By Nicholas Carafa
Photos by Terry Wilson (above) and Aaron Bell (below) / OHL Images
The boys from the Minor Midget AAA Toronto Marlboros must not have heard the phrase “sharing is caring,” because when it comes to winning Kraft Cups, they’ve snagged the trophy four times in the last five seasons.
Though the team appears to have a clause against sharing GTHL trophies, its graduates – including GTHL Breakout Star of the Week Taylor Raddysh – have no issue sharing the puck on the ice.
As fate would have it, Raddysh – and his puck-sharing ways – was part of the only Marlboros team in the last five years that did not capture a GTHL championship. He did, however, lead all players in scoring at the 2014 OHL Cup, collecting 5-9—14 to lift the Marlboros to their first title at the tournament since 2011.
Fast-forward two years to the 2015-16 season, which has seen Raddysh post 6-21—27 in his first 17 games.
That equals his 58-game point total from his rookie campaign (21-6—27) and place him fourth in OHL scoring, behind teammate Alex DeBrincat (25-10—35) and London Knights duo Matthew Tkachuk (7-23—30) and Christian Dvorak (12-16—28). He also shares second in the League in assists (w/ Travis Konecny), behind Tkachuk.
Raddysh, the 19th overall selection in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection, has been one-third of arguably the best line in the OHL this season, skating alongside DeBrincat and Arizona Coyotes first-round pick Dylan Strome.
Raddysh was added to the Team OHL roster for the 2015 CHL Canada-Russia Series on Nov. 5 and posted eight points in the following three games (1-7—8), including a career-high four-point outing on Nov. 6 against the Peterborough Petes (1-3—4).
His production has helped the Otters (14-2-1-0, 29 points) keep pace with the Kitchener Rangers (14-1-3-0, 31 points) in the battle for top spot in the Midwest Division and entire OHL.
Prior to Game 3 of the Canada-Russia series, TSN’s Craig Button slotted Raddysh into the 29th spot in his November Rankings for the 2016 NHL Draft.
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