The Canadian Hockey Leagues have completed their regular season so this week we’re going to highlight the players that enjoyed the best 2015-16 campaign.
Western Hockey League
Brayden Burke went from recording 34 points in 41 games last season to being tied for the league-lead in assists in 2015-16 with 82. He also found the back of the net 27 times with the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The man he tied with in assists, Adam Brooks, also scored 38 goals with the Regina Pats to win the scoring title. His 120 points this season nearly doubled his 2014-15 total. Dryden Hunt scored a league-high 58 goals and added 58 assists in 72 contests with the Moose Jaw Warriors. He was never drafted, but did sign an entry-level contract with the Florida Panthers on March 2. Rookie Griffen Outhouse only played in 27 games this season, but he stood out among goalies with his 1.82 GAA and .937 save percentage.
Ontario Hockey League
Christian Dvorak finished the 2015-16 campaign with a league-leading 52 goals in 59 games with the London Knights. He also had 69 assists, making this the second straight season that he’s recorded over 100 points. The Arizona Coyotes took Dvorak with the 58th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Calgary Flames prospect Andrew Mangiapane ended up finishing just behind him in the goal-scoring race with 51 markers in 59 games. The Barrie Colts forward finished with 106 points after recording 104 points in 2014-15. His Colts teammate, Kevin Labanc, led the league in assists with 88 and points with 127. He was taken by the San Jose Sharks with the 171th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Tyler Parsons was one of the OHL’s top goaltenders in 2015-16 with a 2.33 GAA and .921 save percentage in 49 games with the London Knights. He’s eligible for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Samuel Girard scored 10 goals and registered 64 assists in 67 contests with the Shawinigan Cataractes to finish as the top defenseman in the scoring race. Conor Garland won the scoring race overall with 39 goals and 128 points in 62 contests with the Moncton Wildcats. He was selected by the Arizona Coyotes with the 123rd overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Nicolas Roy won the goal scoring race with 48 markers in 63 games. The Carolina Hurricanes prospect also had 42 assists with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. Chase Marchand was the top goaltender from a GAA perspective at 2.42 and he also posted a .911 save percentage in 38 games with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.