At the end of each regular season, the OHL awards players in 20 different categories based on the coaches voting. Here's how it works...
The Coaches Poll is tabulated when each team submits one nominee per category and coaches then vote for the top three players for each category within their conference. Players receive five points for a first place vote, three points for a second place vote, and one point for a third place vote. Clubs are not permitted to vote for players from their own team allowing for a maximum of 45 possible points for each winner. This season all 20 OHL clubs are represented in at least one category.
All three Red Wings prospects currently playing in the OHL received honors. Tyler Bertuzzi is the only Wings OHL prospect absent from the list, but he's been sidelined since early December with a head/neck injury.
- Andreas Athanasiou was voted best skater and most dangerous in the goal area from the Eastern Conference.
- Captain Zach Nastasiuk was voted 2nd best shot blocker in the Western Conference.
- Jake Paterson was voted 3rd best shootout goalie in the Eastern Conference.
If Bertuzzi hadn't missed such a big chunk of the season, he may have been a top contender for most improved player.
It's pretty cool to see our prospects being recognized among the best of their peers.