Jordan Kyrou continues to be somewhat awe-inspiring. You have to remind yourself of the plethora of junior players that lit up the scoreboard only to become role players in the NHL just to calm yourself. Nail Yakupov was a 100 point scorer in the CHL before. Still, his progression is exciting.
At last look, the Sarnia Sting were 21-4-1, which had them atop the Western Conference and the entire OHL. They’ve slipped to third in the conference, but Kyrou is still one of the main reasons the team is doing so well and he has not slowed down.
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Through 14 games he had 14 goals and 34 points. That was almost 2.5 points per game. Clearly he has faltered since he went down to 2.17 and then 2.00 points per game
Kyrou was the first player in the OHL to eclipse the 100 point mark this season. He is up to 37 goals and 106 points
You can’t judge too much on numbers alone. However, knowing teams are focusing on him and Kyrou is still producing is a good sign.
Robert Thomas is somewhat in the Husso camp. The team likes him a lot and wanted him to be their playmaker for the future. However, the trade of Paul Stastny may force the Blues to accelerate their plans. On top of that, Thomas was slow out of the gate. However, he caught fire in the middle of the season.
Thomas had become a very good goal scorer with the London Knights, which was not something known for his arsenal. He’s returned to a playmaking form with the Hamilton Bulldogs after being traded.
After scoring 22 goals and 68 points for London, it’s been mainly assists. Thomas only has two goals for Hamiton, but he’s got 22 points in 18 games since making the switch.
1.51 is his total for points per game for the season. That number is only down due to his lack of goals since the trade.
The big difference has been the team. Kyrou is expected to lead the team in goals. Thomas had to bear more of a load in London. Hamilton was looking more for help than a leader, so Thomas has fit into surroundings
Like Husso, the Blues would probably prefer to have Thomas have a year in the AHL before burdening him with expectation. They might not have that luxury now, so hopefully rushing him would not be a bad thing.