Leading the way among those hearing their name called out was Vaughan resident Kirill Nizhnikov, who was chosen in the first round and seventh overall by the Mississauga Steelheads. A six-foot, one-inch, pound forward, Nizhnikov played this past season with the Toronto Junior Canadiens AAA minor midgets and amassed 23 goals and 14 assists in 27 games. He also participated for Russia in the Youth Olympics and had four goals and one assist in six games. Story continues below.
The hockey season is winding down, as the OHL Priority Selection now stands less than 40 days away. While the playoffs have come to a decisive close for most, a number of Minor Midget teams remain mired in the midst of a postseason run within their respective leagues. And, perhaps no opportunity to do so is stronger than in the annual postseason, as every prospect must raise his respective game to a new level in order to catch the eyes of scouts and management alike. In the world of Minor Midget hockey, the majority of leagues have named a champion and come to a close for the campaign. However, select leagues and their teams continue to battle on. During the regular season, the 99ers claimed a total of 46 points while the Jr.
Additional award recipients include Anthony Salinitri of the Windsor Jr. All seven players are forwards including several high scorers led by Mascherin who scored 64 goals and 51 assists for points in 54 games played for the Kings. Dorval picked up 76 points in 66 games scoring 46 goals and 30 assists, and Salinitri collected 40 points in 32 games including 23 goals and 17 assists. In the OMHA, Paquette had 52 points in 36 games with 23 goals and 29 assists, while St Onge had 35 points in 36 games including 25 goals and 10 assists. The awards were presented Thursday night at the OHL Cup Showcase Tournament Banquet for the fourth straight year recognizing the achievements of the top minor midget aged players from across Ontario.
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