What a year for Isaac Ratcliffe.
After scoring 50 goals during 65 regular-season games, the Flyers' prospect went on an impressive playoff run, which culminated in an OHL championship Sunday as the Guelph Storm beat the Ottawa 67's, 8-3, in Game 6.
The 67's went a league-best 50-12-6 for 106 points and were a perfect 12-0 in the playoffs entering the championship. The Storm won a pair of Game 7s prior to taking down Ottawa in six games for the OHL crown.
Ratcliffe, a 2017 second-round pick of the Flyers, was magnificent in the postseason. He put up 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists) and a plus-16 mark over 24 games. In the Game 6 win, he delivered four points, including a filthy goal and through-the-legs assist.
The 20-year-old winger is a unique prospect to follow. He's 6-foot-6 but has soft hands and excellent touch. He scores in a variety ways, but skill is no problem.
"When I was younger, it was a big thing that I used to work on at the end of practice or the end of a skill session," Ratcliffe said last summer. "A guy my size, you don't usually see that and I wanted to prove guys wrong. I can bring any sorts of items to the table and I really wanted to show that I could bring my hands, as well."
Isaac Ratcliffe ... not too shabby for a 6-6 guy. pic.twitter.com/cy7DHTtFVf— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) June 29, 2018
Isaac Ratcliffe, still very large. pic.twitter.com/dBjQRALgIo— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) June 28, 2018
Ratcliffe will turn pro in 2019-20, very likely with AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley.
But next up is the Memorial Cup with the Storm.
"I've never played on a team with this much skill, this much class and this much character," Ratcliffe said Sunday to Rogers TV. "I'm so happy right now and we're not done."
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