Alex DeBrincat Named OHL Most Outstanding Player

On Friday morning the OHL named Blackhawks prospect Alex DeBrincat the winner of the Red Tilson Trophy as the league’s most outstanding player.

48 thoughts on “Alex DeBrincat Named OHL Most Outstanding Player

  1. Should win the CHL player of the year as well.

    Last two Red Tilson winners are some guys named McDavid and Marner? Other winners include Mikita, Perreault, Lindros and Seguin. But also the other side with winners like Michael Houser about 5 years ago, Wojtek Wolski and my distant cousin Alyn McCauley won it twice.

  2. JT’s left winger- starting next year!! Panic on right wing! Bread-man, Kaner and Anisimov line 2; Hayden, Hartman, Hinostrosa- line 3;

  3. If not traded, I think Panik signs a one or two year deal with the Hawks. If Panik sees an offer sheet under $1.877mm Hawks will match for sure. Anything over that but under $3.755mm and Hawks get a 2cd round pick. I think the Hawks are in up to about $2.0mm to maybe $2.5mm at most.

    My hope is some offers him $4mm. I would take the 1st and 3d rounders and RUN.

    But like Tab has said, In the Cap era teams are not inclined to give up picks easily.

  4. I wouldn’t pay Panik a penny over 2 Mil. Some team will probably overpay him. I hope it is not the Hawks. Glenhall 61- I think you are forgetting about Schmaltz in your lineup. He is far more skilled than Hayden or Hino. My guess( or maybe hope) for forwards next year would be 19,88,72,15,81, 8, 67, D-Cat, Fortin, Hayden, Motte, 36, 48.

  5. Ernie your right he isn’t out of it, but they tend to go for the goals, unless it’s one sided. (also Steel won the West by one point)
    Is Motte a part of the future? I hope so, I liked his game early on.

  6. Whos 36. So your saying a 2nd pick or Panik for <1.8m caphit.

    Salary cap could be 76.6m with 5% escalator.

  7. Assuming he meant 38… Hartman.

    I’d tender Panik if I can’t trade him and leave it at that. See if he’s sent paper.

  8. Panik is arbitration eligible. So id be willing to bet he’s gone pre arbitration. Forgot that little tidbit.

    Would you add more picks…or use him and a pick to move up?

  9. Just finished watching the Sea Dogs vs Blainville game 1 for the QMJHL championship ( Presidents Cup). The Dogs win 6-3. Blainville has a great team but the Dogs are just too deep. Highmore with 2 goals and one was a beauty snipe short handed and Noel got an empty netter

  10. Good to see Darling will get 4 Mil and a crack at #1. Panik had a good year and I wouldn’t be surprised if somebody pays him 3+ mil. I like your idea Ernie of using Panik and a pick to move up but that may be tough for Stan to pull off.

  11. Congrats to Darling!

    I don’t know if moving up in this draft means much. Move up and get quality or hold tight and get more quantity?

    When do we start playing who’s your guy?

  12. No draft is irrelevant. An offer sheet over about 1.9mm yields a 2cd round pick. I would take it.

  13. But that’s the thing with an offer sheet. Any compensation would be for the 2018 draft. Which is supposed to be better than this year’s. This draft is supposed to rival that of 1999. That draft produced 3 all star caliber players. Sedins and Zetterberg. The rest of that draft by games played are Vrbata, Erat, and our favorite Barrett Jackman.

  14. i totally disagree with the trade away young talent proposals. The hawks should develop young talent and try to sell a veteran at the trade deadline next year if possible. If they do that they have a very good chance of winning again before kane and toews are gone. And please stop being terrorized into trading away young talent out of fear of losing one player in the expansion draft. keep panik.

  15. Pete, were saying trade Panik because he has become too expensive for what he does. He had a career year. But what does he do for the team? Does he drive play? Does he kill penalties? He’s a crash and bang guy that has decent hands. Those are the guys that get overpaid year after year. What would you pay him? He’s really not that young either. Don’t say trade 7 or 50 to keep him. We’re all assuming Kruger is gone, but that’s not a given either.

  16. Ernie, this steady stream of trading away younger players with upside is not the answer unless you are trying to compete for the Cup immediately. Clearly, this year proved that regular season success doesn’t automatically mean a team is really in contention come playoff time. Hawks were not close to being competitive in the playoffs and based on that I doubt they will be close next year IN THE PLAYOFFS whether they trade Panik or keep him. So in my view the only answer is to keep the younger players and develop them over the next few years before Kane and Toews are gone. Panik is one of the few guys who plays physical, with speed and willing to mix it up. He bangs hard in front of the net. Don’t trade him unless you get a lot back. No more offering prized younger players as sweeteners to get rid of bad contracts. No more trading the future for the present, when winning now in the playoffs isn’t happening anyway. Its time to accept reality that the Hawks can no longer afford to trade away younger players with talent and then trying to win by adding veterans on their last legs hoping they have something left and benefitting from veteran experience. Case in point, you don’t give away Teravainen just to dump Bickell’s bad contract and then use part of the savings to sign Campbell who can’t skate anymore in the playoffs and was literally useless out there against Nashville. Its time to go the other way. Keep Kane, Toews, Panarin and Crawford, develop the younger players and If possible sell someone at the deadline. Let another team overpay for the present with future talent coming to the Hawks for a change. I realize there is a salary cap issue and expansion draft, but you never win trading away the future for the present when you can’t win the present.(knocked out in the playoffs in the first round last two years and not competitive this year in playoffs) As you know I feel strongly about the Teravainen deal. Other than that move I feel really good about Bowman and about his ability to get young talent and to do so before the window on the Hawks stars closes. I feel that the pressure to win now along with cap issues and likely the expansion draft resulted in that bad trade. Now that we know the Hawks are a few years away from really competing in the playoffs to win the Cup I think he will do a lot better. Just my opinion.

