This week, Hogtown Hockey features three Toronto Maple Leafs prospects enjoying three very impressive scoring streaks: Greg McKegg, Josh Nicholls, and Andrew Crescenzi.
Greg McKegg (London Knights, OHL)
We’ll spare you the “what a difference a change of scenery can make” spiel and give you the straight facts: Greg McKegg is putting up ridiculous numbers.
In picking up an assist last night against the Mississauga Majors, McKegg stretched his point streak to ten games. In that span, the St. Thomas native picked up 10 goals and 10 assists. In fact, McKegg’s torrid scoring pace since being dealt to the Knights has launched him into a tie for 2nd in team scoring with 58 points in 48 games, despite a relatively low offensive output to start the season with the Erie Otters.
Watch for McKegg to continue putting up prime points for the CHL’s top-ranked Knights.
Josh Nicholls (Saskatoon Blades, WHL)
It took Josh Nicholls a little time to get back into his groove after missing sixteen games with a strained MCL, but the former 7th round selection is making up for lost time with an impressive point streak.
In his past five games, Nicholls has put up 3 goals, 6 assists, bringing his season totals to 44 points in 37 games played. While the high-scoring right winger will be in tough to match last year’s impressive 87 points, Nicholls’ offensive output has stayed very consistent. Last year, Nicholls finished the season with a average 1.23 points-per-game, while this year he’s trucking along at an average 1.19 points-per-game.
Andrew Crescenzi (Kitchener Rangers, OHL)
It’s unknown whether the Toronto Maple Leafs front office saw a valuable big body or untapped offensive potential when free agent Andrew Crescenzi was signed to a three-year entry level contract back in September of 2010, but it appears they’ve now got both on their hands.
Generally not thought of as an offensive catalyst, Crescenzi has been on a tear as of late. The 6’5, 213lb centerman has put up 4 goals, 5 assists in his past five games, carrying the streak into today’s matinee game against the Saginaw Spirit.
On the season, Crescenzi has been playing at just under a point-per-game pace with 35 points in 37 games; an impressive feat considering his previous career high in points was just 23 points in 55 games just last season. And for those of you who fear he’s gone soft, don’t worry; Crescenzi’s still had time between racking up points to sit in the penalty box for 48 minutes.
(Update: Several hours after this article was posted, Andrew Crescenzi’s point streak came to an end in a 4-1 loss to Saginaw.)