Leafs Prospect Keaton Middleton representing Team OHL tonight

    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.

    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.

    Canada-Russia Series

    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.