It’s time to announce the 2017 Hockey Writers’ Hall of Famer of the Year, and the 2017-18 Hockey Writers Hockey Prospect of the Season, as voted on by the hockey writers of North America.
We’re excited to announce that the 2017 WHL Prospect of The Year is forward Ryan Mcdonagh, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound forward who skates for the Niagara Ice Dogs of the Ontario Hockey League.
He scored 30 goals and added 48 assists last season, and he ranks fourth among all WHL players in scoring, fifth in points (130) and sixth in plus/minus (+31).
Mcdonah has an incredible scoring touch, which is something that’s been lacking this season for his new team.
He’s currently leading the Niagara team in scoring and points, with 26 goals and 35 assists, and is second in plus-minus (+23).
He is currently ranked eighth among North American skaters in scoring with 20 goals and 28 assists in 35 games, and his 41 points are second among all North American forwards.
He’s not only an elite scorer, he also has an excellent shot and is currently second in the WHL in shots on goal at 20-for-24.
He is a solid defender, averaging a point-per-game, and has a plus-31 rating.
He has the ability to make an impact on the scoreboard, too, as he leads the team in points and plus/minus.
He plays the game hard, has an amazing sense of timing and plays with a lot of class.
Mcdonag is also an excellent teammate and is a terrific motivator for the young players on the team.
McDonag is one of two players to be named to the WJC All-Star Team twice.
He played on Team Canada’s squad to the 2012 Memorial Cup and was on Team USA’s squad for the 2014 World Junior Championship.
He will be a member of the 2017 Canadian team, and we’re sure he’ll be looking forward to playing against the United States at the 2019 World Junior Championships.
Kyle Brodzyak, St Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jacket: The three-time WHL Most Outstanding Player of the Marlies and a member for the last two seasons, Brodzieak is the youngest player in WHL history to reach 20 goals, 20 assists and 10 points.
He also led the Blues to the Memorial Cup title and earned the 2016 Calder Trophy.
Brodzyaks scoring touch is second among North America skaters at 19 goals, 30 assists and 58 points, while his points-per game is second with 18.9.
He ranks second in assists and second in points, and leads the Blues in plus/-10, which ranks third among North Americans.
Brodzieaks skating ability is second-to-none, as the 22-year-old is second on the Blues with 3.3 assists per 60 minutes.
He leads all WLAs skaters with a plus/plus of +20, and ranks third with a +18 rating.
Brods offensive game is also top-notch.
Brods 57 goals and 55 assists are fourth on the Blue Jackets and third among WHL forwards.
His 48 points are third on the blueline behind Alex Galchenyuk and Jake Virtanen.
Brodery is a tough, physical, tough-as-nails guy that plays with style and does everything he can to win.
The future looks bright for the Blue Jacket’s young forwards, who look to continue to improve their scoring numbers.
Ryan McDonah, Niagara IceDog: A six-foot, 205-pound winger, McDonach is the WLAA’s leading scorer with 49 goals and 58 assists last year.
He ranked third on Niagara with 26 points, fifth with 56 penalty minutes and sixth with 52 penalty minutes.
His 57 points are fifth on the IceDogs.
McD is a tremendous skater and has an unbelievable release.
He uses his quickness and agility to beat defenders in the offensive zone and to take away the puck from opponents.
Mc Donah’s skating ability and physical game make him an effective offensive player, and when he is on his game, he can make an immediate impact on a scoring line.
McDonah is also a very intelligent player.
He reads the play well, anticipates plays well, has good vision, and reads his linemates well.
He takes his teammates’ best interest into account, as well, and doesn’t take himself too seriously.
McDONAH is a big, strong winger with tremendous offensive potential, and will be an important player for the IceDog in the coming years.Marc