Windsor Spitfires’ Wyatt Johnston Wins Back-to-Back OHL Honours
The 18-year-old centre has been among the leading scorers for both the Spitfire and the OHL all season long so far and is showing no signs of letting up anytime soon.
Johnston has started off the 2022 portion of the current season the very same way he finished the 2021 part of the campaign – on a tear. For the second consecutive month, Johnston has been named the OHL Player of the Month, having been named the league’s top skater in both December and January. Johnston kick-started the start of 2022 by duplicating his impressive December offensive outpoint of 19 points, equaling that total by notching five goals and 14 assists in just eight games while helping to lead the Spitfires to an 6-2-2 record in the first month of the new year.
Johnston, an 18-year-old native of Toronto who was the Spits’ first round pick, sixth overall, in the 2019 OHL Priority Selection, scored at least one point in his team’s eight games, including a four-game streak where he picked up at least three points per game in the first month of 2022.
In 38 games with the Spitfires so far in the 2021-22 season, Johnston has 24 goals along with 37 assists and those lofty statistics currently have him tied with Brandon Coe of the North Bay Centennials for second place among the OHL’s top scorers. The pair trail Rory Keirns of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, who leads the OHL with 73 points. Johnston, has however, played four fewer games than Keirns and six fewer games than Coe.
Johnston has elevated his game in Windsor this season with his versatility and by molding and adapting his own game to that of his linemates, including and especially team captain and sniper Will Cuylle, with whom he has played the most with. He is a fast two-way player who plays a 200-foot game and he doesn’t fatigue after going all-out at the beginning of shifts. Johnston is also won of the top face-off artists in the entire OHL, and is regularly sent out to take key face-offs for the Spitfires at both ends of the ice and especially at pivotal moments n the game,
Unlike some of his Spitfire teammates who played in Europe or in the American Hockey League last season when the OHL’s 2021 campaign did not happen due to Covid-19, Johnston did capture gold with Team Canada at the World Under-18 Hockey Championship that took place in Texas last summer. The other highlight of Johnston’s summer in 2021 was his selection in the first round, 23rd overall of the National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars.
Although Johnston was not invited to try out for the Canadian National (Under 20) Junior Hockey Team that was to have competed at the 2022 World Junior Hockey Championships that were to be played in Alberta. That event was abruptly canceled (Covid-19 issues) after it started and there is a definite possibility that he could not only be invited to try out and but play for the Canadian team as the tournament has tentatively been rescheduled for this summer. Regardless, Wyatt Johnston will be attending the training camp of the Dallas Stars this fall. The NHL team signed him to a an entry-level three year contract last September.
Johnston and the Spitfires return to action Thursday night when they host the Saginaw Spirit at the WFCU Centre.