CHL Notebook: Akil Thomas among scorching-hot players


Former Niagara Ice Dog Akil Thomas. (Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Several players across the Canadian Hockey League find themselves in the midst of torrid stretches offensively.

In the Ontario Hockey League, Niagara IceDogs forward Akil Thomas has 19 points, including nine goals, in his last six games.

A second-round pick of the Los Angeles Kings, Thomas has 23 goals and 66 points in just 39 games. His 23 goals are already a career high.

The 19-year-old is playing on a Niagara team that loaded up for a long playoff run by adding Dallas Stars prospect Jason Robertson and Boston Bruins pick Jack Studnicka ahead of the trade deadline.

Ben Jones, a teammate of Thomas in Niagara and a Vegas Golden Knights prospect, had a 10-game point streak snapped on Sunday. In that stretch, Jones had 10 goals and 26 points.


Not to be outdone, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward Morgan Frost has 17 points in his last six games following his return from the world juniors. The stretch includes nine points in his last two games.

In weekend action, Frost had four points in a win over Barrie on Saturday night before scoring five goals in a Greyhounds win over Sudbury on Sunday.

“Morgan Frost over the last seven or eight games has really put the team on his back,” Greyhounds coach John Dean said of the Philadelphia Flyers prospect following Sunday’s performance. “He’s been exceptional. The biggest thing for me is the intangibles he’s bringing as a leader. The way he’s carrying the bench and dictating the emotion on the bench in a positive way and the way he’s calming the young guys down. 

“He’s done an incredible job growing as a leader this year.”

In the Western League, Vancouver Giants overage forward Davis Koch is going through a nice stretch offensively with 12 points in his last five games. The veteran forward was acquired by the Giants last season in a trade with the Edmonton Oil Kings.

In the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, it’s an entire team that has been streaking of late.

The Baie-Comeau Drakkar have won 10 consecutive games following a pair of weekend wins over the Shawinigan Cataractes. At 33-9-2-1, the Drakkar sit in top spot in the QMJHL’s East Division and third in the overall standings.

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