  17. Also I know about no trade clauses on certain veteran contracts so they would have to agree to any deal. However, that does happen in the NHL so its part of my sell, “if possible”, point above.

  18. As crappy as it is to say, if Chicago doctors had diagnosed Bickell with ME Teravainen would be here. That said, I thought we were off of him? So is Carolina as they were looking to trade him.

  19. ernie i brought it up as relevant as an example of the type of trade going forward i think the hawks need to stop doing for a while. Throwing in “sweetners” to get rid of a bad contract compounds the mistake when your not ready to make a serious run at a championship. Im hopeful that type of deal will stop now that we know the hawks need some time before making a serious run at the cup. Im giving Q the benefit of the doubt that he wasnt a big reason why they werent competitive against nashville.

  20. Q was a reason they weren’t competitive. We all make mistakes and he’s not immune. Bickell had to go to fit in the cap regardless of they thought they were going to be competitive. Despite the result, they were competitive.

  21. I get what you’re saying Pete. The Danault trade is the one that really comes to mind. Of all the deals that have been made recently, he’s really the only one not salary driven that would like to be taken back.

  22. Am I the only one who wishes that Kane & Toews would defer payment of their deserved yet hefty salaries to enable the Blackhawks to afford a couple more top 6 players, thereby taking the pressure off the younger Hawks to the point of expecting only top 9 or 12 performances out of the youngsters. That dynamic duo is going to get their money anyway, and they can’t be hurting for money anyway. Do they want to retire with 3 Cups early in their careers and zero more or do they want an absolutely unforgettable legacy? P.S. The players union can go f%^@ themselves. Chicago doesn’t get that many opportunities for dynasties and this one seems like it is fizzling out due to the cursed salary cap B.S. The Yankees, Canadians, Celtics, etc., never had to truncate their dynasties.

  23. This is a big debate, but the competitive balance of the cap has it’s benefits as this years ‘ playoffs are showing. Everyone has the same rules–and with 30+ teams most couldn’t compete without this to help them out.
    But it does lead to limits and cycles. The smart teams, with smart people can make it work but it takes some good fortune as well and the right core which happened just before 2010. Some very good teams will not win the Cup for decades with this many teams and this set of rules. Thus the gratitude.

  24. Brad you can’t defer a cap hit, it is what it is. We will have to wait and see what the plan is for next season may be mostly status quo maybe not. I think Kruger at very least will be moved. Moves are made to try help team win and if you are not part of that formula ( denault etc.) your expendable, unfortunately sometimes you lose future.

  25. “Chicago doesn’t get that many opportunities for dynasties”

    Wow. Poor us. We had one 20 years ago with the bulls. The Hawks are as close to one in today’s era you can get. You apparently have no idea how lucky we’ve been to have 2 in our lifetime and the Cubs look like they’re set up to possibly so it as well. I personally am not a cubs fan, but I can certainly appreciate what they’ve done.

    As far as deferred salary…this isn’t the NFL. Once signed NIL contracts are set in stone. The only way to defer money is to get bought out.

    Lastly, NHL players don’t make nearly what other athletes make as far as endorsements are concerned. Their contracts are structured pretty interesting but the 10.5 million is an average across 8 years. The max length of a deal the league allows. Previously they could tack on dead years to a deal to lower that hit. The league deemed that circumvention and goes after teams if/when players retire before the end of the deal. A thing called recapture.

    19/88will pay 4.5 million in taxes this year under that 10.5 annual assumption. They will also have roughly 2.5 million withheld due to escrow. They would get that back if league revenue meets the salary cap projection. If it doesn’t they could lose all or some of that escrow money. So that 10.5 million just turned into 3.5 million. Please refrain from knocking players for making money. Especially when you don’t know the facts.

  26. Also Brad, are you blaming the salary cap on the players union??? How backwards is that?

  27. “D-Cat first star (2 goals) in a 3-2 win–up 2-0 in OHL final.”

    Sweet!

    Hopefully they can complete the sweep then he can come help the Hawks in the playoffs……

    Oh wait…….

  28. I hope I’m not the only one who loves watching Edmonton play.

    Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?
    Kesler – Dead Man!
    Getzlaf – Dead Man!
    Corey Perry – DEAD MAN!

    Man, I’d love to see them stick it to Anaheim in Game 7.

  29. Both of what mudturtle just said. Caggiula is the reason the Oilers are playing. Without his contributions they’d be picking first overall…again.

    Preds moving on as well. Every time the hawks have lost in the first round, that team has advanced to the wcf.

  30. Boy, it’s going to be a long summer–some suggestions:
    Golf (only if you are good or don’t care)
    Community Service
    Walks in nature or the beach
    Pina Coladas
    Meditation
    ………….etc.

  31. Thanks for the update Noonan. The Sea Dogs won their second as well 4-0 and are up 2-0 in the series. Maybe we will see that showdown.

  32. Big Indian, as much as I hate those keisler and fucking cannucks. When they got beat like that however many times in a row it was against really good teams. EDM is good but not close to really good like LA and CHI. Which makes me think ANA wins. Then gets beat by maybe the best tackle and go fast team in the league, NAS.

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