London forward Matthew Tkachuk became just the third OHL player to register 100 points in his rookie season Tuesday, picking up an assist on Aaron Berisha’s third period goal as the Knight’s hammered Kitchener 8-2.
Tkachuk has recorded 25 goals and 75 assists in 52 games for the Knights so far this season, placing him fourth in league scoring behind Kevin Labanc (San Jose Sharks) of the Barrie Colts, and London teammates Christian Dvorak (Arizona Coyotes) and Mitch Marner (Toronto Maple Leafs).
The only two other players to score 100 points in their first OHL seasons are Erie Otters forward Alex DeBrincat, who scored 51 goals and 104 last season, and Nail Yakupov, who did so with the Sarnia Sting during the 2011-12 season.
The son of former Winnipeg, Phoenix and St. Louis power forward Keith Tkachuck, who himself was selected 19th overall by the Jets at the 1990 draft, Tkachuk ‘junior’ ranked first on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm ranking of North American skaters. DeBrincat, who has 44 goals and 86 points in 54 games this season, was ranked 20th.
He is widely expected to be picked fourth overall at this summers NHL Entry Draft, behind Zurich Lions American-born forward Auston Matthews and Finnish duo Jesse Puljujarvi and Patrick Laine, though he may slip to fifth, with Jakob Chychrun of the Sting still considered the best available defenceman by many.
A member of the Team USA roster which won bronze at this years World Junior Championships, which were held in Helsinki, Finland, Tkachuk also picked up gold with Team USA at the under 18 World Championships in 2014-15.