By Ryan Pyette, The London Free Press
Finishing first and second in the OHL scoring race wasn’t enough to get on the OHL’s most outstanding player ballot this season.
The London Knights put forth captain Max Domi over Mitch Marner, who finished runner-up to Erie’s Dylan Strome in a thrilling points chase, for the league’s Red Tilson Trophy.
The Otters obviously tabbed their captain Connor McDavid, the favourite to be Canadian Hockey League player of the year and first overall pick in the NHL draft, over Strome.
The 19-year-old Domi, the Canadian world junior hero and Coyotes first-rounder, scored 32 goals and 102 points in 57 games (a 1.79 point-per-game average) for the 40-win Knights. He was third in team scoring.
Marner, the league’s top-scoring right winger, led the team with 44 goals and 126 points in 62 games — a two-point average. McDavid had an incredible 44 goals and 120 points in just 47 games while Strome posted 45 goals and a league-best 129 points in 68 games.
The Tilson trophy is voted on by the OHL’s writers and broadcasters. The most recent Knight to win the award is goalie Michael Houser in 2012.
London centre Christian Dvorak has been nominated for the William Hanley Trophy as the league’s most sportsmanlike player. The Coyotes prospect had 109 points and just 24 penalty minutes this season.
Londoner Spencer Watson of the Kingston Frontenacs (20 goals and just 10 PIMs) is also up for the award.