Florida Panthers prospect Vincent Trocheck captured the Ontario Hockey League scoring title with 109 points on 50 goals and 59 assists. Trocheck accumulated those numbers in 63 games throughout the OHL season which just ended on Sunday. He bested Charles Sarault of the Sarnia Sting by one point even though he, Trocheck, played in five fewer games. Trocheck began the season playing for the Saginaw Spirit but finished the season with the Plymouth Whalers after a midseason move. His Plymouth Whalers finished second in the Western Conference and will begin their playoff run on Friday against the Sarnia Sting.
Vincent Trocheck was a 3rd round pick (64th overall) by the Panthers in the 2011 NHL draft. The 19 year old played in the 2013 World Junior Championships for the gold medal winning Team USA. Trocheck recorded three goals and three assists in the tournament. This is Trocheck’s final year playing in Junior’s which means he will become a professional next season. Whether he plays for the Panthers or one of their minor league affiliates remains to be seen. I personally think he has the ability to jump right to the NHL next season.
Looking back at past OHL scoring leaders, Trocheck is in very good company. In the 10-11 season, 2012 first round draft pick Nail Yakupov finished fourth in scoring with 101 points. Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin shared the scoring title in 09-10 with 106 points each. Hall and Seguin went one and two respectively in the 2010 NHL draft. In 08-09 another NHL number one pick, John Tavares, won the OHL scoring title with 104 points. Patrick Kane, yet another player drafted number one in the NHL draft, won the scoring title in 06-07 scoring a ridiculous 145 points off 62 goals and 83 assists.
You get the picture, the OHL is a pipeline for future NHL stars and capturing the OHL scoring title is a good indicator of future NHL success. Congratulations to Vincent Trocheck on the accomplishment and we all cannot wait to see him in a Panther jersey soon.