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Game Report: Sarnia Sting – A Chychrun- away train

Scouting Report, November 26th Sarnia Sting vs. Peterborough Petes

Peter Harling provides a game report from a 3 – 1 loss for the Sarnia Sting on November 26th. They outshot the Petes 42 to 31, with a strong performance from goaltender Matthew Mancina. Here are scouting notes on draft-eligible skaters Jakob Chychrun, Jordan Kyrou, and Anthony Salinitri.  

Jakob Chychrun of the Sarnia Sting. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.Jakob Chychrun (2016), Defence #5

6’2” / 214

Drafted first overall by Sarnia in the 2014 OHL draft. He was named Alternate Captain in his rookie season and was named First All-Rookie Team and Third All-Star team. Scored 16 goals and 17 assists for a 33 point season in 42 games played. A two-way franchise defenceman projected as the consensus second overall pick in the 2016 NHL draft. Possesses explosive acceleration and is able to create separation from fore checkers with either his acceleration or mobility…once at top speed carrying the puck he is a freight train…was able to make up ground on a two on none, rendering it a two on one and eliminated a scoring chance…skates puck in transition up the ice and carries the puck in deep into offensive zone frequently…makes quick and hard passes that are difficult to intercept…uses a variety of passes, bank off boards, saucer pass, slap pass…uses head fakes and look a ways very efficiently to disguise his intentions…does not get pulled out of position by chasing the puck in the defensive zone…plays a near flawless defensive game in his own end, giving up no turn overs, being the first on loose pucks and consistently clearing pucks and relieving pressure…uses long stick effectively to poke check and block passing/shooting lanes…skates backwards very well for a big man, and has strong edges making him difficult to beat wide…shoots the puck hard and fast…franchise first pairing defenceman.

Jordan Kyrou of the Sarnia Sting. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.Jordan Kyrou (2016), Right Wing #25

6’0” / 175

Drafted 38th overall in the second round of the OHL draft by Sarnia. Won the Gold Medal with team Canada in the 2015-16 Ivan Hlinka Tournament, where he scored a goal and an assist in four games. In his rookie season Kyrou scored 13 goals and 23 assists in 63 games for 36 points and eight overall in league rookie scoring…A playmaking forward with good speed and skating abilities...Kyrou chases pucks down and never stops moving his feet…forces turnovers via aggressive forechecks and a smart and active stick in passing lanes...creates transition by either skating the puck up the ice, or by making quick, firm passes…makes quick and sound decisions that trigger transition plays and offensive opportunities…reads play quickly and reacts accordingly, anticipating pass interception opportunities, finding open ice and open teammates…willing and able to attack the net through traffic, albeit not a typical power forward at 175 lbs but carries the puck through traffic and to the goal creating scoring chances.

Anthony Salinitri of the Sarnia Sting. Photo by Terry Wilson / OHL Images.Anthony Salinitri (2016), Left Wing #10

5’11” / 171

Drafted 19th overall in the first round of the OHL draft by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds…played 21 games in the Sault scoring seven points before being traded with draft picks to Sarnia for Anthony DeAngelo…Played in 29 games with the Sting scoring 12 points for a rookie season total of 19 points in 50 games…finished second in league scoring during preseason with six goals in six games…A speedy and skilled forward…has quick feet and hands, stickhandles through traffic, in close quarters and while under duress…Strong read of defensive plays and is used on the first PK unit…Keen offensive instincts as well, jumps into the rush well positionally without the puck, works the cycle along the boards well in the offensive zone…aggressive on the forecheck, using his speed to close gaps and eliminate passing lanes…drives the net and does not take himself out of the play by skating past the net, and was rewarded with a rebound goal…needs to add strength, but as a 17 year old that will come…failed to connect on a bullet one-timer pass from Pavel Zacha, missing the puck and falling down.