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NHL Draft: Top prospects honored by OHL coaches

Nylander, McLeod, DeBrincat among those earning awards

by Mike G. Morreale @MikeMorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Mississauga left wing Alexander Nylander, No. 3 on NHL Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters eligible for the 2016 NHL Draft, was voted among the top three in three categories in the Ontario Hockey League Eastern Conference coaches poll for the 2015-16 regular season.

The OHL on Thursday announced the results of the Eastern and Western conference awards that recognize the top three players in 20 categories, as voted by the coaches in each conference.

Nylander (6-foot, 179 pounds) was No. 2 for Best Stickhandler and Best Shootout Shooter and tied for third with Peterborough forward Greg Betzold for Best Shot. Nylander leads Mississauga with 28 goals and 75 points in 57 games this season. He was 2-for-4 in the shootout.

His linemate, center Michael McLeod, and Erie right wing Alexander DeBrincat, each projected to be a first-round pick in the 2016 draft, were voted the top players in two categories.

McLeod (6-2, 188), No. 6 on Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters, tied for first with North Bay center Michael Amadio as Hardest Worker in the Eastern Conference. Amadio was a 2014 third-round pick (No. 90) by the Los Angeles Kings. McLeod has 21 goals and 59 points in 55 games this season.

DeBrincat, No. 20 on Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters, was named by Western Conference coaches Most Dangerous in Goal Area and was third in Best Shot. DeBrincat (5-foot-7, 163 pounds) is tied for second in the OHL with 50 goals in 58 games.

London left wing Matthew Tkachuk (6-1, 195), No. 1 on Central Scouting's ranking of North American skaters, was voted second in the Smartest Player category by Western Conference coaches. Erie forward Dylan Strome, chosen No. 3 in the 2015 draft by the Arizona Coyotes, finished ahead of him. Tkachuk has 29 goals and 105 points in 55 games this season, his first season in the OHL.

Mississauga defenseman Sean Day (6-2, 224), No. 43 on Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters, tied for second with Oshawa defenseman Mitchell Vande Sompel for Best Skater in the Eastern Conference. Day has five goals and 21 points in 55 games. Vande Sompel was selected in the third round (No. 82) in the 2015 draft by the New York Islanders.

Windsor defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (6-2, 206), No. 10 on Central Scouting's midterm ranking of North American skaters, was third in voting for Best Offensive Defenseman in the Western Conference. Sergachev, who might be the highest Russian-born player selected in the 2016 draft, has 16 goals, 54 points and a plus-12 rating in his first season in North America.

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