Toronto’s towering defensive prospect Keaton Middleton will represent the Ontario Hockey League tonight as the CIBC Canada-Russia Series shifts to Sudbury for game four.
The Maple Leafs drafted Middleton in the fourth round (101st overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
— Saginaw Spirit (@SpiritHockey) October 18, 2017
Spotting the Saginaw Spirit captain should be easy enough. Listed at 6’6″, 240 lbs, the blueliner is one of the largest players on either roster.
Middleton has 9 points (2 goals, 7 assists) in just 14 games this year, which is already halfway to his career-high 18 points (4 goals, 14 assists) set in 64 games last year. Originally drafted as a “defensive defenseman,” the 19-year-old’s point total currently ranks second among Saginaw defenseman. His 0.643 PPG and 17 PIMS rank third.
Saginaw has 16 points this season (7-9-2-0, 18 GP), good enough for 4th in the OHL’s Western Division and 8th in the Western Conference.
The 15th annual, six-game tournament showcases some of the best Russian junior and CHL talent. The WHL, OHL, and QMJHL each host two games, each league’s respective all-stars making up the home roster. A different Canadian major junior market hosts each game.
Russia beat Team OHL 5-2 in Game 3 in Owen Sound on November 9th and leads the 2017 series 2-1.
Puck drops at the Sudbury Community Arena at 7 PM.
24 #NHL prospects among 28 players for Nov 9/13.
— CanadianHockeyLeague (@CHLHockey) October 18, 2017