April 08, 2009

Tyler Toffoli Named to OHL First All-Rookie Team

From the Ontario Hockey League website:

"The first team includes Grachev at left wing with Seguin at centre and Tyler Toffoli of the Ottawa 67’s at right wing. The defence includes de Haan with John Carlson of the London Knights. Between the pipes in goal is JP Anderson of the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors.

2008-09 OHL All-Rookie Teams

First Team:
Centre – Tyler Seguin, Plymouth Whalers
Left Wing – Evgeny Grachev, Brampton Battalion
Right Wing – Tyler Toffoli, Ottawa 67’s
Defence – John Carlson, London Knights
Defence – Calvin de Haan, Oshawa Generals
Goaltender – JP Anderson, Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors

Second Team:
Centre – Ryan Spooner, Peterborough Petes
Left Wing – Darren Archibald, Barrie Colts
Right Wing – Jason Akeson, Kitchener Rangers
Defence – Erik Gudbranson, Kingston Frontenacs
Defence – Ryan O’Connor, Barrie Colts
Goaltender – Scott Stajcer, Owen Sound Attack"

Congrats Tyler!! You're number one in our books too.


mike2006 said...

How did Sudbury Wolves rookie F John McFarland get left off the OHL all-rookie teams? (com'on, was he only the 3rd best centre)

Valerie said...

And he was named to U-18 Team Canada. He seems to have proven his prowess as a rookie. Head-scratcher for sure.

And while we are chatting about rookies, there is something patently wrong when Rookie of the Year goes to a 19 year old player who has already been drafted and has played professionally. The league needs to level this playing field (ice).

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mike2006 said...

A few years after the "European Invasion" began in earnest, the NHL instituted the so-called Makarov rule, named after Sergei, a Russian who won the league's Calder Trophy (rookie of the year award) with Calgary in 1990 at the age of 31. Now the NHL rookie of the year must be under 25 years old.

mike2006 said...

UPDATE>> The controversy following the 1990 win by 31-year-old Soviet Sergei Makarov led the NHL to change the rules somewhat by adding a stipulation that states candidates who have turned 26 or older on or before September 15 of the season are not eligible.

Valerie said...

That makes sense. This issue comes up pretty much each year in the OHL but apparently is not contentious enough to warrent reconsideration.