his draft.

In only 13 games, Heponiemi has already recorded 34 points, with 10 goals.

This is great news for the Panthers, who probably never expected him to perform this well.


Michael DiPietro: Windsor Spitfires, OHL

3rd round #64 overall pick 2017 NHL entry draft: Vancouver Canucks

Michael DiPietro appears to have great potential. The year after being drafted, DiPietro has a very impressive .930 SV% and 2.23 GAA. He and the Spitfires are coming off of their Memorial Cup victory as hosts last season.

Drafted by the Canucks in the late rounds in last years’ draft, he is looking to continue his impressive play and make an impression.


Tyler Steenbergen: Swift Current, WHL

Round 5 #128 overall draft pick 2017 NHL entry draft: Arizona Coyotes

For a franchise that hasn’t had much of it, Steenbergen might be a very lucky pick for the Coyotes.

Showing signs of great potential last year when he finished the year with 51 goals and 90 points in the WHL. Though, this year has been even more impressive.

In just 13 games played, Steenbergen has a very impressive 35 points. What is even more impressive is that 21 of the 31 points are from goals.

If he continues on the pace he is on, he will have 193 points and 116 goals in the 72 WHL games. While it seems highly unlikely he will continue on that crazy pace, it is still very impressive for the time being.