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Blake Speers named OHL Player of the Week

by Staff Writer / New Jersey Devils

Devils prospect Blake Speers of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds has been named the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 20. Speers notched three goals and five assists for eight points in three games with a plus-2 rating.

The Sault Ste. Marie native was selected by the Devils in the third round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

Speers recorded three multi-point performances to help the Greyhounds earn four of a possible six points at home. The captain tallied two assists on Wednesday in a 5-4 loss to the Saginaw Spirit, then scored a goal and an assist as part of a 6-1 win over the Flint Firebirds on Friday. He finished the week by matching a season high with four points, including two goals and two assists in an 8-3 victory over the Guelph Storm. The Hounds finished the 2015-16 regular season campaign in seventh place and will open their first round playoff series in Sarnia on Friday night against their West Division rivals the Sarnia Sting.

Speers, 19, is playing in his third OHL season with the club who chose him in the first round of the 2013 OHL Priority Selection. This season he led the Greyhounds in scoring with career highs in all offensive categories including 26 goals, 48 assists, and 74 points while dressing in all 68 of the team’s games.

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