London forward Matthew Tkachuk, the No. 1-rated North American skater on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking for the 2016 NHL Draft, was suspended two games Thursday by the Ontario Hockey League.
Tkachuk was given a match penalty during a game Wednesday against Erie for a slew foot at 19:37 of the second period against Otters defenseman Travis Dermott.
Tkachuk will miss games Feb. 12 against Niagara and Feb. 13 against Sarnia. He's eligible to return Feb. 15 against Flint.
In 42 games this season Tkachuk is second in the OHL with 58 assists and fourth with 78 points. He also helped the United States win the bronze medal at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship. His 11 points in seven games tied Auston Matthews, Central Scouting's top-rated international skater, for the team lead.