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Sting's Nikita Korostelev Named OHL Player of the Week
tuesday october 14, 2014

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League announced that 2015 NHL Draft prospect Nikita Korostelev of the Sarnia Sting is the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 12 after leading the league with seven points in two games scoring three goals and four assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-6.


Korostelev helped lead the Sting to a pair of victories over West Division opponents last week beginning with a 3-1 win over the Saginaw Spirit on Friday night.  In that contest, Korostelev picked up two assists including a helper on fellow 2015 NHL Draft prospect Pavel Zacha’s first career OHL goal.  The highlight of Korostelev’s week was on Saturday night where he recorded a career-high five points in a 9-2 victory over the Windsor Spitfires.  His five-point performance included his first career hat-trick along with two assists earning first star honours for the Sting who have now won three straight games and are currently tied for second place in the division with seven points in seven games.


Korostelev, a 17-year-old native of Moskva, Russia, is playing in his second career OHL season with the Sting.  Selected in the first round, ninth overall, in the 2013 OHL Priority Selection, Korostelev recorded 38 points including 17 goals in 60 games last season as a rookie.  So far in 2014-15, Korostelev has four goals and six assists for 10 points in seven games and was listed among the OHL ‘Players to Watch’ for the 2015 NHL Draft by NHL Central Scouting as a second or third round candidate.


Click here to watch video highlights of Korostelev and the Sting against the Spirit

Click here to watch video highlights of Korostelev and the Sting against the Spitfires


Also considered for the award this week were two more 2015 NHL Draft prospects including Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters and Dante Salituro of the Ottawa 67’s.  McDavid scored twice with four assists for six points in a pair of victories for the Otters, while Salituro scored four goals with one assist for five points in two wins for the 67’s.  In goal, rookie Joseph Raaymakers of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds recorded a 31-save shutout in his first career OHL game on Sunday as first star of a 5-0 victory over the London Knights. 






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