An extremely strong second half of the month of October has propelled Barrie Colts forward Andrew Mangiapane up the Ontario Hockey League scoring race.
After a two-goal performance on Nov. 1, Mangiapane now has 23 points in 15 games; that total places him fourth amongst all OHL skaters and he trails scoring leader Alex DeBrincat by a mere two points.
Mangiapane, the Flames' sixth round pick in 2015, notched 16 points in October, with 11 of those coming in the last two weeks of the month. The 19-year-old was held to just three assists in the first two weeks of October but has a point in every game he has played in since Oct. 17. He also finished off the month with five straight multi-point outings.
The forward's offensive dominance is a continuation of his rapid progression over the previous two seasons. In his first OHL campaign, in which he landed a roster spot with Colts as a walk-on, he put up a respectable 51 points.
In 2014-15, he more than doubled that total, netting 43 goals and 104 points. Flames scouts were extremely impressed with how much the Toronto native had developed and the organization selected him 166th overall this past summer.
"Speed and skill,” general manager Brad Treliving said at the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, FL. "High, high-end skill. You look at our game as it’s moving along here. There’s an emphasis on skill. We think we checked a box as we went through the draft in that area, wanting to add skill to our lineup and a competitive guy. He does all the skill things. He’s a dangerous player with his speed, real good IQ, can make plays ... We think we added some skill there."