After the Sarnia Sting were eliminated from the OHL playoffs at the hands of the Erie Otters, Jordan Kyrou has been assigned to the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. The St. Louis Blues prospect will get a taste of professional hockey before competing for an NHL job in the fall.
Kyrou, 18, was selected by the Blues in the second round (35th overall) of the 2016 draft and exploded this season for the Sting. In 66 games he scored 30 goals and 94 points, almost twice as many as his previous career high and sixth most in the entire OHL. If the league knew this next level was coming for Kyrou, they may have selected him even higher as he looks like a blue-chip prospect after this season.
Because he won’t turn 19 until May 5th, Kyrou will be in the position next season of making the NHL or going back to the OHL. He’ll have a tough time making the Blues out of camp, meaning another season of OHL action and a chance to lead the league in scoring is likely next for Kyrou. Drafted as a responsible two-way player, he’s showing that there might be top-level offensive potential in him as he relies on his elite skating ability to create room for himself.
He’ll also be an option for Canada at the World Juniors after not being invited to training camp for the tournament this season. He’s also Sarnia’s candidate for the Red Tilson award, given out to the OHL’s most outstanding player, though he will likely lose out to Erie’s Alex DeBrincat.