By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire "
The Ontario Hockey League announced last week that Marco Rossi of the Ottawa 67’s was the winner of the Red Tilson Trophy.
The Tilson Trophy is awarded to the OHL’s Most Outstanding Player of the Year as voted by the league media.
Rossi led the OHL in scoring with 39 goals and 120 points this year and was a key member of the 67's who had the best record in the OHL before play was halted in mid-March.
I don't really quibble with the selection, it's a good one, but I will say, Marco Rossi wasn't my choice.
The name I submitted for the Tilson Trophy Award was Liam Foudy of the London Knights.
Here's my rationale;
1) when the London Knights play, it doesn't take Foudy long to become the most visible player on the ice, primarily based on his above average speed.
2) while Foudy's point total is nowhere near Rossi's, he did put up 68 points in just 45 games, essentially a point & 1/2 per outing.
3) my bias is showing here, but Foudy plays in the Western Conference and excelling in that pool against Kitchener, Saginaw, etc is more challenging in my view
4) playing for the Gold Medal winning Canadian team at the World Junior Championship should count for something.
and 5) Foudy played 2 games in the NHL this year for Columbus. And while I'm sure he was disappointed when the emergency call-up concluded, the consensus was the Blue Jackets were more disappointed because they couldn't keep him longer.
Do I object to Marco Rossi as the OHL's Red Tilson Trophy winner ? No. But if the voting were conducted today, my vote would still go to Liam Foudy.
I'm Fred Wallace