By: Bryan Thiel
After the London Knights dominated the Ontario Hockey League playoffs to the tune of a 16-2 record and 13 straight wins, they’re OHL champions for the third time since 2011 and off to their fourth Mastercard Memorial Cup in that span.
Now, as with any dominating playoff run, there were a number of stars: Mitch Marner was the recipient of the Wayne Gretzky ’99’ Award as playoff MVP, Matthew Tkachuk led the league in goals, Christian Dvorak had a very pedestrian 35 points in 18 games, and Tyler Parsons backstopped the team to all 16 of their wins (which is important, considering 22 different goalies recorded decisions in these playoffs).
If you were to do some more digging, it’d be very easy to find a pair of defencemen to round out an all-London Knights playoff All-Star team. But where’s the fun in that? While the Knights will be well-represented across the first and second All-Star teams, we did our best to gather up a handful of other OHL’ers to round out both squads, for Across the OHL’s (Delayed by an ill-timed vacation) playoff All-Star team.
The Barrie Colts added to their defence on Monday, reaching an agreement with Rasmus Andersson.
Andersson, a 6′, 214lbs defenceman, was the 37th overall selection in this past CHL Import Draft. Andersson gained valuable experience last season, playing at two levels with Malmo in Sweden. At the J20 level he earned five points (1G/4A) in eight games, and also played in 43 games with the parent club, scoring three goals and adding 10 assists in 43 games. He was also the youngest player on the team.
As Colts GM Jason Ford said, “Andersson will enter the OHL as a rookie but already brings a wealth of experience; having played against men the past two seasons in Sweden.” He had 11 points in 38 games with Malmo in 2012/13.
Andersson was one of 16 players from Sweden listed on NHL CSS’s 2014/15 Futures International List.
Bryan Thiel is a freelance broadcaster who’s covered the OHL from rink side and the broadcast booth. He’s also filed feature reports on the OHL for the past three seasons. You can follow him on Twitter at BryanThiel_88.